Cervical or cervicogenic headaches are related to dysfunction of the joints or soft tissue in the neck region. Cervical headaches can persist for days or weeks. Pain is most commonly reported in the occipital region, temporal region, behind or above the eye and in the ‘neck/shoulder’ trapezius muscles. Poor neck posture, poor sleeping posture, increased stress, increased strain and previous trauma like whiplash injuries are notably associated with these headaches.
Headaches of cervicogenic origin respond well manual therapy. Physiotherapy seeks and corrects the joint, soft tissue or alignment problems that lead to headaches. Frequency, intensity and duration of headaches are significantly reduced. Importantly, Body Logic Physiotherapy educates patients on the cause of their headaches and on how to avoid or prevent recurring headaches.