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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 11 2017

Are you standing tall and straight, or do you feel a bit lopsided? You may want to find out what does a chiropractic doctor do that will help level you out so that you don’t develop chronic back pain. The focus of this article is on leg length, its effect on posture, methods of assessment, and treatment.

Leg length plays an important role in posture. When there is a difference in leg length, the pelvis cannot maintain a level position, and because the spine’s base is the pelvis, it cannot stay straight if there is a leg length discrepancy.

Doctors of all disciplines realize the importance of leg length, especially orthopedic surgeons as they consider a hip or knee replacement. There are many causes of leg length issues, and some include a genetic predisposition (inherited) or trauma during bone growth years.

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Sep 18 2017

Many people suffer from dizziness, or what is often diagnosed as vertigo.  How do dizziness and the ear relate?  Our ears have two jobs: hearing and balance.  The focus of this article is balance.

Deep inside the ear is the “vestibular apparatus,” the organ of equilibrium that assists in balance.  Here, three semicircular canals are filled with fluid and the two sac-like structures located at the base are called the utricle and saccule. The fluid in the canals flow past little hair-like structures that are connected to nerves that relay information to the brain, telling it where we are in space (horizontal—laying down, vertical—standing) and if we’re moving forwards (accelerating) or moving up/down (like in an elevator).

 

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Aug 14 2017

Many people seek chiropractic care when their back goes out or their neck tightens up. But how does this form of care actually work? What are the benefits of receiving chiropractic care for nerve dysfunction compared with other healthcare options?

First, let’s discuss how the nervous system “works.” There are three divisions of the nervous system: the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems.

  • Central nervous system (CNS): This includes the brain and spinal cord, essentially the main processing portion of the nervous system. The spinal cord is like a multi-lane highway that brings information to the brain for processing and returns information back to the toes, feet, legs and upper extremities from which the information originated. This is essential to allow us to complete our daily tasks in an efficient, safe manner as information is constantly bouncing back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body.
  • Peripheral nervous system (PNS): This sensory/motor system relays information back and forth from our toes/feet/legs and fingers/hands/arms to the spinal cord (CNS). We also have “reflexes” that, for example, allow us to QUICKLY pull our hand away from a hot stove to minimize burning our fingers. Reflexes allow the information to “skip” the brain’s processing part so quicker reactions can occur.
  • Autonomic nervous system (ANS): This includes the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions that basically “run” our automatic (organ) functions like breathing, heart rate, digestion, hormonal output, and more.
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