What are Cluster Headaches?
Cluster headaches are named so for their pattern of occurrence and are extremely painful. They usually start on one side, often in the eye and spread to the head and neck. The presentation is of recurrent, short lasting attacks (between 10 minutes and 2 hours), with pain that is usually sharp, pulsating, burning, pressure pain. Other symptoms that often occur with a cluster headache include nasal congestion, facial sweating and swelling of the eye. Cluster headaches are more commonly seen in males than females.
Cluster headaches may benefit from physiotherapy treatments, alongside medical management from your doctor. Physiotherapy treatments for the neck such as massage, joint mobilisations and dry needling may be of benefit. Furthermore, postural re-education, ergonomic assessment and changes, and a stretching and strengthening program may be useful. Relaxation techniques can also help.