Upper Neck Stiffness
Cervical Joint Dysfunction:
Upper neck problems are a common cause of referred pain into the head region. Research has demonstrated how the nerves in the upper neck (when irritated), can send pain signals into the head and face regions; researchers believe this happens because the nerves supplying the skin and other sensitive structures in the neck have connections with the nerves supplying the face, forehead, temples, and even behind the eyes.
It therefore follows that injuries such as ‘Whiplash’ and ‘Neck strain’ can affect these nerves, and may cause pain in the head many years after the initial injury – (ie: following poor healing and/or repetitive re-aggravation)
Even more common is the slow progressive onset of neck problems, which occurs with day to day ‘wear and tear’ due to poor postures in the work place and poor postural habits at home (ie: sitting all day with the head down over a keyboard ; sleeping on your stomach every night and having your neck turned to one side) Often these people report a slow worsening of the intensity, and frequency of their headaches, and sometimes they may start to have migraines as well. In short, neck problems are a common source of irritation for headache and migraine sufferers; even where other problems may be the obvious initiators of attacks (ie: menstrual migraines).
The various components of these types of headaches can be readily addressed through treatment.
Neck Problems may contribute to Headaches and Migraines, so it is important to have them professionally addressed. It is also important to investigate for other potential causes as many cases of Headaches and Migraines have more than one ingredient.
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Dr Jerome Dixon B.App.Sc (Chiropractic) B.Sc (Biochem)
89 Whitehorse Rd
Australia Ph: (03) 9816 8800
Ground Floor 517 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne. VIC. 3004
Corner Commercial & St Kilda Rds
Ph: 0417 22 66 78
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