Commonly we find that neck (cervical spine) joints become stiff or locked which in turn usually causes protective muscle spasm of some neck and shoulder muscles and weakness of others.
We often see patients who have unsuccessfully tried various neck treatment techniques. What we normally find it that it is a combination of neck joint, muscle stretching, massage, acupuncture, neural tissue, strength exercise and postural techniques that are required to reverse some well established poor habits.
There are now thought to be over 300 causes of headaches and migraine. Fortunately the vast majority of headaches are caused by one of these three headache sources, which makes them easier to treat.
Neck Headache (Cervicogenic Headache)
You can simultaneously suffer one, two or more types or headache/migraine Your physiotherapist will be able to assist your diagnosis and headache source. Sometimes specific tests can confirm the diagnosis. On other occasions it can be by a process of elimination.
In a small percentage of patients there is unfortunately a sinister cause of your head pain, which should be thoroughly investigated
We urge you to check with your doctor or physiotherapist to investigate further if your headaches have any of the following characteristics: new or different headache to your normal type, “Thunderclap” type headache, your “worst headache ever”, signs of neurological complications e.g. motor weakness, memory loss, new headache onset over the age of 50 years or headache associated with systemic symptoms e.g. weight loss, fever.