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WHAT Are Headaches?
Headaches can range from aching, throbbing, pounding, sharp, shooting. They can be from mild to severe, occasional to chronic. In all cases, your head is telling you that something is wrong.
There are a multitude of reasons for headaches. Some can be managed with specialized physical therapy. Headaches can occur from:
- Occipital neuralgia
- Cervicogenic headache
- Sinus pressure
- TMJ disorders or dysfunction
- Visceral dysfunction
- Emotional stress
- Food allergies
- Too much or too little sleep
- Eye strain
- Environmental chemicals
- …And many more
In many cases, headaches can be perpetuated by holding additional tension in the neck and head.
Some patients describe two or more different headaches at the same time. It is important to understand what the causes are for each patient and address the full scope of the patient’s needs.
In general, calming down the over reactive responses of the structures in the neck and head will help.
When to see your physician
See your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if you have any of the following signs and symptoms, which could indicate a more serious medical problem:
- Sudden and severe onset
- Slurred speech, facial drooping or sudden arm weakness
- An abrupt, severe headache like a thunderclap
- Headache with fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, seizures, double vision, weakness, numbness or trouble speaking
- Headache after a head injury, especially if the headache worsens
- A chronic headache that increases after coughing, exertion, straining or a sudden movement
- New headache pain after age 50
HOW CAN BALTIMORE HOLISTIC PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP?
Gentle treatment to ease your pain.
Headaches can be very complicated. To manage them properly, it is so important to understand from where your headaches are arising. It can come from multiple areas. Usually there is a primary source, which when identified, may reduce the other sources. Help is on the way:
- By taking a very thorough history
- This includes all of your past history, physical and medical
- Assessing posture, movement, strength and function
- Identifying the many sources of pain
- Reversing and changing the physical causes
- Instructing in how to reduce reoccurrence
What Our Patients Have To Say
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
A: Firstly, I don’t believe in doing what didn’t work before. Many physical therapy practices approach a problem by going to the painful region. Oftentimes, this is a very temporary fix. By taking a holistic, hands-on approach, I understand that your pain may be coming from another part of the body, or even have multiple sources, including posture. By individualizing your treatment, I concentrate on healing and re-balancing the body, to manage your pain and lessen the chance of it returning. Then, I teach you how to manage your posture and movement.
A: Treatments for headaches or other pain from a recent problem will generally benefit from 2 treatment sessions for the first 2 weeks, then 1 session per week. Older conditions will benefit from 2 treatment sessions for the first week and then 1 session per week. Wellness sessions to rebalance and optimize the body for healthy aging range from a single session every month to once every six months and will be recommended on an individual basis.
A: An initial evaluation will take 1 hour. (Scar adhesion or sinus treatments only require 45 minutes.) Most follow-up treatments will be done in 30 minute sessions; multiple body areas may require 45 minutes
A: Any heavy exercise or recreational program should be done prior to the physical therapy or wellness session and then not for 24 hours after, in order for the body to adjust itself to the changes in muscle balance.
A: I will teach you techniques to perform on yourself if there is a flare-up and instruct you on proper body mechanics and ergonomics.
A: It is a facial aesthetics program of wrinkle reduction and facial rejuvenation using hands-on physical therapy and osteopathic techniques which may reduce the signs of aging in the face and neck. A FREE HEALTHY AGING CONSULTATION is available. See Refacée®
A: Wellness programs for healthy aging are not covered by most insurances, but may be reimbursable through a Healthcare Savings Account (HSA). A written bill and receipt will be provided upon your request. Although I do not participate in or bill insurance directly, I will provide a bill for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement, upon request. As there are many types of insurance plans with each provider, it is your responsibility to understand the terms of your insurance. *Those with Medicare Part B insurance from CMS will only be allowed to be part of the Healthy Aging program, NOT for physical therapy treatment. Please see Payment Terms and Policies.