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Headaches affect approximately two-thirds of the population. Headaches are often seen in those with poor posture, office workers and people under stress. This kind of headache is called a �cervical headache�.

What causes Headaches?

Cervical headaches are caused by the stiffness and tightness of the joints, muscles, fascia and nerves in the neck, presenting as a constant, steady, dull ache, often on the forehead, temples or the back of the head.

This can occur following direct trauma, such as a �whiplash� injury or repetitive trauma at work or during sporting activities. The onset is usually gradual and may be present for days, weeks or months and is often associated with neck pain and stiffness.

A person working for long periods at a desk with a poor posture is also at risk of developing a cervical headache. Maintaining a poor posture for long periods can lead to tight muscles and joints in the neck, shoulders and upper back which in turn manifest themselves as a headache.

What are the symptoms/effects of a Headache?

Common symptoms of a headache include:
  • Pain at the back and base of the skull, sometimes extending down to the neck and between the shoulder blades
  • Pain behind the eyebrows and forehead
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased sensitive to light and sound

Physiotherapy for Headaches

At Manchester Physio we commonly assess and treat people suffering from headaches following trauma or due to poor posture.

A person with headaches will benefit from physiotherapy treatment.

Our physiotherapists at Manchester Physio, will initially look at your current symptoms including pain, range of movement, muscle strength and function, in order to develop a specialised treatment program suited to you.

Physiotherapy treatment will depend on your needs and lifestyle but may include:
  • Mobilisation and manipulation of the joints in the neck
  • Stretching and strengthening of the muscles in the neck
  • Massage to tight muscles in the neck and shoulders
  • Postural retraining.
  • Ergonomic workstation assessment and advice
Your physiotherapist at Manchester Physio will guide and support you through your rehabilitation program to correct the current problem and prevent further headache recurrence.

For more information about how physiotherapy can help you or to book an appointment please call 0161 883 0077.

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