Mark Hyman MD is a well published medical doctor with a post by the same title that was shared by a client. Sadly, there is no quick fix to 'end migraines' but what we do learn from Dr. Hyman is that headaches or migraines can be multi-faceted, requiring a broad perspective, a team approach, and taking to the time to listen to our clients and try to answer the question 'why'?
Vision changes with headaches are very common. An eye muscle, the superior oblique, is commonly associated with headache pain and can contribute to neck tension. Optometry evaluations are typically normal or unchanged. Symptoms to look for: eye strain, pain behind the eye, blurred or double vision, eye fatigue and even some balance issues. Also common are depth perception and driving issues as well as difficulty with grocery stores. These tests can be positive following a head injury, post-concussive syndrome diagnosis, whiplash, or with headaches.
Vision changes with headaches are very common. There are tests that can be done to determine if there is a vision issue and eye muscle trigger points. An eye muscle, the superior oblique, is commonly associated with headache pain and can contribute to neck tension. There are symptoms of eye strain, pain behind the eye, blurred or double vision, eye fatigue and even some balance issues. Depth perception and driving issues as well as difficulty with grocery stores are also very common. If you have had a head injury, post-concussive syndrome diagnosis, whiplash, or suffer from headaches this post will help you understand how your eyes play a role.
Waking up can sometimes be tough. Feeling tired and dragging yourself out of bed? Here are some things to consider to have a better morning.
Sinus pain that persists may be coming from the neck. Here are two cases with sinus pressure and pain. Antibiotics did not resolve their symptoms. Cone beam CT is a lower radiation imaging technology that was used to assist with the diagnosis.
Sinus pain and pressure that does not respond to antibiotics may have a cause that has nothing to do with your sinuses. Yes, thats right! Sinus pain that is not an infection or disease? Here is a test that can help us determine if there is an infection or if it is something else.
Through BETTER we are connecting the medical and dental professions by sharing our passion and expertise. This post is related to diagnosing a hoarseness or loss of voice. Go deeper, get better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neutral spinal posture or a relaxed posture for your spine can be achieved in a zero gravity chair.
Here is a step by step video on the left Epley maneuver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is there an alternative to neck manipulation? This video looks into the different treatment options to restore normal neck mobility and resolve pain.
Here is a video that discusses vertigo or what we call Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).