Physiotherapy for Headaches: Will it Work?

Aug 12, 2016

There are more than 300 types of headaches according to the International Headache Society. At one point in your life, you’ll probably experience a headache, which affects about 60% of males and 70%-80% of females in their 40s. The World Health Organization (WHO) determines that at least one time each year, about 47% of the population will suffer from headaches. For most headache sufferers, taking over-the-counter medication has become a habit.


A headache is a complicated condition, but commonly thought to be caused by problems with the function of the upper neck muscles. Mental and mechanical stresses have been identified as the most common causes of neck pain, which can eventually lead to headaches. If these are the underlying causes, physiotherapy can help relieve headaches. Below are some of the physio steps you can do to relieve your headache naturally.


Breathe properly to improve blood chemistry. You breathe shallower when you are stressed, which increases the concentration of carbon dioxide in your blood and changes its pH level slightly. Throughout the day, stop and focus on deep breathing, taking in breaths for 6 seconds and releasing them for 8 seconds. Use your diaphragm muscles to make your belly expand when you do this.


Engage in regular physical activity. Many symptoms can arise over time due to living a sedentary lifestyle. It’s important to move regularly and engage in physical activity you enjoy.


Drink plenty of water. Tea, coffee and soda are diuretics, meaning they cause you to eliminate water frequently. Your brain and your body need to be hydrated to properly function. Toxins due to dehydration can cause headaches. Keep headaches at bay by drinking water throughout the day.


Headaches that are musculoskeletal in nature can be relieved by physiotherapy. Give it a try and see if your headache responds better.