Don’t worry. You’re not the only one who gets a headache every day.
Headaches are the most commonly reported symptom in family and internal medicine practices, with more than 50% of people reporting a headache each year and more than 90% of people reporting at least one significant headache in their lifetime. Sadly, many people don’t ever get any relief because they don’t have a clear understanding of the cause of their headaches and are never matched with the correct treatment. The medical community often dismisses headaches as harmless and self-limiting, but headaches show a propensity to become a chronic problem if left untreated or not treated effectively.
Traditional management of headaches usually centers around prescription and over-the-counter medications. However, a study published in 2018 by Dr. Falsiroli Maistrello verifies what I have seen in my own practice: Hands-on techniques such dry needling and massage, combined with exercises aimed at improving neck and shoulder range of motion and strength, facilitate significant reductions in frequency, intensity and duration of headaches compared to medications. These techniques have an extremely low risk of side effects and offer the greatest potential for both short-term and long-term relief.
The solution to your headaches is clear: Physical therapy can offer you greater and longer-lasting results with less side effects compared to prescription medications. So the question is no longer “What can you do about your headaches?” The only question to ask yourself now is how long you’re willing to suffer before starting your journey to becoming headache free.