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Headache Relief

Is your life being ruined by recurring headaches? Are you spending a small fortune on headache medications but the relief you are getting is only temporary at best? Perhaps you've already been to a doctor because the pain was so unbearable, but after going through countless prescriptions you were told that that there was nothing more that could be done?

Maybe out of sheer frustration over the thought of having to just live with the pain, you've resorted to now taking over the counter medications whenever the pain is present, but the frequency of your headaches has not changed or maybe has even gotten worse?

Well, if you've answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone! In fact, more than twenty million Americans see their doctors each year because of these same frustrations, making headaches one of the leading patient complaints that causes them to visit their primary care physician. Furthermore, it is also the most common reason for lost time from work second only to the back pain!

"Discover The Truth About Headaches: They're Not All In Your Head!"

The truth is, many headaches arise from tiny areas of irritation within the surrounding muscles of the head, neck and shoulders. These areas of irritation are known as trigger points. This usually causes a certain type of headache, known as a muscle tension headache. In fact, of the different types of headaches including sinus, migraine, and cluster headaches, muscle tension headaches are the most common (and often misdiagnosed), making up a staggering 90% of all headache types! Furthermore, they can occur at any age and can be incapacitating, completely altering your ability to do all the things you love and enjoy most in life, such as seeing friends, playing with the kids...even trying to watch your favorite TV shows. Worse yet, tension headaches can come and go and they can linger for days or weeks at a time!

But don’t despair! These headaches can be effectively treated with a technique called trigger point therapy, giving you long lasting headache relief without medication!

Intoducing My Headache Relief Program

Utilizing this breakthrough headache treatment known as trigger point therapy for muscle tension headaches, which is administered by a trained physician or therapist, your endless cycle of constant pain and suffering may finally be broken allowing you to take control of your agonizing headaches without drugs or risky treatments! What’s even more amazing is this milestone treatment can produce long-term pain reduction sometimes after just one course of treatment…and it’s now available right here in the neighborhood.

Q. How Is Trigger Point Therapy Performed?
Trigger point therapy can be performed using one of three different techniques. The first is manual; by locating the trigger point and applying gentle pressure directly over it, the area of localized muscle tension slowly releases. The second technique is mechanical; through a physical therapy treatment known as therapeutic ultrasound, sound waves are utilized to help break up the trigger point. The third and most effective treatment (especially if the trigger point is located deep in the muscle belly) is a series of very tiny injections (smaller than a paper clip) of a local anesthetic administered directly into the knot or "mini-spasm". This will help reduce or eliminate the cause of your symptoms, thus putting you on the road to pain free living!

Q. How Many Treatments Are Necessary, and Will My Insurance Cover Them?
The number of visits varies and is based on the severity of your condition, ranging from 1-7 treatments performed in 1-2 week intervals.
As far as insurance coverage is concerned, most insurance companies including Medicare do cover trigger point therapy for the treatment of headaches. Each insurance company, however, has its own rules for medical necessity and the types of therapies that are covered. For your convenience, I have the friendliest staff you will ever meet and they can help you determine whether your insurance plan will cover treatment. If so, they are all trained in handling the often-confusing paperwork that needs to be filled out if you are using your insurance.

Q. Are the Treatments Painful?
Trigger point therapy is usually not painful. In the case where an injection is used, the area to be treated is first numbed and then the treatment is administered using a very tiny needle (smaller than a paper clip). Some patients may experience a slight burning sensation at the individual injection sites, lasting only a few seconds.

Q. If Trigger Points Are the Cause of My Headaches, Will Muscle Relaxants Help?
Usually not. As mentioned earlier, if the cause of your headaches is due to trigger points found in the surrounding muscles of the head, neck and shoulders, then the most effective treatment is to directly address the trigger points with trigger point therapy (physical therapy or tiny injection treatments into the effected muscle). Muscle relaxants will only "relax" a muscle, giving you temporary relief at best; however, it will not remove the trigger points. In fact, when the effect of the medication wears off, the headache often quickly returns because the source of the problem remains. Furthermore, most patients are unhappy with the drowsiness that is a common side effect of this medication.

Q. I'm Not Sure What Type Of Headache I Have. Can All Headache Types Be Helped With Trigger Point Therapy?
The answer to this question is not a simple one. You see, as I mentioned above, if the cause of your headache is due to muscle trigger points (or if they are a contributing factor to your headache) then trigger point therapy is the answer. However, if your headache is due to other factors in addition to trigger points, for example high blood pressure or hormonal changes to name a few, then trigger point therapy will remove the muscle tension but will not completely resolve the headache because the other underlying causes are not being addressed. This is why if your headaches persist or you're not sure what is causing your headache, you should see a qualified physician to determine which treatment is right for you.

Important Note: Since in a small number of cases severe headaches may be a warning sign of a more serious disorder such as very high blood pressure, stroke or even a tumor, you should see a doctor immediately if your headache occurs after physical exertion or if it is accompanied by a fever, confusion or difficulty speaking (especially following a blow to the head).

Q. Once My Trigger Points Are Gone Will New Ones Form?
Effectively treated trigger points should not come back. However, it's important to remember that for some patients, it is a recurring problem and treatment will not prevent new ones from forming if lifestyle and diet modifications are not initiated. Therefore, to help prevent the formation of new trigger points, regular exercise including walking, jogging and bicycle riding has been found to decrease stress, which is often a source of muscle tension and trigger points. Additionally, practicing good posture when sitting or walking can also prevent uneven muscle tone as well as the onset of muscle spasm and trigger points in the shoulder & neck muscles. Sitting improperly or slouching, for example in front of a computer terminal, can create muscle tension and shorten the muscles in your neck, triggering a muscle tension headache!

Well, I hope you've found this informative and educational, and that by reading it I was able to shed some new light on headaches and how trigger point therapy can help you once again live pain free.

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