Can Neck and Spine Misalignment Cause Migraines?

What Is a Cervicogenic Headache?

Have you ever woken up with a headache and a nasty crick in the neck? The two symptoms are probably related!

A neck ache combined with a headache could indicate a cervicogenic headache.

Cervicogenic comes from “cervico,” meaning “neck,” and “genic,” meaning “relating to.”

These headaches originate from the neck and by some definitions the spine.

How Is It Different From a Tension Headache?

Tension headaches are more common and are caused by tightening of muscles on or around the head and neck.

The tightening can be due to stress or staying in one position for too long. On the other hand,

a cervicogenic headache is caused by a partial misalignment (subluxation) of one or more of the neck vertebrae.

If you have a headache and neck pain, it’s probably cervicogenic.

The misalignment can be isolated to just the neck vertebrae, but it can also originate from subluxation of

another joint, most commonly in the thoracic or lumbar spine, shoulders, ribs, and pelvis.

People with hypermobile joints are more likely to experience these headaches.