When you think of physiotherapy, you’re likely to note its benefits for rehabilitation after surgery or for treating injured or overused joints or muscles.
But physiotherapy for headaches or migraines? That’s often a surprising thought.
It shouldn’t be though. Your musculoskeletal and nervous systems have many knock-on effects throughout your body. Issues relating to posture, muscle strain or degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis can all influence headaches and migraines. If you’re dealing with headaches and migraines then it’s worth considering a course of physiotherapy treatment.
That question only ever gets asked by people who get the occasional headache that responds easily to a glass of water or a nap!
If you experience recurrent headaches or migraines, you know they’re bad. And the World Health Organization (WHO) agrees, noting that headaches are underestimated, under-recognised and under-treated. According to the WHO,
‘Headache disorders, which are characterized by recurrent headache, are associated with personal and societal burdens of pain, disability, damaged quality of life, and financial cost.’
Living with any chronic condition is difficult. Recurrent headaches and migraines can take a toll on your professional success and your social life, causing time off work or last-minute cancellation of plans.
It’s not surprising that there’s a strong relationship between living with migraine or severe headache and depression, anxiety, and panic disorder.
There are hundreds of different types of headaches but some of the most common ones that physiotherapy may be able to address are:
Physiotherapists use several different treatment options to ease your headaches or migraines, including:
If you’re living with debilitating headaches or migraines, Physionorth is here for you. We recognise the impact these conditions can have on your life and we want to help you find a better way forward.
We start with a comprehensive assessment, asking about your symptoms, examining your posture and discussing what you’ve tried so far. Then we’ll recommend treatments to help relieve your symptoms and strengthen your body.
All information is general in nature. Patients should consider their own personal circumstances.
Our professional team delivers quality treatment, advice & education to really help you move & feel your best!