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Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic

Clinical Neuropsychologists located in Palo Alto, CA

Every day, 69-88% of American adults have a tension headache, while nearly 17% suffer from severe headaches and migraines. If you struggle with headaches, your solution may be found in one of the innovative therapies available at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic in Palo Alto, California. They offer effective options such as neurofeedback, infrared light therapy, and other advanced technologies that target different types of headaches. To schedule an appointment, call the office today. The clinic is now offering telehealth to patients in Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Woodside, Menlo Park, Atherton, Napa, Orinda, Hillsborough, Belvedere Tiburon, Blackhawk, Noe Valley, Malibu, Beverly Hills, and La Jolla

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What causes headaches?

There are more than 150 types of headaches, but they’re all placed in one of two categories:

Primary headaches

Primary headaches are associated with problems in your head or neck, often due to muscle tension or changes in nerves and blood vessels. Migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches are all primary headaches.

Secondary headaches

Secondary headaches develop due to an underlying health condition. For example, a concussion, sinus infection, and a jaw disorder can all cause a secondary headache.

What symptoms develop due to headaches?

While every headache causes pain, the nature and severity of the pain differs from one headache to the next. These examples represent the differences between headaches:

Tension headaches

This type of headache typically causes mild to moderate pain or pressure that feels like your head is being squeezed.

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches often wake you in the night with sudden, excruciating pain around one eye or on one side of your head. You’ll have frequent cluster headaches for weeks or months before going into remission.


Migraines cause an intense throbbing pain that’s often focused around one temple but may affect both sides of your face. Migraines develop in response to certain triggers, and then the headache lasts 4-72 hours. In addition to severe pain, you’ll also have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells. While there are four migraine stages, not everyone experiences symptoms before and after their headache.

What therapies treat headaches?

The team at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic offers therapies that relieve your symptoms by getting to the source of your headache. Some of the advanced therapies they offer include:


Biofeedback improves your pain when your headache has a stress or musculoskeletal component. If you experience chronic stress, you may have dysregulated breathing patterns that contribute to muscle tension and, subsequently, to tension headaches. Biofeedback helps you learn to regulate your stress and relax your muscles.


Neurofeedback directly regulates activity in your brain, potentially targeting the source of some headaches.

Light therapy

Light therapy may relieve your symptoms when your headaches are caused by proinflammatory conditions such as Lyme disease or fibromyalgia. Infrared light stimulates cellular energy and reduces inflammation.

Talk Therapy

Headaches often arise when you have ongoing stress, anxiety, and depression. With talk therapy, your provider at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic can help you learn coping mechanisms that reduce your challenges and your headaches. If your headaches are related to trauma, emotionally focused therapy eliminates your headaches as it helps heal the underlying problem.

To get relief from your headaches, call Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic to schedule an appointment.


Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic
366 S. California Avenue, Suite 14
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: 650-204-4779
Fax: 650-204-6502
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