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Migraines Linked to Panic and Anxiety Disorders

Migraines and panic attacks may not seem to be likely companions, but let’s take a closer look at both of these conditions and see how they are related.

A migraine is a neurological disorder that has the following symptoms:

  • Severe, throbbing head pain

  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and odors

  • Nausea and vomiting

Panic and/or anxiety disorders are known for:

  • Sudden attacks of nervousness and fear

  • Sweating

  • Racing heart

Interestingly, studies have revealed that there is a strong link between migraines and panic attacks. Some people experience a migraine when a panic attack is at its worst point. Others have migraines or other headache types before a panic attack. It seems as if those who have both migraines and panic attacks have a tougher time coping with the panic disorder, while depression plays a role for a person who has more migraines overall.

Where to Find Migraine Relief in San Diego, CA

At San Diego Integrative Spine Center, we use a different approach when helping migraine patients cope with their pain. We utilize specialized that allow us to take a close look at the person’s upper cervical spine, focusing particularly on the C1 and C2. If a misalignment is present here, it can have a profound effect on the nerves that lie below the brainstem and the brainstem itself. The body cannot communicate properly, and intracranial pressure can build up if blood and cerebrospinal fluid are not regulated correctly. This can lead to the onset of a migraine.

Once the misalignment has been found, a gentle technique called NUCCA is used to encourage the bones to move back into place more naturally. The body can then begin utilizing its own healing powers to repair the damage done by the misalignment. Case studies have shown that it only takes one or two adjustments to see improvement in most people. Some see their migraine symptoms decrease, while others find that migraines go away completely.

 

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The Nature of Headaches

headachew09The sudden onset of headaches or experiencing more headaches than usual could be the result of an injury or medical condition. When headaches are the result of these factors, they are called secondary headaches. Unfortunately, medications are often ineffective at managing them. For some, medications commonly prescribed for headaches can have no effect and in others, they can actually cause headaches to become worse.

 

There are a number of reasons that this might happen. Some people see issues because the ingredients in the medication (such as caffeine) are not well tolerated. The type of headaches experienced and the frequency of which medication is taken can also contribute to the aforementioned outcomes.

 

Common Causes of Secondary Headaches

Let’s take a look at a few common and less common reasons behind secondary headaches.

  • Concussion

  • Post-Concussion Syndrome

  • Dental Problems

  • Panic Attacks

  • Acute Sinusitis

  • Dehydration

  • Whiplash

  • Certain medications

  • Structural Damage at Base of the Skull (Chiari Malformation)

  • Misuse of pain medication

  • Damage to the nerve connecting the brain and face (Trigeminal Neuralgia)

 

Helping Secondary Headaches

Knowing the source of a headache can help determine where to go to get help for the pain and suffering. For example, a misalignment of the top two vertebrae of the neck can hinder communication between the brainstem and the body. A misalignment of as little as ¼ millimeter can impede normal nervous system function and communication. Complications arise if this is the case and is left uncorrected for long periods of time.


In such situations, the disease or injury responsible for secondary headaches could be resulting from this structural imbalance. Scheduling an appointment with an upper cervical chiropractor will determine if there is a need for an alignment of the upper neck vertebrae. Gently easing the vertebrae into place will aid in opening up communication between the brain and the body. When this is accomplished, it allows for natural relief from chronic headaches.  

 

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Cluster Migraine Awareness: Deadly Headache and Natural Solutions

Migraines are no joke for anyone, but the “suicide headache” is the worst of all. They earned the nickname of suicide headache because patients want to be rid of the excruciating pain so badly. Recently March 21st, 2016 was Cluster Headache Awareness Day.

The More You Know

You may commonly know of it as a cluster migraine, or wish you never knew about it if you have them. It is the worst of all migraines, coming in episodes as short as 15 minutes and lasting up to 3 hours. Attacks may happen sparingly or up to 10 times per day only to disappear for weeks and then come back again with the same intensity. It affects one side of the head with a severe, stabbing type of pain that comes in clusters.

These types of migraines are easily diagnosed, but due to the severity of the condition, they are not so easily treated. A common treatment is breathing pure oxygen because of the known abnormalities in blood flow to the head and neck with migraines. The standard procedure involves powerful drugs aimed to minimize the pain during the episodes. Many patients struggle from the extremes of the pain and the dismal treatment options, leaving a desire for something more holistic.

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Taking the Problem Head-on

As a migraine specialist, I see many people coming to me who are defeated from the agony of the condition. I am an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, and I offer something very different in addition to hope for the challenging condition. By focusing on the first bone in the spine known as the atlas bone, we are able to help patients get natural relief. This is because of the relationship of the spine to the brain, nervous system, and blood flow.

When the atlas is misaligned (typically as a result of trauma), it affects the brain, nerves, and blood vessels even if just slightly. If this is left untreated for a long enough period of time, migraines can be the result. Clinical studies have shown that patients under upper cervical chiropractic care have experienced relief in as little as one adjustment and even complete resolution. When the proper blood flow is restored to the brain and nervous system, the body is able to resolve the condition on its own over time.

If you are struggling with severe migraine pain, let us show you how we can help.

References:

1. Rome T. Raise awareness for cluster headache. https://migraine.com/blog/raise-awareness-for-cluster-headache/ (accessed 01 April 2016).

2. Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10

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Migraine Headaches and Kids: Not Child’s Play

We all know that raising children can be filled with headaches for parents. Children can all too often complain about things from their homework to chores. However, there may be more to it. Children are among one of the fastest growing populations to suffer from migraine headaches.

It is estimated that 10% of children from the ages of 5-15 years old experience migraines for both boys and girls. When the hormonal changes of puberty begin, approximately 50% of girls experience a migraine headache. Headaches have been reported in babies as early 18 months old in some cases and are more likely in babies that have had colic.

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As this problem begins to affect more children, it is a challenge not only for the children and parents but for healthcare providers. Many children do not know how to properly verbalize their pain to get an accurate diagnosis of the problem. Children experience more of a steady pain compared to that of a “pounding headache” as seen in adults. The hallmark symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and dizziness are consistent for both adults and children. There are very few conservative treatment options for migraines, and they typically involve pharmaceutical intervention. Any treatment can be difficult to predict in the ever-changing body of a child.

