Pain all over your head. Pain behind your eyes. Pain in your neck and shoulders. All these types of pain are ones you’ve likely experienced if you’ve ever had a headache.
The likelihood of you NOT having a headache is actually fairly low because it’s estimated that more than 90% of people have at least one in their lifetime. However, most people only have headaches occasionally. Unfortunately, there are some people who suffer from constant headaches every day, but these people may be able to reduce their headache frequency by using four specific tips.
These three tips can help people suffering from constant headaches every day
Physical therapists can help people find ways to treat constant headaches every day. Some of the tips that a therapist might recommend for such patients include:
- Holding your head up — Forward head posture is a greater problem than most people realize. In fact, every inch you tilt your head forward adds an extra 10 pounds of weight that your neck must hold. Over time, this increased stress can lead to chronic headaches. Unfortunately, many people have forward head posture. One study reports that almost 86% of the people surveyed had this type of poor posture.
- Taking less pain medication — Many people turn to over-the-counter or prescription painkillers when they have a headache. However, taking pain medications too often can actually lead to a type of headache called rebound headaches. It’s estimated that rebound headaches occur in up to 2% of Americans, which equates to more than 6.5 million people. Your chances of developing such headaches is significantly higher if you take pain medications more than two days per week.
- Attending physical therapy — You might not be surprised that a physical therapist would recommend physical therapy for treating headaches. However, research shows that it can be very helpful. One study reports that just three weeks of therapy helped more than 57% of patients decrease their level of headache pain.
SOL Physical Therapy can help you find ways to treat constant headaches every day
Suffering from constant headaches every day? Our team at SOL Physical Therapy is ready to help you find treatment options intended to reduce your pain and headache frequency. We’ll start by doing an initial screening. Using the information we gather, our therapists will then construct a personalized therapy plan designed to decrease headache frequency and reduce your pain if you do have a headache.
You can also use our virtual care services to get help for your headaches without leaving your home. In addition, you can use any of our therapy services without first getting a doctor’s referral.
Ready to start getting our help with your headaches? Contact our team today for more information about our treatment options or to schedule an initial appointment.