cervicogenic headache ?
Muscles can get tight from a variety of causes, such as tension headaches, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and overuse injuries. Cervicogenic neck pain is caused by repetitive motions at the base of the skull – such as working at a computer or driving – that cause the cervical spine to curve.
Many people mistakenly think that chiropractic care is only beneficial for those with neck pain that originates from an actual medical condition, like herniated discs. However, chiropractic care can also help relieve the symptoms of cervicogenic neck pain caused by relatively common factors, like stress and tension.
The causes of cervicogenic headaches
Most people know that headaches can be caused by a number of things, such as stress, dehydration, and caffeine. But what about cervicogenic headaches?
Cervicogenic headaches are caused by pressure on the neck or head from the cervical spine (the vertebrae at the base of the skull). This pressure can come from a variety of sources, such as a heavy head or neck load, a cervical osteoarthritis condition, or even a cervical spinal cord tumor.
There is no one cause for cervicogenic headaches, but they can often be treated with pain relief medications and massage. If the headache is severe, your doctor may recommend surgery to relieve the pressure on the neck.
Prevention of cervicalogenic headaches
Cervicogenic headaches are caused by the pressure of the cervical spine against the skull. The most common cause is a forward head posture, which puts pressure on the cervical spine.
There are several ways to prevent cervicogenic headaches:
Get up and move around often: When you’re sitting, stand up and walk around every 20 minutes. This will help stretch and relieve pressure on the neck and spine.
Use a pillow to prop your head up: Place a pillow behind your head to raise it slightly and reduce pressure on the neck.
Use a neck support: A neck support can help distribute weight evenly across the neck, reducing pressure on the spine.