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Achieve Permanent Pain Relief From Headaches & Migraines Without The Use Of Medication

The Headache Clinic offers accurate diagnosis of the causes of your headaches and provides you with unique pain treatment methods that get results

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95% Treatment Success Rate

Through research & medical innovation we are able to accurately diagnose & treat the anatomical structures that are responsible for causing headache pain. 

Treatment Without Medication

Get permanent relief from headaches and migraines while breaking free from the cycle of pain medication and sleeping tablets with our migraine and headache treatments.

myofascial pain
trigeminal neuralgia

Improve Your Quality Of Life

Benefit from Dr. Shevel's 30 year's experience in pioneering breakthrough medical treatments and live your life pain free.

What causes headaches

Ali - Nairobi, Kenya 

– PMA Treatment, Tension Headache

"I tried everything from pain killers, doctors, MRIS and even a neurologist - nothing worked for me. I then went to see Dr Shevel who fitted me with a PMA and the results were immediate. The PMA got rid of my migraine and also improved my sleep and my breathing"

Types of headaches and types of migraines

Morgan J Neuer - South Africa

– PMA & SDP Treatments, Migraine Headache

"The Headache Clinic was able to diagnose me with tension in my neck and with arterial migraines. I have been given treatment and I can happily say that I am pain free from headaches!"

We Treat All Types Of Migraines & Headaches

Different kinds of headaches can have their own set of symptoms, happen for unique reasons and need different headache treatments

Tension Headache

It can cause mild, moderate, or intense pain behind your eyes and in your head and neck. It might feel as though a tight band is wrapped around your forehead.

Cluster Headache

An extremely painful type of headache that is often concentrated behind the eye. These headaches are often seasonal & can occur with long pain free periods between cluster cycles.  

Migraine Headache

Migraine headaches are associated with a throbbing, pulsing headache on one side of your head that gets worse with physical activity, lights, sounds or smells. 

Sinus Headache

Sinus headaches are a symptom of sinus infections, which cause pressure and pain in your face. Having a cold or allergies increases your risk of sinus infections and headaches. 

Hormone Headache 

Women commonly experience headaches that are linked to hormonal fluctuations. Menstruation, using birth control pills, & pregnancy all affect estrogen levels, which can cause a headache. 

Medication Overuse Headache (MOH)

MOH are frequent headaches in someone who has a pre-existing headache disorder who has been taking acute medication to relieve symptoms.

Why The Headache Clinic

We are a highly qualified, specialist medical team dedicated to providing medication-free treatments for all types of headaches and migraines.

The Headache Clinic is an internationally acclaimed headache and migraine treatment centre based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Unlike many specialists who believe headache pain originates in the brain, the clinic's Medical Director, Dr Shevel has proven in peer-reviewed medical journals and with his excellent treatment success rates, that primary headache pain is actually caused by anatomical structures (muscles, arteries, tendons and nerves) outside the skull. At The Headache Clinic we find these painful structures and then permanently eliminate the headache pain they cause. 

We use unique diagnostic methods

45 Empire Rd, Parktown Extension, Johannesburg, South Africa

Our treatments are not offered anywhere else in the world

We treat over 100 patients per month

We serve local & international patients

4.9 out of 5 stars

Dr Shevel has over 30 years experience in the field of migraine, cluster and tension headache

The Headache Clinic is the #1 top rated Hospital & Clinic in Johannesburg according to Customer Reviews On Google

Migraine Treatment: A Different Approach

Dr Shevel has proven that headache pain is actually caused by the anatomical structures outside the skull; muscles, arteries, tendons and nerves. Dr Shevel does an intricate physical examination on each patient to find the structures responsible for causing your pain. 

Comprehensive Diagnosis

Our sophisticated diagnosis examines all of the possible anatomical structures that can generate headache and migraine pain including:

  • Muscle tension 
  • Tendon sensitivity
  • Arterial dilation/inflammation
  • Nerve sensitivity 

The accuracy of the diagnosis allows us to pinpoint the structures that are responsible for causing the pain and these structures become the focus of our unique headache treatments.

Headache Treatment

Medical research has shown that in most headache sufferers the pain does not originate in the brain, but from the structures outside the skull. 

Dr. Shevel’s treatment for headache and migraine including; tension headache, cluster headache, hemiplegic migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, myofascial pain, and medication overuse headache, focuses on the muscles of the neck and jaw as well as tendons and small arteries that lie on the outside of the skull. These painful structures are easy to access for both diagnosis and treatment. We are so confident of a positive result that we offer 2 years of free treatment should your headaches not be completely eliminated.

Types of Headache Treatments

Shevel Desensitisation Procedure ( SDP ) 

  • In most headache sufferers, headache pain is caused by the brain confusing pain signals from other anatomical structures. Very often these are tendons that connect neck muscles to the head. When these tendons become painful they create referred pain that presents as a headache.
  • The desensitisation procedure, is a very precise procedure that uses a cautery needle to permanently numb the pain signals from these tendons, while allowing the tendons to continue to function normally. It is done under local anaesthesia and takes around 45 mins. 
  • This headache treatment has a 95% success rate and permanently eliminates headache pain. Dr Shevel pioneered this treatment after decades of research and is the only doctor in the world that understands how to perform this procedure.

Posture Modifying Appliance ( PMA ) 

  • The PMA is a thin and comfortable custom-made plate worn against your palate. The PMA balances your body posture by adjusting the tongue position, which in turn relaxes the jaw, and then the muscles around the temples, cascading relaxation in the muscles all the way down to the neck and back. 
  • This re-calibration of the muscle equilibrium improves the patient posture. Once equilibrium is restored and all the contributing muscles have relaxed, the pain dissipates and harmony is restored.

Arterial Surgery

  • When arteries are indicated as the primary source of pain, Dr. Shevel’s diagnostic method allows for these tiny problem arteries to be accurately located and then closed. In many patients closing these small arteries provides almost immediate relief. The procedure is minimally invasive and done under local anaesthetic.

About DR. Shevel

Dr Elliot Shevel is a Maxillo-Facial and Oral surgeon and the Medical Director at The Headache Clinic. He leads a team of medical practitioners that is guided by his ground-breaking research into the cause of headaches and his pioneering treatment techniques.

Dr Elliot Shevel has published more than thirty scientific studies in national and international peer reviewed medical journals on migraine and tension headache. 


  • Head of the South African Headache Society
  • Harvard Medical School Department of Neurology
  • European and American Headache Societies
  • South African affiliate of the International Headache Society

Dr Elliot Shevel

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