Headaches and Migraines are complex type of pain and difficult to treat. There are evidence to show that most headaches and migraines are related to neck problems.
Common headaches and migraines that responds well to physiotherapy is known as cervicogenic headache which originates due to pressure or damage to neck. Tension headaches usually begins with neckaches or neck discomfort, and may spread up to back of head, temporal head, forehead or eyes region. Headaches and migraines may be made worse by neck movement or remaining in a fixed position too long (especially sitting prolonged in front of computer).
Causes of Headaches and Migraines:
– Incorrect posture
– Whiplash injury
– Stress / tension
– Inaqeuate rest or sleep
– Existing neck problems
Symptoms of Headaches and Migraines:
– Intense throbbing pain
– Pain usually unilateral
– Neckaches or discomfort
How Physiotherapist can help in Headaches and Migraines?
A Physiotherapist can determine if your neck is the cause or contributing factor to headaches and migraines.
Physiotherapy can use a variety of treatments to treat headaches and migraines:
– Mobilisation and manipulation of neck
– Postural correction
– Pain relief treatments eg ultrasound, electrotherapy, heat therapy
– Functional rehabilitation exercises
– Ergonomics Consultancy