Headaches happen to everyone, and everyone hates them. They can be mild or severe, they can be all over your head or radiate from one side. Whatever they are, they’re the worst. They make simple tasks seem insurmountable and make even a great day miserable.
What you might not realize is that different types of headaches come from different causes, and that means they can be reduced in different was, even at least just a little, if you know what’s causing the pain. Just like with any other part of your body, you can learn the habits of headaches, and have a better idea of how to make them hurt less, as well as how to avoid them in the future with some simple changes. There are actually several types of headaches. The most common are migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches. They can be the result of illness, injury, or a problem elsewhere in the body. They can also occur from stress and emotional tension, overexertion, or even dietary issues. In addition, there are primary and secondary headaches. Primary headaches are annoying and painful, but are harmless. A secondary headache is a symptom of another problem, and can be anything from harmless to dangerous. These are much, much less common.
In medical terms, Headache is a pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the head (occipital), or in the back of the upper neck. Headache, like chest pain or backache, has many causes. All headaches are considered primary headaches or secondary headaches. Primary headaches are not associated with other diseases. Examples of primary headaches are migraine headaches, tension headaches, and cluster headaches.
Physical treatment is not always the first thing people consider for a headache. However, physiotherapy treatment for tension headaches can produce some great results. Especially, where medication and other treatment has failed. Most experts now accept that some forms of headache are caused by problems in the upper spine. These are called Cervicogenic headaches or tension headaches.
These occur when tension and muscle in the upper back and neck are a contributing factor. Physiotherapy can be very effective in helping to relieve symptoms in this type. This type of treatment can also be a great way to identify and eliminate the cause.
So how Physiotherapy can help? Massage techniques and joint manipulations administered can a very effective treatment for tension headaches. Physiotherapists can then use a range of techniques to restore movement and help maintain good posture in the upper spine. They can provide short-term symptom relief, but also long term prevention strategies which will help you reduce and manage your headaches long term.