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How a Healthy Spine Can Help Avoid Autism

how-a-healthy-spine-can-help-avoid-autismWhen it comes to autism, the most commonly asked question is whether genetics or one’s environment plays the primary role in causing it. So far, research has confirmed that both can have a significant part in the development of autism. In 40% of cases, inherited genes have been shown to play a big role. But one thing to keep in mind is that during the months in utero while the fetus is developing and growing, the environment (such as nutrition, exposure to toxins, etc.) can affect the genetic details of the child and could trigger autism.

Children with autism are unable to process and understand their surroundings the way people normally do. It seems that a vital time of genetic development occurs somewhere in the 10-24 weeks period of gestation. This would be the time the possibility of autism being triggered would be the most likely. Another important window of time is anywhere from newborn up to age 6, during which multiple factors could influence the body and brain, leading to autism.

If the baby is unable to process his or her environment properly while in the womb, it could mean a delay of growth and slowed maturing. The outcome of this kind of situation could be stunted social functions in the future. What factors could cause this to happen? One of the major causes would be high experiences of stress on the mother of the baby. This could be from illness or an infection the mother experienced during pregnancy, particularly during the second and third trimesters, which are important times for the baby’s health.

How a Healthy Spine Can Help with Autism

An important factor when it comes to the health of baby and mom is having a properly functioning central nervous system and brainstem. This can be achieved and checked by reaching out to an upper cervical chiropractor for help. If the upper bones of the neck have a slight misalignment of even ¼ of a millimeter, it could interrupt the communication between the brain and the body because the misaligned vertebrae put pressure on the brainstem. This can also compromise the immune system. For individuals who have had a history of any type of head or neck trauma, it is highly recommended that they come in for an upper cervical examination. By having your spinal misalignment corrected, you will be taking an important step toward a happier and healthier mom and baby while reducing the risk of autism caused by spinal misalignment.

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a-new-option-for-treating-multiple-sclerosis-symptomsMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that is disabling and could develop in just about anyone at any time. An alarming amount of people are affected by this condition. For example, in America 400,000 people have been diagnosed with the condition, and one new person is added to the list every hour. Another surprising thing to know about MS is how much money is spent in medical costs – $10 billion! This does not include the additional personal costs for medical equipment, personal care assistants, lack of income because the person cannot work a full-time job, or alterations to the home to meet the needs created by the condition.

What Research Tells Us About Multiple Sclerosis

There is always new research being done, in search of definitive answers to help those suffering from MS. The more information is compiled, the more clearly that the general consensus appears to be that MS is related to an injury in the head or neck. In fact, Dr. Erin Elster conducted a study of 44 people who were diagnosed with MS. She administered a variety of testing methods to confirm whether there was truly a misalignment in the neck region of each patient. After being provided with specific adjustments to the upper cervical spine, 40 of the patients noticed measurable improvements and a stop in the progression of the disease while receiving care.

Providing Care for MS Patients in Redwood City, California

There are multiple kinds of events that can cause the onset of MS symptoms, and it usually depends on how the function of the nervous system is impacted. This could happen because of stress being placed on the brainstem from a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae. Function of the nervous system as well as communication and blood flow to and from the brain and body happens when this kind of misalignment occurs.

At Advanced Spinal Care, we use the NUCCA technique of upper cervical chiropractic care. Rather than apply force and pop the neck or spine, we encourage the bones to return to their proper place naturally. After these adjustments, many MS patients report a decrease in symptoms, or even a stop in the progression of the disease, as well as increased health overall.

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managing-chronic-migraines-in-redwood-city-californiaHow do you know if you are suffering from chronic migraines? You may have chronic migraines if the following characteristics describe you:

  • Previously diagnosed with migraines
  • Experiencing migraines 15 or more days in a month
  • Experiencing migraines that last four or more hours
  • Experiencing this kind of a migraine at least three months in a row

Understandably, people who are suffering from chronic migraines can often miss out on multiple events in their life. Everyday life occasions like school, work, and social time with family and friends are all affected. Upwards of 4 million people are diagnosed with chronic migraines, with women in the majority of those diagnosed. That is an immense number of people whose lives are being disrupted on a daily basis. What options are available for helping with this widespread problem?

What Doctors Suggest for Migraines

Primary care physicians or neurologists usually recommend that patients keep a journal of their headaches, including foods they ate and what they did prior to and after a migraine attack. By including all these details, it can become relatively clear what may be triggering and even causing the migraines. A few of the things that should be included in these types of journals are weather conditions, temperature, food and beverages consumed, and stress levels.

