PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR MIGRAINE

One of the most common type of headaches is caused by imbalance in the cervical spine and are known as cervicogenic headaches. For these types of headaches, physiotherapy, chiropractic and massage therapy treatment to increase the cervical range of motion and decrease neck muscle tightness can often help alleviate many of the symptoms. Stiffness in segments of the cervical spine may cause referred pain elsewhere in the head – often manifesting itself as headaches. The clinicians at Physiohaus can offer comprehensive treatment options to managing these types of headaches. In addition, education on posture management, and exercises to strengthen neck muscles and build structural endurance are given to help reduce the chance of the headaches reoccurring.

ACUPUNCTURE FOR MIGRAINE

With primary headaches, including migraines, one of the known variables are changes in the autonomic nervous system, becoming hyperactive (easy to trigger) or hypoactive (hard to trigger). Many of the autonomic nervous system dysfunctions can be controlled with the help of acupuncture. Specifically, using sympathetic and parasympathetic “switches”, which normalizes the function of their respective systems, one can help alleviate some of the systemic issues that come from these type of headaches. These points can help improve sleep, calm the body and encourage an overactive nervous system to improve. Acupuncture can also help alleviate local pain symptoms, such as myofascial pain associated with tension-type headaches, and also treat secondary complications from primary headaches such as tight muscles.

Acupuncture to alleviate tight neck and shoulder muscles can also help decrease referred pain to the head, helping to decrease pain from cervicogenic headaches.

LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO REDUCE MIGRAINE SYMPTOMS

While our treatments can help alleviate painful headache symptoms and treat the immediate problem, identifying secondary sources that may contribute to the headaches are also very important. These can include a lack of good sleep, poor diet, and a sedentary lifestyle. Lifestyle changes to improve sleep hygiene, diet, and general fitness can all help reduce or manage the severity and frequency of headaches

Identifying the triggers to the headaches are also very important – including loud noises and bright lights. Strategies to manage these include using earplugs if sensitive to noise, wearing sunglasses when outside if sensitive to light and avoiding the use of heavy perfumes (or being around people who use them) if sensitive to strong smells.

If you are experiencing headaches, call Physiohaus. We can help guide you on your path to recovery.