Get headaches often? It could be stemming from a problem other than the brain or head itself. At AFIA Physiotherapy, we use techniques to treat the joints of the neck, discs, muscles, ligaments and nerves of the neck to relieve the pain of headaches.
"Cervicogenic" refers to headaches that originate from a problem that isn't coming from the brain or head. The originating problem could be coming from nearby joints, muscles, nerves or ligaments and is causing a headache or migraine. The reason for these injuries are varied but could include a sudden neck injury, prolonged poor posture (RSI) or even something like changing your pillow or mattress.
The good thing is, we're able to treat these problems and decrease the pain of headaches.
What should you do when you get a headache?
Look at your surrounding environment, check your posture and make sure you are not doing repetitive movements that can irritate your neck (e.g painters constantly looking up while working). Speak to your GP about pain relief and use heat packs to relax your muscles.
If your headache continues then it’s time to make an appointment to see your Physiotherapist.
In your assessment we look at the position of your neck compared to your shoulders. We also assess the alignment of your Cervical spine. In most recurring headache patients we can see a significant positional change in the top 3 vertebrae of your cervical spine. Using soft tissue releases, dry needles and acupuncture we can realign these joints to take pressure off the spine and decrease your headache.
Once the spine is consistently in a good position we will prescribe exercises to maintain this and avoid it happening again.
Experiencing constant headaches or migraines?