“Cervicogenic” refers to ‘neck-related’ and therefore the cause of ‘Cervicogenic Headache’
lies in the neck; more specifically, research has shown that the cause will be found in the top three spinal segments or joints.
Consequently, head pain is referred from a disturbance of any structure supplied by the top three spinal nerves. These structures include an intervertebral disc, small muscles, joints and their associated ligaments and capsules.1
Recognising Cervicogenic Headache from symptoms only, according to some authorities, can be problematic. One of the confusing phenomena about Cervicogenic Headache is that its symptoms can present as Migraine, Tension Headache or even Cluster Headache.
So even though you may have been given a diagnosis of Migraine, Tension Headache, Cluster Headache or other forms of headache, it may actually be a ‘Cervicogenic Headache’, which means it is treatable.
Authorities agree and research has shown that the most convincing confirmation of Cervicogenic Headache during the physical examination is reproduction of usual head pain and easing of the pain as the technique is sustained, when examining the upper neck joints.
The Watson Headache® Approach by selectively stressing specific joints in a smooth, gradual, sustained manner not only confirms Cervicogenic Headache, but also specifically the joints involved. This takes the guesswork out of examination and treatment, significantly increasing the chances of a successful outcome.
The Watson Headache® Approach is internationally recognised for its unparalleled diagnostic accuracy, differing from established, general, non-specific approaches.
Examination of the upper cervical spine could prevent a lifetime of medication because of your Headache or Migraine, could be a Cervicogenic Headache and Cervicogenic Headache can be treated successfully.
Commencement of treatment can only be justified by temporary reproduction of usual head pain.
Furthermore, appreciable changes in headache or migraine need to be evident within 4-5 treatments to support ongoing treatment (if required).
Ongoing, ineffective treatment is unacceptable to all.
For further information, please contact: Julie Faulks @Proactive Physiotherapy 40536222