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  • Do you have more time each month with a headache versus without?
  • Have you had chiropractic, massage or other neck treatment such as Botox or steroid injections that temporarily helps but your pain returns?
  • Do you wake up with a headache?
  • Do you have ear pain or pressure?
  • Do you ever have pain behind the eye or occasional blurred vision?
  • Do you manipulate your neck regularly or stretch your neck and shoulders daily?
  • Are you tired of taking medication for your headache pain?
  • Do you have pain at the base of your skull or in the temples?

If you have answered YES to any of these questions it is likely
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Finding the cause

We want to answer the question, “What do I have?” Can we reproduce your headache pain? To determine the cause we use a broad approach to assess the many structures that cause pain. We assess the eye muscles and your vision. We assess your spine and the neck and shoulder muscles. We also check your jaw and the muscles of the face, your cranial nerves and nerves of the head. We check your ears and throat as well as your inner ear if you have symptoms of light-headedness or dizziness. Through a detailed evaluation a cause of headache pain can be determined.

What can be done?

This is all about treatment options. These become very clear when the cause is understood. The most common treatment is through targeted manual, hands on techniques to the neck. This may also include a recommendation to another professional such as your dentist, family practice physician or neurologist. In our experience these referrals have already occurred and if your symptoms continue an underlying cause is more likely. Once we understand where your headaches are coming from there is usually a treatment.

What can I do?

The final step in recovery is related to our behaviors and outside influences that might be affecting headache pain. This is where we look at your posture and changes that can be made. Sleeping posture, pillow type and mattress can be discussed. Stress and clenching are a big factor in causing tension in the head and neck and looking at ways to reduce these effects can help reduce the chance of a relapse. Looking at what foods can increase inflammation and how to return to activity without pain is part of this journey. This step is about prevention and in some cases maintaining a level of function and lifestyle.
Resources

1. Is there an alternative to neck manipulation? 

is there an alternative to neck manipulationIs neck manipulation safe? Complications or injury are not common. Mobilization techniques are identical to thrust manipulation techniques just slow and gentle. 
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2. Headache Massage

headache massage

Here are two muscles that are common with headaches, the temporalis and the superior oblique. This video shows how to massage these muscles to reduce tension and headache pain.

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3. Zero Gravity Chair HC

zero gravity chair hc

Here is a demonstration of a zero Gravity Chair and how it helps relieve pressure on the spine.

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4. How to pick a pillow HC

how to pick a pillow hcOne of the biggest questions we get is which pillow is the best for me. The idea is to find a pillow that fits your sleeping position, mattress and your body type. 

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Testing for Vertigo

Headaches and the Neck

Ocular Migraines

Ear Pressure and Headaches

What causes ear pressure?

Blog Posts

Dry needling and headaches Dry needling and headaches

Dry needling for headache pain can be very effective in reducing muscle tension to the neck and base of the skull. While this does not deal with the underlying problem of why the neck muscles are painful it can be very helpful as a treatment.

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Using a Theracane for neck and shoulder pain Using a Theracane for neck and shoulder pain

This post shows how to use a Theracane for neck and tension between your shoulders. Self massage as well as mobilizing your joints is possible with a Theracane.

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How your eyes are related to headaches and dizziness How your eyes are related to headaches and dizziness

Ever have eye strain and fatigue? Headache pain that feels like this is from your eyes? Here is a video that shows how your eye muscles and nerves can be affected and causing headache pain and even dizziness.

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How to do a self test for headache pain How to do a self test for headache pain

Here is a post on testing for headache pain. We have included a simple test that you can do for yourself and a video on testing of the neck and how it can cause headache and migraine pain.

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Testing the eye muscles with headache pain Testing the eye muscles with headache pain

This session talks about how we test the eye muscles for trigger points or knots and the nerves that work the muscles of the eye. Headache and eye pain can be related to this finding and testing the eye muscles is important in determining the cause of headaches.

