Headache and Migraine Rehabilitation
There are many types of headache, all of which are capable of significantly impacting quality of life. Types of headaches are treated at mainstay include migraine, post traumatic headache, tension-type headache, cluster headache, and sinus/facial headache.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) is a term that covers pain and dysfunction in the muscles invovled in moving the jaw and chewing as well as the temporomandibular joints which connect the jaw to the skull. TMJD is characterized by pain in the jaw that can refer to the teeth, ears, head, eyes, and even neck; restricted or difficult jaw movements; and noises from the TMJ during jaw movements. TMJD can also cause dizziness and symptoms of sinus problems. TMJD symptoms can range from mild to severe and can significantly impact quality of life.
Treatments for headache and TMJD at mainstay include:
- Soft tissue and joint mobilization
- Therapeutic exercises to create muscle balance
- Intramuscular stimulation (trigger point dry needling)
- Pain/headahce trigger identification
- Skilled relaxation training
- Pacing strategy development
- Pain education