Discover Headache Freedom

   

Beautiful young asian woman having a headache at home in front of her computer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How often do you experience a nagging ache, stabbing pain, or intense pressure

in your head?

 

An estimated 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches and many of these people

are retreating from their daily lives due to pain. Others are trying to manage day to day on

the aspirin diet.

 

 

How about we find a better, faster, and more permanent solution?

 

First, let’s talk about the three most common types of headaches and then I’ll show you the plan.

 

Migraines: These headaches are described as intense, throbbing or pulsing pain.  They worsen

with movement, include light sensitivity, and are sometimes preceded by an Aura or tunnel vision.

They generally last 4-72 hours, but the frequent re occurrence of these headaches are what results

in chronic disability.

 

Cervicogenic Headaches: This pain is usually just on one side and begins in the shoulder and neck

then spreading into the head. The pain is aggravated by movement and position changes and there

is often tenderness to touch in the neck and upper shoulders.

 

Tension Headaches: Triggered by stress, fatigue, anger, or muscle tightness these types of headaches

are experienced on both sides of the head. They are described as pressing or tightness they can last as

little as 30 minutes or feel almost continuous.

 

In these three categories, ¾ of the complaints are related to muscle tightness and joint stiffness putting

pressure on the nerves in the neck. They are caused by muscle tension, spasm, and trigger points in

the scalp, jaw, neck, and shoulders.  This pain can even radiate down the arm and into the hand resulting

in a misdiagnosis of carpel tunnel syndrome. There is a lot we can to do in both treatment and prevention

to avoid side effects of or dependence on prescription medication.

 

Prevention of these headaches lies in avoiding their causes including:

  • slouching or poor posture
  • sitting too long
  • jaw clenching
  • sleeping on your stomach
  • dehydration

 

What if a headache has already started?

It can often be lessened with exercise and stretching of the neck and shoulders.

A physical therapist can instruct you in properly performing the following

stretches:

  • Chin tucks
  • rotation with pressure
  • cervical side bending
  • Upper trapezius stretch
  • Levator Scapula stretch

 

If these suggestions do not help, do not give up.

 

A 2002 article in Spine demonstrated a significant decrease in headache frequency, intensity, neck pain, and

analgesic use following manual physical therapy interventions compared to a control group.  Whether

headaches are an acute problem or chronic issue for you, don’t put off your life due to another headache.

 

We would be happy to discuss further treatment including manual therapy techniques to stretch the muscles

and improve movement of the joints that cause headaches.  In addition, we can work with you to prevent

headaches through simple changes in your posture and lifestyle.

 

Send me an e-mail for a more detailed explanation or pictures

of the stretches above amanda@peakpotentialpt.com