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Updated: Jan 28

According to the world health organisation it is estimated that 50% of adults have had at least 1 headache in the last 12 months, and is the world's 3rd most leading cause of years lived with disability.

Different classification of headaches

There are many different classifications of a headache such as Migraine, Tension, Cervicogenic, Cluster etc. Each category is diagnosed differently depending on the patients signs and symptoms. Although they are classified separately there is often a lot of overlap between them.

Cervicogenic headaches are one of the most common sub-classification of headache. These headaches originate from the cervical spine (neck). The reason for this is believed to be because the nerves from the joints and muscles of the neck connect to the trigeminal nucleus in the brain. This nucleus is also responsible for sending and receiving signals to the head/face. This is why dysfunction with your neck can cause your brain to refer the pain to your head/face.

Symptoms of a Cervigogenic headache?

  • Headache symptoms which increase during neck movement/posture

  • Pain or pressure in the upper neck, temple, eye or base of the skull

  • Restricted neck movement

  • One sided head / neck / shoulder / arm pain

  • Episodes of varying duration

Many things can cause cervicogenic headaches such as,

  • Posture

  • Whiplash

  • Stress

  • Tight neck muscles

  • Neck trauma

So how can chiropractic help?

Chiropractic treatment helps restore the function of the thoracic and cervical spine and relaxes the local muscles. By increasing function and relaxing the muscles the threshold for triggering a headache is increased so the body is able to deal with these daily stresses (such as bad posture, stress etc) much better and as a result patients often experience a reduction in the frequency and intensity of their headaches.

For more information on how a chiropractic adjustment works, please read our blog on it here,

Don't take our word for it, see what our patients say

"I’ve suffered from migraines for years. After just a few treatments I have noticed a significant improvement in my headaches and overall mobility. Almost instant results and I always leave feeling much better than when I arrived!" - Pip -

"Highly recommended. When I first started going I was getting headaches almost every day but after the first one session I noticed an immediate reduction in the frequency of them. After 1 or 2 more sessions my headaches had immediately disappeared and I am very thankful for it" - Owen -

"I would highly recommend Rob! I had wanted to see a chiropractor for quite some time as I have almost always suffered with back pain but was apprehensive as to how it would help. I felt relief almost instantly, and left my first session feeling so relaxed, pain free and i had much more range of movement, I also noticed having less headaches. I now visit every 4-8 weeks when i feel I need treatment." - Briony

If this sounds like you or anyone you know, get booked in today to see if we can help! 


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