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Signs of a cervical headache

Are you facing another day with a constant headache or do you have pain behind your eyes?

You may be suffering from a cervical headache.

If you are experiencing a cervical headache, you may have the following symptoms:

  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Pain starting at the base of the neck and spreading into the head
  • A pulling, gripping or tight band around the head
  • A constant, steady, dull ache
  • A headache that is affected by head or neck movements
  • Tenderness at the base of the neck

What you can do to help treat a cervical headache:

  • Practice good posture at home and work
  • Identify and reduce sources of stress
  • Apply heat or ice to the back of the neck as it may ease muscle tension

The role of physio

It is really important to engage in an active rehabilitation programme with a physio. Stretching and strengthening exercises are commonly used and posture correction also plays an important role.

Treatment for cervical headaches involves correction of the source of the headache. Focus points may be the joints, muscles or nerves of the neck.

TBI Health provide a range of health solutions. A TBI Health Physiotherapist can work with you to help get you back on track and pain free.

References and further reading:

TBI Health Solutions
Cervical headache – quick guide