Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Cervicogenic Headache (CGH)

Cervicogenic headaches originate from the neck and can refer to the face and head, with pain often occurring in the suboccipital region. Problems with the neck muscles, joints, or nerves often cause these headaches. Cervicogenic headaches can be debilitating and often lead to difficulty with daily activities and loss of productivity.

At Opal Physio, we understand how cervicogenic headaches can affect your daily life. If you are experiencing persistent headaches that seem to originate from the neck, you may suffer from CGH. Our specialized physiotherapy treatment for cervicogenic headaches is designed to provide effective relief and long-term management for this condition.

Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Understanding cervicogenic headaches

Cervicogenic headaches are a type of headache that originates from the cervical spine (neck) and may radiate toward the head, temples, or eyes. These headaches can often be mistaken for migraines or tension headaches, leading to misdiagnosis and ineffective treatments. Unlike other headaches, CGH is triggered by issues in the neck, such as muscular imbalances, joint dysfunction, or nerve compression.

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Symptoms of cervicogenic headache

Cervicogenic headaches are often described as dull aching headaches that seem to originate in the base of the skull or the back of the head. They may also be accompanied by neck, shoulder, or upper back pain. The pain may worsen with certain neck movements or when the head is held in certain sustained positions for a duration.

Causes of cervicogenic headaches

While the exact cause of cervicogenic headaches is unknown, they are thought to be related to problems with the neck’s joints, muscles, or ligaments. These problems can cause the neck to become misaligned, which can irritate nerves and lead to pain.

How can Opal Physiotherapy help with cervicogenic headaches?

At our Langley physiotherapy clinic, we can help you to identify the source of your cervicogenic headache and provide you with the appropriate treatment. We will work with you to determine the best course of treatment, which may include manual therapy, exercises, and/or modalities.

Our approach to cervicogenic headache physiotherapy treatment

We believe in a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to treating cervicogenic headaches. Our experienced physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment to identify the root causes of your headaches and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. We focus on

  • Individualized assessment: Our skilled physiotherapists will take the time to understand your medical history, lifestyle, and specific headache patterns. They will perform a detailed physical examination, including assessing your neck’s range of motion, muscle strength, and joint mobility.
  • Targeted manual therapy: Depending on the assessment findings, our physiotherapists may utilize various manual therapy techniques to address joint dysfunctions, muscle tension, and nerve irritations in the neck. These may include joint mobilizations, soft tissue release, and stretching exercises to improve mobility and reduce pain.
  • Therapeutic exercises: We will design a customized exercise program to strengthen the muscles supporting your neck and improve posture. These exercises are essential for enhancing stability and preventing future headaches.
  • Posture and ergonomic guidance: Our therapist will provide valuable tips and recommendations to improve your posture during daily activities and ergonomics at work or home. Proper posture plays a crucial role in preventing CGH from recurring.
  • Education and lifestyle advice: Understanding cervicogenic headaches and the factors that trigger them is vital for successful management. Our experts will educate you about headache triggers, stress management, and self-care strategies to empower you on your journey to recovery.
  • Ongoing support: Our commitment to your well-being doesn’t end with the treatment sessions. We will closely monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. Additionally, we’ll provide guidance on maintaining a healthy neck and preventing future headaches.
Cervicogenic Headache Physiotherapy Treatment

Cervicogenic headaches physiotherapy treatment

Physiotherapy treatment for cervicogenic headaches involves a multimodal approach, including manual therapy, exercises, and other interventions to help improve the neck’s function and reduce pain.

  • Manual therapy: It involves joint mobilization and manipulation for CGH, focusing on procedures such as massage, manipulation, and physical therapy. Treatment with manual therapy has been shown to provide favourable outcomes, especially when combined with exercise.
  • Exercise interventions: Craniocervical flexion exercises are as effective at reducing cervical pain.
    A six-week physiotherapy program, including manual therapy and exercise interventions, has been reported as an effective treatment option for reducing CGH.
    • Some exercises that can help alleviate cervicogenic headache pain include:
      Neck active stretches
      Upper trapezius stretch
      Deep neck flexor strengthening
      Postural exercises
  • Relaxation techniques: Deep breathing, yoga, and meditation can help reduce stress and tension in the neck muscles.
  • Lifestyle modifications: Addressing poor posture, repetitive head movements, and prolonged sitting can help prevent cervicogenic headaches.

Why choose Opal Physio for cervicogenic headache treatment?

  • Experienced and skilled team: Our physiotherapists efficiently treat cervicogenic headaches and have extensive experience in providing effective solutions for patients.
  • Individualized care: We recognize that each patient is unique, and our treatment approach reflects this understanding. We create personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs and goals.
  • Evidence-based practices: Our treatment methods are grounded in the latest scientific research and evidence, ensuring our patients receive the most effective and up-to-date care.
  • Patient-centred approach: Your well-being is our priority. We are dedicated to providing a comfortable and supportive environment where you can focus on your recovery.
  • Holistic care: Our treatment goes beyond symptom management; we address the underlying causes of your CGH to promote long-term relief and improved quality of life.

Don’t let cervicogenic headaches keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. Take the first step towards effective and lasting relief by scheduling an appointment with our experienced physiotherapy team. Let us help you regain control over your health and well-being. Contact us today to book your consultation.

Some of our clients’ experiences

I am a big fan of the work that the Opal Physiotherapy team does. I have been a patient of theirs for a few years now and have had nothing but great experiences. I recently had a cervicogenic headache, and they were able to help me out immensely. I highly recommend their services to anyone suffering from any type of pain.

John From Langley

The team at Opal Physio at Langley was amazing! My husband has suffered from chronic headaches since he was young. He’s tried everything under the sun to get rid of them and nothing worked until we found Opal on Google. After seeing his results, we decided to try laser therapy. It took less than two weeks for him to feel better. He no longer gets headaches anymore, and he feels like a new man. Thank you so much for all your hard work!

Aurora From Surrey

I had a great experience working with Cynthia. She was able to quickly identify the source of my headaches and develop a plan to address it. I am now able to go about my life without the constant pain of cervicogenic headaches. If you are suffering from cervicogenic headaches, I highly recommend that you give Opal Physiotherapy a call.

Hazel From Maple Ridge