Online Course
Cervicogenic Headaches – Anterolateral Neck
Enhance your patients' outcomes with an understanding of the relationship between the anterior neck muscles and cervicogenic headache

1-1.5 hours





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Ari Kaplan
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Ari Kaplan is a PT, with specialities in MSK conditions such as headaches, biomechanics and running.

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Cervicogenic headache (CGH) is a chronic, secondary headache that originates in the cervical spine. Patients with CGH are highly likely to have myofascial trigger point pain caused by overactivity in their anterior neck muscles, including sternocleidomastoid (SCM), as well as weakness of their deep neck flexors. The anterior (anteriolateral) neck should, therefore, be considered when assessing and treating CGH.


This course aims to evaluate the role of the anterior neck in CGH. It also aims to introduce methods of assessing and managing dysfunction in the anterior neck.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify the pain referral pattern of sternocleidomastoid
  • discuss three potential causes of anterior neck dysfunction
  • evaluate the impact of upper crossed syndrome on CGH
  • describe two methods of assessing the deep neck flexors
  • design an appropriate management strategy for a patient with anterior neck dysfunction and CGH based on a case scenario

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
I recently completed the course on cervicogenic headaches, and it was an invaluable experience that significantly impacted my professional practice. The course provided a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of cervicogenic headaches, covering anatomy, diagnosis, and treatment options.
Don Kelly