Chronic Headaches; finding & fixing the cause.
Chronic headaches can put a damper on your life. Do you cancel plans because of a bad headache? Is it difficult to concentrate at work or school? Do you wake up in the morning with your head pounding? What most people don’t know is that there are things you can do to help alleviate or reduce chronic headaches.
If your headaches are not the result of an on going medical problem, they may be due to mechanical pressure or imbalances in the body.
Here are 7 mechanical reasons chronic headaches may persist:
- Poor posture
- Old head or neck injury
- Jaw muscle tension or TMD
- Occipital neuralgia ( chronic pain in the upper neck, back of the head and behind the eyes )
- Muscle imbalances in the neck
- Sinus congestion
- Facial, head or neck scars
A thorough assessment is key to to diagnosing your headaches.
To start with, an assessment includes taking a complete medical history, an evaluation of your posture, and understanding your daily activities. It also requires assessing flexibility and muscle strength. This helps create the basis for a holistic approach to treatment. It should be understood that a headache is a symptom. For lasting relief, it is important to find the cause.
Chronic headaches respond well to advanced physical therapy and osteopathic techniques.
A treatment approach that is holistic in the physical sense, allows the whole body to be mechanically balanced. Balancing the body allows the negative forces (forces causing tension/headache producing forces) to be more distributed throughout the body. This includes improvement of head and neck posture. Then, treatment directed to the head becomes even more efficient.
Effective treatment may be achieved through an integration of advanced techniques. This may include positional release, craniosacral therapy, muscle energy and scar mobilization. An individualized program of specific exercises is given to help maintain these changes.
From Day 1 of treatment, instruction is given in how to maintain proper body mechanics for positioning. In addition, instruction for movement must be incorporated into the program. This includes how to sit at the computer, reading, and watching TV, and activities specific to you. Understanding how to position yourself and move properly will accelerate your progress.
Chronic headaches don’t have to be a way of life. Releasing improper tensions and learning the right body mechanics will help to manage the causes behind the headaches.
Find how you can reduce chronic headaches and get your life back.
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