Living With Chronic Headaches? DonnéFIT Physical Therapy Can Help!
Do you get headaches regularly? Muscle and joint weakness, strain, and damage in the neck, caused by poor posture, or stress can cause headaches. Typically, they can cause discomfort that radiates from the scalp, the side of the head, or even the forehead.
Although physical therapy is not always the first thing that comes to mind when looking for headache relief, it can be extremely beneficial. Unfortunately, medications will only help relieve pain in the short term. This is why if you are living with chronic headaches, physical therapy is the key to long-term relief.
Types Of Headaches You May Be Suffering From
Knowing how to recognize the type of headache you are experiencing will aid you in determining which physical therapy treatments will benefit you the most.
The three main types of headaches include:
Cervicogenic headaches are caused by pain in the neck’s top three vertebrae. Conditions such as concussion, arthritis, or even work-related strains can cause them to develop. These kinds of headaches are more common in people who work jobs that require a down-turned head or neck motion regularly.
If the neck is overworked, a musculoskeletal headache can happen. The most common causes are physical imbalances, deficiencies, or injury, but emotional stress can also play a role. Whiplash along with other neck injuries can put a strain on the muscles and connective tissues and cause musculoskeletal headaches.
The dura mater is a delicate membrane that surrounds the brain. Pressure on the dura mater results in tension headaches.
The dura mater spasms near the small muscles at the base of the skull when stress is placed on it. These spasms send pain signals to the brain and cause headaches. Repetitive movements or poor neck/head posture can cause these spasms.
How Can DonnéFIT Physical Therapy Help With Headache Pain?
At DonnéFIT Physical Therapy in Philadelphia, PA, we will provide you with the best treatment for your headaches. One of our highly skilled physical therapists will do a physical assessment during your first appointment.
This assessment will determine the type of headache you’re having and the source of your discomfort.
Afterward, we will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. This plan will involve focused workouts, manual therapy, and patient education.
Choose PT states that physical therapy helps manage chronic headache pain by:
- Therapy can improve function and mobility.
- Physical therapy can help you decrease your need for or dependence on medications.
- It can improve the ease of motion in the neck.
- It can decrease or resolve the intensity, frequency, and duration of headaches.
- Overall improved quality of life.
Allow us to help you manage headaches
Physical therapy could be your key to a healthier, pain-free life. The therapy methods at DonnéFIT Physical Therapy are centered on pain relief, posture improvement, and muscle strengthening in the neck and upper back. All of these will make your daily life much more relaxed and bearable, free of the discomfort of headaches! To consult with one of our Philadelphia, PA physical therapists, call 267-538-5011 or click here to make an appointment.