HEADACHES & MIGRAINES – HOW PHYSIO CAN HELP

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 

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, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.