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Pat Blackwell (Physiotherapist – Burnie)

Most of us will experience a headache at some point in our lives. For some it’s a brief irritation, for others it can occur frequently and significantly affect everyday life.

There are many different types of headache, the international headache society has now classified more than 200 different types. The most common headaches are:

  • Migraine
  • Cervicogenic
  • Tension Type
  • Cluster
  • Menstrual


When stiff and sensitised, the top 3 joints in the neck can refer pain to the head.  

Often these are clues that your headache might be related to your neck:

  • If your headache is one sided, or shifts sides between episodes
  • If your headache is provoked by sustained neck postures (sitting or driving)
  • If you headache starts in your shoulder and progresses to your head.


Can Physio help with my headache?

Physiotherapy has been proven to be effective in the treatment of cervicogenic and tension type headaches.

Your physiotherapist will help with your headache by identifying the area of your neck responsible, then use gentle release techniques to desensitise and reduce symptoms.

Postural awareness, strengthening, fitness and education regarding self-management options are also very important in reducing the recurrence of headaches.

If you want to finally get on top of your headache, see one of our Physiotherapists in either Burnie or Somerset. Call our Burnie clinic today for appointment on 64314586.