Tension headaches are the most common type of headache that are likely to be treated through analgesics or prescribed pain killers. Why not do something about it? Too often we treat the symptoms and not the cause.
A classical type of tension headache will feel like a tight band of pressure around the head and eyes which is a result of muscular tension and trigger points (the tight part of the muscle that refers pain). Emotional and physical stress including poor posture are all game players that contribute to tension headaches which really needs to be addressed. A migraine headache similarly will cause pain around the head and eyes however can be quite severe, causing intense pulsing or throbbing sensations often on one side of your head. Other distressing symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and light or sound sensitivity.
Thanks to the pioneering work of Dr Janet Travell and Dr David Simons, whose 2-volume manual Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: the Trigger Point Manual became the definitive reference on myofascial pain, they have hugely reinforced the validity of manual interventions such as massage therapy and trigger point therapy for muscular pain disease and dysfunction. The influence of myofascial trigger points in the trapezius, cervical and sub occipital muscles leading to tension headache has now been underlined and with just the use of physical therapy, within a few sessions you can have very significant positive changes. Although a migraine headache may be initiated by a trigger, characteristically the same muscle tightness patterns are similar to that of a tension headache sufferer demonstrating we can also alleviate and manage migraine through physical therapy.
Myotherapy (Muscle Therapy) is a physical therapy that uses a range of modalities including trigger point therapy, dry needling, myofascial release, stretching, mobilisation, strengthening and corrective postural exercise to reduce muscular tension and trigger points (we loosen the tight muscles that cause the headache). It is the most effective non-pharmacological intervention for the treatment of chronic tension headache and migraines. Myotherapy will teach you that your headaches are very treatable and you can treat the cause and get on top of the pain and prevent from having enduring headaches.
Miss Victoria Smedley
22 Sep 2015