Is a Pain in the Neck Causing Your Headaches?

Many people don’t know that often headaches can be caused by musculoskeletal structures such as tight muscles and joints. These headaches are called cervicogenic headaches, meaning they are coming from dysfunction in the cervical spine (neck).  Currently, the amount of research surrounding individuals with neck pain and cervicogenic headaches and/or migraines is increasing.1

Prior studies have shown that strength, motor control and endurance issues in the muscles of the neck & upper back are common impairments among those with neck pain and headaches.2 What this means is that the muscles in the deep part of your neck (aka your deep neck flexors: seen below – longus colli & longus capitis muscles) and your upper back (middle trap, lower trap etc.) weaken which can cause us to fall into what is referred to as a “forward head & rounded shoulder posture”. 3. Throughout the day as we sit, it is common to fall into this type of posture especially during activities such as driving, sitting at a desk, studying and working on the computer.