Cervicogenic Headache

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

Pain referring from a source in the neck, usually excessive tension, which refers into the back of the head. Resulting in a dull deep ache into the side back or front of the head

Causes of Cervicogenic Headache

A Cervicogenic headache is a headache that is occurring due to irritation with one or more of your neck joints and small deep muscles at the back of your neck which can refer pain up towards the head, resulting in a headache.

Cervicogenic Headache Symptoms

There are many signs that will help you identify a Cervicogenic headache, but the main symptoms are that your headache becomes worse when you move your neck or with certain postures. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain from the back of the neck and radiates along the forehead, area around the eye, temple, and ear
  • Pain along the shoulder and arm on the same side
  • Reduced flexibility of the neck
  • Blurriness of vision may occur on the affected side in some cases
  • Pain almost always affects the same side of the neck and head, but in uncommon cases both sides may be affected

Some Symptoms That Are Shared Between A Migraine And A Cervigonenic Headache Can Include:

  • Feel like throwing up
  • Blurry eyesight
  • Loud noise can cause nausea
  • Shoulder or arm pain

Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

f you have a Cervicogenic headache, there are different treatment techniques you can use to suppress the pain or completely relieve yourself of the suffering:


This treatment involves remedial massage, electrotherapy, heat therapy, joint mobilisations, spinal adjustments, cupping, posture correction and exercises to stretch and strengthen specific muscle groups.


Ibuprofen or aspirin are medications that help to ease off the pain. Other medications include muscle relaxers and other muscle pain relievers.

Other options of Cervicogenic headache treatment include pain relieving techniques like acupuncture and yoga.

Tips to Managing Cervicogenic Headaches

  • Maintain good posture while sitting at a desk or while driving. Always remember to keep your ears above your shoulders and to keep all screens (desktop monitor or phones) at eye level.
  • Make sure you have a comfortable mattress and pillow. We recommend using an ergonomically contoured pillow.
  • Your neck is designed to rotate, bend from side to side and forward or backwards. Make sure to stretch your neck regularly to prevent the onset of Cervicogenic headaches. Book in with our Physiotherapists or Chiropractors to find out which stretches you specifically need to do!

Treatment Options

For all your headache needs, feel free to give us a call on 02 9793 8840 or Book Online