Headaches present a unique challenge to both patients and health care providers. In many cases it can be difficult to establish the correct diagnosis as individuals can suffer from a wide variety of headaches such as migraine, tension-type, and cervicogenic. Cervicogenic headaches are caused by problems with the joints or muscles of your neck. Medical research is finding that most patients do not suffer from one type of headache exclusively, instead people tend to have a combination of headache sources existing at the same time. Our doctors are extensively trained to accurately diagnose your individual type of headache and take the necessary steps forward to fix the problem.
Patients suffering with headaches as a result of neck problems frequently experience dramatic and immediate relief with techniques targeting the upper neck region. In line with current best evidence we use targeted joint manipulation, stretching, and specific exercises to maximize the benefit you gain with each treatment. When diagnosed correctly, headaches can often be cured in only a handful of treatments which reduces your financial burden.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
The Temporomandibular joint or TMJ is the most common non-dental source of pain in the head and jaw area. Patients with TMJ dysfunction often experience pain in the neck, face, and ear as a result. These symptoms can be quite severe and may significantly reduce quality of life. Unfortunately many patients are not diagnosed correctly as TMJ is often not suspected to be the primary source of the patient’s pain. With a thorough manual examination of the TMJ and surrounding muscles we are able to confirm the presence of issues in this area.
The key to resolving TMJ dysfunction lies in combining direct manual techniques such as joint and muscle stretching with specific exercises to restore proper movement. As is the case with headaches, we are often able to drastically reduce symptoms in only a few treatment sessions.