Neck pain and headaches

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Amy Stranack is a physiotherapist who provides physiotherapy services Ballito. If you are looking for the best physiotherapy services Ballito you’ve come to the right place. Here physiotherapy services Ballito include: 

 

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Neck Pain and Headaches

Neck pain and Headaches

Neck pain and Headaches Treatment treatment.

Neck pain and Headaches Treatment is provided by our physiotherapist in Ballito. We have  extensive experience in treating Neck pain and Headaches Treatment

Neck pain often comes from cervical postural syndrome which is caused by long periods spent driving or sitting at a computer for example in the incorrect position or posture which leads to certain muscles of the neck being placed under a lot of unnecessary load which leads to dysfunction in these muscles and trigger points being activated which can even cause referrals into the head and face.

These are the types of headaches that Physiotherapy is very effective in treating. Each trigger point has a unique referral pattern which can be very helpful to determine where exactly your headache is coming from. It is the task of the physio to determine why that particular muscle is under increased load.

Common causes are a locked or stiff facet joint in the neck which, if mobilized by the Physiotherapist, can move freely again and therefore take the load off of the muscle that is causing the headache.

Also incorrect posture, especially for more than 8 hours every day at the computer, can play a huge role in placing muscles that were never designed for that particular load under a lot of strain which over time creates pain from the trigger points.

Don’t be discouraged though, small changes in posture and computer setup go a long way to prevent this! Obviously soft tissue massage and dry needling are very effective in the treatment of the trigger points causing headaches. And exercises that have been tested to strengthen the specific muscles that stabilize the neck will be given.

These will, over time, strengthen the neck, take the load off of the overworked muscles and ultimately address the frequency and intensity of your headaches

Neck pain often comes from cervical postural syndrome which is caused by long periods spent driving or sitting at a computer for example in the incorrect position or posture which leads to certain muscles of the neck being placed under a lot of unnecessary load which leads to dysfunction in these muscles and trigger points being activated which can even cause referrals into the head and face. These are the types of headaches that Physiotherapy is very effective in treating.

Each trigger point has a unique referral pattern which can be very helpful to determine where exactly your headache is coming from. It is the task of the physio to determine why that particular muscle is under increased load. Common causes are a locked or stiff facet joint in the neck which, if mobilized by the Physiotherapist, can move freely again and therefore take the load off of the muscle that is causing the headache.

Also incorrect posture, especially for more than 8 hours every day at the computer, can play a huge role in placing muscles that were never designed for that particular load under a lot of strain which over time creates pain from the trigger points. Neck pain and Headaches Treatment. 

Don’t be discouraged though, small changes in posture and computer setup go a long way to prevent this! Obviously soft tissue massage and dry needling are very effective in the treatment of the trigger points causing headaches. And exercises that have been tested to strengthen the specific muscles that stabilize the neck will be given.

These will, over time, strengthen the neck, take the load off of the overworked muscles and ultimately address the frequency and intensity of your headaches. Neck pain and Headaches Treatment Neck pain and Headaches Treatment

 

Conditions We Treat:

Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

If you stand with your arms by your side with your palms facing forwards then tennis elbow is when the pain is on the side of your elbow that is furthest away from your body and golfer’s elbow is on the side closest to your body. Both are conditions of the tendons that move your wrist up and down and definitely are not limited to those who play tennis or golf. As a Physiotherapist I

Trochanteric and Subacromial Bursitis

Bursae are small sacs of fluid that occur normally in various places in the body including on the side of your hip or upper thigh (trochanteric) and under the bone at the very top of your shoulder (subacromial).

Muscle strains and tendon sprains

For the first 12 days after a muscle (strain) or ligament (sprain) tear the body sends inflammation to the area which contains the ingredients necessary for healing but this inflammation also contains chemicals that irritate the nerve endings which is what causes pain. It is important to leave

Arthritis

What is very important to remember with arthritis is that it does not develop overnight and could have been there for years before the pain started. Also that arthritis is a normal aging process that will be

Frozen Shoulder

Often when a shoulder injury is left untreated for a prolonged period it can lead to a frozen shoulder which is when the capsule around the shoulder joint becomes extremely stiff and results in very limited shoulder movement for up to 2 years! This is what we always try to avoid

Shoulder pain, rotator cuff tendinopathy and strains

The shoulder is held in place by a set of five very important muscles that attach to the shoulder blade called the infamous rotator cuff! The mistake so many patients make is to think of rotator cuff injuries as one size fits all when there is actually a long spectrum ranging from just overuse

Lower Back Pain and Sciatic Nerve Referral

Low back pain can come from the various components that make up this commonly affected area namely the lumbar spine made up of joints, discs and ligaments, muscles that protect and move the low back and the spinal cord and nerves.

Other conditions that Amy Stranack Physiotherapy can assist with include:

  • TMJ / conditions of the jaw
  • Whiplash
  • Hip, knee and shoulder replacements
  • Tendon and ligament, labrum and meniscus repair post operative care
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • ITB (iliotibial band syndrome) and runner’s knee
  • Calf tightness, Achilles tendinopathy and tears and shin splints