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Pain of any type that occurs in any part of the head is called a
There are many different types of headaches, and just as many
causes of headaches unfortunately. The International Headache Society describes several different
categories of headache:
- Migraine and cluster
- Secondary headaches from an underlying condition, such as fever,
infectious disease, sinus disorder, or in rare cases, a tumor or more
- Cranial neuralgias, facial pain, and other headaches
Most headaches are harmless and typically can and does resolve on their own, although severe
headaches that recur frequently can affect your ability to do your
daily activities and can reduce your quality of life.
Good news is that there is effective treatment for almost every type of headache.
challenge in treating headaches effectively is primarily in assessment and diagnosis: determining the type of headache, its cause, and in
developing an appropriate treatment plan that will reduce both its
frequency and intensity.
Our senior physiotherapists can help determine the type
of headache you have and are experts in managing pain from tension-type
What are Headaches?
Headaches, like back pain, are one of the most common of all physical
complaints and can be one of the most frustrating to manage. Pain of
any type that occurs in any part of the head is called a headache.
Tension-type headaches (also called muscle-spasm headaches) are the
most common types of headaches in adults. They may be caused by a
A problem in the neck, head, or jaw; such as an injury or
arthritis can lead to tension in the muscles at the back of the head
and to increased pressure on the nerves to the face and head. Poor
posture can also cause these muscles to become overworked, which can trigger a
How Does a headache Feel like?
A tension-type headache typically begins at the back of the head and
spreads to the top of the head and the eyes.
Patient may feel an increase
in facial pain along the cheeks near the jaw bone.
Some describe a tightness, a sensation of someone tugging on
their hair, or a feeling of wearing a tight cap. These headaches can
worsen with specific positions - such as sitting at a desk - and may ease
how our senior physiotherapists can help
We will conduct a thorough examination that
includes a review of your health history. We also will ask you
questions and will perform tests to determine the most likely cause of
your headaches. For example, Ask you:
- to recall any previous injuries to your neck, head, or jaw
- the location, nature, and behavior of your pain and other symptoms
- to draw your areas of pain on a body diagram
- Perform tests of muscle strength and sensation
- Examine your posture when sitting, standing, and performing various activities
- Measure the range of motion of your neck, shoulders, and other relevant parts of your body
- Use manual therapy to evaluate the mobility of the joints and muscles in your neck
If it appears that you do have tension-type headaches, we will work with you to design a plan of care to meet your
goals. If the evaluation indicates that you may have a different type of
- migraine or
- cluster headache
we likely will refer you to another health care professional for
additional diagnostic tests and treatment.
We will work with you to correct the problems
that are causing your pain and will help you learn to prevent headaches
through simple changes in your posture and lifestyle:
Improve neck mobility
We use a
specialized technique called manual therapy to increase movement and
relieve pain and to stretch the muscles of the back of the neck.
Improve your strength
teach you exercises to increase the strength of the muscles that help
stabilize your upper back and neck to improve your posture and endurance
and make it easier for you to sit or stand for longer periods of time
Improve your posture
We will teach
you to ways to improve your posture. Whether it is simply pushing your
chest out or pulling your shoulder blades backward and together, slight
modifications to everyday living can make a vast improvement in posture.
Modify your workstation or home office. Tips may include:
- using a headset instead of a regular phone
- adjusting your computer screen so that it is no lower than the level of your eyes
- finding an appropriate desk chair
- adjusting the position of your computer mouse
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Phoenix Rehab physio Services
Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist
physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly
trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of
expert care to our patients.
PHYSIOTHERAPY & PHYSICAL THERAPY
HAND THERAPY & SPLINTING
Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists
(sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand
following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.
Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes
CLINICAL PILATES & WELLNESS PILATES
Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on
- core stability
- flexibility and
It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which
meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries
You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
DEEP TISSUE RELEASE & SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood
flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to
- accelerate recovery and
- shorten downtime / recovery period required
It also prevents
muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle
Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence. Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.
All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).
See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.
At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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