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Recognizing the Causes of a Cluster Headache – and How to Treat It

Anytypeofpainthatoccurswithinthehead can be referred to as a “headache.” Most headacheswillresolveontheirownwithout medical intervention; however, severe or recurrent headaches that interfere with one’s quality of life should most certainly be evaluated further. The challenge lies in identifying which type of headache you’re experiencingandthendevisingatreatment plan accordingly. Cluster headaches are a specific type of chronicheadache.AlsoknownasHorton’s syndrome, cluster headaches are short- livedbutpainfulheadachesthatoccurevery day for weeks or even months at a time. They occur in patterns or “clusters,” and they may even happen at the same time everyyear,suchas inthespringorfall.Most cluster attacks occur at night; however, it is possible for them to occur at any point during the day, sometimes multiple times throughout theday.Thepainyou feel from cluster headaches is defined as chronic, due to the nature of the ongoing clusters. Ifyouaresufferingfromchronicheadaches, it is important to realize that you are not alone. Infact,accordingtothe International HeadacheSociety,headachesare the third most common pain complaint across the world. If you’ve been living with nagging

headaches that seem to come and go at different times, you may be experiencing cluster headaches. Contact Advantage Physical Therapy today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physical therapists and figure out exactly what type of headache is plaguing you. What causes a cluster headache? While some headaches have specific triggers, such as hormonal changes, stress, or tension,clusterheadachestypicallydonot. Whiletheexactcauseofclusterheadaches is unknown, many medical professionals believe that they are associated with the hypothalamus.Some factors thatmayput you at a higher risk for developing cluster headaches include: • Age. Most people who develop cluster headaches are between 20-50 years old. • Sex. Males are more likely to develop cluster headaches than females. • Smoking. A large number of people who experienceclusterheadachesaresmokers. • Alcohol. Alcohol use can aggravate or even trigger a cluster attack. • Family history. Those who have family memberswithclusterheadachesaremore likely to develop them themselves.

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Upper Body Strengthening



Lift chest bone up and out, let shoulders fall down and back gently. Be careful not to arch your back. Hold for 10 seconds 10 times, repeat 3-4 times throughout the day.

Exercises copyright of Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.


How can physical therapy help relieve my cluster headaches?


Physicaltherapy isn’tnormallysomeone’sfirstthoughtwhentheyhaveaheadache -most of the time, the common reaction is to take some form of pain-relieving medication. This may help to relieve pain in the short-term, but if you are constantly suffering from headaches, pain relief drugs will not provide you with the same long-term effects that physical therapy will. Some common physical therapy treatments for headache relief includes: • Trigger point therapy

• Heat or ice compressions • Soft tissue mobilization • Muscular releases • Muscle energy techniques • Body mobilization • Cervical traction • McKenzie-based therapies

Lasertherapyusesaprocesscalledphotobiomodulation. Unlike medications, laser therapy reduces pain without undesirablesideeffects. It isalso important topointout that patients report long-lasting pain relief. While the number of treatments required may vary depending on the acuity of the condition, many patients experience lasting relief after only a couple treatments. With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick, usually 5-12 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated.

• Strengthening • Laser therapy • Stretching

Since there are some environmental factors associated with cluster headaches, your physical therapist may also suggest lifestyle changes to help prevent the headaches from occurring. This may include increasing exercise or cutting out alcohol and/or cigarettes.Yourphysical therapistcanalsoprovideyouwithstressreliefexercises to try and avoid stressful situations that may cause your cluster headaches, or the adoption ofadditionalhealthy lifestylechoices,suchasmaintainingaconsistentsleepschedule or implementing a more nutritious diet. Contact Advantage Physical Therapy today: We can help get to the root of your problem and figure out what factors are causing your cluster headaches so we can treat them accordingly. If you have been dealing with persistent, ongoing headaches that you believe may be cluster headaches, don’t hesitate to contact our office today. We will help you figure out the cause of your headaches and provide an effective, safe, and natural treatment plan for eliminating them! MEDICAL NIGHT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4TH AT 6:30 Kelsi Taylor PT, DPT will be fielding questions at the Medical Night hosted by Super Jock N Jill at 6:30-7:30pm on Wednesday, March 4th. Come join us at Super Jock ‘n Jill for Medical night at the Redmond location on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 pm for walking and running assessments, shoe advice, and injury prevention and treatment option advice. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity!


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White Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Recipe


At Advantage Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get Advantage Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

INGREDIENTS • 1 tbsp white chocolate chips • 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla greek yogurt • 3/4 cup frozen raspberries

• 1 cup almond milk/milk of choice • 1/2 cup ice • Fresh raspberries for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS In a small microwave safe bowl, heat white chocolate chips about 30 seconds and stir until smooth and melted through. Set aside to cool slightly. Add all ingredients, including melted chocolate, to a blender (or bullet, food processor, etc). Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with fresh berries. Enjoy!

Patient Review “I came to Advantage with right shoulder impingement, and Ann Johnson worked with me to improve my range and become pain-free. Then, I fell and fractured my right collarbone! After surgery and healing, I returned to Ann. Six months later, I have my range pf motion back. My collarbone has healed and my strength is returning.Thanks Ann! It has been a sometimes frustrating, painful journey, but success! Couldn’t have done it without your expertise, care, and encouragement!”

Our Specialties

• Running & Gait Analysis • Custom Orthotic Fitting (At Redmond) • Certified Astym Specialties in Sammamish

• The Mulligan Technique • Advanced Manual Therapy Technology • Kineseotaping

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