Headaches

Headaches are a common problem, affecting about two-thirds of all adults at some point in their lives. Ther are various treatments available, the most suitable treatment for you will depend on the cause of the headache and how severe it is.

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Headaches

The symptoms of headache include:

  • Stiffness or difficulty to turn your neck
  • Increasing pain if you read or look down for long periods of time
  • Visual problems with focusing
  • Dizziness, nausea

Headaches

Headaches can arise from many different sources including the neck (ligaments, facet joints, muscles, discs and nerves) sinus, straining eye sight, viral complaints or can sometimes (but not common) from nasty pathology. Headaches can also often be caused from prolonged postures of you head (as it is heavy) and places excessive load on the neck tissues as they try to support you in daily tasks.

Treatment and management options

  • In the acute phase rest from aggravating activity (no prolonged postures with head forward or turning)
  • Taping from your Physiotherapist to improve your spine’s posture in the early stage. Learn correct posture of how to unload your neck if it is causing your headache. Placing a lumbar roll behind your back while sitting (lengthways or across your spine to assist in strengthening your neck)
  • Gentle exercises to strengthen your neck and improve your neck’s posture and unload tissus that may be causing your headache
  • Your treating practitioner may recommend Massage Therapy to assist in the management of your headache pain

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