Migraine & Headache in Perth
Migraines and headaches are among those debilitating conditions that people can suffer from. Most of us will be able to relate to the discomfort and disability it causes. That constant pounding you feel in your head, the difficulties of concentrating and sleeping and most of all, the severe impact it can bring to your daily life.
What is a Headache?
Headache is a pain or a feeling of discomfort arising from the head or neck region. The pain comes from the tissues and structures that surround the skull or the brain. The severity of pain may vary. It may range from a dull ache to intense pain.
The most common type of headache is tension headache. It is usually caused by tight muscles in your shoulders, neck, scalp and jaw. It tends to occur on both sides of your head. It usually starts at the back of your head and radiates forward. If you have tension headache, you may feel it as dull or squeezing, like there’s a tight band around your head. There is also a tight feeling or soreness in your shoulders, neck or jaw.
A type of headache that is less common but is more intense than tension headaches are migraines. They are usually felt as severe, throbbing pain at the front of side of the head. These headaches accompany symptoms other than pain in the head such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light and sound. When compared to other types of headache, migraine ranges from moderate to severe.
Migraine headaches come in two types: migraine with aura and migraine without aura. An aura refers to sensations you experience before migraine sets in. These sensations usually happen from 10 minutes to half an hour before the migraine attack. These can include:
- Lack of mental alertness or difficulty thinking
- Seeing flashing lights or unusual lines
- Numbness or tingling sensation in the face or hands
- Experiencing unusual sense of smell, taste or touch
How Does Physiotherapy Help with Migraines and Headaches?
Physiotherapy has been successful in reducing the frequency, intensity and duration of headaches and it has also been proven extremely effective in treating migraines.
To alleviate the pain, a physiotherapist will have to identify its source. Identifying the underlying causes or influencing factors will help your Perth physiotherapist design an appropriate treatment and prevent the pain from coming back. When a physiotherapist can get at the root of the problem, the results can be long lasting.
Your physiotherapist will perform an initial evaluation of your headache including assessment of posture, range of motion, muscle tightness and the presence of trigger points. Once the underlying structural cause of your headache has been found, your physiotherapist will then address that problematic area.
Physiotherapy treatment involves therapeutic exercises with manual therapy and teaching you lifestyle improvements such as proper posture while doing any activity like standing or working at a desk, the amount of time you should spend on technological devices and how many hours of sleep you should take. If you’re able to follow your physio’s advice, you’ll be enjoying a worry-free life without any headache to stop you.