Advice

Jul 16, 2013

Headaches


There are many reasons why we suffer from occasional headaches. In fact if it is only occasional and mild, then treatment with a painkiller is usually sufficient to relieve symptoms. However, sometimes headaches are mechanical in origin. This means that the headaches could be stemming from stiff joints in your neck or short and tight muscles which can lead to nerve irritation. In this situation, physiotherapy can be very beneficial to help relieve the symptoms.


If you feel your headaches are coming from a mechanical cause then these tips may be useful:
  • Check that you are holding your head in a good position. Try standing against the wall with the back of your head against the wall, and then slide your head up the wall slightly so you feel a slight stretch in the back of your neck. Then try to hold this position as you move away from the wall. You may be surprised at how much difference there is between your normal stance and when you correct it like this - you may not be able to correct it or it may be painful. If either of these are the case you should take further advice from a physiotherapist before persisting with this.
  • If you are stressed, try to take positive action to reduce this and learn ways to relax.
  • If using the computer, watch your posture - try to avoid poking your chin forwards. Also try to move your head, neck, shoulders and arms at least twice an hour.
  • Massage the base of your skull, the eyebrow and temple area - this will often help relieve the headache.
After trying these tips, if the headaches are persistent it would be worthwhile contacting your local physiotherapy clinic for further treatment and advice. We can offer various treatment techniques to help resolve the problem. We also have a specialist ergonomics physiotherapist at the clinic who can advise you on areas such as seating and desk height and computer set-up.

If you feel you would like further details on this please call us on: 01525 377751 or contact us.