Headache Specialist

Deep Well Health Care LLC

Rebecca Cherry, MD, MPH

Clinical Hypnotherapist & Pediatric Gastroenterologist located in Philadelphia, PA & King of Prussia, PA

When headaches are frequent or severe, they can interfere with everyday life. And sometimes, medications don't help. At Deep Well Health Care LLC in Philadelphia and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, clinical hypnotherapist Rebecca Cherry, MD, MPH, works with people of all ages whose headaches have not completely improved with medication, or who prefer to avoid medications. Request your appointment by booking online, or you can call the office today.

Headache Q & A

What is a headache?

A headache is a common and irritating condition that causes discomfort or tension along the scalp, forehead, and neck. Some headaches are mild, but others cause severe pain that can make it difficult to work, focus, or drive. 

Fortunately, most types of headaches respond well to integrative treatments like healthy lifestyle changes and hypnotherapy.

What causes headaches?

The causes of headaches fall into two categories –– primary and secondary.

Primary headaches

Primary headaches aren’t the result of an underlying health problem. They occur due to underlying processes in the brain. Common examples of primary headaches include tension headaches, cluster headaches, and migraines.

Secondary headaches

Secondary headaches occur due to a medical condition. Common causes of secondary headaches include brain tumors, brain aneurysms, meningitis, and sinus inflammation. You might also experience a secondary headache following a concussion or car accident.

What are the symptoms of headaches?

Symptoms of headaches include:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Scalp tenderness
  • A pulsating feeling in the head
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness

If you develop a migraine, you might also experience increased sensitivity to lights and sounds or vomiting.

How is a headache diagnosed?

To diagnose a headache, Dr. Cherry conducts a physical exam and a neurological evaluation. Afterward, she reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including when they first started, their severity, and if any activities like drinking caffeine or not getting enough sleep make them worse. 

If Dr. Cherry suspects your headaches are due to an underlying health issue, she might also order diagnostic tests like bloodwork, an MRI, or X-rays of your sinuses.

How is a headache treated?

Hypnosis is an effective treatment for migraine and tension headaches. You may find that with the use of hypnosis, your headaches become less frequent, shorter, and less severe, or even go away entirely. You may also find yourself feeling generally calmer.

The goal of treatment is not just to feel better in the short term, but to learn a technique that can be used again and again to help relieve discomfort without medication.

The number of hypnotherapy sessions you need depends on multiple factors, but on average patients have about 4 appointments.

To learn more about clinical hypnosis for headache treatment, book an appointment at Deep Well Health Care LLC. Call the office today, or click the online scheduling tool.