Headaches – how can physiotherapy help?

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Headaches are one of those things that most people suffer from at some point in their life. I know I’m someone who does.

Do you ever find  yourself thinking about how much you have on your plate at the moment? How many bills have suddenly popped up and need paying? That work project that you’ve left to the last minute and know full well you will regret that decision? Adding up all the time you’re about to spend at your desk and feeling that headache start?

It’s not just you. Around half to three-quarters of adults have had a headache in the past year. That is MASSIVE. And it has been suggested that a large proportion of those suffering from headahces are not seeking any treatment.

I find it hugely frustrating the number of people that don’t know that physiotherapy can help for some types of headaches. Even just among people that I know, so many of them go with “I have a headache, let me take some pain killers and wait for it to go away”. Quite often these headaches are related to stress, posture and injuries – which means physiotherapy can help.

If you think about the last stressful day you had at work or home when you felt a headache starting, chances are that your posture had started to look like this:

When you start to sit in this position it changes the way all your muscles have to work, putting extra pressure on them in funny positions and they start to hurt. This causes muscles to tighten, joints to stiffen and pain to increase, commonly resulting in headaches.

Now I’m definitely not saying that all headaches are caused by this, – there’s a big proportion that aren’t, BUT a large number are affected by stress and posture and can absolutely be helped by physio treatment and a bit of assistance to work out what you need to do including positioning, exercises, regular movement and hands on therapy.

So ditch that irksome ache and take a physio break!!

Megan x

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