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What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

This is a headache that comes from the tight muscles in your neck. It was one of the most common and sometimes it's confused with migraines.

What does it feel like?

It presents as a steady, non-throbbing pain at the back and base of the skull, sometimes extending downward into the neck and between the shoulder blades. Pain may be felt behind the brow and forehead, even though the problem originates from the cervical spine. It can start as a neck ache that goes into your head. It can also only hurt on one side and cause dizziness and nausea.


How long does it last?

It can last from one hour to one week.


How can we get rid of it?

First and foremost, PREVENTION IS KEY. However, if you are experiencing an active cervicogenic headache, try some ice or heat. Feel around your neck and shoulders for tight muscles. Gently massage these areas to see if it provides relief. Hot showers and Epsom salt baths can help to relax muscles to relieve the headache. Of course, Chiropractic Care as well as dry needling is very effective in treating this type of headache.


As stated, prevention is key! Make sure your workspace ergonomics are correct. Also, if you are taking long commutes to work, be sure you have proper vehicle ergonomics as well.


If you feel like you or a loved one is experiencing this type of condition, reach out to set an appointment.



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