Physical therapy for headaches in Huntersville, North Carolina

Why in-home PT is better

Check 1:1 personalized treatments Check Necessary equipment comes to you Check Safe and convenient

Covered by:


Meet with the best headaches physical therapists in Huntersville, North Carolina

Huntersville, North Carolina, Luna’s talented group of physical therapists specialize in treating patients who suffer from headaches. Our PTs understand the debilitating effects of chronic headaches, and can help patients to not only identify the root cause, but address it with strengthening exercises, postural training, and lifestyle changes.

The best part of Luna? Our physical therapists come to you — it’s physical therapy, delivered.


What is a headache?

Headaches are among the most common causes of physical discomfort – around 7 in 10 people experience at least one headache each year, and over 45 million Americans suffer from frequent or even disabling headaches. Despite their prevalence, headaches can be difficult to treat and prevent.

That’s because there are numerous types of headaches, and even more potential causes. Some headaches are symptoms of an overarching problem; others are both the symptom and the cause. The most common types of headache are migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, sinus headaches, and post-traumatic headaches.

All headaches are characterized by pain in the head, scalp, or neck. In some cases, patients may also experience sensitivity to light and sound, visual auras, loss of appetite, or mood swings. Depending on the cause and type, headaches can last anywhere from a few minutes to several days.

Source: Healthline

Headache symptoms

The symptoms of any given headache will vary from one type to the next. Tension headaches, which are most common among women, tend to cause stiffness in the neck and shoulders, dull and aching pain, scalp tenderness, and a sensation of pressure across the forehead.

Cluster headaches, on the other hand, cause intense, throbbing pain behind the eyes. Cluster headaches usually occur several hours after the patient falls asleep, and are often confused with migraines due to their intensity.

Migraines can be distinguished from cluster headaches by the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Migraine symptoms also include pulsating sensations in the head, pain on only one side of the head, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can be so painful that patients may have difficulty even getting out of bed.

The most common symptoms of a headache include:

  • Pain in the head, and neck
  • Neck and shoulder stiffness
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Throbbing sensation in the forehead

Source: Healthline


What causes a headache?

All headaches can be classified into two categories: primary and secondary. Primary headaches are caused by chemical activity in the brain, the muscles of the head and neck, or the nerves and blood vessels surrounding the skull. They are not caused by an underlying condition.

Cluster headaches, tension headaches, and migraines are the most common examples of primary headaches. While they aren’t caused by any underlying conditions, these headaches can in fact be triggered by external factors. Common triggers include alcohol, specific foods like cured meats, a lack of sleep, poor posture, skipped meals, and stress.

Secondary headaches are caused by one or more separate conditions. Secondary headaches can occur as a result of a sinus infection, for example, a hangover, dehydration, or even dental problems. They can also occur because the patient is suffering from an aneurysm, a concussion, a brain tumor, or encephalitis.

The most common causes of a headache include:

  • Alcohol
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Underlying conditions
Source: Mayo Clinic

Physical therapy for headaches in Huntersville, North Carolina

While patients suffering from headaches might not immediately think of physical therapy as a viable treatment, it can in fact be useful. Firstly, many patients have difficulty pinpointing the cause of their headaches. A licensed physical therapist can help the patient to determine the underlying cause of their headaches by asking about the patient’s health history and evaluating their posture, strength, pain points, and range of motion.

If the physical therapist determines that the headaches are caused by an underlying condition, he or she can refer the patient to an appropriate medical specialist. For tension headaches, physical therapists can help patients improve neck mobility, strength, and posture — preventative measures that can reduce their frequency.

Source: Move Forward PT

Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

Across the Huntersville area, our therapists are at your service for in-home physical therapy sessions. We're committed to reaching you wherever you are, in any neighborhood we cover, to ensure that your PT experience is as convenient and accessible as possible.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

At Luna, we accept a variety of insurance plans and handle the benefits verification process seamlessly. Rest assured, your co-pay with Luna will mirror the precise amount stated in your insurance plan for a PT clinic visit. All major insurances and Medicare are welcome.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

Certainly not! We're committed to making it easy for patients to begin their physical therapy with us. New patients are always welcome, and for most, their first at-home physical therapy session can be scheduled within 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists maintain flexible schedules, available from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

Luna's therapists boast extensive experience, with a minimum of 3 years in practice, often with even more years under their belt. Every therapist undergoes a comprehensive interview and background check. We select therapists who are deeply committed to providing superior care to their patients.

We’ve got your back. Book a PT today.