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Headaches Specialist

Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C.

Howard Shapiro, DO

A Private Medical Practice & Osteopathic Physician located in Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, NY

If you struggle with headaches or migraines, you don’t have to suffer through them. At Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C., located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, Howard Shapiro, DO, and his team offer headache relief to give you a better quality of life. Call the office to schedule an appointment, or book one online today.

Headaches Q & A

What are headaches?

Headaches, including migraines, are an uncomfortable feeling in your head that can occur for a variety of reasons. Headaches might feel debilitating and prevent you from enjoying your favorite daily activities. Dr. Shapiro and his team offer holistic headache treatments whenever possible.

What are the symptoms of headaches and migraines?

Common symptoms associated with headaches and migraines include:

  • Dull or aching pain
  • Severe, debilitating pain
  • Pain on one or both sides of your head
  • Throbbing or pulsing pain
  • Light or sound sensitivity
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

Migraines can last 4-72 hours if left untreated. You might have them several times each month. If frequent migraines are disrupting your life, see Dr. Shapiro and his team for an evaluation.

What causes headaches and migraines?

What’s triggering your headaches and migraines isn’t always easy to determine, but certain factors increase your risk of experiencing them. Examples include:

  • Dehydration
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Head trauma
  • General tension
  • Premenstrual tension
  • Neurological disorders
  • Allergies
  • Excessive exercise
  • Medical conditions
  • Brain tumors
  • Certain foods and drinks
  • Hormone changes
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine 

Eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise and plenty of sleep, maintaining a healthy weight, and adopting other healthy lifestyle habits can reduce your risk of getting headaches.

How does my doctor diagnose the cause of headaches?

To find the root cause of headaches and migraines, Dr. Shapiro reviews your symptoms and medical history. He weighs you, checks your vital signs, and completes a physical examination. He may recommend you undergo blood tests, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures to detect or rule out medical problems. Dr. Shapiro also offers telehealth visits.

What are my headache treatment options?

Dr. Shapiro recommends holistic headache and migraine treatments whenever possible. He may suggest:

Osteopathic manipulation

With osteopathic manipulation, Dr. Shapiro applies pressure to different parts of your body to relieve tension and pressure, reducing head pain naturally.

Dietary changes

Eating more whole foods and fewer highly processed foods, taking dietary supplements as needed, or making other dietary changes can reduce your risk of headaches and migraines. 


Injecting Botox®, which contains botulinum toxin, every few months can reduce your risk of getting migraines. Dr. Shapiro lets you know if you’re a good candidate for this procedure.

Don’t live with severe or long-lasting headache pain when noninvasive, holistic treatments are within reach at Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today for relief.