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Relief from the Headaches of Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) can occur after a person suffers from an MTBI. Even minor head injuries run the risk of leading to further symptoms. According to some researchers, there really is no link between the severity of the head injury and the risk of PCS developing. With estimates putting sports-related head injuries at more than 3 million per year, this makes PCS a major public health concern.

The Symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome

The primary concern when it comes to a concussion is that it can lead to chronic issues with headaches. This is often the primary symptom used to diagnose PCS. Other symptoms may include insomnia, anxiety, dizziness, and more. As a result, care often focuses on medications that address each individual symptom. Therefore, a person may end up taking painkillers for the headaches, sleep aids, anti-anxiety meds, and so on. Is there a better way?

Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Concussions

When it comes to post-concussion syndrome, many of the symptoms relate to an injury that may have occurred at the time of the head injury. Any time the head is struck hard enough to cause a concussion, it is possible that the vertebrae of the upper neck have become misaligned. When this happens, pressure may be placed on the brainstem, blood flow to the brain may be reduced, or proper drainage of cerebrospinal fluid may be hindered. Any of these factors can contribute to the headaches and other symptoms of PCS.

Thus, it is a good idea to seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor following any suspected concussion. An examination of the upper cervical spine can reveal such a misalignment, and allow a practitioner to correct it before the symptoms of PCS can present or worsen. If you are already suffering from PCS, an adjustment may help to alleviate some of the symptoms.

References:

Mayo Clinic. Post-concussion syndrome. [homepage on the Internet]. 2014 [cited 2015 Jun 4]. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-concussion-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20032705

Leddy JJ, Sandhu H, Sodhi V, Baker JG, Willer B. Rehabilitation of Concussion and Post-concussion Syndrome. Sports Health. 2012;4(2):147-154. doi:10.1177/1941738111433673.

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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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Coping with Common Migraine Triggers in San Diego, California

Migraines are a difficult condition to live with for both the one dealing from the problem as well as those who have to see a loved one suffering. While the detrimental effects of a migraine are readily apparent, understanding what causes migraines to occur is anything but clear. There are a number of recognized factors that can trigger a migraine. As a result, some people are advised to make dietary or other lifestyle adjustments. Here are a couple of other triggers that are less well-known.

 
  • In Missouri, a study was conducted that revealed migraines become more common when lightning is nearby. Barometric pressure and levels of humidity are two other weather conditions that have been linked to migraine occurrence.

  • Migraines can spring up when a person returns to a calm state after being stressed. When a person’s mood shifts from anxious to relaxed or sad to happy, a “let-down” migraine may occur. This is connected to the fact that certain hormones in the body decrease in production when calmness or happiness returns.

 

Rather than being tied to medications, many are looking for natural ways to cope with migraines. Recognizing triggers is one way to reduce migraines or at least be prepared for the likelihood of one. Of course, as with medication, avoiding triggers does not address the underlying issue.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Migraines

At San Diego Integrative Spine Center, we take a different approach to helping migraine patients. We specifically examine and correct misalignments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. This is because a misalignment in this part of the neck can interfere with the correct function of the brainstem, the proper flow of blood to the brain, and the drainage of cerebrospinal fluid. Once this misalignment is corrected, many experience fewer or less severe migraines. Some never have to worry about migraines again.

 

Reference:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/surprising-facts-migraines/story?id=19581796#5  

 

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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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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 Treatments Cause a Buzz

Migraines are a harsh reality for many Americans. Migraines affect an estimated 10% of people globally and are ranked as one of the top 20 of the world’s debilitating illnesses. In the USA, it is estimated that 1 in 4 per household suffers from migraines, which is an estimated 36 million Americans. Migraines have a grip on women three times as much as men.1

Migraines are a challenge for both people who have them and the health care providers seeking to provide a higher quality of life. Migraines are somewhat mysterious; the exact cause is not known as well as the symptoms are. Many treatments are designed to treat those symptoms rather than correct the underlying cause of migraines.

It is well known that migraines are prevalent in people who are subject to overstimulation of the brain and the surrounding nerves in the head, neck, and face. A new device has undergone scientific studies in an effort to give relief to those suffering from migraine pain. The device, which looks like a headband, gives off electrical impulses to soothe the Trigeminal nerves in the head.2 During a migraine episode, these nerves are often over-stimulated. The theory is to apply a mild electrical current to the over-stimulated nerve to trigger the nerves (which operate by carrying an electrical current) to relax. While this has been shown to offer some relief during an episode, it has not been proven to resolve migraines.

Patients are finding natural relief for migraines in San Diego, CA with Dr. Dan Spinato. As an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, Dr. Spinato is a migraine specialist who specifically specializes in the first bone of the neck known as the Atlas (C1 vertebra). The Atlas bone is regarded as one of the most important structures in the human body as it is located where the brainstem meets the spinal cord that connects to every organ and muscle in the body. When the Atlas is misaligned, it can cause adverse stimulation of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, which may produce headaches as a result.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic has been proven to help migraine patients in groups as large as 100 in clinical studies.3 By carefully adjusting the Atlas in the precise direction to correct the misalignment, brain and nerve function can be normalized which often resolves migraine headaches over time.

References:

  1. Migraine research Foundation. Migraine Fact Sheet. http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html (accessed 4 September 2015).
  2. Russo A, Tessitore A, Conte F, Marcuccio L, Giordano A, Tedeschi G. Transcutaneous supraorbital neurostimulation in "de novo" patients with migraine without aura: the first Italian experience. J Headache Pain. 2015 Dec; 16:551.
  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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The Lasting Pain of Car Crashes: Migraines, Vertigo and More

Studying Pain

A case study by the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Group using an upright MRI showed evidence of how head and neck injuries are linked to migraine headaches and Vertigo.

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

Using the upright MRI, its inventor, Dr. Raymond Damadian, conducted research that revealed that a misalignment in the upper cervical spine, which are the top two bones in a person's vertebrae, can alter the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to, from, and through the brain. The importance of that fluid is that it lubricates the brain and the spinal cord, so the improper flow of CSF can lead to a lot of pain.

Though, a back up in CSF can also cause increased intracranial pressure, and all of that can be the result of a misalignment in the top two bones in a person's upper neck vertebrae. The good news is that that misalignment can be corrected, and correcting that misalignment can restore the proper flow of CSF, cerebral blood, and more.

Healing through Upper Cervical

Now, we know you may not feel that pain today, tomorrow, or even for weeks or years. But a misalignment in the upper neck may not cause a condition such as vertigo, migraine headaches, or worse to arise for that length of time.

Though, it's important that if you suffered a car accident at five MPH or more that you seek out the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. It only takes being from behind at that low of a speed to cause whiplash, and it only take a few minutes to make an appointment with an upper cervical chiropractor.

When they examine your upper neck vertebrae, they will check for any misalignments that may be the cause or potential cause of any conditions that may arise. They will then make the necessary corrections to that misalignment, in order to allow your body to heal itself.

 

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Back to School Headaches?

Headaches are a health challenge that many adults struggle with in daily living. It is estimated that up to 46% of adults are presently suffering from a headaches.1 While many adults deal with the problem there is another group of people suffering from headaches that is on the rise. Approximately 4-10% of children have headaches; The American Migraine Foundation estimates 60% of children have an occasional headache.2

A recent study performed by Nationwide Children’s Hospital found an interesting trend amongst children and headaches. Children from the ages of 5-18 typically get the most headaches in the fall during the start of the new school year.3 This is attributed to many factors; excessive caffeine consumption, dehydration, skipping meals, lack of exercise poor sleep, and prolonged electronic device use. Couple these factors with a new schedule, academic stressors, and extracurricular activities it is not surprising.

 

Children of all ages need to be performing at their best when school starts not just mentally but physically as well. Headaches are difficult to manage and the most common treatment is over the counter drugs which have marginal effectiveness.

 

Headache specialist Dr Dan Spinato, has found great success using a natural approach to headaches. Dr Spinato is a specially trained chiropractor that focuses on the Atlas C1 bone known as Upper Cervical Chiropractic, with benefits for both adults and children. The Atlas bone house the brainstem which is where the brain connects to the rest of the entire body. When the Atlas bone becomes misaligned headaches often occur as a result. Studies have shown that children have improved from headaches while under Upper Cervical Chiropractic care, as well as other behavioral disorders.4 Children that do not suffer from headaches will surely perform better in all areas of school.

 

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Migraines are a Growing Problem Amongst Children

Migraine headaches are a problem that is all too familiar for adults, as many as 46% of adults globally suffers from the condition.1 There is an alarming trend in which children are starting to also have migraines. The American Migraine Foundation estimates 60% of children have an occasional headache and approximately 4-10% of children have headaches consistently.2 The largest concern is that 8%-23% of children over the age of 11 have migraines.

Treatment options are limited for all patients with migraines. Depending on the healthcare provider the treatment may vary from dietary changes and meditation to heavy grade medications or even surgery. There is limited efficacy between treatments as each person with migraines is unique and responds differently. This is especially challenging in children during developmental periods where hormones levels fluctuate and growth spurts.

Recently the FDA has approved a new drug for children with migraines. The drug Sumatriptan comes in a doseage approved for children. The dosage is merely a scaled version of the quantity approved for adults. The drug is designed to improve the blood flow to the brain and the layer of tissue that protects the brain and spinal cord known as the Dura Mater. The drug has been shown to be slightly more effective than a placebo in clinical trials and also comes with risk of: heart attack, stroke, clotting, as well as ulceration and bleeding of stomach and intestinal tissues.3

Many patients are now seeking natural treatment for migraine headaches. Dr Dan Spinato, a migraine specialist in San Diego, California is helping patients get natural relief from migraines. Dr Dan is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor who specializes in the the top bone in the neck, aka the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra), and how it relates to headaches. It has been shown that when the moves from its normal alignment it puts stress into the Dura Mater and affects normal blood flow to the brain.4 Often this turns into migraines after a long enough period of time. By correcting the misalignment of the Atlas through a precise adjustment migraines have been shown to be reduced in children and improve overall development and health.5


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. Headaches in Childrem. http://www.achenet.org/resources/headaches_in_children (accessed 5 June 2015).
  3. P Anderson. FDA Okays Sumatriptan/Naproxen (Treximet) for Migraine in Teens. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/844752 (accessed 5 June 2015).
  4. Grostic JD. Dentate Ligament-Cord Distortion Hypothesis. Chiropr Res J, 1988; 1(1):47-55.
  5. Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a nine-year-old male with Tourette syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, asthma, insomnia, and headaches: a case report. J Vertebral Subluxation Res, July 12, 2003:1-11.

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Migraines: Natural Relief by Lifestyle Changes

Migraines are a way of life for many people, but by no means a way to live. Every year 12 million Americans are going are seeking relief from Migraines. It is estimated that one quarter of the entire US population has an ongoing migraine or headache condition.1

In this day and age of technology and information those suffering with migraines are now able to be more active in their healthcare and diagnostic tools are much more advanced. However the internet can be a dangerous place to manage any health condition due to the amount of information or misinformation. Many patients are more assertive for advanced testing that may not be necessary, cost effective and potentially harmful. Research is showing that the method of diagnosis and treatment for migraines is ineffective.2

Now many patients are seeking a natural way to manage migraine headaches other than the traditional methods. Migraine Specialist Dr Dan Spinato is helping these patients get relief from migraines in San Diego, CA. Dr Spinato is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor who takes a different approach to treating migraines and helping his patients by assessing the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra). The Atlas bone is very important as it house many of the nerves known to be related to migraine conditions. When the Atlas moves out of its proper normal position it will have adverse affects on how the brain and nervous system function, which commonly leads to migraines as an end stage result. By carefuy analyzing and delivering a specific adjustment to the restore proper position of the Atlas bone; headaches often resolve as the brain and nervous system normalize.

Scientific research has shown Upper Cervical Chiropractic to not only relieve migraines and headaches but also long term resolution. Studies show that natural relief can occur in as little as 1-2 adjustments as the Atlas bone returns to its normal state.3

References:

1.      Neighmond P. For Headaches, A Lifestyle Change May Be Better Than A Doctor Visit. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/11/404693609/for-headache-pain-a-lifestyle-change-may-be-better-than-a-doctor-visit (accessed 15 May 2015).

