A headache is one of the most common complaints for pain and for many people it can be a frequent occurrence. Sometimes headaches can last days or even weeks which is not comfortable for anyone. Common causes of a headache include increased tension, eye-strain, dehydration, hyper-mastication, low blood sugar and sinusitis.
Many people do not realise that there are different types of headaches and with certain strains trying to take a paracetemol or aspirin tablet won’t help the pain disappear. Believe it or not but physiotherapy can be used to help release this pain. Stiff joints in the upper neck are often the cause of headaches and physiotherapy can help to relax these muscles. This relaxation technique maximises neck movement and reduces the pain in your head. It is a pain relief that many people don’t think of and so often people ignore a headache when there can be a simple answer to their problem.
Similar techniques are also used to help reduce stress in your body. If you are used to a long working week and your body is struggling to keep up, physiotherapy can be a great way to relieve stress. Unfortunately stress will always be a part of people’s lives, whether it is from positive changes such as a newborn child or negative changes in working life. However steps can always be made to help reduce the stress in your life and not let stress have a controlling influence. The relaxation techniques used at Hastings Physio are great tools to help keep control of your stress levels and help you get going with everyday life.