headaches

Moody Migraines and How to Get Relief

Headaches are a condition that affects millions of people across the San Diego area and the entire world. Estimates in America say that out of 100 people, 12 have migraines.1 Due to the large number of people that suffer from headaches and the debilitating effects, they are also causing headaches for many healthcare providers.

British researchers have recently established a timeline of when to start expecting certain health conditions. Migraines are to be expected at the age of 24 according to this new study.2 This should be somewhat of a shock to many people as migraines are not something that should happen, especially at such a young age. Migraines are a condition that is often a result of the body not being able to adapt properly to stress.

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A more natural approach to treating migraine headaches is helping many people regain their health. Migraine specialist Dr. Tymothy Flory is able to provide natural relief to headache patients through upper cervical chiropractic care. This unique treatment is focused on finding the fundamental cause of migraines, typically the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra). Research has shown a high correlation between an Atlas misalignment in the neck with patients suffering from headaches.

When the Atlas is misaligned the brain and nervous system are affected by abnormal blood flow and neurological function.3 By specifically analyzing and tailoring a custom adjustment to each person migraines have been scientifically proven to improve in as little as 1-2 upper cervical chiropractic adjustments.4

When the Atlas is properly aligned, the brain and nervous system can function optimally improving many conditions in the body. Once this is achieved, the body can properly self-regulate and begin the healing process.

References:

Cluster Headache. http://www.migrainetrust.org/factsheet-cluster-headache-10908 (accessed 20 November 2015).
Pickles K. Grey hairs […]

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Whiplash: Getting Your Head on Straight with the Facts

Many people suffer from whiplash and its symptoms long after the wreckage has been cleared. 68% of people in accidents experience damage and degeneration to the spine.1 Once you have whiplash, it is difficult to recover as patients experience the symptoms for as long as 5-10 years.1

Whiplash can leave long-lasting effects as it can damage the muscles in the neck, the ligaments that maintain proper position of the bones, and overall brain function. There is new science showing the effects of whiplash on an often overlooked part of the body known as the Cranio-Cervical Junction.

The founder of the MRI looked at the brain function in patients with injuries to the cranio-cervical junction, where the skull meets the neck and the rest of the spinal column. It was discovered that fluid flow was distorted and could eventually manifest as degenerative neurological diseases as a result of lack of oxygen.2 Many of the patients who suffered from diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis reported having a neck injury prior to progression of symptoms.

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Dr. Tymothy Flory, a whiplash specialist in Upland, CA helps whiplash patients get natural relief, as an Upper Cervical Chiropractor focusing on maintaining the proper alignment of the upper neck. This method involves using exact testing to ensure that the Atlas (C1) bone is properly aligned at the base of the skull and top of the neck. If the Atlas is misaligned, the brain cannot receive the proper information to function and heal properly.

Research has shown that whiplash patients under chiropractic care have an improved recovery time.3 It has been proven when the spine is properly aligned after a whiplash-type injury that pain, muscle strength, range of motion, and neck alignment improve.

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Painkillers Are Causing Millions of Headaches

The Vicious Cycle of Medication Overuse Headaches 
The BBC is reporting that up to a million people in the UK have “completely preventable” severe headaches caused by taking too many painkillers, doctors have said.

The warning came as part of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s (NICE) first guidelines for treating headaches.

“Medication overuse headaches” feel the same as other common headaches or migraines.

There is no definitive UK data on the incidence of the condition, but studies in other countries suggest 1-2% of people are affected, while the World Health Organization says

While painkillers would be many people’s instant response, they could be making sufferers feel even worse.

Prof Martin Underwood, from Warwick Medical School, who led the NICE panel, said: “This can end up getting into a vicious cycle where your headache gets worse, so you take more painkillers, so your headache gets worse and this just becomes worse and worse and worse.

“It is such an easy thing to prevent.”

Exactly how painkillers have this effect on the brain is unknown.

Most of the people affected are thought to have started with either everyday, tension-type headaches or migraines. The headaches then became worse as they treated themselves at home.
Main types of headache

Tension – the common “everyday” headache most people will experience at some point in their lives. In some cases people have tension headaches on most days of the month.
Migraine – severe headache that can last for several days. It gets worse with activity and often comes with nausea as well as sensitivity to light and sound.
Cluster – extremely severe pain around the eye and side of the face, also includes swelling and a red watery eye. Some people report eight attacks a day, which can last up […]

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Old Whiplash Injuries

A group of distinguished experts met in New York City on April 6, 2013 to discuss the impact of a newly identified medical syndrome known as Cranio-Cervical Syndrome (CCS). The conference is expected to become an annual event to address the pandemic needs of the millions of patients (including 1.2 million whiplash injuries annually in the US) who currently have no solution from their symptoms for the lack of an adequate diagnosis or effective treatment. The symposium is called “The Cranio-Cervical Syndrome (CCS): The Vulnerability of the Human Neck and Its Impact on Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Flow.”

