Headaches

neck_pains_2About 20% of all headaches are caused by a problem in the neck.

This can be a result of:

  • nerve irritation in the upper part of the neck
  • stiffness in the joints of the neck, or
  • areas of sustained muscle spasm in the neck or shoulders

If headaches are caused by the neck there is often a history of neck injury, like whiplash or sporting injury. Poor posture is linked with headaches specifically rounded shoulders and protruding-chin postures when sitting. These can cause headaches when sustained for long periods, for example when working at computer screens.

Treatment will consist of:

  • Reducing joint stiffness with manual techniques
  • Treating tension and muscle spasm (trigger points) in the muscles of the neck.
  • Retraining and strengthening muscles around the neck
  • A home exercise program to increase and maintain strength and flexibility of the neck
  • And postural education and advice (including taping if necessary) to prevent re-occurrence.