Does physiotherapy help with headaches?
In some cases yes – if your headaches are due to a problem in the top 3 vertebrae of your neck or if there is a problem with the neck muscles or your posture.
How can you tell?
Generally if your headaches are related to your neck you will also be experiencing neck pain and/or stiffness or muscle tension in the neck.
Your posture may also be affected.
Why does the neck cause the headache?
The muscle and joints of the neck can refer pain into the head a bit like back pain can cause leg pain.
What can you do to help yourself?
Make sure you keep good posture when you are sitting, standing and working. Aim to change your position regularly.
Warm heat can help ease muscle tension as well as gentle neck stretches.
What can physiotherapists do to treat neck pain?
Physiotherapists first assess to see if the neck could be a contributor to the headache and then assess what structures are causing the pain. The physiotherapist can then discuss what treatment would work the best. Treatment could include
- postural exercises
- strengthening exercises