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Physiotherapy for Headaches | Move Physiotherapy Fremantle

The prevalence of headaches in the global population is staggering. Globally, it has been estimated that prevalence among adults of current headache disorder (symptomatic at least once within the last year) is about 50%. Half to three quarters of adults aged 18–65 years in the world have had headache in the last year and, among those individuals, 30% or more have reported migraine symptoms!

Headache disorders impose a recognizable burden on sufferers including sometimes substantial personal suffering, impaired quality of life and financial cost. Repeated headache attacks, and often the constant fear of the next one, damage family life, social life and employment. The long-term effort of coping with a chronic headache disorder may also predispose the individual to other illnesses. For example, anxiety and depression are significantly more common in people with migraine than in healthy individuals.

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Your physiotherapist will take a detailed history, and perform an orthopedic, neurological and spinal examination to determine the exact cause of your headache. Once your physiotherapist has arrived at a specific diagnosis and has determined your contributing factors, you will receive a personalised treatment plan.

Your physiotherapist can provide you with relief from your headache symptoms and provide management techniques to ensure this pain does not return.

Please contact us to arrange your comprehensive headache assessment and begin your journey towards living a life without headaches! We look forward to hearing from you!

COMMON CAUSES OF HEADACHES

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Your cervical spine can trigger headaches in highly specific areas. For example, your C1/2 joint will commonly refer pain to your forehead and temple area. Your C2/3 vertebrae will refer pain to the base of the skull and back of the head.

These headaches, termed ‘cervicogenic headaches’ are generally only experienced on one side of the head, and may or may not be associated with pain in the neck. Your physiotherapist will often be able to reproduce your headache symptoms by pressing on the affected vertebral segment.

Your physiotherapist will commonly combine treatment techniques such as joint mobilisation, massage or dry needling to restore movement to your cervical spine which will alleviate your headache symptoms. You can often experience significant improvements in your headache in just one session.

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Your physiotherapist will combine techniques such as joint mobilisation and manipulation, in conjunction with soft tissue therapies such as massage and dry needling. You will also be given a series of stretches and exercises to be completed at home in order to get you pain free as quickly as possible. Click the image above to read more about our physiotherapy service. 

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Massage is highly effective in eliminating muscular trigger points and relieving pain and tightness in the cervical spine, which can alleviate your headache symptoms. Click on the image and follow the link for more information about our massage service. 

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Move Physiotherapy Fremantle are your experts in Dry Needling treatment, and commonly include this method of treatment in their physiotherapy sessions. Click on the image above, or follow the link for more information about our dry needling treatments. 

TYPES OF HEADACHES

According to the World Headache Organisation, there are 14 recognised types of headaches, many of which physiotherapy can be highly effective for. Physiotherapy is highly recognised for treatment of:

  • Tension headaches
  • Migraine headaches
  • Headaches resulting from neck and head trauma
  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • Jaw and TMJ disorders

Other types of headaches can include:

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why Should I Get My Headaches Treated at Move Physiotherapy?

We are experts at headache physiotherapy. We offer 60 minute initial consultations to comprehensively assess your pain, but also to ensure that you receive a full physiotherapy treatment with your assessment.

Our follow up appointments are 45 minutes. This is compared to most clinics who offer only 30 minutes for an initial consultation, and sometimes only 20 minutes for a follow up appointment!

Your headache physiotherapy appointment may involve techniques such as joint mobilisation, manipulation, massage therapy or dry needling treatment.

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