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Get Drug-Free Relief for Your Headaches

Woman with aching headFrom a pounding headache that sidelines you from your daily life to a dull tension headache that could be related to stress and anxiety, headaches can have a variety of causes. Many times a headache is due to prolonged tension in the neck and upper back.

Headaches can accompany neck pain that can be caused by poor posture while working. Stress can increase headaches because of the increased tension in the upper back and neck. When we’re feeling stressed we tend to pull our shoulders up toward our ears and hold that tension chronically, which can pinch some of the nerves that go up through the neck, into the head.

It’s important to note that migraines and tension headaches are not the same things, but tension in the neck can cause restriction in blood flow, which is what causes migraines. So even though a migraine and a tension headache are not the same thing, physical therapy can help mitigate some migraines.

How PT Can Help

Our physical therapist can provide manual therapy techniques to help decrease the tension in those muscles of the upper back and into the neck and give a bit of distraction at the base of the skull to help decrease tension and increase blood flow to the area.

Some Kinesio taping techniques are helpful in supplementing that treatment and can help give relief throughout the week between physical therapy sessions.

What to Expect

We need to determine the cause(s) of your headaches. If there’s a postural element, we can teach you the importance of posture, as well as how to take quick breaks throughout your workday to do a couple of simple exercises.

These won’t take you any longer than 30 seconds to perform. They can help break up that tension versus the tension lasting from when you sit down at the computer to when you go to bed at night. Providing patient education is a big part of our appointment.

favicon-v2Our Multidisciplinary Clinic

As our practice is a multidisciplinary clinic we offer chiropractic, physical therapy and massage therapy, but anyone can come in for one, two or three types of therapies.

Meet Our PT Crystal Luxmore

First visit with PT Crystal LuxmoreOur physical therapist Crystal earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from the College of St. Scholastica. Before joining the Family Chiropractic + Wellness team she worked in hospital settings, focusing on outpatient but including some inpatient care. Crystal has spent several years doing pediatric care on an outpatient basis. The rest of her career has been in outpatient clinic settings focusing on orthopedic and neurological dysfunctions.

Learning about our patients and building rapport with them is what Crystal enjoys most about working at our practice. She is passionate about helping patients get back to their favorite activities in life.

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With chiropractic, physical therapy and massage therapy available in-house, we’re your center in the community for natural healing. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

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