We are all familiar with the concept that pain in the lower back can radiate into the legs due to irritation of the nerves and structures in the lower back itself.
In the same way, current evidence supports that structures in the neck can cause headache symptoms via stimulation of the nerves that feed into the brainstem: this can cause dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound and pain.
We don’t have to look far these days to see the affect that our modern lifestyle has on our posture. Desk work and most recently mobile phone usage has us all placing increased tension into our upper necks.
Over time this tension may lead to dysfunction in the neck, which is supported by the fact that 75% of migraine sufferers report neck symptoms before or during an episode. Recent research also demonstrates that pressure applied to the upper neck can reproduce sufferers familiar pain.
Now not everyone with neck pain gets headaches/migraines, which is why it’s important to ensure that you are getting your neck assessed by an experienced practitioner.
At the Melbourne Headache + Migraine Group (situated within WHL) our approach is based on the Watson Headache® Approach.
This is a hands on treatment approach created specifically to treat headache and migraine by identifying and treating issues in the upper neck that can lead to brainstem sensitisation and migraine.
So if you’re ready to make a meaningful change to managing your headaches and migraines book now.
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