Oftentimes there are prescription drugs that can be used for treating the pain caused by migraines. The problem is that medications will many times also include unwanted side effects that could lead to more headaches when taken too frequently. As natural remedies have become more popular, people have begun to search for a more holistic approach to coping with migraine pain.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic’s Impact on Chronic Migraine Symptoms

A connection has been clearly established between a misalignment in the upper neck and migraine headaches. If you do have a misalignment in the vertebrae of your neck and you are suffering from chronic migraines, this could be the answer you have been looking for. Here’s why it works. The C1 and C2 vertebrae have the job of protecting the brainstem, which is important maintaining proper communication to and from the brain and body. When these bones are out of alignment, this delicate system no longer works well. Dysfunctions with communication, blood flow, and cerebrospinal fluid flow occur. All of these issues make for a perfect storm for migraines to happen. As soon as the misalignment is corrected using our gentle method, the body can begin to heal and once again return to optimal function. In many cases, this is enough to combat migraine pain with lasting results. If you’d like to know more about how upper cervical chiropractic care can serve you, contact us for a free consultation.

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the-risk-factors-of-fibromyalgia-symptoms-and-natural-care-optionsWhen you have fibromyalgia, pain is not your only symptom. This article will expand on the different representations of fibromyalgia, discuss a few of the common risk factors, and share a natural method of treatment that is unknown to most people.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

When suffering with fibromyalgia, these are some of the experiences you may be having:

  • Widespread pain and tenderness
  • Stiffness, especially in the morning
  • Fatigue
  • Irritable bowels
  • Numbness and tingling (especially in the hands and feet)
  • Cognitive problems (memory and concentration)
  • Insomnia
  • Depression and anxiety

There has been much research revealing a connection with many of these issues, to a breakdown in the body’s ability to process pain signals. This is why what would normally be moderate pain feels unusually more intense, as if the body were in the midst of an emergency situation.

Some people get fibromyalgia without any indications prior to its development. So what are some things that put a person at a higher risk of developing fibromyalgia?

What Puts You at Risk for Fibromyalgia

Here are a few factors that can mean a higher chance of a person getting this condition:

  • Being female – Women make up 90% of fibromyalgia cases, with the likelihood rising the closer they get to menopausal age.
  • A sedentary lifestyle – Having a sedentary lifestyle makes a person far more susceptible for musculoskeletal issues to develop.
  • Genes – Researchers have come to the belief that there several genetic markers that could predispose someone to the condition.  
  • Trauma – Fibromyalgia will often follow a head or neck trauma of some kind.

Natural Care for Fibromyalgia in Redwood City, California

Upper cervical chiropractic care has helped many patients who suffer from the symptoms of fibromyalgia. This type of chiropractic care focuses on the C1 and C2 vertebrae, which are key players in the health of brainstem function and optimal blood flow to the brain. Misalignments are a very common problem in this part of the spine, especially for anyone who has had a head or neck injury such as whiplash from a car accident, a sports injury, or any other kind of trauma that jars the head and neck. If a trauma like this happened prior to the development of fibromyalgia, then fixing the actual injury can result in major progress with the symptoms.

 

References:

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the-link-between-vertigo-and-head-and-neck-traumaVertigo is an unusual experience where you feel as though there is movement around you when there actually is none. For example, if you move your head suddenly and the room appears to be spinning, or if you have ever spun yourself around on a tire swing and stopped abruptly, only to continue feeling as though you are spinning, you have experienced vertigo. This condition is very common, and the false sensation of movement is due to a disruption of the role of the vestibular system in the inner ear (the most common cause) or the central nervous system (a less common cause). Vertigo in itself is not dangerous; however, the unpredictable attacks could happen while driving or standing on a high ledge, which could have serious outcomes.

There are not a lot of answers out there for patients struggling with vertigo, even from those in the medical industry. One relatively consistent thing about vertigo is that it often follows a trauma to the head or neck. The trauma might be from a car accident, sports injury, slip and fall, or any other type of accident that impacted the neck or head.

When the head or neck is injured, it is common that a misalignment to the upper cervical spine will happen. This part of the spine is connected to the systems that help with balance and spatial orientation. This area is so important that a neck misalignment can disrupt blood flow to the brain and the ears, making it a primary suspect when vertigo cases develop originating from both the ears and the central nervous system.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Brings Vertigo Relief

Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in identifying and treating misalignments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Our examination process uses diagnostic imaging to locate exactly where and to what degree a misalignment has occurred. Then we use gentle adjustments, designed specifically to the needs of each patient.

