Your Neck May Be The Reason For Your Headaches
If you've already read my post "You're Shoulder Pain May Be Coming From Your Neck" you already know that dysfunction in our neck can present in other parts of the body and it can be a real day ruiner. The other common place for this to occur is with headaches. There are many different types of headaches. Sinus headaches, tension headaches, migraine headaches, cluster headaches. I get a headache just thinking about all the different types of headaches. Thankfully, the type that is referred from the neck responds well to PT treatment and can be managed fairly easily.
This type of headache is termed a "cervicogenic" headache, meaning originating from the cervical region (aka your neck). More specifically, the upper part of your neck between spinal levels C1-C3. Dysfunction in this area can cause pain on one side of the head, typically described as a "rams horn" pattern, shown in the kinda creepy picture above, but can also refer into the front of the head. You may also be experiencing neck stiffness and/or decreased range of motion. In order to alleviate these symptoms we simply need to restore normal mobility in the area through various hands-on techniques. Once we improve your level of mobility, we instruct you on how to utilize this new mobility throughout your day so that you can manage your symptoms on your own. This puts you in control of your headaches, instead of the other way around!
It's ironic how much of a pain in the ass a headache can be. If you're tired of dealing with this debilitating pain and are seeking relief, don't hesitate to give us a call today. We'll determine if you're a good fit for PT and if not we'll help send you in the right direction.