Do You Suffer From Headaches?

Headaches unfortunately are a very common complaint. They vary in intensity and duration but generally relate to pain that is experienced in and around the head, in the temples and behind the eyes.

Often people reach for painkillers or a dark room as the solution, but this just doesn’t provide the relief they are after. Not many people realise that physiotherapy for headaches is even an option, but for chronic headache sufferers it can be an excellent non-invasive treatment.

The neck has been recognised as a source of many headaches, which means Physiotherapy is really well placed to help people due to the positive impacts it can have on strength, mobility and overall neck function.   

Two most common types of Headaches...

1) Cervicogenic Headaches:

These headaches typically present as one-sided deep and dull pain. They often start in the neck or back of the head (occiput) and radiate or spread out to the front, side (temporal) and upper eye areas.

Symptoms include deep painful ache, dizziness, nausea, vertigo and blurred vision.

Common causes include spondylosis (arthritis of the neck joints) to the upper neck joints and whiplash type injuries, in which the neck is jarred and soft tissues are badly strained.

To find out more on stress and how it can contribute to headaches and many other problems we treat please head over to the stress page now. 

2) Tension Headaches:

These headaches are the most common type and are typically characterised by a persistent low intensity ache that affects both sides of the head.

Symptoms include low intensity ache, as opposed to throbbing pain that is felt across both sides of the head. A tight band like sensation can be felt across the forehead, temples and upper neck area.

Common causes include increased muscle tension of the neck and associated upper back muscles due to stress, fatigue, dehydration or muscle imbalance (poor strength and mobility).

To find out more on stress and how it can contribute to headaches and many other problems we treat please head over to the stress page now. 

How do we treat Headaches?

We use our 4-step system to assess and treat your condition as outlined below. This ensures you have the best possible chance of getting better and the problem not returning in future. 

1) Assess

First, we listen to you and take a detailed history of your problem and how it affects you. Then, we assess your neck/upper body using movement tests and screens.

We then explain your likely diagnosis and proposed treatment plan of exactly what we need to do, to get you better. 

2) Mobilise

We then begin treatment. This usually involves a combination of hands-on techniques as outlined below, to help improve joint stiffness, decrease pain and improve muscle and nerve tension around the neck.

Soft tissue massage and mobilisation

Joint mobilisation

Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Muscle Energy Techniques


Advice around lifestyle, posture and ergonomics.

We begin to build your exercise rehab programme ensuring it fits around your life and is not overwhelming. 

3) Strengthen

Once pain has begun to settle and we are moving in the right direction the emphasis turns to helping you build the necessary strength and resilience of muscles and joints, in order to get those long-lasting results. We work with you 1:1 in our dedicated rehab space and/or start you in our group PhysioFit Pilates classes. 

4) Optimise

Now you are well on your way to being pain free, we show you how to build on these results. Many of our clients choose to start our Physio Led Pilates classes which are an excellent way to stay consistent with your exercises, and keep you on track going forwards. 

Note: Most people don’t need scans but if during the assessment or subsequent treatment sessions we decide your condition does need further investigation like an X-ray or MRI, we have the facilities to refer you privately if you wish. Usually, we can get this organised and have a result within 3-5 days. 

How do I get started?

If you are ready to book in then you can either phone the main desk on 0191 814 9717, or use our easy online booking system by clicking here and selecting the ‘Physiotherapy Assessment/First Appointment’ option at a day and time that suits you. You will usually be offered an appointment within 48 hours.  

Like to speak to someone first?

No problem, please call the main desk and if needed we can have a physio call you back to discuss your specific situation. 


What Our Clients Say

Paul Scrafton
Paul Scrafton
Physio linked to additional stretches/exercises and Pilates at JL Physiofit have improved my core strength and flexibility.
Rebecca Lowes
Rebecca Lowes
Michael helped me with leg pain leading up to my first half marathon. I ended up running the whole distance with no pain and was able to enjoy the experience by taking his advice and getting treatment the week before the big run. Would recommend to anyone.
Neil Taylor
Neil Taylor
Hi , i have had individual physiotherapy by Bev for my back and feet (plantar fascia )and have subsequently been able to join a beginners Pilate class run by Bev . The class is demanding , enjoyable and appropriate to my physical capability.
Alison Bailey
Alison Bailey
I thoroughly enjoyed my Pilates class this morning. I found my teacher to be very thorough, aware of each pupils ability and very encouraging. Highly recommended. Thank you .
Sharon Oldroyd
Sharon Oldroyd
Started treatment in September 2022 after hospital appointments with consultant and scans on my left knee. I booked to see Michael as I was having major pain/grinding noise and unable to do exercise or even walk up/down the stairs properly. He assessed my mobility and strength and developed a tailored, gradual rehab program that has helped me to build strength and confidence in my knee as well as helping me slowly get back into exercising. It's made a vast difference working with Michael as I'm not an easy person to work with and always push myself too far. All my exercises were shared via email and accessible via an app. Now I'm exercising 5 times a week, spinning, strength, cardio, HIIT, rowing and running (I can finally use my home gym). Thank you for your patience and understanding my needs. Would highly recommend Michael and JL PhysioFit.
Diana Robertson
Diana Robertson
I am really enjoying beginners Pilates and feel like I have made good progress. The trainers are very good and it is a positive low-key atmosphere and everyone is friendly and welcoming.
Julie Tough
Julie Tough
Enjoying this physio type class, definitely feeling the benefit.
Moira Luccock
Moira Luccock
Good class today with Michael. Well taught by Michael with options to suit our abilities. Stretching so feel I have progressed. Light hearted banter too - what more could you want! Moira
Lesley Hughes
Lesley Hughes
Good team that listen to what clients have to say before doing each Pilates class, so if you have a niggle they work with it. Exercises are testing but doable, even if at the time you are not sure about it, and if you can't then they come up with a variation for you to do. Friendly classes and staff.
Nick Winslow
Nick Winslow
I attend pilates regularly and cannot overstate how much I value the advice ,motivation,and fun this provides.There is a real rewarding sense of progression.JL himself is my usual instructor ,but the entire team have an infectious enthusiasm that fosters self improvement.
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