I have a headache!

There are 3 common causes of headaches – migraine, tension headaches and neck related or cervicogenic headaches.  Neck related headaches generally begin in the neck and then spread to a headache.  The headache is usually on one side only and is of a mild to moderate intensity.

Headaches getting you down

Physiotherapy has been shown to be effective in controlling and reducing neck related headaches.  You should feel better within 4 to 5 treatment sessions and will also be provided with advice on workplace setup, a stretching and strengthening program and other education on controlling further aggravations of your pain.

If the pain is of a high intensity and unrelenting then it is best to see your doctor for an assessment.

 

 

 

Physiotherapy Management of Whiplash

Whiplash is an acceleration-deceleration mechanism of injury to the neck where there is associated rapid flexion/extension of the neck. It most commonly happens in motor vehicle accidents especially when there is no headrest or airbag present.

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Whiplash can potentially affect bony, ligamentous, neurological and muscle structures.

The main symptoms can include neck pain and headaches. Other symptoms may include neurological symptoms, dizziness, tinnitus and visual disturbances.

The most recent and strongest supporting evidence for physiotherapy treatment of whiplash is early mobilisation and exercise programs.  It is recommended not to wear a collar if there is no evidence of fractures or ligament tearing.

Prognosis is variable depending on the severity of the initial injury. However outcomes are generally positive.

Studies have shown that people who are positive about recovery and resume their normal activities earlier and as tolerated may recover faster than those who markedly alter or reduce their activity level for a period.

At Fountain Gate Physiotherapy we encourage and support patients to stay active and resume work as soon as possible.

Who can benefit from Physio?

This is a question we are asked many times through the day. Will physio help me with…?

The answer many times is yes.

If a pain changes when you change position it may be a musculoskeletal pain.

For example, if you have pain shooting down your leg that is worse when sitting but better when standing then this pain will probably benefit from physiotherapy.

Physio can help most joint and muscle pains.

If however, this pain is unremitting and doesn’t change if you sit,lie or stand then it is best to see your doctor.

The question if pain changes on position applies to all pains including neck pain, arm pains, headaches.  If in doubt, please call and ask if your pain would benefit from physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy can of course help with most joint pains, arthritis, exercise prescription, joint sprains, muscle strains, back and neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) and hand pains.

What is Myotherapy

Trigger Point Therapy
Deep and Soft Tissue Massage

Myotherapy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the soft and connective tissues eg: muscle, tendon, ligaments.

What to expect?
At Fountain Gate Physiotherapy, the myotherapist has an initial appointment of 1 hour. This gives time to do a comprehensive physical assessment, history and treatment. Subsequent appointments can be made for either 30, 45 or 60 minute sessions.

What treatment techniques?
Techniques that can be used during a treatment session include soft and deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, cupping and dry needling. Myotherapists have also been trained in the provision of stretching and rehabilitative exercises.

What Can it treat?

  • General muscular tension
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Arthritic pain
  • Stress related pain
  • Pregnancy related pains

Our myotherapist is registered with all health funds and is authorised to treat Worksafe patients with a doctor’s referral.  Call us on 9796 7599 for an appointment. Appointments are necessary.

Fountain Gate Physiotherapy is located at 427 Princes Hwy Narre Warren 3805.