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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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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What is NUCCA
The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) is an organization of Doctors of Chiropractic dedicated to patient care, education and research.
Spinal health care using the NUCCA procedures focuses on detecting and correcting a small misalignment in the upper neck area. Gentle, non-invasive adjustments don’t require any turning, twisting or popping.
Your upper cervical spine (neck) area influences all areas of your body. Injury or chronic misalignments can cause headaches, migraines, neck pain, low back pain, weakness and more.
The NUCCA technique is currently offered by less than 1% of all the Doctors of Chiropractic.
Before the NUCCA procedure can be performed, I will sit down with you and discuss your history and symptoms. If I determine that NUCCA can help, a thorough examination and x-rays will be done. A complete report of your findings and treatment options will be discussed.
Precision x-rays are taken of the spine before any treatment begins. The adjustment is performed with the patient lying on their side and the doctor applying a very light pressure behind the earlobe. A full demonstration can be seen on the video above.
The NUCCA procedure can be summed up with 5 major distinctions as compared to traditional Chiropractic:
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