There are over 300 headaches classified by the international headache society. Many of these headaches, such as migraines, tension headaches, and cervicogenic headaches (CGH) have very similar symptoms.
Physiotherapy can help to treat some headaches, where the pain is in the head or face referred from joints or soft tissue structures in the neck.
We can also treat migraines with the use of acupuncture at Abbey Physiotherapy.
Cervicogenic headaches are headaches that start in the neck and are referred from bony structures or soft tissues. It is a common chronic and recurrent headache that usually starts after neck movement. It usually accompanies a reduced range of motion (ROM) of the neck. It could be confused with migraines, tension headaches, or other primary headache syndromes.
Trigger points located in the neck, shoulder, and head muscles can cause referred pain that is similar to tension-type headaches.
In some people, prolonged pain input from myofascial trigger points can sensitize the central nervous system, leading to episodic tension headaches becoming chronic tension-type headaches.
The goal of acupuncture is to restore the flow of positive energy throughout your body.
Aside from removing negative energy, it also claims to remove pain. According to modern medical theory, acupuncture stimulates many of your body's systems. There may be a healing response triggered by this.
In acupuncture, your body is divided into zones and pressure points. Depending on your symptoms, acupuncture needles are inserted into different pressure points. The needle points on your body are usually near nerves. Your body responds to the needle by releasing hormones, such as endorphins, that trigger a response from your nerves. This immune and circulatory system stimulation is what proponents of acupuncture claim relieves migraines and tension headaches.
e.g. carrying heavy bags on one side or holding a phone to your ear with your shoulder
It is important to identify the causes of pain in order to treat it effectively and prevent re-occurrence. At Abbey Physiotherapy we will discuss possible reasons for your discomfort.
We will also treat cervicogenic headaches with:
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