Many athletes that suffer from neck pain and headaches describe their headaches as starting at the bottom or base of the neck. From there it moves up their neck, to their eyes, temples and then their head. This is important because it tells the doctor that the headache is referred pain caused by an injury to the athlete’s body or neck. There are many different types of headaches and severity levels but what many people do not realize is there is often a connection between neck pain and headaches. A person suffering from a stiff neck may experience a very tense painful feeling in their neck that sends sharp pains every time they move or turn their head. To make matters worse, they have a headache at the same time. A common symptom of a stiff neck is neck pain and headaches.
In most cases, a cervical spasm or stiff neck is very painful but not considered serious. Sleeping in an uncomfortable position or using a pillow that does not support your neck and head properly is often the cause of neck pain and headaches resulting from sore muscles.
One of the most common causes of neck pain and headaches is poor posture. Poor posture habits are easy to start because most of the time you do not realize that your posture is bad. Curling up in front of the television, working on the computer with the screen positioned too high or low, reading in bed, carrying a heavy purse over your shoulder, or slouching while you walk can all cause neck pain and headaches.
Other causes of neck pain and headaches include medical conditions and diseases such as high blood pressure and meningitis. One of the many signs of meningitis is worsening neck pain when you move your chin downward, towards your chest. Severe headaches and neck pain can occur after an accident such as falling off a high ladder or suffering a blow to the head resulting in a concussion.
If you are suffering from a frequent stiff neck, neck pain and headaches or the pain continues to worsen, seek medical attention to find out the cause of your pain so you can receive the proper medical treatment. Also, consult your doctor if your neck pain and headaches do not start to lessen within twenty-four hours, you feel confused or nauseated, you are experiencing tingling sensations in your arms, or for any other unusual symptoms. Talk to your physician first if you are interested in starting any type of home exercise program to help relieve your neck pain and headaches.