The Thinking Practitioner

31: Headaches of Another Kind: Cervicogenic Heachaches

January 27, 2021

31: What are cervicogenic headaches? Are they even a thing, and if so, why are they particularly amenable to manual therapy and massage? Til Luchau and Whitney Lowe discuss these questions, and share some self-care tips for you and your clients. Download the handout with detailed episode notes, techniques and tests from 

Episode topics include: 

  • What kinds of headaches CAN manual therapy help with? 
  • What’s the controversy around cervicogenic headaches? 
  • What kinds of self-care help? 

Get the handout: or get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources and references discussed in this episode: 

  • Toby Hall, Kathy Briffa & Diana Hopper (2008) Clinical Evaluation of Cervicogenic Headache: A Clinical Perspective, Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 16:2, 73-80, DOI: 10.1179/106698108790818422 
  • Whitney Lowe’s site: 
  • Til Luchau’s site: 

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(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

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