Shift Wellness

Integrative Physical therapy located in Union Square, New York, NY

An estimated 17% of Americans suffer from severe headaches and migraines that interfere with every aspect of their daily life. The team at Shift Wellness in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan has extensive experience using holistic therapies to help people in New York City find relief from their headache pain. If you need help with headaches, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Headaches Q & A

What causes headaches?

Well over 100 headaches exist but they’re all classified as either primary or secondary:

Primary headaches

Primary headaches develop due to a problem with the structures in your head or neck. Tension headaches and migraines are two of the most common primary headaches.

Secondary headaches

An underlying health condition causes secondary headaches. For example, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), sinus congestion, and spine conditions can lead to secondary headaches.

What symptoms develop due to headaches?

All headaches cause pain, but the severity, duration, and location of the pain can differ depending on the type of headache. 

These are a few examples of the symptoms caused by different headaches:

Tension headaches

Tension headaches cause mild to moderate pain that often affects both sides of your head. These headaches are short-lived, lasting 30 minutes to several hours.

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches cause sharp, piercing pain that’s focused around one eye. These headaches can last up to several hours, and they appear daily for months before going into remission.

Migraine headaches

Migraines cause severe, throbbing pain that’s usually focused around one temple but may affect both sides. These headaches last up to three days and cause body-wide symptoms such as nausea and sensitivity to lights and sounds.

How are headaches treated?

The team at Shift Wellness evaluates your physical, emotional, and nutritional health. As they identify problems that contribute to your headaches, they develop a tailor-made treatment plan that includes therapies such as:


Since headaches arise from problems in your neck and head, they respond well to chiropractic care, such as spinal manipulation. 

Functional medicine

Functional medicine focuses on the root cause of your headaches and using integrative therapies to treat the problem. Your nutritional status is at the heart of functional medicine because the foods you eat can prevent, treat, or cause headaches.

The team at Shift Wellness evaluates your diet and performs blood tests to determine if you’re low in certain nutrients. Vitamin deficiencies can cause headaches, including migraines.  

Using food as medicine and medical-grade supplements when needed, treats your headache by eliminating deficiencies and reducing inflammation.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy decreases headache pain using therapeutic exercises to strengthen neck muscles and improve your body mechanics.


Massage eases headaches by relaxing your muscles and improving circulation. Many patients with headaches also find relief with trigger point therapy to relax tight, knotted muscles.

You can find relief from headache pain at Shift Wellness. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.