One doctor is helping children get natural relief from migraines. Migraine headache specialist Dr. Dan Spinato takes a different approach to these delicate cases. As an upper cervical chiropractor, Dr. Spinato focuses on the atlas bone, which is the very first bone in the neck. The atlas plays a major role in the coordination of the brain and nervous system as they relate to headaches. If the atlas bone is out of its normal position, it can have adverse effects on the brain, nerves, and blood flow, which are all known mechanisms of migraine headaches.

Through a detailed procedure, Dr. Spinato examines children for atlas misalignment and caters a customized plan to correct the problem. Clinical studies have shown that upper cervical chiropractic has helped children get natural relief from migraine headaches.

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The Problem of Headaches and a Natural Solution

No one looks forward to having a headache. In fact, they can disrupt lives for minutes, hours, or days. They interfere with daily activities and cause debilitating pain. But knowing exactly what type of a headache is being experienced can be helpful.

Tension headaches can be described as dull pain that feels like the head is being squeezed. It is generally not accompanied by nausea and vomiting. This is the most common type of a headache. Cervicogenic headaches are less common. They are usually located on only one side of the head. Neck movement may be limited and can actually trigger a headache. Sometimes pain in the arm or shoulder exists on the same side.

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Treatment Options

If a general practitioner is consulted, he will, no doubt, suggest prescription medication or even surgery. Home remedies abound that may or may not help. One area that has found to be successful in the majority of patients is that of upper cervical chiropractic care.

An upper cervical chiropractor, such as Dr. Dan Spinato of Rancho Penasquitos, California, is trained in treating headaches naturally. A study revealed that, after just one treatment, 233 patients saw a great improvement in head pain. Why is this so?

A muscle lies in the center of the bones in the upper cervical neck. It is called the rectus capitis posterior minor. It connects to the atlas bone (the C1 or top bone of the vertebrae) and the part of the spine that protects the spinal cord. If Dr. Spinato detects a misalignment here, it can be the root cause of headaches. He will then use advanced tests and techniques to find out exactly where the misalignment is located. Imaging helps him to determine the exact angle. He then can provide a detailed treatment plan just for the specific needs of the patient. An adjustment is only given when needed. When these misalignments are corrected, healing can begin, and headache symptoms may just disappear altogether.

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Asthma Amplifies Migraine Pain

Migraines are one of the most common neurological conditions people face across the globe. An estimated 12% of the population suffers from migraines to the sum of 36 million Americans.(1) It is three times more common if you are a woman compared to men. The classic symptoms of migraines include head and/or neck pain, light and sound sensitivities, and even nausea. 7% of the population suffers from chronic migraines, which is considered 15 or more migraines a month.A recent look at people with asthma may be a predictor of migraines.

A recent study looking at people suffering from asthma on a regular basis reveals they may be more likely to develop chronic migraines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 7 percent of American adults have asthma. The cause of both migraines and asthma is not clearly known, but they have similar mechanisms that are related to each other. Both conditions are known to be related to blood flow which affects how much oxygen can get to the lungs and/or brain. It is more likely for people with asthma to develop chronic migraines.(2) One theory is that inflammation caused by allergens suppresses the amount of oxygen that is available to the body. The predominant train of thought is the relationship between the nervous system and overall body function.

 

One doctor is taking a different approach to helping patients get natural relief to migraines in San Diego, California. Headache specialist Dr. Dan Spinato is helping patients get migraine relief with Upper Cervical Chiropractic. By focusing on the role of the first spinal bone known as the Atlas, Dr. Spinato helps to restore the body to its natural healing ability. The Atlas is so important because the entire spinal cord and the nervous system pass through it, connecting the brain to the entire body. When the atlas bone is misaligned from its proper position, it affects the ability of the nervous system to self-regulate important body functions such as blood flow.

By carefully examining each patient for their exact needs and creating a custom adjustment, it is possible to make the perfect correction for each atlas misalignment. Large studies performed on migraine patients under Upper Cervical chiropractic care have shown that patients have gotten major relief and even resolution in some cases with as few as one adjustment.(3)

References:

  1. American Migraine foundation
  2. Feller S. Asthma can make occasional migraines a chronic condition. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2015/11/30/Asthma-can-make-occasional-migraines-a-chronic-condition/6771448903351/ (accessed 4 December 2015).

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Migraines Caused by Miscommunication in the Brain

You may wonder why there is a miscommunication happening in the brain and how this manifests itself as a migraine. Well, a misalignment in the upper area of the neck can place undue pressure on the spinal column and the brainstem. The brainstem is the communication highway from the brain to the body. When pressure is exerted here, it slows down the flow of the cerebral blood and spinal fluid. This restricts the ability of the brain to communicate with the rest of the body.

What was Revealed in a Recent Study?

There was a study done involving two people that both had whiplash, and as a result, suffered from horrible migraine headaches. The patients went through specific testing using an upper MRI machine. This measured the flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). The result of the MRI showed that the Atlas, or the uppermost vertebrae in the neck, was indeed misaligned, and this was placing pressure on the brainstem. The flow of CSF was hindered, the end outcome being a migraine headache.

At this point, both patients were treated by adjusting their upper cervical spine. Then they were rescanned. The flow of the CSF had normalized after their adjustments. They received an almost instant reprieve from their headaches!

Supporting Research

Previous researchers have found that an obstruction in the spinal column shows a connection between intracranial pressure headaches and CSF flow. This type of obstruction can cause many conditions in addition to headaches, such as a numb feeling, pain in the area of the neck, a tingling sensation in the body, and other physical complaints.

Whatever way the misalignment presents itself, the only real way to relieve the symptoms this causes is to address the root problem. This is done through the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, such as Dr. Dan Spinato of Rancho Penasquitos, California. Dr. Spinato can examine the vertebra in the upper neck to see where the misalignment originates and can begin to correct this through the appropriate adjustments.

Once the spine is back in alignment, CSF and cerebral blood will begin to flow normally once again. This will restore communication in the body, and you will begin to feel relief from the pain of your migraines. Schedule your assessment today with Dr. Spinato, and get your life back on track.

