Cervicogenic Headache

What Is a Cervicogenic Headache?

Cervicogenic Headache | Treatment & Management

Valued Health Osteopathy

3/658 Centre Rd, Bentleigh East, 3165

Most people have experienced a headache at some point in their lives. There are many different types of headaches, including Migraines, Tension-Type and Cervicogenic headache. Each headache type can arise from various causes and triggers, range from being mild to intense and can last from a few minutes to several hours.

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A common headache we regularly see at Valued Health Osteopathy in Bentleigh East is a Cervicogenic Headache.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A Cervicogenic Headache is known as a secondary headache, as it is referred pain arising from a dysfunction in the upper cervical spine.

A common presentation of a Cervicogenic Headache may include:

Pain felt on one side of the neck, head or face

A constant deep dull ache

Radiates up from the neck to the scalp, and may also refer to the eye

Aggravated by certain neck movements and sustained awkward postures

Treatment of Cervicogenic Headache

Research shows that conservative treatment techniques are an effective intervention to manage cervicogenic headaches1,2. This may include joint mobilisation and manipulation, stretching, and soft tissue massage to the neck and surrounding areas.

Management of Cervicogenic Headache

At Valued Health Osteopathy, it is important for us to provide you with self- management strategies, rehabilitation, educate you on what is going on, find the source of pain and recognise what is contributing to it! 

If you have any questions or are experiencing a headache and want advice for self-management strategies, call the clinic on (03) 9570 9061 so we can help you Move, Grow and Thrive!

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All our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are university trained allied health professionals who have completed a minimum of five years of university training. It is also a requirement that all our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Osteopathy Australia (OA).

You do not need a referral to see one of our friendly Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy. We have a very good relationship with many surrounding doctors, other health practitioners and personal trainers in the local community of Bentleigh East , Bentleigh, Ormond, McKinnon, Oakleigh, Carnegie, Caulfield, Moorabbin, Murrumbeena, Brighton, Clayton and Clarinda.

Valued Health Osteopathy offers:


Clinical Pilates

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Ergonomic Workstation Assessments

Massage Therapy

Exercise Rehabilitation

Strength & Conditioning

Valued Health Osteopathy is open 6 days a week with early morning and evening appointments. Move better with Osteopathy!

Valued Health Osteopathy is located at 3/658 Centre Road, Bentleigh East, Melbourne, Victoria, 3165.

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  1. Racicki, S., Gerwin, S., DiClaudio, S., Reinmann, S. and Donaldson, M., 2013. Conservative physical therapy management for the treatment of cervicogenic headache: a systematic review. Journal of manual & manipulative therapy21(2), pp.113-124.
  1. Biondi, D.M., 2005. Cervicogenic headache: a review of diagnostic and treatment strategies. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association105(4_suppl), pp.16S-22S.

About Tom McCormick

Dr. Tom McCormick (Osteopath) is the Director and Principal Osteopath at Valued Health Osteopathy in Bentleigh East. Tom is a qualified Osteopath and Dry needling practitioner and is also a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach. Tom has also completed further studies in optimal movement patterns with the FMS (Functional Movement Systems).Tom believes it is important to address the immediate issues causing pain, however feels it is equally important to improve his patient’s ongoing movement, tissue quality, muscle activation and muscle strength in order to optimize injury recovery and reduce the chance of re-aggravation. Since Tom graduated as an Osteopath he has had the opportunity to work both in Queensland and Victoria within private practice and has worked closely with sporting teams. Tom has suffered many injuries and complaints over the years due to his heavy interest in sport. From broken bones, torn cartilage, tendon and muscle injuries to even a double hernia repair, this is ultimately what led Tom into the health field. Tom has a hands on approach to healthcare by utilizing a broad range of techniques that are tailored specifically to each patient. Such techniques include mobilization, soft tissue massage, stretching, trigger point therapy, dry needling and exercise rehabilitation. Although Tom enjoys treating athletes, he also thrives on the sense of enjoyment that comes with helping his patients of all ages with many other injuries. Tom also has experience in treating headaches, back and neck pain, hip, knee and ankle injuries and shoulder and elbow pain. Here at Valued Health Osteopathy Tom will use his Osteopathic experience, coupled with his further training to assess, diagnose, rehabilitate and treat in order to get you moving better with less pain. Outside of work Tom loves to travel, watch plenty of sport, exercise and loves a good coffee.