Headaches

Headaches

If you suffer from headaches we fully understand how you feel. Headache may ruin your day making you unable to function and the only thing you want to do is to lie down in a dark room. If headaches come frequently enough, they can ruin your life.

The International Classification of Headaches Disorder by International Headaches Society classified different types of headaches and it took the entire 8 pages just to list them and a book of almost 200 pages for diagnostic criteria. Also, in their logic, vast majority of headaches have no cause and they are idiopathic. No wonder there is so much confusion about headaches.

Chronic headaches are not that complicated, sure there are headaches related to trauma, neurologic or cardiovascular events which fall out of normal patterns. However, chronic recurrent headaches have their causes which most of the time can be identified and successfully threatened without the use of mind damming prescription medications. 

Different headaches often overlap in their clinical manifestation and character and one type off headache me be a trigger for another. For example, migraine headache can be started as a benign tension or sinus headache. If we can control the other two, we control  migraine. 

 For the sake of clinical practice at least at Medical Frontiers, we have simplified the classification and treatment of headaches and it works great for our patients. 

The most common types of headaches wre listed below.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are one of the worst headache often associated with systemic symptoms such as nausea, visual, auditory or neurological aura, photophobia or even seizures. These symptoms are what makes migraine headaches so unbearable and cause a person unable to function or even think clearly.

Migraine headaches require a triggers to develop which often is another type of headache such as sinus, cervicogenic headache or headache related to high blood pressure. That's why migraine usually get worse when someone has sinus infection or suffer whiplash injury or his/her blood pressure increases. 

Other type of triggers include foods and drinks that contains some vaso-active ingredients such as caffeine or casein present in dairy, nutritional deficiencies such low magnesium level, genetically modified foods, mercury toxicity, electromagnetic field exposure from cell phones or WiFi in susceptible individuals or poorly fitted eye glasses. 

The bottom line is: to treat migraine headaches effectively one need to identify triggers for the headaches. No doubt migraine headaches is a challenging field, however, with time and treatments we are successful almost all the time. 

In general if a patient comes to our office with an existing headache, even severe, we can eliminate it within the duration of the office visit using our laser therapy and other treatments. Long term improvement require more treatments and often change of life style with which most our patients have little difficulties.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are very common and generally, not as severe or debilitating as migraines. They usually start in the occipital area (in the back of the head) or in the forehead. Tension headaches are not to be confused with headaches related to high blood pressure. They are related to psychological stress and tension, and they get worse after whiplash neck injury which often makes treatment of neck essential.

They are usually easier to treat than migraines and we have great success with them. Please refer to our success stories. 

Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches are related to sinus problems that tend to be chronic and is a very common problem in our climate. Laser therapy is very effective in treating sinus infection or allergy which also eliminates headaches. 

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