If you’ve ever been to see your GP about a headache, chances are that they recommended over-the-counter painkillers, or even gave you a prescription. Here are some reasons why that’s a problem:
- Medication only provides symptomatic relief, and won’t stop your headache returning.
- Medication may mask those painful symptoms, but will prevent you from working out what caused them in the first place.
- Lastly, medications commonly used for headaches can have detrimental side effects, whether you notice them or not. (ask your physio for more information)
So what should I do?
Finding the cause of your headache is the most powerful thing you can do. Given that headaches are one of the most common medical complaints in the world, it’s a safe and reasonable assumption that whatever you’re experiencing, someone else has experienced it too. Your Concentric Rehab physiotherapist is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to what causes headaches, and has seen and successfully treated countless people just like you, without the need for medication and its side effects.
How do I deal with the pain?
Concentric Rehab physios are professionally trained, and well equipped to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with headaches. Using an approach tailored to you and your needs, your physio will implement techniques such as mobilisation and soft tissue massage to help you find relief. Not only can your Concentric physio help with pain relief, they’ll also be able to prescribe specific stretching and exercise techniques for you to use in conjunction with the individual advice they give you. Their goal is to help you manage your headache symptoms safely and effectively, and help you avoid them in future.
How soon can I get back to doing what I love?
Pain is just one way headaches can affect you. Have you ever cancelled plans or missed work because of a headache? By taking steps to avoid a headache, you’re less likely to miss the fun and important events in life. For the moment though, seeing a physio when you notice the first symptoms of a headache is the best approach. Some people even report feeling instant relief after seeing their physio for a headache. The sooner you seek help to address the cause of your headache, the sooner you can get back to doing what you love.
Find out what’s causing your headache.
During July, Concentric Rehabiliation is conducting complimentary over-the-phone headache assessments. Contact your clinic today to arrange your complimentary assessment, and get on top of your headache without painkillers.