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Exercises for headache pain Exercises for headache pain

A forward head posture is common with headache pain. A great exercise to help reduce tension and muscle guarding is nodding. This post includes a video on 'how to' treat headache pain through daily exercise.

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Is dry needling safe? Watch a treatment. Is dry needling safe? Watch a treatment.

Dry needling can be a very safe treatment option in the hands of a skilled practitioner. While complications are rare lung punctures and other injuries do occur. Here is a video of a real patient and dry needling treatment using imaging to improve safety.

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What can I do for my migraine? What can I do for my migraine?

Have you ever been diagnosed with Ocular Migraines? What if there was a reason for the headaches and visual disturbances and treatment was possible? Here is a young woman's story and her years of headache pain.

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Neck Traction Neck Traction

Sometimes headaches can be relieved by neck traction. Here is a video showing how to do this on someone you care about. Remember to go slow and get feedback.

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Massage treatment for headaches Massage treatment for headaches

Here are two muscles that are common with headaches, the temporalis and the superior oblique. This video shows how to massage these muscles to reduce tension and headache pain.

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The neck as a source of headache pain The neck as a source of headache pain

This is how we test the neck when looking for a cause of headache pain. The upper portion of the neck, or the upper cervical spine, is a common source of headache pain. Testing the atlas and axis and how it moves not only gives us information on movement and pain but also a guide for treatment success.

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Ear pain or pressure Ear pain or pressure

Chronic ear pressure, plugging and even pain can come from a Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. This condition is most common with a neck or cervical problem. Other symptoms include tinnitus or ringing, headaches, and neck pain and stiffness. Here are two people sharing their story.

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What causes ear pressure? What causes ear pressure?

What is the cause of ear pressure, plugging and pain? This video explains an Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and the causes. Most ear pressure issues that are persistent are because of muscle tension to the neck and throat.

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Zero Gravity Chair Zero Gravity Chair

Neutral spinal posture or a relaxed posture for your spine can be achieved in a zero gravity chair.

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Left Epley Maneuver Left Epley Maneuver

Here is a step by step video on the left Epley maneuver.

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What is vertigo and what can I do for it? What is vertigo and what can I do for it?

If you are suffering from vertigo or dizziness one type of vertigo can be related to the movement of crystals in our inner ear. This is called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV. This type of dizziness feels like the room is spinning.

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Testing for BPPV or Vertigo Testing for BPPV or Vertigo

This video reviews the different tests to check for vertigo or BPPV. The most sensitive and currently best test is video oculography. A correct diagnosis of BPPV improves the success of treatment.

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What can I do for my migraine? What can I do for my migraine?

What if what you thought were migraines had a treatable cause? What we commonly describe as migraine pain may have a source. It is through finding the source of your head pain that treatment options become a reality. Here is a story of a young woman's journey with constant headache pain and ocular migraines.

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How to pick a pillow How to pick a pillow

This video is about the process in picking the right pillow for you. For side sleeping remember to 'fill the holes' and keep the spine straight with enough support. If you have tried 2 or 3 pillows and your neck pain or headache pain continues then the problem is not your pillow but your neck.

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Is neck manipulation safe? Is neck manipulation safe?

Is there an alternative to neck manipulation? This video looks into the different treatment options to restore normal neck mobility and resolve pain.

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Explaining BPPV or Vertigo Explaining BPPV or Vertigo

Here is a video that discusses vertigo or what we call Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

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WHAT WILL MY CARE COST?

Creating an affordable, straight fee for service system has been our desire. Any appointment at The Headache Center is 65 dollars. It doesn’t matter what extra testing we do or any changes we might suggest to your care. The price is the same. A Health Savings Account is a great way to pay for treatment. Imagine doing the things that you pay good money for. What do you enjoy doing? Now imagine doing them without your headache.

“What would you pay to be headache free?” Zach, client with 10 years of headache pain.

A Non Medication Approach

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