Headaches can have a variety of different origins. Physiotherapy can be very effective in treating those that arise from the joints in the neck being either too stiff or mobile, or the muscles of the head, neck and shoulders that have become painful due to overuse, weakness or poor postural habits. Headaches are often generated by the facet joints in the upper neck and by active trigger points (local muscle spasm) in the surrounding muscles which then radiate into the head. It is important to identify the correct origin of your headache as further referral or investigation may be needed.

Any of the symptoms listed below could indicate that your neck is the source of your headache:
  • Your pain radiates from the back to the front of your head.

  • Your headache becomes worse with prolonged sitting posture (eg sitting at the computer)

  • Your headache is aggravated by repetitive movements or postures.

  • Your headache is always more severe on the same side of your head.

  • Your Headache is associated with restricted or painful neck movements

If headaches are as a result of a dysfunction of the vestibular system, headaches may also be accompanied by episodes of dizziness or unsteadiness. Jaw joint (TMJ) dysfunction is another potential contributor to neck pain and headache.

Headache Treatment

Our highly skilled Physios can successfully treat cervical headaches using techniques ranging from joint mobilisation, soft tissue massage and dry needling to postural advice, stretching and strengthening exercises. In combination, these are very effective tools to optimise the movement of the joints in your neck and ensure the surrounding muscles are able to do their respective jobs effectively. They also provide effective offloading for upper neck facet joint pain and occipital neuralgia.