Having a headache can be debilitating, can’t it? You miss out on work. You miss out on things with friends and family. Maybe you miss your child’s play or sports game. You end up isolating yourself from people you love. Are you tired of having the pain and limitations? Let’s discuss how you can manage these headaches and start to really enjoy your days…
Headaches that start and intensify start and intensify at your forehead or around your eyes are often due to irritation of the connective tissue in the brain or sinus pressure. These types of headaches will respond well to increasing water intake and adding in natural supplements and essential oils to decrease inflammation. Addressing the inflammation and potential dehydration will inhibit the pain receptors which will decrease the irritation of the brain’s connective tissue and/or sinus pressure.
Pay attention to your water intake if you’re experiencing this type of headache. On the flip side, also pay attention to fluids you drink that ultimately lead to increasing dehydration such as coffee, tea, and alcohol. Write out what foods you’re eating to see if you can connect them to foods that may trigger them as well such as sugar, GMOs, or processed foods.
Headaches that start at the base of your neck and extend into your head or down your neck are cervicogenic headaches. Addressing the inflammation in these types of headaches will inhibit the pain receptors but it will not be a long-lasting effect because the muscle and joint limitations will remain. The best way to make a long lasting change to this type of headache is to address the root cause of muscle and/or joint limitation. This is accomplished well with a combination of Physical Therapy and natural supplements and essential oils.
Psychological stress and fatigue, poor posture, sleeping habits, carrying heavy items such as purses, briefcases, and luggage, sitting or standing at poorly designed work stations, and sitting in chairs or cars can cause cervicogenic headaches.
- Females are affected by cervicogenic headaches 4 times as men.
- 47% of the global population suffers from headaches.
- 15-20% of those who suffer from headaches are suffering from cervicogenic headaches.
- More than 40% of those who suffer from cervicogenic headaches also have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD).
How Can A Physical Therapist Help?
Your physical therapist should complete a full assessment prior to developing your individual plan. During the assessment, your physical therapist will test for restrictions in muscles such as the suboccipitals, upper trapezius, sternocleidomastoid, among others. In addition to muscular restrictions, you may have dysfunctional movement patterns in the joints in your cervical and/or thoracic spine as well.
Your Physical Therapist may address your specific root causes for your headaches with treatments that may include manual therapy, muscle stretching, muscle strengthening, joint mobilizations, posture retraining, ergonomic work set ups, positioning while driving, etc.
As part of my assessment, I also review what you’re eating and drinking, what you’re doing for exercise, how you’re resting and managing stresses in your life, the toxic load your body fights, and more. I then connect that information to what goals you want for your health and wellness and develop a plan that helps to support your body to achieve those goals naturally. I provide training and education to you, complimentary, as a lifetime VIP customer.
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