A cervicogenic headache is a syndrome characterized by dull aches located at the back and/or sides of the head. Frequently it is described as a band or vice-like sensation compressing around the scalp. The cervicogenic headache is often produced by neck injuries, accidents, poor work ergonomics, spinal fixation/subluxation, postural strain, repetitive neck or shoulder movements, forward head posture, myofascial trigger points, and temporomandibular joint syndrome/dysfunction (TMJD). Suboccipital Stretch
Here are some standard stretches and home care recommendations. However, it’s important to seek medical attention before initiating any stretches or home exercise routine especially if you experience any of the following with a headache: double vision, vertigo, lightheadedness, drop attacks, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, difficulty walking because of balance or a loss of coordination, nausea, numbness especially in the face, or uncontrollable eye movements.
Note: this movement should be the skull stretching on the neck, not just neck flexion. The stretch should be felt at just the top of the neck and base of the skull, not the entire neck.
Levator Scapulae Stretch
Self-Release Trigger Point Therapy
This article was written by Dr. Deryk Harting one of the members of Chambers Medical Group’s team of car accident chiropractors who offer a variety of treatments and therapies ranging from diagnostic testing to various soft tissue therapies for car accidents and injuries in Kentucky.
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