Headaches Can Literally be a Pain in the Neck!

Headaches can be caused by a dysfunction in your neck.  Known as a cervicogenic headache, the pain is felt in the head but in actual fact is referred pain from the neck.  The pain can originate in the upper neck when the vertebrae become compressed and stiff. Typically people that lean forward in their chairs, and poke their chins out get these types of headaches by placing their joints and muscles into positions that are unnatural to their bodies alignment.

Typically a cervicogenic headache is a dull ache, normally affecting just one side but not exclusively. Discomfort can be felt at the back of head, behind the eyes, top of the head, forehead and around the ears. Along with the headache you may experience a stiff and sore neck and other symptoms such as dizziness and pins and needles.

Things to Consider

Posture

Are you adopting a good posture at home or work? Or do you sit forward in your chair?  It may be that you could benefit from a workstation assessment.

Sleeping

Sleeping on your front can cause issues and stiffness in your neck.  Make sure you use a good supportive pillow.

Triggers

What triggers your headaches? Writing a diary can help you to piece together why you’re getting the headaches.

Stress

Stress can be a huge factor in getting headaches so make sure you take regular breaks and try to relax away for your workstation.

Water

Staying hydrated can really help to prevent headaches.

Of course this is not an exclusive list and you should always seek medical advice if you have any concerns.

Physiotherapy can greatly benefit anyone suffering from headaches by:

  • Advising on postural alignment
  • Releasing stiff joints and muscles
  • Advising on strengthening and stretches exercises
  • Advising on self-management techniques

Acupuncture and taping can also be beneficial in the management of headaches.  Our physios also practice acupuncture and taping alongside the above techniques, and can see you at home or at work often within 24 hours.   Contact us today on 0207 884 0374 or email info@physiocomestoyou.com to arrange your first appointment.

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