Everyone gets headaches, once in a while. Frequent headaches are not normal and should be evaluated. Frequent is defined as 15 or more headaches each month, for at least 3 months.
The most common type of frequent headache is Chronic Tension Headache. Chronic tension headaches appear to involve the tightening or tensing of facial, jaw, scalp, and neck muscles. Migraine Headache is felt as a severe, throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head, an upset stomach may be associated, and, at times, disturbed vision. Several other recurring headache types are Eyestrain Headaches, Sinus Headaches, Cluster Headaches, and headaches resulting from low blood sugar and high blood pressure. Like other types of pain, headaches can serve as warning signals of a more serious disorder, including those related to the brain, as well as those resulting from diseases of the sinuses, spine, neck, ears, and teeth.
Considerations when treating chronic headaches:
- The head is heavy and must sit on the spine in a mechanically efficient way
- The relationship of the head to the neck and spine is altered in nearly all patients with chronic tension headaches and migraine headaches
- This altered head position places excessive strain on the entire musculoskeletal system, especially the muscles, small nerves and blood vessels of the head and neck
My approach assumes that:
- Faulty, dysfunctional interactions between the head and other parts of the core and pelvis will cause an excessive strain and pain in the muscles and supporting soft tissue structures of the head and neck. For example, a rigid chest or immobile pelvis could be the underlying cause of headaches by contributing to an altered/forward position of the head and neck
- The entire body and it's overall functioning must be addressed as a unit to effectively relieve headache pain
Headache Pain Relief Treatment
Headache pain relief is the result of maximizing the effectiveness of key functional relationships between the head and neck and the rest of the frame. You will receive therapy that involves the whole body. The goals are to alleviate your headache pain quickly and gently, while also preventing any recurrences. My approach to treating the cause of your headaches allows for a safe and effective recovery. Most headaches are vastly improved by the end of your first headache pain treatment session! Free and gentle home exercises are available to help continue your progress at home. The duration of your treatment and the frequency and number of visits will vary depending on your particular issues.