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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Self Administer SphenoPalatine Ganglion (SPG) Blocks: Improve Your Quality of Life!

SPG Blocks were featured in the book "Miracles on Park Avenue" but it is often difficult to find doctors who utilize these blocks.  It is even more difficult to find doctors who teach patients to Self-Administer these blocks.  There is a link below to SPG Block referral forms.

Learn More about these blocks at www.sphenopalatineganglionblocks.com

See Videos of patient stories at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk9Bfz6pklC7_UluWFHzLrg
and at
https://www.reddit.com/r/SPGBlocks/

Self administration is typically done with cotton-tipped nasal catheters and 2% lidocaine.  The cost of self administration after initial visit is less than $1.00 per bilateral administration.  The real savings are decreased drug use and associated side effects, less physician visits saving driving and waiting time, decreasing or eliminating visits to the ER,  increases in quality of life, interpersonal relations etc.

In addition to relieving pain resetting the autonomic nervous system to turn off sympathetic overload which can help turn off anxiety, PTSD, depression and panic attacks.  This may be useful for patients suffering CRPS.

Patients frequently come to my office to learn this technique.  If you have a referral from your physician there is a better chance of being reimbursed by your insurance company.

Patients can learn the procedure in a single visit and we frequently see long distance patients who come in just to learn Self-Administration of the amazing block.

Referral information can be found at:  https://thinkbetterlife.com/referrals/

I have been teaching physicians and dentists to do this procedure for many years.  Most recent courses were in Scottsdale and in Buenos Aires.  I am teaching my next course in Seattle in August 2017 at the Myotronics 50th Anniversary meeting.

The SPG Block is amazing as a stand alone procedure but we routinely utilize it as a part of neuromuscular treatment protocol designed to correct balance and homeostasis to the craniomandibular-cervical complex and to control the trigeminal nervous system where all headaches and migraines originate.

The referral for also has referral information for Diagnostic Neuromuscular Orthotic, Neuromuscular Dentistry, Trigger Point Injections, Occipital Nerve Blocks, ULF-TENS and many other treatments.

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posted by Dr Shapira at 6:35 AM

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