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What do tight ballcaps, hairbands and glasses all have in common?


August 29, 2018

Headache ..? It might be your headgear.

So, it occurred to me, that most people actually do not know the answer to the question: What do tight ball caps, hairbands and glasses all have in common?   We could add more items to that same list…
  • Leaning your chin in your hands
  • Sleeping with your hand against your face
  • Wearing tight earmuffs
  • Using over the ear headphones for a long period of time
We can sometimes do all of the things above and have no issues at all that we know of, and then, one day, suddenly have a lot of issues.  The symptoms of something going wrong can be:
  • Headaches
  • Ear pain
  • Vision changes
  • Sinus changes ( been having sinus infections?)
  • Tinnitus (if you have to ask what this is…you do not have it)

Mechanical Changes Throughout Bones

If you have been following our articles over the years, you might recognize this list as the list of issues that can be tied to craniosacral problems. If you are having any of these problems we can help. Any pressure, especially prolonged or repeated pressure to any part of the head can cause a mechanical change throughout the cranial/head bones, that can then become things  like headaches and earaches, and sinus infections. These changes do not necessarily happen over night like brain injuries or concussions, but the wear of your glasses or hats does make an impact on the skull. It may take years for the effects to take place but we can help relieve some of the pressure  and symptoms with craniosacral therapy.

Some of the pressure points to be aware of include:
  • temples
  • forehead
  • ears
  • jaw
  • eyes
  • chin

Increased pressure on any of these areas can cause craniosacral shifts over time. These small shifts can lead to later issues like those listed above. We at Body Image Physical Therapy & Fitness, P.C. can help you with your headaches and other craniosacral problems.

For Those of You Who Are New To Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing
the functioning of a physiological system called the craniosacral system. This system is
comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain
and spinal cord. When something goes wrong in this system, it can cause issues
throughout the body. Even some odd issues that don’t seem connected like neck problems leading to hip pain.

When pressure is being applied to your head’s pressure points it can create issues as well. Some headgear may seem more common for causing these headaches and they can even lead into long term migraines without proper care and treatment.

Like mentioned above ball caps can cause issues. If you are frequent hat wearer taking a break from wearing hats or find hats that fit more loosely. This can help reduce the amount of pressure on your skull, therefore helping to reduce migraines. It might also be a nice break from that hat hair. But hats are not the only headgear that can cause issues.


The Shocking Cause Behind Your Headache

Tight glasses seem to be the one item on this list people are most surprised about.  When you feel around the curve of your ears, do you feel a deep ridge where your glasses sit?  Is this area tender to touch? This might be a sign you need new glasses. Especially if you just got new glasses and you are already feeling pain or discomfort from them. They won’t wear in but your skull might change around your glasses and make feel more comfortable.

Vision specialists want our eyes to be centered a certain way with our glasses, that may mean the frame needs to be small to keep our glasses properly positioned for our eyes. Or that they are tight and put continued pressure on our ears. Even smaller frames with spring loaded ear pieces are a problem because they are still applying pressure, though this is a step up from frames that are simply too tight.

As a PT, I would like to see everyone with lightweight, extra wide frames (not smaller frames with spring loaded ear pieces, because  that still creates pressure) where the earpieces sit softly about the curve of the ear. It is an even bigger issue if the ear pieces are causing pressure at the temples before they even get to the ear. So I want everyone to consider getting wider glasses to prevent craniosacral problems in the long run. After all an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

So following this line of logic, looking at things like leaning into your hands, tight earmuffs, ball caps, etc, the pressure that is exerted on the head can cause a variety of problems that are preventable.  So…..loosen that cap, buy wider glasses and stretch out those earmuffs! No more ridges may mean no more headaches!

Even changing your sleeping or resting posture can help reduce the amount of pressure put on your head and neck helping to reduce problems. If you have had problems falling asleep  or staying asleep craniosacral therapy has also shown to help with these issues. It can even help with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety!

While prevention is definitely worth more in the long run if you have found yourself having problems with migraines, insomnia, or neck pain Body Image PT can help you with some Craniosacral Therapy. We can even help you adjust your habits and posture to prevent more problems from occurring in the future.  

Don’t let craniosacral problems lead your life any longer. We can help relieve the pain and pressure that these issues cause because our job at Body Image Physical Therapy & Fitness is to provide the highest quality of care to the health needs of our community, Body Image Physical Therapy & Fitness, P.C. seeks to maintain the highest treatment standards and be a great source of information. If we can help you, contact us today!