2.      John N. Mafi, Samuel T. Edwards, Nigel P. Pedersen, Roger B. Davis, Ellen P. McCarthy, Bruce E. Landon. Trends in the Ambulatory Management of Headache: Analysis of NAMCS and NHAMCS Data 1999–2010.Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2015; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-014-3107-3.

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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Migraines in Rancho Penasquitos CA

If you are struggling with migraines headaches you are not alone. Currently it is estimated that at least 10 percent of the population have migraines. Migraine headaches are most common from the ages of 25-55 years old and affect 18% of all women.

Proper treatment and diagnosis for headaches is difficult for many health care providers. A new study found that 12 million Americans annually are over treated for Migraine and headache conditions. The method of diagnosis involves advanced imaging of the brain which is both costly and often inconclusive. While migraines are painful and debilitating, they often self resolve in between episodes.

Many people are demanding natural relief for Migraines over the ineffective traditional methods. Headache treatment guidelines have evolved lately and doctors are recommending lifestyle changes over the use of powerful drugs and other invasive treatments. Researchers are showing some interesting methods of helping deal with migraines:

  • Getting proper amounts of sleep and rest
  • A healthy diet
  • Exercise
  • Meditation

All of these methods are now recommended because of the balancing effects on the nervous system.1

Many migraine patients are finding natural relief from Migraines in San Diego, CA with Migraine specialist Dr Dan Spinato. As an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, Dr Spinato is able to provide natural relief from migraines by evaluating the first bone in the neck known as the Atlas (C1 vertebra) and its relationship to the brain and entire nervous system. If the Atlas is not in the proper position, the ability of the brain and nervous system to properly function is diminished and migraines are often a result. Studies have shown a high correlation of patients suffering with migraines and Atlas misalignment. In a review of 100 headache cases all patients with Atlas misalignments improved with 1-2 Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustments. By precisely analyzing the misalignment and delivering a gentle and specific adjustment to the Atlas, it allows for the normal function to take place.

References:
1. Mulcahy L. Migraine studies yield fresh approaches to ward off pain. http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-migraine-20150321-story.html (accessed 1 May 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 - 7 Surprises

Do You Get Migraines?

Migraines can be a debilitating health problem. Here are 7 things that you probably have not heard about your migraines.

1. They’ve been linked to suicide risk

Several studies have now linked migraines with an increased risk for suicide attempts and even completed suicide. The risk may be even higher among people with migraine with aura or the flashes of light and other sensory symptoms that can accompany the headaches. It’s not clear why migraines and suicide are related, but depression and migraine share a similar biology, says Dawn Buse, PhD, a health psychologist with Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Migraine sufferers need to know that “they’re not alone. They can get help,” says Buse.

2. Your medication could be making migraines worse

Although drugs are meant to help ease the pain of migraines, in some cases this strategy can backfire–badly. Too-frequent use of migraine medications can result in what’s known as “medication-overuse headaches” and a quickly spiraling vicious cycle. This type of headache can occur with many different medications, including narcotics, acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, like ibuprofen) and triptans, a class of drugs used specifically to treat migraines. The solution? Try not to use migraine medication, even over-the-counter varieties.

3. Lightning and migraine can strike together

A study of migraine sufferers in Ohio and Missouri found that the risk of migraine went up on days when there was lightning nearby compared to days when there wasn’t. And weather-related factors such as barometric pressure and humidity, both of which have been linked with migraines in the past, couldn’t explain all of the elevated risk. The study authors speculated that electromagnetic waves from the lightning could be triggering the headaches or that lightning might increase the production of ozone or fungus spores, either of which might spur a migraine.

4. Migraines are linked to other serious health problems

People with migraines have an elevated risk of stroke and of other cardiovascular problems when compared with the general population. The risk of stroke, in particular, is higher still when the migraine is accompanied by aura and in women aged 35 or over, especially those who use oral contraceptives or who smoke. Researchers aren’t sure why stroke and migraines are linked but, regardless, “a history of migraine with aura should be considered an important risk marker for stroke,” says Buse.

