If you have answered YES to any of these questions it is likely
The Headache Center can help!
Why does the Headache Center exist? This started as a personal journey. Suffering with headaches Joel experienced first hand what life looks with headache pain. In our combined experience of the last 25 years has shown us that headache pain can be treated in a lot of cases. A broad assessment, looking at various systems, is our approach in determining the cause of your headache pain. The Headache Center is for those that have lost hope and are seeking a non-medication approach to treating headache pain and getting rid of it once and for all.
We want to know more about you and your journey. What are you struggling with? Prior to your evaluation we will send you paperwork of easy questions that will help us understand you and what areas we need to pay close attention to.
It always helps to have you include a summary of your past treatments and how you did. Tell us about your symptoms, any medical history as well as your goal that you would like to accomplish with The Headache Center.
The next step, The Headache Center conducts a thorough and broad evaluation covering many areas, like your spine and shoulders. Vision testing is done to see if your eyes work together. Imaging is conducted on your first visit to assess your inner ear. This takes about an hour to gather all the relevant information about your symptoms that we can.
This is where The Headache Center is unique. A team of different specialists reviews your past medical information, your story and what you have shared with us, any past tests, x-rays or MRI’s, and all the clinical testing that was done. A diagnosis, as well as recommended testing, is decided as a group and a report generated of our initial summary so far. This is where we narrow down your problem as a team.
We may want to have a sleep study conducted at home. A 3D imaging study gives us a lot of information about your airway, your TMJ’s, neck and sinuses, and more. A repeat MRI or a hearing or ear pressure test may be ordered. This is your part of the evaluation process. Once you have completed these tests then the second part of your evaluation can happen.
Welcome back! At this time any further clinical testing is done. This is usually more in depth vision testing to get a deeper understanding of how exactly this is affecting your symptoms. We may conduct a diagnostic ultrasound of your shoulder and neck. A review of your tests, such as the 3D imaging, is shared with you and what it means. A plan of care and recommendations of treatment, or any other recommended care, is discussed. You now have options, and most importantly, an answer to your question, ‘why’. Why do you feel the way that you do?
There are treatments that The Headache Center offers related to the spine, your eyes, balance, vertigo, TMJ, and even nerve injury and inflammation. We may also suggest other treatments with the many partners that we work with. We work with your current medical team on treatments that they can help with as well.
1. Is there an alternative to neck manipulation?
Is neck manipulation safe? Complications or injury are not common. Mobilization techniques are identical to thrust manipulation techniques just slow and gentle.
Watch the video
2. 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.
3. Zero Gravity Chair HC
Here is a demonstration of a zero Gravity Chair and how it helps relieve pressure on the spine.
4. How to pick a pillow HC
One 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.
Do I need to have a referral to come to The Headache Center?
Yes, a referral is needed to start the process of finding out why you have the symptoms you do.
A screening process can be done through a phone call with our team to see if you are a good candidate for The Headache Center if you do not have a referral.
Do you take insurance?
Yes, The Headache Center works with most insurance companies.
How long will my care take?
The evaluation process is the most important part of The Headache Center and why it is unique. We want to find the ‘why’ to your problem. Why do you have headaches? Why are you lightheaded? A team approach of different professions or specialists is the best way we have found to answer this question. The evaluation process takes about 1 to 2 weeks over two separate appointments.
Can I take my findings and seek treatment with my current medical team?
Of course! Our role is to support you and your current team by providing a specialists view of what is going on. Once you are part of are center we are always here to help and answer any questions you or your medical team may have.
What’s different about The Headache Center?
Let’s face it, you have options, or you wouldn’t be here. Other headache centers tend to have one practitioner or profession such as a chiropractor, physical therapist, dentist and even neurologist. They are cash based and usually only offer one approach of care. The testing is usually limited to their scope of practice and their treatments are also narrow. If your problem is what they are good at then this can be a good fit. If your symptoms return, then something was missed. Dig deeper!
We accept most insurances and are willing to work with you to make sure you get the care that you need. We make sure that our care is affordable so that you are able to work towards a pain free life.
Joel is the founder of the Headache Center and is currently the owner of Cornerstone Physical Therapy. He has an extensive reputation within the physical therapy realm and noticed most of his patients were suffering with headache problems. So he decided to start a specialized group in order to provide a variety of care for those who are suffering from headache pain.
Jono graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas with an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training in 2008, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2011, and a Doctorate of Science (ScD) in Physical Therapy through the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2019. For his second doctorate he developed a curriculum on Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment of Cervicogenic Headaches and defended this as his thesis to complete his degree. He has also worked at CornerStone Physical Therapy since late 2011.
Right from the start, I felt welcome and comfortable. Sam is kind and knowledgeable. She's got her work cut out for her with my condition, but always greats me with a smile and the days solution. I would highly recommend Cornerstone to anyone with any kind of physical therapy need.
Very knowledgeable! Took about 4 treatments for my shoulder (which I was barely able to lift over my head for the past 1.5 years) to be almost completely healed!