Are you experiencing headaches?

By Denesh Hewa-Gamage

Headaches can be caused by a myriad of reasons. However, one of the lesser known reasons is due to neck dysfunction and is termed CERVICOGENIC HEADACHES.

The joints in your neck are intimately connected with the position of your head. Irritation of the neck area, stiffness in the joints and associated muscle spasm can cause pain to be referred into the head.

Common symptoms include:

• Tension around the head (like a bad across the forehead)
• Pain in the side of the head (around the temples)
• Tension in the ‘back of the eyes’
• Pain coming through the back of the head, at the base of the skull
• Associated neck pain, discomfort or tightness

Patients who present with cervicogenic headaches do not always complain of overt neck pain either.

Those at risk of this condition are office workers, students, drivers, and other people who sit in poor postures for long periods of time. Medications can help dull the pain, but will not get rid of the underlying cause of the problem.

Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy can correct the muscle spasm, loosen up the stiff joints, correct poor postures and recommend daily exercises to overcome this frustrating condition.

For more information, please see the article link below.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/…/PMC2565…/pdf/jmmt0016-0073.pdf

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