Types of Headaches
- Tension-type headaches
- Chronic/daily headaches
- Cluster headaches
Tension-type headaches are the most common type. They are characterized by a tight band of pain, dull aching or pressure. Chronic headaches occur more than fifteen days a month, sometimes more than three times a day. Cluster headaches are characterized by severe pain on one side of the head, with the onset occurring with certain activities. Cluster headaches are the most severe, typically appearing as cyclic or frequent. Migraines are headaches associated with intense pain, usually on one side of the head as well. They are described by throbbing or jabbing sensations, and can be triggered by bright light, loud noises, or certain smells. Migraines can be moderate to severe, accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting, extreme fatigue, or dizziness. Knowing what kind of headache you are experiencing is helpful to find the right treatment.
Causes can come from lifestyle factors, such as dietary patterns, changes in sleep, poor posture, skipped meals, and stress. Behavioral factors also contribute, such as jaw clenching and intense work. Lastly, physiological factors like joint dysfunction, poor strength/motor control, metabolic/endocrine problems can contribute as well.
Why Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is helpful in treating headaches, specifically chronic and tension-type headaches. Over-the-counter medication is helpful, but physical therapy utilizes a combination of treatments to aid your recovery. We combine education, manual therapy, and gentle exercises “designed to enhance motor recruitment and control.”
Treatment includes manual therapy and massage, education, and exercises. We also offer dry needling and ESTM for muscle re-education / realignment.
Dry needling for headaches, placed on or near the neck, works to re-educate the neck muscles so the contractions and firing patterns reset back to normal.
Scott and the team were such a light at the end of the tunnel while I was dealing with constant migraines. My migraines take me out of work or any activities for as long as they last(usually a whole day and night). With dry needling, stretches, massaging, and referrals, my migraines are much more manageable. I feel more equipped to deal with them as they come on. Such a great, personable, and caring team! 10/10 Recommend 🙂