The Connection Between Back Pain & Headaches and How to Treat Them

One thing we strive to teach our patients is that your body is more connected than you may realize, and your symptoms are always tied to tension or conditions from various places in your body.  A few of the most commonly connected symptoms are neck or back pain and headaches.

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While the cause of your neck and back pain is unique to your circumstance, the one common thread of all physical pain we experience is that it is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. Back and neck pain are often types of chronic pain. Chronic pain is any pain that last for 3+ months and doesn’t have an obvious source. Examples of chronic pain include: back problems, migraines, arthritis, nerve damage, past injury/surgery, infections, and fibromyalgia (WebMD). When you experience chronic back or neck pain along with headaches or migraines, there is a chance that the two are intertwined and should be treated as such.

Recent studies have charted a connection between persistent back pain and headaches, with recommendations to combine treatment for a more effective approach (Medical News Today). When you select physical therapy for the treatment of your back or neck pain, it is important to share your history with other pain, including headaches, migraines, mobility issues, etc. When we know the full story of your pain, we are better equipped to successfully treat it.

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While some people with back and/or neck pain require intervention from a medical professional like a physical therapist, there are certain steps you can take at home and at work to help treat the source of your pain and alleviate symptoms:

  • Exercise
  • Stretching
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage
  • Proper ergonomics at work
  • Practice good posture
  • Maintain a healthy weight

When you find a combination of the items listed above, you will likely experience a great reduction in your chronic pain. If you don’t we would love to meet with you to discuss a physical therapy plan that will help you to live pain free! You don’t need a doctor’s referral to work with us*, so what are you waiting for? Give us a call today!

*Unless required by your insurance company.

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