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HEADACHES

INTRODUCTION

We all have dealt with headaches at one time or another. The different types of headaches treated at MPT&Rehab are cluster headaches, migraines, cervicogenic headaches, and tension headaches. The majority of headaches result from myofascial tension and hypertonicity from neck muscles. These particular types of headaches are called neck headaches or medically known as cervicogenic headaches. Furthermore, cervicogenic headaches results from pain arising from cervical spine dysfunctions and joint restrictions. Research indicates with correct physiotherapy and soft tissue work you will see quick and long lasting results.

At MPT&Rehab we offer non-surgical options for effectively and safely managing your headaches. You will be given a customized treatment plan which will aim to get you back to the level of activity and the lifestyle that you are accustomed to without having to deal with your pain. We will show you how to become pain free, fix the cause, and eliminate your symptoms.

Maywood PT together provide a very specific, individualized and comprehensive approach which will determine the exact cause of the pain and treat it as such.

SYMPTOMS

At MPT&Rehab we believe the headache is from a lack of proper function in the neck muscles and joints. For example, many times patients suffer from neck dysfunction involving soft tissue hypertonicity, poor posture, lack of function of muscles, and poor breathing patterns. Other causes include but are not limited to:

CAUSES

At MPT&Rehab we believe the headache is from a lack of proper function in the neck muscles and joints. For example, many times patients suffer from neck dysfunction involving soft tissue hypertonicity, poor posture, lack of function of muscles, and poor breathing patterns. Other causes include but are not limited to:

  • Developmental dysfunctions
  • Developmental imbalance with muscles
  • Muscular strains
  • Ligamentous sprains
  • Poor motor control in the cervical and thoracic spine
  • Lack of function and strength with core stability
  • TMJ Dysfunction (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
  • Stress
  • No deep breathing system activation or function
  • Abnormal motor control
  • Poor motor engram functionality

IMPORTANT MUSCLES INVOLVED AND NEED PROPER RELEASE AND REHABILIATION:

  • Erector spinae
  • Longus capitis
  • Longus colli
  • Ligamentous sprains
  • Rectus capitis anterior
  • Rectus capitis lateral
  • Scalenes
  • Semispinalis capitis
  • Semispinalis cervicis
  • Sternocleidomastoid
  • Trapezius
  • Levator scapula
  • Rhomboideus minor

DIAGNOSIS

At MPT&Rehab the doctor will begin with a comprehensive examination- which will address the onset, cause, duration, severity, vectors, establish the meaningful task and functional tasks that cause the headaches.

TREATMENT

At MPT&Rehab we have extensive experience treating this particular type of headache pain. Based on a functional evaluation we create an individual treatment plan. Treatment will be a combination of manual therapy, soft tissue release, intrinsic neck muscle strengthening and physical therapy exercises. We use our expertise in manual medicine and rehabilitation to retrain the neck and surrounding muscles and ligaments to function correctly.