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The term cervicogenic headache means “headache originating from the neck". While headache is one of the most common disorders from which people suffer, a greater number of them are being found to be caused by disorders of the neck and upper spine. The neck, or cervical spine, is also one of the most overlooked areas as a causative factor in headaches.
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Nerves exit the spinal cord at each spinal level, and pass over and between the joints and muscles of the spine. These spinal nerves from the upper three spinal levels of the neck to go over the skull and provide most of the sensation to the back and sides of the head and to the forehead over the eyes. When the upper nerves are irritated, headache radiating from the back of the skull to the temple or over the back of the eyes may result.