Migraine Headaches

Do you suffer from migraines?

If so, you are not alone. Migraine Headaches are the second most common headache and often occur with other problems such as neckshoulder and back pain. Over 20% of the migraine patients we see at Reliant suffer from chronic migraines. Most of our migraine patients have previously tried medications, injections, chiropractor, massage therapy, physical therapy and/ or acupuncture. The great news is that there is a brand new technique called Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR), which effectively treats migraines. Doctor Jacobs/specialist specializes in the treatment of migraines.

What is Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR)?

Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR-patent pending) is a very gentle manual therapy technique, created by Doctor Joseph Jacobs, that gently and effectively treats migraine pain associated with migraines. Many of our migraine clients who have tried everything under the sun finally find relief with ASTR. Most migraine clients experience migraine relief within their first session and testify that Dr. Jacobs' approach is gentle and does not cause additional pain. Most migraine clients boast that the results are immediate and long-term. ASTR is exclusively available at Reliant Physical Therapy. Click here to read our patient testimonials and learn how you can also begin living pain free from migraine.

Migraine Headaches  

Migraine Headaches are the second most common headache and often occur with other symptoms such as nausea and change in vision.  Throbbing or pounding head pain is usally associated with migraines and can take place on one side of the head.  Individuals who suffer from migraine headaches can be sensitive to light or noise and may experience "aura," which is a group of visual symptoms just before the headache attack.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, about 12 % of the U.S population suffers from migraines headachesMigraine headaches occur 3 times more often in females than males. The World Health Organization considers migraine headaches one of the 20 most disabling medical illnesses in the world. Migraine headaches can occur with an aura, which can be followed by visual symptoms without auras. Patients who have migraine headaches may suffer from sleep disturbance, anxiety and depression.

Causes of Migraine Headache:

These are some of the causes of migraine headaches

  • Genetics
  • Brain chemicals imbalance
  • Hermonal imbalance

Migraine Headache Triggers:

These are some of the triggers for migraine headaches

  • Foods such as processed foods and aged cheeses
  • Drinks such as caffinated drinks and alcholo
  • Food additives such as artificial sweeteners and preservatives
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress
  • Intense physical activities
  • Medications

Symptoms of Migraine Headache:

These are some of the symptoms of migraine headaches

  • Pounding, pulsating, or throbbing pain
  • Migraine may begin on one side of the head and spread to the other side or stay on one side
  • Intense pain around the sides of the forehead
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Vertigo, dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fatigue
  • Visual disturbances such as blurred vision, temporarily blind spots, flashing lights
  • Sensitivity to noise, light and/ or movement
  • Body parts may feel weak, tingly or numb  

At Reliant, we treat headaches naturally through using the Advanced Soft Tissue Release and cold laser therapy. Most of our clients testify that their headache symptoms disappear in a matter of minutes when treated with Advanced Soft Tissue Release. 

Reliant Physical Therapy is one of the few clinics in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County with a special program to treat headaches and migraines and is proud to offer this service to its clients.

  • Patient avoided hip surgery.

  • Patient avoided back surgery.

  • This newborn came in unable to move his neck from the side position. He suffered from torticollis, severe neck and back spasms. After just 1 ASTR treatment, he had complete range of motion.

  • Patient came in unable to move his neck from the side position. After 3 ASTR treatments, he regained full range of motion.

  • This young gymnast came in unable to do the splits. After just 1 ASTR treatment, she had full range of motion.


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