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Often, many migraines and recurring headaches do not respond well to prescription medications. This is largely because these are meant as only temporary fixes for debilitating head pain. Our chiropractor, Dr. Korey Kothmann, has years of experience helping people who suffer from excruciating migraines and chronic headaches through the use of holistic treatments that do not involve prescription medications or surgery. In fact, as a state-of-the-art rehabilitation and pain management center, Lubbock Advanced Physical Medicine offers a diversified list of treatment options to manage pain naturally. These include acupuncture, decompression therapy and trigger point injections, which all make our facility more than just a standard chiropractic clinic.
It was formally believed by neurologists that environmental factors (foods, stress, sensory stimuli) were the predominate cause of migraine headaches. However, advances in the field of radiology now support studies linking both migraines and normal headaches to nerve compression and irritation. One study found that muscle tension and muscle contractions occurring at the base of the neck interferes with the functioning of highly sensitive nerve fibers that lead to the spinal cord and brain. Thus, headaches or migraines can occur. Longitudinal research further points to a correlation between migraines and the misalignment of the spinal (cervical) vertebrae.
Tension (stress) headaches produce non localized head pain when neck, jaw and/or shoulder muscles are held in a contracted manner for an extended period of time. Reasons for tension headaches include anxiety, depression, neck and eye strain, and insomnia. Some people may also suffer tension headaches after eating food containing the flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) or consuming caffeinated drinks.
When sinus passages swell, become inflamed and secrete excessive fluids as a symptom of an infection or allergy, a sinus headache occurs. This "pounding" pain can be felt around the cheekbones, nose and above the eyes. By removing or correcting the inhibitor of your nervous system function (i.e. spinal subluxation, poor lifestyle choices, stress, etc.), Dr. Kothmann can work to alleviate chronic sinus headaches by relieving inflammation and promoting naturally induced drainage of your sinuses.
Decompression therapy involves Dr. Kothmann positioning patients on a comfortable, cushioned table and securing them with a wraparound harness. The biomechanics of the table and harness facilitate the unloading of the pressure that irritates spinal nerves by delivering precise amounts of decompressing forces every 60 to 90 seconds.
During a spinal manipulation, Dr. Kothmann manually adjusts misplaced vertebrae while pressing firmly on soft tissues to release tension points that inhibit blood flow and compress spinal nerves. Patients are also urged to keep a “migraine” diary during treatment to make notes regarding the timing and suspected "triggers" of their migraines, such as certain foods, smells or stressful situations.
As part of his whole-body approach to pain relief and pain management, Dr. Kothmann personalizes each treatment plan to address specific causes of migraines and headaches while focusing on preventing pain from recurring. Stop suffering from migraines and headaches and our center today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kothmann.