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COMMON
PROBLEMS
HEADACHES

HEADACHES ARISING FROM
MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS OF
THE CERVICAL SPINE, TERMED
CERVICOGENIC HEADACHES ARE A
COMMON FORM OF REPETITIVE
HEADACHE.

COMMON
PROBLEMS
HEADACHES

HEADACHES ARISING FROM
MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS OF
THE CERVICAL SPINE, TERMED
CERVICOGENIC HEADACHES ARE A
COMMON FORM OF REPETITIVE
HEADACHE.

WHAT ARE
HEADACHES

Headaches arising from musculoskeletal disorders of the cervical spine, termed cervicogenic headaches are a common form of repetitive headache. Physiotherapy is recommended as a first line of management. Stress and poor posture are key causes of headaches, the tension developed in the musculature of the upper back and neck transfers to the upper cervical spine which then stiffens joints which gives rise to headaches.

They are very common in office workers who are seated for long periods in front of computers which invariably results in poor posture and muscle imbalances. Other causes include allergy, diet & systemic imbalances.

The physio will test the neck for imbalances in range of motion, joint stiffness, ligament thickening and muscle imbalances. Swelling and muscle spasm can be noted and managed, serious pathology is imaged to define diagnosis. These imbalances are then duly managed with manual therapies and other modalities eg exercise, traction, electrotherapies, ice or heat. Predisposing factors will be addressed to prevent recurrence.


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OTHER SYMPTOMS

- Sense of a aura above the head

– Sensitivity to light

– Occurring on one or both sides of the head

– Aggravated by sustained neck postures,

– Slowly builds over a few days or weeks


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DO'S AND DON'TS

Do ask your physiotherapist, GP or sports physician about your condition, don’t ignore it! It can worsen and lead to persistence of your symptoms and further disability. There are many forms of headache so it is vital that a definitive diagnosis is made to ensure appropriate treatment. Physiotherapy can determine if manual therapies will help or if further investigation will be necessary.


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TREATMENTS

- Diagnosis and explanation of your specific condition

– Management of joint stiffness allowing full range of movement of the neck

– Massage of tight muscle groups and joint mobolisation

– Stretching of the dense connective tissues surrounding the upper neck

– Strengthening to prevent further weakness & recurrence

Work station correction and optimal set up advice



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SYMPTOMS


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