Headaches & Migraines?
When you think of curing a headache, you might think about reaching for pain-killers such as aspirin or ibuprofen as opposed to physiotherapy.
However, many headaches arise due to problems with the upper three joints of the neck (the cervical spine), and physiotherapy may be the treatment you require to greatly reduce the pain. The symptoms to help you identify whether your headache is cervicogenic are tension and a radiating pain, moving from the base of the skull, up and over the forehead and behind your eye. The pain develops from pressure from the neck or spine, and can occur on either side of the head, or on both sides. Very often there is a loss of neck movement and accompanying neck and shoulder pain during and shortly after the headache.
Whilst the initial back or neck problem may have started with a particular injury, the pain may be aggravated by certain head movements or by sustained awkward head positions. The cause of this pain is usually poor posture, stress and overactive neck and shoulder muscles. Joint wear and tear and poor work station position may also contribute. ESPH’s experienced physiotherapists will be able to assess the cause of your injury and advise on changes you may be able to make to your work/home environment to help prevention in the future.
Tension headaches can be successfully treated by a physiotherapist using joint mobilisation, muscle energy and manipulation techniques, soft tissue massage, acupuncture and postural correction through to stretching and deep postural muscle strengthening. Many people will suffer from migraines throughout their lives, and whilst ESPH are not claiming to have the cure, we are confident that our treatments will help you relieve the pain significantly and that our expert advice will help you manage your pain in the future.