... or can I go to a regular one? I need to stop these headaches after 30 years,Thanks,Mograce
The physical therapists in our area all work in the same place, but each has there own specialty. Onece you visit it may be the same for you. If tension in the neck seems to be causing your headaches to worsen them they can be very helpful in getting you trained to do the correct exercise to help this area. I have an occasional migraine (used to have them 24/7 for 6 weeks at a time), & some stretching & masage of the trigger points helps a lot. Hope this helps you... Mary
There are specialized therapists for migraines. Being one who suffers them from a car accident, my best therapist was on who used cranial sacral therapy massage ONLY. There are no exercises that anyone can do to prevent migraines, unless you don't suffer only migraines. Migraines are caused by a constriction of blood vessels in your brain, and are exquisitely painful. They also cause neurological problems such as light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, and nausea. Don't let any physical therapist tell you that they can cure your migraines by doing some exercises. Doesn't work that way. Triptans were my savior, but they had to refine them before I could take them safetly. Imitrex injections were too hard on my system, and so I waited until they had been out years with less side effects from later generations of them. Best of luck to you!!
In my case, my migraines are so severe that the cranial sacral therapy just made the migraines far worse. But if your migraines aren't as terrible as mine, it could help you.
Many migraines are exacerbated by neck and shoulder tightness. In my case, I have occipital nerve migraines. In addition to the nerve block, trigger point and Botox injections which relax the neck and shoulder, I also do my physical therapy exercises briefly for about 20 seconds for each position, multiple times a day which does help me a lot. But you definately need the training on what angle the head needs to be at and the exact places to press hard.
Would definately recommend the PT if you have neck and/or shoulder tightness.
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