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Dentist's therapy reduces headache, migraine and TMJ pain

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There is a local solution to getting rid of the headaches and it doesn't require MRIs or medication. (Source: KLTV staff) There is a local solution to getting rid of the headaches and it doesn't require MRIs or medication. (Source: KLTV staff)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas doctor is using dentistry to tackle migraines and other head and neck pains. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, 18 percent of women in the United States suffer from migraine attacks. About 10 percent of school-age children and a total of 36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches.

There is a local solution to getting rid of the headaches and it doesn't require MRIs or medication. Missy Duncan has completed 12 weeks of headache therapy at Dr. Tad Morgan's Smith County office. Before she gave it a try, Duncan was in pain three to four days a week.

"My headaches would start with my neck and my neck pain would then go to my head, and hopefully I could catch it in time, but sometimes it went into a full blown migraine. If that happened, I would end up vomiting for 12 hours... which was horrible," recalls Duncan.

The headache therapy involved a sonogram and massage that relaxed Duncan's muscles so Dr. Morgan could adjust her bite.

"This is no shots. No meds. No surgery. We're just able to work with the muscles," explains Dr. Morgan.

Dr. Morgan is one of about 300 dentists in the country now offering this headache therapy. He says the therapy has a 95 percent success rate in reducing or eliminating headaches, migraine, TMJ and other chronic head and neck pain.

Aside from the in-office visits, patients do a few at-home exercises and wear a mouth guard each night.

"It's more than just a night guard. We actually work with the muscles, ultrasound and cold laser therapy. We're combining sports medicine with dentistry and the results have been phenomenal. We have a lot of patients who are really seeing some great results," says Dr. Morgan.

The results aren't just changing peoples' health-- they're changing their lives too.

"It's really changed my mornings, my days, I mean... my life really," says Duncan.

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