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Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 | 0 comments

The Migraine Mystery

The pain of a migraine can be so searing that you might as well just drill a hole through you head. Then again, when evil spirits were thought to be the cause of these terrible pains (some 3,000 years ago) this may have actually been the “remedy” of choice. While modern medicine has changed and developed quite dramatically, some things have not. The mystery remains: What is the cause of these horrible headaches and how can we make them go away?
While some theorize that migraines are the result of a chemical imbalance or hormonal change, others suggest that they are the result of the foods that you eat or from a change in the weather.  While there is no solid explanation for why migraines occur, there are still plenty of drugs designed to combat their effects.
Unfortunately, even with all of these options, there is still no magic fix. Though drugs may offer some relief, the side effects you may develop in order to combat one problem may just as easily create a new, possibly worse, one.  
So why not try something different? Studies have shown that Chiropractic manipulation is just as successful in treating migraines as many of the antidepressants most commonly used for treatment.
72% of migraine sufferers in a clinical trail reported noticeable or substantial improvement after a period of chiropractic treatment. While chiropractic care is not the be all and end all for migraine sufferers, for a good percentage, the neck is a significant contributing factor, and chiropractic treatment can be the safest and most effective method.
So if you are sitting in a dark, quite room, cursing the world and praying for an answer or sitting at the ER (with bright lights and lots of commotion) for two hours to receive that magical drug, call Back To Life Chiropractic at (480) 703-1834 to make an appointment instead!  It may just be the answer you are looking for, helping you find your way back into the light of day!
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Yours In Health,
John J. Koc, D.C.
16429 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ. 85032

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Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 | 0 comments

Chiropractic Treatment For Migraine And Headaches

Author: Ankit Prashar

Migraine is a very painful type of headache; the pain can be described as throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head. Patients are very sensitive to light and sound during migraines and may also become nauseated and vomit. Migraine characterized by altered bodily perceptions, severe headaches, and nausea is a neurological syndrome. There are many drugs and surgeries that combat migraines, though no permanent solution exists. Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a common alternative therapy to cure migraines and chronic headaches. As shown by some recent research, chiropractic treatment is operative in the management and cure of both common and classical migraine. Generally two types of chiropractic interventions are used in treating headaches, namely: straight chiropractic and mixed chiropractic. Straight chiropractic treatment involves manipulating the spine to correct subluxation and other imbalances to treat headaches. While the mixed chiropractic treatment is a combination of manipulation and other therapies, focusing on reducing the tension in the neck muscles as a cure for headaches. Mixed chiropractors treat existing headaches with spinal manipulation, focusing on the neck. They don’t just feel the bones, but also the adjoining areas to check whether the muscles on both sides of the spine feel the same?, whether one side feel like it has a knot?, are the muscles raised or swollen, do the muscles feel hot? A study from the Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minnesota, compared amitriptyline, an antidepressant commonly used to treat migraines with chiropractic manipulation. Results showed that chiropractic healing was about as successful as the drug. A known fact is that drugs and surgery cause far more strokes than chiropractic care. Chiropractic manipulations, or chiropractic adjustments, are a truly natural cure method for headache and migraine relief. Chiropractic methods make use of holistic approach through massage, spinal manipulation and periodic adjustment of joints and soft tissue for pain relief.  Although some who suffer from Migraine fail to find relief with chiropractic treatment, many have quite positive results. Sometimes the bones in the neck are not at the proper place, and the little muscles near the bones are tight or rigid. This is termed subluxation medically. The nerves that lead out from the spine can be irritated when there is a subluxation, which can cause migraines.  As the bones are very close to being in the right place, so a medical doctor might think them to be in the right place. A chiropractic doctor treats people by gently pushing the bones back into place.  Slow, gentle stretching exercises of the neck can also find some relief from migraine. In pure medical terms, Chiropractic treatment (adjustment of the first cervical/occipital articulation) cures migraine headaches by repositioning the occiput upon the first cervical vertebrae, removing pressure on the postganglionic sympathetic nerve fibers that pass through the foramen lacerum. Many special chiropractic tables, equipments, cushions, etc have been developed by the chiropractors to check and correct neck problems that lead to migraines and headache.

Migraine is a very painful type of headache; the pain can be described as throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head. Patients are very sensitive to light and sound during migraines and may also become nauseated and vomit. Migraine characterized by altered bodily perceptions, severe headaches, and nausea is a neurological syndrome.

There are many drugs and surgeries that combat migraines, though no permanent solution exists.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a common alternative therapy to cure migraines and chronic headaches.

As shown by some recent research, chiropractic treatment is operative in the management and cure of both common and classical migraine. Generally two types of chiropractic interventions are used in treating headaches, namely: straight chiropractic and mixed chiropractic.

Straight chiropractic treatment involves manipulating the spine to correct subluxation and other imbalances to treat headaches. While the mixed chiropractic treatment is a combination of manipulation and other therapies, focusing on reducing the tension in the neck muscles as a cure for headaches. Mixed chiropractors treat existing headaches with spinal manipulation, focusing on the neck. They don’t just feel the bones, but also the adjoining areas to check whether the muscles on both sides of the spine feel the same?, whether one side feel like it has a knot?, are the muscles raised or swollen, do the muscles feel hot?

A study from the Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minnesota, compared amitriptyline, an antidepressant commonly used to treat migraines with chiropractic manipulation. Results showed that chiropractic healing was about as successful as the drug. A known fact is that drugs and surgery cause far more strokes than chiropractic care.

Chiropractic manipulations, or chiropractic adjustments, are a truly natural cure method for headache and migraine relief.

