There are many different types of headaches and many different causes for them. Two common types of headaches come from the neck – tension headaches and cervicogenic headaches.
As the name suggests, a tension headache relates excessive tension in the muscles in the upper back, cervical spine and upper shoulders. This tension can result in irritation of the muscles at the top of the neck and where these muscles attach to the skull. Tension headaches typically present across the back of the base of the skull, across the forehead or both. They are often related to poor postural habits and sometime stress can be a factor.
Cervicogenic headaches come from joint issues in the top of the neck. Because of the way we are wired (in terms of nerves) pain from a joint in the neck can often be referred onto the head. Cervicogenic headaches will typically present on one side of the head (unilateral) and generally radiate from the back of the head forwards.
How we fix Headaches
Although these headaches can be quite debilitating they respond very well to treatment and often only require 2-3 consultations to sort them out. With both of these types of headaches posture is important and good posture needs to be adopted in order to prevent the headaches coming back.