Headache Neck Pain
A headache along with neck pain may be related to muscles which refer pain to the head. We have discussed neck strain and detailed how the a muscle may radiate pain to areas of the head. A particular area located in the is neck most often related to headaches.
The muscles illustrated here are related to headache from the jaw line to the side of the head. The “X” marks the area of strain and the red areas indicate pain referred to the head. This area is important because many of the neck muscles involved in a headache connect to the area right above at the base of the skull.
Follow the diagram of the suboccipital muscles to see the relationship between headache and neck pain.
This type of headache may be related to chronic muscular strain of the neck associated with changes in neck posture, muscle tension and stressful situations at work or home. Movement may create pain from the neck to the corresponding. Pain ranging from mild to more severe may be associated with this, however there is no throbbing and the pain may change, increasing or decreasing when pressing into the muscle. The headache can vary in duration and may only be a couple of hours to couple of days or weeks.
This type of headache pain usually responds well to neck exercises, posture correction, stress reduction and treatment of the area where the muscles attach as described above. Tools used for treating the upper neck muscles effectively are the neck release and the headache neck pain release which work deep into those specific muscles using the weight of the head and gravity, reducing spasm of neck related headache muscles and for self massage while lying down. They are based on an occipital release method of myofascial therapy.
The headache may result from irritation to other pain sensitive regions of the neck. A disc and/or joint can cause pain to radiate, causing a headache. Conditions producing this type of headache may be associated with degenerative disc disease. As many as 2 out of 10 who suffer from a chronic headache may have neck related headaches and it may be as high as 4 out of 10 in women.
Neck Related Headache Symptoms
Headache & neck pain may be responsive to specific Chiropractic adjustment, therefore seeking a consult may be advisable.
Causes related to a headache and neck pain vary. A doctor should be consulted with in diagnosing the possible causes. A headache may be related to medications, food allergies or may be indicative of a life threatening condition such as meningitis, which typically presents with headache neck pain & fever, therefore, this should be taken seriously.