Headaches and migraines can be anything from a minor inconvenience to a serious interruption in a patient's daily life. Dr. Jeffrey Linder at Bryant Park Wellness in Midtown, New York City, is dedicated to helping patients through effective diagnosis and specific treatments that are designed to alleviate pain as well as prevent future migraines and headaches.
Headaches & Migraines Q & A
What Are Tension Headaches?
Tension headaches are the most common kind of headache today. This type of headache causes a feeling of significant pressure and pain in the forehead and temples. The pain often originates at the base of the skull and back of the neck. Tension headaches are quite painful and can be challenging to deal with, although they're not as serious as migraine headaches.
What Can Be Done to Manage Tension Headaches?
Getting the patient out of pain is the first priority at Bryant Park Wellness, and is accomplished by utilizing several techniques.
Dr. Linder can perform chiropractic adjustments to alleviate any spinal imbalance that may be causing the tension headaches.
Fascial manipulation can also be extremely helpful in reducing the fascial adhesions that restrict skull muscle movement and refer pain to the eyes, forehead, and temples.
Additionally, Dr. Linder can discuss lifestyle modifications to help sufferers identify any habits or ergonomic desk set-up that may contribute to or cause the tension headaches.
Simple but effective lifestyle changes like more sleep, less stress, and elimination of alcohol can be very helpful in reducing or eliminating tension headaches long term.
What Are Migraine Headaches?
Migraine headaches are intensely painful headaches that can be severe enough to incapacitate sufferers for days at a time.
A migraine headache will often be focused on either the left or the right side of the head, causing deep pain just behind one of the eyes.
Migraines are frequently accompanied by other symptoms like:
- Light sensitivity
- Sensitivity to noise
- Sensitivity to smells
- Auras (visual distortions)
How are Migraines Treated?
Migraine treatment is personalized for the patient at Bryant Park Wellness.
The causes of migraines are usually multi-causal. If one of the causes is eliminated or reduced, a migraine may become subclinical or asymptomatic. The causes of migraines that can be treated in our office are neurological, spinal, muscular or fascial.
Dr. Linder can perform chiropractic adjustments to alleviate any spinal and neurological imbalance that may be causing or contributing to the migraine headaches.
Fascial manipulation can also be a very effective treatment of muscular and fascial imbalances.
Dr. Linder can also discuss lifestyle changes with the patient to help them identify any choices that may be contributing to or causing their migraines. For example, certain foods including chocolate, aged cheeses, citrus fruits, and alcohol are migraine triggers for many patients.
Keeping a migraine diary can be helpful in identifying these triggers.