 

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Exercise Helps Break a Sweat... and Migraines!

Migraines have a devastating effect on those who suffer from their effects. Worldwide as much as 46% of the population has an active headache issue, and an estimated 10% of the American population has this condition.1 Migraines are more prevalent among women than they are men.

The ways migraines are currently managed is largely ineffective as migraines are unique from one person to the next. They are a difficult condition to properly diagnose and even more of a challenge to treat for all healthcare providers. It is well known that things like red wine, caffeine, and chocolate may trigger migraine episodes, but there are few ways known how to make them better that do not involve the use of powerful drugs.

More and more people are looking for ways to get natural migraine relief. Migraines typically cause pain so intense and debilitating that it makes many sufferers retreat to a dark and quiet place to rest. New research is showing that the exact opposite approach may be much more effective: exercise. By engaging in moderate exercise, the body will release endorphins (aka feel-good hormones) and can even block the sensation of pain. One German study found that exercise was 65% effective in headache patients, making it a better solution than most headache medications available.2 Exercise is showing itself to be a great way to relieve the pain but still does not get to the actual cause of migraines.

 Migraine specialist Dr. Dan Spinato has been helping his patients to achieve natural relief from migraines and to get to the root cause of migraines in San Diego, California. Dr. Spinato is an upper cervical chiropractor who specializes in balancing the nervous system by focusing on the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra). This bone plays an important role in the how the body functions as it houses the brainstem where the brain turns into the spinal cord, thus forming the central nervous system.

When the Atlas is misaligned from its normal position, often headaches are a late stage symptom. In a scientific review of 100 patients with migraines that had Atlas misalignments, all patients improved with as little as 1-2 upper cervical chiropractic adjustments.3 Many patients went months before having another headache as the body began to heal properly and the correct spinal alignment was maintained.

 

References:

  1. Stovner LJ, Hagen K, Jensen R, Katsarva Z, Lipton R, Scher A, Steiner T, Zwart JA. The global burden of headache: a documentation of headache prevalence and disability worldwide. Cephalgia 2007;27(3):193-210
  2. Eaves A. Cure Your Headache with This Simple Exercise Routine. http://www.menshealth.com/health/exercise-cures-migraines (accessed 6 November 2015).
  3. Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10
 

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From Headaches to Hardware: New Migraine Treatment Methods

Migraines are a brutal reality that make even day to day tasks seem challenging. A Migraine episode always seems to come at the worst time and always lasts longer than anyone would hope. It is estimated that 35 million Americans suffer from Migraine Headaches, and 27 million are women.

Migraines typically present with an onset of an aura or throbbing around the top of the head. Symptoms include ringing in the ears, visual disturbances, and in extreme cases nausea and vomiting. As a health condition, they can also cause healthcare providers of all types headaches. Each migraine case is as unique as the person who has it, and treatment options fall short as they are typically generic. Common treatments include heavy-grade pharmaceuticals or avoiding the common trigger foods such as wine, caffeine and chocolate.

There is a new treatment being used in a few places in the United States. This new method involves an electronic nerve stimulator that is surgically implanted around the major nerves of the head. The stimulator works to treat migraines by using an electrical impulse to “jam” the frequency of pain felt by the brain.1 Some patients have reported that there has been a reduction in the frequency of migraines but not resolution. This treatment has only been used on 8,000 patients and requires a commitment to having an electronic device in your head. Many migraine sufferers are now looking for nontraditional and natural treatments.

In, Rancho Penasquitos California, patients are finding a new way to help relieve their migraines and regain their health naturally. Migraine specialist, Dr. Dan Spinato, is taking a fresh approach to this healthcare epidemic. Dr. Spinato is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor who specializes in the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra) and the brainstem. In his experience, Dr. Spinato has found that migraine headaches are often a result, not the cause, of the problem. The alignment of the Atlas, which is the top bone in the neck, is crucial to patients with migraines. Because the brainstem is housed in the spinal bones, a misalignment can cause neurological and vascular deficits that often lead to headaches.

In clinical research, large groups of patients with migraine headaches have not only benefited from Upper Cervical Chiropractic, but many have even had a complete resolution in as little as 1 or 2 adjustments.2 When the misalignment is properly measured and then precisely adjusted according to the individual needs of each patient, headaches often resolve naturally.

References:

  1. Watts K. Have migraines? New treatment now offered in Portland.http://www.kptv.com/story/30112594/have-migraines-new-treatment-now-offered-in-portland#ixzz3p177Q9L3 (accessed 19 October 2015).
  2. Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10
 

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Migraines Rise with the Change in the Season

Migraine headaches are one of the most common health problems that people face. As seasons change, so do our routines and our surroundings. The fall is possibly one of the hardest seasons if you have migraines, and it’s not because of all the pumpkin spice.

A common occurrence with many migraine sufferers is that the weather can affect or even trigger migraines. There are many drastic changes that happen during this season such as temperature, the amount of daylight, air pressure, and the environment around us. Perhaps the biggest culprit is air pressure (aka barometric pressure) as it can rapidly change when coupled with temperature changes. Shorter periods of daylight also affect the nervous. As we marvel at the beauty of the colors of the fall leaves, they also contribute to pollen and dust in the air. Anyone of these factors has the capability to cause a migraine, but the combination can increase the frequency of migraines.

Dr. Ian Bulow, a migraine specialist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is taking a different approach to providing natural relief from migraine headaches. As an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, Dr. Bulow is an expert on the Atlas Bone (C1 vertebra) and how it relates to the brainstem and central nervous system. The Atlas bone encompasses the brainstem from where it exits the skull and passes through the spine to become the entire nervous system.

If the Atlas moves from its natural position and becomes misaligned, it affects the brain and entire nervous system. This leads to the body not being able to adapt. By careful analyzing and providing a specific chiropractic adjustment only when needed, the Atlas can return to its proper position. Studies have shown that patients with migraine headaches have improved with as little as one Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustment.1

When the Atlas is in its proper alignment, the nervous system can normally function in regulating migraines and the healing process over time.

