Sunday, June 22, 2008

AJIMSHAW’s Approach for Cervicogenic Headache

A cervicogenic headache is a syndrome characterized by one sided head pain, referred from either bony structures or soft tissues of the neck. Sufferers usually complain of single sided headache which is side locked (meaning it does not change position between sides of the head). It can extend from the neck to the base of the skull and around to the front of the head. The symptoms are generally provoked by neck movements and sustained postures, usually being described as dull or moderate in intensity and worse in the mornings.
On examination, sufferers tend to have reduced neck range of motion, sore and tender neck muscles, reduced joint mobility with poor motor control of the deep neck flexors (stabilizing endurance muscles).
It is important you are assessed by a physiotherapist to differentiate if your headache is of a cervicogenic nature and therefore easily treatable by AJIMSHAW’s Approach, or in actual fact, other forms of headache just migraine.
How can cervicogenic headache be treated?

AJIMSHAW’s Approach for Cervicogenic Headache

Treatment plans

Moist Heat x 10mts
Myofascial Release of head and neck
Craniosacral Therapy
Ultrasound x 6mts (1Mhz) at trigger points
Cryotherapy
Relaxation Techniques

Follow Ups

Joint mobilisation/ manipulation
Myofascial Unwinding
Myofascial Rewinding
Aerobic Strengthening
Postural Correction
Home Programs

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