Headaches come in a wide variety of types and can vary significantly in terms of pain and discomfort. No matter what type of headache you are suffering with, we can help you recover from the disrupting and often painful experience.
Manual therapy including soft tissue therapy, massage therapy, physiotherapy and sports massage is becoming increasingly recognised for the treatment of headaches and migraines. Many headache sufferers wait to see their GP or a neurologist and have numerous medical investigations that detect no abnormalities. Why not see a musculoskeletal specialist who can detect muscle tension headaches and give you the treatment to get you out of pain?
If you’re experiencing headaches, you don’t have to just ‘deal’ with it! We all get aches and pains in our heads for various reasons which come and go but if you are struggling with constant headaches, pains and can’t seem to shift them then speak to one of our team at our Chelmsford Clinic. The correct treatment can produce dramatic results even when medication and dietary advice has failed. Headaches can be caused by a musculoskeletal disorder, tension and tightness in the muscles around the head, neck and back and can be treated by one of our massage therapists, soft tissue therapists, physiotherapists, sports massage therapists and a specifically targeted treatment accompanied with the help and advice you need will help get you out of pain.
How can physiotherapy or massage therapy help me?
What are the different types of headaches?
Headaches come in many different forms, ranging from a tension-pain to cluster headaches or hormonal headaches.
Chronic tension-type headaches
Chronic tension-type headaches are often brought on by stress or fatigue, but more than likely they can be attributed to physical or psychological issues or depression.
A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache with throbbing pain on one side of the head. A migraine can cause many symptoms, such as feeling sick, being sick and increased sensitivity to light or sound.
Cluster headaches are short-lived and can occur several times throughout the day. A cluster headache is caused by the hypothalamus releasing chemicals and causing blood vessels to widen, which causes an increase in the blood flow to the brain.
Muscular headaches tend to occur as a result of spasm or tightness of muscles, especially those in the back of the neck and shoulders. The spasm causes a steady pull on the tissues covering the scalp which in turn produces pain.
Many women suffer with headaches as part of their PMS and then find that they are virtually headache free for the remainder of the month. The drop in Oestrogen levels is thought to trigger painful headaches for some women, whilst others may suffer with menstrual migraines.
What are the symptoms of a headache?
Headaches are a sign that something in your body isn’t quite right. The causes can vary from bad posture and jaw problems to eye strain and stress. Whilst many headaches appear to be standalone conditions, many people are now experiencing frequent headaches because of the amount of time we spend in front of computer screens and TVs, and the countless hours we spend with our head bent forward staring at our phones and tablets!
The pain we experience can vary from moderate to severe, from a dull ache to pressure or tension. Headaches can be triggered from being in an awkward position or as a result of an injury such as neck traumas, fall or poor posture.
For the best headache treatment in Chelmsford, it’s time to get in touch with Faye Pattison Physiotherapy.
How can you effectively treat a headache?
At Faye Pattison Physiotherapy, we use physiotherapy, massage therapy and soft tissue therapy to produce very quick and efficient results which will relieve tension in the muscle which will attach to your head, a deep tissue massage will break down any thickening formed which will cause an imbalance in the opposing muscles, relaxing your body to allow you muscles to ‘calm down’ and releasing the tight muscles. There are various techniques used by our experienced team depending on your diagnosis. Stiff joints may need loosening, this can be done by stretching, massage, joint manipulation, acupuncture, dry needling known as IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) to help relieve any muscle tension that may be causing the pain, and other methods can be used. Various exercises, taping techniques and educating you on posture awareness can all help you try to prevent aches and pains in the future.
For the best headache and pain treatment Chelmsford treatments, please contact Faye Pattison Physiotherapy today to book an appointment.
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