Can Physiotherapy Help Manage Migraine?
Migraine is a condition affecting the central nervous system which includes nerves and blood vessels.
Medications and other treatments may help address issues concerning the central nervous system.
Physiotherapy, on the other hand, may help manage pain and discomfort affecting muscles and joints. The treatment that physiotherapy may offer depends as to how involved the muscles and joints are on your migraine attacks.
Pressure or pain in the head can either be a headache or a migraine. A headache can be mild to severe and usually causes pain on both sides of the head. Migraines, on the other hand, usually only affect one side of the head.
There are cases, though, when it also involves both sides of the head. When severe, migraine can also prevent a person from performing normal everyday activities.
It’s important to identify, through the help of a health professional, whether you are experiencing a traditional headache or a migraine. This is so appropriate treatments can be identified early on and the onset of attacks can as well be prevented.
Migraine & Headache Awareness Week
Migraine and Headache Awareness week is an event organised by Brain Foundation and Migraine & Headache Australia. The week aims to help people who are suffering headache and migraine to better understand its condition and the treatment options available.
Working with a Physiotherapist to Relieve Migraine and Headaches
Your physiotherapist will conduct a history and physical examination to determine which treatments may be appropriate for your case.
Since the goal of your physiotherapy treatment is to reduce stress and tension affecting your muscles and joints, their focus will be on these areas. Any issues involving posture and physical strength will also be addressed.
Your physiotherapist will help you restore mobility in affected areas. If your headache or migraine is mild, pain may be relieved within a few days. Your treatment duration can last depending on the gravity of your condition.