Three types of headaches that physical therapy is great for

Physical Therapy for Headaches

Do you want to do something to help your headaches? Odds are that you do. However, there are so many treatment options for headaches that you may not consider using physical therapy for them. 

Headaches are one of the most common causes of pain in the U.S., and every year 50% of Americans experience at least one headache. People who are experiencing migraine headaches may get only limited benefits from physical therapy. But\ physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for several other common types of headaches. 

Physical therapy can be effective for these three types of headaches

  1. Cervicogenic headaches — These headaches are also called neck-based headaches. Cervicogenic headaches are typically a symptom of a neck injury or condition. For instance, tight neck muscles can trigger one of these headaches. They can also be caused by herniated cervical discs, neck arthritis and occipital neuralgia. 
  1. Tension-type headaches — Most people simply refer to this type of headache as tension headaches. These headaches are caused by tightness in the head, jaw, neck or shoulder muscles. Additionally, excessive eye strain, stress and fatigue can lead to tension headaches. 
  1. Chronic headaches — People are said to have chronic headaches when they have multiple headaches throughout the month. Medical professionals classify headaches as chronic if: 
  • You experience them on 15 or more days per month. 
  • This pattern continues for three months or longer. 

What can physical therapy do for your headaches? 

Physical therapists are trained to treat musculoskeletal disorders, and all the headaches listed above fall into this category. Using the right combination of therapy techniques, your physical therapist can help you achieve benefits like: 

Holland PT offers effective physical therapy for headaches

Knee to find physical therapy that can help treat your headaches? At Holland Physical Therapy, our team is ready and willing to help you get the effective care you’re looking for. We can start by doing a free screening to pinpoint what type of headaches you’re having. Then, our specialists can construct an individualized therapy plan for you, which can offer all the benefits mentioned above. Even better, you can use our virtual therapy service to get headache treatment right in your own home. 

Contact our team today for more information about our headache treatment options or to schedule your initial appointment.