Headaches can be occasional or chronic and can affect our daily activities. Pain of ANY type that occurs in any part of the head is called a headache, but there are many different types of headaches resulting from many different causes.
The International Headache Society describes several different categories of headache:
- Migraine and cluster
- Secondary headaches from an underlying condition, such as fever, infectious disease, sinus disorder, or in rare cases, a tumor or more serious illness
- Cranial neuralgias, facial pain, and other headaches
Most headaches are harmless and resolve on their own, although severe headaches that recur frequently can affect your ability to do your daily activities and can reduce your quality of life.
The challenge lies in determining the type of headache, its cause, and in developing an appropriate treatment plan that will reduce both its frequency and intensity. Physical therapists can help determine the type of headache you have and are experts in managing pain from tension-type headaches.
Sources: International Headache Society, MoveFowardPT.com, the official consumer Web site of the American Physical Therapy Association, © 2014