One of the most common reasons people see a myotherapist is due to headaches and migraines. Headaches differ from migraines considerably; a migraine is a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision. They can last up to 3-4 days and sometimes lead to the sufferer becoming bed-bound.
The most common type of headache for adults is a cervicogenic headache. Cervicogenic headaches affect the majority of headache sufferers, and are often the result of active trigger points from surrounding muscles, tendons, fascia or nerves, which refer pain. They present as a dull pain which is normally but not always unilateral, tightness or pressure around the back of the head and neck or around the forehead. They are often described as being like a clamp tightening around the head.
Sufferers will sometimes wake with their headache, or it will arise from a result of occupational factors, including repetitive movements and sustained postures. Another common cause of a cervicogenic headache is stress; this can be caused from emotional or mental stress, bad posture, lack of sleep, skipping meals, or fatigue. This can then lead to tension within the muscles surrounding the head and neck which then lead to headaches.
How can myotherapy help?
A myotherapist is your therapist when it comes to finding myofascial pain patterns and releasing the trigger points causing your headaches. Myotherapy treatment combined with specific exercises given will help to eliminate your myofascial headaches. Myotherapy can be extremely effective in treating headaches, often after just a few treatments.
Myotherapy and Movement Clinic is located in the heart of Camberwell Junction. In addition to Camberwell, we service the surrounding areas including Hawthorn East, Hawthorn, Glen Iris, Malvern, Malvern East, Toorak, Canterbury, Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Balwyn and other areas in the Inner East of Melbourne.