• How does it feel?
    • Aching
    • Throbbing
    • Tense
    • Spasm
    • Tightness
  • Signs and Symptoms
    • Pain radiating from the neck into the back of the head
    • Pain radiating from the base of the skull over the ear
    • Pain is mostly on one side of the head
    • Pain in the base of the skull
    • Tightness or pain in the jaw
    • Pain behind the eye
    • Inability to bend or rotate your neck
    • Difficulty looking up, down or over your shoulder
    • Weakness in your arm or shoulder muscles
    • Muscle spasms and pain around the neck and shoulder
    • Pain in the neck, upper back, shoulders, arms, or hands
    • Inability to maintain upright posture
    • Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
  • Diagnosis
    • Headache symptoms can be complex…
      • Cervicogenic headaches (headaches from the neck) are very common and have the following characteristics:
        • Pain is localized in the neck and occiput, which can spread to other areas in the head, usually on one side
        • Pain is aggravated by specific neck movements or sustained postures
        • Limited neck range of motion
        • Changes in neck muscle tone or response to active/passive stretching and contraction
        • Abnormal tenderness of the neck muscles
      • Tension Type headaches are also very common and have the following characteristics:
        • Last from 30 minutes to 7 days
        • Often are both sides of the head
        • Pressing and tightening sensation (Not pulsating)
        • Mild to moderate intensity
        • Not worsened with physical activity
        • Often worse with stress
      • We conduct a thorough examination including the head, jaw, face, neck, and arms. We determine the root cause of your symptoms to ensure that physical therapy treatment is the best option for you.
      • We examine posture, range of motion, strength, reflexes, sensation, soft tissue mobility, joint mobility, nerve mobility, and functional movements to create a custom treatment plan. We also take into account any imaging that you have had like X-Rays, MRI, CT scans, etc.
  • Can Physical Therapy Help?
    • Yes!!! Physical therapy can help
    • Good news!!! Recent research has actually shown that physical therapy is a better option than surgery, pain medication and injections. We can help you avoid unnecessary invasive procedures and tests that cost a fortune with limited effectiveness. In fact, neck manipulation and soft tissue work combined with postural education and specific exercise can be very helpful for headaches.
    • More good news!!! If you have Cervicogenic Headaches or Tension-Type Headaches, we can definitely help. We utilize hands-on soft-tissue techniques, spinal manipulation, spinal mobilization, postural education, and stress management techniques.
    • In addition to hands-on treatment, we focus on strategies to improve stress. Increased stress can lead to increased tension in the head, neck, face, and jaw which can all affect headache symptoms. We instruct you on specific breathing, meditation, and other specialized techniques to help decrease muscle tension in the head and neck region.
  • Physical Therapy Treatment