Headaches

TMJ

Vertigo

How can physiotherapy help with headaches?
There are several different causes of headaches, each has varying symptoms. Cervicogenic headaches are referring pain that sources from the neck. 

Cervicogenic headaches
These headaches are referring from an issue in the neck with the muscles, ligaments and/or joints. This is caused by prolonged positions or stressed placed on the neck. Overtime, the tissues become damaged and the nerves relays the damage as headache pain. Posture plays a big role in cervicogenic headaches. 

How can physiotherapy help your headache?
By addressing the underlying neck issue, your headaches can disappear. Physiotherapy would focus on correcting muscle imbalances, hypo/hypermobile joints, modify poor posture and habits. 

What is the TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It is where the jawbone connects with the skull. 

What symptoms are present with TMJ dysfunction?
Common symptoms that arise are:

  • Clicking

  • Locking

  • Difficulty with opening/closing of jaw

  • Difficulty chewing

  • Jaw pain​


How can physiotherapy help?
A physiotherapist can use different strategies, such as acupuncture/dry needling, joint mobilisations, massage and exercise to rehabilitate you and regain function of your jaw.

What is vertigo?
Vertigo is a sensation of feeling unbalanced or dizziness. It is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, tinnitus (ringing in ears), nystagmus (abnormal eye movements) and headaches. Vertigo is often caused by inner ear problems.

What is BPPV?
BPPV stands for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. BPPV is when the small calcium particles called canaliths clump in the canals of the inner ear. The inner ear is responsible for providing feedback to the brain about the head's position and balance. The canaliths in the inner ear disrupt this feedback to the brain causing the symptoms of vertigo.

Vestibular physiotherapy
Vestibular physiotherapy is the rehabilitation used to address BPPV through a series specific of movements relative to gravity to shift the canaliths within the inner ear.