Migraine & Headache

4 Life Physiotherapy provides comprehensive assessment and treatment for headache and Migraine sufferers in the local Mandurah area and surrounding suburbs.

Because headaches are extremely common, many people think they are a normal part of life. Yet, chronic headaches are a signal that something is wrong. The regular utilization of pain medication to fight headaches is like eliminating the warning light that alerts you to a difficulty in your car! Medication doesn’t cure your headaches, it just provides a temporary solution to diminish the pain.

Headaches are one of the most common presentations we see at 4 Life Physiotherapy and we pride ourselves on getting the very best outcomes for all of our patients. There are a number of different types of headaches and a variety of causes. The most common types of headaches seen by our therapists are tension headaches and headaches that result from the neck and surrounding structures (cervicogenic).

What Causes a Headache?

While there are a variety of reasons why you may suffer from headaches including stress, poor posture, accidents, medications, environmental factors, and dietary irregularities, evidence suggests a large percentage of headaches result from problems relating to the neck structures. Tension headaches are the most common form of headache that we see at 4 Life Physiotherapy. Such headaches are cervicogenic in nature and relate to pain and tension in the neck joints and/or surrounding muscles. This can refer pain into your head as the nerves that originate in the neck also supply your face and head. Signs that your neck may be the cause of your headaches include:

• Neck pain that radiates into the front of your head

• Pain behind the eyes

• Pain in the upper back

• Pressure at the base of the skull eases your pain

• Headaches brought on by neck movement or sustained periods of holding your neck in a poor postural position e.g. working at the computer or watching television for long periods with a poke chin or forward head posture

• Pain that may not be relieved by paracetamol

The majority of people find they are still able to function despite the occurrence of tension headaches, however often experience decreased neck range of movement and reduced levels of concentration. Our expert physiotherapists at 4 Life Physiotherapy are trained to accurately assess and determine the precise cause of your headaches, allowing us to implement an individualised treatment plan to get you back to feeling like your old self again. We use a variety of treatment techniques including, joint mobilisation, soft tissue massage, heat therapy and exercise programs to ensure our patients achieve the best possible outcomes. Your 4 Life Physiotherapist will also advise you on the most up to date postural and work place ergonomic advice to make sure you have the best chance of preventing your headaches from returning.

Isn’t it time you stopped headaches impacting on your life? Please contact us to set up your comprehensive headache evaluation and start your journey towards living a life free of headaches!