Physiotherapy Treatment of Headaches

Physiotherapy treatment can help you understand and manage your headaches. Here at Susan Quin Physiotherapy, in Raheny, I am experienced in examining, assessing and treating headaches. If there is any need for further investigation I will refer you on to the relevant specialist.


Can Physiotherapy Treatment Help Headaches?

Yes Physiotherapy treatment is the first line of treatment for a Cervicogenic headache (Headache from your Neck). 

Physiotherapy treatment aims to loosen up stiff neck joints and tight muscles and to strengthen weak muscles to help ease your headache. Manual therapy and exercises are very effective in treating these headaches.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A Cervicogenic Headache is a headache that is a referred pain from irritation of the neck. Nerves that supply your upper neck area (C1, C2, C3) can refer pain to your head. 

The joints, discs, ligaments and muscles can all be involved.

The lower part of your neck can also contribute to your headache.

Types of Physiotherapy Treatment for Headaches include:

  • Neck mobilisation and manipulation (manual therapy)
  • Myofascial Techniques
  • Trigger Point Work
  • Taping to offload tight muscles
  • Use of heat and ice
  • Advice on pillows
  • Ergonomic advice
  • Strengthening exercises for the upper neck and the shoulders and upper back
  • Thoracic Spine (Upper Back) mobilisation and manipulation
  • Self mobilisation techniques of the neck
  • Balance exercises

Are Headaches Common?

Headaches are the third most disabling condition in people aged under 50 years of age in the Global Burden of Disease Study.

Headaches affect people of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.

Different Types of Headaches

Primary Headaches
These are the most common type of headache.
They include Migraine, Tension Type Headache and Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalagies (like Cluster Headaches).

Secondary Headaches
These include Cervicogenic Headaches (from your Neck). They can be caused by underlying medical conditions including trauma to your head or neck.

Neuropathies and other Headaches 
These include headaches from a stroke, a tumour, inflammation of blood vessels.

Can I Have More Than One Type of Headache?

Yes you can. Sometimes you will be diagnosed with one type of headache like a Migraine or a Tension Type Headache but also have features of a headache from your neck (Cervicogenic Headache). You may even have neck pain associated with your headache. Physiotherapists are experts in the treatment of headaches.

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Susan Quin Physiotherapy provides Home Visits for Personalised Physiotherapy Assessment and Treatment in the Raheny, Clontarf, Killester, Artane, Fairview, Donaghmede, Clongriffin, Malahide, Portmarnock, Baldoyle, Sutton and Howth areas.

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