Headache prevention tips from Panther PT in Harmony, PA

Preventing Headaches

Most people are familiar with the pain and discomfort caused by headaches. Head pain makes it difficult for you to accomplish daily tasks. It can even cause discomfort while sitting or lying down. 

Usually, headaches go away after some rest and over-the-counter painkillers. However, some cases of head pain are too severe for this kind of treatment.

Chronic and severe headaches will need professional assistance for treatment. These kinds of head pains are often the sign of a serious condition, which may include:

  • Slipped disc in the neck
  • Concussion
  • Migraines
  • Inflammation in the brain
  • Brain tumor
  • Meningitis

These kinds of conditions come with other symptoms too, such as vision loss, slurred speech and dizziness. It’s important to see your doctor if you have severe headaches and these or any other symptoms. 

These serious kinds of headaches are not as preventable. However, experiencing minor head pain from poor habits and poor posture can be prevented by following a few simple steps.

Steps for preventing head pain

  • Avoid triggers — Triggers are factors in the environment around you that can cause headaches. These may include certain smells, flavors or visual stimulants. Take note of your headaches and what was happening before the headache developed. You may notice a pattern and identify some triggers.
  • Exercise — Exercising can help lower your stress, which may be triggering your headaches. Exercising also helps improve the strength and flexibility of your neck muscles. This can help your neck reduce pressure off the spine, which may be causing headaches.
  • Lower your stress levels — Stress can cause tension in the muscles and high blood pressure that leads to headaches. Cut back on stress by simplifying your daily routines and practicing stress-reducing activities, such as tai-chi.
  • Improve your diet — Maintaining a healthy and regular diet can help lower your head pain. It’s also important to stay hydrated. Not drinking enough water is a quick way to earn yourself a headache.
  • Get better sleep — Lack of sleep can increase the amount of headaches you experience throughout the day. If you can improve your sleep schedule, do it. If you don’t know why you’re not getting sleep, talk to a professional for help.

Treating headaches at Panther Physical Therapy in Zelienople, PA

Regardless of the steps you take to prevent headaches, they can still occur for many reasons. When this happens, you should talk to our Panther Physical Therapy team in Zelienople, Pennsylvania about what physical therapy can do for you.

Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial consultation.

Our Zelienople location:

23 Northgate Plaza
Harmony, Pennsylvania 16037

We serve from two other locations in Pennsylvania. If Harmony is too far, check out our locations page to find a clinic closer to you.