Cervicogenic Headaches (Tension Headaches)
Headaches are pain in the head, in or around the eyes or ears and behind the back of the head. There are many different types and causes of headaches. The most common type of headache treated by physiotherapists is a cervicogenic (or tension) headache.
What does a Cervicogenic Headache feel like?
Cervicogenic headaches can often begin in the back of the head and upper neck as a band-like tightness or pressure. There can be different patterns of pain, such as a ‘headband’ like pattern of pain or pressure, or a sharp throbbing pain behind the eyes. The pain can be one or both sides, range from mild to severe in intensity and can commonly be mistaken for migraine without aura. They can in some cases cause dizziness and nausea. Cervicogenic headaches can be aggravated by certain posture or positions such as sitting a computer for long periods of time. Neck stiffness and upper back stiffness can also be precipitating factors in developing headaches. Cervicogenic headaches typically respond extremely well to physiotherapy. Your physiotherapist will also provide postural and ergonomic advice if this is outlined to be a contributing factor. Discussion of correct pillow and workstation setup may also be provided as well as other preventative measures.
How is it treated?
Your Physiotherapist will discuss the underlying causes of the headache. Treatment typically consists of soft tissue release and joint mobilisation of the upper neck and back, as well as the shoulders. Your Physiotherapist will provide you with exercises to help to relieve the headaches as well as maintain mobility of the neck and back.
If you suffer from headaches, contact Ergoworks Physiotherapy for treatment and relief.