The highly anticipated seventh installment of Star Wars will bring over 2 hours of action-packed fun for the family. Trailers have been trickling out for the last couple of months leaving fans itching for its release. I've got my tickets already and have been playing with my figurines for the last month in preparation. I’m all set!
But if you want to stay nimble, agile and healthy like Master Yoda instead of hunched over like Darth Sidious, then here are 6 tips that may help!
A simple bite or glass of one of these pleasures can reek headache or migraine havoc. Whether it's also ongoing stress, a stiff neck or not enough sleep, headaches are debilitating and affect a lot more people than you think. In fact the World Health Organisation in 2010 listed Tension Type Headaches and Migraine after Toothache as the most prevalent of disorders. Headache is a global problem in any language. So what can we do about persistent headaches?
Headache and Migraine are extensively researched and studied, yet researchers and clinicians are still uncertain of the exact causes and disagreement exists between experts. There is however a potential common denominator in headache and migraine.
Some headaches may be caused or prolonged from stiffness in the upper neck joints, the jaw or the neck-to-shoulder muscles. The stress of everyday life, poor posture, lack of sleep, diet or even dehydration can make headaches worse. Other kinds of headache and migraine are thought to be linked brain activity, bloodflow or hormone levels.
Combined physiotherapy and medical research efforts are showing that sufferers of migraine and tension type headache also display changes in muscles and joints (1). Studying the physiology of what makes these headaches different is showing some aspects of each that may actually be the same (2). The brainstem, a part of the nerve system with shared interconnections to the neck, when overactive may become one common factor to neck and head pain.
How can my physiotherapist help?
So what can I do when I get a headache?
No body likes having a headache. Since most headaches seem to be caused by stress, poor posture, and stiffness around the neck area, simple exercises and activities that decrease stress and loosen your muscles may help manage the head pains. If your headaches are really causing you problems, then our specialist can provide a full headache assessment and a management plan for you to work on.
Suffer from headaches? Comment below and let us know the ways you cope with them!
1. Florencio, LL et al. Headache, (2015).
2. Tajti J, Szok D, Párdutz Á, Tuka B, Csáti A, Kuris A, Toldi J, and Vécsei L, J Neural Transm, no. 119 (2012) 557-5681.
Luca Scomazzon-Rossi APAM
Luca graduated from a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours and has a background in personal training.
Jayce Gilbert FACP, APAM
Clinic director & Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist* in treatment for back, neck, headache and TMD (Jaw/Face) problems.