Headache Treatment Options
Whether you are stressed out or your pain came out of nowhere, it may seem like you are frequently combatting a headache. When this is the case, it is important to understand that your headache might be more than just a common ache. You might suffer from a headache or a migraine, but the underlying cause to your pain might be related to your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or cervical spine. Here are some ways to reduce your risk and what treatment might be available for relief:
Eliminate Risk Factors
In order to help alleviate your ache it is important to reduce the number of risk factors present. Some fixes for common factors might include:
- Supporting your bite
- Improving sleeping habits
- Avoiding certain smells
- Drinking less or eliminating alcohol use
- Increasing exercise and losing weight
- Controlling teeth grinding
- Avoiding yeast and preservatives in food
- Improving posture
What We Do
From practicing preventive measures to managing contributing factors such as teeth grinding, clenching and a bad bite, Dr. Joe Tregaskes maintains the ability to successfully treat your ailments so you can say “Good-Bye” to headaches.
The type of headache you are suffering from will first need to be determined before treatment can begin. For instance, there are two treatment options available for migraines: preventive and abortive. Preventive medications seek to avoid the occurrence of a migraine while abortive medications relieve the pain after the onset.
Additionally, tension-type headaches, if caused by muscle tension in the neck or scalp, might experience relief with a massage, physical therapy or muscle relaxants. Over the counter pain medications can offer effective relief from pain as well, but too many can also cause rebound headaches.
If you are experiencing frequent headaches, please contact Dr. Tregaskes for more information on how his team of professionals can help you find relief from your headache pain.