The first three nerves of the neck supply the three upper joints of the neck and their supporting ligaments and muscles. They carry the sensation of pain and aching from the head. These nerves are also closely linked with the nerve that carries pain from the face. By this complex interconnection of nerves, a disorder of the upper neck joints and muscles can cause both neck pain and pain felt in the head or face (referred pain).
Emotional tension and anxiety are experienced by many people due to stress at home, at work or from financial worries. Tension may cause muscle tightness at the base of the head and jaw. If this persists, aching develops in these muscles.
We can provide you with expert postural analysis and assess your movement, strength, flexibility and joint mobility. We can help you to work out whether the neck or emotional tension is the likely cause of your head-aches. We can assess your work station and suggest simple modifications. Often there are simple strengthening exercises and stretches that can make all the difference. If other possibilities are suspected, or if the headaches do not respond to treatment, your physiotherapist will refer you to your medical practitioner.