Effective treatment for headaches in Kalgoorlie
Is it stopping you from enjoying the simple things in life? Let us help free you from the pain of headaches.
Headaches are one of the most common illnesses in Australia.
Because headaches are so common, most people think they are a normal part of life and often don’t seek treatment, instead regularly taking painkillers.
Medication however doesn’t solve the reason behind headaches.
Headaches are often caused by multiple factors. These often include lifestyle factors such as stress, sleeping posture, posture, work and exercise habits.
Headaches may also be influenced by past injuries or accidents, environmental factors such as strong order & pollution, and dietary irregularities.
Although there are over 300 potential reasons for headaches the two most common types of headaches are tension headaches and neck headaches. Both of which respond very well to physiotherapy management.
Tension headaches can be due to physical and/or emotional stress. Poor posture, and muscle tension in the back, shoulders and neck can cause referred pain in the head. Emotional stress is believed to trigger our ‘fight or flight’ response, resulting in the release of ‘stress chemicals’ such as adrenaline. This can further tighten the muscles of the back, shoulders, neck and head, lower a person’s pain tolerance and reduce the amount of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals (eg. endorphins).
Neck headaches – often referred to as cervicogenic headaches – result from pain referred from an underlying neck issue. There are many pain-sensitive structures that exist at the junction of the upper neck (cervical) and back of head (occipital) regions. These structures – including the lining of the cervical spine, the joints, ligaments, cervical nerve roots and surrounding muscles – can cause pain in the presence of an underlying issue. The features of neck headaches can be similar to those of tension headaches or migraines, often making it difficult to distinguish between them.
Our Physiotherapists are experts in posture and movement of the body and are well-placed to diagnose, manage and prevent some of the common types of headaches. We will be able to determine, for example, if issues with the soft-tissue in your neck are contributing to your headaches. In this case, you could benefit from specific physiotherapy for neck headaches, which might include techniques such as manipulation, functional and rehabilitation exercises, postural assessment and correction, relaxation therapy, massage and mobilisation.
We can also provide advice on ways to help prevent and manage some of the common underlying causes of headaches by focusing on different aspects of your lifestyle. Examples include:
Your posture is very important. Think tall with your chest lifted, shoulders relaxed, head level and chin tucked in.
Avoid working with your head down for long periods of time, and frequently stretch and change positions.
Poor sleeping positions can strain your neck. Your physiotherapist can advise you on which type of pillow may be best for you.
Your physiotherapist can show you specific exercises that help with tight or weak muscles and can help you to restore normal function.
Learning to recognise when you are tense is an important component of tension headache physiotherapy. Your physiotherapist can show you a range of relaxation techniques that can help manage this.
We will often work closely with your local GP, particularly in the case of complex headaches, as additional assessment (such as X-Rays, CT scans, blood tests) may be required.