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ask a Professional Sarah Pettyjohn, PT, DPT Q: I seem to be getting headaches a lot more often as I get older, what causes that? A: Headaches are one of the most common of all physical complaints and can be one of the most frustrating. Pain of any type that occurs in any part of the head is called a headache. While there are many kinds of headache, tension headaches are the most common type of headaches in adults. They may be the result of a neck or jaw problem, poor posture, fatigue, or stress. Problems in the neck, head, or jaw--such as an injury or arthritis--can lead to tension in the muscles at the back of the head and to increased pressure on the nerves to the face and head. Poor posture can cause these muscles to become overworked, which can trigger a headache. At my office, we have good success treating headaches by making changes to a person’s posture, strength, and flexibility in order to decrease compression on the nerves that tend to cause headaches. Many of these exercises are things that a person can do at home to keep the headaches from coming back after therapy is done, so you should not suffer through your headaches, talk to your doctor and see what options are available for you. Sundog Rehabilitation, llC Serving Rapid Valley and Custer locations! 605-787-2719 www.sundogrehab.com - Most Insurance Accepted

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