Do You Suffer From Stiff Neck Headaches?

Are you struggling with a stiff neck accompanied by a headache? You’re not alone. In fact, it’s particularly common in Australia. Here are some quick facts about neck pain.

  • More than 30% of us have had or will have at least one neck pain episode this year.
  • About 50 to 70% of us have had or will get an intense neck pain episode in our lifetime.

For a large majority, neck pain symptoms will heal in just a couple of weeks. Statistically speaking, less than 1% of neck and back pain cases are serious.
The following are the main causes of a stiff neck:

  • Poor posture (slouching)
  • Improper sleeping position
  • Head and neck impact during sport
  • Tension
  • Extended use of a PC or laptop

How to Treat Headaches from a Stiff Neck at Home

Typically, people with a stiff neck that bothers them would go for physiotherapy treatment to loosen up their stiff neck joints and tight neck muscles. But before you spend money on physiotherapy treatment, try these remedies at home first.

  • Place an ice pack to numb the area, as this can help alleviate your inflamed muscles.
  • Buy over-the-counter painkillers, such as Ibuprofen, if you have no medical contraindications such as severe asthma, gastritis or ulcers, renal dysfunction, liver disease or liver cirrhosis, hypertension, or cardiovascular disease. If any of the above conditions, make sure you check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Ibuprofen.
  • After a couple of days, you can start applying a heating pad or a hot compress.

In case the pain doesn’t disappear, have a physiotherapist assess your neck. They have the assessment skills to decide if your headache is from your neck or not and whether further investigations or treatment options are indicated or not.

Gentle muscle stretches are among the best solutions along with posture educations, strengthening and ergonomic advice. Talk to your physiotherapist about your best short- and long-term solution to your problem.

How a Physiotherapist Can Help Treat Your Stiff Neck

physiotherapist in Adelaide can provide you with neck with sports massage, spinal mobilisation techniques, muscle massage and other methods to alleviate pain. Before the treatment, your physiotherapist will evaluate your stiff neck, diagnose the problem and discuss the best way to resolve and move forward successfully longer term. They customise exercise programs for you to help recover your body’s functional movement and ability while taking your lifestyle, overall health and regular activities into consideration.

Here are some particular services that can help alleviate neck pain.

  • Sports massage, pain management, strengthening and rehabilitation. Let your Adelaide physiotherapist know about your activities.
  • Neck pain treatment
    1. Posture improvement via strengthening
    2. Micro-injury rehabilitation
    3. Releasing muscle tension
  • Joint pain management – Your therapist will help you enhance your range of motion, improve traumatic injuries to stop the pain, and quicken your recovery time.
  • Strengthening – During this treatment, the muscle groups will be overloaded with targeted exercise. This will help facilitate muscle growth and strength.

At Ducker Physio, we are committed to providing you with the care and support you need. Our treatments go beyond your session at our clinic.

Call us to schedule a consultation today!