70% of patients who present with neck pain at Acland Street Physiotherapy are clinically diagnosed with cervicogenic headaches or "tension headaches". "Cervicogenic" simply means the headaches are originating from the cervical spine or neck region. It is important to note that different medical conditions can trigger this pain. his includes osteoarthritis, disc prolapses, or even a whiplash injury. It can also be caused by lifestyle factors such as occupational or personal stress and poor posture. Falling asleep in an awkward position with an unsupportive pillow can also trigger such symptoms.
Depending on the cause or trigger, this condition generally responds well to physiotherapy advice and treatment. Treatment may involve heat therapy, dry needling, soft tissue massage release of the affected structures including muscles, nerves and ligaments). Stiff joints in the neck (often the cervical facet joints often respond very well joint mobilisation, joint manipulation and therapeutic exercises.
This is an introductory explainer YouTube video (3:54) I often share with my patients at Acland Street Physiotherapy who are clinically diagnosed with cervicogenic headache. Enjoy!