What Causes a Cervicogenic Headache?
Any condition or disorder of the cervical spine or tissue can cause cervicogenic headaches.
- Whiplash or other neck injuries
- Spinal misalignment
- Crick in your neck
- Elhers-Danlos syndrome (this is what caused my headaches)
- Posture and other lifestyle factors
Modern life includes sitting in front of computers, driving, hand-held devices, and watching
TV—all of these activities create severe stress on our neck and shoulders. While we know we should
take constant breaks from these activities, we often “forget!”
Holding our arms out in front of us and/or cocking our necks to see the screen properly,
we put pressure on our neck and shoulders that they weren’t built to handle.
This sets us up for muscle and joint strain and often leads to tension headaches.
Over time, repetition of poor posture can weaken muscles that normally hold our necks in
the correct alignment. When they weaken over time, the cervical bones can move around in
ways that they shouldn’t, pinching, squishing, and generally wreaking havoc.
Muscle spasms, also caused by long-term bad posture, can do the same thing.