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Vertigo, Migraine Headaches, and Car Crashes

 

A case study from the Blair upper cervical chiropractic group reveals additional evidence linking head and neck trauma to migraine headaches and vertigo. This case study is another example of what the upright MRI research is revealing.

Here’s a quote from Dr. Lenarz’s case report:

“A 54 year-old female patient entered the office with complaints of migraines 1-2 times per week and extreme chronic neck pain and vertigo for the past 10 years. She was injured in a motor vehicle accident ten years prior to her first visit in our office. The patient was seen 19 times over a period of 12 weeks. She received 3 upper cervical corrections during this time. The patient reported having 1 migraine 2 weeks after the first correction. Since that time, she has reported no migraine episodes, neck pain or vertigo.”
Vertigo and Migraine Headaches
Dr. Raymond Damadian, the inventor of the MRI has been doing some amazing research with upright MRIs. He’s been able to show that when someone has a misalignment in the upper neck it is actually changing the flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) to, from and through the brain. CSF is the fluid that lubricates the brain and spinal cord. This research is helping scientists to explain the results upper cervical chiropractors are seeing in their offices every day.

The upright MRI technology can show the obstruction at the first few bones in the neck and how this misalignment causes a backup of CSF and increased intracranial pressure. When the misalignment is corrected by an upper cervical procedure such as NUCCA, the studies show that the pressure decreases by significantly and the CSF flow becomes normal.

These changes in CSF, blood flow and intracranial pressure are likely linked to […]

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What are Common Causes of Hemiplegic Migraines?

What Is a Hemiplegic Migraine?
Migraine is a complex neurological disorder that usually includes headaches (but not always). Before the migraine associated headache pain kick in, sufferers can experience a variety of additional symptoms called auras that act as warning signs that the migraine is coming. Auras, include temporary body disturbances that include weird sensations, muscle control and vision problems.

Hemiplegic migraine is a severe sub-type in the migraine group and one of the most serious and debilitating migraines. For hemiplegic migraine sufferers, paralysis and muscle weakness can be so extreme and pronounced that they can cause a temporary, stroke like paralysis (called hemiplegia) on one side of the body.
Hemiplegic Migraine Symptoms
Hemiplegic migraine stroke like symptoms frequently starts in childhood and for some, disappears in adulthood. Symptoms range from troublesome to debilitating and they often differ person to person and are very unpredictable. For example, one month a hemiplegic migraine headache could involve minor paralysis and extreme pain and the next month it could be a minor headache and extreme paralysis. Additional symptoms include, but aren’t limited to, severe, pulsating pain on one side of the head, numbness or paralysis on one side of the body which can include your face, arm or leg, loss of balance and coordination, nausea and vomiting, confusion, slurred speech and even coma. With hemiplegic migraine, the aura symptoms are often more severe and can last longer than with other migraines, typically from 5 minutes to an hour. It’s uncommon, but some hemiplegic migraine sufferers progressively develop long lasting coordination and movement problems.
Hemiplegic Migraine Approach
When symptoms of hemiplegic migraine occur, it is crucial that a solid diagnosis by a specialist who can explain the sudden onset of one sided numbness or weakness. […]

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Migraines in Children: Get the Facts Before Medicating

Migraines in Children
A migraine isn’t just a bad headache, it’s a neurological problem that includes intense head pain along with symptom’s that include nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, touch and sound, dizziness, odors, mood changes and abdominal pain. While children usually have fewer migraine attacks (and shorter) than adults, childhood migraine can be just as disabling. Although there are over 100 drugs that are used to treat migraine symptoms, none has been authorized for use in children unless prescribed by a physician.

Half of all migraines in children usually first occur before the age of 12 and there have been reports of little one’s as young as 18 months having them. As puberty approaches, the occurrence increases, sooner with girls than in boys, possibly because of the change in estrogen levels. By the time children turn 17, as many as 8% of boys and 23% of girls have suffered from a migraine.
Migraine Treatment for Children and Adolescents
Migraine treatment for children and adolescents largely depends on their age and the severity and of the attacks. For some, sleeping alone is enough to treat it. Since lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain occur in 90% of child migraine sufferers, drugs used to specifically treat nausea and vomiting (antiemetics) are often prescribed. Because there’s a potential for medication overuse that can lead to rebound headaches (and more intense ones), all medications should be carefully monitored, including over the counter medications. If a child is taking any drugs for headaches more than a couple of times a week, a doctor should be consulted and in some cases, they’ll be referred to doctors or medical centers that specialize in headaches, especially for children whose diagnosis is difficult […]

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Natural Migraine Headache Relief in Upland, California

Migraine Headache Relief
Migraine headaches can seriously debilitate a person thanks to the accompanying pain and other symptoms. Doctors have various treatments that they recommend. There are also various natural remedies. What treatment will you choose in an attempt to relieve migraine headaches? Here are some of your options.

Doctors may prescribe one of a hundred different drugs for your migraines. This is because they still are not sure exactly what causes a migraine. Medications may include those that are usually prescribed for high blood pressure, depression, or seizures. Much of this is done by trial and error, and each drug comes with its own list of side effects.

Many obtain some measure of success at preventing migraines by keeping a journal to learn what their triggers are. Triggers may include certain food and drinks, various activities, or things like emotional and physical stress. Environmental triggers may include extreme temperatures and loud noises. This option may call for certain lifestyle changes, but no doubt you will agree that reducing the number of migraines you experience would be worth it.

