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What Are Headaches?

Headaches are one of the most common physical complaints and can be one of the most frustrating to manage. Tension-type headaches (also called muscle-spasm headaches) are the most common types of headaches in adults and they may be the result of a neck or jaw problem, poor posture, fatigue, or stress.

A problem in the neck, head, or jaw–such as an injury or arthritis–can lead to tension in the muscles at the back of the head and to increased pressure on the nerves to the face and head. Poor posture can cause these muscles to become overworked, which can trigger a headache.

Types of headaches:


A tension headache typically begins at the back of the head and spreads to the top of the head and the eyes. You might feel an increase in facial pain along the cheeks near the jaw bone. People often describe a tightness, a sensation of someone tugging on their hair, or a feeling of wearing a tight cap. These headaches can worsen with specific positions–such as sitting at a desk–and may ease with rest.


There are many triggers for migraines, including hormones, alcohol, certain foods, and environmental situations. Usually quite painful, migraines are often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.


Usually caused by an underlying condition, such as a fever, disease, or sinus issue.

How Physical Therapy Can Help?

Physical therapists can help determine the type of headache you have and are experts in managing pain from headaches. We relieve tension through manual therapy, stretching, and personalized exercise programs. We begin to correct the problems that are causing your pain by teaching you how to prevent headaches through simple changes in your posture and lifestyle. We help improve neck mobility and strength in your upper back and neck, improve your posture, and modify your workstation or home office. You don’t have to live with pain, therapy can often help.

If you are experiencing frequent headachesplease feel free to call or contact us today. Our team is made up of enthusiastic, hands-on providers who offer a comprehensive range of services. We look forward to giving you the care you deserve.