Migraine & Headaches Bendigo
Headache is amongst the commonest afflictions in Australia, with approximately 15 per cent of us gulping down painkillers for a headache at any given time. Because headaches are so incredibly common, many of us think they are a normal part of life. On the contrary, recurring headaches are a warning that something is wrong. The repeated intake of pain medication to deal with headaches is much like turning off the warning light that alerts you to a fault in your car! Medication doesn’t really resolve your headaches, it merely delivers a interim solution to mitigate the pain.
Types of Headache
Tension headaches and migraines are the most commonly seen forms of headache, and cluster headaches are the most unusual. Other varieties of headache include sinus headache, rebound headache and exertion headache.
Headaches can arise for a range of reasons, like stress, poor posture, accidents, medications, environmental factors such as strong odours & pollution, and dietary irregularities.
Certainly one of the most overlooked factors that cause migraine and tension headache is nerve irritation in the upper neck due to improperly functioning spinal joints – Vertebral dysfunction. Since the nerves of the upper neck serve sections of the scalp and face, irritation to these nerves may bring on headaches.
Your physiotherapist will rigorously assess likely headache triggers and conduct a detailed history, orthopaedic, neurological and spinal assessment to identify the source of your headache. Further diagnostic testing such as xray or MRI may also be called for. Upon the identification of a specific diagnosis, your treatment plan can get started.
Physiotherapy is certainly an valuable treatment for headaches. By carefully restoring healthy movement to the spinal joints of the neck, your physiotherapist has the ability to greatly reduce nerve irritation and muscle tension, helping to soothe your headaches.
Please contact us to organize your comprehensive headache diagnosis and commence your journey towards living a life minus headaches! We look forward to serving you!
The Watson Headache® Approach is a manual therapy methodology and protocol for examining and managing the upper cervical spine in all headaches.
The specific techniques of the Watson Headache Approach are supported by, and coupled with, an unprecedented clinical reasoning process born from Dr Dean Watson’s (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist) observation of a previously unrecognized clinical pattern. Essentially the Approach is a method of examining the movements of, and managing, the top three spinal segments of the neck.
The Watson Headache Approach consists of a series of techniques used systematically to examine the movements of the top three spinal segments. If headache or migraine is coming from a spinal disorder it will be from one or more of the top three spinal segments. The relevancy of a disorder is confirmed when gently stressing or moving these segments reproduces typical head pain or symptoms and the reproduced pain or symptoms ease as the techniques is sustained.
Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo’s Chantelle Pink has been trained by Dean himself in the Watson Headache Approach and is keen to help you with your headache and migraines. Make an appointment with Chantelle by calling (03) 5442 4044 or book online.
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