Neck pains & headaches

Many people suffer from neck pain and/or headaches at some point in their lives. For those that experience neck pain more frequently however, it can interfere with their participation and enjoyment of activities of daily living.
People often wonder why they have neck pain when they haven’t sustained a particular injury or incident eg: a fall or motor vehicle accident. Neck pain can also result due to prolonged, inappropriate loading secondary to poor habitual postures and muscle recruitment patterns.
There are many muscles that attach from our spine, ribs and shoulder blades to our neck. If these muscles are continually overworking, they can develop painful trigger points, reduce in length, restrict joint motion and increase compressive loading at neck joints. This can contribute towards the aching and tightness experienced in people’s necks. A small percentage of headaches derive solely from the upper neck segments and can occur in combination with tension-type headaches and migraines.
Manual therapy such as joint mobilisations and massage can help improve people’s symptoms, however contributing factors such as poor postures, general activity levels, muscle recruitment, strength and length issues, need to be addressed for improved longer-term outcomes.
Following a thorough assessment, therapy, possible taping and graded exercise, your physio can get you back to doing the things you love, pain free.