I recall once telling my football coach that I was unable to train as I had a headache. His response? “With a face like that, it should ache!” In all seriousness, I used to have a lot of headaches and quite regular migraines. It wasn’t until I undertook some advanced training on the physiotherapy treatment of headaches that I discovered that it was all linked to my neck and the beating it took during the countless footy games I played. Understanding this changed my life.
Headache is one of the most common symptoms experienced by humans. In fact, it is very rare to come across a person who has never had a headache. I treat many patients who suffer from different kinds of chronic pain. For most of these people, headaches are a daily occurrence. But what’s always interesting to me about these patients is the way they tend to categorise their headaches. When asked how many times a week they have head pain, the answers often sound something like this: “Well, if it’s a bad one, like a migraine – maybe once a month. The other ones I have pretty much all the time, but those are just my normal headaches.”
Here’s the problem with that statement: There is no such thing as a normal headache. You may have normalised the condition because you experience it so regularly, but it is not normal for the head to ache. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and headaches are no exception. I hate it when people tell me they have been suffering headaches or migraines for years because I know that specially trained physiotherapists have the ability to make a huge difference to the frequency and severity of pain that these people suffer.
Here is the one thing I want you to get from this article: HEAD ACHES DO NOT HAVE TO BE FOR LIFE.
I recently treated a woman who had complained of a sinus headache for the past 2 years. Severe, unrelenting, unchanging face pain. She had been to specialist after specialist and tried one medication after another without getting any relief. Eventually, in desperation she came to Physique. At the initial assessment I was able to reproduce her exact “sinus pain” from her neck and only 3 treatments later she was free of this pain. 3 treatments and her severe, unrelenting face pain was gone! Astounding. But, it just shows that if we correctly diagnose the cause of a headache, we can treat it very effectively.
This lady is just one of many hundreds of patients that I regularly treat who had no idea that their neck had been a major factor in their headaches. I am passionate about caring for headache and migraine sufferers as I know that in the vast majority of cases physiotherapy can make a huge difference.
Please stop accepting your head pain as your normal. Do something about it. Maybe it is a result of irritation of your neck joints. Who knows, maybe you can even be free again?