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Physical Therapy Can Treat Your Headache!

Many people don’t know that physical therapy can be one of the most effective treatments for headaches. At Golden Gate Physical Therapy (GGPT), we are experts at treating all forms of physical discomfort without drugs or surgery. If your body is in pain, physical therapy is one of the best ways to achieve long-term relief, comfort, and overall health.

headacheGGPT treats two types of headaches:

  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • Tension headaches

Cervicogenic Headaches

This type of headache is caused by pain in the muscles, joints, or discs from the first three cervical (neck) vertebra. Treatments include

  • Specific Massage
  • Manual Muscle Stretching
  • Manual Joint Stretching/Mobilization
  • Cervical Spine Traction
  • Postural Exercises
  • Home Exercise Program

Tension Headaches

This type of headache is largely caused by myofascial trigger points (adhesions in the tissue that covers muscles). Treatments include

  • Specific Massage
  • Manual Muscle Stretching
  • Trigger Point Release
  • Myofascial Release
  • Postural Exercises
  • Home Exercise Program

In-Depth Training to Relieve Headaches

Each of our physical therapists is specially trained in treating headaches through spinal mobilization and trigger-point release and myofascial-release techniques specific to the cervical spine.

At GGPT we care about our patients’ total best interests. We don’t merely treat symptoms and separate parts of the body, we look at the entire neuromusculoskeletal system with a whole-body perspective that supports the overall health and well-being of everyone we treat.

Did You Know Your Posture Can Give You a Headache?

Forward head posture places excessive stress on the cervical spine and muscles of the head and neck. Correcting forward head posture can help resolve the cause of cervicogenic and tension headaches.