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Osteopathy typically helps headaches caused by neck tightness (Cervicogenic headaches), but osteopathy can also help some forms of migraine...

Common causes of Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic headaches can be so severe that they mimic symptoms of a migraine. Here are the main causes:

  • Poor posture: Improper alignment of the neck and shoulders can put undue strain on the muscles and joints in the area, leading to cervicogenic headaches.
  • Head and neck trauma: An injury or accident that impacts the head or neck can cause a cervicogenic headache.
  • Whiplash: Sudden acceleration and deceleration of the head and neck can cause whiplash, which can lead to cervicogenic headaches.
  • Joint dysfunction in the neck or upper back: Restrictions in movement, such as from arthritis or degenerative joint disease, can cause tension in muscles and joints leading to cervicogenic headaches.
  • Habitual tension-type headaches: Repetitive episodes of tension-type headaches can lead to cervicogenic headaches over time.
  • Stress: Stress and tension in the neck and shoulders can also cause cervicogenic headaches.

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Cervicogenic Headaches explained

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.

How does an Osteopath treat Cervicogenic Headaches?

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.

How long does it typically take to recover from Cervicogenic Headaches?

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.

Treatment Summary


The osteopath will then use gentle manipulation, stretching and massage to help reduce pain and stiffness.

No. Of Visits

In some cases, a single visit may be enough to reduce pain and discomfort. In more severe or long-term conditions, a course of treatments may be necessary to achieve lasting relief.


We will also provide advice on lifestyle changes, such as exercise or ways to improve posture, that can help support recovery.

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Mike Venner
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11:05 16 Mar 24
Vey good visit went through what treatment I would need very good treatment very polite has helped my condition hopefully will progress to terminate the pain I am suffering
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14:28 07 Feb 24
Chris sorted out my long-standing neck problem which was showing no signs of improving through rest. Great guy - give him a go and I don't think you'll regret it.
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13:50 05 Oct 23
Everytime ive needed treatment for my pain the staff have been so lovely, informative and helpful. I always recommend these guys to anyone as i know they go above and beyond to help you. Big shoutout to the new assiocate osteopath Harry who is very down to earth and easy to have a chat with. He did a great job of treating my shoulder pain, informing me about next steps to take, exercises to do and making me feel at ease. 👍✨️
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11:39 02 Aug 23
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12:59 25 Jul 23

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Chris Branch
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We understand that taking the first steps to becoming pain free is always a big decision.

I'd like to personally reassure you that every case is dealt with respectfully, transparently and with care.

Please book your initial appointment and our knowledgeable practitioners will be able to guide you toward feeling great again.

Private Health Insurance

Osteopathy is often covered by private health insurance, but in some cases it is an additional element of the policy or you may need to get a referral from your GP or approval in advance. It is best to contact your insurer and ask about the details and process for your particular policy. We can invoice direct to the insurer if appropriate.

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