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Condition of the Week: Tension and Migraine Headaches

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dr. Tyler Carlock, DC, returns today to continue his series of videos designed to educate our patients (and the general public) regarding common painful conditions. We want all of you to know that The Village Family Chiropractic and Multi-Specialty Medical clinic here in Hackettstown stands ready to provide you non-surgical and drug-free pain management treatment of these common ailments. Today, Dr. Carlock returns to the subject of headaches, this time with specific focus on tension and migraine headaches.

How’s everyone doing out there? This is Dr. Carlock, chiropractor here at Village Family Clinic with another public service educational video. So we’re now addressing some of the questions that we get in this series. I’m going to stick to the headache topic because that’s what I’ve been talking about for the past couple of weeks now. We’re going to talk about what are the different types of headaches? Alright. So there’s really two main ones. I’ll touch on some other as well, but the two main types of headaches are tension and migraine.

So really a tension headache, another way to describe that is cervicogenic, meaning it’s coming from the neck, alright? So a lot of times the muscles surrounding the neck will get tight and pull on the head, and that could cause a tension type headache band around the whole head there. The pain can also go around your ear, and you could feel some on your shoulders. That occurs from stress, it occurs from forward head posture, being sitting at the computer all day, looking down your phone. So a lot of it is caused from posture, some of it can be caused from stress. That’s the main type of headache that we have a lot of success with treating. If we can get the cervical spine moving properly, loose up some of those muscles, that tends to relax some of those headaches and get good results with those.

Migraine is another common one that people tend to complain about. You know it can be a little bit more painful and a lot of times migraine pain will be kind of one sided. It will typically be right behind the eye. It’ll be on one side of the head and kind of behind the eye. It can either accompany an aura or without an aura. Aura is light sensitivity, you might get dizzy and things of that nature. And it can be brought on by certain things, certain food, certain taste, smell, and again stress. There’s no definitive research that states exactly where migraines originate, but we have lots of success treating migraines again mainly focusing on the cervical spine.

Something you can do at home to ward off or reduce migraine pain is to make sure you’re drinking a lot of water. They say that about 80% of headaches will feel better if you just drink one tall glass of water. Make sure you’re properly hydrated. Make sure your diet reflects foods that you’re not sensitive to because that can trigger somebody’s migraines as well. Exercise is very important, focusing on good posture as well.

So if you’re suffering from any of these headaches, definitely come and give us a call and we’ll help you take care of them. A few other ones that may occur, there’s cluster headaches, those are very rare, about 1% of the population and it’s a very, very, intense, intense, intense pain. They’ve described as people actually commit suicide, that’s how intense the pain is and it’s like over a certain hours and many times a week. That’s very rare, I personally have not seen a case of that yet. That’s the three kinds of headaches for today’s discussion. So like I said if you suffer any of these symptoms, give us a call and we’d be sure to help you.

Thank, Dr. Carlock ! So to remind you all, we provide a wide variety of chiropractic, physical therapy, and other pain mitigation services here at our Hackettstown Chiropractic clinic. Our goal is to not only mitigate/eliminate your pain but more importantly to identify the root causes of your pain and to develop a treatment plan that gives you the very best chance of eliminating that pain forever. Stop suffering and make an appointment today so we can get you out of pain and back to doing the things you love.

Local Office Celebrates 16 years of giving back

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 12, 2020

Local Chiropractor Thanking Patients and the community with free food and care!

Village Family Clinic - Patient Appreciation Day

Allamuchy, NJ (March 12, 20202) Dr. James R. Fedich of Village Family Clinic is Celebrating 16 years of helping the community live healthier, pain free lives and record amounts of giving back. The celebration will be April 4th, 2020 form 10 am to 1pm with an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 am!

Dr. Fedich will be donating his services all day long as a way to say thank you to all of his great patients. “My patients are the greatest reward in my life, they have given me so much joy, and it’s my turn to give them something back.” To try to thank his patients, Dr. Fedich is giving away free chiropractic adjustments to any patient who has been in to the office before, and is giving away a chance for someone new to meet the staff and see if they can help them.

“Its been an amazing 16 years in the area, we have helped over 8000 patients in those years and its been a rewarding experience,” states James R Fedich, DC the clinic director. The clinic helps patients with chiropractic, physical therapy, spinal decompression, cold laser, pain management, DOT physicals, drug and alcohol testing and so much more. In addition to helping over 8000 patients in 16 years, the clinic has a rich history of giving back. They do an annual Food drive where a truck is filled with food, turkey giveaway, Toy Drive for Christmas, Shoe and sock drive for the homeless, and a pet food drive in the summer. The clinic has a long history of giving back.

Additionally, Village Family Chiropractic will be having free food during the day, a bouncy house obstacle course, live music from Jessica Koppinger, and more!. There will also be giveaways and prizes in addition to free adjustments and free digital sEMG scans for anyone who hasn’t been in before.

The annual Patient Appreciation Day and Easter Egg Hunt will be held rain or shine, April 4th, 20202 from 10-1 with the easter egg hunt promptly at 11 am. .For further information, directions, or an appointment, contact Village Family Chiropractic at (908) 813-8200, or visit them on the web at

Condition of the Week: “Occipital Neuralgia” Headaches

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Our patients and regular readers of our blog know that we are Hackettstown’s most celebrated chiropractic and multi-specialty medical facility. Part of that reason is our commitment to patient and community education regarding painful health conditions that can be addressed via an assortment of chiropractic care services. Today, Dr. Tyler Carlock, DC is going to define and address the causes of a common headache called “Occipital Neuralgia.” This is a common ailment that we treat at Village Family Clinic here in Hackettstown. So, take it away, Dr. Carlock.

Video Transcription

How’s everybody doing out there? I’m Dr. Carlock, DC, from the Village Family Clinic here in Hackettstown, New Jersey. We’re going to start this new video series where I’m going to talk about a different condition each week. Since I just did a talk this past week on headaches, we’re going to talk about a specific type of headache today called “Occipital Neuralgia.”

What is Occipital Neuralgia?

A lot of people that come in here have occipital neuralgia and some of you might be suffering from it at home, so I’m going to explain what that means.  When I say occipital, that means just the bottom of the skull here, the occiput. This is the occipital region. Neuralgia, the word, means nerve pain. So, it’s occipital nerve pain. 

So, all these nerves in the back of your head, they can become compressed. Whether it’s from tight muscles back there, or from a bone out of place in your neck, that can cause sharp, sharp pains in the back of your head. They use a fancy word to describe occipital neuralgia but it’s nothing really too fancy if you come to think of it when it is boiled down. 

If you’re suffering from that, I would definitely come out here and get checked out because there’s a lot of stuff we could do to help relieve that pain. Whether it’s loosening up some of those muscles or adjusting the neck for proper motion.

So, there you are, just a little quick info on Occipital Neuralgia.

In Summary

We provide a wide variety of chiropractic, physical therapy, and other pain mitigation services here at our Hackettstown clinic. Our goal is to not only mitigate/eliminate your pain but more importantly to identify the root causes of your pain and to develop a treatment plan that gives you the very best chance of eliminating that pain forever. Stop suffering and make an appointment today so we can get you out of pain and back to doing the things you love.

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