5. A drop in your stress level can bring on a migraine


If you think that finishing your finals or having that big work presentation out of the way will reduce your chance of a migraine, think again. Research by Buse’s team actually found a 20% higher risk of migraines after someone’s mood changed from sad or nervous to happy or relaxed. These “let-down” migraines may be caused by a sudden, dramatic drop in hormones. How to reduce the likelihood of being let down in this way? Try to avoid peaks of stress in the first place. If it’s finals week, do some yoga or take copious breaks.

6. Migraines have been closely linked with head and neck trauma
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.” Whiplash and other neck injuries have been linked to the onset of migraine headaches. This occurs because the upper cervical region of the neck (C1-C2) is more susceptible to injury than the rest of the spine. These undetected Brain stem injuries can lead to migraines and other chronic headaches. So why is most headache help focused on numbing the head?

7. There is an effective and natural solution to getting to the cause of migraines
A corrective procedure focused on rebalancing the upper neck and removing pressure from the brainstem has proved extremely effective at helping people suffering from migraine headaches. This procedure is called the upper cervical procedure and 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. And they are able to do this gently and safely while addressing this underlying problem.

References: http://news.health.com/2013/06/27/surprising-about-migraines/ Seletz E. Whiplash Injuries. JAMA, 1958; 168(13): 1750-1755

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When Can a Headache Causes a Headache?

Mixed Tension Migraines 

Have you ever had two headaches at once? Did you know it's even possible to experience two headaches at the same time? Well, it is. Sometimes, a person can experience a Mixed Tension Migraine also known as a transformed migraine, chronic migraine, or chronic daily headache. That's when a person has a Tension Headache and a Migraine Headache at the same time.

Now, you probably know what a migraine is, but you might not know what a Tension headache is or why you all of the sudden have two headaches at once. A Tension headache is a common type of headache that causes pain either behind the eyes, or in the head or neck. They are caused by muscle contractions in the head or neck that are caused by certain foods, activities, or stressors.

Here's a list of factors that may trigger them:

Tension Headache Factors

  • Alcohol*
  • Eye Strain
  • Fatigue
  • Smoking*
  • Cold or flu
  • Sinus infection*
  • Caffeine*
  • Poor Posture
  • Emotional stress*

Those factors with asterisks are also factors that can trigger migraine headaches.

Your Plan to a Healthier Head

While these two types of headaches may occur at the same time, they may not have started out that way. Usually, when a person develops Mixed Tension Migraines, they have had a history of migraine headaches. Though, sometimes, a person can experience them so frequently that it may become difficult to differentiate between the two.

Now that you know it's possible to have two headaches at once, you can take steps to reduce the frequency of or eliminate this pain. First, you will want to get to the root cause of these Mixed Tension Migraines by seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. They can determine the commonality between the two types of headaches that may be causing them.

A common cause of migraines and tension headaches is a head or neck injury, which can lead to misalignments in the upper neck and changes in blood flow. These misalignments can also affect the balance of your muscles around your head, neck and spine. It is important to have a proper upper cervical evaluation including three-dimensional x-rays to determine if this may be the cause of your mixed tension migraines.

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How could Acid Reflux, Scoliosis and Headaches be related?

Through the Brain Stem...

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

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

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

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

Which symptoms?

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

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

And what about headaches?

Headaches can be caused by both the blood flow and nerve flow changes from the brain to the body and head and face when the brain stem function is altered.

So what can happen when the brain stem pressure is removed through the correction of an upper neck misalignment by a qualified upper cervical specialist?

Amazing things!

Amanda is a patient of ours who at only 21 years of age had had several head and neck traumas beginning in early childhood.  These conditions in Amanda's body where leading to a daily dependence on Tums and Advil to just get through the day.

Thank God that is all over now.

Here is Amanda's story.

“When I first came into this office I was hoping to get rid of my acid reflux, because every night when I laid down I would get it regardless of what I ate.  I also headaches, terrible allergies and generalized pain and aches throughout my body.

