Headaches are complex ailments and are becoming more frequent cases all over. So we asked Dr. Mo a couple questions:
- Where do headaches come from?
- Dr. MO: “Headaches are a complicated pathology to treat mostly because there are many causes to consider, along with varying types of headaches. Some of these causes include having a chemical imbalance in nutrition, a lack of vitamins in the body, or complications with vision. They can also generate from muscular imbalances. For example, tension headaches occur from tightened muscles in the back of the neck and scalp. Stress can lead to muscle spasms which may lead to a headache. There are trigger points in the muscle of mastication from clenching the jaw that can lead to a headache as well.”
- “Another reason, much less talked about, are headaches caused by traumatic events. The events can be as simple as being scared by someone, a car accident, or even by a death in the family. When these traumatic events occur, they cause us to be startled. The startle reflex is a reflex that we are born with which causes us to open our eyes wide, open our mouth in disbelief, and tense up our facial muscles. When these muscles have been startled, or up regulated, they will remain in this upregulated state and cause muscle imbalances, which can then lead to a headache.”
- What treatments have you found to be successful in alleviating headaches?
- “I have been thoroughly trained by the founder of PRRT, John Iams, to down regulate these muscles, and bring the body back to a homeostatic state. Through a physical examination I took for painful areas in specific muscles and then treat those muscles so they are no longer in spasm. Muscles of mastication (chewing muscles) and facial muscles should still be treated as if you were treating a tight hamstring or calf muscle. They are no different and if they are ignored or left in an up regulated state, it will cause headaches along with other painful symptoms. I also have found by incorporating a class 4 laser treatment with a PRRT session, these muscles relax a lot faster and the results last a lot longer.”