Lower Back pain
Your Ability Physiotherapist will also provide postural and ergonomic advice if this is outlined to be a contributing factor.
Implementation of a specialised neck pillow may also be provided as well as other preventative measures.
A thorough examination from your Ability Physiotherapist will assist in identifying the real cause of your headaches so that a treatment can be found to stop your headaches from coming back!
A headache or cephalalgia is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck.
It can be a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and neck.
The brain tissue itself is not sensitive to pain because it lacks pain receptors.
Rather, the pain is caused by disturbance of the pain-sensitive structures around the brain.
Nine areas of the head and neck have these pain-sensitive structures, which are the cranium (the periosteum of the skull), muscles, nerves, arteries and veins, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses and mucous membranes.
Some of the physio treatment techniques that may be used:
- Mobilization of stiff joints
- Soft tissue release of tight muscles
- Stretching exercises
- Strengthening for weak muscles
- Heat treatment
Neck headaches often begin in the back of the head and upper neck as a band-like tightness/ pressure/pain that can lead to reduced range of movement.
Tension headaches also are described as a band of pressure encircling the head with the most intense pain over the eyebrows.
The pain of tension headaches usually is mild (not disabling) and bilateral (affecting both sides of the head).
Tension headaches are not associated with an aura (see below) and are seldom associated with nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound.
Tension headaches usually occur sporadically (infrequently and without a pattern) but can occur frequently and even daily in some people. Most people find that they are still able to function despite their tension headaches.
Ability Physiotherapy will be able to accurately assess and diagnose whether your neck is causing your headache.