There are several types of headaches you may be experiencing and each headache may not be the same, let Skin to Soul help you navigate through treatment for the “pain in your head”.

Cervicogenic Headache

This type of headache is actually caused by your neck! The neck, or cervical region, is triggering a headache that often moves up the base of your skull into the temple or behind your eye. This can be on one or both sides of your head. Very often the trigger for this type of headache is tight suboccipital muscles, four small muscles that run from the base of your skull into the first few vertebrae of your neck. When these muscles become shortened they pull at the base of your skull and/or form trigger points and the headache begins. Dysfunction through other cervical area muscles such as the upper trapezius, levator scapulae or scalenes may also be contributing to the cervicogenic headache. Treatment for this type focuses on addressing the cervical musculature, vertebral joint mobility and fascial/dural tissues with manual therapy. We will also provide stretches and postural exercises for home to compliment manual treatments.

Tension Headache

Tension headaches are usually more diffuse in nature and are the most common type of headache experienced. This often feels like a tight band around your head or like someone is pushing on the front of your head. A general dull, aching pain and tension around the neck and shoulders are frequently experienced. Exercise may often decreased the intensity and/or duration of tension headaches. Massage and Myofascial therapies are considered some of the most effective treatments for tension headaches along with monitoring stress.