Unravelling the Mystery: How Your Neck Might Be Causing Your Headaches
Have you ever considered that the nagging headache you can't seem to shake might be caused by something other than … red wine… chocolate… hormones?
The culprit could be your cervical spine- aka your neck!!.
Most days I am told by someone that they have been having ongoing headaches and migraines. Many have had multiple scans and taking a lot of medication. Often this has been ongoing for years! True migraines are really debilitating. But is it always just a chemical imbalance in your brain setting off the pain?
Most headaches sit somewhere on the continuum between a cervicogenic (neck) headache and a migraine. Having the option to reduce the pain by treating your neck can be game changing for people’s lives.
Understanding the Cervical Spine-Headache Connection
1. The Role of Muscles and Joints: The neck is a complex network of muscles and joints. Poor posture, prolonged screen time, or even stress can lead to muscle tightness and joint irritation in the neck. This tension can result in pain that radiates upwards
into your head, manifesting as a headache.
2. Nerve Pathways: The top of the cervical spine is a nerve centre, where many nerve pathways converge. If any of these nerves are irritated, they can send pain signals to your head.
3. Referred Pain: Sometimes, pain is felt in a location different from its actual source,known as referred pain. A classic example is a cervicogenic headache, where the source of the headache is in the neck, but the pain is felt in the head.
What Does This Mean for You?
Understanding this connection is vital, especially if you're someone who frequently experiences headaches. It opens up new options for relief and treatment. A thorough assessment and treatment by a physio to help determine the cause, changes in posture and neck exercises could make a significant difference.
If you're suffering from persistent headaches, consider it might be coming from your neck.
Treatment directed at your neck might hold the key to alleviating your pain and it will be a simple way to help diagnose if your pain is a cervicogenic headache (caused by the neck).
A balanced approach involving hands on treatment, exercises and professional advice can offer much-needed relief.
Remember, your headache may be caused by your neck!
To organise a time to assess your ongoing headaches book online or call the practice 0263523131.