Our team at Advanced Headache Center focuses on providing patients with alternative integrative treatments to achieve headache and migraine pain relief.
According to the World Health Organization, headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system.
Approximately 47% of the global adult population suffers from headaches. Conventional treatment of headaches often includes over the counter pain medication and prescribed narcotics.
Relying on pain-killers should never be your only option for headache pain relief. Not only is it dangerous, but it is not as effective as integrative headache treatments that treat the headache and promote headache prevention. Continuous use of such medications can lead to dependency, kidney damage and gastrointestinal issues.
Fortunately, our team of headache specialists is highly trained and experienced in providing alternative relief to headache sufferers.
Listed below are some treatments that we offer to provide headache relief, headache prevention, and an overall improved quality of life.
The multimodal headache treatment is often confused with rational polypharmacy. While similar, the multimodal approach offers multiple modalities of treatment including pharmacological & non pharmacological.
Rational polypharmacy refers to the use of more than one medication to treat headache pain, especially when the pain is chronic. A headache specialist works with each individual patient to determine a course of treatment that makes sense for the particular pain at hand without adding adverse effects or creating dependency.
Trigger points are irritated and tight areas of muscle in the body that can be responsible for headaches when located in the head, neck or shoulders. This trigger point pain is often called myofascial pain. Trigger points can also be responsible for migraines and chronic headaches.
Botox is FDA approved for it's efficacy in treating and preventing migraines. Botox injections may be administered in multiple injection sites surrounding the head and neck to decrease chronic migraine symptoms which can be debilitating.
Occipital nerve blocks are injections directed into the tissue around the occipital nerves to decrease inflammation and swelling and pain. This type of treatment often provides headache pain relief for headaches localized in the back of the head as well as tension and migraine headaches.
Intravenous Infusions offer patients an alternative treatment for headaches. Many patients prefer to not rely on pain-killers or narcotic medication to ease headaches and gravitate towards safe and painless infusion therapy. Infusions for headaches reduce headache pain & often consist of magnesium, which is known to produce safe effective headache relief
Sphenopalatine Ganglion is a collection of nerves just behind the nose that is often responsible for chronic headaches and head pain. This Ganglion is linked to the trigeminal nerve, the main nerve involved in a headache, migraine or facial pain. The Sphenopalatine Ganglion block is frequently used for the treatment for migraines, cluster headaches, and facial pain. This minimally invasive procedure is performed in our outpatient center.
Physical Therapy programs can be an effective treatment option for most pain, it can be extremely effective and work quickly for the treatment of headaches. Treatments will be customized to fit your individual needs. Physical therapy can treat headaches that are caused by musculoskeletal issues including muscle tension and tightness, disc pathology, lack of neck motion, poor posture, and even tightness in the back between the shoulder blades.
Chiropractic care can be very effective treatment for headaches. Spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system can reduce headaches and even eliminate them. Chiropractic care can determine whether the headache may be caused, or aggravated by any misaligned vertebrae in the spine, a condition known as a subluxation, which may be creating undue nerve interference.
Acupuncture is a traditional form of Chinese medicine used to help alleviate many pain conditions. It can be very effective in the treatment of migraines and headaches. Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system and promoting a feeling of relaxation. In a typical Acupuncture session sterile, hair-thin needles are inserted into the body by a Certified Acupuncturist for anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Due to the thinness of Acupuncture needles, pain is not often experienced during an Acupuncture session.