Physical treatment or physiotherapy may not always be the first thing people consider for a headache. However, physiotherapy treatment can produce some great results especially, where medication and other treatment has failed. On top of this, there is growing clinical evidence that patients that have a neck component to their headache type can often do quite well with physiotherapy regardless of the precise diagnosis.
A range of manual therapy techniques, particularly specific and targeted joint mobilisations can be used to restore movement at symptomatic joints and help maintain good posture of the upper spine. This can have a desensitising effect on the nervous system at a spinal segmental level and help reduce the likelihood of a headache being triggered.
A physiotherapist can also advise extensively on other potential headache triggers such as postural habits and loading, pain-behaviour, diet and sleep hygiene to name but a few. So if you are suffering from benign recurring headaches that are drastically interfering with your life, why not consider physiotherapy as a drug free alternative to greatly improving your quality of life.