Now only 6 weeks into my care I sleep better at night, my sinus passages are clear, my breathing has improved.  No acid reflux!  I haven’t had an episode in weeks.  I no longer need to take the Tums or the Advil that was just normal to me before.

I am happier in general because all of my pain and discomfort is gone!  My work and service to the Lord has improved, I am more willing to take the extra step and go the extra mile.

You may think that there is no cure for the problem that you are dealing with, your normal doctor may think that you are being ridiculous, but NUCCA care is the cure…at 21 years old I have never felt so good!”

Are you ready to feel good again or maybe for the first time? 

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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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Painkillers Are Causing Millions of Headaches

The Vicious Cycle of Medication Overuse Headaches

The BBC is reporting that up to a million people in the UK have "completely preventable" severe headaches caused by taking too many painkillers, doctors have said.

They said some were trapped in a "vicious cycle" of taking pain relief, which then caused even more headaches.

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

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

There is no definitive UK data on the incidence of the condition, but studies in other countries suggest 1-2% of people are affected, while the World Health Organization says figures closer to 5% have been reported.

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

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

"It is such an easy thing to prevent."

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

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

Main types of headache

  • Tension - the common "everyday" headache most people will experience at some point in their lives. In some cases people have tension headaches on most days of the month.
  • Migraine - severe headache that can last for several days. It gets worse with activity and often comes with nausea as well as sensitivity to light and sound.
  • Cluster - extremely severe pain around the eye and side of the face, also includes swelling and a red watery eye. Some people report eight attacks a day, which can last up to three hours.
  • Medication overuse - feels like a tension headache or a migraine, but is due to taking too many painkillers.
  • However, there are more than 200 types of headache.

Manjit Matharu, a consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, said there was a tipping point at 10 to 15 days of using pain relief each month when the drugs became the issue.

He said: "This is a huge problem in the population. The figures in terms of the number of people who have medication overuse headache are one in 50, so that is approximately a million people who have headaches on a daily or near daily basis because they're using painkillers."

The new guidelines for doctors in England and Wales advise telling sufferers to immediately stop taking all pain relief. However, this will lead to about a month of agony as patients contend with regular headaches without pain relief, until symptoms eventually improve.

The panel said other options for controlling any underlying headaches, such as preventative treatments, could be considered.

Drug Free Headache Relief

The best solution for headaches of any type is to get the cause of the problem.  For many people headaches begin 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 have 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 , and sleep problems.

The best way to correct a misalignment in the upper neck is by utilizing the NUCCA procedure. NUCCA doctors doctors perform a postural examination in order to determine body imbalance and then take precise 3 dimensional upper neck x-rays in order to mathematically calculate how the misalignment needs to be corrected. After the initial correction, follow-up 3 dimensional x-rays are taken in order to ensure that the misalignment is being corrected properly.

What to Do Next

To find an upper cervical chiropractor in your area go to www.upcspine.com or if you are in the San Diego California area to schedule your NUCCA evaluation, click here.

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

Through the Brain Stem...

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

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

The longer this compensation exists the more our body must adapt to this structural misalignment.

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

Which symptoms?

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

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

The Brain stem also has a major impact on the immune system, has nerve connections to the sinuses and the ears, eyes, nose and throat and lungs.  This would explain the changes that we see with allergies, sinus problems, frequent colds and flu and breathing conditions like asthma.

And what about headaches?

Headaches can be caused by both the blood flow and nerve flow changes from the brain to the body and head and face when the brain stem function is altered.

So what can happen when the brain stem pressure is removed through the correction of an upper neck misalignment by a qualified upper cervical specialist?

Amazing things!

To schedule your NUCCA evaluation, click here.

Want to hear from real people like you? Check out our reviews here.

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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How could Argo star Ben Affleck be helped by NUCCA?

Many Celebrities and Athletes Struggle with Migraines

"Ben Affleck Out of Poker Championship due to Migraine" was the headline in the New York Post back in July of 2010. The star of oscar award winning Argo has struggled with migraines for years frequently showing up in the media.

We see many athletes, artists, and celebrities getting migraine headaches including NFL giants Terrell Davis, Percy Harvin and Troy Aikman, tennis great Serena Williams, basketball superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and baseball stars Jonathon Papelbon and Johnny Damon; actors Ben Affleck and Whoopi Goldberg.

