There are many factors that can influence both the cause and intensity of pain. These factors are:
- physical strain and pressure on a body part
- psychological factors such as stress
- lack of sleep
- nutrition such as foods that can cause increased inflammation
All of these factors can prime the body to pain and injury. A thorough assessment will determine if there is one main cause or whether there is a combination of factors.
The back of the head is made up of the base of the skull and the upper neck joints and muscles and is complex . Pain at the back of the head can therefore have several causes.
- Headaches coming from the upper neck joints
- Muscle tension (from the muscles running to the back of the skull/upper neck).
These areas can all be irritated by excessive muscular stress and/or a sudden load on the area, for example from whiplash injuries.
Factors such as stress, and or lack of sleep, can leave the body more prone to pain in this area and prolong both the pain experience and recovery time. These factors will be discussed as required in your assessment and treatment.
Many other factors that are not related to muscles joints and nerves can also cause head pain. A comprehensive physiotherapy assessment will help to rule out other possible causes of pain in this area. Where other causes are identified, onward referrals may be made.
Once all factors have been considered a comprehensive treatment plan will be discussed and and agreed upon between you and your therapist.