The International Headache Society has more than 150 different types of headaches which can be broken down into:
Primary Headaches – that exist independently from any other medical condition (e.g. migraine, tension type headache and cluster headaches).
Secondary Headaches – related to an underlying medical condition (including being referred from the cervical spine or due to temporo-mandibular (jaw) joint dysfunction.
Headaches can occur as referred pain from joints in the neck following an injury or as a result of repeated poor postural habits leading to excessive loading on the joints of the cervical spine and muscle imbalances around the neck.
Extensive dental work or jaw clenching can also result in the joint of your jaw being strained or compressed resulting in overactivity of the overlying muscles leading to local and referred pain into the head.
What happens if I have a Headache?
Our physiotherapists will assess you thoroughly to determine if your headaches have a musculoskeletal cause.
Physiotherapists at Eastern Sports and Spinal Care are skilled at assessing the joints and muscle control of the cervical spine.
They will determine if your headache is of musculoskeletal origin and will set you on the path to resolving the problem.
This may require some manual therapy to restore adequate joint mobility, masage or dry needling to release tight muscles and specific exercise to address any specific muscle imbalances.