Headaches are a very common occurrence and there is an increasing body of evidence that supports the benefits of Physiotherapy in the treatment of them.
Headaches can be broadly separated into 2 types- ‘musculoskeletal’ and ‘medical’.
The neck related headaches are called cervicogenic headaches and are usually felt on both sides of the head, but may be predominantly on one side and usually accompanied by neck pain.
Cervicogenic headaches can be caused by:
· Poor posture
· Trauma like that sustained in a motor vehicle accident
· Osteoarthritic changes in the neck joints
· Stress and tension
· Jaw issues
Neck pain and headaches are often made worse by extended periods of sitting. The neck is tender to the touch and head movements can be restricted.
The precise reason for a headache occurring may be complicated and therefore, it is important that a Physiotherapist completes a thorough assessment to determine if the symptoms fit the cervicogenic pattern.
At Albert Park Physiotherapy, we have a number of effective ways to treat cervicogenic headaches including:
· Manual therapy such as massage and spinal mobilisation
· Trigger point dry needling
· Exercise therapy
· The provision of education, advice and assurance to ensure a person understands the nature of their headache and has the knowledge to actively participate in the care of their neck.
If you are experiencing headaches or require further information about the above blog, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic.