How does physical therapy offer tension headache relief?
Busy day at the office? Hectic day with the kids? Tension headaches can rear their ugly heads when you’re not expecting them to, or when you want them the least. Although generally seen to be less severe than migraines, tension headaches can be a very painful and debilitating problem with a noticeable effect on your productivity and quality of life.
Among the biggest causes of tension headaches are stress, dehydration and inadequate nutrition, but there are also factors that can be addressed by physical therapy. This includes posture, muscle tension, and strengthening the muscles and connective tissue that support the neck and head. A qualified physical therapist can also provide instruction and education on developing lifestyle habits to promote better nutrition and to relieve stress.
If you’re looking for long-term tension headache relief, take a moment to read this quick overview of how physical therapy can help. We’re always here to answer any questions you have and welcome you to contact us at any time.
Tension headache physical therapy techniques
A physical therapy program to address tension headaches will begin with a comprehensive, personalized assessment with your therapist. Here, you will discuss your medical history, your specific headache symptoms and what typically triggers them and receive a hands-on examination. For tension headache treatment, you can also expect to undergo posture and movement testing.
With this information, you and your therapist can work together to develop a treatment plan that can involve the following physical therapy techniques:
- Manual therapy — Tension headaches are generally caused by tense muscles in and around the head. Manual therapy techniques like massage and myofascial release can help to promote a relaxation response that eases tension headaches.
- Therapeutic exercise — Weak and unstable supporting muscles can also contribute to headaches. Targeted exercises designed to strengthen and stabilize the neck and head can help with prevention and relief.
- Instruction and education — Physical therapists can talk to you about exercises and stretches you can perform throughout the day to prevent headaches as well as provide nutritional recommendations and postural instruction.
To give yourself the best chance of finding relief from chronic tension headaches, you should look for an experienced therapist you are comfortable with who can provide you with personalized care.
Tension headache physical therapy at Franklin Rehabilitation
At Franklin Rehabilitation we have a highly qualified therapy team with extensive experience in providing tension headache relief to patients. We’re passionate about giving you the personalized care you deserve so you can enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.
To learn more about our treatment methods, contact us today to schedule your initial appointment.