Headaches & Migraines
Headaches Getting You Down? Physical Therapy Can Help
Physical therapy is an effective and safe treatment for headaches and migraines.
80-90% of people in the US suffer from tension headaches, so you’re not alone. Headaches are the third most common source of pain worldwide. While physical therapy isn’t always your first thought when you get a headache, it can help. Most of the time, the typical reaction is to take some form of pain-relieving medication.
Chronic headaches and migraines can be debilitating to your day-to-day routine. Physical therapy help ease the pain and provide you with long-lasting relief. More than half of all headaches are due to cervicogenic headaches or headaches caused by the neck. It’s easy to get neck pain with so many factors driving it. Sometimes, the pain will radiate down into areas like the shoulders and back or the scalp.
If you live in Eden Prairie, MN, or the surrounding areas and suffer from headaches, please don’t hesitate to contact us. They can be caused by acute and temporary situations (such as a temporary increase in stress which usually causes one-time headaches), or persistent and chronic ones (such as migraines). We always offer highly personalized physical therapy treatments that have been specifically tailored to each patient’s unique condition at Wellspring Health Center. Request a complimentary consultation today!
Do you have one of these headaches?
There are three main types of headaches: migraine, tension, and cluster. Migraine is the most common type of headache with auras as a warning sign. Tension headaches are often caused by stress and muscle tightness. Cluster headaches occur in cycles and may be related to allergies or anything that limits blood flow to the brain.
One of the more common types of headaches is the tension headache. They often occur after prolonged head/neck movements and can also happen from poor posture. Tension headaches are caused by compression on a sensitive membrane called the “dura mater.” When your dura mater has been stressed, it can twitch and make your head hurt. This can happen if you overwork your neck muscles and compress the dura mater at the base of your skull.
When there is a significant amount of muscle tension in the neck, typically due to bad posture or other physical problems, it can lead to headaches. Emotional pressures such as stress are also linked to the development of these headaches. Neck injuries are usually the cause of musculoskeletal headaches. These typically take a while to recover fully and can lead to severe pain, which is felt in the neck and other parts of the body.
Cervicogenic headaches happen when pain in the neck (from an injury or condition) becomes prolonged. When this happens, all sorts of symptoms can occur, including headache, dizziness and neck pain. Cervicogenic headaches can be triggered by work-related stress or certain injuries. Cervicogenic headaches are more common in professions that require a lot of twisting or moving the head and neck. This includes hairdressers, long-haul drivers, chefs, nail artists and jewelers.
Physical therapy can help reduce chronic pain, increase your range of motion, and help you maintain mobility.
If you suffer from headaches, contact our Eden Prairie, MN physical therapy office today. We provide assistance through a variety of treatments for headaches and other ailments.
At your initial appointment, one of our qualified physical therapists will ask you questions about your headache history so that we can find out what type of headache you are experiencing and where it is located. Care can be tailored to you and your needs for a successful recovery.
Ready to find relief?
Contact us today to speak to one of our Eden Prairie, MN physical therapists to schedule your complimentary consultation.
At Wellspring Health Center, our headache treatments focus on relieving pain, improving posture, and strengthening the neck and upper back muscles. This will help make daily life more comfortable for you and improve your symptoms – without medication.