Make Stress Headaches Disappear with PT Exercises

There are few things as frustrating as a stress headache. They can appear out of nowhere, rendering you useless for the rest of the day. Everybody gets them from time to time, but if you find yourself routinely suffering from stress headaches, it may be time to seek professional intervention. Physical therapy can give you the tools you need to prevent headaches and achieve serious pain relief. Here’s how:

Build Strength

When most people think about building strength, they picture bodybuilders deadlifting heavy barbells in the gym. While this is certainly one form of strength building, it’s far from the only kind. In physical therapy, you’ll build strength in targeted areas to help eliminate stress headaches. The upper back and neck, for instance, are key places where tension is frequently found. By strengthening our backs and necks, we can prepare our bodies for periods of increased stress, ensuring they can respond in the best way possible.

Improve Posture

While posture is frequently associated with good etiquette, there are plenty of health-related reasons to improve the way you sit and stand. Your posture throughout the day significantly impacts the likelihood of developing a stress headache. Bad posture can even exacerbate headache symptoms once they begin. A physical therapist can help you adjust your posture to prevent such symptoms altogether.

Increase Range of Motion

Even the smallest of movements can have a serious impact on our bodies. Physical therapists use manual therapy to stretch the muscles in your neck, relieving pain and increasing your range of motion. Specific instructions and exercises will be recommended for your needs, but may include cervical retraction, rotation, side bending, and flexion.

Call the PTP Team Today

There are a wide range of treatment options available for those suffering from stress or tension headaches. It’s important to learn your limits; stretching too far can do more harm than good. A physical therapist can guide you through movements and stretches in the safest way possible. To learn more or make an appointment, simply contact our office today. You don’t have to live with debilitating headaches – improve your quality of life now!