Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and Migraines

Over 45 million Americans suffer from headaches. There are many different types of headaches and migraines such as tension headaches, temporal headaches, cluster headaches, migraines and sinus headaches. While there are many different “triggers” such as alcohol, chocolate, scents, and other factors that cause headaches and migraines, most people who suffer have some underlying neck problem that can contribute to their headaches. These are called “cervico-genic headaches”.

Headaches and migraines are often associated with myofascial trigger points and muscle spasms in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Many headaches can be triggered by physical and/or emotional stress resulting in tension headaches. Tension headaches can be very painful and debilitating, and can possibly trigger migraine headaches.   

How physical therapy helps:

Our physical therapists perform a thorough initial evaluation to determine any physiological factors that may be contributing to your headache or migraine. They assess your posture, joint mobility, flexibility, and muscle strength.

If there are limitations in movement or strength in the neck or upper back, this will be addressed to restore your normal mobility and improve strength. Manual interventions along with exercise can help to increase blood flow and help to reduce muscles spasms. In addition, our physical therapists will train you on exercises and techniques that you can use to prevent symptoms in the future.