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MIGRAINE TREATMENT

Sydney Migraine Physiotherapy

MIGRAINE TREATMENT

Sydney Migraine Physiotherapy

MIGRAINE PHYSIOTHERAPY


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PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR MIGRAINES

 

At Circular Quay Physio & Pilates, we have a special interest in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of migraine and headache disorders. In particular, we focus on the diagnosis and treatment of neck headache and jaw headache. Our headache physiotherapist will be able to assist your diagnosis and migraine or headache source.

A careful history and physical examination by a physical therapist who is knowledgeable and experienced in treating patients with migraine headache can help determine whether and to what extent treatment may be helpful.


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WHAT IS CAUSING YOUR MIGRAINE?

There is a group of patients for whom physical therapy is likely to be beneficial and may help to prevent headaches from occurring in the first place. These are patients who suffer headaches with musculoskeletal problems involving the neck and/or jaw.

There are two ways that the muscles and joints in these areas can produce pain in the head. The first is called referred pain. The most well-known example of referred pain is a heart attack. Most people know that pain in the chest, left shoulder, and left arm can signal a problem with the heart muscle. This is because when the heart muscle is stressed, the pain experienced can be referred into the arm. This is likely due to the particular way in which the nerves from the arm and the heart travel conjointly up to the brain. Similarly, the muscles and joints of the neck can refer pain into the head.

The second way in which structures in the neck can produce headache is by triggering a migraine event. In some patients, cervical spine and muscle tightness and dysfunction can occur, creating pain and discomfort that triggers a migraine headache. This is similar to how certain foods or environmental stimuli can trigger a migraine. In these patients, the hope is that by adequately treating the problems in the neck or jaw, one trigger for the individual’s migraine problem can be eliminated or greatly reduced.


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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR TREATMENT

 

As a headache or migraine sufferer, you’ll know how disruptive and inconvenient a severe headache or migraine attack can be. Not only does it impact on you, but also your immediate family and friends.

The goals of physical therapy treatment are generally to normalize the musculoskeletal system as much as possible in order to reduce stress and tension on soft tissues and joints. For example, in the instance described above for trigger points in the upper trapezius muscle, the therapist would likely work on stretching the problematic muscle fibers. In addition, posture, alignment, and strength issues would need to be addressed, as faulty mechanics in these areas can contribute to the development of trigger points.



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WHAT TO EXPECT OF TREATMENT


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