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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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New Approach for Migraines in Upland California

Migraines headaches have a debilitating effect on many people globally. According to The Migraine Research Institute 14 million people have migraine headaches on a daily basis. This accounts for as much as 18% of women and 6% of men in America.1

Migraines are notorious for causing head pain, visual disturbances, hearing problems, and nausea that may last hours or even days. Migraines are a difficult thing to diagnose and are even considered a disease by some doctors.

There are few effective treatments;

the most common method is avoiding the typical triggers of coffee, red wine, and chocolate.
The most common medication is over the counter Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs or NSAID’s which include Advil, Ibuprofen, and Tylenol.
For more severe cases drugs range from beta blockers to seizure medications, all of which are heavy duty prescriptions.

CBS news recently reported on a new technique being used by some doctors to treat migraines. Doctors now know that very often the cause of migraines is the nerves that originate from the neck and spinal cord. When the bones in the neck are misaligned it causes abnormal motion and friction in the nerves; this affects the ability to function properly thus causing a migraines. Doctors are now injecting an anesthetic into the malfunction joints in the neck. This treatment works but only for a few days.2

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This is nothing new for migraine specialist, Dr Tymothy Flory in Upland, CA, who helps patients get natural relief. As an Upper Cervical Chiropractor he focuses on the proper alignment of the spine and more importantly the atlas bone (C1 vertebra). By using detailed procedures to determine the exact location and degree of misalignment/subluxation in the neck, he can then tailor a gentle adjustment to restore proper alignment […]

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    Headache Specialist in Upland, California Using Scientific Breakthrough to Help Patients

Headache Specialist in Upland, California Using Scientific Breakthrough to Help Patients

Headaches and migraines are a difficult thing to live life experiencing. Perhaps worse than learning to cope with the condition, is finding an effective solution. Migraines and headaches are often considered one and the same thing but are actually much different, there are even different types of headaches. Here is what you need to tell them apart.

Common Migraine: painful headaches involving light and sound sensitivity which may include nausea and dizziness.
Classic Migraine: same symptoms as the Common Migraines but with the onset of an “aura” which is the feeling you feel as the migraine begins.
Tension Headache: headache where your head feels like it is throbbing and tense.
Cervicogenic Headache: sometimes a daily headache associated with a stiff and/or painful neck that travels to the head
Cluster Headache: extremely painful headache that triggers symptoms such as; runny nose, tears, red eyes, and/or sweating made worse by exertion and alcohol

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What to do:
Breakthroughs in science have lead to a new understanding of migraines and headaches. The cause is termed as Neurovascular and relates to the brain and position of the head on the upper neck. If the 1st vertebra (Atlas) is misaligned it will affect the blood flow and nervous system triggering various kinds of migraines and or headaches.1-3

Chiropractors who specialize in this area, technically termed the upper cervical spine, have been able to provide natural relief of migraines and headaches. Advanced training and procedures used by Upper Cervical chiropractors help pinpoint the exact cause of the migraine or headache. Research has shown that Upper Cervical Chiropractic has helped migraines and many types of headaches as quickly as one month and with as little as one specific adjustment.4

References:

1. Hope through Research. www.ninds.nih.gov/health_and_medical/pubs/headche. Bethesda, Maryland: National Institute of […]

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Migraines vs Migraines with Aura

If you’ve ever had migraines, you’ll probably have another one. They don’t happen often, but when they do it can feel like a bomb went off in your head.
Now, chances are you’ve tried everything to try to get rid of them, but you just can’t seem to figure out what triggers them. You’ve gone to doctors, but they just tell you to take another type of drug. You’re tired of taking medications that have adverse side effects that disrupt your life.
While we understand it’s tiring dealing with these excruciatingly painful headaches, if you experience Migraines with Aura, you have a painful but slight advantage.
So, what are migraines with Aura?

Migraines with Aura

Migraine headaches that begin with early warning signs
They only account for one in five migraines
The symptoms begin 30 minutes or less before the headache
These early warning signs, also called prodrome, may last from 5 to 20 minutes
Symptoms may last after the headache

What are some of the symptoms?

Aura Symptoms

Blind Spots or Scotomas
Decreased vision or partial blindness
Seeing zigzags
Seeing flashes
Parasthesia (Tingling, tickling, burning, or agitation of the skin)
Weakness
Hallucinations

If you experience migraines with aura, you can take steps to stop the pain before it starts. Though, you will need to act quickly. Here are some tips to help you prevent those debilitating headaches.

