At Choice One, we treat an array of conditions
that cause our patients pain and discomfort

Headaches

Headache is also known as Cephalalgia, a word which comes from the Greek kephale, meaning “head,” and algos meaning “pain.” The word headache means "pain in various parts of the head, not confined to the area of distribution of any nerve." In fact, there are several different types of headaches.

Some of the causes of headaches are benign, while others can be medical emergencies. Headaches rank among the most common pain complaints and in some instances can be treated with physical therapy.

The most common headaches are likely caused by tight muscles in your shoulders, neck, scalp, and jaw. These are called tension headaches. They are often related to stress, depression, or anxiety.

Overworking, not getting enough sleep, missing meals, and using alcohol or street drugs can make you more likely to develop a headache. Headaches can also be triggered by:

  • Cheese
  • Chocolate
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

People who drink caffeine can have headaches when they don't get their usual daily amount.

Other common causes of headaches include:

  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Exerting yourself too much
  • Holding your head in one position for a long time, like at a computer, microscope, or typewriter
  • Poor sleep position

Tension headaches tend to develop on both sides of the head. They often start at the back of the head and spread forward. The pain may feel dull or squeezing, like a tight band or vice. The shoulders, neck, or jaw may feel tight and sore. The pain is usually persistent, but it does not get worse with activity.

Migraine headaches are severe headaches that usually occur with other symptoms such as vision disturbances or nausea. The pain may be described as throbbing, pounding, or pulsating. It tends to begin on one side of the head, although it may spread to both sides.

There is a group of patients for whom physical therapy is likely to be beneficial and may help to prevent headaches from occurring in the first place. These are patients who suffer headaches with musculoskeletal problems involving the neck and/or jaw. The expert team at Choice One Physical Therapy can determine if physical therapy may help alleviate your headache pain. To learn more, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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