When the misalignment is corrected, many patients experience improvements in symptoms such as vertigo. In fact, the condition may completely go away. In a case study observing 300 people with vertigo due to Meniere’s disease, 97% of the patients saw a dramatic improvement in their symptoms. On average, an improvement that was greater than 90% was documented.

If you or someone you care for is suffering from vertigo, especially if you have had a head or neck trauma, come in to see us at Advanced Spinal Care. We would love to share more ways that upper cervical chiropractic care can help you.

 

References:

Burcon M., Cervical Specific Protocol and Results for 300 Meniere’s Patients, 6th International Symposium on Meniere’s Disease. Nov 2010.

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habits-to-avoid-to-keep-tmj-pain-awayThe temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is one of the most frequently used joints in the body. It is responsible for movements needed for eating, chewing, talking, yawning, and so on. This joint is designed similar to a hinge, connecting the jaw bone to the skull.  Issues in the function of this joint could be a result of a problem within the joint itself or with the muscles that power the joint’s movement. There are many characteristics that can be ascribed to issues with the TMJ such as popping or clicking in the joint, pain or tenderness in the jaw, ear aches, or difficulty chewing.

Habits that can be a factor in TMJ pain include the following:

  • Nail biting and gum chewing
  • Propping your head up with your hand on one side
  • Using your teeth for jobs they’re not meant for, like prying things that are difficult to open
  • Eating extremely hard or crunchy foods
  • Smoking cigarettes

Reducing some of these habits can bring relief for milder cases of temporomandibular joint dysfunction.  However, if avoiding these activities does not provide lasting relief, then they are probably not the root cause of your TMJ problems, and it is most likely necessary to further investigate the issue.

The Connection Between the Spine and the Jaw

The focus of upper cervical chiropractic care is on the alignment of the atlas vertebra which is located at the very top of the neck and is closely connected to the function of the jaw joint.  If the atlas moves out of alignment to even a slight degree, it can negatively affect the proper function of the jaw. Atlas misalignments can lead to the jaw pulling to one side due to unequal muscle tension on either side of the face.  This makes a person susceptible to pain, clicking, popping, or limitations in range of motion.

Atlas adjustments at Advanced Spinal Care are gentle and specific to exactly where the misalignment has occurred. The goal of our practice is to address the root cause of your TMJ pain and dysfunction using our natural methods. Correcting the atlas misalignment can restore proper balance and symmetry to the face and jaw joint, which means less pain and fewer issues related to temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

 

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tmj/home/ovc-20209398

https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/datastatistics/finddatabytopic/facialpain/prevalencetmjd.htm

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5-common-causes-of-neck-painNeck pain will affect nearly every person at some point in their life.  The different kinds of neck pain range from a dull ache to sharp, shooting pain that radiates down the arms and into the hands.  There are a few common causes of neck pain:

  • Muscle strain and tension
  • Injuries, such as whiplash
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Disc degeneration

No matter the reason for the neck pain, treating the symptoms of the problem will only provide short-term relief.  Searching for treatment that focuses on the root cause of the neck pain is necessary for any kind of long-term solution to occur.

Fixing the Source of the Neck Pain

Sometimes, relief from neck pain can come from something as simple as a hot shower or a massage.  However, when the neck pain is constant, or persistently returns every few days or weeks despite resolving for short spells of time, it becomes more urgent to find a lasting solution.  The neck is made up of 7 vertebrae. Many of them move and behave the same way, except for the top two. These two are the atlas and axis, which are designed to move uniquely from the rest because their purpose is to give the head most of its range of motion.  Due to the vast mobility of these vertebrae compared to the rest of the bones along the spine, they are more susceptible to misalignment.

Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the position of the atlas and axis and how they may be impacting the rest of the neck and spine’s overall health and alignment.  Any time the atlas misaligns, it causes dysfunction in the natural alignment of the spine as all the vertebrae beneath it must compensate for the incorrect position of the bones above.  As a result, the muscles strain, degeneration in the discs can begin, and a loss in the range of motion can happen. Fixing the atlas misalignment using gentle, specific upper cervical adjustments relieves the vertebrae below of unnecessary pressure. This will also allow the nerves in that area to be restored to their optimal function and health. As the body heals, neck and back pain can be resolved.

 

Reference:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/basics/definition/con-20028772

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opioids-could-prevent-full-recovery-for-fibromyalgia-patientsFibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects the entire body, immersing it in pain and other symptoms. It is very common to be prescribed opioids by a primary care physician for pain management for this condition. New research on chronic pain sufferers found evidence that this form of treatment may actually have negative effects in the long run.

