A neck driven headache or cervicogenic headache can often present as a wide range of symptoms including:

  • Radiation from the back to the front of your head.
  • Neck stiffness or a loss of movement, this sometimes can be subtle
  • Tenderness at the top of the neck or base of the skull
  • Your headache changes with neck movements
  • Generally feels worse on the one side of your head
  • Provoked by sustained postures such as office work or stomach sleeping
  • Your headache temporarily improves when you apply pressure to the back of your neck or the base of your skull.

Research indicates that up to 22% of all headaches seen clinically are neck driven. (Racicki et al 2013; Watson 2014). Treatment of your headache is often multi-faceted and is dependent on our findings during the initial assessment. If following your initial assessment your physiotherapist feels that your headache is driven by other factors such as allergies or hormone imbalances, we will transition your care to a medical practitioner.

If you feel that you might be suffering from a cervicogenic headache, book an initial consultation at Menai District Physiotherapy today.