Disclaimer! This info sheet is a general overview of tension headaches and a professional should review the stretches to make sure you are doing them properly. It is important to note that it’s not sport specific, nor would it be appropriate for a more serious injury- if you are not sure about the stretches, or experiencing […]
Disclaimer! This info sheet is a general overview of tension headaches and a professional should review the stretches to make sure you are doing them properly. It is important to note that it’s not sport specific, nor would it be appropriate for a more serious injury- if you are not sure about the stretches, or experiencing any neural symptoms (such as pins & needles or numbness) don’t make your condition worse by doing something inappropriate.Book an appointment at STC and we can check it out.
What are tension headaches?
Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches amongst adults.
They can last anywhere between half an hour to a few days.
Tension headaches are characterised by a dull pain or pressure around the head/neck.
What causes them?
Tension headaches are usually caused by stress or sitting in positions that cause strain. They can also be triggered by bad posture.
Sensitivity to light or noise
Pain or pressure around the head
Develop stress management techniques
Avoid sitting in uncomfortable positions for lengthy periods of time
Adjust posture to support the neck/head better
Heat or ice packs
Assessment with physiotherapist or GP
Long term: regular exercise and relaxation
Stretch suggestions -
Stand close to a wall, with your shoulder and elbow both at 90 degrees.
Hold your arm against the wall and slowly twist your body away from the wall until you feel a stretch in your chest and shoulder.
Hold this for 20 seconds, repeat 5 times.
You can progress this stretch by moving your arm higher up the wall.
Thoracic spine mobility - foam roller
Lie with your upper back on a foam roller.
Supporting your neck with your hands, roll up and down the roller, trying not to arch in your lower back.
Continue for 1-2 minutes or less as tolerated.
Clasp your hands together behind your back.
Pull your shoulders back and arms down to feel a gentle stretch in your back and across your chest.
Turn your head to the right hold for 5 seconds.
Turn your head to the left, hold for 5 seconds.
Repeat 5 times.
Neck traction stretch
Sitting comfortably, link your hands together and place on the back of your neck.
Gently pull your hands forward and upward to feel a gentle stretch through the length of your neck.
If you are not certain which of the above-listed rehabilitation services and treatments will best meet your specific requirements, please contact us to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our professionals. Over the years, we had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients, all who arrived with a specific problem that required a strategically-designed physiotherapy treatment plan.
STC has adapted to the COVID-19 crisis:
For those that do not need hands-on treatment or are in the vulnerable person category, we are now offering online physiotherapy and online classes, which are claimable via your health fund rebates.
We are still offering face to face physiotherapy services for those with significant musculoskeletal pain or post-surgical rehabilitation, this may change if the crisis escalates.
We are offering several classes online including Pilates and Mums & Bubs post/antenatal rehabilitation. We’re able to facilitate varied online classes, so if you’re more comfortable with conducting your rehab from home, let us know and we’ll arrange to have you dialled in online to a class.