Do you suffer from severe headaches?

Headaches are common and there are many possible causes. Often they arise from referred pain from the neck or jaw. Headaches can also be a symptom of a wide range of medical conditions. Your physiotherapist will be able to determine when they first assess you whether your headache is from a medical condition or as a result of problem in your muscles, joints or nerves. When muscles are tight or in spasm there are spots within the muscle known as trigger points which when pressed are very tender and can also cause pain in other areas of the body. The majority of these trigger points are not a problem but if they become activated then pain is felt at that point and also in other areas of the body i.e. the head.

Physiotherapists can use techniques such as massage and direct pressure to relieve these activated trigger points and stop the pain there and consequently relieve pain in other areas of the body ie. the head. If the headache is referred by a problem with the nerves or joints of the neck then specific techniques can used to cure the problem. Acupuncture and taping techniques can also be of help. If the problem is from your posture then your physiotherapist can teach you exercises to improve your posture and carry out an assessment of your workstation ie. improve your working posture.

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