How a Chiropractor Can Treat Chronic Headache Pain
We all know what it’s like to get headache pain from time to time, but for those who suffer with migraines and other chronic forms of pain, it can seem like the headaches will never go away. The first thing most of us do is go find a pill to swallow and while it may give you short term relief, it isn’t really addressing the problem, or the cause of the problem. The medicine will most often just mask the issue. It can even make things worse. Conventional medical doctors will often prescribe stronger and stronger pills in an attempt to give the patient relief, but very few truly know how to get to the root of the problem, and would certainly not be suggesting that the patient see a chiropractor.
Alternative medicine has become increasingly popular as the public’s awareness of it has increased. Education has helped a lot, and chiropractors have certainly had their say in all this. The fact is that chiropractors can do more to relieve chronic headaches than almost any medicine. As chiropractors, we believe that drugs can sometimes actually make the problem worse; and at best, they can have a negative effect on your overall health. Certainly, addiction is a growing concern in our society and it’s a huge problem. Among many of the wonderful benefits of chiropractic care, people can’t “abuse” it by becoming addicted to it, although you might get addicted in a good kind of way once you realize how good it makes you feel!
Headache Pain and Chiropractors = Relief
Headache pain is most often caused by stress or tension, sinus problems, and vascular constriction, which can cause migraines. There is also what is called cervicogenic headaches, which is just a fancy word for headaches that are caused from referred pain from a bone, muscle or nerve. Stress is a huge source of headaches since it causes tightness and tension around the eyes and in the neck. We are more stressed and over-worked than ever before, and our bodies can get so used to creating stress and tension headaches, that we don’t “break the habit” of them and therefore, we don’t heal ourselves as well as we should be able to.
Chiropractors are specially trained to help your spine stay aligned to keep pressure off the nerves and joints that could cause pain in other parts of your body. Chiropractic adjustments help the body to relax as it heals itself and the overall health of a person is greatly improved under chiropractic care. Your immune system and your entire central nervous system will function at peak performance, and this means that you will not only get relief from headaches, but you will also be able to fight off sickness and disease far better than you would otherwise. Chiropractors will tell you that your blood flow will be increased, along with your oxygen to your blood and this will serve to detoxify your body of sickness, as well as tension and stress, which can make you sick. Headache pain is almost always a symptom of other stress factors and can be treated quite successfully with regular visits to your chiropractor.
Drugs of any kind can have toxic side effects by their very nature, and if you are forced to use certain prescription drugs to treat problems you may have, you should use chiropractic care to help your body detoxify from the effects of those drugs. This will help you heal and get the benefit of the medicine, but the purifying benefits from keeping your spine aligned properly.
If you suffer from regular headaches, please contact us at 425-336-0712 or schedule an appointment to see how we can help you!
How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help My Fibromyalgia?
According to an article on fibromyalgia-symptoms.org, patients have been seeking chiropractic care increasingly often. The article states that “because fibromyalgia causes numerous tender points all over the body, many fibromyalgia patients suffer from back pain, neck pain, and leg cramps. In an attempt to solve these problems, many sufferers have looked to chiropractors. Because simple adjustments to the neck and spine can restore the carriage of the whole body, a lot of fibromyalgia sufferers find that alignments of the spine can significantly reduce pain all over their bodies.”
Many fibromyalgia patients suffer from a condition called upper cervical spinal stenosis. There have also been many studies that show that chiropractic treatment through spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and passive stretching improved patients’ cervical and lumbar ranges of motion, straight leg raise, and reported pain levels in some patients who suffer from FM.
Chiropractic treatment can relieve some of the pain, improve sleep and reduce fatigue that occurs in patients diagnosed with this type of pain. While there is currently no cure for Fibromyalgia (FM), the symptoms, including pain and tenderness in the neck and shoulders, headaches, muscle tension, leg cramps, numbness in the hands and feet, are such that patients can seek relief through chiropractic care and treatment.
Chiropractic care corrects misalignment of the spine and joints. Treatments such as massage therapy, rehabilitative therapy, spinal disc decompression, and other non-invasive techniques can help make fibromyalgia less painful over time for most patients. Chiropractic care is a safe, drug-free, cost effective treatment that helps to ease or even stop the pain you are experiencing from this chronic and debilitating condition.
If you have a nagging symptom, chronic condition, or are looking to improve your health and reach peak performance levels, today is the day to make an appointment for a chiropractic evaluation. And when you do, don’t just take the symptom treatment approach. Make the Critical Transition to Lifestyle Care so you can begin living your best life every day instead of wondering how your symptoms will disrupt your life down the road.
If someone you know is struggling with unresolved symptoms and they are ready for a more permanent solution, refer them to us. We’d be happy to meet with them and discuss how chiropractic may help them heal and live their ideal 100 Year Lifestyle too!
Chiropractic Care For Children
Did you know that an article of National Geographic focuses on the probability that some of today’s children will live to be 120 years old? According to a British Medical Journal, 50 percent of the babies born since the year 2000 are expected to live over the age of 100. Additional research is concerned that our current generation of children may be the first in recent history to see their life expectancy go down. So it makes sense to think about seeking professional chiropractic care for your children.
