Cervicogenic headache is classified by pain to the head that is referred from the neck region. The pain can be sharp or dull and it can affect the eyes or temples, generally on one side. Studies show that this type of headache comes from the upper cervical joints and muscles; structures that are pain sensitive and when they become irritated it is often more prominent in the head than it is in the neck. Research show at least 1 in 5 people have experienced headache related to their neck, making it one of the most common health complaints.
Whiplash injury or poor sitting posture is one common cause of this type of headache. Degenerative joint/disc, overwork or weak neck muscles can be contributing factors. The good news is if we correct these dysfunctions, your neck headache can be alleviated.