Cervicogenic Headaches: The Best Exercises for Relief [Video]

Woman with cervicogenic headache

The relentless pounding…the intense throbbing…headaches are the worst! Unfortunately, they’re also very common. In fact, they’re the most common reason people use over-the-counter pain medication. Headaches also account for 18 million doctor visits in the US, 156 million work days missed – an estimated $25 billion in productivity losses – every year1.

Do you get headaches? What Kind – migraines, tension-type, cluster? Maybe you’re like many of the patients I see and get headaches stemming from the neck region – these are called Cervicogenic Headaches. The good news with this type of headache is that there are steps you can take to alleviate the pain – even without taking medication.

Let’s take a look at what Cervicogenic Headaches are, what causes them, how they differ from other headaches, and – most importantly – how you can alleviate and prevent them from recurring…

Stretching: When To Do It, How To Do It

When and How You Should Be Stretching

I don’t stretch as much as I should – that’s what I caught myself telling a friend over dinner the other night. He had asked me what my thoughts were about stretching – when to stretch, how often, for how long, etc. As I was informing him of my knowledge on the subject, I felt a certain sense of guilt in regards to my own stretching regiment because, in all honesty, I don’t really stretch that often.

But I’m a Physical Therapist! I’m supposed to embody total health all day, every day! Shouldn’t I be stretching morning, noon, and night?

Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you feel like you should be stretching more. Or maybe you feel like it’s unclear why you’re stretching in the first place and what kind of benefit it will have.

Well, I’ve got some good news for us both: how you stretch and when you stretch is more important than spending more time stretching…

Ergonomics For Laptop Users

3 Steps to Save Your Neck

Ergonomics For Laptop

Do you use a laptop? There’s a good likelihood you do – but even if you use a desktop computer, this article still applies to you. It’s about improving your ergonomics – your workstation environment – to fit YOU. The problem with laptops is that they are small and the screen is fit to the keyboard, so you either have to look down at your lap, or set the computer up high, forcing you to have to reach up to use it. Either way isn’t ideal.

Hang tight though…there is a better way…