Migraine Relief: Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Blocks can give patients control over their pain. By Ira L. Shapira, DDS, D,ABDSM, D,AAPM, FICCMO on May 16, 2016


I have been utilizing SPG Blocks for well over 20 years and find they are frequently helpful in treating and eliminating all types of headaches.  SPG Blocks are especially useful in patients with TMJ disorders and chronic pain.  Medical articles support the use of this block for generalized anxiety and depression in addition to many types of medical issues.

The Sphenopalatine Ganglion is the largest parasympathetic Ganglia in the head and is easily accesed by injection and more importantly intranasal route.  This can be done utilizing commercial devices such as the Spenocath, the Allevio or the TX360.  These devices are typically utilized by neurologists treating drug resistan migraines and are done in a series of ten sessions at approximately $650-750 per application.  


I prefer to utilize the same technique I have utilized for over 20 years that allows patients to self administer the blocks as needed on a regular basis.  In addition to chronic migraines it can also be used to treat anxiety and depression as well as many types of  chronic pain.  It is very helpful for patients living in chronic stressful conditions.   It is essentially a tool to turn of the "Fight or Flight" reflex of sympathetic nervous system overload.  It was originally made popular after the book "Miracles on Park Avenue" was published.   This book can be downloaded for free from the internet.


The beauty of SPG Blocks is that they can be safely and easily self administered by patients for under a dollar per application and can give amazing results.  Many patients who used to end up in the emergency room with severe migraine can now take contol of their pain.

In the case of an Acute migraine an SPG injection may be the best way to stop it in its tracks. 

Patient describes miraculous instant pain relief with with SPG Block.
"I can do this at home, easy" Patient's life was destroyed by MVA while a Fed Ex Driver that destroyed every aspect of his life. 
He is wearing a Neuromuscular appliance.

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