Headaches and How PT can help

Headaches are a pain that most of us know all too well.  Whether it be a migraine, a sinus headache, or a tension headache, nearly all of us experience headaches occasionally.  What you might not know though, is that in some cases, physical therapy can help!   

When your headaches turn from the occasional flare-up to a regular problem, you may have what’s known as a ‘headache disorder.’  According to the W.H.O, about 1 in 20 adults suffer from headache disorders, the most common of which is the tension headache.  

Physical therapy can be a great option to treat headaches (like tension headaches)  caused by musculo-skeletal issues such as tightness, muscle tension, and postural and mobility issues,   After an initial evaluation, we use a variety of techniques to treat the causes of your issue. These techniques include:

  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Stretching
  • Ice and/or heat
  • Neck mobilizations
  • Strength work 

Even if your headaches are downright debilitating, the good news is that you don’t have to resign yourself to a lifetime of suffering and pill-popping. Diagnosing and treating the source of your pain, instead of just treating the symptoms, will go a long way towards ensuring a headache-free future.

Pro+Kinetix Physical Therapy & Performance specializes in helping active individuals in Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, and San Francisco get back to exercising and working out pain free without having to take time off or relying on injections/pain medication. Pro+Kinetix offers physical therapy and performance services to all populations, with specialties in Sports Rehabilitation, Active Release Techniques, and Manual Therapy Techniques plus Personal and Small Group Training, Sport Clinics and Wellness Services.

AUTHOR

Dr. Ben Bagge

Pro+Kinetix

"We Help Active Adults & Athletes Get Back To Workouts and Sports They Enjoy without surgery, stopping activities they love, or relying on pain medicine."
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