There are multiple types of headaches including but not limited to tension, cervicogenic, and migraine. It is also common to have a combination headache that does not fit entirely under one category. Headaches are commonly associated with stress, poor sleep, dehydration, neck tension, Cervical spine stiffness and posture.
Physiotherapists are highly trained in identifying types of headaches and treating accordingly, also when it is appropriate to refer on for medical management. An important part of diagnosis is location of headache, noting if headache is behind the eye, across the forehead like a headband, at the base of skull etc, also noting the sensation i.e. aching, throbbing, pressure and so on.
An early step in treatment of headaches is to ensure you are adequately hydrated 2 to 3Ls of water should be consumed daily dependent on environment and exercise this may increase. Pharmacist and General practitioners can provide advice regarding oral pain relief for headaches. Managing stress and improving quality of sleep can also reduce intensity and recurrence of headaches.
Physiotherapy treatment consists of soft tissue release of muscles that attach to the neck and skull, muscles of the jaw. Mobilisation of joint in the upper back and neck, dry needling. Appropriate stretches to help relieve symptoms and strengthening exercises to prevent recurrence are provided as appropriate.
If you would like to learn more about our services, or have some questions regarding our treatment options in our Mount Lawley clinic, feel free to give us a call.
You can reach us at (08) 9271 8805 and one of our friendly team members will be happy to answer your questions.