Our Lubbock, TX Chiropractor Explains SPG Nerve Blocks
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, as many as 38 million men, women, and children in the United States experience migraines. At Lubbock Advanced Physical Medicine, our team is proud to be on the cutting edge of migraine pain treatment. We offer a variety of innovative and advanced approaches to migraine treatment, including a technique known as a sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) nerve block.
What is the Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG)?
The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) describes a bundle of nerves located inside your face, just behind your nose. Also known as Meckel's ganglion, the SPG transmits pain signals to the brain. It's also involved in certain non-voluntary functions within the head, including tear production and nasal congestion.
What Does The Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Have To Do With Headaches?
The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is closely linked with the fifth cranial nerve, called the trigeminal nerve. As part of the central nervous system, the trigeminal nerve is thought to be related to certain types of headaches. This is because when blood vessels near the brainstem become inflamed (such as during migraines and cluster headaches), both the trigeminal nerve and SPG send associated pain signals through to the brain.
How Does A SPG Nerve Block Help Relieve Cluster Headaches and Migraines?
Doctors and scientists have recognized the link between the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) and headaches for over a century. It's generally understood that by temporarily blocking or numbing the SPG, a person can be relieved of pain from headaches, migraines, and certain other conditions. Essentially, an SPG nerve block anesthetizes the nerve and helps to minimize the release of a stress hormone called norepinepherine, thus reducing the sensation of pain.
Unfortunately, some older techniques used to achieve this nerve blocking are uncomfortable and ineffective. At Lubbock Advanced Physical Medicine, we utilize a FDA-approved technique that uses a needleless medication delivery device--also called a transnasal applicator or catheter--that applies a numbing agent directly on the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) to provide faster, better, and longer-lasting relief. We keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout a SPG nerve block, and always make time to answer your questions about the procedure.
We also provide additional approaches--including chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue mobilization--to maximize the effectiveness of a SPG nerve block, increase your nervous system's communication throughout your body, and improve your spinal and musculoskeletal alignment and function.
Wondering If A SPG Nerve Block Is Right For You? Ask Our Lubbock, TX Chiropractor
At Lubbock Advanced Physical Medicine, we provide the people of Lubbock TX and surrounding communities with effective, safe, affordable, and integrated pain relief techniques--including chiropractic care, physical medicine, and occupational therapy. We're proud to be led by one of KCBD NewsChannel 11's "Best of the West" chiropractors, Dr. Korey Kothmann. We're proud to include some of the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technology, including SPG nerve block therapy. To get relief from your headache pain or to learn more about our other services, call us today at (806) 791-3399.