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Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Cervicogenic Headache

Cervicogenic HeadacheThe source of the pain is rooted in the soft tissues or cervical spine of the neck, but the sensation of pain is transmitted to the head. It is also termed as secondary headache since it is caused by another physical tissue or illness. Primary headaches are due to things like brain tumours and infections, which thankfully are rare.

Causes of a Cervicogenic Headache

Cervicogenic headaches are thought to occur because of the way that pain signals from the neck mix with the ones from the head in an area called the trigeminocervical nucleus.  This is located in the top of the spinal cord.  When pain signals from the neck joints and muscles come into the area, the brain misunderstands the signals and thinks they are coming from the head.

The pain signals typically originate from the upper neck which includes the three upper neck joints, C2/3 disc, spinal cord coverings, and the neck muscles.  It can however be due to tightness in the low neck and shoulder muscles and joints as well. Dr. Rocchi explains that a dysfunction in any of these areas can essentially cause a neck headache. For example- A hair stylist or a carpenter can experience this type of headache because of the way they have to position their heads when they work.

A cervicogenic headache can also happen from a fall, whiplash, sports injury, arthritis or from a fracture in your upper spine or neck.

Symptoms of a Cervicogenic Headache

Symptoms may include:

  1. Non-throbbing, but a steady pain.
  2. Pain on one side of the face or head.
  3. Pain experienced in the head with neck movements or sustained postures.
  4. A stiff neck.
  5. Pain that remains at one point, like the front, back or side of your head or your eye.

Diagnosis and Treatment

A correct and quick diagnosis is critical since there are many types of headaches and some need immediate medical attention. Hence, consulting Scarborough Chiropractor Dr. Adam Rocchi is vital as he can diagnose the cause and provide you with appropriate treatment. At Spine Scan Dr Rocchi uses advanced tools such as the Pulstar Spine Scan tool can provide relief for your headaches. This tool helps in determining the degree of fixation or motion of your spine and delivers an optimum measure of force to any dysfunctional joints to restore normal movement and relieve pain.

Apart from this, Dr. Rocchi also explains that the Trigenics Neurological treatment system when combined with the use of the Spine Scan tool can make the whole process of curing spine related issues very smooth. The main objective of this treatment is to provide an immediate relief from pain and during the process it also helps in increasing the muscle performance and resets the normal muscle tone as well.

So, if you are suffering from chronic headaches, don’t worry further. Just call the practice now on (08) 61508785 Scarborough or (08) 61508783 Mount Pleasant to arrange an appointment.


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