Head and Neck Pain

Neck pain and headaches are very common affecting 35-70% of the population every year.

In many cases head and neck pain are treatable. Hills Physiotherapy is committed to giving the very best care and attention to patients with head and neck pain. Why put up with it any longer?

Book an appointment now.

Image of a girl with neck pain.

Credit: Wellness Centre

When Should I Visit My Physiotherapist?

If you have been experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, we highly recommend that you get in touch with us:

  • Regular headaches
  • Aching in or around the neck
  • Difficulty coping with daily activities
  • Recurring sharp/shooting pains in the neck.

Symptoms

There are many identifiable symptoms of head and neck pain including:

Pain: 

  • Dull/Aching – Sometimes head and neck pain can be a constant dull ache that can seriously affect mood and emotion. This can be diffuse and difficult to locate.
  • Sharp/Shooting – Typically shorter duration but more intense pain, often related to movement. Location is usually consistent.

Sensations:

  • Stiffness – reduced range of movement
  • Tension – feeling of tightness or pressure
  • Numbness and tingling – in head, jaw, or arm / hand
  • Spasms

Triggers:

  • Everyday activities – Performing the most mundane everyday tasks should not cause a pain experience, there will often be a treatable cause for this.
  • Maintaining postural positions – This is very common among office workers who do not get a chance to get up and move around much during the day. While research shows no specific posture predisposes you to injury, lack of movement is known to cause nociception (danger messages) which can lead to pain. Some advice about regular movements will help.
  • Rest – When you are experiencing head and neck pain even while resting, you may need advice about your chair, pillow or mattress.  

Common Conditions Associated With Head and Neck Pain

The can be multiple reasons for head and neck pain. While the spine itself is strong and robust, the area is rich in nerves which can become sensitive for many reasons. Your Physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment and help you move safely and without fear, and identify causes which you might avoid or mitigate in the future.

Here at Hills Physiotherapy we treat all of these conditions and help you to identify exactly what is contributing to your pain. If you have any questions please contact us for more information, or book an appointment to start your road to recovery.