References:

  1. Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10
 

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Popular Natural Migraine Treatments

Migraines are a condition that is characterized by pulsing and throbbing in the head. It is estimated that 36 million Americans suffer from migraines. As many as 18 million Americans have chronic migraines, which would be 5 or more migraines monthly. Migraines may last for only a few hours or several days, and many people accept this as part of daily living.

Migraines are a challenging condition to treat as they are as unique as the individual who has them. This makes it very hard for patients and doctors alike. The market for drug treatments is constantly expanding. In this day and age, many people are no longer looking for a pill to cover up the symptoms and want a natural solution for migraines.

 

Recently an unconventional, somewhat controversial treatment has shown promising results. Medicinal Marijuana (MMJ) is now legal in several states and used for many patients with debilitating neurological disorders including migraines. 100% of patients reported a reduction in pain with the use of medicinal marijuana. The reason MMJ works so well is because it affects the pain centers in the brain. Imagine pain being perceived by the brain as a very loud noise. MMJ turns down the volume by reducing the amount of stimulation to the pain centers. While MMJ is effective, it begs the question: Is there another way to get the brain to function properly and manage pain?

In Rancho Penasquitos, California many people with migraines are getting results using a different method. Migraine specialist Dr. Dan Spinato helps migraine sufferers get natural migraine relief. As an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, Dr. Spinato specializes in the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra) and the coordination between the brain and nervous system as it relates to migraines. When the Atlas bone moves from its natural position, it has consequences that may result in migraines. By analyzing and correcting the Atlas misalignment using a gentle and precise Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustment, migraines are often reduced as the brain and nervous system return to normal function. In clinical studies of migraine patients, it has been shown that 1-2 upper cervical Chiropractic Adjustments not only improve migraine condition but may even lead to a complete resolution.1

 

References:

  1. Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10

 

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New Migraine Treatment: Less is More

Migraines are a brutal reality that makes even day to day tasks seem challenging. A Migraine episode always seems to come at the worst time and always lasts longer than anyone would hope. It is estimated that 35 million Americans suffer with Migraine Headaches and 27 million are women. 

Migraines pose a challenge not only to the people who have them but also to healthcare providers offering treatment. The traditional treatment route for headaches involves powerful medications and even in some cases invasive surgery. Now many people including doctors, are shying away from these types of treatment in favor of more natural approach to treating migraines.

One of the primary causes for migraine headaches is an abnormally sensitive brain receives too much stimulation. The trend is to modify parts of daily living to prevent the triggers of migraines. A recent article in the Huffington Post highlighted some of the common stressors influencing migraines such as; poor sleep patterns, caffeine, red wine, sugar/artificial sweeteners, hormonal imbalance, and emotional stress.1 Taking this approach is a good way of limiting things that may trigger a migraine but do little in the way of prevention.     

In the San Diego area patients are finding a new way to help relieve their migraines and regain their health naturally. Migraine specialist, Dr Dan Spinato, is taking a fresh approach to this healthcare epidemic. Dr Spinato is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor who specializes in the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra) and the brainstem. In his experience, Dr Spinato has found that migraine headaches are often a result not the cause of the problem. The alignment of the Atlas which is the top bone in the neck is crucial to patients with migraines. Because the brainstem is housed in the spinal bones, a misalignment can cause neurological and vascular deficits which often lead to headaches.

In clinical research performed on large groups of patients with migraine headaches have not only benefited from Upper Cervical Chiropractic but many have even had complete resolution in as little as 1 or 2 adjustments.2 When the misalignment is properly measured and then precisely adjusted according to the individual needs of each patient, headaches often resolve naturally.

 

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Natural Relief for your Headaches in San Diego

Did you know it is estimated that 46% of adults throughout the world suffer from active migraine or headache disorders. Notice we stated that a person may suffer from a migraines disorder but not a headache disorder. That's because a migraine is a neurological disorder and not a type of headache.

Though, because the leading symptom of a migraine is a headache, they are often diagnosed and treated as such. That's the bad news. The good news is scientific authorities have documented the brainstem as being the region of the brain (the portion of the brain that extends from below the brain and into the upper neck and connects to the central nervous system) where migraines begin.

 

Here are some other things you should know about migraines:

 Finding the cause:

·      Headaches are linked to insufficient oxygen to the brain

·      The brain consists of specific pathways that control blood flow and neurology that can be distorted

·      The instability of the upper neck (upper cervical spine) makes the brainstem is prone to injury

·      The misalignment of the upper cervical spine can negatively effect a person's neurology and blood flow

 

 

What can be done?

While the medical world continues to search for answers as to the causes of and answers to migraine pain, there is a form of chiropractic that gives many people the answer they seek. Upper cervical chiropractic is a gentle and precise form of chiropractic that focuses on aligning the top two vertebrae in the neck.

When those two vertebrae, the upper cervical spine, are out of alignment by only ¼ of a millimeter it hinders the brain's ability to communicate with the body. This can lead to all sorts of health problems, but the good news is realigning those top two vertebrae many times can restore that communication process.

 

 

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Natural Headache Treatments Take a New Direction

Migraines are a condition that is characterized by pulsing and throbbing in the head. It is estimated that 36 million Americans suffer from migraines. As many as 18 million Americans have chronic migraines, which would be 5 or more migraines monthly. Migraines may last for only a few hours or several days, and many people accept this as part of daily living.

Migraines are a challenging condition to treat due as they are as unique as the individual who has them. This makes it very hard for patients and doctors alike. The market for drug treatments is constantly expanding for treatments. In this day and age many people are no longer looking for a pill to cover up the symptoms and want a natural solution for migraines.

Many patients are now turning to Medicinal Marijuana (MMJ) in hopes of headache relief as it is now legalized in many states in the US. A recent study shows that MMJ helps in buffering the pain for headaches and many chronic diseases by modulating the pathways of how the brain perceives pain.1 As MMJ is gaining traction across the country many patients how have not obtained relief from traditional methods may try MMJ. It has shown success in mitigating the symptoms but not in total resolution of headaches.

 

In San Diego, CA many people with migraines are getting results using a different method. Migraine specialist Dr Dan Spinato helps migraine sufferers get natural migraine relief. As an Upper Cervical Chiropractor Dr Spinato specializes in the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra) and the coordination between the brain and nervous system as it relates to migraines. When the Atlas bone moves from its natural position it has consequences which may result in migraines eventually.

