Cervicogenic headaches can be so severe that they mimic symptoms of a migraine. Here are the main causes:
A cervicogenic headache is a type of headache that originates from the neck, often due to injury or strain. It can be caused by poor posture, head and neck trauma, whiplash, joint dysfunction in the neck or upper back, or even habitual tension-type headaches. Symptoms of a cervicogenic headache include pain in the back of the head, neck and shoulders, as well as headaches that are worse with certain head movements.
Cervicogenic headaches can be mistaken for migraines, as they often share similar symptoms. However, it is important to note the differences between the two types of headache in order to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. Cervicogenic headaches originate from the neck, whereas migraines are believed to originate in the brain.
An osteopath can treat migraines in several ways, such as through manual manipulation of the body, massage therapy, stretching exercises, and lifestyle advice. Osteopathic treatment can help reduce pain and tension associated with migraines, as well as improve circulation to the head and neck area.
It can also help address any underlying structural imbalances which may be causing or contributing to the migraines. Osteopaths may also recommend lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain triggers, improving sleep patterns and reducing stress levels if appropriate.
They may also provide nutritional advice for those with dietary-related migraine triggers.
The amount of time it takes to recover from cervicogenic headaches will depend on the severity and type of headache, as well as how quickly the treatment plan is implemented. Many people find symptom relief after just a few sessions with an osteopath, while others may require more intensive treatments over a longer period of time.
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