The holiday season is filled with so many traditions and joys but with it comes hectic days, sleepless nights and busy weekend celebrations. Often people experience an increase in stress as they try to fit everything into this busy time of year. Tension headaches are a common reaction and become a real problem when they start interfering with doing the things you love. These type of stress headaches can result from several factors including holiday scheduling, fatigue, anxiety, poor posture as well as over stimulation from scents, music and crowded parties.
When patients come into Rose Physical Therapy we try to identify causes of their lingering tension headaches. Stress to your system can be effectively relieved by working with a therapist to lessen muscle tension in your neck, jaw, back and shoulders. Poor posture and rigidness puts pressure on your nerves and contributes to making a minor headache even worse. Eliminating poor habits and triggers will help reduce pain and lessen the need for medication. Therapists work with patients through manual therapy to increase strength in their neck and shoulders and improve their range of motion. Therapists also provide an individualized home exercise routine that is useful to maintaining overall strength, decreasing stress and improving flexibility.
Headaches do not have to be part of your holiday routine and eliminating this common occurrence makes for a more festive, healthy season!