By analyzing and correcting the Atlas misalignment using a gentle and precise Upper Cervical Chiropractic Adjustment, migraines are often reduced as the brain and nervous system return to normal function. In clinical studies of migraine patients it has been shown that 1-2 upper cervical Chiropractic Adjustments not only improve migraine condition but may even lead to complete resolution.2


References: 

 

  1. Baron EP. Comprehensive Review of Medicinal Marijuana, Cannabinoids, and Therapeutic Implications in Medicine and Headache: What a Long Strange Trip It's Been … Headache 2015; 55(6).
  2. Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10.
 

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No More Advil! 92% of Headache Sufferers Find Help with Upper Cervical!

Is That Advil Really Helping You?

While there are many different causes of headaches, there has never been a documented case where the underlying cause was Advil deficiency! Advil, aspirin, Tylenol and others are only masking your symptoms while the underlying cause continues to worsen. While we have seen amazing results in our own patients. There is also a growing body of research that shows that upper cervical specific chiropractic is very effective at helping people with a variety of different headaches.

Reports documenting successful treatment of patients with headaches using upper cervical chiropractic care are many. Including seeing positive results where the headaches were improved or eliminated in approximately 1000 headache patients from the Palmer research clinic.

Other Studies…

“Based on Literature Review of Several Headache Treatment Options, a Panel of 19 Multidisciplinary Experts Concluded That Spinal adjustments resulted in almost immediate improvement for cervicogenic headaches and had significantly fewer side effects and longer lasting relief of tension type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.” [McCrory DC, et al. “Evidence Report: Behavioral and Physical Treatments for Tension type and Cervicogenic Headache.” Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center, Durham, North Carolina, January 2001.]

1296 Less Headaches!!

In another study by Dr. Erin Elster, 101 chronic headache cases were examined. The 30 days prior to starting care in Dr. Elster’s office, the 101 patients had a total of 1407 headaches! Or, approximately 14 headaches per month per person. All 101 patients began upper cervical chiropractic care. The 30 days following the conclusion of their upper cervical chiropractic care program, the 101 patients had a total of 111 headaches (or approximately one headache per patient per month on average).

That is a 92% reduction in headache frequency! Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is extremely effective in correcting the underlying cause of a variety of different headaches.

Who do you know that is struggling with chronic headaches?

References: http://www.erinelster.com/files/headache%20paper.pdf

 

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When Migraines Attack

Not just Headaches

When many people who do not suffer from migraines think of migraines, they often think of headaches, but headaches are only one symptom. Another symptom, which we will explore in this blog, is nausea. And that nausea could become so severe that it could cause a person who suffers from this neurological condition to vomit.

So, now the question is what are migraines and why is nausea a symptom? Though, we understand that understanding why nausea is a symptom is not as important as know what you can do about this debilitating pain that seemingly takes over your life when it strikes.

Well, no one is quite sure what causes this neurological condition, and many believe it may be the result of more than one reason. Research suggests it could either be due to an accident, genetics, certain activities, one's environment, chemicals release in the brain during a migraine attack, or dietary habits.

Solutions for Migraine Sufferers

It is not uncommon for a doctor to prescribe an antidepressant, beta blocker, or even an anti-seizure medication to those who suffer from this neurological condition. The purpose of prescribing any of these is to lessen the symptoms and thus reduce the suffering of migraine sufferers, but all of these have side effects.

Though, people who do not want to put foreign substances into their body do have another choice. The first thing they can do is to keep a food journal to help them determine what might cause these attacks. Though, as we said, those attacks may or may not be because of one's diet or allergies, so a food journal will not necessarily help a person get to the source of their pain.

Migraines and Your Upper Cervical Spine

Though, what will help a person discover the source of their pain is an examination by an upper cervical chiropractor. They will examine the top two vertebrae in a person's neck to see if there are any misalignments that may be the underlying cause of a person's migraine pain.

When those two vertebrae are out of alignment by just ¼ of a millimeter, it effects the brain's ability to communicate with the body via the brainstem. This often leads to various complications throughout the body including migraine attacks.

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How to Reduce Whiplash Recovery Time

Whiplash is something that may stick with you long after a car accident. The name for whiplash comes from the motion of cracking a whip that happens typically after a rear end auto accident. The condition can leave long lasting affects as it can damage the muscles in the neck, the ligaments that maintain proper position of the bones, and discs between the bones.

Whiplash can happen at speeds as low as 5 mph1 and distort the bones in the neck from the proper position.2 68% of people in accidents experience damage and degeneration to the spine.3 Once you have whiplash it is difficult to recover as patients experience the symptoms for as long as 5-10 years.3

A new study reviewing all the literature on whiplash showed that whiplash patients primarily recover in the first 3 months before healing levels off.4 This review shows the importance of getting proper treatment early for proper healing to take place.

Dr Dan Spinato, a whiplash specialist in San Diego, CA helps whiplash patients get natural relief, as an Upper Cervical Chiropractor focusing on maintaining the proper alignment of the upper neck. This method using exacting testing to ensure that the Atlas (C1) bone is proper aligned at the base of the skull and top of the neck.

Research has shown that whiplash patients under chiropractic care have an average recovery time of 29 weeks.3 It has been proven when the spine is properly aligned after a whiplash type injury pain, muscle strength, range of motion, and neck alignment improve. If you have just had a whiplash injury or are suffering years later, having the neck alignment examined by an Upper Cervical Chiropractor is a proven and reliable method for natural relief.

References:
1. Severy DM, Mathewson JH, Bechtol CO. Controlled automobile rear-end collisions: an investigation of related engineering and mechanical phenomenon. Can Services Med J 11:727-758, 1955.
2. Deans GT,Magalliard JN,Rutherford WH.Incidence and duration of neck pain among patients injured in car accidents. British Medial Jouranal 1986;292:94- 95.
3. McCoy HG, McCoy M. A multiple parameter assessment of whiplash injury patients undergoing subluxation based chiropractic care: a retrospective study. JVSR. 1997;1(3):51-61.
4. Kamper SJ, Maher CG, McAuley JH, Rebbeck TJ, Sterling M. Course and prognostic factors of whiplash: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain 2008 Sep 15;138(3):617-29. doi:10.1016.

