Here at Compass Physio across our clinics in Enfield, Tullyallen and Castlecomer we see a lot of cervicogenic headaches. There are many reasons for people to experience headaches and we want to let you know how physiotherapy can help you.
What can cause a Headache?
The most common causes of cervical headaches are
- Joints of the neck
- Muscles of the neck and shoulders
- Nerves of the cervical spine
Can Physiotherapy Help:
YES. Physiotherapy can help to
- Identify the underlying reason that you are getting a headache
- Treat the cause
- Assist in prevention the return of these symptoms
How does a cervical headache present?
- Pain in the neck with associated tension
- Pain in the forehead/back of the head
- Tension in these temple area most prominently
- Headache with dizziness/lightheadedness.
The Role of Physiotherapy:
A detailed assessment is carried out by your chartered physiotherapist at Compass Physio
Treatment can often include
- Dry Needling. The placement of very fine needles in the problematic muscle groups. The eliciting of a twitch response can assist in reducing the knots in that particular muscle.
- Stretching. Specific neck and upper shoulder muscles group stretches can assist in reducing symptoms.
- Soft Tissue Massage: Massage to reduce the tension in the problematic muscle groups
- Posture advice. Awareness of how to find scapular neutral or chin retraction can assist in reducing cervical headaches.
- Ergonomic Assessment. Reviewing your workspace/environment. A detailed ergonomic assessment along with physiotherapy can assist in reducing the factors that drive your pain.
- Reducing upper limb neural tension. An increase in neural tension which would be evident to your physiotherapist on assessment can reduce your headache symptoms.
- Reducing stress and tension. This can be a large driving factor behind your headache symptoms.
It is normal after your initial physiotherapy session to experience a short term increase in discomfort however this is commonly followed by an overall reduction in your symptoms.