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Treatment for Headaches and Migraines

Headaches that affect the head, face, or upper neck can be excruciatingly painful. Migraines are a painful type of headache that typically affects one side of the head and can be extremely painful, throbbing, or pulsing. They can induce nausea, make you throw up, and make you sensitive to light and sound. They can disrupt your daily activities and last a few hours or days. To assist with muscle strain around the neck we recommend our Chiropractic Services. Chiropractors aid in correcting spinal alignment which can open blood flow to the brain, eliminating the pressure that causes headaches.

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Headaches and Migraine Treatment


Treatment for Headaches Barrie

At MyoDynamic Clinic, we offer a range of effective treatments for headaches and migraines, including physiotherapy, stretching, manual therapy, and chiropractic.

Massage and chiropractic for stress reduction

If you suffer from migraines, you can seek help from our professionals, who specialize in massage therapy and chiropractic care. Our experts can help reduce muscle stress and tension, which may cause fewer headaches and migraines. Massage therapy uses hands-on techniques to relax the soft tissues and relieve tension. Chiropractic treatments use manual therapy, such as spinal and neck adjustments, to enhance joint function, reduce pain, and improve mobility.

Pinched nerve and TMJ therapy for stress reduction

Pinched nerves and TMJ disorders can cause muscle tension, leading to headaches and migraines. TMJ is the temporomandibular joint connecting the jawbone to the skull. TMJ disorders affect this joint and the muscles and nerves surrounding it.

While TMJ disorders result from stress, teeth grinding, or jaw injuries, pinched nerves result from nerve compression or injuries. To reduce stress and tension and thus decrease migraines, physiotherapy techniques such as manual therapy, stretching, and TMJ therapy can help relieve pressure in the affected areas.

Treatment of Migraines with Chiropractic Care & Physiotherapy

At MyoDynamic Clinic, we highly recommend Chiropractic and/or physiotherapy for headache-related illnesses, including migraines. Physiotherapy & Chiropractic treatment employs various techniques to reduce pain, alleviate muscular tension, and enhance the range of motion. The following are some of the most effective physiotherapy methods for treating migraines:

  • Stretching (stability): Stretching can help relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation. It can help manage migraines caused by muscle tension, poor posture, and joint stiffness.
  • Manual therapy: It is a type of therapy that involves hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues and joints. It can help reduce pain, improve joint mobility, and promote relaxation.
  • Range of motion (ROM) exercises: These exercises involve moving the affected joint through its full range of motion. These exercises can help improve joint function and reduce pain.
  • Postural exercises: As seen earlier, poor posture can cause muscle tension and trigger migraines. Postural exercises can help improve posture and reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines caused by poor posture.
  • Chiropractic care: Chiropractic therapy uses manual methods to increase joint mobility and decrease discomfort, which may be helpful for migraines brought on by stress in the shoulders and neck.
  • Massage therapy: This therapy option is a great way to ease muscle tension and promote relaxation by applying pressure to the body's soft tissues. This technique helps manage migraines caused by stress, neck and shoulder pressure, and TMJ disorders.



Headache from Muscle Strain

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please give us a call so our team of healthcare professionals can assist you on your road to recovery.

Symptoms of headache from muscle strain:

  • Dull, aching pain that radiates into your head
  • Muscle strain or tightness in the neck and shoulders
  • Hypersensitivity to noise/light
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Abnormal fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting (in some cases)

Pinched Nerve in Neck

A pinched nerve in the neck occurs when a nerve in the neck is compressed or squeezed. It can happen when the surrounding tissues, such as muscles or bones, pressure the nerve. Various factors, including poor posture, muscle tension, herniated disks, and degenerative disc disease, can cause a pinched nerve in the neck. Injuries like whiplash or repetitive strain injuries can also cause it.

Symptoms of a pinched nerve in the neck:

  • Pain or aching in the neck
  • Radiating pain or numbness in the shoulder, arm, or hand
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling or a pins-and-needles sensation in the affected area
  • Decreased range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches (in some cases)


Signs and Symptoms of Migraines & Headaches

Many factors can cause headaches and migraines. It's important to understand these causes to manage and prevent them effectively. They can range from physical injuries and lifestyle factors to emotional and social conditions.

Concussion

    If you get hit on the head or shaken violently, you can have a concussion, a type of brain injury. This head injury can make you feel dizzy, cause headaches and nausea, and make you sensitive to light and sound. Sometimes, these symptoms can last for many weeks or months.

    Neck tension

      If you have neck tension, it can be the reason for your headaches and migraines. Poor posture, whiplash-type injuries, muscle strain, excessive use of electronic devices, and neck injuries can all contribute to neck tension. Apart from severe headaches and migraines, other symptoms of this injury include neck pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders.

      Shoulder tension

        Shoulder tension can also be the root of headaches and migraines. Using shoulder muscles too much, injuries, poor posture, repetitive strain injuries, and muscle tension can contribute to shoulder tension. Symptoms of shoulder tension include pain, headaches, and stiffness in the neck and shoulders.

        Poor posture

          Poor posture means not sitting, standing, or lying in a good position, which can cause pain in the neck and shoulders. This can then lead to headaches and migraines. You might have poor posture if you spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer, carrying heavy bags, or sleeping in an uncomfortable position.

          Many people sit at desks or use phones for a long time, which can strain their neck and back muscles, leading to nerve irritation, less blood flow, and tense muscles that cause headaches and migraines. Symptoms of poor posture include headaches, neck or back pain, tiredness, poor balance, and an inability to move your neck and back correctly.

          Also, poor posture, insufficient sleep, a lack of water intake, too much caffeine, or a lack of food intake can also contribute to stress-related headaches and migraines. Common symptoms include headaches and migraines accompanied by neck and shoulder tightness and feeling sick or sensitive to light and sound.

          Other causes:

          • Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in hormone levels, especially in women during their menstrual cycle, can trigger migraines.
          • Environmental Triggers: Exposure to certain smells, sounds, or lighting can cause headaches and migraines.
          • Food and Drink: Some drinks and foodstuffs, such as chocolate, aged cheese, alcohol, and caffeine, can trigger migraines.
          • Medications: Some drugs (whether illicit or prescribed), such as birth control pills and blood pressure medications, can trigger migraines.
          • Underlying Health Conditions: Headaches and migraines can also be a symptom of an underlying health condition, such as a brain tumor or concussion.

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          You deserve relief from your headaches and migraines. At MyoDynamic Clinic, we offer various services that can help you manage your symptoms. Our skilled therapists and practitioners can create customized treatment plans for your unique needs. Contact us today to learn more!

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