More than half of the people (Almost 90%) complain about their headaches… Are you one of them? Do you even know what kind of headaches you are getting? Let’s discuss some of the various kinds of headaches and their significance.
  1. Cervicogenic headaches: It is defined as headaches caused because of any dysfunction in the cervical spine and related components, like soft tissues, facet joints and discs.
  2. Tension headaches: The cause of tension type headaches is still unidentified, but researchers believe that it is the result of neurotransmitter imbalances. It can be either Episodic or Chronic in nature.
  3. Migraines: It is a primary headache, thought to be a neurovascular pain syndrome with dysfunction in central neuronal processing.

By referring to the table given below, it’s easy to identify which type of headache you are  getting till now…







Varies (Episodic)

30 mins to 7 days

4 to 72 hrs


Unilateral / One-sided

Bilateral /Both-sided

Unilateral / One-sided (Switches sides)

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Pain starts with neck
  • Reduced neck movements
  • Pain reproduction with neck movts.


  • Feeling of tight band around head/neck
  • Mild nausea (If chronic)
  • Tender muscles around head
  • Not aggravated by physical activity
  • Neck pain
  • Nausea
  • Light sensitivity
  • Noise sensitivity
  • Aggravated by physical activity



Intensity of pain:

Moderate to severe

Mild to moderate

Moderate to severe



How Our Physiotherapists Can Help You with Your Headaches..

Our Physiotherapists are skilled to treat your symptoms with related therapies which aid in minimizing and controlling your headaches. Physiotherapy for headaches is decided based on specific kind, intensity, and their effects on your daily life.

Various treatments are pretty effective which mainly includes, Cervical and thoracic mobilization/manipulation, Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Stretching and strengthening protocol, SNAG exercises.

At Integrative Physiotherapy, we provide a personalized treatment plan based on the level of condition and its symptoms that the patient presents with. If you believe that you are experiencing any type of headache, we are more than happy to provide help.

Written by: Anjali Patel. Registered

Physiotherapist Resident. Orthopedic Physiotherapist. Concussion Management




Orthopedic Division Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Theory Manual

Integrative Physiotherapy is a Barrie-based clinic that believes in a one-on-one patient-centred, manual therapy (hands-on) approach to physiotherapy. We aim to empower our patients by providing quality care that is personalized to each patient in an interactive and friendly manner. Through the use of the best available treatment techniques, we aim to provide exceptional care so that each patient feels engaged and motivated.

Our therapists are continually upgrading their skills and taking time to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment techniques that are always one on one without the use of assistants or double booking patients to make sure that you achieve your functional and sports goals as soon as possible.  

Our therapists would be happy to help you to achieve your goals, get in touch to schedule your appointment.  Don’t let pain ruin your day!

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