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Headaches

Headaches

  • Do you need relief from headaches?
  • Are your headaches made worse with study or work, stress or tired posture?
  • Do you experience soreness at the base of your skull, tightness across your shoulders or pain in your neck?

What is Headache?

Headaches are highly prevalent, with almost everyone experiencing them occasionally.

When headaches become recurrent, they can cause substantial personal suffering, impaired quality of life and high financial cost. Repeated headache attacks – and often the constant fear of the next one – can affect your family and social life and your employment. Despite this, many people – including many health care professionals – tend to perceive headache as a minor or trivial complaint.

At Active, we understand the physical, emotional, social and economic burden of headaches.

As headaches can have a range of causes, they can be complex to manage. In some cases, a range of factors can contribute to your pain – making a comprehensive assessment and accurate diagnosis essential to effective management. Headaches which originate in the neck and upper shoulders are often referred to as ‘cervicogenic’ headaches. In many cases, these headaches are the result of a neck injury or muscle trauma due to poor prolonged posture. Cervicogenic headaches often build gradually through the day, are made worse by tight and overactive neck muscles and stiff neck joints and are exacerbated by stress. This type of headache is particularly responsive to physiotherapy intervention.

Common Symptoms

Some common symptoms for headaches:

  • Pain in upper shoulders and neck
  • Pain in the base of the skull
  • Pain down your arms
  • Stiffness and/or pain when moving your neck
  • Pins and needles or numbness in your arms and or hands
  • Pain in the back of the eye/s
  • Visual disturbance
  • Difficulty turning your neck or reversing your car
  • Light sensitivity with your headache
  • Throbbing ache in your forehead
  • Pain travelling up from your neck to your forehead

How can we Help?

A thorough and personalised treatment plan is essential to both treating your headaches and reducing the risk of future occurrences. Key elements of your treatment at Active Rehab may include:

  • Hands-on mobilisation of spinal joints to relieve pain and stiffness
  • Massage and soft tissue release for sore and tight muscles
  • Gentle and targeted stretch to reduce muscle tightness
  • Acupuncture and dry needling to release muscle tension
  • Postural correction to reduce strain on your injury or tired muscles
  • Gentle exercises to restore better muscle function and reduce muscle over activity
  • Adjunctive treatments such as gentle heat or cool to relieve pain and muscle tension
  • Specific advice to help you continue your regular activities while avoiding future headaches
  • Linking you with other health professionals, where appropriate

What Should I Expect From my Appointment?

  • Detailed Interview to fully understand your headache pattern including your specific symptoms & pain, as well as your work and home environment and your specific rehabilitation goals.
  • Physical Assessment of your strength, range of movement, muscle length, and posture.
  • Targeted Treatments including manual therapy and comprehensive advice and education on your condition.
  • Progressive Exercise Program to assist you not only with your strength and endurance, but with your general fitness, health and well-being.
  • Communication and Collaboration with your General Practitioner and any specialists to keep them informed of your progress and to support your care.

Where can I see my Physiotherapist?

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