Types of Headache and Physiotherapy Headache Treatments


Headaches are a really terrible experience, no matter what stage of life you’re at. They’re one of the most common reasons for seeing a specialist. An estimated 345,800 people suffer from chronic migraines in Australia, according to Headache Australia.

Types of Headaches

Migraine attacks are classified into two categories: migraines with preliminary symptoms (auras) and migraines without these auras. Preliminary migraine symptoms include:

  • High sensitivity to light and noise
  • Nausea
  • Mild double vision
  • Appearance of bright lights.

Migraines can last for hours. Painkillers generally don’t help.

Tension Type Headaches affect 80% of people on occasion. These headaches can be painful and can cause musculoskeletal symptoms including neck pain, jaw pain and temple pain.

Medication Overuse Headaches occur when headache medication is taken without cause. This type of headache affects 2% of adults and sometimes children.

Physiotherapy Headache Treatments

Physiotherapy can certainly help manage the symptoms of a headache.

Manual therapy from a physio can relieve tension in the neck, shoulder and temples. This treatment can be combined with dry needling for effect.

By rubbing the base of the skull, the neck and the shoulders, muscular tension is relieved and the headache may subside.

Poor posture can definitely cause headaches in some cases. Postural causes of headaches can also be identified and remedied in a session with a physiotherapist who will prescribe targeted home exercises to help strengthen the stabilising muscles in your neck.

If your headache condition is thought to be more serious, a physiotherapist will refer you to a specialist. A specialist will be able to prescribe further treatment and order appropriate further investigations. It’s worth visiting your physio for a preliminary diagnosis and attempted treatment.

If you experience migraines or suffer any of the conditions listed above, contact Erko Physio today for a consultation. We have many years’ experience treating migraines and headaches.

We are located in Erskineville, Sydney, and are open six days a week. Contact us for more information or to make an appointment today.