What is a headache?

A headache is a painful symptom that you can experience in any part of your head or face. Its intensity, location, frequency and classification may vary. Common headaches are migraines, tension and cluster headaches. The diagnosis of a headache is reached by a detailed history of the symptoms, clinical tests and other investigations and if they deemed necessary.

What are my treatment options?

The treatment of headaches can be rest, off the counter and prescription medication, physiotherapy and other alternative therapies such as acupuncture and injection therapy.

How can physiotherapy help me?

It is possible that your headaches stem from the muscles and joints of your neck and upper back. Your physiotherapist will assess and treat this area which could be sensitive on palpation or feels stiff. The techniques commonly used can be stretches of the joints or muscles (mobilisations) or more forceful aiming to restore segmental mobility of the spinal joints (manipulations). The muscles of the area will be assessed for their strength and flexibility and you may be given strengthening and posture exercises. The exercises usually combine different muscle groups associated with the stability of the area. In case you do an activity or sport that you feel brings on your headaches then we will offer you advice and ways of improving this. If you are a suitable candidate your treatment may also include acupuncture.