Two common causes of chronic headaches
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 50% of adults experience at least one headache per year. The same report also notes that up to 4% of adults worldwide experience headaches on 15 or more days every month. If you’re dealing with headaches that are this frequent, then you have what are known as chronic headaches.
There are many factors that can cause a person to have chronic headaches, but there are two common causes that respond particularly well to physical therapy.
1. Poor posture
The number of workers who do their job while seated at a computer is continuing to grow every year. However, this type of work can lead to poor posture, and this is one of the most common causes of chronic headaches.
There are many ways that an office job can lead to poor neck and head posture. For instance, your computer screen may not be positioned correctly. Looking down at a computer screen for multiple hours every day can create poor neck posture, and this can cause almost daily headaches. Also, just the act of sitting for long periods of time can lead to neck posture issues. This is why you should get up and move around at least once every hour when your job requires a lot of sitting.
2. Muscle tension
Another issue that commonly causes chronic headaches is neck muscle tension. Neck muscles are important for holding your head in the correct posture. They’re also vital for almost every movement you make with your head and neck.
However, tension in your neck muscles can lead to almost daily headaches. This tension may be the result of several factors. For one thing, mental stress from work or life issues can cause a build-up of tension in the neck muscles. Sports injuries that affect the neck can also create painful tension in the neck muscles. Also, car accident injuries such as whiplash can damage the neck muscles and increase tension.
Franklin Rehabilitation can help treat the cause of your chronic headaches
At Franklin Rehabilitation’s clinics in Franklin, Wisconsin, our team can help treat many of the issues that cause chronic headaches. To begin your treatment, we’ll first perform a one-on-one evaluation to figure out the root cause of your headaches. Our team will then build you a personalized treatment plan to target the cause of your head pain, and this plan may include physical therapy techniques such as:
- Dry needling
- Ergonomic recommendations
- Targeted strengthening exercises
- Therapeutic stretches
- Electrical stimulation
- Manual therapy
Our plans are designed to offer many benefits to patients suffering from chronic headaches. For example, your plan is intended to help reduce pain and muscle tension. These plans are also designed to help decrease the frequency of your chronic head pain, and they may even help you avoid painful headaches in the future.
Take the next step to find relief from the pain of chronic headaches. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.