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Quick Migraine Relief is Possible with Advanced Procedure

Quick Migraine Relief

When you suffer from the extreme pain and other effects caused by migraine headaches, you long for quick relief. Unfortunately, most treatments provided by conventional medicine are slow to mitigate symptoms or fail to do so all together. There is an alternative, however, and that is upper cervical chiropractic care. Read on to learn how upper cervical chiropractic care can provide quick migraine relief.

The fact is that many people never have a migraine until they suffer some form of head or neck trauma. Then, suddenly, they start to suffer from these debilitating neurological experiences. This is due to the fact that a serious head or neck trauma can throw the top two vertebrae in your neck out of alignment. When a bone is out of alignment, it can pinch nerves and wreak all sorts of havoc on the body. Imagine what it can do when that bone is positioned at the brain stem like the C1 and C2 vertebrae are.

Car accidents, sports injuries, and even injuries caused at birth can be the source of a C1 or C2 misalignment. Upper cervical chiropractic can fix this misalignment and provide quick relief for injury related migraines. Even if the injury isn't the cause of the migraine, upper cervical chiropractic can help your central nervous system to operate at a better capacity, so that your body can work to heal itself to the best of its ability. Upper cervical chiropractic may even be a permanent solution to your migraine problem.

Research with upright MRIs has shown that when a misalignment occurs in the upper neck. Blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow is changed, which can result in migraine headaches. Correcting this upper neck misalignments has been shown to change the flow of fluid to, from and through the brain, resulting in improved brain health and reduced or eliminated migraine symptoms.

What to Do Next

If you are interested in seeing if your migraines are a result of a misalignment in your upper neck. Find an upper cervical chiropractor in your area.

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Chronic Neck Pain Natural Relief

Do you suffer from nagging neck pain or a popping or clicking that won’t stop? Modern science and research is showing that a problem with your neck may have much bigger implications.

Modern technology has opened a window to look into many aspects of the human body we could not explore previously. Here are some of the recent breakthroughs regarding neck pain:1-3

  • Misalignment (subluxation) of the bones in the neck particularly at the C1 vertebra (Atlas) can cause abnormal blood flow
  • Subluxation affects the Central Nervous System, specifically the brain decreasing neurological function
  • This may cause the brain to fell pain more than what is actually happening in the body

Chronic Neck pain may only be perceived as something happening locally but having many other seeming unrelated effects throughout the entire body. That catch your neck that just won’t go away may actually be an indication of other conditions.

Chronic Neck Pain Specialist Dr Dan Spinato helps patients in San Diego to get natural relief. As an Upper Cervical Chiropractor specializing in the spine and the integrity of the nervous system, using advanced methods and procedures to locate the exact cause and subluxation of chronic neck pain. When the subluxation is located and measured a custom adjustment is given to each patient. The adjustment is given only when needed without any popping, twisting, or cracking of the neck.

Once the proper alignment of the spine is attained the body will be able to function normally and begin the healing process.4 References: 1. Damadian RV, Chu D. The possible role of cranio-cervical trauma and abnormal CSF hydrodynamics in the genesis of multiple Sclerosis. Physiol Chem Phys. 2011;41:1-17 2. Abeles A, Pillinger M, Solitar B, Abeles M. Narrative review: The pathophysiology of fibromyalgia. Ann Intern Med. 2007; 146:726-734. 3. Ceko M, Bushnell MC, Gracely RH. Neurobiology underlying fibromyalgia symptoms. Pain Res Treat. 2012; 585419:1-8. 4. Grostic JD, Dentate ligament-cord distortion hypothesis. CRJ 1988; 1(1):47-55

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Can Colic in Infants Be an Early Form of Migraines?

Colic in Infants

On April 16, 2013, Several major news sources, including USA Today, Reuters, the Huffington Post, WebMD and CBS news reported on new research coming out of France published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that links having colic as in infant and having migraines as a child or an adult. This is the 4th study to come out recently linking colic to migraines.

The Huffington Post reported:

"In the study, children ages 6 to 18 who visited an emergency room for migraine headaches were about six times more likely to have experienced colic — or frequent, unexplained crying — as an infant compared with children who visited the emergency room for other reasons...The new findings suggest infant colic and migraines may be symptoms of the same underlying condition, said study researcher Dr. Luigi Titomanlio, of the pediatric emergency department at Robert Debré Hospital in Paris."

But what could this underlying condition be?

The Same Underlying Condition

When the upper part of the neck is misaligned it will change the flow of cerebral spinal fluid and blood to and from the brain. This change in CSF and blood flow can lead to a variety of neurological problems. Including colic in children and migraine headaches in adults.

When a baby is born frequently the upper neck is injured. This injury can show symptoms such as colic, GERD, ear infections and other childhood problems. If the upper neck injury is corrected by an upper cervical procedure such as Upper Cervical then the colic or other symptoms are frequently eliminated.

However, if the upper neck misalignment is not corrected, then migraine headaches or other conditions will frequently develop later in life.

So whether colic is an early form of migraines or not the underlying condition can be addressed safely, gently and effectively by Upper Cervical care.

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Medicating your Migraines may Cause your Migraines

Caffeine and Your Migraines

Do you suffer from Migraines-headaches? Did you know migraines are sometime caused by chemicals and preservatives within some foods and beverages. One of those chemicals is caffeine, which everyone knows is found in chocolate and can be found in coffee. Though, not everyone knows caffeine can also be found in certain headache medications.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic care should always be a preferable treatment to taking medicine, as medication introduces foreign substances into your body that only cover the symptoms rather than addressing the cause. Though, now, there is another reason for you to avoid medicating your body.

