Almost 50% of people throughout the world suffer from headaches, and 15-20 % of those headaches come from the neck.  These headaches may be felt in the front or top of the head, behind the eye, the base of the neck, or even have a sinus feeling component.  People suffering from headaches stemming from the neck don’t always get relief from pain medications but thankfully there are drug-free conservative solutions that offer lasting relief.

Signs Your Headaches May Be Coming From Your Neckheadaches-with-bottle

  • The pain is on one side more than the other, with or without a feeling of pain the back of the head.
  • Your neck and head have tender spots when you press on them.
  • Your pain is worse with prolonged work at the computer, sitting, driving, or other activities that keep your neck in the same position.
  • You have a history of neck problems
  • You have poor posture

If you think your headaches may be coming from your neck, a physical therapist who specializes in manual therapy can help determine whether the pain is actually coming from the cervical spine.  Looking at your posture and motion is the first step, as well looking at the strength and flexibility of the neck muscles.  A skilled physical therapist can also help improve the mobility of the joints in your neck and upper back that may be contributing to your pain.

Headaches You Shouldn’t Ignore

Headaches may be a sign of a serious problem.  If you are suffering from any of these signs you should seek immediate medical attention to rule out more sinister problems:

  • Headaches that are getting worse over time
  • A severe headache that comes on suddenly
  • A headache associated with a head injury or accident
  • Headaches with a high fever, difficulty turning your head and neck, or a rash
  • A headache associated with dizziness or changes in vision

If you or someone you care about suffers from headaches and is looking for fast acting, lasting pain relief, call us to talk to one of our physical therapists who specialize in neck pain and headaches for a free screening.  Call today, (828) 348-1780.

Christopher Taylor, MPT is a physical therapist that specializes in headache relief in Asheville, NC at PHYSIO Physical Therapy and Wellness in North Asheville.

660 Merrimon Ave, Ste C
Asheville, NC 28804
(828) 348-1780

Christopher Taylor, PT

Chris Taylor is the Founding Physical Therapist at PHYSIO Physical Therapy and Wellness Asheville. He has been voted Best Physical Therapist in Western North Carolina every year by the Mountain XPress Reader Poll. His experience includes being a patient himself which deepens his understanding of each aspect of the rehab process. He has lived and worked in 11 states which contributes to the treatment style he has developed which breaks the mold. Become a better You today! #KeepAshevilleActive