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Migraines & headaches: Why you get them
Approximately 3% of Americans suffer from migraines. Defined as a recurrent, throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head, migraines are often accompanied by pain, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise. Common migraine triggers are foods or food additives, dehydration, odors, hormones, eyestrain and tension.
Approximately 30-80% of Americans complain of tension or “stress headaches”. These are more diffuse headaches with mild to moderate pain. They can feel like a band of tightness or pressure in the neck and scalp.
Both migraines and tension headaches are considered episodic if they occur less than 15 days per month. Chronic headaches and migraines occur more than 15 days per month.
Even if chronic, tension headaches should not affect vision, balance or strength. They can be caused from fatigue, poor posture, stress, hunger and overexertion.
How physical therapy helps manage migraines & headaches
I’ve worked with pediatric patients and adults to help reduce or completely relieve their headaches. Tension headaches and migraine headaches respond well to relaxation strategies and biofeedback. Manual therapy and specific exercises can also be beneficial in treating both types of headaches.
Before starting physical therapy for headache management, a thorough medical history is taken and a musculoskeletl evaluation is done. Ellen works with patients to design a plan to address your particular triggers, posture and other mechanical contributors. Manual therapy, cervical traction, specific exercise training, biofeedback and other modalities may be used.
Do you have questions about physical therapy for migraine and headache management? Call today at (503) 885 -1480 or contact me online. I look forward to working with you!