Cervicogenic headaches (headaches secondary to neck problems)
Problems involving neck muscles, cervical soft tissue and/or the cervical spine (facet joint and disc) can cause headaches. Muscles, nerves, veins, bones, or joint involvement can lead to pain. The problem causing pain is usually located in the first three cervical vertebrae.
Cervicogenic headache can be caused by trigeminal nerve involvement. The spinal root of the trigeminal nerve carries the sensory and pain fibers of the face and meninges. Neck pain can also result from long-term sedentary work, long-term phone/tablet gazing, and/or long-term driving. These lead to muscle imbalance in the neck and back muscles and postural disorders (known as Upper-Crossed Syndrome).
Cervicogenic headaches are 2-3 times more common in females. Almost two percent of the population is affected. Twenty years ago, more middle-aged/elderly people were afflicted, but due to current technology addiction, more people are diagnosed from all ages, especially adolescents and young adults.
Symptoms-signs that you can have are:
If you have one of the following conditions or lifestyles, you are at increased risk to have cervicogenic headaches:
Physical Examination might reveal:
a) Sugar-free diet
b) Gluten-free diet
c) Paleo diet
d) Vitamin/mineral supplements
e) Probiotic treatment