Many people dismiss chiropractic as being something only for back pain, but chiropractic treatment can be used to treat a wide variety of physical issues, such as migraines and headaches, chronic pain, carpal tunnel, pain due to injury or muscle strain, and much more.

Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Block for Headache Relief

woman with a headache

Headaches are a very common complaint amongst men and women and a large cause of visits to the emergency room every year. It is estimated that up to 12% of people in the U.S. suffer from migraine headaches (American Migraine Foundation 2015). Migraine and chronic headache can be extremely disabling to the people that suffer from them, interfering with work and social activities. Many pharmaceutical pain medications and narcotics have been utilized to treat headache conditions, with variable success. We at Oak Lawn Pain & Wellness and Ruof Chiropractic are pleased to offer an effective alternative to long-term use of pain medication, called the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) block.

This treatment was developed in the 1990s, but has been modified to be significantly less invasive in the last few years. The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is a group of nerve cells linked to the trigeminal nerve, which is the main nerve that is involved with headaches and facial pain. This ganglion is located behind the nose and is easily accessible with a thin plastic tube applied through the nostril. We utilize the Tx360® model applicator, which is a thin catheter containing a numbing agent attached to a syringe. The Tx360® is the smallest of the possible catheters, providing the most comfort to the patient. Once the catheter is inserted into the nostril, the numbing agent is pushed through the catheter, delivering the medication directly to the SPG to immediately treat headache and facial pain.

An SPG block is immediately effective and long lasting, without needing potentially addicting pain medication. Benefits of this treatment have been clinically proven to provide sustained relief of headache days and improve quality of life (Cady et al. 2015). The procedure is painless, will take approximately 10-15 minutes, and does not require sedation or local anesthesia.

Call Oak Lawn Pain & Wellness and Ruof Chiropractic to see how the SPG block can help decrease your headaches, migraines, or facial pain today!

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Monday10am - 6pm
Tuesday11am - 8pm
Wednesday3pm - 6pm
Thursday11am - 8pm
Friday3pm - 6pm
SaturdayClosed
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10250 Central Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

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What Our Patients Say

After being out of work for two weeks due to a back injury Dr. Ruof got me back to work within a week and I continue to improve with his therapies. My job involves heavy labor and I never imagined I would get back to it so quickly!
Rich H.

I called Dr. Ruof's office because I woke with severe pain in my neck and arm and was very worried. The staff got me in that very same day and now I'm back to getting a comfortable night's sleep. Highly recommended for immediate relief!
Adam R.

After suffering years of headaches Dr. Ruof took X-Rays of my neck. In under two weeks I no longer had daily headaches and I feel so much better. I wish I would have found him sooner! Anyone with headaches should talk to this doctor!
Stephanie R.

"I've been pouring concrete for thirty years with a lot of wear and tear on my body, Dr Ruof keeps me working hard and feeling great!"
Edward P.

"Being a delivery driver caused my back to go out a few times a year stopping me from doing my job for weeks at a time. The staff has had me healthy for months without fail. The results speak for themselves."
Joe J.

"I hurt my neck and shoulder in a car accident last week, called the clinic and got treatment the same day I called. Very convenient and great first impression!"
Tim M.

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Ruof Chiropractic
10250 Central Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 423-1440

OFFICE HOURS
Monday10am - 6pm
Tuesday11am - 8pm
Wednesday3pm - 6pm
Thursday11am - 8pm
Friday3pm - 6pm
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed