Headaches, jaw issues, concussions, vertigo, and more - pain in and around the neck and skull can be debilitating, but physical therapy can help. Our goal is to help you regain strength, stability, and fluidity for a pain free neck and head.
Common head conditions we treat
Headache is defined as a pain arising from the head or upper neck of the body. Headache pain usually originates from the muscles that support the neck in holding up the head. The most common present as tension headaches, migraines or cluster headaches. Physical therapy can help reduce inflammation and then increase strength for these essential muscles.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo. BPPV is triggered by specific changes in the head's position and causes brief spells of mild to intense dizzyness. Vertigo is the feeling that one is moving when they are not and is generally described as “feeling dizzy” or feeling as if the room is spinning.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting the jawbone to the skull on each side. TMJ disorders can cause pain in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement. Symptoms include pain in the jaw, aching pain around the ear, difficulty chewing, achy facial pain or locking of the joint making it difficult to open or close the mouth.
The brain is suspended in a fluid inside of the skull. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head due to anything from a fall to a car accident. That force results in a "pin-ball" effect of the brain against the skull, resulting in headache, confusion, lack of coordination, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ringing in the ears, sleepiness, and excessive fatigue. Concussions can occur with or without a loss of consciousness.
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