At 101 Physio we know you are in significant pain when you visit us for the first time, so we don’t mess you around with symantics and a lot of medical terms. From our initial consultation and assessment of your pain condition, we advise you on the best course of treatment for your specific pain symptoms/condition. In consultation with you we implement a custom treatment and management program.
How can we help?
Our Principal Physiotherapist Joseph Louka has a special interest in treating Headaches & Migraines and has furthered his education in this area of physiotherapy by completing the Watson Headache® Institute, Level 1 Foundation Headache Course titled “The Role of C1-C3 Cervical Afferents in Primary Headache”. The course was presented by Dean H Watson, Australian Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Joseph is now available at our Melton and Hoppers Crossing Clinics.
For further information, go to: www.WatsonHeadacheInstitute.com.
The course was based on the Watson Headache® Approach, a protocol for the skilled assessment and management of the upper cervical (neck) spine in headache and migraine conditions.
The Watson Headache® Approach is recognised as a scientifically researched method of examination and treatment.
The diagnostic accuracy of the Watson Headache® Approach is unparalleled. It can confirm if disorders in the upper neck are responsible for headache or migraine and determine the exact nature of the disorder as well as which spinal joints are involved.
There is no guesswork and no cracking or manipulation. Its unique and powerful feature involves temporary reproduction and resolution (easing) of usual head pain.
For further information, go to: www.WatsonHeadacheApproach.com
Definition of a Headache
A headache is defined as a continuous pain in the head and/or upper neck. Almost everyone has suffered or will suffer from a headache at some point in their lifetime, some unfortunately with regular repetition.
The most common types of headaches are tension headaches, migraine headaches, cluster headaches and sinus headaches.
Tension Headache is the most common type of headache, mainly affecting adults and adolescents (more common in women) and is mostly attributed to muscle contraction, evolving over a period of hours or days and when untreated can continue for a sustained period of time. Tension Headaches are generally felt on both sides of your head in the frontal temporal (sides), occipital (back) regions of the head and upper neck. Some common causes for tension headaches are physical and emotional stress.
Migraine headaches are recurrent throbbing or pounding headaches that favours one side of your head, often accompanied with nausea and vomiting, temporary visual impairment (disruption of your normal visual field), hypersensitivity to sound, smell and light. Migraine pain can be moderate to severe,lasting up to 3 days and usually occur 1 to 4 times per month. Migraine sufferers are mainly women (can start in childhood). A family history of migraines is extremely common among sufferers. Migraine headaches can be initiated by sleep pattern changes, diet, use of birth control pills, and menstruation in women patients.
Cluster headaches are rare and affect mainly the male population. They occur in ‘clusters’ followed by headache-free remission periods and are felt on one side of the head and/or around or behind one eye. The pain has a deep burning quality and the pain level is severe. Cluster head ache’s mainly occur approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep and will repeat two to three times a day and last for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cluster headaches can be brought on by small amounts of alcohol consumption, a change in sleep patterns, histamines, nitrates, general health and high altitude.
Sinus headache is caused by inflammation of the sinuses likely the result of an allergic reaction, infection. The pain associated with a sinus headache is a constant and deep pressure in the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of the nose. Sinus Headaches can be extremely painful and debilitating causing a severe decrease in the quality of life for many sufferers.
The good news is Headaches and Migraine Pain is Treatable.