Headache is one of the most prevalent disorders, globally. The International Headache Society (IHS) classifies headaches into 3 main categories. The most common headaches people experience are Migraines, tension headaches and Cervicogenic headaches.

Common Causes for headaches

  • Poor posture when working or when lifting

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Whiplash or a traumatic injury to the neck

  • Facet joint arthritis


  • Does your headache limit your activities for a few hours or more than a day?

  • Are you noting nausea or sickness along with the headache? 

  • Do you have dizziness, feel lightheaded or have difficulty concentrating?

  • Do you have sensitivity to light?

  • Do you have nasal congestion or eye tearing associated with a headache?

  • Do you have stiffness and tightness in your neck?

  • Do you experience pain around your eyes or side of the head?

  • Do you have painful and/or decreased neck movements?

Each type of headache has its own pattern of pain, duration of symptoms, intensity of pain and aggravating causes. More often than not headaches are Cervicogneic headaches which are caused by muscle imbalance, overuse of neck muscles, stiffness and tightness of neck muscles, acute trauma to the neck like whiplash or prolonged poor postures. Best available studies show that the “C2-C3 facet joints are the most common source of Cervicogenic headaches” and can be treated with manual therapy techniques. Further, referred pain noted in and around the face can be traced to C1-C3 vertebrae in your neck.

How we can help you

Here at Physis PT and rehab we understand how debilitating headaches can be to your daily life. Our therapists will administer a comprehensive evaluation, determine the cause of your symptoms and address the limitations/abnormalities with treatment techniques like trigger point therapy, DNS, mobilization and manipulation, Myofascial release and Manual therapy.

It is important to never overlook a headache since it may be a sign of a severe problem. It is important to get it evaluated to rule out the following emergency situations

  • Side Effects of medications

  • Neurological impairment

  • Hormonal imbalance

  • Neoplasm

  • Hypertension

  • Stroke

  • Temporal arteritis

  • Herpes zoster

  • Meningitis

  • Constant sudden, severe and/or unusual headache.


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5th Floor

New York. NY 10017

Tel: 212-706-7480

Email: info@physisrehab.com

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Mon - Fri: 9 am - 8 pm 

​​Saturday: By Appointment Only

Sunday: Closed


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