The Difference Between Cervicogenic Headaches, Migraines, And Tension Headaches.

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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.

 

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