Relief from headaches

2017-05-04 06:01

MOST people suffer from headaches at one time or another. The most common type of headache is the cervicogenic headache and this responds well to physiotherapy treatment. The main cause of cervicogenic headaches are stiff joints in the upper neck. If a joint or the surrounding muscles and ligaments are injured or irritated, pain can be referred into the head or around the eyes.

Some of the symptoms include:

• constant and dull ache

• stiffness of the neck

• pain radiates from the back to the front of the head

• headache worsened by sustained postures or certain neck movements

The major contributing factors include poor posture, stiffness of the joints in the neck and upper back, muscle tightness and weakness, previous injury to the neck such as whiplash or sports injuries. Physiotherapists can assist with a full assessment of the neck and upper back.

Treatment methods include:

• joint mobilisation techniques

• stretching programmes

• strengthening programmes

• electrotherapy

• dry needling or acupuncture

• release of trigger points

• massage

Consult with your physiotherapist ASAP so that you can enjoy relief form these headaches.
Inserted by Oormilla Naidoo (Physiotherapist), 16 Arbee Drive, Tongaat, phone 032 945 3808


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