What is it?

Cervicogenic Headaches and Migraine are attributed to problems arising in the neck. Usually it is the upper part of the neck and at the base of the skull that is the area causing the problems – anatomically this is an important gateway for the nerves and blood vessels to travel in and out of the skull.  Tight muscles that attach to the base of the skull may be part of the problem and this tightness can be due to a number of factors, but particularly stress and poor posture.

Cause 

Cervicogenic headaches often follow actives that have placed excessive stresses on the structures around the upper part of the neck.  This may occur dramatically due to a specific incident (e.g whiplash or heavy lifting) or more commonly, due to repetitive or prolonged actives such as slouching, poor posture, excessive bending or twisting of the neck or working at a computer.  Stress can also be a causative factor which can increase the tension of the neck and shoulder muscles.  It is not uncommon for these types or headaches to also occur gradually and no particular reason.

 

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