Headaches are one of the most common ailments that affect people’s lives daily. Everyone complains of different types of headaches, positions of pain, duration and cause of these headaches. Fortunately, physiotherapy can help assess treat and manage the symptoms as well as treat the root cause of the problem.
Most people do not know that physiotherapy has been shown to be effective for a wide range of issues around the head including jaw pain, headaches and neck pain (1). Furthermore physiotherapy has also been proven to be effective in treating altered sensations like persistent itchiness, numbness and tingling and many more that are listed below (2). In a survey of members of the American Dental Association, physiotherapy was listed among the 10 most common treatments used, involving 10% to 17% of patients for jaw dysfunction (3).
As stated in our previous article, people in the medical field tend to have a preference for certain diagnoses when it comes to certain locations of the body. This is true for the elbow with the majority of patients being told that they suffer from tennis elbow. This condition shares broad similarities to other conditions that effect the elbow so it is wise that you seek a physiotherapist for a thorough examination and management plan.
Do you really have Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)?
Shoulder pain and restriction are common symptoms reported by everyone as they age. Most people seek help to relieve these symptoms and often receive the diagnosis of Frozen Shoulder. Unfortunately in a lot of cases this is incorrect as you will see below many shoulder conditions feature similar characteristics so can be easily confused. It is important that you see a physiotherapist so that they can thoroughly assess and advise on the optimal treatment for you.
A trigger point is an area of hyperirritable muscle that when pushed creates a regional aching pain. It can be palpated (or felt) as a taut band. The pain does not follow a neural, dermatomal pattern created by aggravation of a nerve root and often the pain will be distant from the source of the trigger point. Six hundred and twenty Trigger Points have been identified and documented with specific referral patterns.