At Mediphysio Hornsby we take a different approach to most traditional therapist in treating headaches and migraines. We use leading treatment techniques and state-of-the-art equipment for you to get a premium service. Headache and/or migraines can occur when distortion or rotations occur of the upper neck bones due to muscle spasms in the upper neck. We are hands-on therapists which isolate the specific bony structures of the upper neck and target trigger points of the upper neck muscles to reduce your headache symptoms. We treat the problematic area and help reduce the symptoms of your headache. Your initial examination from our physiotherapists can provide you with a thorough, accurate diagnosis to the location of your painful headache and/or migraine when scans and other tests have come back inconclusive.
Most of all, the treatment is safe, educational and precise, with no cracking movements of the neck, for you to better understand the reasoning behind your headaches and/or migraines.
Our mission is to help you take control of your headache and/or migraine without needing to continually reach for medications.
You will also be given an easy-to-follow and accessible exercise program through your mobile phone which eliminates the stress of trying to remember the exercises given to you in the clinic. (no more stick figure drawings!!!)
Headaches and migraines vary in presentation, duration, intensity and cause. Many of these are treatable by Physiotherapists and at Mediphysio we have the skills and training to treat these differently to most Physiotherapy clinics. We also work alongside GP’s and other doctors in order to offer a complete treatment for the symptoms of your headache or migraine. See below the most common types of these.
Migraines are usually coupled with other symptoms such as vision disturbance, nausea, weakness, sound, smell and light sensitivity. A person experiencing a migraine can have mild to severe symptoms that may become debilitating.
Migraines tend to be recurrent and for many people it is a “life-long” issue. However, migraines are treatable in most cases and are at least manageable. Physiotherapy for migraines along with a carefully constructed plan from your doctor can help reduce migraine symptoms and help you manage them better. Some triggers of migraine to be aware of are
- anxiety or stress
- lack of sleep
- particular foods or medication
- bright lights
- loud noises, especially prolonged
- hormonal changes
Tension headaches are very common and and typically present with a dull constant ache at the back of the head or on one or both sides of the head. Tension headaches can last for as little as 30 minutes to hours or even days. Symptoms include
- Throbbing pain, sometimes behind the eye
- Pressure feeling in the head
- Sensitivity to sound and light
- A pulling feeling at the base of the skull into the neck
Tension headaches can be caused by similar factors to migraine, however, other main contributing factors are
- Poor posture
- Overuse of the neck and shoulder muscles
- Poor sleeping position or lack of pillow support
Treatment for tension headaches include some medication, rest, re-hydration but more importantly a skilled Physiotherapist can administer some excellent hands on treatment to reduce or even cure headache symptoms. More importantly a Physiotherapist can also diagnose the root cause of the problem and suggest a plan to reduce the frequency of these headaches. Some treatment techniques are listed below
- Soft tissue massage and trigger point therapy
- Acupuncture and dry needling
- Mobilisations or manipulations
- Specific stretches and exercises
Please call us now or send an enquiry below to see how Mediphysio can help you with your migraine or headache