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TREATING HEADACHE PAIN

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Our Mission

To educate headache sufferers about anatomy of headaches, provide effective Osteopathic manual therapy and neuromuscular therapy to relieve headache pain; and to instruct patients in self-management techniques that can help prevent headache pain.

Our Pledge

Our practice has specialized in the treatment of headache pain for more than a decade. The Osteopathic manual therapy and neuromuscular therapies we provide is distinguished from all other forms of therapy in its ability to identify, evaluate and treat the causes of the vast majority of headaches – somatic dysfunction -  soft tissue disorders in the neck, shoulder or jaw. To every patient, we make this pledge...

  • We will produce substantial improvements in your condition (usually within     five treatments) or we will not continue therapy
  • We will work with your physician to evaluate your headache pain and rule out
    any underlying condition that requires medical attention
  • We will teach you how to help prevent recurrence of your headache pain in the future.
    We promise to do all we can to relieve the headache pain of every patient we see.

“We will make every effort to ensure the accuracy and balance of information on this site. The vast majority of headaches are caused by soft tissue contraction which can be treated with manual therapy but a small percentage may be due to an underlying disease that needs medical attention.”

Michael and Barbara Pys 
 

What is a headache?

When people say that have a “headache,” they may be describing anything from mild discomfort to pain so severe it is incapacitating.  The pain may be localized in one or more areas of the head, neck, face or jaw.

A headache is a symptom, not a disease – a signal that something has gone wrong somewhere in the body.  To provide effective treatment for headaches and prevent them from recurring, the underlying cause of the headache must be identified and treated.

According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 90% of all headaches are classified as tension/muscle contraction headaches – originating in the contraction of soft tissue in the neck, shoulder, jaw and scalp.

A number of other studies support the finding that most headaches are biomechanical in nature – caused by disorders of the soft tissue and skeletal systems in the upper anatomy. These complex structures involve muscles, nerves, blood vessels and bone. Soft tissue contractions in these areas can set off a chain of events that produce headache pain. Headache pain can also be caused by arthritic changes in the spine or neck, whiplash and other injuries, jaw joint disorders, poor posture, drug side effects, or even something as simple as caffeine withdrawal.

Some headaches may be a sign of more serious underlying conditions such as infection, cardiovascular disease, or tumor. That is why the first step in discovering the cause of your headache pain should always be an evaluation by your family physician or other medical professional. 

If no underlying disease process is identified in this medical assessment and the cause of the headache remains unknown, a careful neuromuscular examination of the neck, shoulders and jaw by a qualified therapist is the logical next step in a thorough evaluation. This exam can reveal the nature and location of any soft tissue contraction, which is causing the headache pain. As a trained  manual therapists  we also offer treatment options for soft tissue disorders that will correct the problem, relieve the headache pain, and prevent headaches from recurring. Manual therapy techniques have proven beneficial to millions of headache sufferers.

headachetherapy.org | Email Michael | 847.770.3332