Headaches and Physiotherapy

By |2017-07-16T16:00:47+00:00July 16th, 2017|Uncategorised|


Headaches are a common problem we see at the clinic, which is not surprising when it is estimated that up to 10 million people in the UK have suffered headache symptoms making it one of the most common health complaints seen by doctors. With 10 million cases spread over the UK, you can see that even in the Alfreton area many thousands of people are likely to be suffering from headaches. We’ve managed to help many people, but it’s still a fact that many people are unaware that physiotherapy can often help headaches.

A particular type of headache that physiotherapy can help with is called a “cervicogenic” headache, and this blog will detail how physiotherapy can help this type of headache.

What is a headache?

We’ve all probably suffered a headache at some point and so we probably think we know what a headache is, but just to clarify; a headache is a pain that occurs in the head and/ or upper neck area. It can affect the entire area or be focused on  smaller areas such as behind the eyes or temples.
Headaches can be divided into 2 main types:

  • Primary Headaches: Headaches that are related to disorders in the brain or head and are not caused by a cause elsewhere. Examples of this type of headache are cluster headaches, tension headaches and migraine.
  • Secondary Headaches: Headaches which are caused by something else such as high blood pressure, inflamatory disorders or injuries to the head and neck. Cervicogenic headaches are classed as secondary headaches as they […]