Physical Therapy for Headaches

Intense headache? Aspirin and ibuprofen not doing the trick? Ice and heat making it worse?

While there are as many different types of headaches as there are treatment options, physical therapy for headaches may help.

Why? Sometimes the pain isn’t in your head at all.

The cause of headaches can come from a joint or muscle in your face, neck or back that is out of sorts. Poor posture may also result in muscle tension and tightness leading to a headache.

headache1Hands on physical therapy works the muscles, joints, nerves, and tissues involved with headaches, helping to alleviate any discomfort.

Certain techniques, including stretching exercises, used during the onset of a headache, may reduce the pain.

Physical therapists and ergonomic specialists can also help identify if proper posture at home and work is a contributing factor and educate you on proper positions.

Once the cause is identified, exercises may be prescribed to help improve the ailment, including movements to strengthen and stretch the neck, shoulder and back.

Consulting with a physical therapist is a good step to finding the relief you need in order to get your life back on track. Suffer from Migraines? Watch our PT, Ashley Forrest, on MD TV explain how Physical Therapy can help.

Find a physical therapy clinic near you and make your own appointment today to get and keep feeling pain free.

Neck Massage, Manual Therapy

Neck Massage using Manual Therapy to help with headache relief

Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy allowing them to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription.  As part of a healthcare team, a physical therapist will make an assessment of a patient’s condition and create a plan to start on the road to wellness. The Tidewater Physical Therapy team will communicate with a patient’s physician or dentist of record and obtain a referral, if necessary, for continued treatment. Tidewater Physical Therapy will also work with insurance carriers to make sure services are covered by a patient’s plan.

Additionally, Tidewater has several clinicians available for on site visits to company workplaces to help assess work environments.