Headaches & Migraines


Headaches are often caused by disorders of the neck or physical and emotional tension. Our physiotherapists can successfully treat most headaches and teach you strategies to prevent the pain from recurring.

For many people, feelings of pain and tension start at the top of the neck. As the pain worsens, it may spread to the back of the head, the temples, and forehead or behind the eyes. Moving the neck or bending forward for a long time tends to make it worse. This happens because the nerves in the upper part of your neck are connected to the nerves in your head and face. A disorder of the upper neck joints or muscles can cause referred pain to your head.

Emotional tension and anxiety can cause the muscles at the base of the head and jaw to become very tight, irritating the nerves and restricting blood flow. This produces a headache.

If migraine, allergic reactions or other causes are suspected, we will recommend that you see a medical practitioner.

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Physiotherapists are experts in posture and human movement. We will be able to determine if your neck is causing the headaches.

Physiotherapists May Use

  • Mobilisation
  • Massage
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Postural assessment, correction and advice
  • Ultrasound, electrotherapy and heat treatment

Your physiotherapist can also offer you self-help advice on ways to correct the cause of headaches, such as practical tips for work and in the home, adjusting furniture, relaxation and exercise.

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