What is a headache?
Headaches affect approximately two thirds of adults. Headaches are often seen in those with poor posture, office workers and people under stress. This kind of headache is called a ‘cervical headache’. Physiotherapy
What are the symptoms of a cervical headache?
A cervical headache is a dull aching pain over the forehead, temples or across the back of the head. Cervical headaches are often present alongside neck, jaw, back and shoulder pain. Other symptoms of cervical headaches include:
What causes a cervical headache?
Individuals that sit for long periods at a desk with a poor posture are most at risk of developing a cervical headache. Maintaining a poor posture for long periods can cause tight muscles and joints in the neck, shoulders and upper back which can, in turn, manifest themselves as a headache. Cervical headaches can also be caused by trauma to the neck, such as a ‘whiplash’ injury, or a sporting injury.
What should I do if I have a cervical headache?
If you are suffering from cervical headaches you should arrange a physiotherapy appointment as soon as possible.
Please call Physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 to arrange a physiotherapy appointment or book online.
What shouldn’t I do if I have a cervical headache?
If you suspect that you have a cervical headache then you should not ignore your problem in the hope that it will go away. If left untreated your headaches may become more frequent, cause you to take time off work and require more treatment to treat your problem successfully.
Physiotherapy for a cervical headache.
Physiotherapy is very important in the successful treatment of cervical headaches. Your physiotherapist will be able to diagnose your problem and explain why you are experiencing headaches. Treatment may involve;
- Mobilisation and manipulation
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Soft Tissue Treatment
- Range of movement exercises
- Postural retraining
- Vestibular rehabilitation
Are there any long term effects of cervical headaches.
Without the correct treatment cervical headaches can become a recurrent problem. Your physiotherapist will guide you through a treatment programme to correct the current problem and prevent further recurrences of symptoms.
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