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Headache Management

The department of Rehabilitation Services at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center offers physical therapy interventions for patients with headaches of all types, especially those with associated symptoms in the neck or upper back. The goal of rehabilitation care is to reduce the intensity and frequency of pain, muscle spasm, and associated disability.

Each patient’s treatment plan will be customized according to their needs. Services offered by Rehabilitation Services include:

  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Biomechanics and posture retraining
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Pain relief modalities such as ice, heat and ultrasound.
  • Ergonomic assessment to decrease strain on the muscles that contribute to headaches
  • Education and home exercise programs


Kelly Bird, PT, DPT
Clinical Coordinator, Outpatient Rehabilitation

  • Education:BS University of Maryland, College Park; Doctorate of Physical Therapy Shenandoah University
  • Special Clinical Interests:Orthopedics, Cervical Pain/Headaches

Miriam Higgins, PT, DPT, OCS
Clinical Specialist

  • Education: BS University of Pittsburgh, DPT Shenandoah University
  • Certifications/Advanced Training: Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), Credentialed Clinical Instructor
  • Special Clinical Interests: Orthopedics, Rehabilitation for Neurologic Diagnoses

Johna Ruffo, PT

  • Education: BA in Biology Western Maryland College, BS Physical Therapy University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Special Clinical Interests: Spine Rehabilitation, Total Joint Replacements 

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