CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE

Move freely, headache free.

CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE

Move freely, headache free.

5/5

     “I was in a tremendous amount of pain (from bicep tendinitis) and could barely lift my arm. I had to learn to get dressed, open car doors, put on my seatbelt, etc. using my other arm. The slightest movement would cause me excruciating pain. My own doctor told me that I needed to rest it, and it would likely improve over several weeks’ time. When it didn’t, I consulted an orthopaedic shoulder specialist, who sent me for physical therapy. I worked with a very reputable physical therapy company for six weeks, with limited improvement. I went back to the orthopaedic shoulder specialist who told me that unless I wanted surgery, I would have to learn to live with it.

Shortly thereafter, I heard great things about Susan Schehr. I went to see her, but I was skeptical & had low expectations. I could see right away that her approach was vastly different from what I had experienced before. She sees the body as an integrated whole, so effective healing of a damaged part cannot take place without taking into account all the other parts. Susan works with an amazing intuition that zeros in on areas that need work, all in the service of healing the affected part.

I saw Susan twice a week for about six weeks. After each session I was amazed at my improvement. By the end, I had full use and full range of motion in my left arm, without any pain. I call her my miracle worker. I am still amazed at what she was able to achieve for me. I am so grateful to her. I recently went back to see her for a different issue, having to do with my back. In about five sessions the entire problem was cleared up. Susan is Baltimore’s greatest treasure!”

— Kim K.

WHAT IS it?

Headaches arising from a pinched nerve in the cervical spine are referred to as cervicogenic.

HOW DOES IT DEVELOP?

  • Shifting of the components (joints) of at least 2 consecutive cervical vertebrae which irritate the nerve root exiting space in between, arising from
    • Postural changes
    • Light or heavy trauma
  • Pressure on the upper cervical spine

WHAT CAN I DO TO REDUCE IT?

  • Relaxing the tension around affected area with ice for 10 minutes or moist heat for 20 minutes
  • Proper exercise program to increase range of motion and stability

WHAT DOES A CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE FEEL LIKE?

  • Usually is one sided
  • Symptoms can affect the head and/or face
  • Aggravated with neck movement
  • Poor head/neck posture
  • Possible dizziness and light headedness
  • Neck may be stiff

WHAT IF I CANNOT MANAGE MY CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE?

  • Failure to manage your cervicogenic headache may affect your quality of life due to pain
  • The longer you have the problem, the more your body compensates to help manage the original pain
  • It may progress with altered/abnormal postures which cause other pain syndromes

HOW CAN BALTIMORE HOLISTIC PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP?

After identifying the exact level of the cervical spine problem, relief can be restored more easily.  If it is due, or has progressed to other restrictions in the body, those areas must also be addressed for sustained relief. A thorough history as to the cause of your headache will be taken to remedy the situation as quickly and fully as possible. Baltimore Holistic Physical Therapy provides effective treatment and best practices including an integrated approach to manual therapies including positional release and visceral manipulation, as well as specific muscle strengthening techniques.

Teaching you how to avoid future problems is very specific to your needs and will be addressed accordingly. This holistic approach is designed for you to minimize your time spent in the physical therapy office and maximize your quality of life as quickly as possible.

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

A:  Firstly, I don’t believe in doing what didn’t work before. Many physical therapy practices approach a problem by going to the painful region. Oftentimes, this is a very temporary fix. By taking a holistic, hands-on approach, I understand that your pain may be coming from another part of the body, or even have multiple sources, including posture. By individualizing your treatment, I concentrate on healing and re-balancing the body, to manage your pain and lessen the chance of it returning. Then, I teach you how to manage your posture and movement.

A: Treatments for headaches or other pain from a recent problem will generally benefit from 2 treatment sessions for the first 2 weeks, then 1 session per week. Older conditions will benefit from 2 treatment sessions for the first week and then 1 session per week. Wellness sessions to rebalance and optimize the body for healthy aging range from a single session every month to once every six months and will be recommended on an individual basis.

A: An initial evaluation will take 1 hour. (Scar adhesion or sinus treatments only require 45 minutes.) Most follow-up treatments will be done in 30 minute sessions; multiple body areas may require 45 minutes

A: Any heavy exercise or recreational program should be done prior to the physical therapy or wellness session and then not for 24 hours after, in order for the body to adjust itself to the changes in muscle balance.

A: I will teach you techniques to perform on yourself if there is a flare-up and instruct you on proper body mechanics and ergonomics.

A: It is a facial aesthetics program of wrinkle reduction and facial rejuvenation using hands-on physical therapy and osteopathic techniques which may reduce the signs of aging in the face and neck. A FREE HEALTHY AGING CONSULTATION is available. See Refacée®

A: Wellness programs for healthy aging are not covered by most insurances, but may be reimbursable through a Healthcare Savings Account (HSA). A written bill and receipt will be provided upon your request. Although I do not participate in or bill insurance directly, I will provide a bill for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement, upon request. As there are many types of insurance plans with each provider, it is your responsibility to understand the terms of your insurance. *Those with Medicare Part B insurance from CMS will only be allowed to be part of the Healthy Aging program, NOT for physical therapy treatment. Please see Payment Terms and Policies.

A: Appointments may be made in the following ways: Please call 410-665-3223 Email: Dr.Susan@baltimoreholisticpt.com