Headaches might be a common condition, but when they strike, we can all feel their effect on daily activities. 

Many headaches are harmless and fade on their own. However, other types of headaches take a larger toll on daily activities. According to the International Headache Society, there are many types of headaches, each with a different root cause. Several of these types of headaches include: 

  •     Tension
  •     Migraine
  •     Cluster
  •     Secondary headache
  •     Unspecified headache (and more)

For several of these types of headaches, a physical therapist can be an option to help manage and ease the pain.

How can physical therapists help you manage your headache pain?

A physical therapist’s journey begins with an examination to better understand their patient, their symptoms, and a headache’s impact on day-to-day activities. Through an initial examination and assessment, they’ll better understand which areas are contributing to patient symptoms. 

It’s important to note that each physical therapist will create a customized treatment plan according to each individual patient and their symptoms. However, physical therapy can support and manage pain in one of these many ways:

  • Delivering techniques to reduce the intensity, frequency, and duration of headaches
  • Decrease the use of medication
  • Improve ease of motion in the neck

If you want to better understand if physical therapy can help you manage your headaches, reach out to Apex Physical Therapy to schedule a consultation today