Chartered Physiotherapists

Specialists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy


Headaches can be secondary disorders which originate in the neck due to joint dysfunction or injury. This type of headache is known as a ‘Cervicogenic Headache’. These headaches usually present to one side of the skull and radiate into the back of the head and/or side of the face. Cervicogenic headaches often start as intermittent episodes of pain before progressing to a more constant state. The pain is usually mechanical in nature exacerbated by certain neck movements and/or positions.


Your ‘neck headache’ can originate from a variety of musculoskeletal or neurovascular structures in the neck. Dysfunctional muscles, ligaments, and joints in the neck all have the potential to refer painful signals back up the brainstem where it is sometimes interpreted as a headache. A Chartered Physiotherapist will assess the structures of your neck for dysfunction or injury, once the problem areas have been identified they may use any of the following treatment methods to help restore function in the neck: joint mobilisation, joint manipulation, massage, myofascial release techniques, dry needling, acupuncture, corrective exercises, heat therapy, TENS.

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“Due to a serious Repetitive Strain Injury in my shoulder/neck I have been attending Portobello Physiotherapy on and off over the last several years, during which, the treatment I have received has always been of the highest standard. The staff are both friendly and welcoming and have always answered any questions I’ve asked about my injury. Exercise programmes were set out for me, explained in detail and, in my case, altered to suit how my shoulder/neck react to them. As long as I put the time in to doing the exercises and follow the advice of the Therapists I always see results within a short space of time. I would highly recommend Portobello Physiotherapy to anyone, as the care and attention I have received on my visits has always been second to none.”

Tim Dublin 8

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