WHAT IS IT? EXERCISE INDUCED HEADACHE

An exercise induced headache is a headache brought on specifically with exercise.  It is vascular in nature, and sometimes referred to as a benign exertional headache.

 

Signs and symptoms

A headache which:

  • Is triggered by exercise or exertion

  • Affects both sides of the head

  • Is throbbing in nature

  • Varies in duration from minutes to all day

​WHAT CAUSES IT?
  • Exertion can increase blood pressure and cause dilatation of sinuses at the base of the brain.  This results in pain.

  • Activities such as running, lifting weights or participating in sport, which involve exertion and straining can trigger exertional headaches.

HOW TO SELF MANAGE
  • To ascertain that the headaches are in fact benign and exertional in nature, a review by your GP is recommended.

  • Once confirmed it would be wise to avoid aggravating activities

 

 

PROGNOSIS
  • Long term it may be necessary to refrain from aggravating activities

  • Your GP may be able to prescribe medication to relieve the symptoms you experience.

HOW PHYSIO HELPS?
  • Take a thorough subjective history to determine the type of headache you are experiencing

  • Exclude other causes for your headache

  • Offer advice in reducing strain associated with the aggravating activity.

 

 

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