Neck Pain and Headaches & Migraines

Neck Pain and Headaches & Migraines
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Cervicogenic (Neck) Headaches

Cervicogenic (Neck) Headaches

Cervicogenic Headache Upper neck problems are a common cause of referred pain into the head region. Research has demonstrated how the nerves in the upper neck (when irritated), can send pain signals into the head and face regions; researchers believe this happens because the nerves supplying the skin and other sensitive structures in the neck have connections with the nerves supplying the face, forehead, temples, and even behind the eyes. It therefore follows that injuries…

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Neuralgia: Nerve pain

Neuralgia: Nerve pain

Neuralgia: Nerve Pain Occipital Neuralgia: This condition is believed to be due to irritation to the main sensory nerve in the back of the head; (that which supplies all of the skin and pain sensitive structures in the upper neck and back of skull). It is believed that this irritation may be caused by tightness in the muscles, joints or ligaments of the upper neck, thereby putting pressure on the nerve itself and causing it…

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Upper Neck stiffness

Upper Neck stiffness

Upper Neck Stiffness Cervical Joint Dysfunction: Upper neck problems are a common cause of referred pain into the head region. Research has demonstrated how the nerves in the upper neck (when irritated), can send pain signals into the head and face regions; researchers believe this happens because the nerves supplying the skin and other sensitive structures in the neck have connections with the nerves supplying the face, forehead, temples, and even behind the eyes. It…

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Muscular Trigger points

Muscular Trigger points

Muscular Trigger Points Muscular ‘trigger points’ commonly refer to discrete areas within a muscle which send a sensation of pain to an adjacent area; when pressed upon. Researchers believe that these points consist of tight areas within a muscle which are extraordinarily sensitive, due to a build up of wastes and chemicals which the body produces in response to irritation. These points become so sensitive that they may irritate adjacent nerves supplying that muscle, and…

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Tension type headaches

Tension type headaches

Tension Type Headaches This category of headaches is not well defined in the literature and is often a diagnosis given for aching or tightness around the back of the skull, temples, and even in around the forehead; of variable intensity and duration, but often long lasting and commonly related to stress and tightness in the muscles around the face and neck. Tension headaches are thought to be caused by a number of different factors, perhaps…

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Neuralgia

Neuralgia

Neuralgia (Nerve Pain) Occipital Neuralgia: This condition is believed to be due to irritation to the main sensory nerve in the back of the head; (that which supplies all of the skin and pain sensitive structures in the upper neck and back of skull). It is believed that this irritation may be caused by tightness in the muscles, joints or ligaments of the upper neck, thereby putting pressure on the nerve itself and causing it to…

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Brain Haemorrhages

Brain Haemorrhages

Brain Haemorrhages The blood vessels within the skull are sensitive to pain stimuli, as to are the surrounding membranes that hold the brain in the correct position. When a blood vessel ruptures (either spontaneously or due to trauma / or pressure), it usually causes a sudden, severe headache, and may displace some of the brain tissue and membranes- causing a progressive stiffness in the neck, and problems with the nerves which control the head, face…

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Brain-Nerve Tumours

Brain-Nerve Tumours

Brain-Nerve Tumours Tumours in and around the brain can certainly cause headaches, but fortunately they are fairly rare in occurrence. Depending on the type of tumour and the location, symptoms will vary. Most often there is a slow progressive increase in pressure inside the skull (as the tumour grows), so symptoms are usually also slow and progressive and may involve a steady loss of control in some of the nerves around the head, face and…

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