For many people who experience neck pain, they also find that they suffer headaches in addition to the pain and stiffness in their neck. This pain can be severe and even prevent people from going about their daily routine. These cervicogenic headaches are often related to neck pain and Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation is here to help you understand the relationship between the two.
What are the causes of cervicogenic headaches?
Cervicogenic headaches are caused by a physical problem with the cervical spine discs or soft tissue in the neck. Poor posture is most often to blame for people experiencing neck pain with these types of headaches. More Americans than ever work sitting at a desk job with a rounded back, slumped shoulders and a forward head position facing towards our computer screen. This position places tremendous strain on the muscles and vertebrae of the neck.
Traumatic injuries such as whiplash suffered during a car accident can damage the soft tissue and knock the vertebrae in the neck out of alignment, as well.
What are the symptoms of cervicogenic headaches?
While you may experience both neck pain and occasional headaches, it does not necessarily mean that they are related. Some common symptoms of cervicogenic headaches include:
- Limited range of motion and stiffness in the neck in addition to pain
- Pain that also extends down into your arm and shoulder
- Headache pain that is concentrated on one side of the head
- Sound or light sensitivity
How can I treat cervicogenic headaches?
The most important you step you can take is to improve your neck pain is to improve your posture. Limit your sitting to 15 to 30-minute intervals while getting up to walk around and stretch for five minutes. Invest in a sit-to-stand desk to reduce the amount of time you sit. In addition, massage therapy can be a great and relaxing treatment that can reduce the tension in the muscles of the neck which can reduce neck pain and cervicogenic headaches.
Physical therapy is another excellent option to help treat your neck pain. The therapists of Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation will work with you to come up with a customized treatment plan based on your goals. Contact Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation today to set up your initial consultation.