Headaches

Most people will have experienced a headache in their lifetime, but if you suffer with them on a regular basis you know how much of a nuisance they can be. With millions of people across Australia experiencing the same problem, you can be sure you are not alone and there are things out there you can do to try and relieve your symptoms.

What is causing my headache?

Headaches can be caused due to a variety of reasons, these being the most common:

Tension-type headache
Tension headaches are what we would call the normal “everyday” headaches and they are the most common type. They can last anywhere between thirty minutes to several days, and are usually resolved with painkillers. They can also be made better with keeping hydrated, changing your posture, stress management and a balanced diet. If you suffer these types of headaches regularly, talk to you physiotherapists about ways to help manage your symptoms.

Cervicogenic headache
These headaches originate from the neck or the soft tissues surrounding it, as identified by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). They can be caused due to a variety of reasons including whiplash, muscle imbalances, stiffness of the spinal joints, poor sleeping positions or posture. Physiotherapy can help you with cervicogenic headaches.

Migraine headache
Migraines are usually far more severe in nature than a usual headache. When they come on they can last hours before they settle and are usually associated with increased sensitivity to light and sound. Although they can sometimes be managed with usual painkillers, the more severe types may require stronger prescribed medication.

Cluster headache
Cluster headaches are characterised by one sided excruciating pain and can often occur with variety of other symptoms such as runny or blocked nose and watering of the eye. It is a rare type of headache that occurs in clusters for a couple of months usually around the same time every year.  

What can I do if I have a headache?

If your headache is severe enough to stop you from carrying out your daily activities it may be a good idea to see your GP so they can identify the cause of these. Some headaches can be serious and you need to have them checked. 

Nevertheless, physiotherapy has been shown to help with patients suffering from headaches bought on by some of the reasons mentioned above. Several different techniques can be used such as

-joint mobilisations

-soft tissue release

-acupuncture/dry needling

-advice on how to improve you posture

-taping

-exercises to improve flexibility and strength

Please contact us on 08 9335 7733 if you would like to book an appointment or find out more information.