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06-05-2006

Clarkson and Canton-Potsdam Hospital Sponsor Headache Education Clinic

If tension, intense smells, altitude or barometric pressure changes, temperature fluctuations, or bright or flickering lights cause your head to hurt, you are not alone. According to the National Headache Foundation (NHA) - yes, there really is such an organization - these and other physical and environmental factors trigger headaches in nearly 45 million Americans.

To spread the word about headache treatment and prevention techniques, the NHA has declared June 4 - 10 National Headache Awareness Week. Clarkson and CPH are supporting the foundation's"awareness efforts by co-sponsoring a Headache Education Clinic June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic will take place in the Clarkson Hall lobby at 59 Main Street.

Many headache sufferers use over-the-counter (OTC) medications to threat their condition; yet, 67 percent of respondents to a NHA survey stated that OTC medications are not effective in relieving their headache pain. "Many people aren't aware that chronic headaches can often be managed using physical therapy techniques," says Leslie N. Russek, associate professor of Physical Therapy at Clarkson. A physical therapist can determine whether the muscles or joints in your neck or face are causing or contributing to your headaches. Learning to understand the causes of your headaches, along with proper exercises and other physical therapy techniques, can help you get control of your headaches so that they are far less frequent and severe and are better managed by appropriate medications."

"In addition to proper diagnosis and treatment, there are self-management techniques they can use to help reduce their headaches," added Russek. These common-sense tips, as well as other practical information for headache sufferers, will be presented at the June 9 clinic.

The Clarkson and CPH sponsored Headache Education Clinic is free and open to the public. For more information about the Clinic, interested parties are invited to call 261-5460.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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