Headaches affect almost two-thirds of the population.

With over 300 different causes of headaches, it’s not a surprise that we see clients enter our practice seeking relief from the pain. For some, headaches can be occasional and be treated with pain relief. Whereas, for others, headaches can be frequent, distressing and impact their daily lives. 

In our experience, we’ve found that many headaches are a result of structural issues found in the neck, back and shoulders. These are known as Cervicogenic Headaches and are ones that we regularly treat in our practice. Tension often builds up in the neck and back, slowly radiating towards the front of the head, resulting in a throbbing headache or migraine.   

Symptoms of these headaches also include tenderness at the base of the skull, neck stiffness and often only have pain to one side of the head. Due to the nature of these headaches, they can be triggered by a range of issues such as sleeping position, pillow firmness, sitting position, poor posture, individual muscle imbalances and more.   

Physiotherapy is known to be a safe and effective treatment for patients with Cervicogenic Headaches, while also being an effective method for treating other forms of headaches and migraines.  

How Progressive Physio can help   

As a Watson Headache Institute accredited clinic, our experienced physiotherapists are equipped to treat your headache or migraine. Through an assessment, we will learn about your headache history and determine the origin of your pain. 

Our hands-on physiotherapy will then address the source and provide instant relief, while easing your symptoms. Our highly effective treatment involves safe, manual therapy techniques to correct the joint dysfunction. Our team will also create a personalised program to manage your pain and suggest exercises, strategies and tips to minimise your headaches while at home.   

At Progressive Physio, we understand that having a headache or migraine can stop you in your tracks and seriously affect your work life, social life and family life. That’s why you can have the confidence knowing that our qualified and highly skilled physiotherapists will do all they can to get to the source of your pain and bring relief.  

If you or a family member is experiencing severe or regular headaches, don’t wait – get help from an experienced physiotherapist.   

Call Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy today on 4721 7798 or email: info@progressiverehab.com.au 

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.