The classification of a migraine or headache is complex and involves many factors.

Traditionally they can be classified in the following categories:

• Flash
• Cluster
• Tension
• Cervicogenic (Meaning from the neck)

Pain that is felt in the head that is referred from structures in the neck is called a Cervicogenic headache. This means that you may perceive the pain to be coming from your head, but in actual fact it is coming from your neck. This is similar to lower back pain that refers down a leg (sciatica).

BWT Physiotherapists can palpate to determine any movement restrictions (tight joints) or painful joints that reproduce the headache with specific areas of the neck being known to produce different patterns of headache.

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