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Headaches: A pain in the neck?

Headaches are extremely common! The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports half to three quarters of adults aged 18–65 years have experienced a headache in the last year. According to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, headache disorders are among the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide, frequently impacting quality of life, social activities, work capability and our general wellbeing.

Common types of headaches:

· Migraine (with or without aura)

· Tension type headache

· Cervicogenic (neck) headache

“Headaches” can be linked to several different conditions and can vary in intensity, frequency, symptom complex and duration. They can be triggered by a wide range of different mechanisms. However, research shows that up to 70% of long-term headache sufferers also report neck pain. In fact, recent research has shown that a dysfunction in the top three vertebrae of the neck and/or their associated nerves can be a major contributor to headaches and migraines.

Physiotherapy can be effective in treating and managing cervicogenic headaches. At Elite Physio, we pride ourselves on thorough evaluation, based on the latest clinical research. We look at how your neck and body move, including your posture, muscle strength, stiffness, and areas of pain. With this knowledge, we can establish a diagnosis and individualised treatment plan that is right for you. This will likely include soft tissue work, joint mobilisation and strengthening exercises as well as ergonomic/postural advice and correction.

Do you experience headaches? Are they a pain in your neck?


Hanette Lemke



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