The study followed about 13,000 older vets and watched their pain levels for 12 months. Over time, researchers observed that the severity of pain appeared to slowly decrease when patients were not taking opioids.

What Better Options Are There for Treating Fibromyalgia?

A few factors to recognize about the study was that not all of the participants had fibromyalgia, and there are times that dulling pain with medications is required to complete some necessary tasks. However, for a permanent solution for chronic pain, the research does show us that medication for the pain, especially when over used, can impede improvement. The question is, are there natural solutions for chronic pain management?

We recommend upper cervical chiropractic care, particularly if you have had a head or neck injury prior to your chronic pain. If the upper cervical spine shifts out of alignment, this can cause confusion within the body and brain’s communication of pain signals. The reason for this is that the uppermost vertebrae, the C1 and C2, encase the brainstem and protect the junction in which the spinal cord and brain meet.

At Advanced Spinal Care, we administer the NUCCA technique to examine, locate, and then gently correct these kinds of misalignments. The gentlest adjustment provides lasting corrections, which means more time for healing of the damage caused by the spinal disturbance. After this type of correction, many patients in studies show a lower intensity in pain levels and other fibromyalgia symptoms.

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a-natural-way-to-get-back-on-your-feet-after-a-concussionPost-concussion syndrome is associated with a variety of symptoms that could occur  after a head injury has taken place. The symptoms are a combination of physical and cognitive issues lasting long after they should have diminished.  In the days after a concussion, normal experiences consist of headaches, dizziness, sleep disturbances, and poor memory or concentration. For those with post-concussion syndrome, the symptoms stay for longer than normal, and will often increase in severity instead of improving over time.

The nervous system goes into a state of elevated awareness following a head injury.  The brain and nerve pathways that sense pain and are responsible for sensations of dizziness are more sensitive than usual. During this time, these signals, even mild ones, are amplified when received by the brain. Time normally brings with it healing and recovery for most injuries. However, if people have post-concussion syndrome, they stay stuck in in this state of heightened awareness, and it could even grow worse.

There is a potential solution for people suffering from these symptoms, even if its been weeks or years since their head trauma. Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in the care and details of the upper spine, which directly affects the central nervous system any time it is out of order.

At Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we understand that the nervous system pathways and their ability to function normally is related to correct alignment of the bones in the top part of the neck.  Often, the injury that has caused the concussion has also shifted the uppermost vertebrae in the neck. We use a gentle and precision adjustment technique that properly aligns the upper vertebrae and enables the body to continue in its natural healing process. Many of our concussion patients are able to experience relief from their symptoms after receiving our care.

 

REFERENCE SITE:

http://www.neurosymptoms.org/#/post-concussion-syndrome/4582101276

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what-is-the-difference-between-a-headache-and-a-migraineHaving a severe headache does not necessarily mean that you are experiencing a migraine. There different types of headaches that produce different levels and types of pain. In this article, we will discuss some of the more definitive signs of a migraine headache.

Migraines

An estimated 28 million US residents get migraines, according to the National Headache Foundation. Among those affected, most are women. This type of headache can be so excruciating that it interrupts a person’s ability to function in daily life. Here is a list of several migraine symptoms:

  • Moderate to severe throbbing and pounding head pain
  • The whole head can be affected, or the pain can shift from one side to the other
  • Sensitivity to noise, light, or odors
  • Blurry vision
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling very warm or very cold
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Seeing flashing lights, dots, or blind spots

Certain foods may trigger migraines. For example, chocolate, alcohol and caffeine have been known to trigger migraines in some people. Other culprits are skipping a meal, getting too little sleep, using tobacco or being stressed. The question is, what can be done for relief from migraines?

Care Options

Generally, the first place people turn to is their doctor, who normally prescribes a pain medication to take upon migraine onset. The problem is that many of these medications come with harmful side-effects, and they only manage the symptoms without resolving the underlying problem.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Migraines

Upper Cervical Chiropractors have a thorough knowledge of the how the spinal structure directly impacts the effectiveness of the central nervous system and how this may be a key to the origin of migraines in their patients. The upper neck is composed of the atlas and axis, two vertebra that house the brainstem. Any misalignment to this area can cause upsets to the brainstem, disrupting vital signals for the brain and body’s connection, causing migraine symptoms. With specialized training in this unique part of the spine, upper cervical chiropractors can correct these types of alignment issues with precision and very little pressure. Many patients report that their migraines become less frequent and milder, and some patients even report that their migraines have stopped completely.

References:

  1. Ferri, Fred MD. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2012 ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby; 2012.

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