Pain of any type that occurs in any part of the head is called a headache. There are many different types of headaches, with just as many causes. Most headaches are harmless and resolve on their own, although severe headaches that recur frequently can affect your ability to do your daily activities and can reduce your quality of life.
What causes headaches?
Primary headaches are caused by overstimulation or problems with pain sensitive structures in your head. These headaches usually involve the chemical activity in your brain, the nerves or blood vessels surrounding your skull, or the muscles of your head and neck. Sometimes a combination of these factors. Causative factors for these types of headaches could be lifestyle factors such as alcohol, certain foods that contain nitrates, poor sleeping habits, poor posture, irregular eating pattern, and of course, stress. Primary headaches are armless and resolve gradually.
Secondary headaches on the other hand, is a symptom of an underlying disease or conditions. Possible causes of these headaches include acute sinusitis, arterial tears, blood clots, brain aneurysm. Brain tumor, concussion, infections, and other illnesses or diseases.
What are the different types of headaches and their symptoms?
Why should you go to therapy do to get rid of your headache?
Headaches are common like back pain; physical therapists see and treat this type of pain regularly. Problems in the neck, head, jaw, arthritis, poor posture and injuries can cause headaches and muscle strains. Physical therapists will first determine what is causing your headache and then use an impairment-based approach which combines manual therapy, exercise, AND patient education. For example, poor posture can cause stiffness in your upper back and neck which refers pain to your head resulting in a headache. Therapists can perform mobilization in both the neck and upper thoracic mobilization and then follow up with specific exercises. Educational strategies like dietary, sleep, posture habits, and hydration will also be given as they have found to be effective at lessening severity of headaches
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Physical therapists are movement experts who design personalized treatment plans for a person’s individual needs, challenges, and goals through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation.
Dr. Jack Wong
Leading Physical Therapist In The Kingwood Area