Chiropractic methods make use of holistic approach through massage, spinal manipulation and periodic adjustment of joints and soft tissue for pain relief.  Although some who suffer from Migraine fail to find relief with chiropractic treatment, many have quite positive results.

Sometimes the bones in the neck are not at the proper place, and the little muscles near the bones are tight or rigid. This is termed subluxation medically. The nerves that lead out from the spine can be irritated when there is a subluxation, which can cause migraines.  As the bones are very close to being in the right place, so a medical doctor might think them to be in the right place. A chiropractic doctor treats people by gently pushing the bones back into place.  Slow, gentle stretching exercises of the neck can also find some relief from migraine.

In pure medical terms, Chiropractic treatment (adjustment of the first cervical/occipital articulation) cures migraine headaches by repositioning the occiput upon the first cervical vertebrae, removing pressure on the postganglionic sympathetic nerve fibers that pass through the foramen lacerum.

Many special chiropractic tables, equipments, cushions, etc have been developed by the chiropractors to check and correct neck problems that lead to migraines and headache.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/alternative-medicine-articles/chiropractic-treatment-for-migraine-and-headaches-1430480.html

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Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 | 0 comments

Can Stress or Emotions Cause Pain?

By Dr. Gray

I received a great question from a patient recently: She had read somewhere that stress and emotions were the cause of back pain, and wondered if I agreed or if it was true. Here is the majority of my answer.

While not the only cause of pain, the relationship between mental/emotional complaints or stress and how they lead to various physical conditions has long been known. The technical term for it is “psychosomatic,” or “psychogenic,” and refers to physical complaints being caused by mental/emotional problems. As our world has gotten busier and busier, and we have gotten away from stress-reducing activities in our daily life, these psychosomatic conditions have become much more widespread. Unfortunately, addressing psychosomatic conditions is difficult for several reasons.

First, psychosomatic complaints can be varied in their expression. Some people experience headaches when stressed, while others will develop back pain. Still others will suffer from indigestion… or high blood pressure… or neuropathy… or constipation… panic attacks… etc. Because of this highly variable presentation, it is difficult to determine exactly when our conditions are psychogenic in nature or when there is a true underlying disease process. In addition, there are no real tests that can be performed or evaluated to definitively diagnose psychosomatic conditions. Therefore, we are often in a position where we must run a multitude of tests and evaluations to rule out more serious complications or underlying disease processes. When these tests, inevitably, show no evidence of other causes, by exclusion the only plausible remaining diagnosis is “psychosomatic.” However, the very process of so many tests, the costs associated with these tests, and the continual disappointment of another test without an answer… only adds to the stress that is ultimately the underlying cause!

Second, when we have confirmed that stress is either the primary underlying cause or just a complicating factor, it is extremely difficult to get patients to comply with our recommendations on how to reduce that stress. Regardless of whether a physician is involved or not, a person who recognizes that stress is the culprit will often be unwilling (or unable) to take the necessary steps to correct their situation. How many of us can change occupations at will? Which of us can rapidly make money problems disappear? Who among us chooses when to deal with a dying parent? Which of us set our own work hours? And on and on… However, there are a great many things that we can do, but are often unwilling. For example: How many of us turn the television off and read a book in the evening? How many of us go to bed early with some soft, soothing music? How many of us choose nutritious snacks instead of sugary, carbohydrate-rich junk? Who do you know that closes their eyes and rests for fifteen minutes at lunch instead of checking in on Facebook? How many of us go for a walk in the evening instead of watching American Idol? Stress is largely a direct effect of the choices we make, our response to the consequences of those choices, and our willingness or ability to change those choices.

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 | 0 comments

Vertigo, Dizziness, and Upper Cervical Care


 

Using Chiropractic Care to Treat Dizziness and Vertigo

If we feel physically off balance or the world seems to move around us, we have a problem with dizziness. Dizziness causes some people to experience slight environmental movements while more extreme symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, hearing loss, visual problems, difficulty walking and ear pressure. Regardless of the severity of symptoms, the bottom line is that people can’t function well when they don’t feel upright and balanced.

There are essentially four types of “dizziness”: Feeling lightheaded, feeling faint, feeling off balance with a sense of disequilibrium and experiencing vertigo, a sensation that feels as though the world is spinning around us. While the inner ear frequently plays a role in such problems, cervical factors may be present in all types of dizziness. Disequilibrium and vertigo are most commonly controlled by chiropractic rehabilitation, but upper chiropractic care may be essential in helping to manage all four types of dizziness.

The spine plays an essential role in helping the body maintain a sense of equilibrium and balance. Several studies have determined that cervicogenic vertigo occurs when joints in the upper neck are irritated (another type of vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, is caused by problems in the inner ear). These joints are essential in coordinating eye, head and body movements as well as controlling posture and helping determine spatial orientation, so it’s little surprise that stress on these joints can result in vertigo. Though trauma-induced vertigo may take months or years to develop, upper cervical chiropractic care can help minimize the symptoms associated with this type of injury by reducing the irritation to the nerves that cause vertigo.

Upper cervical chiropractors use a handful of tests to determine if the dizziness or vertigo experienced by a patient is due to a cervical spine problem and/or an inner ear issue, the most common of which is the rotating stool test. If vertigo or disequilibrium is caused by an issue in the cervical spine, an upper cervical chiropractor can frequently treat the problem. The cervical spine must be fully functioning in order for patients to completely recover from cervicogenic vertigo. Treatment for this type of vertigo is directed toward the area of joint dysfunction as well as areas of muscular dysfunction.

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