Healthfx Physiotherapy
Tension Headaches

Characterized as a dull ache or persistent pain that encompasses the head and typically surrounds the eyes, a tension headache will gradually increase in intensity and may become chronic lasting up to 15 days or more per month. While virtually everyone will most likely experience some form of problem headaches within a lifetime, persistent tension headaches can worsen over time and have a significantly negative impact on your quality of life. Healthfx Physiotherapy  provide thorough evaluations and licensed physical therapy treatments that address the source of your problem without drugs or medications and offer lasting relief.

Causes of Tension Headaches

Although the precise cause behind tension headaches is difficult to pinpoint scientifically, research and case studies reveal that tension headaches can be triggered by a range of stressors that can include anything from eating certain foods, performing repetitive strenuous activity, staring at a computer screen for too long and, most commonly, juggling the demands of a hectic and stressful lifestyle. What is clear however is that when we experience these triggers on a persistent basis, the head and neck region are susceptible to muscle contractions which create pain. Tension headaches can be classified and experienced in a variety of ways.

Symptoms of Tension Headaches:

  • Persistent dull pain across the forehead, sides and the back of the head
  • Tightness or a feeling of pressure in the head
  • Tenderness of the scalp
  • Muscle aches
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound
  • Difficulty with appetite or eating

Tension Headache Triggers

Tension headaches can be triggered for a variety of reasons that include stress, repetitive movement, poor posture, unhealthy eating and lack of sleep and/or anxiety. Excessive use of alcohol and recreational drugs, jaw clenching, depression and fatigue are also indicated as contributors to problems with tension headaches. Healthfx Physiotherapy practitioners provide drug-free, safe and effective physical therapy care and work in conjunction with any other health professional you may already be working with. In addition, our certified practitioners offer clients realistic and customized lifestyle recommendations that can help to eliminate chronic tension headache problems and improve functioning and performance.

Physiotherapy Treatment for Tension Headaches

In addition to recommended lifestyle changes, Healthfx Physiotherapy physiotherapists provide treatment to restore mobility in the spine and vertebrae along with soft tissue techniques and other techniques such as craniosacral therapy.  With a personalized and completely tailored physical therapy care plan, gentle treatment of the neck is geared toward restoring the movement and correcting the neck and upper back posture. One of the primary goals is improve functional mobility thereby relaxing the muscles in the neck and head to relieve stress and promote relaxation.

Consult with a qualified Healthfx Physiotherapy Physiotherapist for a complete consultation and accurate diagnosis. We design tailored treatment plans that are customized to each client and to eliminate and provide safe and effective relief for any tension headache problem.

Our experienced and caring Physical Therapist offer neck treatment that address the source of a tension headache problem in addition to any other condition you may have including:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Cluster headaches
  • Headache trigger points
  • Tension headaches
  • Sinus headaches
  • Rebound headaches

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