Preventing Migraines with Aura

Turn off the lights – Try taking a nap in a dark, quiet room
Temperature therapy – Ice packs have a numbing effect and heating pads relax the muscles
Massage – Massaging your shoulders or neck will alleviate muscle tension

You don’t have that long between these early warning signs and your migraines headache, so you need to act quickly. Though, we also know you don’t want to continue to experience this pain in your life.
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Migraines vs Migraines with Aura

Migraines vs. Migraines with Aura 
If you’ve ever had a migraine, there is a good chance you will experience another one. They don’t happen that often, but when they happen it can feel like a bomb went off in your head.

Now, chances are you’ve tried everything to try to get rid of them, but you just can’t seem to figure out what triggers them. You’ve gone to doctors, but they just tell you to take another type of drug. You’re tired of taking medications that have adverse side effects that disrupt your life.

While we understand it’s tiring dealing with these excruciatingly painful headaches, if you experience Migraines with Aura, you have a painful but slight advantage.

So, what are migraines with Aura?
Migraines with Aura

Migraine headaches that begin with early warning signs
They only account for one in five migraines
The symptoms begin 30 minutes or less before the headache
These early warning signs, also called prodrome, may last from 5 to 20 minutes
Symptoms may last after the headache

What are some of the symptoms?
Aura Symptoms

Blind Spots or Scotomas
Decreased vision or partial blindness
Seeing zigzags
Seeing flashes
Parasthesia (Tingling, tickling, burning, or agitation of the skin)
Weakness
Hallucinations

If you experience migraines with aura, you can take steps to stop the pain before it starts. Though, you will need to act quickly. Here are some tips to help you prevent those debilitating headaches.
Preventing Migraines with Aura

Turn off the lights – Try taking a nap in a dark, quiet room
Temperature therapy – Ice packs have a numbing effect and heating pads relax the muscles
Massage – Massaging your shoulders or neck will alleviate muscle tension

You don’t have that long between these early warning signs and your migraines headache, so you need to act quickly. Though, we also know you […]

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Migraines and Sleep Problems

A new study in the Journal, Headache indicates a good night’s sleep may be extra-important for people who suffer from migraines, according to a Huffington post report.

Researchers from the University of Mississippi found an association between bad quality sleep and frequency of headaches, as well as increased disability from headaches, among people who get migraines.

Researchers compared students who got migraines with those who didn’t and their sleep habits. And among those who got migraines, they took note of the frequency and severity of headaches, as well as their levels of disability during a headache.

Ultimately, 26.7 percent of the nearly 300 students had migraines. However, more people with migraines had worse sleep quality than those who don’t get migraines — 85.9 percent versus 62 percent.

Plus, among those who did get migraines, bad sleep quality was linked with frequency and disability of the headaches.

“Consistent with prior studies on chronic migraine, poor sleep quality is uniquely associated with episodic migraines,” the researchers wrote in the study.

Previously, a study that also appeared in the journal Headache suggested that good sleep habits could help decrease the number and intensity of headaches among migraineurs, WebMD reported.
Drug Free Migraine Relief
The best solution for a migraine is to get the cause of the problem. For many people migraines began after a head or neck trauma, such as a car crash, fall or other accident. Traumas like these can cause misalignments in the upper neck. Misalignments in the upper neck and been shown to lead to changes in blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow from the brain to the body and the body to the brain. These changes in fluid exchange in the brain have been linked to many conditions, including migraine headaches , […]

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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 Migraines and Nausea in Upland California?

What Are Common Causes of Migraines and Nausea in Upland California?

Migraines and Nausea
Besides just excruciating pain, migraines can be associated with various other symptoms. One common migraine symptom is nausea. The nausea may even become so great that vomiting results. What are the causes of migraines and why is nausea a symptom? An even more important question is: what can you do about your migraines?

The causes of migraines are not completely understood but researchers believe that some migraines may be hereditary while others may be the result of injury. Some have come to find that taking part in certain activities or eating particular foods such as chocolate or red wine is what brings on a migraine. The pain of the migraine may be the cause of the nausea, or it could be related to the chemicals in the brain that are released during a migraine.

What are the common approaches? Many medical doctors will prescribe an antidepressant, beta blocker, or even an anti-seizure medication to help mitigate symptoms or reduce the occurrence of migraines. Each of these types of medications have side effects. But what can you do if you prefer a natural remedy?

Keeping a journal to discover what triggers your migraines is one good way to try and prevent them from occuring, but to really address the underlying problem, you have to get to the source. An upper cervical chiropractic visit may help you to discover if an upper neck injury could be the cause of your migraines. If so, a specialized upper cervical chiropractic procedure could reduce the number of migraines you experience, or eliminate them completely.
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 schedule a consultation,  […]

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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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