Headache Treatment

Did you know that some studies show that as many as 80% of headaches have the neck as a source of their symptoms? These are known as “cervicogenic headaches”. This data was suggested back in the mid-1990s, and since then physiotherapists have undertaken extensive research to further our knowledge about the neck, and how it can cause many common headaches and migraines.

Whilst not all headaches are coming from your neck, a surprisingly large number of them are. If you have pain in the base of your skull, up around your temples or in behind the eye, these are just a few of the symptoms that can be caused by cervicogenic headaches.

At Subiaco Physiotherapy, our highly qualified Perth-based physiotherapists have undertaken extensive training and have a wealth of experience in managing headaches that are related to problems in your neck.

Treatment will usually involve a combination of:

  • manual therapy
  • trigger point release
  • massage
  • exercise
  • dry needling (but only if you would like this service, of course)
  • education

We almost never send people home from a headache consult without giving you a few exercises to help reduce pain and also reduce the likelihood of this happening again. As with any condition, our goal is very much to help you manage this yourself rather than to become reliant on us for treatment.

We are also skilled at identifying other factors (lifestyle, health, posture, biomechanics) that might be contributing to your symptoms and helping you to address these. We are also aware that not every headache is best managed with physiotherapy, and if your condition falls into this category then we will always refer you to someone within our network who is better suited to manage this, be it a GP, sports physician or pain specialist.

So book in at Subiaco Physiotherapy now, and get long-lasting relief from your headache so that you can get back to doing all the important things in life!

Did you want more detailed information on neck-related headaches (cervicogenic headaches)? Click here