Chartered Physiotherapists

Specialists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy


Headaches can be secondary disorders which originate in the neck due to joint dysfunction or injury. This type of headache is known as a ‘Cervicogenic Headache’. These headaches usually present to one side of the skull and radiate into the back of the head and/or side of the face. Cervicogenic headaches often start as intermittent episodes of pain before progressing to a more constant state. The pain is usually mechanical in nature exacerbated by certain neck movements and/or positions.


Your ‘neck headache’ can originate from a variety of musculoskeletal or neurovascular structures in the neck. Dysfunctional muscles, ligaments, and joints in the neck all have the potential to refer painful signals back up the brainstem where it is sometimes interpreted as a headache. A Chartered Physiotherapist will assess the structures of your neck for dysfunction or injury, once the problem areas have been identified they may use any of the following treatment methods to help restore function in the neck: joint mobilisation, joint manipulation, massage, myofascial release techniques, dry needling, acupuncture, corrective exercises, heat therapy, TENS.

After a lifetime of playing sport, some of it serious and some not, I have picked up bumps and bangs along the way. Last year I started having problems with my knees and for my job that was a problem. Thankfully I was able to catch an appointment at Portobello Physio. After diagnosing me with hamstring tendonitis I was put on a conditioning programme that not only cleared up my knee trouble but has me way stronger so all those other bumps and bangs aren’t as bad either. I have had to go to physio a good bit over the years with my job and I can honestly say that the physio service at Portobello Clinic is one of the very best, couldn’t recommend it highly enough. A great place for sports people.

Michael Nugent Head Pro M.L.T.C Former Davis Cup Player

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