The Difference Between Cervicogenic Headaches, Migraines, And Tension Headaches.
Cervicogenic headaches – Pain that can originate from any area in the neck and can refer into the head or face. This normally comes from a disorder or injury within the cervical spine or soft tissue structure.
This is normally resolved within 3 months of treatment.
Possible treatment – (Depending on symptoms and cause). Soft tissue work including massage, trigger pointing. Strengthen exercises and mobilisation techniques.
Migraines – These are headaches that can last from 4-72 hours if not treated or not treated correctly. These headaches normally consist of at least two of the following symptoms –
- Unilateral location (One sided)
- Pulsating sensation
- Moderate to severe pain
- Physical activity can aggravate symptoms
These are normally followed by at least one of the following – nausea and /or vomiting, Sensitivity to light and sound.
Possible treatment – Pain relief, Physiotherapy can help to manage pain through different coping strategies.
Tension headaches – These can occur for at least 10 episodes that happen on more than one day a month, and can last between 30 minutes and 7 days. These kinds of headaches normally consist of the following symptoms –
- Bilaterally (both sides) of the head/neck.
- Pressing or tightening feeling.
- Mild or moderate intensity.
- Reduced cervical spine mobility
Possible treatment – Soft tissue work including massage, trigger pointing. Strengthen exercises and mobilisation techniques.
Stuart Sievwright and The Physio Crew Team
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