Cervicogenic Headache

Summary

  Cervicogenic headaches are attributed to underlying problems in the head and neck that may be chronic or episodic.  The international headache society(IHS) defines cervicogenic headache as pain referred from a source in the neck and perceived in one or more areas of the head or face.


Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain referred from the neck and perceived in one or more regions of the head and/or face
  • A mechanical disorder within the cervical spine or soft tissues of the neck known to cause headache
  • Myofascial tender spots
  • History of whiplash or neck injury
 

Treatment

  • Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy is recommended for the treatment of patients with cervicogenic headaches
  • Massage therapy
  • Joint mobilization
  • Deep neck flexor exercises
  • Stress and nutritional counseling
  • Co-management with medical doctor