How can this be? Doesn’t it seem like a contradiction to see so many children living longer while their overall life expectancy goes down? The answer is sad yet simple in that the other 50 percent of children are expected to die younger and sicker than ever, not because of their genetics, but because of unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Think about the impact of a “drug first” philosophy. When your baby gets sick for the first time, you have a choice. If you do not have confidence in your child’s natural immune system, you might immediately panic and give your child a drug. In their toddler years when they get a cold or infection you may give them a drug right away so they won’t “suffer”. Each time they say they do not feel good, rather than rely on their body’s innate wisdom, do you call in a prescription or go to the store and get them an over-the-counter drug?
When your child is old enough to go to school, the teacher might inform you that they are struggling to concentrate or sit still. The child might be labeled and immediately given a drug.
What is the message that is constantly sent to a child under these “drug first” conditions? If a child is taught that they should take a drug every time they do not feel good, this drug-first behavior becomes conditioned. Is it any wonder that when this child has a minor ailment, does not make the team, or has a social conflict that they turn to drugs to “feel better?”
To ensure that your child has a healthier, more successful year, it is important to have their back aligned, balanced and on track.
Chiropractic Care for Children in Sports
Every activity affects the spine and nervous system. Contact sports, playing an instrument, sitting, studying, and paying attention in class are all important for a successful school year. They all require a healthy spine and nervous system. When your child is sitting in class listening to a teacher, they listen through their ears, process the information in their brain, and a signal is sent down their spine to their fingers so that they can write their notes which they will later study. If a child is playing an instrument, the instructor often tells them to sit up straight. They know that a healthy spine with good alignment and nerve supply is essential to performance in the classroom and activities.
When we watch our kids participating in sports, we often cringe at the intense beating their spine takes when they are hit by another person or twisted through their activities. Keeping their spine and nervous system aligned and balanced is crucial for them to be able to enjoy a healthy and successful year and have a healthy spine for a lifetime.
Children make 775,000 visits to the emergency room each year because of sports-related injuries. Every 2½ minutes a child is injured on a playground. 150,000 kids are treated in the emergency room for football injuries. These injuries are often accompanied by trauma to the child’s developing spine and nervous system.
Your health care philosophy is your choice. The 100 Year Lifestyle and chiropractic deliver an innate health care philosophy which is working for millions. It can also work for you and your family. Isn’t it time you begin trusting yourself and this innate philosophy and begin living the ‘super” healthy life that you and your children deserve? Chiropractic care can keep your child’s spine and nervous system healthy and ensure your child stays healthy longer.
You can schedule an appointment for your children for a spinal examination.
Whiplash Is An Acute Injury That Can Be Healed With Chiropractic Care
Acute injuries like whiplash, can occur from slips, falls, household chores, accidents, sports, trauma, car wrecks and work injuries to name a few. In extreme or life threatening cases, the injury could require the attention of paramedics or an emergency room physician and you should take this action step immediately.
However, many acute injuries such as strains, bruises, and whiplash can heal quickly with chiropractic care, which helps the body to heal itself. Getting the nerve system healthy is an important first step towards optimizing the healing process. If the acute injury has a nerve and spinal component, and this component is not addressed, acute injuries can become chronic and affect your health for a lifetime.
Whiplash Caused By Auto Accidents
Automobile accidents and work injuries can alter your life. Fortunately, and depending on the extent of your injuries, Chiropractic Crisis Care can give you the relief you need and stabilize your spine and your nerve system. Every accident victim, symptoms or not, should have their spine and nerve system examined.
Could the Pain I’m Feeling Be Whiplash?
Here are some indicators that you may be suffering from whiplash:
- Blurred vision
- Pain or Stiffness in your neck
- Pain in your arms
- Low Back Pain
It is important that you seek chiropractic care as soon as possible after an automobile accident. Without attention, you could be setting yourself up for long-term chronic pain. Don’t be fooled, the effects discomfort and pain from an accident doesn’t always immediately show up.
The Hidden Affects of Whiplash and Other Head Injuries in Sports
Just as concerning is the hidden tragedy that every head injury has the potential to also damage the neck. Since the primary focus at the time of a head injury is the head, the neck is very often overlooked. There are distinct signs of neck injury that can be found during an examination at the time of injury, as well as days, weeks, months and even years later. Due to the focus and pressure rising on concussions, the rapid forward-backward motion commonly known as whiplash has been swept under the rug, downplayed and often ignored. And yet, the vast majority of head injuries also have the mechanism to cause whiplash injuries as well.
The issues surrounding head injuries, including concussions, have never been a part of mainstream conversation more than they are right now. During football season, the reports of thousands of ex-NFL players suing their former league regarding their mental health have shaken the sport down to its youngest players. Recently, pee-wee football organizations have released new rules limiting contact during practices.
Schedule your appointment regardless of how you feel today, before your condition becomes more chronic than it is right now.