1. First you need to commit to a proper game plan! Don’t let another 6 months or a year go by and do nothing. The longer you wait to heal your tension headache, the more you start to accept the pain as a part of your life. This is a common—and dangerous—mistake.
2. Find a headache specialist that uses the most current, proven techniques. Our understanding of headaches has evolved tremendously over the years. But many therapists and even many physicians have not kept up with the advances. Be sure to reach out to industry leaders.
3. Avoid sitting for long periods. While instinct tells us to rest a painful headache, in many cases, this only makes things worse. Constant rest can increase stiffness and cost you valuable range of motion. A proper exercise routine, postural work and flexibility training can lead to rapid improvements.
4. Passive approaches like rest and painkillers will not restore your movement or heal your headache in most cases! If your quality of life, your work and even relationships are being impacted by your headache, working with a “hands on” physical therapist that is a headache specialist can get you back on the right path faster than you can imagine.