Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are a common type of headache characterized by a dull, aching pain, typically felt on both sides of the head. They are often caused by stress, muscle tension, poor posture, or fatigue. Symptoms are often constant and do not change with activity or rest. Many tension headache sufferers rely on medication just to get through the day.

The good news is that physical therapists at Saunders Therapy Centers can provide treatment and advice for tension headaches:. Treatment involves myofascial release, manual therapy techniques, gentle stretching, muscle retraining, and postural correction. Education to relax the muscles of the face, neck, and upper body are also very beneficial.

Tension Headache Treatment at Saunders Therapy Centers

Manual Therapy: Gentle mobilization techniques to the neck, shoulders, and even jaw can help relieve muscle tension and reduce headache symptoms.

Relaxation techniques: Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, or yoga can help reduce stress and muscle tension that contribute to tension headaches.

Heat or cold therapy: Applying a warm compress or taking a warm bath can help relax tense muscles. Alternatively, a cold pack or ice wrapped in a cloth can be applied to the forehead or neck to help numb the pain.

Posture Correction: Maintaining good posture can help prevent tension headaches. Our hands-on techniques, exercise instruction and advice helps you be mindful of your posture while sitting, standing, and working on the computer.

Good Advice: Your Saunders PT will help you problem solve such issues as staying hydrated and getting enough rest, recognizing and avoiding triggers, and maintaining a healthy exercise routine.

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