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A headache is any sort of ache or pain around the head, eyes and above the ears. Headaches can have varying sources, as such physiotherapists generally deal with 'Cervicogenic headaches' which is a headache caused by tension around the shoulder and neck muscles.

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Cervicogenic Headaches

Can present with a stiff neck, tight neck muscles and a dull ache causing a headache around the eyes, back of the head and above the ears. In severe headaches. These symptoms can be short term or can last for several weeks or months without treatment.


Tension in the neck muscles commonly refers to the closest sources which includes the head, shoulders, and shoulder blade. The pain can be on one or both sides of the neck and can range from mild to severe symptoms.


Severe cervicogenic headaches can cause nausea, vomiting or dizziness. Long periods of computer work particularly on laptops can contribute greatly as well as unsupportive pillows.

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