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At Mount Isa Phsyio, treatment is provided to people who suffer from headache, migraine and other causes alike. Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints that most people experience, but the reasons behind it can be anything that could be a stand-alone illness caused by over-activity, chemical activity in the brain, or problems involving blood-vessels, muscles, and nerves of the head and neck.   

What Causes Headache?  

Headache can be quite complex in nature and most of the problems arise due to the dysfunction in regions of the neck. Physical and emotional stress and tension are also reasons. By opting physiotherapy, it is possible to put an end to this trouble. The physical cause of the pain can be successfully treated by physiotherapy and preventive advice can help in stopping the development of such pain in the future.  

Pain-Killers  

Pain-killers like paracetamol, aspirin, or ibuprofen can help in providing relief, but if it lasts for long, it calls for an expert opinion and alternative treatment. The use of pain-killers has become quite common and most people nowadays turn to permanent remedies for a cure rather than temporary relief.  When it comes to such remedies, physiotherapy has proved itself to be a long-lasting solution. 

Types of Headache 

When it comes to the different types of headache, there are mainly two – Primary and Secondary.  

  • A primary headache is not associated with any other illness or diseases. Examples include Migraine, tension headache, and cluster headache. 
  • The secondary headache will be related to other diseases. The associated disease can be minor, serious or even life-threatening.  

Neck Pain Headache  

Headache can appear as pain in the head, in and around the eyes or ears, and behind the back of the head.  Headache is of different types and the reasons are aplenty. Among all types, the most common type that’s diagnosed by physiotherapists at Mount Isa Physio is tension and cervicogenic headache.  

Tension headache, that falls as primary headache is quite common and it is often related to pain and tension in the region of the neck. When there is a disorder of joints of muscles in the neck that connects to the base of the skull, known as cervicogenic dysfunction, it can trigger acute or incessantly sporadic, but strong pain in the head. The nerves in the region of the neck are also connected to the head and face. This type of headache is often hard to read and difficult to diagnose for doctors.  

What Are the Indicators of Neck Headache?  

  • When the doctors rule out all other reasons for the headache  
  • When the pain pulsates or radiates from the back of the head to the front and other areas 
  • Pain between shoulder blades  
  • Headache worsens with movements of the neck, or by keeping the neck in a single position like staring at the computer screen for a long period of time with the chin poked forward 
  • Watching Television or long office hours in weak and careless postures  
  • When the headache is eased by pressure at the base of the skull  
  • When medication doesn’t help  
  • When there is a lack of long-term remedies through conventional medication  

Symptoms of Neck Headache  

Neck Headache begins in the back of the head, and upper neck like a band that tightens, applies pressure, or pains. It can lead to a reduced range of movements of the neck.  Tension headaches are described as a band of pressure that encircles the head with intense pain over the eyebrows. The pain can be mild, but not disabling, and bilateral affecting both sides of the head.  There might be slight variations in the symptoms, but are not associated with an aura (e.g. flashing lights, psychedelic images, zigzagging lines) and are often associated with nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound.     

Tension headache are sporadic, with inconsistent patterns. It can be frequent and sometimes routine for some people. While some people find that they are able to function without much ado, there are others who are rendered totally inactive because of it.  

Most importantly, when it is a constantly troubling headache, priority should be given to diagnose and start the treatment without delay, and Mount Isa Physio with expert physiotherapists and techniques of treatment can be your best call.  

Techniques of Treatment  

  • Mobilization of stiff joints 
  • Soft tissue release (STR) of tight muscles 
  • Stretching exercises 
  • Strengthening of weak muscles 
  • Heat treatment 
  • Acupuncture and dry needling 

Mount Isa Physio provides postural and ergonomic advices to the patients diagnosed with Neck Pain Headache. Along with other preventive measures, specialized neck pillows are also suggested and also provided.  

Digital Spinal Analysis (posture pro) and X-rays will help in zeroing in on the different causes of the headache, and treatment and advices/tips will be doled out to avoid the recurrence of the pain.  

If you are suffering from headache that’s been long troubling you, book a consultation at Mount Isa Physio without delay. Contact us for more details. 

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