Posts Tagged ‘chiropractic’

Stressed and Tired of These Headaches!

April 5, 2010

We live in a society that encourages and almost takes pride in having high levels of stress. The American way these days is working 60 hours a week (both parents), parents shuttling their kids to different sports or activities twice a day everyday, and leaving no time for family time. All this and more equals stress, stress, and more stress. When many of us are stressed where do we feel it? Usually between the shoulder blades, neck, and the head. The more stress we have and the more stress we are unable to handle or adapt to turns into muscle tension. This muscle tension 9 out of 10 times turns into a blistering headache. Then after the storm has calmed, we sit down and relax or may the spouse gives a neck rub, the headache will go away. But unfortunately this stressful world we live in is not just here one day then never to be seen again. We have this stress every single day and these headaches day after day. Now after months or even years the headaches are more persistent than ever and do not go away so easily. They have become chronic!

Chronic headaches can give the individual a devil of a time. If you have ever noticed when you are stressed your shoulders are shrugged up and tensed. The muscle between the neck and shoulder called the trapezius is the culprit. When this muscle is under tension for long periods of time headaches can present. Other muscles more commonly known to lead to a headache are the suboccipital muscles. These little guys are at the top of your neck at the base of your skull.

When you are under stress or have poor posture (which can be a result of stress), the suboccipitals can build tension and go into spasm irritating the nerves that penetrate through and run along and around the skull causing the infamous headache. Misalignments in the upper cervical spine can also result and cause further issues to be resolved.

So what can you do? Well, stress is sometimes difficult to minimize. We are under stress all the time, the key is can your body adapt and handle it? There are many effective ways to deal with stress. Meditation, yoga, chamomile tea, exercise, and sex are a few things you can do to help the body handle stress. The key is to elicit the body’s relaxation response. To learn more about this topic I highly recommend the book “The Relaxation Response” by Herbert Benson, MD. Not all stress can be avoided, but everyone can find their inner relaxation response. Another way to deal with stress, get adjusted by a chiropractor. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to deal with the physical and chemical stress and the headaches that can result. Your diet can be a major cause of stress or it can the limiting factor that’s not allowing you to handle the stress in your life. Keep a food diary for one week and you might be surprised that you really don’t eat that well or it could be worse than you thought. Changing your diet can change your life.  

Stress is the true silent killer and headaches can be a sign that you are under too much stress. It’s your health and your body, start taking responsibility for it today.

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Chronic Pain Syndromes

January 28, 2010

Per Wikipedia: “Chronic pain has several different meanings in medicine. Traditionally, the distinction between acute and chronic pain has relied upon an arbitrary interval of time from onset; the two most commonly used markers being 3 months and 6 months since the initiation of pain,[1] though some theorists and researchers have placed the transition from acute to chronic pain at 12 months.[2] Others apply acute to pain that lasts less than 30 days, chronic to pain of more than six months duration, and subacute to pain that lasts from one to six months.[3] A popular alternative definition of chronic pain, involving no arbitrarily fixed durations is “pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing.”[1]

Some of the common conditions diagnosed in the realm of chronic pain is fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, lowback pain, diabetes, etc. Some one in two americans are diagnosed with one of these conditions and that ratio could be on the rise. Why is that? Are doctors diagnosing them more? Environmental polutions? Genetics? The list of causes can go on, but if you are the one with some kind of chronic pain all you care about is how can I get better. You’ve probably been to many different kinds of doctors and suffered through many different treatments. Here you still are in chronic pain that is sucking the life out of you. Next thing you know you are “depressed” and put on more medication. Are you depressed because of a deficiency in depression meds?

Have you tried alternative medicine? Chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, proper diet, herbs, and vitamins are natural alternative ways to manage chronic pain. But guess what? Not many people know this! Alternative medicine is rapidly growing, but still has a long way to go. If you are a past chronic pain sufferer that has benefited from chiropractic, acupuncture, etc please spread the word. Word of mouth travels fast and is a great way to spread the use of this medicine.

Ear Infection Treatment Alternative

December 30, 2009

Millions of children come down with ear infections every year. Millions of children receive treatment in the form of antibiotics or tubes every year. Millions of children have reoccuring infections even after being treated with antibiotics or tubes. As a parent you should be asking, “do I have any alternatives?” The answer is an astounding YES. Chiropractic is a safe, natural, and effective method of treatment that focuses on the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms.

Chiropractors who specialize in pediatrics use gentle adjustments to the spine to clear spinal dysfunction that could be causing nervous system interference. Studies have shown that adjusting misalignments in the upper cervical spine of children significantly decrease reoccuring ear infections as compared to conventional treatment. Along with the adjustments, chiropractors look at the overall health and lifestyle of the child and family.

The role of the chiropractic adjustment in the care and treatment of 332 children with otitis media.   Fallon, JM.   Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol 2, No. 2 1997 p.167-183.

  • From the abstract:   This pilot study included children from 27 days old to five-years-old, was on the effects of chiropractic adjustments on children with otitis media used tympanography as an objective measure.
  • Results:   the average number of adjustments administered by types of otitis media were as follows: acute otitis media (127 children) 4 adjustments; chronic/serous otitis media (104 children) 5 adjustments; for mixed type of bilateral otitis media (10 children) 5.3 adjustments; where no otitis was initially detected (74 children) 5.88 adjustments. The number of days it took to normalize the otoscopic examination was for acute 6.67, chronic/serous 8.57 and mixed 8.3. the number of days it took to normalize the tympanographic examination was acute: 8.35, chronic/serous 10.18 and mixed 10.9 days. The overall recurrence rate over a six month period from initial presentation in the office was for acute 11.02%, chronic/serous 16.34%, for mixed 30% and for none present 17.56%.
  • Conclusion:   The results indicate that there is a strong correlation between the chiropractic adjustment and the resolution of otitis media for the children in this study. Note: 311 of the 332 had a history of prior antibiotic use. 53.7% of the children had their first bout of otitis media between the ages of 6 months and 1 year and a total of 69.9% of the subjects in the study had their first bout of OM under a year of age. This is consistent with the findings of others

This is just one of many studies to show the effectiveness of chiropractic with children. For more information or to locate a pediactric chiropractor in your area go to http://www.icpa4kids.org.