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Headache and Migraine Relief
in Prairie Village, KS
Headache pain can be a debilitating condition. Estimates are that some 45 million Americans have chronic headaches, some of which are classified as migraines. The most common type of headache among adults is a tension headache, which can be brought on by stress, fatigue, hunger, anxiety or even poor posture. However, for some people tension or migraine headaches are a side effect of TMJ, temporomandibular disorder or dysfunction.
TMJ disorder results when the joints on either side of your head just in front of the ears do not operate properly. This may be due to a misaligned bite or teeth grinding and clenching, known as bruxism. Symptoms of TMJ include a clicking or popping sound when you open your mouth, soreness or tenderness along the side of your face, sensitive teeth, and an earache without signs of infection. If you have any of these symptoms, then TMJ disorder may also be causing your headaches.
Trigger Point Therapy
Fortunately, there are treatments that can relieve the painful symptoms of TMJ. One is trigger point therapy. A trigger point is a tight area in a muscle that refers pain to another spot in the body. Trigger point therapy relieves the source of the pain through phases of isolated pressure and release. Dr. Cattaneo studied this effective, drug-free therapy as a student at Stanford University. Since then, he’s used it to help many patients in Prairie Village and beyond find relief and a new sense of health and wellbeing. And better yet, Dr. Cattaneo can teach you how to use trigger point therapy on your own when you need it to relieve pain.
Custom-Fitted Bite Guard for Pain Relief
If your headache pain is caused by the common TMJ symptom of teeth grinding and clenching, then Dr. Cattaneo can prescribe a custom-made bite guard. A bite guard, which is worn at night when most people unconsciously grind and clench their teeth while they’re sleeping, works to alleviate pain by preventing grinding and clenching and correcting any underlying bite issues. Using an impression of your mouth and other information we gather during your consultation with Dr. Cattaneo, our lab will fabricate your custom-fitted bite guard.
If your painful headache symptoms are keeping you from doing the activities you enjoy or need to accomplish, then let us talk to you about effective drug-free treatment with trigger-point therapy and a custom-made bite guard.
Call our Prairie Village office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cattaneo. We offer comprehensive general, cosmetic, and restorative care to patients from Overland Park, Leawood, Mission, Merriam, Shawnee, and all surrounding communities. Together, we can help you have a happier, healthier smile.