Rose is a 50-year-old hospital administrator with a history of severe headaches. She had been previously diagnosed with migraines, and after her symptoms got particularly bad over more than three months, she decided to visit Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City to address them.
To develop a clearer idea of Rose’s condition, her physical therapist performed a thorough physical examination and asked her a series of questions regarding the occurrence of headaches and any other potentially related problems. The therapist discovered a few abnormal findings with Rose’s neck, including limited range of motion, weakness, and palpable trigger points. Rose also had some weakness in her core muscles and told the therapist that recently started menopause and had increased stress levels in her life due a recent breakup and the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on these findings, the therapist determined that Rose’s headaches were likely induced by stress, and that her neck issues and posture dysfunction may be contributing to the headaches as well.
Before beginning treatment, Rose stated that her primary goal was rather straightforward: reduce the number and severity of headaches. Since both physical and psychological factors were playing a role in the development of these headaches, Rose’s therapist designed a treatment program that addressed both of these causes. The physical components of the program included manual therapy applied by the hands of the therapist to the neck muscles and joints, as well as neck strengthening exercises and posture training. The psychological components included biofeedback with a body scan and paced breathing, pain education, and both mindfulness training and cognitive behavioral therapy practices that were intended to reduce stress levels and alleviate pain.
After six weeks of treatment, Rose’s headaches decreased from a frequency of once a day and a pain scale of 8 of 10 to having occasional headaches once or twice a week, which only registered at a 2-3 of 10 on the pain scale at their highest. She is currently also working full time and exercising regularly.
“I am so glad I finally found something that can help my headaches,” Rose said. “It restores my faith in our healthcare system to treat the entire person rather than just a diagnosis.”
Experience similar improvements at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City
Here at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City, we’re thrilled to see how quickly Rose was able to improve and get back to her life without being held back by headache pain. We’re glad that she also recognizes the value of not only treating patients’ physical complications, but also addressing any psychological impairments that could also influence the problem. If you’re dealing with pain from headaches or any other condition, we invite you to come in for a visit and see how we can help you improve as well. Contact us at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment today or click here for more information on biofeedback for headaches.