Can hypermobility cause headaches?

Can hypermobility cause headaches?
Can hypermobility cause headaches?

Hypermobility itself is not typically a direct cause of headaches.

However, there are some indirect ways in which hypermobility may contribute to or exacerbate headaches:

  1. Cervical Instability:
    • Some people with hypermobility, particularly in the neck and upper spine, may experience cervical instability.
    • This instability can lead to neck pain and tension, which, in turn, may contribute to tension-type headaches or cervicogenic headaches.
  2. Muscle Tension:
    • The muscle imbalances and fatigue often associated with hypermobility can lead to muscle tension, including in the muscles of the neck and shoulders.
    • This tension can trigger headaches, especially tension-type headaches.
  3. Posture and Spinal Alignment:
    • Hypermobility can affect posture and spinal alignment.
    • Poor posture and misalignment can cause stress on the neck and upper back, potentially leading to headaches.
  4. Other Coexisting Conditions:
    • Hypermobility is sometimes associated with connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which can have a wide range of symptoms, including headaches.
    • Additionally, people with hypermobility may be more prone to conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, which can cause headaches.

While hypermobility can indirectly contribute to headaches, it’s important to note that there can be various other causes of headaches, such as stress, tension, migraines, sinus issues, and more.

If you have hypermobility and are experiencing headaches, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional who can help identify the specific cause of your headaches and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

This plan may include addressing any hypermobility-related issues, such as muscle imbalances or cervical instability, that could be contributing to your headaches.

Treatment options for hypermobility

Customized physical therapy is valuable for both men and women who experience hypermobility or even diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. It can significantly improve quality of life and help individuals regain control and confidence in their body.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team in physical therapy to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Hypermobility Strengthening Program. This is a whole body approach to improve body awareness, target the approach muscle stabilizers and improve muscle imbalances.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can help you!