New Patient Special

Tips For Healthy Living!

Oct 16 2017

 

Headaches are a very common problem that can have multiple causes ranging from stress to trauma. To make matters worse, there are MANY different types of headaches, such as migraines, cluster headaches, and cervicogenic headaches. Don’t just put up with the pain and try to get by day-to-day. Call a chiropractic clinic to find relief.

Many people understand the symptoms of a migraine headache. They include nausea, vomiting, aura (a pre-headache warning that a headache is about to strike), light and noise sensitivity, increased tearing with red eyes, one-sided head, neck, shoulder, and/or arm pain, and dizziness.

You may be wondering, “What is a cervicogenic headache?” This is a secondary headache, which means that it is caused by another illness or physical issue, generally a disorder of the cervical spine and its component bony, disc and/or soft tissue elements. The cause of cervicogenic headaches can be obvious, such as trauma (sports injury, whiplash, slip and fall), or not so obvious, like poor posture. A forward head posture can increase the relative weight applied to the back of the neck and upper back as much as 2x-4x normal. The upper three nerves innervate the head and any pressure on those upper nerves can result in a cervicogenic headache.

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Oct 09 2017

 

During the course of working with new patients, it’s quite common to encounter seemingly unrelated complaints that may benefit from chiropractic care. For example, previously we discussed the association between balance and the neck and how important chiropractic adjustments are to the upper cervical spine in managing balance-related complaints such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (or BPPV). In this article, we discuss balance and how it relates to the health of the brain!

A 2014 study published in the journal Stroke found that difficulty balancing on one leg (eyes open) for at least 20 seconds is a possible sign of brain damage in an otherwise healthy person. In other words, there appears to be an association between poor balance and an increased risk of small blood vessel damage and reduced cognitive function (memory, association, the ability to communicate well, stay on task, etc.) in people who otherwise appear to be healthy. In this study, 841 women and 546 men (average age was 67 years old) were asked to stand on one leg for up to 60 seconds with their eyes open. Each participant repeated the exam twice and researchers recorded the best time. Next, each participant had a brain MRI to assess for small vessel disease and completed a computer based-questionnaire to measure cognitive function.

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Sep 25 2017

When patients are complaining of low back pain, it is not uncommon for pain to arise from areas other than the low back, such as the hip. There are many tissues in the low back and hip region that are susceptible to injury with overlapping pain pathways that often make it challenging to isolate the truly injured area.

When considering the anatomy of the low back (lumbar spine) and hip, and the nerves that innervate the hip comes from the low back, it’s no wonder that differentiating between the two conditions is often difficult. Complaints may include the inside, outside, front, or back of the thigh, the knee, the buttocks, the sacroiliac joint, or the low back and yet, the hip may truly be the pain generator with any of these presentations. To make diagnosis even more complex, the hip pain patient may present one day with what appears to be sciatic nerve pain (that is, pain shooting down the back of the leg to the knee if mild or to the foot if more severe) but the next visit, with only groin pain.

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