Where to Learn how to do Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks, SPG Blocks

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It is well established that the Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block is one of the most effective treatments for preventing migaine and chronic daily headaches available but it is often difficult to learn the procedures.   I teach Sphenopalatine Ganglion Administration in my Highland Park, Illinois office to doctors want to incorporate this into their practice and to patients wanting to learn self administration of SPG Blocks.  

I teach a variety of trigger point injection techniques in the jaw, head, neck and shoulder regions to both dentists and physicians.  I invite doctors to bring their patients with them to the course.    The primary area of interest of many doctors is learning to do the Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks.  I teach doctors several methods of administering SPG Blocks.  Doctors are invited to bring their team and their patients to the course as well.

The Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block was made popular in the late 1980's by the book "Miracles on Park Avenue".  I strongly suggest that patients with chronic pain, migraines,  tension headaches or TMJ Disorders read this book.

The Spenopalatine Ganglion, also called Meckels Ganglion, the Nasal Ganglion or the Pterygopalatine Ganglion is the largest  of four Parasympathetic Ganglions in the head and neck and has both sympathetic and parasympathetic fibers running throught it.  It is found in the Pterygopalatine fosa.  The SPG is associated with the branches of the maxillary nerve,one of the three major branches of the Trigeminal Nerve.

The SPG supplies the lacrimal glandparanasal sinuses, glands of the mucosa of the nasal cavity and pharynx, the gingiva, and the mucous membrane and glands of the hard palate. It communicates anteriorly with the nasopalatine nerve, also part of the Trigeminal Nerve.  The SPG receives a sensory, a parasympathetic, and a sympathetic root.

The sensory root  of the Sphenopalatine Ganglion comes from  two sphenopalatine branches of the maxillary division of the Trigeminal Nerve and the fibers pass  into the palatine nerves

The Parasympathetic root is derived from the nervus intermedius a branch of the facial nerve.

The SphenoPalatine Ganglion also carries fibers from the superior cervical ganglion, SCG.  These are  sympathetic efferent (postganglionic) fibers from the SCG that travel through the carotid plexus and then through the deep petrosal nerve, which joins with the greater petsal nerve to form the pterygoid canal nerve.

Learnig to work with  SphenoPalatine Ganglion blocks will allow practitiones to handle difficult cases that were often resistant to treatment because of their autonomic components.   All classes are by by appointment.  I will teach individual doctors or small groups.