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Proactive treatment options that work
A NEW MIGRAINE THEORY
Migraine used to be considered a result of stenosis or narrowing of arteries in the brain, where those arteries constricted and then had a rebound dilation. However, the current theory, the neurovascular theory, holds that the fundamental problem is neurogenic; the trigeminal nerve (main facial nerve) innervates blood vessels in the brain and acts as a feedforward mechanism, facilitating the acute attack but not the causing the actual problem.
STANDARD MIGRAINE (AND CHRONIC HEADACHE) TREATMENTS
The traditional medical model supports intervention with medication and lifestyle changes to help prevent the onset of migraines. During a migraine attack, intervention with medication is also the go-to abortive therapy. Of concern, pharmaceuticals have significant side-effect profiles.
HEALTH QUEST MIGRAINE TREATMENT OPTIONS
All treatments are non-drug, non-surgical and are safe to be used in conjunction with the majority of concurrent medical therapies. They can include:
OTHER FORMS OF HEADACHES TREATED AT HEALTH QUEST
Diagnosis and prescribed treatment programs at Health Quest are performed by Dr. Sean Grady, DC with PT privileges, CFMP, DACNB. Dr. Grady holds the prestigious Diplomate from the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB), certifying him as a Functional Neurologist and allowing him to provide, in simple terms, brain rehab for those suffering from a variety of neurological conditions. These conditions include headache/migraine, vertigo/dizziness, stroke, neuropathy, concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
Dr. Grady is also certified as a whiplash and soft tissue injury specialist through the Whiplash Injury Biomechanics and Traumatology program at the Spine Research Institute of San Diego and is pursuing dual Fellowship certification in both Concussion/MTBI and Vestibular Rehabilitation from the American College of Functional Neurology. He is the only certified Functional Neurologist in a 40-mile radius of the Baltimore metropolitan area.
Typically, a Functional Neurologist serves in the same consulting manner as a Medical Neurologist. The difference is that the therapies or applications of a Functional Neurologist do not include drugs or surgery. The treatments are brain-based and follow the principles of neuroplasticity, the notion that the nervous system can change according to the stimulation it is exposed to.
As mentioned above, although the Functional Neurology model does not employ medication or surgery, Dr. Grady will work with other medical providers and specialists to ensure a cooperative and integrative approach to every patient’s health goals.
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