It can be difficult to differentiate between a typical headache or a migraine as both can cause pressure or pain in the head.

  • Headaches are unpleasant pains in the head that cause pressure and aching.  The pain ranges from mild to severe and usually occur on both sides of the head with some specific areas like the forehead, temples or back of head.  It can last anywhere between 30 minutes to a week. The most common type of headache is a tension headache. Triggers for this type of headache can include stress, muscle strain and anxiety.
  • Migraines can range from moderate to severe pain and some people experience enough severe pain that they seek care at an emergency room.  Migraine headaches typically affect only one side of the head; however, it can be possible to affect both sides. The pain quality is intense pain that may be throbbing.  Other symptoms may be associated with migraines, such as nausea, pain behind one eye or ear, seeing spots or flashing lights, sensitivity to light and/or sound, temporary vision loss, and/or vomiting.  Triggers for migraine headaches can include emotional anxiety, contraceptives, alcohol, hormonal changes and/or menopause.

Pilates and Physical Therapy is a great combination where the hands-on care to release muscle tension can be combined with posture re-training.