Symptoms of a cervicogenic headache:
- neck pain
- muscle tenderness
- tenderness over the joints in the neck
- shoulder/arm pain on the same side of the headache
- weakness and possible dizziness
Symptoms may increase with poor posture or prolonged positions. For example, sitting at your computer desk for extended periods of time. Cervicogenic headache and its associated symptoms are typically the result of stiff joints in the neck, soft tissue tightness/ trigger points and possibly nerve irritation.If you notice you are suffering from any of these symptoms, take some time to go for physical therapy in Oceanside or Smithtown for help.
Effective exercises for this type of headache include stretches and strengthening exercises.
Examples of Cervicogenic headache exercises
- Flexion and Extension bringing your chin to chest
- Lateral Extension (muscles on the side of your neck) bring your right ear to your right shoulder while keeping your shoulder still
- Rotation (muscles responsible for rotation) turn your head and try to look over your right shoulder
- Icing the muscles of the neck
If you find yourself trying these exercises at home and they are not working for you make sure to call and schedule an appointment for physical therapy in Oceanside or Smithtown today.