You’re driving across town during rush hour, sitting in bumper to bumper traffic. You’re already late for work and you know your boss will be mad. You have a lot to get done today, which means you’ll probably end up staying after hours and being late to pick up your kids from school. And you just remembered there’s nothing for dinner in the fridge, which means you’ll either need to go shopping or pull through a drive-through for burgers…again! And right on queue, there’s that pounding headache again.
Does this sound familiar? Many of us deal with stress-related headaches. It’s common, but that doesn’t mean you need to just let it go. Instead of reaching for yet another bottle of over-the-counter pain medication, try something better this time. You may be surprised to know that in many cases, physical therapy can help!
Physical therapy provides relaxation and posture correction. Once you’ve spent some time with a physical therapist, you’ll not only experience relief of your current headache, but future stress headaches may decrease. One way you’ll get the relief you desperately need is through massage therapy. A massage can provide immediate pain relief! If you are currently having a headache, a physical therapy session eases the pain by relaxing the muscles in your jaw, temples, neck, and shoulders.
For many people, overworked muscles and nerves in the shoulder, chest, and neck area trigger tension headaches. Stress just makes it all worse! A Physical Therapist will evaluate your posture for areas that need improvement. He or she will also demonstrate the correct way to move, sit, drive, work, and stand. These changes place less stress on overworked muscles and lower the risk of another headache.
The Physical Therapists at BEAT Physical Therapy can and will do a lot for you! If you’re fighting stress-related headaches, make an appointment to be seen as soon as possible. Call us at (410) 884-0003 and we’ll work you in soon!