Migraines and Headaches

Migraine and Headache Treatment in Nashville, TN

Steve Kravitz Physical Therapy

If you are lucky enough to be coming across Steve Kravitz, run, don’t walk to see him, you will not be disappointed. I have been seeing Steve regularly for going on two years and he is the only therapist I have found that effectively manages my chronic neck pain, TMJ, headache, fatigue, sleep and stress related symptoms. After years of trying other types of therapies like acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, shiatsu, osteopaths, and more, I can confidently say that his skill set is unique. Combining a foundation of Physical Therapy training with Craniosacral therapy, nerve mobilization and other techniques that were new to me, Steve effortlessly pulls from a deep well of knowledge to read and meet your body’s specific needs. Beyond his undeniable talent, he is also professional and trustworthy in a way that makes you feel comfortable, safe and taken care of. I could not recommend anyone more highly than Steve Kravitz, he has hugely improved my quality of life.
— Selden H.

●      Symptoms -

Headaches are typically a mild to moderate pain often described as feeling like a tight band around the head. Headaches may be triggered by stress, neck strain, missed meals, depression, anxiety, or lack of sleep. Some who suffer can clearly recognize the cause, but others it’s more simple to identify symptoms that signal an oncoming headache or migraine. It’s important to recognize what type of headache is responsible for your pain, so you can treat it correctly.

●      Causes -

Genetic components certainly contribute to headaches and migraines, but certain lifestyle choices can significantly influence the frequency and severity of an attack. Changes in sleep patterns, stress, food, medication, as well as changes in the environment are all factors that can trigger a headache or migraine. It’s a natural process for the human body to undergo stress and strain, which explains why tissues in your body tighten, contract, and distort and create restriction.

●      How to Get Relief -

Manual therapy interventions are found to be very beneficial in treatment of the cervical spine. Dr. Steve Kravitz provides a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare using techniques of joint mobilization, deep tissue mobilization, and muscular retraining that is uniquely tailored to relieve patient's specific problems overtime. Each treatment is gentle and non-invasive, focusing on releasing the tension and discomfort and aiding in ultimate relief. CranioSacral Therapy encourages fluid movement and drainage to make your body function more efficiently and restore your health by gently addressing and removing these compensations from your system via soft tissue, fascial mobilization, and nervous system balancing. Essentially, this allows patients to live a more active, healthy and happy life.

 

Types of Headaches:

Cluster Headaches -

●      Symptoms -

Cluster headaches are a fairly common for of chronic, recurrent headache. These headaches affect only one side of the head and may be associated with tearing of the eyes and nasal congestion. Patients commonly describe the pain occurring around or behind the eyelid, During an attack, most patients feel a sense of restlessness and unable to get comfortable. Patients typically are unlikely to lie down, as someone experiencing a migraine might. Cluster headaches occur as a severe, sudden headache and most likely occur during the dreaming (REM) phase of sleep. Cluster headaches may occur daily for months, alternating with periods without headaches (episodic), or they occur for a year or more without stopping (chronic). A person may experience alternating chronic and episodic phases.

 

●      Causes -

 Cluster headaches are the least common type of headaches and the specific cause is     unknown.

 

Tension Headaches -

●      Symptoms -

Tension headaches are the most common, accounting for 90% of headaches not related to disease. Patients have described tension headaches to feel like a constant ache or pressure around the head, especially at the temples or back of the head and neck. There is usually an increased tension in the scalp and neck muscles felt as well. The severity of these headaches are not as intense as migraines, and patients do not typically feel nauseated or vomit.

 

●      Causes -

Experts believe tension headaches may be caused by the contraction of the neck and scalp muscles in response to stress, anxiety, and possibly change in brain chemicals. A variety of foods, activities and stressors can cause these types of contractions. Those susceptible to tension-type headache are people with poor posture, beauticians and others who move their neck and shoulders a lot, and people who work at stationary, repetitive tasks, as on an assembly line.

 

Migraine Headaches -

●      Symptoms -

Migraine attacks can cause significant pain that lasts for hours to days and can be so severe that the pain is disabling. Prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome are four stages that accompany migraines, although not all stages may be experienced. One or two days prior to a migraine attack, it’s common for patients to undergo subtle changes including constipation, mood changes, food cravings, neck stiffness, increased thirst and urination and frequent yawning. Warning symptoms known as aura may occur before or with the headache. These can include flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling on one side of your face or in your arm or leg. Patients often describe the pain during a migraine as pulsing or throbbing in one area of the head. During migraines, patients are very sensitive to light and sound and may also become nauseated and vomit. In the postdrome phase, it’s common for patients to feel drained while other patients feel euphoric.

 

●      Migraine Causes -

There have been identifiable possible causes, but there is no definitive explanation for migraines. There are many factors that are known to have an influence on a migraine attack, and each factor varies between each individual. Changes in the environment, food, food additives, stress, medication, and drinks are all potential factors that can trigger an attack.

 


Schedule Your First Appointment -

Dr. Steve Kravitz of Steve Kravitz Physical Therapy provides a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare in order to ensure the highest quality care for patients in Nashville, Tennessee and New York, New York. Treatments are a unique, personalized approach to Physical Therapy which has been developed over twenty years to aid in ultimate pain relief.

 

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