Most of us have suffered from a headache at some point in our lives, and know just how debilitating it can be. Headaches are one of the most common complaints with one in 20 adults suffering from the disabling condition every day.
Some people suffer on a daily basis over a number of years, affecting their mood, productivity and quality of life. What many people don’t realise is that something can be done to help.
Did you know that neck pain can be a component in migraines and that diagnosing and treating neck problems can stop the pain? You may experience a headache without any neck pain and therefore not realise that this could be the culprit. Neck involvement is often underestimated when it comes to the cause and relief of headaches. For instance, tension headache is almost always triggered by excessive muscle tension in the upper back, shoulders, neck and face.
When we are under stress, we commonly tense these muscles, leading to a tension headache.
The way we stand, sit and lie down can also put unnecessary tension on the structures of the neck. Common problems of posture and poor habits include:
- slouching while sitting down
- spending too long sitting down, such as working at a computer
- sleeping on the stomach with the head always faced to one side
- clenching the jaw.
Research has found that irritated or inflamed nerves in the neck can refer pain into the face and scalp, causing headache.
At My Local Physio we can provide assessment and treatment of your headaches, neck and posture.
Treatment is aimed at restoring normal function of the joints in the upper neck, as well as postural education and correction. Some improvement should be noticeable immediately or in just a few weeks.