Tension Headaches

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Tension-type headaches are an extremely common type of headache and the one many patients refer to as a "normal, everyday headache". Most people are likely to have experienced a tension headache at some point.

A tension headache may feel like a constant ache that affects both sides of the head. You may also feel the neck muscles tighten and a feeling of pressure behind the eyes. The headaches usually last for one to six hours, but some people may have more persistent headaches that last for several days.

How is it treated?

The common headache that responds well with physiotherapy is known as a 'cervicogenic headache'. These headaches can be caused by incorrect posture, a whiplash injury, muscle tension or from specific joint and ligament issues in the upper neck. The headache can develop at the temples or forehead and even behind the eyes. Muscular tension headaches benefit from physiotherapy because relieving tension in the muscles is usually key to treating the pain.

What does treatment involve?

After determining the cause of your headache, a physiotherapist may use a number of techniques and methods to treat the problem, including mobilisation of the joints and soft tissue techniques directed at the fascia and muscles in the neck and upper back and shoulder complex. The physiotherapist may suggest exercises that will help with muscle function and rehabilitation and they will also give advice on correcting posture. This advice may include adjusting your work station or altering furniture at home. Ergonomic changes to your environment can have a major impact on your physical well-being.

In Summary

Physiotherapy uses a variety of methods that are non-invasive and can be free of the side-effects that are associated with drugs (nausea, drowsiness and constipation).

What next?

If you would like to benefit from one of our treatments, then we would be happy to hear from you.

You can contact us by calling our reception between 6:30am-10pm, Monday-Friday and from 9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday on 01235 206777 or by using our contact form found here. We can then start to discuss a suitable treatment programme designed just for your needs. Thank you.