Headaches are one of the most common pains throughout the world.  Your head contains a lot of important equipment like your nose, mouth, ears, eyes, sinus cavities, and of course your brain, and if something happens to any of these features it can cause a lasting, long-term pain that different people often experience in different ways.  Taking a few over-the-counter painkillers is enough to treat many kinds of headaches, but other forms can be very severe.  In these cases it’s important to identify the true causes and choose a treatment that works.

Headaches Can Take Many Forms

If you experience chronic headaches, it’s important to narrow down your symptoms and the headache’s timeline so you can figure out what the possible causes are and which solutions seem to work for you.  For instance, when do you most commonly experience headaches?

  • When you wake up in the morning?
  • When you spend a lot of time at your desk?
  • When you grind your teeth, whether it’s during the day or as you sleep?
  • When you go through a stressful day at work?
  • When you sit down for long stretches?
  • Just before or just after an episode of vertigo or dizziness?

Chronic headaches can also stem from severe injuries in the past, whether it’s recent or happened long ago.

  • A whiplash injury from a vehicle accident can cause issues you don’t notice at first.
  • A severe head injury like a concussion can lead to head pain and other persistent problems.
  • A surgery involving your head, neck, or shoulders can cause lingering pains even if it was a complete success.

Sometimes Physical Therapy Can Help

Because headaches can take many forms and come from a variety of causes, there’s no one treatment or drug that can solve everyone’s problems.  A regular painkiller isn’t enough for a severe headache, and there are few treatments that work for everyone when a migraine hits.  However, one treatment option that many overlook is physical therapy.  Physical therapy involves exercising certain muscles and stretching certain joints to recover from illnesses and surgery, and it can also help to remove headaches and other symptoms.

How Physical Therapy Works

The nerves in your body send signals that travel up to your brain to pass on their information, and sometimes a nerve will be pinched or poked somewhere along its route and send the brain the wrong signal.  What this means is that a nerve in your neck can send a pain signal you feel on your jawline or across your face when the real problem is in the neck.  That’s why physical therapy applied to your neck can sometimes make these pains go away.

If you have persistent, chronic headaches, physical therapy might be just the solution you need.  It helps with cervicogenic (neck-based) headaches and tension headaches, plus a physical therapist might be able to help with other pains you experience throughout the rest of your body.  If you think physical therapy could help you and you live in our area, contact the Wellness Center of NY and schedule your first appointment.

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