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Are you searching for headache relief?

MSK Health and Performance May Be your solution

Do you get headaches regularly? Are your headaches getting worse and lasting longer? Do you experience tension in your upper back and neck whenever you have a headache? Physiotherapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic therapy may provide effective headache relief.

Chiropractors and physiotherapists can assist you in getting to the bottom of your headaches and identifying factors that are causing you pain so you can find long-term relief!

Too often, it is assumed that a headache is a normal part of being human. There are numerous causes of headaches, as well as additional factors that amplify and prolong the duration of the condition. If appropriate, our physiotherapists or chiropractors will refer you to your medical doctor for further assessment.

To learn more about how physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic therapy can help with headaches, contact MSK Health and Performance in Vancouver Kitsilano, Downtown Vancouver or Burnaby Metrotown today.

What kind of headache am I having?

How can I find headache relief?

Several types of headaches can occur, and determining the underlying cause is essential for long-term relief. Our physiotherapists or chiropractors are particularly helpful when your headache is caused by a joint problem or muscle tension. We will also address the contributing factors, such as poor posture or stress, to provide you with the relief you seek.

Recognizing your headache type will assist your physiotherapist, registered massage therapist or chiropractor in determining which pain-relief treatments will be most effective for you. In many cases, protective tension responses in the upper back and neck muscles magnify the intensity of your headache. We will assist you in determining the type of headache you are experiencing and will provide you with effective strategies to reduce the severity and duration of your headaches!

The most common types of headaches are as follows:

Cervicogenic headaches

Cervicogenic headaches are caused by problems with the cervical spine (i.e., neck). These headaches are most likely caused by dysfunction in the top three cervical spine joints. People who work in jobs that require prolonged sitting, such as working on a computer all day or driving for a living, are more likely to experience these headaches.

Poor posture is usually thought to be relatively harmless. However, they may be putting undue strain on your neck, which could result in a headache if you are not careful.

Weightlifting or other sports-related injuries are another common cause of neck pain that radiates to the head. The forces that occur when lifting a heavy object or participating in a contact sport can start a cervicogenic headache.

Tension headaches

Tension headaches occur when the muscles in your neck and scalp become tense or, in some cases, spasm. A tension headache can feel like a band around your brow.

One of the most common types of headache is a tension headache, but the exact cause is unknown. The muscles are thought to tense in response to stress, depression, anxiety, or a head or neck injury. These headaches are slightly more common in women and have a family history.

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches are among the most painful types of headaches because they occur in cyclical patterns or cluster periods. A cluster headache usually wakes you up in the middle of the night with intense pain in or around one eye on one side of your head.

Musculoskeletal headaches

Musculoskeletal headaches are linked to other injuries or dysfunctions. A concussion or whiplash, for example, can cause chronic headaches from the soft tissue that supports the cervical spine. The source of the headache is an injury, but it persists in areas other than the area of the injury itself.

The most common causes are muscle imbalances, postural issues, or injury to other body regions. Emotional stress can also play a role due to the postures we adopt in response to stress. These headaches are typically due to tension-type or cervicogenic headaches.

Migraine

Researchers are unsure of the exact cause of migraines, but they are thought to be the result of temporary changes in the brain’s chemicals, nerves, and blood vessels that cause abnormal brain activity that affects nerve signals. Migraines are also thought to be hereditary and linked to our genes.

Attacks are typically characterized by painful throbbing or pulsing on one side of the head, which may be accompanied by changes in vision, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, or sound sensitivity.

They are frequently the result of a combination of factors such as your diet, emotional stress, or other environmental factors. Your therapist can help you learn to reduce the severity and frequency of your migraine episodes by addressing your “triggers.” We will also work on the tissues of the upper back, neck, and face to help relieve pain and reduce the severity of the episode. There is evidence that chiropractic treatment may help some migraines.

What steps will MSK Health and Performance take to promote headache relief?

Our highly skilled physiotherapists, registered massage therapists and chiropractors at MSK Health and Performance employ cutting-edge treatment techniques to assist you in resolving your headache. These treatments typically include targeted manual therapy techniques and exercises tailored to your specific needs.

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Our Vancouver & Burnaby, BC physiotherapist, registered massage therapist or chiropractor will conduct a comprehensive evaluation during your first appointment, including a detailed medical history, possible environmental causes, and a physical examination. Our examination will assist us in determining the type of headache you are experiencing and the most effective treatment plan to alleviate your discomfort.

The final component of the plan will include education and instruction on a home exercise program to help you maintain your gains and avoid future headaches.

Headaches can be treated by a physiotherapist, registered massage therapist or chiropractor using the following techniques:

  • Increasing or restoring neck range of motion
  • Alleviating muscle tension with manual therapy techniques
  • Education and instruction on finding and maintaining a natural posture
  • Improving strength and mobility for long-term relief

The only way to find out what a therapist recommends for your headache pain is to make an appointment at our Vancouver Kitsilano, Downtown Vancouver or Burnaby Metrotown clinic.

Are you tired of being controlled by pain?

For headache relief, come to our Vancouver & Burnaby, BC clinic!

Physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic therapy could be the key to a healthier, headache-free life. Make an appointment with MSK Health and Performance today if you are in Vancouver Kitsilano, Downtown Vancouver or Burnaby Metrotown and need headache relief!

Your Next Steps…

  1. Book An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life!

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