Treatments for Headaches

Do you suffer from occasional or chronic tension headaches & migraines? You are not alone! Headaches are one of the most common disorders that effect the general population and we are here to help.  Joseph Jacobs, Doctor of Physical Therapy and founder of Reliant/specialist, has developed the "Advanced Soft Tissue Release" (patent pending) to gently and effectively treat pain related to headaches and migraines. Most clients experience pain relief within their first session and testify that Dr. Jacobs' approach is gentle and does not cause additional pain. Most clients boast that the results are immediate and long-term. Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Jacobs! Doctor Jacobs specializes in TMJ, Headache and migraine therapy.

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Tension & Cervicogenic Headache

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache associated with tightness of the soft tissue in the head, neck and shoulders. Tension headaches could be releated to poor posture, stress, depression, anxiety or head injury. Tension headaches are usually experienced on both sides of the head.  Tension headaches usually start at the back of the head and spread to the front. Tension headaches may occur when head and neck muscles become tense. The muscle tension may be as result of stress, anxiety, depression, and/or head injury. Advanced Soft Tissue Release, developed by Dr. Jacobs/ specialist (patent pending), is a very gentle, effective and natural approach to treating tension headaches. 

Tension Headache Symptoms:

These are some tension headache symptoms

  • Dull / aching pressure 
  • A tight band on the head
  • Head and neck pain all over
  • Symptoms are worse in the head, neck, temples, back, shoulders
  • Sleep disturbance

Tension Headache Causes:

The following could be triggers for tension headaches

  • Poor posture
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Caffeine 
  • Smoking 
  • Depression
  • Alcohol 
  • TMJ/ jaw problem such as clenching or grinding
  • Eye strain
  • The flu, cold or sinus infection

Migraine Headaches 

Migraine Headaches are the second most common headache and often occur with other symptoms such as nausea and change in vision.  Throbbing or pounding head pain is usally associated with migraines and can take place on one side of the head.  Individuals who suffer from migraine headaches can be sensitive to light or noise and may experience "aura," which is a group of visual symptoms just before the headache attack.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, about 12 % of the U.S population suffers from migraines headachesMigraine headaches occur 3 times more often in females than males. The World Health Organization considers migraine headaches one of the 20 most disabling medical illnesses in the world. Migraine headaches can occur with an aura, which can be followed by visual symptoms without auras. Patients who have migraine headaches may suffer from sleep disturbance, anxiety and depression.

Migraine Headache Symptoms:

These are some of the symptoms of migraine headaches:

  • Pounding, pulsating, or throbbing pain
  • Migraine may begin on one side of the head and spread to the other side or stay on one side
  • Intense pain around the sides of the forehead
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Vertigo, dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fatigue
  • Visual disturbances such as blurred vision, temporarily blind spots, flashing lights
  • Sensitivity to noise, light and/ or movement
  • Body parts may feel weak, tingly or numb

At Reliant, we treat headaches naturally through using the Advanced Soft Tissue Release and cold laser therapy. Most of our clients testify that their headache symptoms disappear in a matter of minutes when treated with Advanced Soft Tissue Release. 

Reliant Physical Therapy is one of the few clinics in Southern Orange County with a special program to treat headaches and migraines and is proud to offer this service to its clients. Orange County.

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  • Patient avoided hip surgery.

  • Patient avoided back surgery.

  • This newborn came in unable to move his neck from the side position. He suffered from torticollis, severe neck and back spasms. After just 1 ASTR treatment, he had complete range of motion.

  • Patient came in unable to move his neck from the side position. After 3 ASTR treatments, he regained full range of motion.

  • This young gymnast came in unable to do the splits. After just 1 ASTR treatment, she had full range of motion.


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