A cervicogenic headache (neck headache) is a very common ailment. Headaches are one of the most common reasons to visit a chiropractor for treatment. Usually, people feel the headache in the temple area and at the back of the head. Symptoms can be made worse with strain and excessive movement. Other neck and shoulder pain symptoms may be correlated to other symptoms the person is experiencing. One can also feel symptoms in their arms, such as numbness.
The most common triggers for the discomfort include; poor posture while sleeping at night, excessive strain, stationary work i.e. sedentary work and the like. The underlying cause of the ailment is a cervical spine dysfunction, the neck and shoulders, and the connective tissues of the surrounding area as well as a combination of a few other various symptoms. Cervicogenic headaches can occur while a person also has a migraine and tension headache and they can occur separately or simultaneously. Cervicogenic headaches are the most common type of headache.
Tension headache (tension-type headache) usually occurs on both sides of the back of the head. Muscle tension can be felt like a band squeezing around the head or upper neck area. Tension headaches are the kind of headache that causes throbbing pain.
Generally, neck and shoulder muscle tension is also usually involved. At worst, it can also cause dizziness and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). A person with this type of headache may also experience numbness in the face or arms. The pain can be a result of stationary work or a lack of exercise.
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