One natural approach that many people are turning to in order to relieve migraine headaches is upper cervical chiropractic. A specialized adjustment to the C1 and C2 vertebrae could relieve pressure on the brain stem or spinal cord. If a misalignment of these vertebrae is what is causing your migraines, you may experience fast relief without medication. Schedule a consult to see if an upper neck injury may be the underlying cause of your migraine headaches, and take the first step in becoming migraine free today.
What to Do Next
To find an upper cervical specialist in your area go to www.upcspine.com or if you are in the Upland, California area to […]

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    Are You Looking for a Migraine Specialist in Upland, California?

Are You Looking for a Migraine Specialist in Upland, California?

Migraine Specialist
If you suffer from migraines, you know that they are more than just normal headaches. That’s why you need the help of a migraine headache specialist to address your condition. A migraine is actually a neurological condition that can produce many different symptoms including extreme pain. Many who experience migraines also suffer from nausea, blurred vision, and aura. Let’s discuss how you can go about finding a migraine specialist.

Because migraines are a neurological condition, the best migraine specialist is a doctor who understands the neurology of migraine headaches and specializes in headaches and migraines. Headache centers exist across the country where doctors work to properly diagnose and treat conditions such as migraines. Thus, you are likely to find a top migraine specialist at one of these facilities.
Migraine Treatment
What kinds of treatment may you expect if you are officially diagnosed as experiencing migraines? Often, preventative measures are taken. A journal may be kept, for example, of your eating habits. If you can identify certain foods that trigger your migraines (red wine, chocolate, aged cheeses, and citrus fruits are the biggest culprits), then you will need to avoid such triggers. Other triggers may involve your environment or certain activities.

Medications may also be used on some occasions. While there is not a definite connection between migraines and seizures, there is some cross over when it comes to medications that are used to treat the two conditions. There are also some symptoms that can occur with both such as aura. Other times, migraines are treated with beta blockers (usually used for patients with high blood pressure) or antidepressants.
The Cause of Migraines
If you are looking to address your migraine headaches naturally without drugs, an upper cervical chiropractic specialist […]

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Angels Outfielder Josh Hamilton Struggles with Migraines

Another Athlete Struggling with Migraines
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton struggles with migraines. In August 2013 Hamilton left the ballpark and returned to his hotel to take nausea medication and sleep. Hamilton said he has been getting migraines for years, but not usually with nausea.

Hamilton said “It’s a tremendous migraine, that’s the reason I didn’t play today.”

Josh Hamilton like so many other athletes struggle with migraines. Collisions in sports have been linked to migraines in a number of research studies.
Post Traumatic Migraine
Post-traumatic headaches are common, especially following a concussion. Some patients develop a chronic headache after a seemingly minor blow to the head with a basketball or volleyball. Such headaches may present as migraine, tension type headache, or daily headache with varying degrees of symptoms.

Williams and Nukada reviewed 29 subjects with post-traumatic headache as a result of head trauma in a contact sport. The trauma was usually minor. Associated symptoms included stiff neck, confusion, and loss of concentration. Some subjects were unable to continue the sport or exercise because of severe headache. The post-traumatic headache was often associated with concussion.  A post-concussion headache has been reported in as many as 90% and 25% of those people still have headaches 4 years later.

For athletes who are suffering with migraine headaches, the likelihood that trauma created the underlying situation for the migraine to develop is very high.  Head and neck traumas that are common in contact sports, frequently cause a tearing loose of the connective tissue that holds the spine in place. This allows the spine to breakdown and lock into a stressed position. This breakdown, frequently begins in the upper neck.

A misalignment of the top 2 bones in the neck causes the shifting of the […]

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    Migraines and Panic Disorders Linked. But don’t panic! There’s a solution.

Migraines and Panic Disorders Linked. But don’t panic! There’s a solution.

Migraines and Panic Disorders
Migraines.com wrote a recent article highlighting the link between migraines and panic disorders. The Mayo Clinic defines migraines as an “intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head, and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.” WebMD defines panic disorders as “sudden attacks of fear and nervousness, as well as physical symptoms such as sweating and racing heart.”

While most medical research focusses on drug therapies for both conditions, Upper Cervical chiropractors look to signs of physical restrictions at the base of the skull. Upper Cervical Chiropractors use complex imaging to see the opening at the base of the skull in 3D, and specifically correct any misalignments that can interfere with the nerve structures at the level just beneath the brainstem.
Drug-Free Relief of Migraines
Dr. Raymond Damadian, the inventor of the MRI has been doing some amazing research with upright MRIs and specialized software. He’s been able to show that when someone has a misalignment in the upper neck it is actually changing the flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) to, from and through the brain. CSF is the fluid that lubricates the brain and spinal cord.  These misalignments could be leading to migraine headaches, panic disorders and more.

The obstruction comes as the first few bones in the neck become misaligned and causes a backup of CSF and increased pressure inside the head. When this misalignment was corrected by an upper cervical procedure such as NUCCA, the studies show that the pressure inside the head decreases and the CSF flow becomes normal.

For example, one of the studies reports on two patients who presented with severe, long-standing migraine headaches and other complications following whiplash injuries. Both […]

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    Whiplash Injuries Leading to Migraine Headaches, Autism and More

Whiplash Injuries Leading to Migraine Headaches, Autism and More

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 […]