Managing Your Headaches: Spinal Health

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Managing Your Headaches: Spinal Health

Many people suffer with pain every day, thinking there is nothing they can do about it. Frequent headaches are a pain often ignored by people. Often, spinal health is linked to headaches. Here are a few ways that headaches are triggered and what PT can do to alleviate it.


Poor Posture

Your grandmother has probably made comments about your posture, telling you to sit up straight. We are sorry to tell you that she is right! Poor posture can lead to a variety of health problems, but particularly, they can cause frequent headaches. If you work in an office setting or at a desk, you will have to take special care that you sit upright.


Neck Symptoms

If you have lack of neck motion or muscle tension, it may be triggering your headaches. You may even have a problem with a disc in your neck that is continuously triggering your headaches. Often times, people will try getting a more supportive pillow for sleeping, but even this may not resolve the issue.


Grinding Teeth

Do you grind your teeth at night? This doesn’t only impact structure of your teeth, but can also be a trigger for headaches. You may have TMD disorder, which causes the ache to start at the bottom of your head and work its way up. If you are interested in learning more about this disorder, check out our blog covering this topic.


Can PT help me?

Your physical therapist will first meet with you to go over what may be triggering your pain. They may ask you questions about previous injuries and preform strength tests. Your PT will work with you to find the core of your discomfort in order to strengthen and stretch the area.


They can help to improve your neck mobility with manual therapy. By stretching your neck muscles, you can decrease tension and headaches. The PT may also work on showing you how to strengthen your back muscles in order to improve your posture and protect the spine. These slight movements can dramatically decrease your level of pain.


Core PT is here to help you feel better. In the state of Iowa, most insurance providers don’t require that you have a doctor’s referral to see a physical therapist. If you’re ready to end your neck pain, make an appointment with us today!



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