Headaches

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Let’s Be Honest, Having a Headache SUCKS!

Dealing with headaches can be both a physical and emotional struggle.

Not only does it limit your ability to exercise, stay strong, or mobil, but drains your energy, affects your mood, and makes it nearly impossible to get anything done.

It's natural to take a painkiller just to get by but, as you know, the longer that you sit at your desk or if you’re stressed out, they seem to keep coming back with no end in sight .

Despite all of this, the pain persists and shows no signs of fading away.

If this situation sounds familiar to you and your headache, rest assured that you're not alone.
We frequently encounter cases of headaches at our clinics in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Estero, FL.

If Your Headaches Continue to Go Untreated, Things Will Likely Only Get Worse…

Headaches is an all-too-common affliction that plagues countless individuals and has a high probability of turning into chronic pain.

We don’t write that to scare you but to help educate you and let you know that it doesn’t have to be this way.

We’ve heard too many stories over the years of I’ll just “rest” and see how it goes.

Another common scenario many of our patient's experience is being advised to change your chair, be less stressed out, drink more water, and “try these painkillers” to see if it improves.
Although these things may have merit from time-to-time, they’re not really addressing the root cause of the headache and patients find themselves back at their doctor’s office because the pain hasn't subsided.

Unfortunately, they are often prescribed stronger medications and advised to rest even more or they result in injections or surgery they may not need.

Has something like this happened to you with your headache?

There are various reasons why headaches linger more so than they should.
It's easy to become confused when you receive different explanations from different sources.

Many people are willing to offer advice, but not all is reliable or credible.

The truth is most headaches stem from years of poor posture and tighntess of the neck, sub-occipital, and scapular muscles and you can get better & get completely cured.

The Signs & Symptoms of Headaches

  • Throbbing or pulsating pain
  • Tension or pressure in the head
  • Aching in the forehead or temples
  • Sensation of tightness or stiffness in the neck and shoulders
  • Light sensitivity (photophobia)
  • Sound sensitivity (phonophobia)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Scalp tenderness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Disturbed sleep patterns

The Different Types of Headaches We Treat

Although headaches are usually cervicogenic and musculoskeletal in nature, there are some red flags that must be ruled out.

This is just one of the many reasons why you need to see an expert sooner rather than later.

The three most common headache are:

1) Cervicogenic Headache 

A cervicogenic headache is a type of headache that originates from the cervical spine (neck) and refers pain to the head. It occurs due to dysfunction or irritation of the structures in the neck, such as the joints, muscles, ligaments, or nerves. Here are some key points about cervicogenic headaches:

Cervicogenic headaches can be triggered by various factors, including poor posture, neck injuries (such as whiplash), degenerative changes in the cervical spine, muscle imbalances, or nerve compression. Usually pain with start in the neck and progress it’s way up to the back of the head and even around the side ot the front. This is called a “ram’s horn”. Wit these type of headaches, the symptoms are usually only on one side.

2) Tension Headache

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache experienced by people. They are often described as a mild to moderate, steady, and pressing or tightening sensation around the head. Here are some key points about tension headaches:

Tension headaches are typically caused by muscle tension and stress. Factors that can contribute to their onset include poor posture, prolonged periods of sitting or computer work, emotional stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, and jaw clenching.The pain from a tension headache is usually felt on both sides of the head, as if a tight band is wrapped around it. It can also extend to the neck and shoulders.Tension headaches are often characterized by a constant, dull or aching pain. Unlike migraines, they don't typically cause nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light or sound.

3) Migrane 

Migraine is a neurological disorder characterized by recurring moderate to severe headaches that are often accompanied by other symptoms. Migraine episodes, also known as migraine attacks, can vary in frequency, duration, and intensity. Here's some information about migraines:

Symptoms: Migraine attacks typically involve throbbing or pulsating head pain, usually on one side of the head. The pain is often accompanied by additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light (photophobia), and sound (phonophobia). Some individuals may experience aura, which refers to sensory disturbances like visual changes (flashing lights, blind spots), tingling or numbness in the face or extremities, or difficulty speaking.

Triggers: Migraines can be triggered by various factors, which can vary among individuals. Common triggers include hormonal changes (such as fluctuations during the menstrual cycle), certain foods or beverages (e.g., chocolate, caffeine, aged cheeses), specific smells or odors, lack of sleep, stress, sensory stimuli (bright lights, loud noises), weather changes, and certain medications.

Duration and Frequency: Migraine attacks can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. The frequency of migraines varies from person to person, with some experiencing them occasionally, while others may have them multiple times a month.

Here’s How We Can Help You With Your Headaches…

A skilled physical therapist can play a crucial role in alleviating headaches by addressing underlying issues such as muscle imbalances and forward head posture. Muscle imbalances in the neck, shoulders, and upper back can contribute to tension-type headaches.

Through targeted exercises and manual therapy, a physical therapist can work to rebalance muscle strength and flexibility, reducing the strain on the head and neck muscles. By addressing these imbalances, the therapist helps restore proper biomechanics and alleviate the chronic muscle tension that may be a contributing factor to headaches.

Forward head posture, a common issue in today's sedentary lifestyles, places increased stress on the neck and upper back muscles, leading to headaches. A physical therapist employs specific exercises and interventions to correct posture and strengthen the supporting muscles. Techniques such as postural education, stretching, and strengthening exercises can promote proper alignment and reduce the strain on the cervical spine. By incorporating these strategies into a comprehensive treatment plan, a physical therapist empowers individuals to not only find relief from their current headaches but also to develop long-term habits that contribute to improved posture and overall well-being.

Don’t Let Headaches Slow You Down Any Longer…

Don't let headaches hold you back any longer. We understand the challenges you face, but there is hope for a pain-free future. You are not alone on this journey.

At our clinic, we recognize that each individual's experience with headaches is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. That's why we specialize in creating personalized treatment programs designed specifically for you.

If you're ready to bid farewell to headaches once and for all and are seeking a natural solution, look no further. Our dedicated team is here to help. We are committed to working with motivated individuals who are willing to put in the effort to regain their lives.

Please note that our approach requires active patient participation and a genuine commitment to your own well-being. If you're serious about overcoming your headaches and ready to take control of your health, we invite you to contact our office today.

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