Helping Chronic Headaches and Neck Pain

Helping Chronic Headaches and Neck Pain

Did you realize that headaches are the number one pain problem in the United States and the most common type of craniofacial pain? Most people just take some form of over-the-counter medication to relieve the pain, but these types of conventional treatment options aren’t enough for those suffering from chronic headaches.
Did you realize that headaches are the number one pain problem in the United States and the most common type of craniofacial pain? Most people just take some form of over-the-counter medication to relieve the pain, but these types of conventional treatment options aren’t enough for those suffering from chronic headaches. Atlas Therapy in State College offers a unique approach by combining physical therapy and massage rehabilitation to treat all types of craniofacial pain, including head, neck and jaw pain. Atlas Therapy is the only clinic of its kind that uses this type of specialized approach. We’re going to discuss and show some of the treatment options provided by Atlas Therapy, as well as talk about the upcoming Family Medicine Seminar Series community event called “Treatment of Chronic Craniofacial Pain” to be held on Thursday, August 15 at Mount Nittany Medical Center. 

Cranial facial pain is pain associated with a diagnosis above the shoulders, including head, neck and jaw pain. It is often associated with chronic headaches, neck pain, TMJ disorder, balance issues, concussions and trigeminal nerve pain.

Craniofacial pain is typically caused by trauma such as an accident or sports injury, poor posture, overuse issues or repetitive habits like typing or overusing a computer mouse, dental work, and cervical spine and shoulder surgery.

Craniofacial pain can be constant, becoming a chronic pain.

If you are experiencing any type of pain above the shoulders, it’s important to talk to your physician so that you can get the necessary treatment.

Atlas Therapy is the only clinic of its kind. How does Atlas Therapy treat patients?

At Atlas Therapy, we go above and beyond the traditional treatment methods, such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation, by combining hands-on manual and trigger-point therapies with traditional physical therapy.

Trigger points are responsible for much of the craniofacial pain that people experience.

We provide manual therapy techniques, personalized exercise programs and lifestyle training – all focused on relieving head, neck and jaw pain.  Therapists provide specialized treatment plans to meet the needs of each patient.

It’s also about changing the way patients act outside of therapy. Postural re-education, strengthening and stretching contributes to a lasting outcome.

How have patients responded to the therapy offered by Atlas Therapy?

We have become an outlet for patients that only had medication to turn to in the past. We have solutions to some of the most elusive and difficult medical conditions associated to the head, neck and jaw.

Typically, we like to see improvements after a couple of visits, but relief for patients with chronic pain may take longer. 

  

·        Therapists from Atlas Therapy will be offering community members and healthcare providers information on the treatment of chronic craniofacial pain at an upcoming Family Medicine Seminar Series at Mount Nittany Medical Center. What will you be covering during this presentation?

On Thursday, August 15, we will be holding a presentation at the Galen & Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium at Mount Nittany Medical Center to explain craniofacial pain, analyze the causes of craniofacial pain and determine treatment options that are available for this type of condition. The event is designed for healthcare providers, but is also free and open to the community. For a $15 fee, an optional buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and the free presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.

Community members can RSVP by contacting Jessica Bird at 814.234.6738 or by e-mailing jbird@mountnittany.org. For more information on the upcoming Family Medicine Seminar Series: The Treatment of Chronic Craniofacial Pain, visit mountnittany.org.


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