By Athlete's Care on January 07, 2019
Everyone gets headaches now and then. Our Toronto physiotherapists treat a wide variety of aches and pains that involve the musculo-skeletal system, but the common garden variety of headache isn’t usually on their radar. Occasional headaches are nothing to worry about. When they become a daily – or nearly daily – reality that interferes with other areas of your life, then headaches require serious treatment.
Physiotherapy for headaches is a relatively recent innovation that has developed over the last decade or two, and can show remarkable improvement for some patients who haven’t responded to other types of therapy. The key lies in determining what is causing the pain, and whether physical therapy can alleviate the problem.
What Type Of Headache Is It?
Headaches are among the most common of all health related issues anywhere, and the International Headache Society lists over 300 types. According to WHO (World Health Organization,) in developed countries, about half of men, and a third of all women, suffer from tension-type headaches.
At one time, it was thought that abnormalities in the blood vessels, and therefore the blood flow, in and around the brain were to blame for migraines and some other types of headaches. More recently, however, the consensus seems to be leaning towards dysfunctions of the cervical spine instead for some cases, known as cervicogenic headaches. That’s where physiotherapy can come into the loop.
With the level of complexity, it’s not surprising that many people experience issues related to the cervical spine. Physiotherapy is most useful in cases of chronic and fairly benign – i.e. not severe – headaches. A research study published in 2004 found that regular (non-specialized) physiotherapy treatments helped reduce the frequency of chronic tension headaches.
Symptoms are typically consistent.
What Your Toronto Physiotherapist Can Do
Once other causes have been ruled out, and a cervicogenic headache has been diagnosed, your physiotherapist can begin to determine what is causing the pain.
If you are experiencing chronic headaches, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Toronto physiotherapists to discuss whether treatment might be right for you. You can call one of our Toronto physiotherapy, chiropractic, and sports medicine clinics today for a consultation.
By Athlete's Care on November 19, 2018
For walking to become a workout, you need an athletic approach. It can also be something you do for fun, but walking yourself fit means having some discipline and getting the basics right. Here are five principles to keep in mind.
Pro Tip: Use a pedometer and/or heart rate monitor to be sure you’re within your advisable rates. A personal coach can help you set your goals.
Above all, make walking a habit and not something that you’re adding on to your day. It should be an integral part of your daily routine.
Even if you feel healthy and don’t seem to have any issues, we advise that you get the advice of your healthcare professional about your fitness goals, especially if there are pre-existing issues, or previous injuries or surgeries. Our Toronto physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other sports medicine specialists are available for advice and consultation. Call us or drop by one of our Toronto physiotherapy clinics today to make an appointment.
By Athlete's Care on August 16, 2018
By Athlete's Care on June 18, 2018
Pack and bring your food! Make sure you plan ahead before your go grocery shopping so that you’ll be able to choose healthy products. Make your meals ahead of time and pack them in containers so you don’t have to rush to make it before you leave for work.
Share your healthy meals with your coworkers to encourage healthy eating in the environment.
Research nearby food places that sell healthy meals when you feel like buying food for your lunch break. This can give you the opportunity to walk around and move more if you’re mostly sitting at your work.
Drink plenty of water. Bring a portable water bottle to work so you can refill it throughout the day.
Be mindful of your caffeine intake. If you need energy, try consuming healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, or nuts as alternatives to more cups of caffeinated beverages.
Have a light lunch (for example: salad with a side of protein) and snack throughout the day.
Get up and move during your lunch break to catch some sun and take a stroll outside.
Take breaks when needed. Stretch, move your body, and refresh yourself in order to take the strain away from your lower back, neck, and eyes due to long periods of sitting and staring at the computer screen.
Try to reduce the consumption of sugary snacks and drinks at work. Eating them will not keep you alert throughout the day. Consume complex carbohydrates instead.
Nutrition tip provided by Registered Dietitian and Sports Dietitian, Ben Sit. Contact Athlete's Care at Yonge & Sheppard to book an appointment with Ben or click the here to find a Registered Dietitian near you!