Everyone gets headaches, once in a while. Frequent headaches are not normal and should be evaluated. Frequent is defined as 15 or more headaches each month, for at least 3 months.
The most common type of frequent headache is Chronic Tension Headache. Chronic tension headaches appear to involve the tightening or tensing of facial, jaw, scalp, and neck muscles. Migraine Headache is felt as a severe, throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head, an upset stomach may be associated, and, at times, disturbed vision. Several other recurring headache types are Eyestrain Headaches, Sinus Headaches, Cluster Headaches, and headaches resulting from low blood sugar and high blood pressure. Like other types of pain, headaches can serve as warning signals of a more serious disorder, including those related to the brain, as well as those resulting from diseases of the sinuses, spine, neck, ears, and teeth.
Considerations when treating chronic headaches:
- The head is heavy and must sit on the spine in a mechanically efficient way
- The relationship of the head to the spine is altered in nearly all patients with chronic tension headaches and migraine headaches
- This altered head position places excessive strain on the entire musculoskeletal system, especially the muscles and vessels of the head and neck
The Feldenkrais Method assumes that:
- Interactions between the different parts of the body can cause excessive strain and pain in places remote from a problem area
- A rigid chest or immobile pelvis could be the underlying cause of headaches by contributing to an altered position of the head and neck
- The system must be addressed as a whole to relieve headache pain
Headache Pain Relief Treatment
Headache pain relief is the result of improving key relationships of the head and neck. You will receive therapy that involves the whole body, and likely some Feldenkrais exercises. The goals are to alleviate your headache pain fast, and prevent the return of your headaches. At the Feldenkrais Center, our approach to treating the cause of your headaches allows for a safe and effective recovery. Most headaches are gone by the end of your first headache pain treatment session!