Headache is one of the most prevalent disorders, globally. The International Headache Society (IHS) classifies headaches into 3 main categories. The most common headaches people experience are Migraines, tension headaches and Cervicogenic headaches.Common Causes for headaches
- Poor posture when working or when lifting
- Degenerative disc disease
- Whiplash or a traumatic injury to the neck
- Facet joint arthritis
What do I need to provide?
- Does your headache limit your activities for a few hours or more than a day?
- Are you noting nausea or sickness along with the headache?
- Do you have dizziness, feel lightheaded or have difficulty concentrating?
- Do you have sensitivity to light?
- Do you have nasal congestion or eye tearing associated with a headache?
- Do you have stiffness and tightness in your neck?
- Do you experience pain around your eyes or side of the head?
- Do you have painful and/or decreased neck movements?
Each type of headache has its own pattern of pain, duration of symptoms, intensity of pain and aggravating causes. More often than not headaches are Cervicogneic headaches which are caused by muscle imbalance, overuse of neck muscles, stiffness and tightness of neck muscles, acute trauma to the neck like whiplash or prolonged poor postures. Best available studies show that the “C2-C3 facet joints are the most common source of Cervicogenic headaches” and can be treated with manual therapy techniques. Further, referred pain noted in and around the face can be traced to C1-C3 vertebrae in your neck.
Here at Physis PT and rehab we understand how debilitating headaches can be to your daily life. Our therapists will administer a comprehensive evaluation, determine the cause of your symptoms and address the limitations/abnormalities with treatment techniques like trigger point therapy, DNS, mobilization and manipulation, Myofascial release and Manual therapy.
- Neurological impairment
- Hormonal imbalance
- Temporal arteritis
- Herpes zoster
- Constant sudden, severe and/or unusual headache.
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Dr. Mohamed Abdelmegeed, PT, DPT, MSc, DSc, OCS is Board a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has an active Physical Therapy license in the states of NY, CA.
Dr. Tom Oddo is an affiliate practitioner and chiropractor at our grand central location. He believes that the key to solving musculoskeletal conditions is to combine cutting edge rehab techniques with comprehensive patient education to create a treatment plan that addresses everything from the way you use your body to the way you understand it. His goal is to obtain fast, lasting results that empower his patients to help themselves to be free to move and live better every day.
Board-certified in Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed to practice in the State is New York, Robyn received her Masters in Science in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Health and Science, where she is currently studying for her Doctorate in Acupuncture. She is also an adjunct faculty at the New York College of Health Professions.