Headaches – Treatment Tips

Headaches – Treatment Tips

headache deskAt least 1 in 6 people are affected by chronic headaches, and not the self inflicted sort!

A common type of headache is the tension headache, which is caused by tightening of the muscles in the neck or jaw, or from a physical response to stress. Other causes include pressure on the nerves in the upper neck due to a musculoskeletal issue such as stiff joints and tight muscles, trigger points in muscles, jaw tension, lack of sleep and migraines.

Quick tips to relieve muscular tension:

  1. Stretch neck to the side by tilting head while lowering your shoulder on that same side, hold for 30 seconds. repeat on the opposite side
  2. Nod your head and tuck you chin in, now reach back and lift the base of your skull up to stretch the top of the neck
  3. Use a heat wheat pack on your neck and shoulders after work to relieve muscular tension
  4. For relaxation from stress – breathe in for 4 secs and out for 4 seconds, then 5 seconds up to 8 seconds will help to relieve tension.

Postural tips for best neck position while at the computer:

  1. Sit to the back of your chair and pull it in close to your desk. If your chair has arms, take them off or get another chair.
  2. Have your computer screen so your eyes line up with top third
  3. Chair high enough so elbows are just touching the desk when your shoulders are relaxed
  4. Swivel chair not your body if you do it repeatedly through the day
  5. Tuck your chin in and lengthen the back of your neck when you can

Physiotherapy treatment for headaches:

For more chronic headaches, physiotherapy offers an alternative to long term medication, as it is kinder on your body and is a successful treatment for headaches, helping to treat both the cause and relieve the pain. Treatment includes:

  1. Mobilisation of stiff neck joints (reducing nerve pressure)
  2. Release tense muscles and relieve trigger points
  3. Teach correct posture
  4. Stretching and strengthening exercises specific to your posture
  5. Assess and treat jaw pain (including clicking)
  6. Craniosacral therapy

 

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