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Stuart Fossella - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Comments (0)
Posted 7 years ago
Image of a lady suffering with a headache


Headaches can be caused by a wide variety of problems but what we are considering here is those that originate from the neck region. These are very commonly caused by joint stiffness in the upper part of the neck or because of muscular tension, or more often than not, a combination of the two. So although you are suffering with a headache, the actual cause may be your neck!.

Check out the following link for a 3D image of the neck joints and soft tissues Healthline

A Cervicogenic headache (originating from the neck) is diagnosed based upon a patients description of symptoms and upon the findings of a detailed physical examination carried out by your Physiotherapist.

An examination may reveal a lack of head/neck movement, limited because of stiff joints. Acute areas of tenderness through the neck may be related to tight soft tissues, perhaps caused by the underlying muscle, tendon, fascia and ligaments.

Clinical Signs

  • A frontal or one-sided headache, or ache behind the eyes.
  • Headache made worse by postures held for an extended period of time.
  • Headache made worse by movement or certain specific activity.
  • Stiffness and tenderness in the neck causing a loss of movement.


  • Joint mobilising, +/- joint manipulation.
  • The release of tight soft tissues.
  • Acupuncture for pain relief.
  • Stretching and strengthening of postural muscles at the neck and upper back.

Contact us today, and see how Physiotherapy can help relieve headaches.


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