Headache Physical Therapy
Headache Physical Therapy
Hands-On Care. Long-Term Effective Headache Relief
Oh man! Where do I start??!! He is my hero! I called him in tears because I could hardly walk after a long run. He squeezed me right in during my lunch hour and worked on my calf. I was pretty much screaming during the whole thing, but about an hour or so later I was good as new! He works wonders and really cares about his patients. He does AMAZING work!! Lifesaver!!
Jay is the best physical therapist in town! I had a couple car accidents that messed up my neck and shoulder and gave me chronic migraines. He was able to get me back on track. I was able to lift heavy and do Crossfit pain free in a very short amount of time, as well as significantly reducing my migraines. I highly recommend him and send all of my clients to him. You will not be disappointed his team is great, very educated and everyone at the clinic knows what they are doing. Nikki makes scheduling easy, is always positive and very helpful with all the physical therapy movements. You will not be disappointed and will have a faster recovery when you see Jay!
Jay is an absolute gem and he is unbelievably knowledgeable!! The best physical therapist I have ever seen, without question! Jay has spent hours working with me on me sprains and strains, and working with me to correct my form; assessing and adjusting me with expert precision. He is one of those rare doctors that have the ability to make you feel instantly at ease and also like you are in the world greatest hands. Jay truly is doing the job that he was born to do – and that is to help people!
What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?
Headaches that start and intensify at your forehead or around your eye sockets are often due to sinus pressure or irritation of the connective tissue in the brain. Headaches that start at the base of your neck and extend up your head, around your head or down into your neck are referred to as cervicogenic headaches (CGHs).
Headaches caused by sinus pressure or irritation of the connective tissue respond well to NSAIDs such as Advil or Tylenol. NSAIDs will inhibit the pain receptors for cervicogenic headaches, however it will not have a lasting effect as the muscle and joint limitations remain and the pain will return once the NSAIDs wears off. In order to make a positive, long-lasting change to a cervicogenic headache, you’ll need to change the tissues to correct the root of the cause of your CGHs.
• 47% of the global population suffers from a headache, and 15-20% of those are cervicogenic
• Up to 44% of CGH patients have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues as well
Causes of CGHs
Your neck and head muscles are interconnected: your suboccipitals attach from the upper cervical spine to the base of the head, the upper trapezius attaches from the shoulder to the base of the head and the sternocleidomastoid attaches from the collarbone to the base of the skull. When one or more of these muscles to shorten and in turn “pull” at the base of the skull, it will cause CGHs.
Causes of CGHs include:
• Stress and fatigue
• Poor posture
• Sleeping habits
• Carrying heavy items such as briefcases and luggage
• Using a shoulder strap for a heavy purse or bag
• Sitting/standing at poorly designed work stations
Restoring joint mechanics of the locally involved segments and other near-by restricted segments are the goals of the physical therapist in helping to abolish cervicogenic headaches. Therapydia physical therapists use hands-on techniques that are massage-like, but go deeper to mobilize, release, manipulate joints and muscles to get to the source of your pain.
A physical therapist will take a thorough subjective history, analyze static and dynamic posture and assess biomechanical components contributing to the cervicogenic headaches. The most significant role physical therapists can play is addressing the root cause of your headaches and work with you to improve your overall posture, your ergonomic work set up and give patient specific advice for positioning while riding in cars, carrying bags etc.
- Hands-on therapy techniques to manipulate and mobilize your muscles and joints for faster recovery
- Progressive and gentle relaxation stretching to elongate the muscles
- Custom exercise programs to strengthen the shoulder, neck and pericranial muscles, cranio-cervical
- Postural correction to prevent cervicogenic headaches from coming back
Your physical therapy treatment may include:
Better Physical Therapy Experience
At Therapydia, our physical therapists offer one-on-one, hands-on headache/migraine treatment. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries.
Best of all, you’re covered. Oregon is a Direct Access state, meaning you can see a physical therapist without a doctor’s prescription. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash payments.
- Lifetime Wellness
- Quality Treatment
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