Did You Know Physical Therapy Could Help with the Pains of Stress-Related Headaches?
Can you feel it? Starting with tension in your neck or shoulders and creeping upward through the base of your skull?
You may have even tried stretching and optimizing your workstation. But if you are suffering from stress-related headaches, you know that the only relief comes from either reducing stress or taking medication.
Why live this way when physical therapy at Leaps and Bounds Performance Rehabilitation can help you relieve the pain and get rid of stress headaches once and for all? Try one of our professionals – physiotherapist, chiropractor, athletic therapist, or massage therapist – today.
Physical therapy and headache relief
Physical therapy is often the best treatment for stress-related headaches. It focuses on promoting relaxation and reducing tension through prescribed exercises and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Either of our physical therapists – physiotherapist, chiropractor, athletic therapist, or massage therapist – can help you get to the bottom of your stress-related headache problem. They will likely include a combination of treatment methods, including, but not limited to:
- Exercises that improve the mobility and strengthen your neck muscles, allowing them to tolerate the demands you impose on them daily.
- Chiropractic adjustments and joint manipulations to provide quick pain relief and reduction in tension so that you are better able to perform your exercises.
- Soft tissue mobilization and massage therapy to help relax tight neck tissues and speed recovery to injured muscles.
- Postural/ergonomic education to help you steer clear of conditions like “text neck” (we don’t particularly like that name) and other occupational headache triggers.
- In the case your headaches are the result of a recent concussion, a carefully-administered course of rehabilitation to help you recuperate from that concussion more quickly – our practitioners are CCMI-certified.
- Best-practice advice to identify other headache triggers and suggestions on strategies to avoiding them in your everyday life.
How can I tell if my headache is stress-related?
Stress-related headaches, also known as cervicogenic headaches or tension headaches, start in your neck and radiate to other areas of your body. The back, side or top of your head may become painful. Additionally, your shoulder may start to ache on the same side where your headache began. In rare instances, you may even experience weakness, dizziness, or nausea.
What’s causing my stress-related headaches?
Stress-related headaches are often the result of stiff joints in your neck. As these joints become immobile, the soft tissue around them becomes tight, irritating the nerves in the area. Once communication from the nerves is limited, your brain begins compensating in an attempt to return your body to proper function. As a result, you experience pain, stiffness, tension, even numbness, and tingling.
Our sedentary lifestyle is partly to blame. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, one in four Canadians spends more than 8 hours a day sitting down. With more and more work happening at computer terminals, many of these hours are spent in the same posture as we slump over a computer screen and keyboard, without interruption.
Of course, the natural solution has been ergonomically designed workstations that place your entire body into optimal positions before beginning work, or those that allow you to frequently change positions.
How can physical therapy help me find relief?
Physical therapy is designed to help you live a happier, healthier life. Any of our practitioners can examine not only your current shape, but they can also dive into the details of your work life to find ways to help you beat the sedentary lifestyle contributing to your headaches.
First, your practitioner will take a detailed history, including an accounting of how you spend your time. This will be followed by a physical evaluation that measures your joint mobility, muscle strength, balance, ability to stand, walk and sit. Next, your practitioner will prescribe a plan of care that involves pain-relieving manual therapy, as well as targeted exercises designed to improve your mobility and build strength and resiliency in those muscles that are at the root of your headaches. Periodically thereafter, the practitioner will evaluate your progress and make suggestions for getting the most out of your physical therapy experience.
Best of all, treatments are non-invasive and do not involve prescription pain medications that may make your symptoms worse.
Ready to say goodbye to stress-related headaches?
Still unsure whether one of our physical therapies – Physiotherapy, chiropractic, athletic therapy, or massage therapy – is right for you?
Call Leaps and Bounds Rehab to talk to one of our practitioners and find out how you can beat your stress headaches.