Headache

Bay Area Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, CA

With more than 150 types of recognized headaches, it can be tricky to find relief if you suffer from frequent head pain. The expert team at Bay Area Physical Therapy in Lafayette, California, is known for helping those with chronic headaches and migraines find relief. Before your next headache strikes, find out what the team can do to help you. Book your headache evaluation online or over the phone today.

Headache Q & A

Bay Area Physical Therapy

What causes headaches?

Headaches and migraines can be complicated to diagnose and treat. Furthermore, because different issues could be causing different types of headaches, you could be experiencing multiple types of head pain.

For instance, tension headaches, which are most common, tend to stem from increased muscle tension in your shoulders and neck. They usually disappear on their own and become less frequent with treatment, such as physical therapy. Other causes and triggers of headaches include:

  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Low levels of certain brain chemicals
  • Food preservatives and artificial sweeteners
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Trauma or injury
  • Sinus issues


In some cases, you might have headaches because of poor posture or regularly sitting in the same position. It isn’t always known exactly what causes headaches, although your primary care physician and physical therapist can still help you start treatment and find relief.

How are headaches treated?

Your headache treatment plan at Bay Area Physical Therapy is tailored to suit your needs and headache symptoms. Physical therapy sessions can include:

  • Customized exercises
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Skilled manual therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation


Your dedicated physical therapist can also teach you meditation techniques, which can help decrease the severity of headaches and shorten their duration.

Which exercises help with headaches?

Your physical therapist at Bay Area Physical Therapy will spend time teaching you exercises that are designed to improve posture and strengthen your upper back, shoulders, and neck. Some of the most effective exercises for headaches and tension pain include:

  • Craniocervical flexion
  • Shoulder rolls
  • Cervical head rotations


Most physical therapy plans that are designed to help with headaches incorporate exercises you perform both in your physical therapy sessions and at home.

You could even benefit from regular Pilates sessions, where you can further learn strengthening and stretching exercises that can minimize your headache pain and frequency.

Get relief from your chronic head pain by booking an appointment over the phone or online with Bay Area Physical Therapy today.