Expert Physiotherapy for Headache Melbourne
The most common types of headache are tension-type headache, migraine and headaches secondary to dysfunction in the top 3 or 4 joints in the neck. These neck-related headaches are commonly called ‘cervicogenic’ headache. Cervicogenic headache is usually felt on one side of the head and accompanied by neck pain. It is always the same side and, unlike migraine, neck headaches do not swap sides.
Excessive strain caused by poor working postures (prolonged sitting, working in awkward neck postures) can irritate the upper joints of the neck and cause a headache. The joints can also be injured by trauma. This could be a sporting or recreational injury or a motor vehicle crash. In the late middle-aged to older age groups, osteoarthritis of the upper neck joints is another common cause of cervicogenic headache.
It can sometimes be confusing to know if you have a cervicogenic headache, as the symptoms of different types of headaches are often quite similar. Neck pain and tenderness are common symptoms of migraine, tension-type and cervicogenic headache. In migraine and tension-type headache, this neck pain is often a spread of the headache into the neck. In cervicogenic headache, it is the opposite. The neck pain starts and then spreads into the head. This headache is from a local cause in the neck. Likewise, neck movements are stiff and painful in cervicogenic headache.
Correct diagnosis is important, as it can sometimes be confusing to know what type of headache you have, as the symptoms of different types of headaches are often quite similar. The team here at KRP are experts in the diagnosis and management of all types of headache and if we can't help you, or we think you need a second opinion, we know the best in the biz. Furthermore, the evidence supporting the treatments offered by physiotherapists for the treatment of cervicogenic headache is overwhelming. Our comprehensive management program will include education, manual therapy, exercise therapy and work practice advice, with a strong emphasis on self management strategies.
Servicing Niddrie, Essendon, Airport West, Keilor & the Northern suburbs for over 40 years, you can book with one of our highly trained head & neck experts online here or call 93794557 to speak to one of our admin superstars and leave that pain in the head behind!