Getting headaches while working from home? Did you know that physiotherapists can treat them?

Headaches are really common in this day and age and it is likely that all of us will experience one at some stage in our life. 

As mentioned in one of our other blogs (Headaches) there are many different causes, but the ones that physiotherapist’s can help the most with are cervicogenic headaches (where the headache is coming from your neck). 

How Can Physio Help

Your physio can help decrease your pain levels of your headaches by using a range of techniques. 

These include: 

  • Neck joint mobilisation 
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Trigger point therapy 
  • Acupuncture and dry needling 
  • Specific exercises and stretches  
  • Posture education 
  • Advice to prevent aggravating factors 

How Long Does A Treatment Cycle Last For

Headaches are tricky to say how long they take to disappear because they are different for each person. However, the good thing is that it DOES get better. 

Acute headaches can settle reasonably quickly within 4-6 treatments over 2-4 weeks. These treatments will consist of hands on therapy with some stretching and strengthening exercises. 

Chronic interventions are longer term usually over 8-12 weeks and will include stretching, strength exercises, posture education and retraining.

Will It Get Better

If the cause of your headache is purely from your neck then yes, it should have a positive response to physio treatment.

If you do experience headaches, it is important not to lose hope. You may discover that you start to feel better after a few treatments and then find your headaches start to return. This is when it is really important to continue with the required sessions recommended by your health practitioner.  

Commonly, we see headaches that fluctuate up and down. Once we find that your headaches are under control, you may require a maintenance session every 4-6 weeks to prevent flare ups and to stop them returning in the long run. 

If your headaches do not settle as we would expect, we may send you for a quick check up with your GP to ensure that there are no underlying causes. 

Ways That You Can Self-Manage At Home

  • Heat packs
  • Self-massage
  • Avoiding poor sustained postures such as slouching
  • Stretches and exercises (as shown below)

 

 

Working From Home? Give These Exercises And Stretches A Go:

Levator Scapula Stretch

  • Bring your chin to your chest 
  • Turn your head to look into opposite armpit 
  • Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times to both sides.

Upper Trapezius Stretch

  • Bring your ear to your shoulder 
  • Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times to both sides.

Shoulder Rolls

  • Bring both shoulders forward then roll them back in a circular motion. Repeat 10 times.
  • Move chin backwards, (like you are giving yourself a double chin) use your hand for extra pressure. Repeat 10 times. 

Do not continue with any of these exercises if they are too painful. If you are experiencing headaches, feel free to talk to your local physiotherapist for some guidance.