Most people are under the impression that a headache or migraine can only be managed with pain killers. This unfortunately only treats the symptoms not the cause. It masks the symptoms but is ineffective in treating the root cause of the problem.
A common cause of headache or migraine related pain is a neck that does not move well. This can be caused by poor joint movements, tight connective tissue, muscles and nerves that link directly to parts of the brain. This is called a Cervicogenic headache.
Signs of Cervicogenic headaches
- Dull aches
- Sharp stabbing pains
- Felt in the face or head
- Constant or Intermittent
- Made worse by factors such as foods, alcohol, certain times in the menstrual cycle, bright light, computer work
Other symptoms include nausea, dizziness, tiredness.
If your headache or migraine precedes or is accompanied by neck stiffness, discomfort or pain there is a possibility your neck is involved!
We take you through a physical examination that involves palpation, range of movement assessment, movement dysfunction recognition and much more.
We use the Watson treatment technique which involves passive movements applied to your neck and helps restore normal movement.
Posture correction, specific strengthening, stretching is also used as part of your treatment.
We also provide acupuncture which is shown to alleviate headaches and migraines successfully.