Headache and Migraines Associated with Neck Pain
Headaches and migraines are typically caused by neck problems, and this is very common. Dysfunctions and stiff joints, among other neck issues, are commonly responsible for headaches. At Dynamic Physical Therapy, our physical therapists are well-trained to examine the neck area thoroughly to locate any problems associated with headache pain. It's actually fairly common for the Dynamic PT team to cure headaches of patients after a patient has been dealing with chronic headaches for a long time. Unfortunately, the connection between neck issues and headaches is not well-understood at this time.
The main key to creating an effective plan of treatment for headache patients is a thorough interview and physical exam. Analyzing the results of the interview can help the physical therapist form an effective headache pain treatment plan. Each headache treatment plan is individualized and unique to each patient because their headache conditions are all unique.
Sometimes even patients diagnosed with migraine headaches experience pain relief or lowered frequency of pain episodes after completing our treatment plan. Although our treatment plans for headaches are all different, common aspects can be identified. Education is pivotal; patients need to know how posture and stress, for example, can affect the neck and lead to headaches. Patients also need to understand things they can do each day to promote good neck posture and movement in order to minimize pain.
Manual Headache Therapy
Manual therapy is a common component in our headache treatment plans. We use manual therapy to eliminate movement restrictions and muscle dysfunction; these problems are usually at the core of headache development. Exercise and posture training is also important and exercise programs are custom-designed for each individual patient. If needed, we use modalities such as traction and electrical stimulation to support our headache pain physical therapy.
Finding the underlying causes of a headache is a great challenge to us at Dynamic Physical Therapy and we welcome the opportunity to help our patients suffering from headaches. Certainly, some patients suffering from headaches require other medical intervention including medication; but doesn’t it seem sensible to resolve neck problems that may be causing or contributing to a headache.
Dynamic Physical Therapy proudly serves the Northern Michigan region including Buckley, Cadillac, Gaylord, Manistee, Marion, Traverse City, and surrounding areas.