Cervicogenic headaches are caused by the compression of nerves in your neck that are referring pain to your head and face. The term Cervicogenic literally means “originating from the Cervical spine” or neck. They are considered a secondary headache because they are the result of issues in the neck. Cervicogenic headaches affect women more than men at a 4:1 ratio. The average age of those suffering from Cervicogenic headaches is early 40’s.
For many people, poor posture is the reason that they suffer from these headaches. Forward head posture, often caused by slouching when sitting or standing, can lead to these nerves being compressed. Your physical therapist can prescribe you stretches and exercises to improve your posture which may help to decrease the frequency and severity of your symptoms.