The Headache Clinic Providers
The Headache Clinic, under the direction of Dr. Jessica O. Heiring, is one of the specialty programs offered at the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology, Ltd. Dr. Heiring, has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with headaches. She participates in FDA-approved clinical research trials into new treatments for headache. Tracy Anderson, R.N. collaborates with Dr. Heiring in the management of patient care.
Our Rehabilitation staff also works closely with Dr. Heiring to provide physical therapy and exercise instruction to patients with headache disorders.
The Headache Clinic Services
Evaluation and Diagnosis
Your evaluation will consist of meeting with a neurologist, and perhaps a registered nurse, who will obtain a complete medical history and perform a comprehensive neurological exam. Our neurologist will review past treatments and determine any lifestyle factors that may contribute to the frequency of your headaches. Although diagnostic testing may be performed, it is typically not a routine part of the headache evaluation.
Treatment and Follow-up
Treatment is based on traditional medication approaches, as well as alternative treatments, such as physical therapy, acupuncture, trigger point and Botox injections, when appropriate. We focus on patient education and identifying controllable lifestyle factors. Follow-up appointments are tailored to each individual patient’s needs, with patients typically seeing the neurologist 3-4 times a year.
Our highly qualified and experienced group of physical therapists assists in the evaluation and management of headache conditions. Their goal is to decrease the frequency, duration and/or intensity of your headaches, and perhaps decrease or eliminate your need for medication.
Our physical therapists consider the following to be crucial in the management of each unique headache patient:
• Headache education and self-management skills
• Alteration of daily posturing and activities
• Ergonomics (job specific tasks) considerations
• Muscle relaxation and stress management
• Musculoskeletal dysfunction treatment (myofascial release, joint mobilization, craniosacral therapy and therapeutic exercise)
• Treatment of the jaw and/or dizziness conditions, if problematic
Our physical therapists can also develop an individualized exercise program for aerobic conditioning and strengthening to help you manage your headache condition more effectively.
The Headache Clinic Research
Our neurologists frequently participate in FDA-approved clinical research trials into new treatments for headache and we will offer opportunities to participate in these trials to interested patients.
The Headache Clinic Location/Contact Information
The Headache Clinic
Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology
4225 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Jessica O. Heiring, M.D.
Tracy Anderson, R.N.
Please refer to the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology’s Neurology Library to learn more about headaches.
For more information please see:
www.americanheadachesociety.org (American Headache Society)
www.headaches.org (National Headache Foundation)
www.migraines.org (Migraine Awareness Group: A National Understanding for Migraineurs)