Headache Specialist

Headaches are common. However, if you’re plagued with chronic or frequent headaches, it may be an indication of a serious underlying condition. At the Stengler Center in Encinitas, California, Dr. Mark LaBeau diagnoses the cause of headaches and offers holistic, and customized treatment plans to eliminate symptoms long-term. Don’t endure chronic headache pain, call for an appointment or consultation with Dr. LaBeau today.

WHAT CAUSES HEADACHES?

A variety of factors contribute to headaches, including both lifestyle and medical issues. For example, some common causes include:

  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Sinus Infections & Allergies
  • High blood pressure
  • Tension or misalignment in the spine, neck, and jaw
  • Arthritis
  • Injury or trauma

Often, headaches are symptoms of other conditions in your body. Dr. LaBeau is committed to finding the true root cause of your headaches and working with you to improve your total body health, not only healing your condition, but better equipping your body to remain healthy and function optimally.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES AMONG TENSION, CLUSTER AND MIGRAINE HEADACHES?

Tension headaches

Tension headaches are the most common form of headaches experienced by American adults. You may have a tension headache if you have tightness in your neck, shoulders or back. Due to sedentary lifestyles and postural imbalances spending too much time staring down at a cell phone, tablet, or computer, you probably carry a lot of unnecessary stress. This tension causes a painful sensation of a tight band around your skull and at the back of your neck where your cervical spine joins your cranium.

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches are often localized to one side of your head and can last several days or even weeks. Cluster headaches are linked to hormonal abnormalities and are rarer than tension headaches.

Migraines

Migraines are a specific kind of headache, accompanied by other physical symptoms, including nausea, sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells, and vision disruptions, including blind spots and auras. Migraines are linked to a variety of factors including:

  • Food intolerances
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Chemical Sensitivities
  • Medications
  • Stress and fatigue

HOW ARE HEADACHES TREATED?

Dr. LaBeau first provides a comprehensive consultation to identify the kind of headache you experience and the root cause of your pain. Since headaches typically indicate an issue impeding your overall health, Dr. LaBeau takes a holistic approach to improving your total health and well-being, as well as healing the condition causing your headaches.

If any metabolic imbalances are found then nutraceutical supplements, hormonal therapy, and even prescriptive medications will be advised as indicated.  You may also be advised to make dietary adjustments and to commit to a regular exercise regime. You may benefit from drinking more water and staying away from caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes.

Dr. LaBeau will also suggest osteopathic manipulations, cranial- sacral therapy, or acupuncture to reduce physical stress on your back, shoulders, neck, and head.