Cervicogenic headache refers to a headache that is caused by mechanical dysfunction of the neck. This is thought to be due to sensory nerves from the upper part of the neck and the head sharing the same "relay station".
Sufferers of cervicogenic headache typically experience pain one one side of the upper neck and head. This will often be made worse by neck movement, or holding certain head and neck positions for an extended period. There may be associated shoulder or upper back discomfort.
Manual therapy has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of cervicogenic headache, and a 2016 clinical trial showed that manipulative therapy to the upper areas of the neck and midback was a more effective approach than mobilisation and exercise.
As with all headaches, accurate diagnosis is the key to ensuring that you receive best treatment. If you are experiencing a headache be sure to see a registered health professional such as a chiropractor or your GP, especially if your headache is new, atypical, or getting worse.