Cervicogenic Headaches – What are they and what can cause them?
These types of headaches are classed as secondary headaches. Pain is felt in the head, resembling a headache, however, the source of the pain has developed in the neck.
This can be caused by a number of issues, including tightness and strain in the neck muscles. This tension can lead to restricted movement of the neck and discomfort in the neck and shoulders. Overuse of these muscles can be due to a person’s type of work, for example, driving and long periods working at a computer, sporting activities, lack of sleep, stress and anxiety. These tense muscles in the neck, often result in a headache.
Remedial massage to the neck and shoulder muscles, can have a positive effect on reducing the tightness in the muscles, resulting in an increased range of movement and reduction in pain and discomfort. By working through the muscle adhesions, using various massage techniques, including trigger point therapy, the stiffness in the neck can be reduced and full length of the shortened muscles can be restored.
There are a number of changes that can be implemented, which can help to reduce the build up of muscle tension. For instance:
- changing your sleeping position
- ensuring your workstation has the correct ergonomic set up
- taking regular breaks
- stretching the muscles
- correcting poor posture
These changes, together with remedial massage, can be of huge benefit to those overused, tired muscles and in turn can result in reduced cervicogenic headaches.