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I am a full-time mother and full-time employee making life very busy. The stress of work and everything else was getting to me. I was having horrible headaches and did not know what to do. My doctor diagnosed me with tension headaches and referred me to physical therapy. What will a physical therapist do to help me?


Cervical headaches, tension headaches, or occipital neuralgia are often caused by poor posture, too much time in front of the computer, stress, or a lack of proper postural awareness. Generally, the greater occipital nerve and its corresponding branches are aggravated by muscle spasms in the back of the lower head or the sub-occipital region. Patients commonly complain of pain starting at the base of their head and radiating up the back of their heads and around the side/s of the head. Postural correction, range of motion and stretching exercises can be very beneficial in alleviating symptoms initially.

Follow-up treatments to ensure that good core and cervical stabilization exercises are initiated will assist in decreasing re occurrence of symptoms and maintain proper prolonged posture. For information on postural correction and/or cervical headaches or to make an appointment, call Corvallis Sport and Spine Physical Therapy Clinic at (541) 752-0545 or visit our website at
617 Hickory St. NW, Suite 160
ALbany, OR • Phone 541.928.1411