Is my Migraine from my Neck? How could Physio help?

Is my Migraine from my Neck? How could Physio help?

Migraines extend beyond typical headaches, often accompanied by symptoms like nausea and sensitivity to light,  and sometimes neck pain. Understanding the intricate link between migraines, neck muscles and joints is essential for effective treatment. Physiotherapy has emerged as a promising solution to address these issues, offering relief and improved quality of life for many people suffering from migraines.

The Link Between Migraines and Neck Pain:

Research indicates a strong connection between migraines and neck pain, with tension in the neck muscles being a significant trigger for migraines. Many migraine sufferers report neck pain either before or during an episode. Poor posture, muscle imbalances, and joint dysfunction in the neck can contribute to stress on the nervous system, potentially instigating migraines.

Physiotherapy as a Treatment Option:

Physiotherapy provides a holistic approach to addressing the link between migraines and neck pain. Our physiotherapists at PhysiCo have specialised training in assessment of neck pain and migraines

 

We will tailor a treatment plan to address individual needs in the following areas – 

Manual Therapy

Hands-on techniques including massage and joint mobilisation. This plays a large role in relieving muscle tension and improving joint mobility in the neck.

Manual therapy aids are used to restore proper alignment and  reduce nerve irritation, thereby relieving migraine symptoms.

Posture Correction & Muscle Imbalance with Exercises

Physiotherapy interventions begin with correcting posture and addressing muscle imbalances in the neck area. Strengthening weak muscles and releasing tension in tight muscles can significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines associated with neck pain.

Education on Ergonomics & Lifestyle Modification

Educating patients on ergonomics and lifestyle modifications provides long term management strategies. Simple changes in daily activities, like adjusting workstation setups or incorporating regular breaks for neck stretches can significantly reduce migraine occurrences.

Physiotherapy emerges as a valuable treatment offering a non-invasive and drug-free solution.

Addressing root causes and  providing long term solutions empowers individuals to feel in control of their health.

If you experience migraines, consulting with us at PhysiCo is a crucial step toward finding relief.