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Migraine and Headache

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Migraines are a common condition that can cause severe headaches and other symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light and sound. The traditional treatment for migraines includes medications and pain management techniques, however, manual therapy has been shown to be an effective alternative treatment option for migraines. At Cornerstone Physical Therapy in Spokane, Washington, manual therapy can be used to alleviate the symptoms of migraines and improve overall well-being.

Manual therapy is a type of physical therapy that involves the use of the therapist’s hands to manipulate and mobilize the soft tissues and joints in the body. At Cornerstone Physical Therapy, manual therapy techniques such as mobilization, manipulation, and soft tissue massage can be used to help alleviate the symptoms of migraines.

Research suggests that manual therapy can help to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines by promoting relaxation and reducing muscle tension in the head, neck, and shoulders. These techniques can help to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation, which can lead to a reduction in the severity and frequency of migraines.

Manual therapy can also help to improve posture and alignment, which can help to reduce the likelihood of developing migraines in the first place. A physical therapist can work with a patient to correct any postural issues that may be contributing to their migraines and teach them exercises to maintain proper alignment.

In addition, manual therapy can be used in combination with other treatments such as medications, relaxation techniques and stress management strategies to provide a comprehensive approach to managing migraines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Migraines and headaches can be caused by a variety of factors, including tension in the neck and head muscles, changes in blood flow, hormonal changes, and stress.
Yes, physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for many types of migraines and headaches. A physical therapist can create an individualized treatment plan that may include exercises, manual therapy techniques, and education to improve neck and head posture, mobility, and muscle function.
The duration of recovery can vary depending on the cause and severity of the migraines and headaches. However, many patients experience significant improvement within 6-8 weeks of starting physical therapy.
Yes, your physical therapist can provide you with a list of exercises to perform at home to help alleviate migraines and headaches. Some examples include neck stretches, relaxation techniques, and postural exercises.
You should consider seeing a physical therapist if you’re experiencing migraines and headaches that are impacting your daily life, such as difficulty concentrating, working, or performing daily activities. Additionally, if you’ve been diagnosed with a headache or migraine condition or injury, physical therapy can be an important component of your treatment plan.

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