Headaches Specialist

Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic

Chiropractors & Rehabilitation Centers located in Pittsburgh, PA

If you suffer from headaches, you aren’t alone: Nine in 10 Americans get dull, aching headache pain. When your headaches don’t respond to traditional treatments, or they’re so frequent they interfere with your life, call Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic. Dr. Justin Foltz works to find and eliminate the cause of your headaches at his Shadyside office, allowing you to get back to living your life. If you live in or near the City of Bridges and are tired of the adverse impact headaches have on your life, call the office today or book your appointment using our convenient online scheduling agent.

Headaches Q & A

Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic

What causes headaches?

Multiple issues and conditions can result in headaches. Sometimes headaches occur on their own (called primary headaches) and can include cluster headaches, migraines, and tension headaches. Other times, headaches manifest due to another condition (called secondary headaches) like sinus infections, high blood pressure, or dehydration.

You may also get headaches when exposed to specific headache triggers. Although many items can trigger headaches, some of the most common include:

  • Certain foods
  • Loud noises
  • Bright lights
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Too much exercise

What is a tension headache?

A tension headache is a common primary headache caused by muscle tension in the neck. These headaches often result in office jobs in which people spend the majority of their day sitting with poor posture in front of a computer all day.

Because the body remains sedentary for so long, the joints become irritated, and the muscles in your neck, shoulders, upper back, and scalp tighten, causing your head to ache. You may also feel like you have a tight band squeezing your head.

How does a chiropractor treat headaches?

Dr. Foltz works to eliminate your headaches and prevent future headaches from forming. He may discuss headache prevention, including:

  • Taking a break every 30 minutes after being in one position
  • Stretching your neck, back, and shoulders regularly throughout the day
  • Engaging in regular low-impact exercise to keep muscles loose
  • Avoiding clenching  your teeth, which adds tension and muscles stress
  • Drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day

When you’re suffering from acute headaches, Dr. Foltz can use spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to relieve any tension or stress.

Trigger point therapy can address issues with pain and muscle tension associated with your headaches. He may give you therapeutic exercises to do both in the office and at home that can reduce muscle tension and increase neck strength and stability, leading to fewer headaches.

He also offers advice on posture and workplace ergonomics that contribute to neck and back tension. By implementing his suggestions, you can reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches.

If you’re tired of suffering from headaches and want a non-pharmaceutical approach, visit Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic. Call the office or schedule your appointment online today.

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