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Bad Headache? Your Posture Might Be To Blame

July 17, 2019

What is a cervicogenic headache?

A cervicogenic headache is head and/or neck pain that is referred from the bony structures or soft tissues of the neck including the muscles or joints. Referred pain is pain that is felt at a site other than where the cause is located. These kinds of headaches can present on their own, or in conjunction with other types of headaches, such as migraines.

While these headaches can be seen after a traumatic event such as a motor vehicle accident or assault, these headaches are often seen without a precursor of trauma or specific injury. In fact, many people with cervicogenic headaches have sedentary jobs that often include sitting at a desk or computer for most of the day.

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Bad Headache? Your Posture Might Be To Blame

July 17, 2019

What is a cervicogenic headache?

A cervicogenic headache is head and/or neck pain that is referred from the bony structures or soft tissues of the neck including the muscles or joints. Referred pain is pain that is felt at a site other than where the cause is located. These kinds of headaches can present on their own, or in conjunction with other types of headaches, such as migraines.

While these headaches can be seen after a traumatic event such as a motor vehicle accident or assault, these headaches are often seen without a precursor of trauma or specific injury. In fact, many people with cervicogenic headaches have sedentary jobs that often include sitting at a desk or computer for most of the day.

Cervicogenic headaches often appear in conjunction with other types of headaches. Some experts say there are as many as 150 different types of headaches. Also, a person can experience more than one type of headaches and many are hard to tell apart. The different headaches can affect each other as well (ie: cervicogenic headaches can be worsened by migraines and vice versa).

Symptoms Physical Therapists can Help

-Pain localized to the base, side or front of the skull
-Pain localized above or behind the eye, jaw/ear area
-Pain into the head or neck that is intermittent and lasts hours to days
-Pain that worsens with head/neck movement, or sustained or awkward positions - range of motion is often limited
-Can have any of these symptoms with nausea and visual disturbances as well

How to prevent or minimize cervicogenic headaches

Often, people who suffer from cervicogenic headaches, sit at desks for the majority of the day. This contributes to a forward head and rounded shoulders posture. As a result, this can lead to shortening and weakening of the muscles around the neck and shoulder blades. Below are ways to prevent/minimize headaches.

Posture:

Sit up tall and Pull back shoulder blades Stand up every 30 minutes.

Massage:

Massage from neck to mid back

Exercises:

Chin tucks- hold 5 sec, repeat 5x (insert chin tuck pic) Neck stretches- pull ear to shoulder & chin to shoulder, do 2x, 30 sec holds (insert neck stretch pic) Rows: pull shoulder blades back, do 2 sets of 10 (insert row pic)

When evaluating a patient with cervicogenic headaches, a Physical Therapist performs an assessment of the following:

-Posture of head, neck, shoulder blades, and mid back
-Range of motion of neck, mid back, and shoulder
-Flexibility of soft tissues surrounding the neck, shoulders, shoulder blades, and spine -Strength of muscles around neck, shoulders, and shoulder blades
-Joint mobility of the neck, mid back, ribs, and shoulders

After assessing the patient, the Physical Therapist will treat the patient. When treating my patients, I utilize 5 methods:

1. Modalities such as ultrasound or electric stimulation to promote blood flow and healing and decrease inflammation
2. Exercises to strengthen/stretch muscles in the neck, rotator cuff, also postural exercises.
3. Education- instructions on body mechanics when sitting (in car or at desk), standing, bending/lifting, sleeping (proper use of pillow)
4. Manual Therapy- joint mobilization and muscle stretching to improve joint and muscle flexibility
5. Home exercises to reinforce program

Physical Therapy can be a very effective means in the reduction and often complete resolution of cervicogenic headaches. If you are unsure as to whether you’re a candidate for physical therapy, ReThrive can help determine the best course of action. If you’re interested, contact ReThrive, and schedule an evaluation.

The goal of physical therapy is to help you recover from an acute or chronic injury, improve your overall wellness, and reach your physical therapy goals while optimizing your outcome.

Mobile physical therapy involves a licensed doctor of physical therapy providing physical therapy treatment and rehabilitation services in the comfort of your own home or wherever you may need it.

The advantages of mobile physical therapy include individualized evaluation and treatment, direct access to a licensed specialist, the ability to enable recovery and deliver rehabilitation services in the comfort of your own home, and the convenience of not having to travel to an outpatient or traditional clinic.

Each person's situation is unique, so consult with a healthcare professional to discuss individual needs and determine whether mobile physical therapy is appropriate.

es, mobile physical therapists can work with seniors on a range of conditions, including arthritis, Parkinson's disease, recovery from injuries, or surgeries like hip and knee replacements.

Mobile physical therapy sessions generally include an initial assessment, creation of personalized treatment plans, and implementation of targeted exercises and interventions. These at-home sessions can also involve guidance on mobility aids and adaptive strategies.

e are not contracted with any insurance companies, including Medicare.

An insurance-accepting physical therapy clinic typically schedules at least two to four patients per hour. A majority of the time is spent on passive modalities while patients are guided through exercises by trained assistants.

ReThrive provides one-on-one care without the constraints of health insurance. As a result, we can maximize our time with the patient, without being restricted to focusing on one body part alone. With a full hour of one-on-one time, improvements can be made more quickly.

In comparison to standard private practice clinical treatment sessions, this allows for a more intensive treatment session. Recovery is often quicker as a result.

Upon request, ReThrive can provide you with a receipt that includes billing and diagnosis codes that you can submit to your insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement. ReThrive does not process your reimbursement claim.

Each carrier's reimbursement amount will vary. To find out how much your insurance pays for out-of-network Physical Therapy, contact your insurance provider.

We provide mobile physical therapy services in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas.

You can call our office directly to make an appointment.

We offer a range of physical therapy treatments, including manual therapy, dry needling, joint mobilization, balance training, posture correction, rotator cuff rehabilitation, body mechanics training, and other wellness services to help you recover, deliver and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Concierge physical therapy is a personalized approach to physical therapy treatment that focuses on individualized care, goal setting, and a one-on-one relationship with your licensed doctor of physical therapy.

Mobile physical therapy is a direct access service that does not require referral from a specialist or physician, while home health services require a referral and certification for reimbursement. Mobile physical therapy also focuses on rehabilitation and recovery, while home health services may include a wider range of medical services.

A licensed doctor of physical therapy can evaluate your post-surgical needs, develop an individualized rehabilitation plan, and provide manual therapy and other physical therapy treatments to help you recover faster and more effectively.

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