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What to do when dealing with frequent headaches from neck pain

March 3rd, 2020
Headaches From Neck Pain

Headaches related to neck pain, also known as cervicogenic headaches, affect millions of people each year. Although not as common as other types of headaches such as migraines and tension headaches, headaches from neck pain can have a devastating impact on quality of life for the people they affect. Dealing with headaches and neck pain separately can be difficult enough, but both together can be seriously debilitating. 

There are a wide range of treatment options for these types of headaches, including physical therapy. By taking a natural approach to relief that seeks to address the root causes of neck pain and cervicogenic headaches, a physical therapist can help you achieve lasting relief and function without being overly reliant on medication and other forms of treatment. 

Goals of physical therapy for headaches from neck pain

To help you achieve your treatment goals, a physical therapist will start by working to identify the causes of both your neck pain and headaches. Even if a spine condition such as arthritis or a herniated disc is the primary cause, other factors such as posture and weak supporting muscles can play a role in the development of headaches. 

By coming up with a treatment plan, you can work to achieve the following goals: 

  • Strengthen the neck to relieve pressure on compressed nerves
  • Fix mechanical and postural problems that are associated with headaches
  • Increase range of motion in the neck 
  • Relax and release tense and painful muscles in the neck and head

Treatment programs vary, but typical methods include therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and other options like electrical stimulation. To give yourself the best chance of finding relief, it’s important to find a licensed and experienced therapist whom you can build a productive relationship with.

Headache and neck pain relief at Rehab Access

When you come to one of our state-of-the-art clinics in Belle Chasse and Gretna, Louisiana, you can expect to receive compassionate, one-on-one care from clinicians who will work to understand your needs and help you achieve your goals. Take the first step in your treatment journey by contacting us today and scheduling your initial appointment. Headaches and neck pain don’t need to negatively affect your relationships, work and hobbies.