Headache Physiotherapy Westmead

Stress, a prevalent aspect of life, often triggers migraine headaches. Mainstream medicine struggles to effectively treat these unique headaches, but Physiotherapy and Craniosacral Therapy offer alternative solutions, discover Recovery Rehab your expert Headache Physio near you. Regardless of your specific concerns, we ensure the use of advanced physiotherapy methods, treatments, and guidance to effectively alleviate your discomfort.

Headache and Pain management with Recovery Rehab Physio

Stress, a prevalent aspect of life, often triggers migraine headaches. Mainstream medicine struggles to effectively treat these unique headaches, but Physiotherapy and Craniosacral Therapy offer alternative solutions.

Our Clinic provides care for Headache & Migraine sufferers to the local Westmead area as well as the surrounding suburbs of Parammata, Mayshill, Wentworthville and Greystanes. Common types of Headache and related conditions our Westmead physiotherapist can assist with;

Cervicogenic Headaches: Cervicogenic headaches are associated with the top three neck vertebrae, which, when stiff, can transmit pain signals to the head, leading to headaches.

These headaches typically occur on one side of the head and can be triggered by neck movements.

Migraines: A migraine typically entails a strong headache and accompanying symptoms like nausea, light or smell sensitivity, and visual disturbances. It can shift sides and is triggered by various factors.

Tension Headaches:Tension headaches result from repetitive movements or poor neck and head postures, which strain the neck muscles and transmit pain signals to the head.

These headaches typically affect both sides of the head and are often described as feeling like a tight band across the forehead.

What Causes  Headache ?

Headaches can be painful sensations around the head, eyes, ears, or the back of the head, stemming from various causes. At Recovery Rehab Westmead Physiotherapy, we address Stress, anxiety, or depression related and neck-related issues that can lead to headaches and offer solutions

Common Causes contributing to Neck-Related Headaches

  • Neck Injury/Nerve Irritation: Accidents and daily incidents can trigger neck-related headaches by harming neck structures.

  • Whiplash: Severe neck injury from vigorous head movement, damaging neck muscles, ligaments, and even vertebrae.

  • Aging/Arthritis: Neck vertebrae degeneration due to aging, potentially causing neck pain and headaches, especially in the first, second, or third vertebrae.

  • Improper Posture: Proper neck alignment is vital to reduce strain on neck structures, including discs and joints. Poor posture, like slouching, prolonged neck positions, or desk work, can lead to neck-related headaches.

  • Jaw Clenching: Prolonged, intense jaw clenching, especially during sleep, can result in headaches.

What are the Symptoms of Headache ?

Headaches are often linked to neck stiffness, with pain possibly felt only in the head. Neck headaches can result from prolonged poor postures, like computer use. Many individuals with chronic headaches may worsen their pain due to daily habits, such as sleep position, pillow choice, occupation, sitting posture, and muscle imbalances. Common indicators include:

  • Increased thirst.

  • Difficulty concentrating, speaking normally, or engaging in conversation.

  • Heightened sensitivity to sound and light, often accompanied by an aura.

  • Numbness or weakness in facial or neck muscles.

  • Feelings of dizziness and shakiness.

  • Disturbed or blurry vision, with flashing lights or unusual shapes during the onset.

  • Nausea, loss of appetite, and sometimes vomiting.

There are many reasons why you might get headaches. If you have headaches or any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to see our expert Physiotherapists near you. They can check you and help you get better.

 Assessment for Headache Pain Physiotherapy at Westmead

At Recovery Rehab, Westmead, Principal Physiotherapist Sujanya Iyengar, begins the assessment process for Migrane and Headache by attentively listening and setting clear treatment goals. She starts by doing a whole-body assessment from head-to-toe of nerves, muscles, joints, spine, flexibility, and strength to identify any underlying biomechanical problems.

During a subjective assessment, she asks questions to pinpoint the headache’s source and the involved joints. In a physical evaluation, we assess your neck’s mobility. By keenly observing upper neck movements, we identify the headache’s joint and tissue origins. This precision is crucial for effective headache treatment. It allows for targeted therapy and tracking symptom improvement.

She then compiles a comprehensive list of potential causes and systematically tests each one to determine the most effective treatment, aiming for substantial improvement (30-50%). Ultimately, she identifies the primary contributing factor, often referred to as the ‘driver,’ in the patient’s condition.This enables her to create a tailored treatment plan to relieve your Headache and improve your functional mobility.

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Headache and Migraine Physiotherapy Treatment Westmead

Our Physiotherapist tailors various treatments based on the assessment and test results to alleviate pain and maintain function effectively. These treatments encompass:

  • Utilizing soft tissue massage and trigger point therapy to reduce tension in the rotator cuff muscles and sustain tissue mobility.

  • Employing joint mobilization techniques to enhance joint alignment and minimize the risk of impingement.

  • Implementing strengthening and stabilizing exercises, both in the treatment room and as part of home care, which play a crucial role in this phase.

  • Advising on activity modification for daily routines and work activities.

At our Clinic we adopt Recovery Rehab Treatment Plan a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach, drawing from specialized areas like Physiotherapy, Craniosacral therapy, and Visaral manipulation. Our treatments encompass specific modalities ranging from Myofascial Release, Dermo-Neuro Modulation, and Trigger Point Dry needling to Lymphatic Drainage and Immune System Boost.

How does Cranial sacral therapy help reduce Headache?

One of the preferred techniques to treat migraines and headaches at Recovery Rehab is Craniosacral Therapy (CST) to alleviate headaches. CST is a gentle approach that focuses on the connection between the head and the base of the spine, addressing issues related to fluid flow and membranes in these areas. By considering various components involved in migraines, such as the head, spine, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves, CST effectively eases migraine pain.

During CST, clients lie on their backs in a relaxed posture while our physio delicately uses her hands to contact the head and the base of the spine. This allows her to sense the rhythm of cerebrospinal fluid and identify potential causes of symptoms like pain or tension. We assess the craniosacral system, which includes the bones, membranes, and fluid around the brain and spine, for any rhythm issues. If any problems are detected, she employs gentle hands-on techniques to correct the rhythm and release tension in the spine and connective tissues. This can positively impact the functioning of the nervous system, including sensory perception, movement, cognitive processes, and emotional well-being. Many clients also report improved mood, increased pain tolerance, reduced stress, and enhanced relaxation through CST.

Our Physio performs gentle adjustments to the base of the spine and the head to access deeper layers of fluid and membranes. This can aid the autonomic nervous system and alleviate patterns that may contribute to headaches, as well as pain in the face, neck, and shoulders. Factors like emotional stress, tension in the neck or jaw, and facial expressions like frowning or clenching can also play a role in migraine headaches, and Craniosacral Therapy can help reduce pressure around the head and mitigate migraine episodes. In simple terms, Craniosacral Therapy has the potential to eliminate your headache.

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