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Treating Headache-Related Conditions

Treating Headache-Related Conditions

You wake up in the morning and your head hurts. Again.

As one of the most common disorders in the United States, this is an all-too-real scenario for millions of Americans. Despite this, headaches are too often written off as a minor inconvenience, But the reality is, headaches are debilitating, chronic conditions that severely affect a person’s day-to-day life.

Common Headache-Related Conditions

Headache-sufferers know all too well that headaches can cause additional problems and pains throughout their body, like:

  • Neck pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Mood swings
  • Increased thirst

Headache Treatment Options

If you suffer from chronic headaches, you know that a glass of water and a good night’s sleep isn’t enough to treat it. At Valencia Headache and Sleep Treatment Center, we offer medication-free, natural treatment options that have been proven to work.

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Also known as Photobiomodulation Therapy, LLLT is the application of infra-red light to injuries or lesions in the body. Using a small, handheld device, our technicians can emit a type of light that’s absorbed by your body and then used to help heal damaged muscles or tissue.

The Benefits of LLLT

  • Non-invasive: By simply placing the light wand near damaged or painful areas, you can reap the benefits of LLLT.
  • Low-risk. Because dosage levels can easily be monitored and changed, LLLT is well-received among many patients.

Trigger Point Therapy

In many ways, trigger point therapy is similar to physical therapy. By applying pressure to trigger points on your body, we can reduce tension in muscle groups (particularly in the neck or jaw) that cause headaches.

The Benefits of TPT

  • Non-invasive: Trigger point therapy requires no surgery, stitching, or cutting.
  • Fewer headaches: When a trigger point is relaxed, it is less likely to flare up and cause headaches.
  • Improved range of motion. Pain and stiffness can make it difficult for a headache sufferer to move their head, neck, or back. By eliminating this pain, people can get back to their daily lives and routine.

Electrocurrent Therapy

Don’t let the prefix “electro” frighten you; electrocurrent therapy is not electroshock therapy. Electrocurrent, also known as microcurrent, therapy involves directing a painless level of electrical current to areas of the body. If you get frequent headaches, this will likely mean your head, face, jaw, or back will be targeted.

The Benefits of Electrocurrent Therapy

  • Reduce spasms. In addition to pain, electrocurrent therapy can also help reduce spasms or involuntary tics.
  • Safe. Electrocurrent therapy may involve the use of electricity but it is not painful or dangerous.

Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to penetrate soft tissue and promote muscle and tissue healing.

The Benefits of Ultrasound Therapy

  • Non-invasive. Ultrasound therapy is a great alternative to surgical treatments.
  • Treats stubborn areas. Because it heats tissues up to 5 centimeters below the skin, it can treat what’s otherwise known as “hard-to-reach” areas.
  • Improved blood flow. It can restore circulation, heat, and blood flow to muscles that have become sore or strained.

The Importance of Medication-Free Treatment

You’ll notice that every treatment option we offer at Valencia is 100% medication-free. Though taking an over-the-counter medication is often the first thing that comes to mind when people feel a headache coming on, it’s far from the best treatment option.

Medication Overuse Headaches

As a person’s headaches get worse or more frequent, they’ll likely take more pain medication to combat their symptoms. This, however, is a major problem. Not only does medication not treat the underlying causes of a headache, but it can actually make your headaches worse.

Medication overuse headaches is a term used to describe a headache that’s due to frequent use of pain medication.

How Can Pain Medication Cause More Pain

Pain medication works by altering the way your brain processes pain. When you take pain medication often, you can actually lower your threshold for pain and rewire how your brain processes discomfort.

There’s no one right treatment for an injury, there are just different options for different people. At Valencia Headache and Sleep Treatment Center, we’re proud to offer alternative options to people who suffer from headaches and migraines, and who have found little relief in the past through traditional methods.