"How to put an end to your Headaches- without invasive procedures, without relying on your next adjustment and without medication!"
What to know about Headaches
Should you get an X-ray?
When attempting to understand headaches it is important to know that the initial diagnosis will be based off of your symptoms. This means that in general there is no X-ray, MRI or CT-scan that is going to come back with any findings that explain your pain.
These tests can be performed to rule our other conditions that may cause headaches, but these are far less common. May times a patient will receive these tests and the results with show degenerative disc disease, disc herniations, spinal stenosis or other arthritic changes, but the headache pain may very well be unrelated to those findings.
This can be a very frustrating process as many patients never find a straight answer as to where their pain is coming from.
What is the typical next step?
The typical treatment approach involves a series of medications that promise to reduce the frequency or intensity of your pain. Many of these medications are costly and/or come with side-effects that make them unreasonable to use for extended periods of time.
Those findings with imaging such as arthritis may be blamed for the cause of your pain. Unfortunately, this can be a conclusion that is reached too quickly within a patient's course of care, leading to invasive injections or even surgery that may not prove to be effective.
How can evaluating and treating the neck help?
There is a vital role that the neck plays when making a proper diagnosis for headaches and migraines. Believe it or not we have seen headaches, dizziness, jaw pain, nausea, light/sound sensitivities and visual disturbances all come about because of restrictions in the neck.
When I say restrictions in the neck, I am referring to loss of movement and for three joints in particular. The most important being C1-2. This is referring to the 1st and 2nd vertebrae (bones) in the top of the neck. This C1-2 joint is responsible for half of our rotation when we turn our head to the right or left. C1-2 rotation for someone with headaches is typically nearly completely gone. The joints above and below C1-2 are also important to assess, but most patients will have C1-2 as the main issue.
Novera will provide our patients with an evaluation that is specific enough to catch these restrictions. The majority of patients with headaches & migraines will go their entire lifetime without their neck properly assessed.
If this specific evaluation is missed, the patient could be missing out on an opportunity to restore proper mobility and treating their headaches and migraines with a non-invasive, non-medication and very effective approach.
Is it like going to the chiropractor?
Dr. Taves is a Doctor of Physical Therapy. As a physical therapist he is trained in how to evaluate and restore movement problems.
As we discussed above, all of the symptoms of a headache can be explained by loss of movement in specific joints in the neck.
There is actually a significant difference between chiropractic and physical therapy when it comes to treating migraines.
It is essential for anyone with headaches to be evaluated by a physical therapist that specializes in headaches because they are best equipped to evaluate and restore movement problems. In this case, evaluating the movement of each specific joint in the neck that may cause your pain is essential. Chiropractic care can be helpful, but the focus is primarily on alignment rather than movement.
I've already tried Physical Therapy...
Most of our patients that come to see us have already seen a physical therapist.
The idea is this... having a lack of success with an MD means that you move on to the next MD or maybe you are referred to a specialist that is better equipped to handle your specific case. That specialist has dedicated his career to that one subset of medicine and will have a better idea of what treatment will be effective.
The same is true for Physical Therapy. As a profession, we are growing and increasing in our reach within the community. With increased growth comes the ability to specialize and have a more focused patient population.
Novera means "New Era," meaning a new era of what a Physical Therapist can do for you. Novera is your headache specialist. Dr. Taves has dedicated his career to helping this specific patient population with treatments that can be effective for even the toughest cases.