Here is a list of medications that contain caffeine:

Over-the-Counter Caffeinated Headache Medications

  • Anacin Maximum Strength: 32 mg
  • Actamin Super: 65.4 mg
  • Anacin Tablets and Caplets: 32 mg
  • Aspirin-Free Excedrin Caplets: 65 mg
  • Bayer Select Maximum Strength Headache Pain Relief: 65.4 mg
  • Dristan Capsules: 16 mg
  • Excedrin Caplets: 65 mg
  • Excedrin Extra Strength Caplets and Tablets: 65 mg
  • Goody's Extra Strength Tablets: 16.25 mg
  • Goody's Headache Powder: 32.5 mg
  • Midol Menstrual Maximum Strength Caplets: 60 mg
  • Midol for Cramps Maximum Strength Caplets: 32.4 mg
  • NoDoz: 200 mg
  • Vanquish Caplets: 33 mg
  • Vivarin: 200 mg

Prescription Caffeinated Headache Medications

  • Cafergot Suppositories (Cafertrine, Cafetrate, Migergot, Wigraine): 100 mg
  • Cafergot Tablets (Ercaf, Ergo-Caff, Gotamine, Wigraine): 100 mg
  • Fiorinal Capsules and Tablets: 40 mg
  • Fiorinal with Codeine No. 3: 40 mg
  • Norgesic; Norphadrine: 30 mg
  • Norgesic Forte; Norphadrine Forte: 30 mg
  • Triaminicin with Codeine Tablets: 30 mg

Now that you know what types of medications might be triggering your migraines, you have two choices. The first is that you can find a prescription or non-prescription medication that doesn't use caffeine, alleviate your migraines, and cover your symptoms. That will mean remaining dependent upon taking medication for the rest of your life. Your second option is to receive the care of an upper cervical specialist, who will determine the source of your headaches and make the necessary adjustments to any misalignments in your upper neck.

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Migraines, Seizures, and Walking Problems Could They Be Related?

Migraines and Seizures

When the upper neck is misaligned it affects the way the brain is working. These brain changes can mimic a variety of different conditions.

Recently the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research had a very interesting case study that discussed the impact of an upper neck misalignment on the brain.

After seeing a series of medical doctors, cardiologists and neurologists a 75-year-old woman finally found a neurologist who was familiar with upper cervical chiropractic. The neurologist determined that she had an upper cervical misalignment which he thought was causing an exacerbation of symptoms related to an old concussion.

According to the neurologist she had a history of concussion 10 years prior. Although her current episode was worse than ever before, the patient reported similar episodes in the past dating back to the concussion. The nature of the injury was a fall resulting in the impact of the back of her head with the floor. She was unable to talk immediately following the fall and was taken to the hospital. She reported receiving a CAT scan and MRI along with many neurological examinations over the next 3 months and then was released.

Her current symptoms were as follows:

  • gait ataxia (unsteady and uncoordinated movement)
  • strabismus (laziness) in the left eye
  • activity or posture induced seizures
  • low energy levels
  • migraine headaches

Exhaustion or bending forward brought on her seizures. When the seizures occurred, she felt a hot sensation in her upper chest, lost the ability to speak, and developed a painful migraine of the common type (no aura).

A Thorough Upper Neck Evaluation

After a postural and x-ray evaluation, it was determined that her atlas was out of alignment. After her initial adjustment her walking had improved as well as her neck range of motion - specifically rotation, which had been severely decreased "for years." The patient reported an increase in energy.

The patient's care was continued. During each visit, she was checked to make sure the adjustment was holding through subjective evaluation, scanning palpation, and supine leg check. Further visits saw improvement in her walking including the ability to walk heel-to-toe. Her balance improved to where she could stand on one foot. She noticed a general improvement in her vision - specifically clarity, brightness, and color perception are her lazy eye diminished and then finally went away. Finally, it should be noted that she had not had a seizure with the accompanying migraine since beginning care.

The authors suggest a change in blood flow to the brain a likely cause of the patient symptoms.

Do you have a collection of strange neurological symptoms? Do you have a history of head or neck trauma or concussion?

Then an upper cervical evaluation could be your answer.

References: Source: 
Seizure, Ataxia, Fatigue, Strabismus and Migraine Resolved by Precise Realignment of the First Cervical Vertebra: A Case Report Roy Sweat DC, BCAO & Tyson Pottenger DC Journal of upper cervical chiropractic research March 12, 2012

 

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Everyday Triggers of Migraine Headaches

Migraine Statistics

Did you know 5% of all people have had a migraine by the age of 15? With age, that percentage increases, leading to an estimate by the National Headache Foundation that 28 million people in the U.S. experience migraines.

No one is quite sure what causes migraines, but it seems they are often triggered by external factors. Knowing these factors can help individuals take steps to reduce the onset of these debilitating headaches, so they can live more pain free lives.

Migraines Headache Triggers

Food Allergies – Often it is not the food itself that triggers them, rather it is a chemical or preservative in the food or beverage that causes them. Some common culprits include: aged cheese, alcohol, pepperoni, hot dogs, lunch meat, and MSG. Up to 30% of migraine sufferers may experience these debilitating headaches because of a food or beverage related additive or preservative.

Emotional Stress – Our bodies are equipped with self-defense systems, which often go into defense mode when external factors try to invade our bodies. When a person experiences stress, certain chemicals are released into the brain. The release of these chemicals can cause vascular changes, which can lead to migraines.

Caffeine – This can occur in people because they either consume too much caffeine, but it often occurs in people who do not get enough caffeine. The blood vessels of a person who is addicted to caffeine develop a sensitivity to a certain amount of caffeine. They become dependent on receiving the proper amount of caffeine.

Migraines and Upper Cervical Care

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you can take steps to alleviate them. Though, the proper care from an upper cervical chiropractor can determine the cause of your headaches and make sure you receive the proper care. Changing your diet or avoiding situations that may trigger these headaches may mean changing your lifestyle, but a NUCCA specialist can make adjustments to your upper cervical spine so your brain and body communicate better.

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5 ways to get rid of migraine headaches

If you get migraine headaches you know how debilitating they can be. So here’s 5 ways to address migraine headaches.

  1. Imitrex
  2. Maxalt
  3. Zomig
  4. Relpax
  5. Upper cervical

The first 4 are all prescription medications given to migraine sufferers. This is the most common form of migraine treatment today. Not only are these medications costly, but they also can cause numerous, negative side effects.

  • Abnormal Sensations (tingling, burning)
  • Dizziness (Vertigo)
  • Weakness
  • Neck, Jaw, and Throat Pain
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal Pain

But what about the 5th one? What is upper cervical?

