If you suffer from headaches, you know how debilitating they can be. Fortunately, most headaches can be successfully treated.
At New Body ~ New Mind we have developed expertise in conservative treatment of headaches and associated musculoskeletal disorders (neck disorders, TMJ) using manual therapy, physical therapy and hypnotherapy approaches.
Did you know that over 80% of headaches are caused by chronic tension in the muscles of the scalp, neck, and shoulders? Such muscular headaches are called tension headaches and are myofascial in nature. Read more about tension headaches and myofascial pain >
Joints, discs, or nerves of the neck can also refer pain to the head. Headaches that originate from the structures of the neck are called cervicogenic headaches. Cervicogenic headaches are usually associated with increased tension of the neck muscles, therefore it’s not unusual for cervicogenic headaches to have a tension headache component. Read more about cervicogenic headaches >
Migraine headaches, although not muscular in nature, are frequently accompanied by tightening of the neck muscles. Many of our patients who are migraine sufferers respond favorably to treatment geared towards a decrease of muscular tension in the neck-shoulder region, as evidenced by a significant drop in the frequency and intensity of their migraine attacks.
Treatment of muscular and joint-related headaches has been an area of special interest in our practice. When treating headache patients at New Body ~ New Mind, we typically follow the general protocol outlined below. Please keep in mind that specific techniques and treatment modalities we will use when working with you will depend on your individual clinical picture.
Once we understand the possible causes of your headaches, we can start working towards their resolution, utilizing the following treatment modalities:
Once your headache symptoms are significantly decreased, we begin to work on retraining your neck and shoulder muscles to ensure their proper activation during exercise, work and daily activities, while continuing manual therapy as needed. The final goal of your headache treatment is full resolution of your headache symptoms and return to 100% of function.
Throughout the entire treatment process it is essential that you learn what to do in your everyday life to eliminate (or minimize) perpetuating factors and support the therapeutic interventions provided to you in our clinic.
If at any point of your treatment we determine that you would benefit from dental appliance therapy, we will refer you to a dentist who specializes in treatment of headaches (or, if your dentist is a headache specialist, we will be happy to work together with him/her). Read more about our headache treatment philosophy and protocol >
Watch video testimonials and read what our former patients say about headache treatment at New Body ~ New Mind.
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