Cervicogenic (Neck) Involvement in Cluster Headache

July 4, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Research has shown that neck symptoms are common in cluster headache sufferers.

In 100 cluster headache sufferers, 40 and 47 reported neck stiffness and pain respectively whilst neck tenderness was evident in 29. Movement of the neck triggered the attack in 9 sufferers, 16 reported aggravation of symptoms by neck movements (particularly forward bending), whilst neck extension (backward bending) eased symptoms in 16.

Further evidence to support the examination of the neck in cluster headache sufferers … and my clinical experience.



(Solomon S, Lipton RB, Newman LC. Nuchal features of cluster headache. Headache 1990;30:347-9

Tobin J,Stephen Flitman S. Nerve Blocks: When and What to Inject? Headache 2009)

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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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