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What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

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What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A Cervicogenic Headache is also known as a secondary headache. Secondary headaches are referred pain caused by another illness or physical issue in the body. This headache is caused by the disorder of the cervical spine and the components of the bony, disc and/or soft tissue elements.

Will Osteopathic Treatment help with these headaches?

Osteopathy is a proven means of prevention & treatment of Cervicogenic Headaches.


By addressing tight muscles, postural imbalances and joint dysfunctions, an Osteopath aims to have a material impact on the pain. This pain is often referred from the neck up to the scalp and often behind the eyes, as can be seen in the above image.

The upper neck shares a neuro-muscular pathway with regions of the scalp, hence the reason why the pain is referred directly to those areas.

If you experience headaches, particularly a new headache or change in pattern and frequency of pain, it is recommended to see a Medical Practitioner. Osteopathic treatment can help with managing pain and tension. If you want to know more about Cervicogenic Headaches, you can chat to your Osteopath at your next appointment.


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This blog post was written by Dr Drew Howell.
You can find out more about Drew here or book an appointment with him here.
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