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    Work giving you a headache?

    Work giving you headaches?

    We all know work is sometimes a pain in the … neck. What you might not know is that there is every chance that it could actually be causing you headaches.

    There are many different types of headaches we experience; the most common are tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches and cervicogenic headaches. There can also be other triggers such as medication, hormones and sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses). Here we will run through some of the main headaches and discuss where physiotherapy might be able to help.

    Tension headachesThe everyday headache where you can feel a tight band around the head or a general ache on both sides. Generally tension headaches will not stop you from your everyday activities and can last anywhere from 30minutes to hours. Factors such as lack of sleep, dehydration, stress and posture can cause these types of headaches.

    MigrainesUsually less common than tension headaches and more severe. Mostly felt as strong throbbing pain which can be one or both sided on the front or side of the head. Migraines can cause other symptoms such as nausea, dizziness and can cause you to feel very sensitive to lights and sounds. Can be very disturbing to daily activities and last around 4 hours. There can be other symptoms involved and also warning signs on occasion.

    Cluster Headaches: These are reported as being sharp, piercing sudden bouts of pain in one side of the head usually involving the eye and temporal region. They are called cluster headaches as a person will notice they are affected commonly at the same time every day for an average period of four to twelve weeks and then can be free of headaches for months or even years after. The cause of this is unknown.

    Cervicogenic HeadachesThis headache can sometimes present differently and be mistaken for a migraine or tension headache. These headaches are commonly one sided and can range from an ache to a strong sharp pain. These headaches can be varying of time and can be felt with associated neck pain and or shoulder pain plus tenderness in the neck region. Often the headache will change with different postures of your neck (awkward postures can increase pain) and people may have reduced neck range.

    Cervicogenic headaches occur due to a link between the soft tissues and bony structures around the top of the neck. These structures are closely linked to a neural structure called the trigeminocervical nucleus which when these structures interact can cause the appearance of headache type pain.

    What can I do?

    A physiotherapist will help to determine whether the headache you experience is something we can help with. Generally most headaches will be helped with hydrating, good sleeping patterns and sometimes medication however posture or body positioning can play a large role as well.

    Working long hours iinfront of a computer or any other repetitive job can slowly build up stresses around your head and neck and when these stresses build too much it can cause your body to react, sometimes with tightness around the neck and shoulders and also into the upper neck and head causing your headaches. Physiotherapy will work to reduce the load on these areas and start to address the reasons why they reacting with a number of hands on techniques and also self-maintenance exercises.  

    If you aren’t sure whether you would suit physiotherapy treatment, book in for a 15min drop in appointment and we can help put you in the right direction to help you to gain control again.

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