Experiencing Headache? Brunswick Heads Physio Can help Alleviate Headache Symptoms

16/09/2019

Headaches are never a fun experience, especially when the aches and pains linger on for days on end. Sometimes this can be accompanied by neck and shoulder pain, nausea and even noise and light sensitivity. As physiotherapists, we can assist you in overcoming your symptoms and getting back to normal by addressing the underlying cause of your headaches.

In the majority of cases, the cause of a headache can be attributed to the neck which contains blood vessels, muscles and highly sensitive nerves. Don’t push through a headache, schedule a session with Brunswick Heads Physio today – here’s how we can help.

Physiotherapy for Headaches

Persistent headaches can be particularly acute, but you shouldn’t fall into the trap of taking Panamax to ease the pain. Only with the guidance of your physiotherapist can you achieve fast, long lasting relief.  Physiotherapists are highly trained in assessment, and we can confidently diagnose the primary cause before tailoring a treatment plan to suit your needs.

The most common headaches are cervicogenic headaches, characterised by mild to moderate pain felt within the head. The underlying cause for this type of headache is usually one of the three upper cervical joints, and through examination we can immediately detect and address any concerns.

Here are a few of the most common issues with the neck which can causes cervicogenic headaches:

  • Previous neck injuries
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Joint Restriction

Any muscle spasms or joint restriction will almost certainly cause a headache, as your nerves will be firing at a rapid rate directly into the brainstem. The vagus nerve connects the brainstem to the body, and overstimulation may result in pain or abnormal sensations around the face, head and inner ear.

Reduce your Risk of Cervicogenic Headache

Here are a few helpful tips to reduce your chances of experiencing persistent cervicogenic headache:

  • Practice good working posture – Try to avoid prolonged periods of being seated and ensure your neck is in a natural, comfortable position always.
  • Regular Exercise – Participating in regular exercise isn’t just good for your overall wellbeing, it will also help to build muscle strength and keep your joints working as they should.
  • Avoid Heavy Lifting – Prolonged lifting/carrying of heavy materials can aggravate neck pain and cause headache, particularly if best practice guidelines are not followed. It is best to reduce unnecessary neck strain where possible.

Treatment for Headaches at Brunswick Heads Physio

During your appointment, a member of our team will closely examine your joints with a view of correcting any discernible issues. No two individuals are the same, so we will need to create a personalised plan which will typically involve joint mobilisation techniques as well as muscle treatment, strengthening exercises and potentially heat treatment and TENS. We will take the time to ensure you are fully informed about the cause and nature of your headache, as well as the best ways to care for your neck.

If you suffer from a stiff neck joint, joint mobilisation will help to limber up and loosen the neck joint so that you will benefit from immediate pain relief and enjoy the full range of motion within your neck. If you have tight muscles, then we may recommend stretching, dry needling or massage to help relax them and ease your pain.

It is also not uncommon for other issues to be found during examination. We regularly find patients who have weak postural and neck muscles, and this issue can be addressed through tailored strengthening exercises.

Persistent Headaches? Book a Session with Brunswick Heads Physio Today

Don’t let your headache get in the way of enjoying life, schedule a session with the friendly team of physiotherapists at Brunswick Heads Physio today. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience behind us, and we are passionate about helping individuals overcome pain.

Those with headaches linked to neck disorders usually start to notice a measurable improvement in as little as 2-6 weeks post-visit. We look forward to working with you soon.