There are numerous types of headaches, with just as many different causes. According to the International Headache Society, there are several different categories of headache:
- Migraine and Cluster
- Secondary headaches (due to an underlying condition), often caused by sinus infections, fever, infectious disease, and in rare cases, tumors
- Cranial neuralgias, facial pain, and other headaches
Although severe headaches that frequently recur can impact the quality of your life and restrict your ability to conduct daily tasks, most headaches are harmless. There are effective treatments for almost every type of headache. Physical Therapists can help determine your type of headache, it’s cause, and develop an appropriate treatment plan that will help reduce both frequency and intensity.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE HEADACHES?
Pain of any type that occurs in any part of the head is called a headache. Headaches, like back pain, are one of the most common of all physical complaints and can be extremely frustrating to manage. Tension headaches, generally caused by muscle spasms, are the most common type of headaches in adults. They may be the result of poor posture, fatigue, stress, or from a neck or jaw problem. Problems in the head, neck, or jaw, such as an injury or arthritis, can lead to increased tension in the muscles at the back of the head and neck which can lead to increased pressure on the nerves of the head and face. Poor posture can cause these muscles to become overworked, which can then trigger a headache.