Common causes of headaches are tight muscles in the shoulders, neck, scalp or jaw often related to stress and anxiety or a head injury. Other types of headaches include cluster headaches that can occur several times a day over a prolonged period of time, sinus headaches caused by swelling of the sinus passages, and migraine headaches, a throbbing or pulsating pain.
Physical therapists can help headache sufferers by helping to determine the underlying cause of the headache and then seeking to alleviate it. For example, they may determine a specific part of the neck is not moving easily or small muscles are malfunctioning.
Neck pain, like headaches, affects a huge part of the population at some point in their lives. It can be caused by a pinching of the nerves or joint disruption, among other causes.
Exercise along with joint mobilization or joint manipulation by our trained physical therapists can often bring relief to this nagging pain.