Cervicogenic (neck) Headache and Migraine or the Same Condition?

July 24, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Why is it that if treatment of the neck provides relief that it is assumed that cervicogenic (neck) co-exists with migraine or that it is a misdiagnosed migraine? Why can’t it be that cervicogenic factors are instrumental in the migraine process?

Clearly when patients with ‘migraine’ who have not responded to recognised migraine treatments, achieve substantial pain relief to numbing of the greater occipital nerve, there can be only one conclusion …noxious (abnormal) information from the neck is responsible for the migraine process.



(Yi, X. et al Cervicogenic headache in patients with presumed migraine: missed diagnosis or mis diagnosis? J Pain 2005 Oct;6(10):700-3)

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Consultant Headache & Migraine Physiotherapist; International Teacher; Director, The Headache Clinic & Watson Headache Institute; PhD Candidate Murdoch University, Western Australia; Adjunct Lecturer, Masters Program, Physiotherapy School, University of South Australia; MAppSc(Res) GradDipAdvManipTher Experienced health practitioners trained in the Watson Headache Approach perform the examination and treatment techniques developed by Dean Watson. These techniques are based on his extensive experience of 7000 headache patients (21,000 hours) over 21 years and are now taught internationally. For your nearest practitioner who has completed training in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’ please refer to the ‘Practitioner Directory’.

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