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Chronic Headache Treatment at Vail-Summit Physical Therapy




Have you ever felt the relentless pounding of a headache that just won't quit? Chronic headaches can be debilitating, impacting your daily life and well-being. Vail-Summit Physical Therapy (VSPT) is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for patients in Eagle and Summit Counties suffering from chronic headaches.


This guide from our expert team of physical therapists highlight the patient’s journey to effectively treat chronic headaches. We dive into strategies to manage symptoms, build strength, and restore optimal function through physical therapy.


What Are Chronic Headaches?


Chronic headaches are headaches that occur frequently, often defined as occurring 15 or more days per month. They can be classified into different types, including migraines and tension headaches. These headaches can stem from various causes such as muscle tension, stress, poor posture, or even underlying medical conditions.


Common symptoms of chronic headaches include:


  • Persistent or recurring head pain

  • Sensitivity to light and sound

  • Nausea or vomiting (common in migraines)

  • Tightness or pressure around the head (common in tension headaches)


How to Use Migraine Therapy


Once you have been diagnosed with chronic headaches, your journey to recovery begins. In most cases, migraine therapy, and tension headache treatment can be managed conservatively. At Vail-Summit Physical Therapy, we have successfully treated many patients who suffer from chronic headaches. Our approach integrates targeted exercises, manual techniques, and patient education to address the underlying issues and restore optimal function.


Physical Therapy for Chronic Headaches


VSPT's headache physical therapy begins with a comprehensive assessment of the patient to identify the specific severity and impact of the condition. Our expert therapists utilize precise diagnostic techniques to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to each patient’s needs.


Key Treatments in Headache Physical Therapy


Key exercises and techniques prescribed as part of the chronic headache treatment protocol include:


  1. Postural Correction Exercises: Improving posture can significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches. These exercises focus on strengthening the muscles that support proper alignment, reducing strain on the neck and shoulders.

  2. Neck and Shoulder Muscle Strengthening: Weakness in the neck and shoulder muscles can contribute to tension headaches. Strengthening these muscles helps alleviate stress and tension, providing relief from headache symptoms.

  3. Manual Therapy Techniques: Manual therapy involves hands-on techniques to mobilize the joints and soft tissues. This can reduce muscle tension and improve blood flow, alleviating headache symptoms.

  4. Functional Dry Needling: Decrease chronic patterns in the neck and jaw musculature which can contribute to headaches. Improve muscular function.


Empowering Patient Education


At VSPT, we emphasize patient education and lifestyle modifications to minimize symptoms and promote long-term health. Strategies include ergonomic adjustments to avoid repetitive strain, proper techniques for daily activities, and incorporating regular physical activity to maintain muscle health.


Vail-Summit Physical Therapy's holistic approach to chronic headache treatment empowers patients to manage their condition effectively. By integrating evidence-based interventions and fostering a collaborative patient-provider relationship, VSPT ensures optimal outcomes and improved quality of life for individuals living with chronic headaches.


Contact Us Today


For more information on migraine therapy, tension headache treatment, and headache physical therapy, please reach out to our team today. We are here to support you on your journey to a headache-free life.

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