In the Journal of the American Medical Association it was once stated “Headaches are not headaches at all but really a pain in the neck.” Seletz E. Whiplash Injuries. JAMA, 1958; 168(13): 1750-1755

So why is most headache help focused on numbing the head?

Upper cervical is focused on not just covering up the symptoms but eliminating the Migraines completely by correcting a common cause.

Upper cervical Specialists have helped thousands of patients reduce the frequency and intensity of their migraine symptoms. Because the upper cervical region of the neck (C1-C2) is more susceptible to injury than the rest of the spine, upper cervical Doctors have found a link between a misalignment of the upper neck area and migraine and other chronic headaches. And they are able to gently and safely address this underlying problem.

Because a major factor with Migraines is blood flow. Or more properly the improper flow of blood and cerebral spinal fluid from the brain. Research with migraine patients under upper cervical care has shown an improvement in blood flow and CSF flow on before and after MRI's. So not only are people feeling better with upper cervical care but the underlying cause is actually being reversed.

So what are you waiting for?

The science is showing the connection and if you want to hear from more real people like you who have found the help that they needed than check out our stories of hope.

Only a small group of doctors have been trained in this specialized procedure. Fortunately for you, two of these doctors are within your own community.

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Migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis and upper cervical

So what does Multiple Sclerosis have to do with Migraine Headaches? New research is now providing a possible explanation of the correlation between MS & Migraine sufferers and how Upper Cervical Specialists are able to get such good results with the correction of Atlas misalignments in both conditions.

A paper, titled “The Possible Role of Cranio-Cervical Trauma and Abnormal CSF Hydrodynamics in the Genesis of Multiple Sclerosis," was recently published and appears in the journal Physiological Chemistry and Physics and Medical NMR (Sept. 20, 2011, 41: 1-17).

Commenting on the study, the lead researcher, Raymond V. Damadian stated, “These new observations have uncovered biomechanical barriers that appear to give rise to multiple sclerosis, and, even more excitingly, these barriers may be therapeutically addressable."

Translation: problems in the neck affect the flow of fluid to and from the brain and this change in fluid is likely leading to multiple sclerosis. The findings are based on viewing the real-time flow of cerebrospinal fluid in a series of randomly chosen patients with multiple sclerosis. The cerebrospinal fluid, known as CSF, lubricates the brain and spinal cord.

In addition, the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (ucrf.org) has been doing some very interesting research with Phase Contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (PC MR) lately.

In their paper Changes in Cerebral Blood Flow Patterns and Velocities of Migraine Subjects Following an Atlas Correction they stated "Results of a case study describing a subject diagnosed with migraine headache (without aura) reveal compelling results. The subject was evaluated using the protocol of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (upper cervical) to determine the presence of an Atlas misalignment. After Atlas correction, a follow-up PC MR Study demonstrated changes in cerebral venous outflow. A change in vessel outflow pattern from a jugular to the paravertebral plexus route was discerned. Venous flow rate and vessel pulsatility decreased as well as cerebrospinal flow rate across the Atlas (C-1) vertebra. Most significantly, the imaging procedure measured a distinct decrease in intracranial compliance. The subject obtained relief from migraine headache pain consistent to maintenance of his Atlas correction by the end of thirty days. The PC MR exam continued to show improvement of the hemodynamic parameters measured over the 16-week study period consistent to maintenance of Atlas alignment."

What does that all mean in English...if you correct problems with the alignment of the bones at the top of the neck with a precise form of chiropractic care called upper cervical then it changes the blood and CSF flow to and from the brain to the body. And since Migraine headaches are frequently vascular in origin...changing the blood flow from the brain is important and can take away the migraines completely...as in this case study and many others.

 

So what does this all have to do with Multiple Sclerosis?

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI) , is a reported abnormality in blood drainage from the brain and spinal cord, this may contribute to nervous system damage in MS. CCSVI has been getting a lot of press recently because Dr. Paolo Zamboni from the University of Ferrara in Italy published his initial findings in June 2009 from a study of approximately 65 patients. Based on the results of preliminary research which has been published in respected peer journals, Dr. Zamboni and others have recommended larger scale studies to determine if CCSVI may be treated through an endovascular surgical procedure, which involves inserting a tiny balloon or stent into blocked veins in order to improve the flow of blood out of the brain and spinal cord. This procedure produced complete remissions in MS in 90% of the participants of the study!

My question is why are the veins blocked to begin with? What has occurred that has led to the changes in the veins? Instead of forcing the veins open with a stent...why not correct the underlying cause of the malformation?

Then you look at Dr. Erin Elster's research with trauma and multiple sclerosis where she found that 90% of patients diagnosed with MS have had a trauma to the head or neck prior to the onset of the symptoms. And when x-rayed these patients have a clearly misaligned spine that is putting pressure on the nervous system and the blood vessels. When these misalignments of the upper cervical spine are corrected over 90% of the patients in her study had results. Some patients were able to get out of their wheelchairs!

What happened to them? The same thing that Dr. Zamboni was doing...changing the blood flow from the brain to the body. Only in Dr. Elster's results she wasn't artificially forcing the vessels open she was correcting the underlying cause of the vessels malformation!

Now not all MS patients responded to either of the treatment options...and perhaps there are other factors involved...but wouldn't it make sense if you have MS or Migraine headaches to have an upper neck evaluation by an upper cervical specialist? Especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma?

The longer you wait the more damage is done...put your scepticism aside and see if you can be helped!

References:
http://www.ucrf.org/projects-funding/project-descriptions
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/research/intriguing-leads-on-the-horizon/ccsvi/index.aspx
http://www.erinelster.com/ConditionsDetail.aspx?ConditionID=17

 

 

Dr. Dan Spinato of the San Diego Integrative Spine Center in San Diego, California is a Rancho Penasquitos Chiropractor and an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Over the past 30 years, Dr. Spinato has helped many people find natural relief in San Diego, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Valley, Poway, Scripps Ranch and Rancho Bernardo. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraine headaches, chronic neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, allergy and sinus problems and temporomandibular joint disorders. More information can be found on his website at http://www.powaychiropractor.net/

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