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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block (SPG Block) and Headaches, Migraines, Cluster Headaches, Chronic Daily Headaches and New Persistent Headaches

Headaches and Migraines are almost 100% caused by the Trigeminal Nervous System.  This is accepted by all specialties of medicine who deal with headache patients.

The Spenopalatine Ganglion Block, Pterygopalatine Ganglion Block or SPG Block is known to be one of the safest and most effective means of preventing and treating migraines and tension headaches.

The Spenopalatine Ganglion is the largest parasympathetic ganglia in the head.  The other ganglia are the Ciliary Ganglion, the Submandibular Ganglion and the Otic Ganglion.

The Sphenopalatine Ganglion was made famous by the best selling book, "Miracles on Park Avenue" where it was explained how SPG Blocks could be a miraculous cure,(treatment) for a wide variety of illnesses including headaches and migraines.

The SPG Block can be aministered intranasaly, via an intra-oral injection or a direct injection thru the face to the ganglia.

The extra-oral injection offers immediate relief for severe or acute pai, the intra-oral injection is also very rapid onset.

The intranasal route is slower but is ideal for prevention of headaches, migraines, tension headaches, anxiety, OCD and depression.  Side effect are almost all positive.

The best method for prevention is the nasal applicators because they can be self administered by patients.  The TX360, the Sphenocath and Allevio are all utilized by neurologists in a series of applications.

I frequently utilize injection for an acute attack followed by teaching patients to self administer blocks as a preventive, the single most effective use of SPG Blocks.  Also the most cost effective method available.

Self administered SPG Block gives patients a higher quality of life with far less expense and side effects than any drugs including triptans.

I see Chicago patients and patients from across the USA for SPG Blocks and Neuromuscular Dentistry.

Neuromuscular dentistry prevents trigeminal nerve overload.
  

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posted by Dr Shapira at 12:43 PM

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