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  • Writer's pictureLoren Wooldridge

Navigating the Shoulder-Headache Connection


Did you know your headaches could be caused by your shoulder pain?

Hello there! As a physical therapist, I'm here to unravel the mystery of how your shoulders and neck are closely linked and why shoulder injuries might just be the reason behind those pesky headaches. Join me as we explore this connection and discuss how my fellow physical therapists and I can assist you without resorting to drastic measures like pills, injections, or surgery.

Understanding the Teamwork in Your Body
Picture your body as a well-coordinated team, with the shoulders and neck playing vital roles as partners in crime. They work together seamlessly, relying on muscles, tendons, and nerves to keep everything in balance. However, when one part gets injured, it sends ripples through the entire team. Let's delve into how this dynamic connection can manifest as headaches.




Muscle Tightness and Trigger Points: Simplifying the Complex
Visualize your muscles as adaptable rubber bands. Overuse or injury can cause them to tighten, much like rubber bands coiling up. A lot of times this tightness is from your brain trying to "protect" the area. This tightness doesn't stay put; it travels from your shoulders to your neck and may even reach your head, setting off a chain reaction that culminates in headaches. This can occur because some muscles travel from your shoulders to your head. At time same time, some muscle within the shoulder can refer pain into the head.

Muscles and Pain Communication: Decoding the Body's Language
Consider muscles as messengers, sending important information to your brain. When your shoulder is injured, these muscles can send pain referral signals to your head, even if your head isn't directly affected. It's akin to receiving a text from the wrong sender, leading to the discomfort we recognize as headaches.

Insights from Scientific Discoveries
Scientists delving into the intricacies of our bodies have unearthed a tangible link between shoulder injuries and headaches. Through experiments and research, they've uncovered that shoulder pain can indeed contribute to discomfort in the neck and head. This is why it is so crucial to get a complete movement examination looking into any link between your shoulder pain and headaches.




A Therapist's Toolbox: Helping You Navigate Recovery
The good news is that there's a solution, and it comes in the form of physical therapists – your injury detectives and recovery partners. We're armed with techniques and exercises that serve as strategic maneuvers too reset this shoulder response causing your headaches. These interventions aim to re-establish harmony between your shoulders and neck. Once harmony is reset, it's' time to load the body with the resiliency of strength.

Bringing the Pieces Together
So, if your shoulders are giving you grief and your head has decided to join the party, fret not! A compassionate physical therapist can guide you in reassembling the puzzle. With our expertise, you'll be back to feeling fantastic and fully prepared for the myriad activities your body can undertake! Here at The Health Lab, we have build our treatment for moments just like this. See what it's like to explore the link between your shoulder pain and headaches! We have a free 30 minute discovery visit that you can schedule right now.

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