Headache Physiotherapy
in Brampton

Headaches are a common condition that individuals may experience several times throughout their lives. The primary symptom of a headache can manifest as stiff, dull, achy, or throbbing pain within the neck or head – some may only feel pain on one side of the head and neck. Although headaches can affect anyone, individuals who engage in repetitive neck movements or maintain sustained postures for prolonged periods – such as sitting at a computer – are more prone to experiencing headaches. When we find ourselves in these positions, it puts pressure on and compresses the related muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and/or nerves of the neck, leading to pain in the head in the form of a headache. Other triggers for headaches may include whiplash or blunt trauma, poor posture, restricted movement of the neck, or immediately following a provocative event or the morning after.

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Types of Headaches

There are various types of headaches that individuals may experience. Below is a list of common types of headaches:

Migraine:

Migraines are severe headaches that can cause vomiting, sensitivity to light, and nausea. They can last for hours to a couple of days. The cause of migraines is unknown, but possible risk factors may include:
Gender: Women experience migraines more frequently than men.

Age: Individuals between 10-40 years old typically suffer from migraines more frequently than other age groups.

Past or current medical conditions: Conditions such as sleep disorders, depression, and anxiety can trigger migraines.

Other factors: Stress, skipping meals, caffeine consumption, changes in weather, alterations in sleep patterns, or consuming certain types of foods can also contribute to migraines.

Cervicogenic Headaches:

These headaches originate in the neck but are felt in the head. They typically stem from the upper three vertebrae of the neck. The main cause of these headaches is engaging in activities that put excessive pressure or stress on the upper back. This can occur during or after a traumatic event, such as blunt trauma or whiplash, and may also occur the morning after such an event. Symptoms may vary from person to person but commonly include a stiff neck, pain on one side of the head or face, pain localized to one spot, or generalized neck pain.

Tension/Stress Headaches:

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, characterized by a dull or achy pain and a sensation of pressure on the forehead or the back of the head and neck. These headaches can last from 30 minutes to a couple of days. Triggers for tension headaches may include:

  • Lack of sufficient rest
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional or mental stress
  • Low iron levels
  • Hunger
  • Fatigue
  • And more

What are the Best Exercises to Do?

Since poor posture of the spine, especially in the neck, is a common cause of headaches, the goal of exercises is to improve posture. However, it’s advisable to consult a physiotherapist who can create an individualized exercise program tailored to your specific needs, as this will be more effective in addressing your condition.

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Physiotherapy Treatment

Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy are effective treatment interventions for individuals experiencing headaches. Schedule an appointment with our physiotherapist if you suffer from headaches, and they will assist you on your journey to relief!

Common Exercises Can Include

Chin Tucks: Lie down on your back with a small towel rolled and placed behind your neck. Bring your chin toward your chest without lifting your head from the towel, as if making a double chin. Hold this position for about 8 seconds and repeat approximately 10 times.

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Shoulder Blade Retractions

Sit upright with good posture. Pull your shoulder blades together and hold the position for about 8 seconds, then return to the starting position. Repeat this exercise 10 times.

Neck Stretches – Upper Trapezius Stretch

Sit upright on a chair with good posture. Place your hand on your head and gently pull your head toward your shoulder, feeling a gentle stretch on the opposite side of your neck. Hold this position for 30 seconds, then repeat three times on each side.

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