Tension or muscle contraction headaches are often associated from stress and tension with bilateral muscular tightness around the neck and shoulders. Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches that people experience. A disorder of the neck joints or the muscles that connect to the base of your scull (Occiput) may refer pain into your head; this is because the nerves that are in your neck are also connected to your head and face. Women tend to suffer more than men from this type of headache.
Causes of Tension Headache
-Increase in anxiety or stress levels
-Poor posture at work or when sleeping
– Muscular tightness and weakness
What are the symptoms of tension headaches?
Tension headaches often begin in the back of the head and upper neck as a band-like tightness or pressure. Tension headaches also are described as a band of pressure encircling the head with the most intense pain over the eyebrows. Movement of the neck can be restricted. The pain of tension headaches usually is mild (not disabling) and bilateral (affecting both sides of the head). Tension headaches are generally not associated with nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound.
At Physio Professionals we Assess and Diagnose the causes of your tension headache. Physiotherapy treatment techniques that may be used to help reduce muscular tension and joint stiffness can include.
Mobilisation of stiff joints
Soft tissue release of tight muscles
Strengthening for weak muscles
Acupuncture or dry needling
We specialise in treating Neck Pain and Headaches and not only offer hands on treatment but offer you prevention strategies and can identify the cause of your Neck Pain and Headaches.
Please contact our Caloundra office on 5438 9111 if would like me to help you with your Neck Pain or need treatment for your Headaches.