Although this syndrome is newly identified in the medical community, symptoms associated with the cranio-cervical syndrome are commonly found in an upper cervical chiropractic office. Upper cervical chiropractors have identified this syndrome over 80 years ago calling it the Atlas subluxation complex syndrome. But new technology is finally pointing the medical community towards this critical area of the body.

A press release about the symposium states that it has been convened because of the vast number of patients with the syndrome being encountered by FONAR’s UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI and its UPRIGHT® CSF flow Video Technology and the unexpected discovery of the lack of the medical community’s awareness of the existence of this syndrome and of its pandemic dimensions.
Cranio-Cervical Syndrome
The Cranio-Cervical Syndrome is associated with a collection of symptoms centered around different types of headaches and different types of neck pain including:

Pressure Headaches or migraines
Sub-occipital neck pain (in the “back of the neck” at the base of the skull)
Neck pain that is frequently position dependent (e.g. “skull forward”, “skull backward”, “turning of the head”, etc.)
Neck pain” described as “knife stabbing” or “pins and needle stabbing at the base of the […]

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Natural Headache Relief in Upland, California

90% of Americans Have Headaches,
A recent press release by the American Chiropractic Association, that appeared in several news outlets. The release, and several associated news articles discuss how chiropractic helps people who suffer from headaches.

The ACA release begins by noting, “If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.”

Another article about chiropractic and headaches in the Merritt Herald from Canada on July 24, 2013, starts by stating, “Did you know that one of the most common forms of headache is actually caused by problems in the neck?”

The ACA release reported on research of how chiropractic helps headaches by noting, “A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, N.C., found that upper neck adjustments resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.”
Medical Doctors Have Poor Understanding of Headaches
Using chiropractic care for headaches is not a common medical procedure. This fact was illustrated in the Merritt Herald article, “Unfortunately, the medical understanding of headaches often does not take into account the chiropractic model, which remains foreign to many within the medical profession.”

The Merritt Herald article also reported that this information is not new, noting that, “In 1995, a team of MDs at Syracuse University established neck problems as the cause of many headaches with scientific, anatomical proof.” The researchers were headed up by Dr. Rothbart, a medical doctor.

In an interview after the research, Dr. Rothbart stated, “Some brilliant people have put their […]

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How Can Acid Reflux, Scoliosis, and Headaches Be Related?

Acid Reflux, Scoliosis, and Headaches
The Brain stem is an extension of the brain itself that extends down into the upper neck area (upper cervical spine).  The brain stem is susceptible to injury if the Atlas or Axis the top two bones in the spine are twisted or tilted as a result of traumatic accidents or injuries.  Most of these injuries are to the head or neck.  Examples would be car accidents, falls, diving accidents, surfing injuries, snowboarding falls, childhood falls from trees, off bikes, changing tables and more.

The common denominator is an injury that has torn loose the tissue that holds the spine in place in the upper neck which creates a weakness, which will allow the weight of the head (10-14 lbs) to become displaced from it’s normal position.  This misalignment of the head and neck relationship can be as little as 3/4 of degree and the brain will have to adapt to this new position.  Our eyes and ears are created to be balanced.  When the head is not balanced properly compensations will develop in order to rebalance the structure of the body and the eyes and ears through the righting reflex in the brain.  Without this compensation we would just fall over when we stood up in a gravity environment.

The longer this compensation exists the more our body must adapt to this structural misalignment. This can lead to conditions like scoliosis or abnormal curvature of the spine.

Eventually we will develop symptoms as a result of nerve dysfunction.

Which symptoms?

That depends on the person and the nerves that are effected.

For instance the brain stem through the Vagus nerves controls the digestive system.  Dysfunction here can lead to conditions like Acid Reflux, constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and colic in kids.

And what about headaches?

Headaches can […]

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Migraines and Other Headaches Are Leading to Brain Loss

Chronic Headaches = Brain Loss
Although most people get the occasional headache, there are people who experience headaches for more than 15 days each month. They are said to have chronic headaches. It is estimated that between three to five percent of people worldwide have chronic headaches. There are several subtypes of chronic headaches, such as chronic migraine, chronic tension headaches, medication overuse headache, and hemicrania continua (a headache that only affects one side of the face and head).

Researchers examined the brains of people with chronic headaches and compared them with people who didn’t have headaches. The researchers found that patients without headaches had no changes in brain tissue, but patients with chronic headaches did.

And, the longer the patients had their headaches, the more tissue was lost in the brain.

Migraines are more than just severe headaches. Migraines are in a class by themselves. The only thing they have in common with headaches is the head pain. A migraine usually, but not always, involves a severe, unilateral (one-sided) headache that is often described as pulsing or throbbing. In addition to the pain, many people with migraines also become very sensitive to light (photophobia), sounds, and odors. They may also be nauseous and vomit.

Many studies have been done on people who have migraines. This research has shown that there are changes in the brains of migraineurs, much like those with other chronic pain. Although there hasn’t been a connection made between the changes in the brain as a result of the pain, researchers have found that these changes may actually have a part in causing the migraine pain.

Spine University’s Guide to Neuroplasticity and Chronic Pain cites Dr. Rocca’s study of 16 patients with migraines and they also found changes in their brain tissue. […]

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