Headache Physical Therapy

Headache Physical Therapy
Hands-On Therapy. Long-term, Effective Headache Pain Relief

I highly recommend Therapydia. I have been a client since January 1, 2015, due to a torn bicep in my left arm, problems with my L4 – L5, and looking to getting back in shape. The expertise, therapy and the ambiance they provide are first class. The facility is very clean and very friendly. The majority of my healing process has been with Jonathan. Jonathan is a skilled and well trained in physical therapist. Jonathan has the knowledge to tailor my training to accommodate my injuries…and, would consistently check on my pain level and progress during training. In addition, if you’re looking for facility to be treated by a caring and knowledge therapist…as opposed to a therapist assistant or tech…then Therapydia is your place.

– Chris Y.

My therapy has greatly improved and enhanced my mobility and reduced back pain. It has been better than any medicine I have ever taken. I will recommend to all my friends and anyone who will listen. Thanks so much see you next time !!!

– Joe B.

I have had chronic neck and back issues for as long as I can remember. So far, this has been the only place that has relieved me of my pain and who showed me things to do at home to help myself. I am so happy that I chose to have my PT done by Therapydia Nola. Jonathan gives you the utmost attention during your session and his method of treatment is very easy to follow and the results are very positive. The atmosphere in the facility is very pleasant also.

– Cheryl C.

What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?

Headaches that start and intensify at your forehead or around your eye sockets are often due to sinus pressure or irritation of the connective tissue in the brain. Headaches that start at the base of your neck and extend up your head, around your head or down into your neck are referred to as cervicogenic headaches (CGHs).

Headaches caused by sinus pressure or irritation of the connective tissue respond well to NSAIDs such as Advil or Tylenol. NSAIDs will inhibit the pain receptors for cervicogenic headaches, however it will not have a lasting effect as the muscle and joint limitations remain and the pain will return once the NSAIDs wears off. In order to make a positive, long-lasting change to a cervicogenic headache, you’ll need to change the tissues to correct the root of the cause of your CGHs.

• 47% of the global population suffers from a headache, and 15-20% of those are cervicogenic
• Up to 44% of CGH patients have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues as well

Causes of CGHs

    Your neck and head muscles are interconnected: your suboccipitals attach from the upper cervical spine to the base of the head, the upper trapezius attaches from the shoulder to the base of the head and the sternocleidomastoid attaches from the collarbone to the base of the skull. When one or more of these muscles to shorten and in turn “pull” at the base of the skull, it will cause CGHs.

    Causes of CGHs include:
    • Stress and fatigue
    • Poor posture
    • Sleeping habits
    • Carrying heavy items such as briefcases and luggage
    • Using a shoulder strap for a heavy purse or bag
    • Sitting/standing at poorly designed work stations

    Restoring joint mechanics of the locally involved segments and other near-by restricted segments are the goals of the physical therapist in helping to abolish cervicogenic headaches. Therapydia physical therapists use hands-on techniques that are massage-like, but go deeper to mobilize, release, manipulate joints and muscles to get to the source of your pain.

Why PT?

    A physical therapist will take a thorough subjective history, analyze static and dynamic posture and assess biomechanical components contributing to the cervicogenic headaches. The most significant role physical therapists can play is addressing the root cause of your headaches and work with you to improve your overall posture, your ergonomic work set up and give patient specific advice for positioning while riding in cars, carrying bags etc.
    Your physical therapy treatment may include:

    • Hands-on therapy techniques to manipulate and mobilize your muscles and joints for faster recovery
    • Progressive and gentle relaxation stretching to elongate the muscles
    • Custom exercise programs to strengthen the shoulder, neck and pericranial muscles, cranio-cervical
    • Postural correction to prevent cervicogenic headaches from coming back

About Therapydia NOLA

Better Physical Therapy Experience

At Therapydia NOLA, our physical therapists offer one-on-one, hands-on headache pain treatment. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries. We’ll utilize the latest hands-on physical therapy to speed up your recovery. Best of all, you’re covered. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most PPO insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash-based payments.

  • Lifetime Wellness
  • Hands-On-Care
  • Quality Treatment
  • Jonathan Burke, DPT, MTC, CSCS
    Clinic Director
  • Whitney Braswell, DPT
    Physical Therapist
  • Curtis Olivieri, DPT
    Physical Therapist

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    421 N. Carrollton Avenue, Suite 4
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    Phone: (504) 702-6688
    Fax: (504) 702-6679

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    Early or later times may be available upon request.

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