Migraine Relief: How Physiotherapy Can Help

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Migraine is a common neurological disorder that causes severe headaches, nausea, and vomiting. It can be very disabling for the person suffering from it. There are many treatments available for migraine, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of physiotherapy for migraine relief.

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a treatment that uses exercise and manual techniques to improve movement and reduce pain. It can help with headaches caused by muscle tension or spasms in the neck, scalp, shoulders, and face. Physiotherapists use specialized techniques to stretch and strengthen tight or weak muscles due to migraine. This helps decrease pain and increase mobility.

Physiotherapy can also be used to help manage stress levels which are often related to migraine attacks. Techniques such as breathing exercises, relaxation methods, posture correction, and massage can help reduce the frequency of headache episodes. There is evidence that physiotherapy can alleviate both primary (without an identified cause) and secondary (with an identifiable cause) headaches and migraines with and without aura.

Manual physiotherapy techniques used to treat migraine may include trigger point release of tender points in the head, neck, and shoulders, joint mobilization of the vertebrae in the neck, stretching of shortened muscles, and postural re-education. Dry needling is also a helpful physiotherapy treatment for migraine headaches.

We hope this information has been helpful to you.