Specialist Physio for Headache in Wembley
Headaches are one of the most common health conditions in Australia; around 15% of us are taking pain relief to deal with a headache at any given time.
There are many different types of headaches. Migraine, tension-type and neck headaches (caused by an underlying neck issue) are common types. Often people suffer from mixed headache types. Several factors may combine to create a headache – your posture, sleeping position, work and exercise habits are just a few aspects that may contribute.
Headache is no joke, and can require specialist treatment in some cases. If you’re from Wembley, Subiaco, Floreat and Leederville, you can seek treatment locally at The Neck and Jaw Clinic.
Is your neck causing your headache?
Neck headaches – known as cervicogenic headaches – are a common cause of recurring headaches. The nerves in the upper neck connect to the nerves in your head, which means irritated neck joints or muscles can send referred pain to your head, which you’ll experience as a headache.
What does a neck headache (cervicogenic headache) feel like?
Neck headaches usually begin as pain or tension at the top of the neck and spread to the back of your head, temples, forehead or behind your eyes. They’re usually felt on one side of the head and do not swap sides. Moving your neck or bending forward for a long time often makes cervicogenic headaches worse.
How can physiotherapy help with neck headaches?
At The Neck & Jaw Clinic, we’re experts in identifying if your neck is contributing to your headaches and provide targeted relief to reduce their severity, duration and regularity.
Our specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist use treatments including:
- dry needling
- postural assessment, correction and advice
- functional and rehabilitative exercises
How do I know if my headache is neck-related?
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, your neck may well be causing your headache:
- pain radiating from the back to the front of your head
- recurring headaches on the same side of your head
- a headache that’s associated with dizziness or light-headedness
- a headache that’s triggered or worsened by moving your neck or staying in the same position for a long time
- a headache that’s eased by applying pressure to the base of your skull
How can I prevent recurring headaches?
Once we’ve diagnosed your neck headache, we’ll give you tailored advice about how to manage and prevent it. Our suggestions are likely to relate to:
- Your posture: There’s a lot to think about when it comes to good posture! Lift your chest, keep your shoulders relaxed, your head level and tuck your chin in. Your neck should feel strong, straight and relaxed.
- Your sleeping position: An awkward sleeping position will strain your neck. We can help with advice about the best type of pillow for you.
- Your work environment: Avoid working with your head down for long periods; stretch and change positions regularly.
- Your exercise habits: We can help with tight or weak muscles and show you how to keep your neck joints and muscles flexible and strong.
- Relaxation techniques: We’ll help you to recognise when you’re tense and show you techniques to help you relax.
Treatment for Headaches/Migraines in Wembley
Headaches or Migraine type pain shouldn’t be ignored when specialist treatment is available. Take control of your neck headaches - book an appointment at The Neck and Jaw Clinic. Situated in Wembley, The Neck & Jaw Clinic is conveniently located for Subiaco, Floreat, Leederville and the wider Perth area.
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(08) 6500 0045