Headache

Pain Education

An important part of pain management is teaching patients about the mechanisms of pain.  Taking the mystery out of the pain going on in the body allows patients to understand what is happening to them and empowers them.

This is a key strategy in headache pain management, where patients can ask lots of questions and actually receive answers in a compassionate, non-judgemental and unhurried way.

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Psychosocial Assessment

While "psychosocial assessment" sounds lofty, this is essentially looking at all the factors going on in the headache warriors life which are acting as amplifiers for their pain.  The myth of "the pain is all in my head" is swiftly dispelled and real discussions can take place to help the patient make important adjustments in their daily life which will reduce the amplifiers and ease their pain.

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Sleep Hygiene Assessment

The importance of sleep in headache pain management cannot be overstated.  Lack of sleep or poor sleep is a significant amplifier for headache and migraine and has far reaching implications.  Restoring proper sleep is a mainstay of pain management, quite often using strategies that don't involve drugs

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Treatment Modalities

Treatment modalities used in the clinic are

deep tissue massage

dry needling

periosteal needling

stretch and spray

exercise prescription

These modalities are aimed at the myofascial component of the patients pain.

Additionally other strategies are used to manage neuropathic pain.  Almost invariably neuropathic and myofascial pain occur at the same time, treating one and not the other is quite often the reason for treatment failure.  This dual approach is what sets Pain Free WA apart from other pain management practices