Headaches can be caused by a variety of conditions including vascular problems, sinus issues, and more. Some headaches are caused by issues with our muscles and joints. Physical therapy can treat headaches that are caused by musculoskeletal issues including muscle tension and tightness, disc pathology, lack of neck motion, poor posture, and even tightness in the back between the shoulder blades. Many patients who come to therapy with neck symptoms will also report frequent headaches, some unaware that the two may be connected.
What should I expect during treatment?
First, a thorough evaluation is performed to determine the cause of the headaches. Once determined that they are likely originating from the neck or surrounding areas, a treatment plan is established which may include:
- heat or ice
- manual therapy to reduce tension and promote muscle spasms
- cervical traction, neck and upper back mobilizations to promote movement
- strengthening exercises
- targeted stretching to decrease tension in tight muscles
- posture education
Physical therapy treatment for headaches can be extremely effective. While some patients leave their first visit without a headache, others may require a few weeks of therapy to address more severe motion and strength issues.
Covenant Therapy Centers accept most insurance and managed care plans. For questions or information about the clinic nearest you call (865) 541-4500.