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What Is Cephalgia?

The name might sound like a name for a prehistoric landmass, and when you're suffering a migraine attack you may feel like continental plates are grinding against one another inside your head. Cephalalgia is the general term for headaches, and after thousands of years exploring human anatomy and medical science, we as a species still consider our brains to be the "final frontier".

But we do know enough to map out the correlation between headaches and whole-body health, past traumas and current headache symptoms, and how certain nerves located in our head and spine interact with the brain to cause debilitating pain.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

The trigeminal nerve is the face's main sensory processing passageway, and trigeminal neuralgia is pain and unpleasant sensations caused by pressure or damage to this important nerve. On occasion, trigeminal neuralgia can mimic migraine headaches, and it's sometimes misdiagnosed as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). If you experience twitching, tightness, intermittent but sharp pain, or a sensation of shock on either side of your face, your trigeminal nerve may be the cause.

Why Are Headaches So Difficult To Treat?

The first step in treatment is getting an accurate and timely diagnosis. Given that there are so many contributors to cephalalgia—major, minor, and micro spine traumas, environmental stressors, underlying illnesses, even medications given for other health problems—headache specialists have to rule out as many root causes as possible. This takes time, trial, and error, and prescription medication serves as a stopgap in the meantime. Medications may include over-the-counter pain medications, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and other compounds that modify the neurological system. And as with any medication, side effects may complicate wellness.

In reality, there is no such thing as a "side effect". You choose a medication for its ability to address one symptom, keeping in mind that its other benefits or drawbacks can create or complicate others.

Most headache sufferers, once they've ruled out the "big, scary" diseases associated with headaches (stroke, cancer, or aneurysm) continue to live with chronic cephalalgia as a fact of life. Yes, headaches and migraines are relatively common—we all know people who can commiserate—but we don't have to give up and "just deal with them", as contemporary western medicine indicates.

If you're suffering chronic migraines, headaches, or trigeminal neuralgia, a visit to a neck and headache specialist can fast-track you to a pain-free, more productive life.

Your first step to recovery is a consultation with Dr. Arthur Plesa. He'll take the time to talk with you about your symptoms, medical history, and your own thoughts on what might trigger your headaches. Dr. Plesa's a big believer in "listening is the best medicine", and he encourages his patients to become advocates for their own health. Here at Charlotte Family Chiropractic Clinic, we maintain a low-stress, easy-paced practice where we empower our patients with information and research.

If you and Dr. Plesa decide to include adjustments in your therapy, you'll be less likely to experience anxiety about the procedure having established a rapport with him and our staff and have learned more about Dr. Plesa's extensive background and training.

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Dr. Plesa was professional and knowledgeable. He really took the time to explain what was the root cause of my headaches, rather than just treat the symptoms. I have never felt so great. Best chiropractor I have ever seen!

Jean F., Charlotte, North Carolina


There's no reason to spend your pain-free time worrying about when the next migraine is going to strike. Call to schedule a free 15 minute consultation in which you and Dr. Plesa will map out a plan for your cephalalgia treatment.

At Charlotte Family Chiropractic Clinic we are not only concerned about your symptoms, but also you as a person and what is important to you. We know that not everyone's the same and not everyone has the same goals. It is important to us that we present a chiropractic care plan that works for you and is tailored to you and your health concerns.

Our specialties as a chiropractor in Charlotte, North Carolina are neck pain, vertigo, and migraine headaches. Our patients visit our Charlotte office from all over North Carolina, including, Matthews, Indian Trail, Mint Hill, Harrisburg, Gastonia and Concord.

Contact Charlotte Family Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule a free 15 minute consultation.


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