Headache

Lafayette Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, CA

Suffering from the pain of chronic headaches can derail your life, especially when they come with additional symptoms like nausea and vomiting. At Lafayette Physical Therapy in Lafayette, California, the experienced team has offered noninvasive physical therapy treatments for conditions like headaches for 40 years. To find effective, research-based headache treatments, call Lafayette Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.

Headache Q & A

Lafayette Physical Therapy

What is a headache?

Pain located anywhere in your head is referred to as a headache. A headache can occur on one or both sides, radiate from a single point to another, or create a vise-like sensation that involves your entire head.

When you suffer from a headache, the pain can vary from a dull ache to an intense throbbing or sharp stabbing. Many headaches have other symptoms in addition to pain, including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Visual disturbances


There are more than 150 types of headaches. Headaches fall into two general categories — primary and secondary — based on their causes.

What causes a primary headache?

Primary headaches are due to problems or overactivity with the structures in your brain that sense pain. The blood vessels and nerves around your skull and chemical activity in your brain play a role in primary headaches, as well as your head and neck muscles and genetics.

Lifestyle factors can also trigger primary headaches, such as:

  • Skipping meals
  • Being under stress
  • Having poor posture
  • Sleeping poorly
  • Experiencing hormone changes
  • Eating certain foods like cheese and red wine

What causes a secondary headache?

When you suffer from a secondary headache, it is a symptom of another condition. A variety of factors can lead to secondary headaches, including:

  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Acute sinusitis
  • Dehydration
  • Ear infection

How are headaches treated?

To effectively treat your headache, your provider at Lafayette Physical Therapy will work with you to identify its cause. Many headache treatments will include a combination of therapies that could include manual therapy, ergonomics, and exercises.

Depending on the cause of your headache, your provider might recommend soft tissue manipulation through massage. This approach promotes blood flow, reduces pain and tension, and encourages relaxation.

After your provider restores your body function, they will provide physical therapy exercises to help you improve and maintain your strength, alignment, and posture.

You don’t have to live with headache pain. Call Lafayette Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.