Headache has been called the most common compliant of civilised man affecting approximately two-thirds of the population. The majority of headaches do not require medical examination.
Cervical headache is a term used to describe headache caused by abnormalities of the joints, muscles, fascia and neural structures of the cervical region. Cervical headaches are the most common persistent symptom following neck injury; poor sitting posture and stress are also often associated with headaches of cervical origin. Headache aggravated by neck movements may indicate a cervical cause for the headache.
Treatment of the patient with cervical headache requires correction of the abnormalities of joints, muscles and neural structures found on examination.
- Correction of postural abnormalities
- Dealing with emotional stress – relaxation techniques
- Mobilisation and manipulation of the joint
- Therapeutic exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles