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Your headaches are not merely a result of a lack of medication. 

Headaches are a ubiquitous experience, and many of us have reached for medication to alleviate the pain without considering the underlying cause. It’s crucial to understand that headaches are not merely a result of a lack of medication. We will say it again: headaches are not merely a result of a lack of medication. Instead, they signal deeper issues that require attention. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of finding the root cause of headaches, emphasizing that medication should serve as a temporary relief rather than a long-term solution.

3 Common Types of Headaches

Headaches come in various forms, but three types stand out as the most common: tension headaches, migraine headaches, and cluster headaches. Each has its distinct characteristics, but the symptoms can often overlap, making an accurate diagnosis challenging.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are often associated with stress, anxiety, and muscle tension in the head and neck. Prolonged periods of stress can lead to persistent muscle tightness, resulting in a tension headache. Understanding the factors contributing to stress and finding effective coping mechanisms is essential for managing tension headaches.

Migraine Headaches

Migraines are characterized by severe throbbing pain, often accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual disturbances. While there is a genetic component to migraines, triggers can vary widely among individuals. Identifying and avoiding these triggers, whether they be certain foods, environmental factors, or hormonal changes, is crucial for migraine management.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are intense and occur in clusters, often at the same time each day for weeks or months. The exact cause of cluster headaches is not fully understood, but they are believed to be related to the hypothalamus. Recognizing the patterns and triggers associated with cluster headaches is essential for effective management.

How Are Headaches Treated?


Medications target various systems in your body that contribute to your headaches. The systems that headache medication primary targets are:

  • Nervous system (nerves): blocks or changes signals = temporarily reduces headache symptoms
  • Musculoskeletal system (muscles): changes how tight/loose muscles are = temporarily reduces headache symptoms
  • Vascular system (blood vessels): increases or decreases blood flow = temporarily reduces headache symptoms
  • Endocrine (hormones): increases or decreases hormone levels = temporarily reduces headache symptoms

**Spoiler alert** Dry needling and neck strengthening has been shown to impact all of these systems as well, but the results last.


People find relief when the root cause is treated…


Root Causes

While a diagnosis provides a label for the type of headache one experiences, it doesn’t reveal the underlying reasons why these headaches occur. It’s imperative to look beyond the symptoms and consider various factors that may contribute to headaches.

Previous Injuries

Headaches can stem from previous injuries, such as motor vehicle accidents, whiplash injuries, concussions, or prolonged periods in braces. Understanding and addressing the lingering effects of these injuries is crucial for long-term headache relief.

Neck Weakness

Weakness in the neck muscles can lead to tension and compression of nerves and vessels, causing headaches. Strengthening exercises and physical therapy can play a pivotal role in addressing neck weakness and reducing headache frequency.

Nutritional Contributions

Certain nutritional deficiencies can contribute to headaches. Ensuring a well-balanced diet and addressing deficiencies in key nutrients, such as magnesium, can be essential for headache prevention.

Sleep Quality and Quantity

Inadequate sleep or poor sleep quality can be a significant contributor to headaches. Establishing good sleep hygiene practices and addressing sleep disorders can lead to significant improvements in headache frequency and severity.

How do I find lasting relief?

Multi cervical unit (MCU)

In the pursuit of genuine and enduring headache relief, understanding and addressing the root causes becomes paramount. While medications may offer temporary reprieve by masking symptoms, a holistic approach that delves into various facets of health is essential for sustained well-being.

The Power of In-Depth Physiotherapy Assessment

Embarking on a journey towards lasting headache relief begins with a comprehensive physiotherapy assessment. This meticulous examination explores various elements crucial to understanding the intricacies of your unique situation.

  • Nervous System Exploration: Unraveling the complexities of the nervous system unveils potential triggers for headaches. A thorough assessment helps identify areas of concern and guides the development of a targeted treatment plan.
  • Biomechanics of the Spine: The spine plays a pivotal role in overall health, and its biomechanics can significantly impact headaches. A focused examination of spinal dynamics allows for tailored interventions to address specific issues contributing to your discomfort.
  • Objective Strength of the Neck: The strength and stability of the neck are key components in the headache puzzle. Assessing these factors objectively helps pinpoint areas of weakness or imbalance, paving the way for targeted strengthening exercises.
  • Full Movement Screen: A comprehensive approach extends beyond the immediate site of discomfort. Conducting a full movement screen, scanning from head to toe, allows for a holistic understanding of your body’s mechanics and uncovers potential contributing factors.
  • Exploring Lifestyle Factors: Beyond the physical realm, lifestyle factors can exert a significant influence on headache patterns. Investigating elements such as diet, nutrition, water intake, and daily routines is integral to creating a comprehensive and effective headache management plan.

By embracing this multifaceted assessment, individuals gain insights into the intricate interplay of factors influencing their headaches. This knowledge serves as the foundation for a targeted and personalized approach, aiming not only to alleviate symptoms but to address the root causes, fostering enduring relief and improved overall well-being.

We are the solution for your pain.


In the quest for headache relief, it’s crucial to shift our focus from mere symptom management with medication to understanding the root causes. Medication should be seen as a tool to provide a temporary window of relief, allowing individuals to address the underlying issues through lifestyle changes, physical therapy, and other targeted interventions. By unraveling the mystery of headaches and addressing their root causes, we can pave the way for more effective, sustainable, and holistic headache management strategies.

Tyler Waterway

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