Physical Therapy for Headaches and Neck Pain

Do you suffer from headaches or neck pain? Physical Therapy can treat, strengthen, and stretch your neck and vertebrae to help eliminate your pain and prevent future pain from occurring. The primary goal is to relieve your discomfort, restore your movement, and give you the tools to prevent recurrence. Our physical therapists will completely evaluate your symptoms and answer your questions. With you they will create a plan of care that focuses on your goals. Our team is here as a resource for you! Please ask questions and get all your concerns addressed.

Common symptoms other than headache or neck pain include:

  • Pain or numbness that radiates down the arm (in some cases all the way to the hand or fingers)
  • Facial pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain between the shoulder blades.

During physical therapy there are multiple manipulations and exercises that may be prescribed depending on the root causes that were identified during evaluation. Treatments often include cold or heat applications, deep tissue mobilization, manual manipulation of the neck and surrounding joints, dry needling, electrical stimulation, Astym, and ultrasound. In addition to treatment you and your physical therapist may go through exercises designed to stretch and strengthen the muscles that support your head and neck that you can do at home. Education on proper posture, range of motion, and proper exercise techniques will be provided.

One of the more common injuries we treat at Willow Creek Physical Therapy is whiplash. Often the result of a motor vehicle accident or fall, whiplash can also be the result of athletic injury. Symptoms can be severe.

Some symptoms of whiplash, neck pains, and strains may include:

  • Pain when trying to look over either shoulder, or with any head movement.
  • Headaches which stem from the base of the skull and radiate forward
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Tightness and/or tenderness

If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms or have other questions regarding what physical therapy can do for you please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help you get better!

Woman experiencing headaches and neck pain grabbing her shoulder with an overlaid image of spine highlighted in red to signify pain