Headache is a common ailment that human beings suffer from. In most cases, people do not know how to manage the ailment other than just taking painkillers. According to the research done by the World Health Organization one in every twenty adults suffer from this condition every day. It is also estimated that 93% of men and 99% of women suffer from headaches in their life time. It is reported that approximately one million Australians suffer from headaches every day. Over 90% of the victims have migraines interfering with their career, social activities and education.
Dean Watson who is a migraine and headache physiotherapist and also the head of the Watson Headache Institute advises that neck pain is caused by migraines and the problem can go away when you treat neck pains. Neck pains involvement is commonly under estimated when it comes to raising headache concerns. Watson claims that according to the research they did at the institute showed that headache problems and migraines are majorly caused by malfunctioning pain filter that is located in the brain stem. This brain stem can be desensitized and cause unnecessary headaches. This can be established by examining small joint movements at the upper neck to mirror the effects of heavy duty anti –migraine treatment.
Early diagnosis and medication can be achieved by a comprehensive program to significantly decrease the cause that is often associated with migraines. Watson suggests your positive GP results rules out your serious headache concerns. You are only required to do a comprehensive assessment on your upper neck. Treatment is only aimed at restoring normal joint functions in your upper neck. Good posture is important during retraction time. Improvement is noticeable in a span of few weeks.
According to Winston many people stick on their chin and their neck forward when standing or sitting. This mostly weakens the joint functions on the upper neck. He claims that you should move your head horizontally so that your chin lies vertical to the floor without being tilted. You should place your hand on your chin to push your head further back. This ensures that your neck muscles completely relax. You should do this repeatedly for about 10-20 seconds after every 3 hours. Watson says when these exercises are done repeatedly and regularly can reduce headaches and migraines. Andrew Kikeros the vice chairman of Headache and Migraine in Western Australia says you should create a headache plan and make lifestyle changes if you have to in order to stop headache problems.