There are many different forms of headaches from tension, migraines, cluster and many more. All of the these headaches can have a cervical component to them that can increase the intensity and frequency of the headaches. In many cases you can have a couple of different types of headaches occuring at the same time eg: migraine and tension headaches.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches among adults. They are commonly referred to as stress headaches. they can be referred from neck from the spinal joints, trigger points in the shoulders or cervical spine, sinuses and the jaw (tmj dysfunction)
A tension headache may appear periodically (“episodic,” less than 15 days per month) or daily (“chronic,” more than 15 days per month). An episodic tension headache may be described as a mild to moderate constant band-like pain, tightness, or pressure around the forehead or back of the head and neck.
These headaches may last from 30 minutes to several days. Episodic tension headaches usually begin gradually, and often occur in the middle of the day.
The “severity” of a tension headache increases significantly with its frequency. Chronic tension headaches come and go over a prolonged period of time. The pain is usually throbbing and affects the front, top, or sides of the head. Although the pain may vary in intensity throughout the day, the pain is almost always present. Chronic tension headaches do not affect vision, balance, or strength.
Tension headaches usually don’t keep a person from performing daily tasks but they can still really affect your life and productivity. Myotherapy will aim reduce the dysfunction in the neck and shoulder by reducing trigger points, stretching tight muscles and modifying your environment to try and reduce the headaches.
Typically the headache affects one half of the head, is pulsating in nature, and lasting from 2 to 72 hours. Associated symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, andsensitivity to light, sound, or smell. The pain is generally made worse by physical activity. Up to one-third of people with migraine headaches perceive an aura: a transient visual, sensory, language, or motor disturbance which signals that the headache will soon occur. Occasionally an aura can occur with little or no headache following it. They can be brought on by neck or tmj dysfunction and this is where Myotherapy can be used to decrease in intensity and frequency of the headache.