Most of us suffer from headaches every now and again, but for some people a headache is a problem that just won't go away and keeps getting worse or refuses to budge no matter what you do in an attempt to relieve it. Taking headache tablets and painkillers may help temporarily, but this is no solution!
The first step is to determine if there are any changes in the symptoms in response to head and neck or jaw movements. This gives us an indication if the neck, jaw or even the sinuses could be playing a role. If a headache is worse with movements or occurs in conjunction with neck pain, it is more likely to be a mechanical condition from the neck muscles/joints.
Headaches that do not respond to movement and those that are worse at night, could be an indication of inflammation – be that simple or sinister.
As a rule of thumb, if your headache is affected by movement, start off by seeing a physiotherapist. If it is not affected by movement, you may need to be referred for an assessment by another health care professional, depending on the details found on your assessment.
Other important considerations are:
Here are 3 basic rules for headaches (and really for most pain):
Your health and physical wellbeing should be a priority deserving of quality care. Make sure to discuss any concerns you may have directly with your preferred physiotherapist, so that you can receive the appropriate guidance for your unique situation.
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