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Complementary Medicine
 
 

Massage Therapy 

is a nonpharmacologic approach for individuals who suffer from migraine. It is one of several treatment modalities that target relaxation by focusing on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and reducing physiologic responses that contribute to severe headaches. Regular treatments have been shown to improve migraine frequency and sleep quality as well as reduce anxiety, heart rate, and cortisol levels to promote healing and achieve a state of “rest and digest”. A session may include neuromuscular therapy, Swedish massage, acupressure, myofascial release, and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. 

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Acupuncture 

has been used for over 3,000 years as a form of traditional Chinese medicine. Although the mechanism of acupuncture is unclear, research on its analgesic effect in migraine, tension-type and other forms of headache, chronic neck and shoulder pain exist.  Improvement in depression, anxiety, sleep quality, and pain-related activities, as well as quality of life, has also been shown. In addition to headaches including migraine, our expert is licensed & trained in treating back pain, GI/digestive issues, emotional imbalances as well as cosmetic complaints, and other women’s health symptoms. 

 

Alternative Medicine

is the practice of non-conventional offerings AS THE ONLY treatment modality that replaces conventional medicine.  These include vitamins and nutraceuticals, non-invasive medical devices, acupuncture, massage therapy, physical therapy, mindful meditation, hydrotherapy, and infrared sauna.

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Complementary Medicine

refers to non-conventional healthcare practice or products that are used WITH conventional medicine.  Patients are offered traditional medical treatment options combined with non-conventional, non-pharmacological/behavioral interventions.

 
 
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Physical Therapy

has been studied in patients with migraine showing a reduction of headache frequency and severity, especially when combined with medical management. Patients diagnosed with migraine are likely to have cervical pain, postural misalignment, reduced cervical mobility, myofascial pain, and muscle sensitivity. Our expert utilizes a variety of conditions including stiff and/or painful joints, muscle damage, scar tissue, TMJ, headache, and symptoms related to multiple sclerosis.  The goal is to facilitate healing through awareness of the mind-body connection through movement techniques including craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, and visceral manipulation.