Cervicogenic Headache Program

Cervicogenic Headaches – Is your neck the cause?

Cervicogenic headache can be defined as “a potential spectrum of pain sources and pathology of the upper cervical spine, a disorder located in the articular, neural, muscular or other soft tissue structures of the neck.”1 What creates cervicogenic headaches is the convergence of the afferent nerves in the upper three cervical spine nerves and the trigeminal nerve on the common neurons of the trigeminocervical nucleus.2 This functional convergence allows for the bi-directional referral of pain sensations between the neck and trigeminal receptive fields of the face and head.3 This type of pain is prevalent in 20% of chronic cases.

1. Biondi 2004   2. Bogduk 1994   3. Bogduk 1992