Neck Pain and Headaches

Neck Pain and Headaches Portage MI

Cervicogenic and Migraine Headaches

Therapists at Rehab Specialists have extensive training in managing cervicogenic headaches and migraines arising from musculoskeletal reasons. We use an osteopathic, mulligan, Mckenzie approach as well as modalities to treat migraines and cervicogenic headaches.

Understanding Cervicogenic Headaches

A cervicogenic headache is a headache caused by referred pain that is perceived as being in the head but is actually coming from a source in the neck. It is usually caused by a disorder in the cervical spine and can result from stress to the neck, injuries, poor posture and muscle tightness.

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Pain on one side of the head
  • Steady pain that is not throbbing
  • Onsets of pain that last hours or days
  • Pain with sudden movements of the neck, such as sneezing or coughing
  • Very stiff neck
  • Pain that is localized to one area, such as the back or side of your head or your eye

Physical therapy is helpful for cervicogenic headaches using osteopathic, mulligan, and Mckenzie approaches to manipulate, stretch, release tension in and strengthen the neck and upper back regions. Our physical therapists at Rehab Specialists are trained using an evidence-based protocols to treat cervicogenic and migraine headaches that are caused by musculoskeletal issues. The therapists will use a combination of manual therapy and modalities to treat both the causes and the symptoms of the pain.