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Neck and Shoulder Headaches

The medical term for headaches coming from your neck and shoulders is cervicogenic headaches. But even knowing that isn’t much comfort when you’re suffering from the pain and distress that they bring.

As always, we’ll aim to get to the root causes of your headaches. Typically they’re brought about by tension that causes neck pain or pain in the back of the head – tension that often results from irritation of the joints and muscles by things like strains, repetitive postures and lifting.

The good news is that natural, hands-on treatments can act as effective prevention against migraine headaches or constant headaches, and can help to relieve the pain. And using a preventative approach rather than medication can often be a better treatment strategy.

Our chiropractic, osteopathic and physiotherapy specialists in names of locations are experienced and highly qualified in the treatment, prevention and relief of migraines and headaches.

“A massive thank you to the team for getting me up & moving again after my car accident. I honestly don’t think I would have recovered so quickly without receiving such excellent treatment.’’ – Liz Ekrem

If you’re suffering from cervicogenic headaches, the symptoms you’re most likely to be feeling will be pain around your eyes, your temples or the back of your head, or tightness and tenderness in your neck joints and muscles. Any of these can refer pain into your head.

You may well also find that you’re limited in how comfortably you can nod or twist your neck.

And you’ll probably find that your headaches haven’t responded to common over-the-counter headache medication.

Our experienced and highly qualified chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists typically use a combination of hands-on treatments. These may include manipulation, mobilisation, trigger point therapy, soft tissue techniques and medical acupuncture.

Some patients ask us whether manipulation of the neck is safe. The answer is yes. Research evidence indicates a rare risk of stroke noted at 0.001% which is the same risk factor seen in patients who go to their GP for their headaches. If we feel that there may be some other cause for your head pain, then of course we will refer you appropriately.

Is the treatment supported by evidence?

Yes, chiropractic and osteopathic treatment has been shown to be effective in the treatment of cervicogenic headaches. This is supported by data taken from control trials and case reports, and by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Research into cervicogenic headaches:

Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network: Diagnosis and management of headache in adults. 2008: 107

     Bronfort G, Nilsson N, Hass M, Evans R, Goldsmith CH, Assendelft WJ, et al; Non- invasive physical treatments for chronic/ recurrent headache. Cochrane database  Systematic Review 2004, CD001878

   Jull G, Trott P, Potter H, Zito G, Niere K, Shirley D et al; A randomised controlled trial of exercise and manipulative therapy for cervicogenic headache. Spine 2002, 27:1835-1843

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