Why you need physical therapy for a chronic headache

physical therapy for head pain

Headaches are a normal part of life that everyone experiences at some point. There are many causes of headaches, such as dehydration, poor posture or stress. Often, headaches are minor and go away after a short time with some rest and home treatment. However, you will need professional health care assistance for headaches that are severe, long-lasting or occur with other symptoms, such as blurred vision or neck and shoulder pain.

The physical therapists at Border Therapy Services can help reduce headache pain and prevent it from occurring again. Many headaches are related to strain or a condition in the neck and spine, which affects the nerves that run throughout your head. Physical therapy treatments can help reduce pain and strain in the neck and back, which can help treat headaches.

Treating headaches with physical therapy

It’s important to seek professional treatment for chronic and severe headaches because they may be the symptom of something more serious that is not treatable by rest and home remedies. Severe headaches may be related to:

  • Concussions
  • Dehydration
  • Meningitis
  • Slipped disc
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke and more

Talk to your doctor or a physical therapist at Border Therapy Services about treating your neck pain. Depending on the severity of your condition and other variables, like age and medical history, you may benefit from some of the following:

  • Hands-on therapy — Hands-on therapy involves physical manipulations of your body to activate trigger points and help reduce pain and promote healing.
  • Stretching and exercising — Strengthening and stretching the muscles and ligaments in the neck can help your neck stay stronger to reduce pressure off the spine, which can reduce headache pain.
  • Ultrasound — Ultrasound can break up scar tissue and help soothe deep tissue pain.
  • Posture education — Physical therapists can guide you through posture education, so you can avoid sitting and standing in positions that put pressure on your spine and neck.

Contact Border Therapy Services for headache treatment

Are you suffering from frequent or severe headaches? Would you like to talk to a physical therapist at Border Therapy Services about treatments that can help reduce headache pain? Contact us today if you’re ready to schedule an appointment and discover how physical therapy can help you feel better again.