physiquality blog: how can physical therapy help with migraines?
Full disclosure: I have suffered from migraines since college. They’re usually the result of eye strain, allergies, or a lethal combination of the two. After years of literally mind-numbing headaches, I’ve learned how to sense one is coming, and to take Excedrin Migraine when I feel the first twitches, or aura, hit. Then I drink a full glass of water and walk away from the computer while the meds kick in.
The good news is that PT can help some people relieve their migraine pain. While my own headaches most likely don’t fit into that category, there are many people who can be helped with some physical therapy. To learn if your migraines would qualify, read on…
How can physical therapy help with migraines?
with advice from
Kristina A. Holland, PTA
While headaches can be uncomfortable, migraines are debilitating. The sensitivity to light and sound. Nausea and vomiting. An intense throbbing in your head that can last for hours or days. The symptoms can be so severe that, as the Mayo Clinic puts it, “all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down.”
Like back pain, treating migraines can be difficult because they can be triggered by many different things. Here are a few reasons you may be suffering from migraines:
Weather. Quick changes in the barometric pressure can cause a migraine.
Diet. Some people have reported migraines triggered by foods high in sodium or after drinking alcohol, especially wine. Caffeine, in particular, has been associated with migraines.