Woman holds her painful head in her handWhat are they? Headaches are tenderness and pain within the neck muscles and head.

Common Cause: A headache is a chronic pain within the head that can originate from the bony structures or muscles in the neck.

Common Symptoms: Pain within the upper neck and head with possible limited movement.

How can Physiotherapy help? A physiotherapist can identify the root of the problem and treat the area with a range of techniques to reduce the pain and increase range of movement.

What to expect during treatment: Stretching of the neck muscles, soft tissue mobilisation of the neck muscles, and possible acupuncture for pain relief.

What can you do for yourself? Seek advice from your doctor, control pain with pain killers and seek advice from a physiotherapist.

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Lewis Payne

Lewis graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2013 with a First Class Honours in Physiotherapy, worked as Sheffield F.C.’s first team Physiotherapist, and now runs a leading-edge private clinic in Sheffield. With over ten years of experience, he specialises in manual therapy, advanced technological treatments, and exercise-based approaches, focusing on spinal and joint conditions, sports injuries, and specifically complex spinal issues like disc pathology and scoliosis. Lewis leads in IDD Therapy, performing over 6000 treatments, offers MRI referrals and reviews, and employs a holistic treatment philosophy viewing the body as a Tensegrity structure. He excels in postural analysis, soft tissue release techniques, and prescribes biomechanical corrective exercises to enhance natural movement.