Physical therapy for migraines and headaches

The way you stand, sit and sleep and long hours of screen time (computers and cell phones) can cause neck and posture-related problems. With a forward head tilt, the ligaments at the back of your neck are under constant strain, the muscles stretched, and nerve roots, which exit from beneath the skull and between every vertebra in your neck, can be compromised.

Regular physical therapies, such as chiropractic care, which is done with minimal force and precise diagnostic methodology, can loosen and lubricate the neck and spine, promoting endorphin release. A chiropractor will check the spine to see if a poor posture could be a contributing factor to headaches and migraines. According to chiropractor Juan van Breda, headaches and migraines are very common conditions in patients with cervical problems. He recommends A spinal care programme that includes:

  1. Correction of an underlying problem using chiropractic adjustment.
  2. Ergonomic principles: when at work, seated, and sleeping, and to avoid bumping the body around as when doing 4 x 4 driving, for example.
  3. An exercise programme will assist the body in maintaining the correct adjustment by toning and strengthening muscles to absorb potential impact.
  4. It is important to maintain the correct body weight.

For more information and a practitioner in your area, contact:
• The Chiropract Association of South Africa (CASA)
• The Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) for an Osteopath in your area
• The South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP)
• The Massage Therapy Association of South Africa (MTASA)

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