The medical world includes more than 300 types of migraine categories. It’s not surprising, then, that everyone has suffered from a headache or migraine at some point. They can be painful and unrelenting, often debilitating.

The cause of headaches often can be found by examining the position of the neck. For example, when looking at a computer or driving, the neck is usually extended and shoulders slouches, thereby increasing tension in the upper cervical spine. This position refers pain to your head, specifically your forehead, temple or behind your eye(s). Headaches also can be caused by tension in muscles such as your occipitals, suboccipitals, temporalis and masseter muscles which compresses ultra-sensitive nerves in these areas.

Fig1- Areas of Headache pain









At Stepaside Physiotherapy, our therapists have been trained by a world-renowned expert in the field of migraines and headaches, Dean Watson. (check out more about Dean here.)

A simple and quick assessment and treatment of the upper cervical spine can give instant relief from headache and migraine pain. We first combine gentle manipulation of the upper cervical joints with gentle release and activation of other muscle in the region. Next, we examine what muscles/joints may be causing your headaches and how you can identify them to avoid future headaches. We then educate you on what positions commonly cause headache pain and how you can stop using them.

If you’re not sure whether or not physiotherapy can help with your headaches and/or migraines, don’t hesitate to contact us for a complimentary consultation. We’ll discuss your symptoms and see if our services are the right course of treatment for you.

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