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Headaches

What are Headaches?

They are a common cause of pain and discomfort, and most people will have headaches at some time in their lives. Headache covers any pain around the head, face or neck area. There are 2 types of headaches:

  1. Primary headaches, which is just happens without any related illness or injury. They include tension headaches, cluster headaches, migraine.
  2. Secondary headaches which are caused by an underlying condition

Can physiotherapy help people with headaches?

Yes. Physiotherapy is effective in the management of neck headache (cervicogenic headache) and jaw headache.

What are the causes of headaches?

  • Stress

  • Eye strain or squinting

  • Poor posture

  • Dehydration

  • Drinking too much alcohol or eating certain foods

  • Lack of sleep

  • Poor posture

  • Skipping a meal

  • Sometimes, there’s no obvious cause

The causes of secondary headaches include:

  • Drinking too much alcohol

  • A head injury like concussion

  • Hormonal changes in women

  • A neck problem

  • Irritation of nerve fibres

  • Ear, eyes, sinus, tooth and jaw problems

  • Inflammation of an artery in the head

  • Withdrawal from caffeine or narcotics

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