Migraines and Physical Therapy

Migraines and Physical Therapy

Migraines are common occurrences encountered by many across the globe. At Fusion Physical Therapy, we receive plenty of cases of migraines making our experienced physical therapists experts in dealing with this symptom.

What is the Difference Between a Migraine and a Headache?

The difference between migraines and headaches is the amount of pain a person experiences. Headaches create minimal pain and are more tolerable. Migraines, on the other hand, come in a throbbing sequence and are extremely painful.

Migraines are a genetic, neural disorder affecting the central nervous system mostly affecting one side of the head or may spread to the whole head. At times they may last for up to 72 hours.

Symptoms of Migraines

Some of the symptoms of migraines apart from a headache that you can encounter are as follows:

  • Visual disturbance resulting in blurred vision and light sensitivity.
  • Episodes of nausea.
  • Numbness of the face and/or extremities.
  • You may be extra sensitive to sound and touch.
  • At times you may vomit.

Frequency of Migraines

Migraines have been known to occur up to 15 days in a month, which means that every two weeks one may encounter extreme pain in the head. Individuals who experience migraines may experience a decrease in activity due to severe pain as well as the sensitivity to light and sounds.

Are Migraines Treatable?

Yes, migraines are treatable, however, the treatment is much more complicated. Just like cancer, heart disease or even diabetes, some patients respond well to treatments while others do not. The main factor in the treatment of migraines is to identify the triggering factors and adjust the lifestyle so as to avoid those triggering factors as much as possible. For example, if light is the trigger that creates migraines, then one should try and avoid light or use photochromic glasses.

Another factor that one should try to minimize as much as possible is stress as it is one of the most common triggering factors. Sufficient sleep, pain relievers and physical therapy completed by trained physical therapists can also curb migraines. Physical therapy treatment plans may include:

  • Joint mobilizations
  • Soft tissue mobilization/myofascial release
  • Strengthening and conditioning for postural control improvement

How We Help You

As discussed previously, physical therapy can help in the treatment of migraines, especially when the migraine is caused by muscle tension, neck immobility, poor posture, and disc pathology among other factors associated with the upper musculoskeletal system.

At Fusion Physical Therapy, we have certified physical therapists that provide the best treatment plan to help treat migraines. Book an appointment for a physical therapy session with one of our trained physical therapists at Fusion Physical Therapy.