Are You Experiencing Headaches? Plumas Physical Therapy Can Help!

Do you get headaches often? Physical therapy is usually not the first thing that comes to mind when looking for headache relief, but it can be highly beneficial. If you suffer from frequent headaches, physical therapy is essential for long-term relief. For more information on how physical therapy can help resolve headaches, request an appointment with Plumas Physical Therapy today!

Types of Headaches You Could Be Experiencing

Some causes of your headache could be muscle and joint weakness or a strain in the neck because of poor posture or stress. Headaches can cause pain to radiate from the scalp, the side of the head, or even the forehead.

Knowing how to identify the type of headache you are having will help your physical therapist decide which pain-relieving treatments will be most beneficial to you.

The main types of headaches are as follows:


Tension Headache

The dura mater is a thin membrane that wraps around the brain. When stressed, the dura mater spasms near the small muscles at the base of the skull. These spasms transmit pain signals to the brain, resulting in headaches. These spasms can be caused by repetitive movements or poor neck/head posture.

Cervicogenic Headache

Cervicogenic headaches are caused by pain in the top three vertebrae of the neck. They can develop as a result of conditions such as a concussion, arthritis, or even work-related strains. People who work in jobs that require a down-turned head or neck motion regularly are more likely to experience these types of headaches.

Musculoskeletal Headache

Musculoskeletal headaches can occur when the neck is overworked. Muscle imbalances, postural problems, or injury are the most common causes, but emotional stress can also play a role. Whiplash, like other neck injuries, can strain the muscles and connective tissues, resulting in musculoskeletal headaches.


A migraine occurs due to an underlying neurological condition. It can result in episodes or chronic sensitization of certain areas of the brain and nerves that supply sensation to the head and face. The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but there is a strong chance they are hereditary. Migraine is not a static condition and it is often triggered by various factors including food, emotional stress, abnormal postures, as well as muscle and joint problems in the neck and head. Addressing “trigger areas” in the head, neck, jaw, and face can reduce the frequency and severity of migraine episodes.

Mixed Headaches or Chronic Daily Headaches

Chronic daily headaches are often mixed headaches. This means there are multiple causes for your pain, including cervicogenic, tension headaches, migraine, and medication overuse or rebound headaches.

How Can Plumas Physical Therapy Help Provide Headache Relief?

We will provide you with the best treatment for your headaches at Plumas Physical Therapy in Quincy and Blairsden, CA. During your first appointment, one of our highly skilled physical therapists will perform a physical assessment. This examination will determine the type of headache you’re experiencing as well as the source of your discomfort.

Following that, we will design a treatment plan specifically for you. This strategy will include targeted workouts, manual therapy, and education.

Physical therapy can treat chronic headaches by:

  • Improving the ease of motion in the neck.
  • Decreasing or resolving the intensity, frequency, and duration of headaches.
  • Creating an overall improved quality of life.
  • Improving function and mobility.
  • Decreasing the need for or dependence on medications.

Requesting an appointment at our Quincy and Blairsden, CA physical therapy clinic is the only way to find out what a therapist will recommend for your headache pain.

Ready For Headache Relief Today?

Physical therapy may be your key to living a healthier, headache-free life. If you are in Quincy and Blairsden, CA looking for headache relief, request an appointment with Plumas Physical Therapy today.

Your Next Steps…

  1. Request An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life Pain-Free!