Guelph Rehab Center explains how their comprehensive headache and migraine program focuses on the neck, upper back, and jaw areas to help manage the root causes of headaches
Headaches and migraines are very common. Over 1 billion people worldwide suffer from migraines. Many people who live with migraines are between 18 and 44 years old, but younger and older people get them too. In addition, almost twice as many women as men suffer from migraines.
The Guelph Rehab Center’s Headache and Migraine Program offers quick and effective relief! We found the perfect combination and delivery approach to get you the results you want.
There are around 200 different causes of headaches and different types of headaches. Migraines are the most severe in nature, however the most common headache is a tension-type headache. Tension-type headaches are usually a constant dull ache with a feeling of tension or pressure in the back of the head and neck or around the forehead. A migraine is a severe headache that is often associated with a combination of nausea or even vomiting, sensitivity to light, and / or blurred vision, to name a few of the many symptoms.
The second most common is cervicogenic headache. A cervicogenic headache occurs when anatomical problems (nerves, joints, muscles) arise in the neck that cause referred pain in the head, jaw, eyes, and face. It often comes from a neck trauma (i.e. concussion, whiplash) or microtrauma (i.e. poor posture, repetitive stress). Tension and cervicogenic headaches can be one of the many triggers of a migraine.
There are different treatment options and each will depend on the type of headache you are having. We have seen that many patients benefit from physical treatment intervention when used appropriately in conjunction with an active care regimen.
The Guelph Rehab Center offers a comprehensive headache and migraine program that focuses on the neck, upper back, and jaw areas to treat the following causes of headaches:
- Restricted muscles, ligaments, and tendons
- Trigger points
- Adhesions / scar tissue
- Nerve entrapment
- Poor posture / spinal misalignment
- Improper body mechanics
- Repetitive strain
The Guelph Rehab Center’s unique collaborative team approach often delivers effective results after just a few sessions!
We integrate a tailor-made combination of 6 key components for cervicogenic and tension-type headaches:
- Manual therapy (Active Release Therapy, Myofascial Release, joint mobilization) for nerve entrapment in tense muscles and restricted joints.
- Spinal decompression (computer-aided decompression table) For nerve compression in spinal joints.
- Modalities (e.g. cold low-level laser) for inflammation and muscle cramps.
- Acupuncture (Medical Acupuncture & Dry Needling) Medically proven to effectively treat trigger points in the neck associated with cervicogenic headaches.
- Postural education and correction.
- Active rehabilitation (ie individual exercise program for stretching and strengthening) & lifestyle / homecare program. Beneficial for self-management and long-term benefits.
Some people who come to us for our headache and migraine program have had physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture and may have received them at different times or perhaps combined but received from different institutions. The true collaborative approach of our health teams ensures you receive focused treatment that maximizes your time in the clinic and addresses the root causes of your headaches without duplication or redundancy in care. Our headache expertise combined with our unique approach is the secret of our successful headache program.
We understand the problems headache sufferers face and have made sure that your first visit can be scheduled on the same day or within a business day at the latest.
For more information or to schedule your initial consultation, visit the website or call the clinic directly at 519-265-7343.