Anyone who has had a migraine or who has friends or family members who have suffered from them understands how debilitating they can be. Migraines are powerful enough to stop a sufferer in their tracks. They can prevent a person from enjoying their life and having meaningful interaction with friends and family.
What makes migraines all the more frustrating is that there are no complete cures. There are some treatments that have been shown to help sufferers, but even these are hit and miss. The treatments vary depending on the individual who is receiving them.
Interestingly, physical therapy has been shown to help manage migraines and headaches. Of course, a lot of this depends on the pain that you are suffering and how well your body reacts to the treatment.
Something that’s important to understand about migraines is that they are disorders of the nervous system. The pain can stem from a disorder in the blood vessels, nerves, or any other part of that system. The nervous system includes your brain as well as your spinal cord. When there is a dysfunction in some part of the nervous system, the dysfunction may exhibit itself as neurologic symptoms.
So, since migraines affect the nervous system, physical therapy strives to help by addressing some of the nerves and joints that also interact with the nervous system. It can address the problems in the peripheral system.
There are certain physical therapy techniques that can be used when an individual is suffering from a migraine headache. They are the most effective if they are used right when the headache begins. Their goal is to minimize the pain that the attack is causing, even if this minimization of pain is only a temporary solution.
When physical therapy is used in conjunction with massage therapy, the results can be quite effective. This combination approach is a great way to treat multiple issues related to the cause of the migraines during one customized treatment.
A lot of people have migraines that are accompanied by stress or accompanied by a feeling of pressure or tension in their neck. Most doctors believe that the tension that a person has in their neck is actually a secondary symptom. However, there are certain stretching techniques that a physical therapist or a massage therapist can teach someone in order to minimize this pain and discomfort.
Make an appointment at Principled Healthcare Solutions in Hamilton to see how physical therapy and massage therapy may be used to address your condition. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation!