Physical Therapy Modalities for Headache & Pain

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Key Questions
  • How can physical therapy help with migraine?
  • Why are the applications for physical therapy expanding?
  • What type of manual therapies are available?
  • Do any of these manual therapies have evidence for their use in migraine?
  • How does a physical therapist decide how to treat someone with migraine?
  • Is there a single best physical therapy for migraine?
  • How do you know as a patient if you’d benefit from physical therapy?
  • Which physical systems commonly play a role in migraine?
  • Can physical therapy help relieve an acute migraine attack?
  • Which position can be helpful for someone experiencing an acute attack?
  • What tips can you give to someone who clenches or grinds their teeth?
  • How do you know if your neck is a factor in your migraine condition?
  • What are the implications for physical therapy for someone who is hypermobile and has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?
  • Are there other types of headache that can be helped by physical therapy?
  • What is POTS and how is it related to migraine?
  • How does physical therapy help someone with POTS?
  • Can physical therapy play a role in the treatment of new daily persistent headache?
  • Who should not consider physical therapy for their health?
  • How can someone find a physical therapist who specializes in or has experience in migraine?
Interview Notes

Find more about Ali Ladak, PT, DPT, PhD and his work here:

Treatments Mentioned
  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Myofascial release
  • Physical therapy
  • Postural corrections
  • Stress management techniques
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

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Ali Ladak, PT, DPT, PhD

Lead Therapist
Penn Therapy & Fitness

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