Are Headaches Interrupting Your Day To Day Life
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There are a number of different types and causes of headaches but headaches can be lumped in to 2 main groups; Primary and Secondary Headaches.

Primary headaches include migraine, tension and cluster headaches.

Secondary headaches, such as sinus or concussion headaches, are usually a symptom of an underlying issue or illness.

Cervicogenic Headaches

Physiotherapists commonly provide treatment for a type of secondary headache called “cervicogenic headaches”.

Cervicogenic headaches are headaches that originate from the neck. They are usually felt in one or both sides of the head and/or face.

Typically, the pain will begin in the neck and spread into the back top and/or front of your head, and may also refer into your eye or your shoulder. These headaches can range from mild and intermittent to constant and debilitating.

Neck pain and headaches may involve muscles, ligaments, discs or joints around the neck and also the upper back. They could be triggered by prolonged and awkward postures (eg sitting at a desk, watching your phone in bed), trauma from a sports injury or motor vehicle accident, and may be influenced by other social issues such as stress.

Using Physiotherapy To Manage Your Headaches

Physios will help in determining the cause of cervicogenic headaches and treating the associated muscles, ligaments and/or joints.

Treatment may include hands-on techniques, such as deep tissue massage, joint mobilisation, myofascial release and dry needling.

Preventing Flare Ups

Once you are on top of your headaches (ie no more headaches), your physio will then look to work with you to stop them from coming back.

Providing help with your posture and workplace ergonomics can be very helpful in preventing more headaches. This might look like exercises to strengthen your arms, upper back and shoulder muscles and simple changes to your desk set up.

Individuals should seek medical care if headaches are associated with fever, stiff neck, weakness, change in sensation on one side of the body, change in vision, vomiting, or change in behaviour.

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