Most of us, at one time or another, have suffered from headaches. Well there’s some good news that has been coming out of the research vault lately if you fall into a category associated with a specific type of headache. Cervicogenic headaches have been shown in a number of recent studies (which can be found here and here) and reviews to respond positively to a combined approach of simple mobilisations and self-directed exercises aimed at mimicking these mobilisations. It has been shown to decrease frequency and intensity of headaches and in some cases get rid of them all together.
But how do you know if your headaches fall into the cervicogenic category?
Cervicogenic headaches are usually: one sided, start at the base of the skull and work their way to the front, are accompanied by some neck stiffness or decrease in range (that is assessed for by your practitioner), and usually come on predictably after some sort of awkward neck positioning (e.g. sleeping funny, or sitting over work). These headaches tend to come on quite often, and may even produce some discomfort into the shoulder and arm of the same side. They tend to be found more so in the sporting/ athletic population, but can affect anyone. So if you’ve been battling with headaches, and feel as though you fit into this category, why not come in and give it a go.
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