Headaches are one of the most common causes of pain that make people seek medical treatment. Naturopathic physician Pamela Santapaola, NP, takes an integrative approach to headache care. At Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice in Norwalk, Connecticut, the providers use a variety of holistic treatments to relieve headache pain and prevent its recurrence. To get help treating and preventing headaches, call or book an appointment online today.
There are many different types of headaches that can cause head pain and other symptoms. The team at Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice is skilled in diagnosing and treating the root cause of a variety of headache types, including:
A tension headache is the most common type of headache that affects both kids and adults. This type of headache results from overly tight muscles in the head, neck, and shoulders due to overuse or stress.
Migraines describe an intense, throbbing head pain, usually on just one side of your head. Migraines can be triggered by environmental factors like loud noises, strong smells, and bright lights, and the pain can be debilitating, lasting several hours or days.
Cluster headaches are a severe type of headache that cause sudden onset of burning, intense pain, usually behind one of your eyes. The headaches are known as cluster headaches because they tend to occur in multiples and can last from weeks to months, with periods of no headaches in between.
There are a number of environmental and health factors that can trigger a headache, such as:
You may also experience more frequent headaches if you use certain prescription or illegal drugs or consume large amounts of alcohol.
The team at Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice works with you to diagnose the underlying cause of your headaches and identify the triggers of your pain. This involves a physical exam, a review of your family and personal medical history, and an overview of your diet and other lifestyle factors.
Because nutritional deficiencies are often a contributing factor to headache pain, the providers at Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice focus on improving your diet and ensuring you get the nutrients you need to prevent headaches.
Other available headache treatments include:
They may recommend herbal medicines and dietary supplements like magnesium and riboflavin to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines and cluster headaches. You may also need to limit caffeine, gluten, and alcohol to prevent headaches.
Acupuncture is an effective treatment for headaches. This traditional Chinese therapy involves the insertion of thin needles into certain pressure points around your body. The needles boost your blood circulation and stimulate your body’s natural healing process to alleviate pain and prevent the onset of headaches.
If persistent headaches or migraines keep you down, don’t delay an evaluation at Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice. Schedule a consultation by phone or online today.