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Headaches

At Shift, we understand the affect that headaches can have on many aspects of your life — your activity levels, work, relationships, hobbies, and more. That’s why we have created an integrative model, one that acknowledges all of these components of your health and wellbeing to support the whole you. We also offer you the best of eastern and western therapies side by side. Our compassionate team, collaborative model, and open, light-filled environment further promote deeper healing.

Our goal at Shift is to listen to your story and your goals so that together we can develop an individualized plan to help you achieve optimal health. The first step is to call us for a free phone consultation so that we can guide you to the right therapist and help you set up an appointment.

During your initial appointment, you will have the opportunity to share with your therapist what you are hoping to achieve while at Shift. Our therapists will perform a full evaluation and together you will come up with a customized treatment plan for your headaches.

What is a Headache?

Headache is a broad term that encompasses many different things. Headaches are pains that occur in any region of the head; they can occur on both sides the head or be isolated to a certain location.

Headaches can radiate across the head from a central point or have a piercing quality. They can be sharp, throbbing or dull, appear gradually or suddenly and last for multiple days or less than an hour.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that around 47% of adults worldwide will have experienced a headache within the last year. As well as being symptoms of other conditions, headache disorders can lead to the development of other illnesses. Depression is three times more common in individuals with severe headaches than in healthy people.

Since there are many types of headaches, they are split into categories considered Primary and Secondary Headaches. Primary Headaches include Cluster Headaches, Migraine Headaches, and Tension Headaches.

Symptoms of Primary Headaches

Pain in the head or neck region

Sharp, throbbing, or dull pain

Nausea, vomitting

Causes of Primary Headaches

  • Overactivity of or problems with pain-sensitive structures in your head
  • Chemical activity in the brain, the nerves or blood vessels surrounding your skull, or the muscles of your head and neck (or some combination of these factors)

Symptoms of Secondary Headaches

Secondary Headaches are symptoms of another condition that the pain-sensitive nerves of the head

  • Blood clots
  • Brain Freeze
  • Dehydration
  • Concussion
  • Overuse of pain medication
  • Panic Attackes
  • Strokes

Treatment for Headaches at Shift

At Shift, we tend to treat tension headaches associated with stress or postural conditions in the entire body that result from the muscluloskeletal and nervous systems.

Physical Therapy Treatment for Headaches

At Shift, we use manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue massge, myofasical release, subocciptial release, manual traction, and postural retraining to help treat headaches.

Therapeutic Yoga Treatment for Headaches

We also offer Therapeutic Yoga or Yoga-Based Physical Therapy to treat headaches. Treatment will involve using blocks and props to relieve pain and lengthen or shorten neck musculature.

 

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