It has been found that over 15% of adults in the U.S. complain of severe headaches or migraines, with prevalence in women nearly twice the number of headaches in men. At Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab of Hastings (PTSR), we implement a comprehensive approach to treat neck pain and headaches effectively, and often remove dependence on opioids, pain relievers, and anti-inflammatories.

The Cause: Headaches can be caused by a multitude of sources, including car accidents, posturing, repetitive activities, stress and anxiety, and much more. During our assessment, we will review all of these potential sources of pain, and determine what the cause of the headaches is. Frequently, repetitive forward posturing when spending time on computers, phones, and other electronics can be a culprit. In other situations, stress and anxiety can cause tight and dysfunctional muscle tissue, in turn causing pain and headaches.

The Treatment: Our providers hone in on the issue at hand, whether it is resolving muscle tightness, weakness, or unbalanced positioning of the neck and spine. Our ultimate goal is to treat the source, as well as the symptoms, to provide long term relief. We will issue a custom exercise and stretching program for home, to improve your outcomes. Addressing the source of the pain can vary from the need of a postural strengthening program, to recommended adjustments to chair, desk, or computer height at a workspace.

Intervention Options: Treatment will vary from patient to patient based on their specific needs, however, here are some of the following treatment options available that have been very effective at resolving neck pain and headaches; Dry Needling – Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization – Massage – Joint Mobilization – Cervical Traction – Moist Heat – Electrical Stimulation – Postural Strengthening.

Even in cases of chronic pain and headaches, we have helped achieve favorable  outcomes, with long term relief. As a longstanding Hastings physical therapy clinic, give PTSR a call to learn more and schedule an appointment!

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