NUCCA doctors frequently see a 90-95 % success rate with Migraine Headaches being eliminated. The other 5-10% at least see a reduction in the frequency and intensity of these headaches. And they are able to address the underlying cause safely and gently.

So why doesn't Ben Affleck get into a NUCCA doctor's office and get rid of those migraines?

Maybe he just doesn't know about NUCCA.

NUCCA Effective at Getting to the Underlying Cause of Headaches

The answer is trauma. Physical trauma...such as car accidents, falls, sports injuries, childhood injuries and more lead to a tearing loose of the tissue that holds the spine in place. Which creates a weakness. Once that happens the spine begins to breakdown. It starts in the most movable and vulnerable area, the top of the spine where the skull and the spine come together at the Atlas vertebrae. This misaligned upper neck area creates pressure on the brain stem and veins that drain the brain. This is why pressure will begin to build up into the head often leading to headaches. The brain stem irritation also explains the nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, etc that frequently goes along with Migraine headaches.

These observations are now being demonstrated in the research as well. A recent case study is showing that after an NUCCA correction, a follow-up Phase Contrast Magnetic Resonance (PC MR) Study demonstrated changes in flow from the jugular veins that leave the brain. The subject of the case study obtained relief from migraine headaches by the end of thirty days. The PCMR exam continued to show improvement of the blood flow measured over the 16-week study period as long as the person maintained proper alignment of the upper neck. A larger study is currently being conducted in Canada on Migraines, Atlas misalignments and blood flow changes.

So how about you?

Are you losing parts of your life because of the effects of Migraine Headaches? Or do you have them "under control" with medications. At some point covering up the symptoms will lead to other problems. Or those meds won't work anymore and you will have to get stronger ones.

Isn't it time to find the cause and eliminate it?

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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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Alternative to Sinus Surgery in Rancho Penasquitos, California

Should I Have Sinus Surgery? Are There Other Options?

Most people with chronic sinus problems will suffer with regular congestion, infections or both for years.  Improper drainage of the sinuses can lead to chronic colds and flu, allergies, fatigue and more.

So what to do?

Take endless decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal steroids?

That will help you to contribute to the $5.8 billion a year that Americans spend on sinus treatments, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation.

You can use a neti pot or another nasal rinse device to try to keep your sinuses clear?

Or you could be one of the 500,000 Americans that have sinus surgery every year!

Some estimates say that up to 90% of sinus problems are really misdiagnosed headache syndromes.  For instance, here’s a case study from an upper cervical chiropractic office:

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Case Study

A 44 year old female who had battled chronic sinus infections, facial pressure, and headaches for over 10 years, came into an upper cervical chiropractic practiceShe had sinus surgery about 8 years ago, and have used various kinds of antibiotics and medicated rinses, but found no relief.

Along with sinus trouble, she has scoliosis and chronic neck and shoulder pain for over 15 years. She was constantly “popping” ibuprofen to help ease all the discomfort she was in. She was always achy, edgy, and tired! She found out about NUCCA and eventually, decided to call and see if this was something that could help her.

After a couple months, she really began to notice improvement in her neck mobility and pain. She felt as if it had been “unlocked” and she could move much more easily. Changing lanes on the freeway and backing out of a parking spot was easy again! As her neck pain improved, so did her shoulder pain. In fact, her scoliosis curve even improved!

Over time, as her adjustments starting holding longer and longer, her sinuses started to clear up as well. With NUCCA it is not about being adjusted 1000's of times it is about getting your spine in to the proper position and keeping it that way so that it can heal and function the way the body is designed to.

She weaned herself from all sinus rinses and medications, and did not have another sinus infection. The facial pressure and headaches have decreased significantly and she definitely has more energy. She is even able to exercise again without chronic discomfort.

Can your body heal itself from a chronic sinus problem or other chronic condition?

Only one way to find out...take the next step and schedule a NUCCA evaluation today! To schedule your NUCCA evaluation, click here.

 

 

Want to hear from real people like you? Check out our reviews here.

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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