Guelph Rehab Centre has a unique and very successful treatment program for treating headaches and migraines.

Headaches are most often caused by restricted soft tissue (ie. muscles) that will put pressure on the vessels and entrap the nerves within the soft tissue.  Most people don’t associate headaches with an overuse injury, but essentially when the neck muscles are contracted for long periods at a time they are being overused which will cause muscle tightness and injury.  An example of this is sitting at a desk or driving in a car.  “Slouching” and forward head carriage causes the deeper muscles in the neck to stay contracted.

Most headaches are a direct result of:


  • restricted soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia)
  • trigger points (hyper-irritable spots or “knots” within a muscle)
  • adhesions/scar tissue
  • nerve entrapments
  • poor posture
  • improper body mechanics
  • repetitive strain

We have developed a personalized 6 to 8-week program that is proven to accelerate recovery and deliver lasting relief. This program involves collaborative treatment protocols that guide the patient through various stages of recovery from initial assessment to discharge.  

Our programs integrate 6 key components:


  1. Manual Therapy  (ART, Myofascial Release, Joint Mobilization)
  2. Spinal Decompression and Cold Low-Level Laser
  3. Acupuncture, IMS-intermuscular stimulation, Dry Needling
  4. Postural education and correction
  5. Active stretching and exercises
  6. Lifestyle/Homecare program

 A complete postural assessment and a home care program are implemented to avoid reoccurrences.