As a headache sufferer you know how inconvenient and annoying a headache can be. It can last from a few hours to days and weeks if left untreated. Not only does it impact on you, it impacts on the people around you.

There are a number of different types of headaches and it is critical that the diagnosis is perfect as each different type of headache is managed differently. As time has progressed the evidence leads us to believe that there are three different types of headaches:

  • Cervicogenic headache (neck headache)
  • Tension type headache
  • Migraine

It is possible that your headache is a combination or has parts of the above three mentioned types of headaches. However determining the primary cause of the headache is essential in prescribing the optimum management.

When and How

As physiotherapists, we are experts in dealing with the neck headache. This is important as while the neck isn’t always the cause of headaches it is most definitely a part of them. The neck can cause a headache in a number of different ways. The joints of the neck can become stiff and muscles around the shoulder and neck can become tight which leads to referred pain into the head and face.

It is common for headaches to be present following whiplash injuries, prolonged periods of the one posture, pinched nerves and jaw pain.

The Management

Following the diagnosis of your headache, your local moveforward physiotherapist will assess your neck and upper quadrant in detail to determine the exact contributing factors for your headache. From here they will advise you of the best path forward and prescribe you with an individualised treatment management plan in order to provide the most efficient and effective rehabilitation for you. It may include the following:

  • Massage
  • Dry needling
  • Manipulation
  • Mobilisations
  • Stretches
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Heat / Ice packs
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Pilates or 1:1 exercise rehabilitation at our Hocking Physiotherapy clinic
  • or Quinns Physiotherapy clinic