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The Birthing Process Can Impact Your Baby’s Spine

the-birthing-process-can-impact-your-babys-spineThis is something we don’t often think about, but it is true that your baby’s spine can be damaged while undergoing the birthing process. While this is rare, it does happen.

How does your baby’s spine get damaged? Well, a few factors can contribute to this. For one thing, the position you lay in while giving birth can affect the baby. There are births in which the mother is pushing while the doctor is pulling, putting stress on the infant’s spine. Other methods used can have a negative effect on the baby:

  • Vacuum extraction
  • Cesarean section birth (C-section)
  • Forceps

Both forceps and vacuum extraction use 70 pounds of force to pull the baby out of the birth canal. A C-section involves pulling the baby out through a small incision.

Mothers often feel like they need some relief from the pain of childbirth and will ask for an epidural. Or a drug called Pitocin may be given to induce labor. It is important to realize that the further away from the natural birthing process you move, the more trauma and stresses your baby is experiencing.

Is Your Baby Hurting?

It may be hard to tell what is causing a baby to cry. If the normal things like feeding, changing diapers, and comforting them are not working, they may be suffering due to a sore neck. This is something for a professional to look into. Bringing them in to see us at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California can be a good place to start finding some answers.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Babies

Be reassured, misalignments in a baby’s spine are very rare. There are cases where they do happen, however. We will examine your baby to see if he or she has a misalignment in the bones of the upper neck. If so, we will use a very gentle method to realign it. It does not involve cracking or popping the spine or neck. In fact, it is so gentle the baby will not even realize it is being done. It is very important to get this corrected because spinal misalignments can be responsible for other health problems:

  • Colic
  • Acid reflux
  • Ear infections
  • SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
  • Other neurological conditions

By correcting the issue as soon as possible, your baby will start out life healthy and happy.

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back-pain-tips-for-alleviating-itAlmost everyone has had some sort of back pain in their life. From dull and achy constant pain to sharp and stabbing pain making it hard to move, back pain can really impact your life. Is there anything you can do to help alleviate or even avoid it?

Tips for Back Pain Relief

Your sleeping position. There are certain ways of sleeping that can either contribute to back pain or help relieve it. The absolute worst way to sleep is on your stomach. This results in your neck and spine being in an awkward position because the head is forced to be turned to one side for a long time.

The best way to sleep is to lie flat on your back with a proper pillow supporting the curve of your neck. This reduces the pressure from the top of your spine to the lower back.

Side sleeping comes somewhere in the middle of really bad and really good. If you sleep best on your side, it is important for you to put a pillow between your knees. This helps relieve stress on your lower back and keeps the spine in proper alignment.

Exercise. Exercise is very important to alleviate back pain. If you must sit for long periods of time for work, the back is under constant stress, and back pain may occur. Doing something you enjoy will help you keep with it. Some suggestions are Pilates, swimming, bike riding, or walking. It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you do something. Just be sure not to overdo it. Take things slowly, especially when you are beginning.

Keeping Your Spine Healthy to Reduce Back Pain

Another good suggestion to keep the spine healthy is to have appointments regularly at your local upper cervical chiropractic office. The pain you are experiencing may be due to a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine, particularly the top two bones. If a misalignment occurs here, the entire back compensates by twisting and moving, affecting and irritating the tissue and muscles of the back. By correcting these issues, back pain may improve or go away completely.

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autism-one-girls-story-and-positive-outcomeAutism does not discriminate. It can affect anyone at any time, no matter their race, social standing, or where they live. In fact, 1 out of every 68 children get autism and is found more often in boys than in girls. If you are a parent, the last thing you want to hear is that your child has been diagnosed with autism. But, don’t lose hope. There are many successful stories of children with autism greatly improving after receiving care from an upper cervical chiropractor. Let’s look at just one example.

One Girl’s Experience with Autism

A 3-year-old girl was suffering from headaches and other issues. She was experiencing epilepsy, behavioral problems, acid reflux, vomiting, developmental delays, and problems getting sleep. She had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder after she met 5 of the criteria in the Modified Checklist for Autism. Her mother decided to bring her to see an upper cervical chiropractor in order to try to improve her condition.

Her medical history stated she was born prematurely weighing only 2 pounds, 5 ounces. She was born at 28 weeks and had to remain in the hospital ICU for 6 weeks. She came home using oxygen because she was diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Upon examination by the chiropractor, it was discovered that she had tenderness in her neck and spine area. It was determined that she did have a misalignment in the bones of her upper neck. The chiropractor gave her an adjustment and within 10 days her parents noticed a big improvement in her head pain, posture, bowel movements, behavioral issues, and eating habits. After 24 days, her parents described her as still making major progress. After 244 days, her parents very gladly reported the majority of her symptoms were gone and she was much more verbal. She was showing no evidence of a relapse.

How Does Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Help?

By correcting a misalignment in the upper neck, the stress being put on the brainstem is relieved. This is often all that is needed to see an end to symptoms of autism and other behavioral issues.

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menieres-disease-the-underlying-cause-and-how-to-find-helpMeniere’s disease is a condition of the inner ear brought on by the buildup of too much endolymph fluid. It has the following symptoms:

  • Vertigo: the sensation that you or the things around you are spinning

  • Tinnitus: a ringing or hissing noise in the ears

  • Hearing loss: can become permanent of not cared for properly

  • A feeling of congestion or fullness: usually only one ear is affected

Those in the age range of 20 to 50 years are most often impacted. However, anyone at any time can be afflicted with Meniere’s disease.

What Causes Meniere’s?

It seems as if the buildup of fluid is the main reason that Meniere’s happens. The minute, hair-like sensors inside the ear operate in conjunction with the endolymph fluid to relay messages to the brain about what is taking place in the body. If something changes, pressure, chemical make-up, or volume, the inner ear is unable to function properly. This can lead to Meniere’s disease. Some reasons this may come about can be linked to the following factors:

  • A virus

  • Immune system malfunction

  • A blockage in the ear or an abnormality of the ear’s structure

  • Genetics

  • Migraines

  • Allergies

  • Trauma to the head or neck

Triggers for Meniere’s Disease

There are some influences that can bring about an episode of Meniere’s disease or even make it worse. The following are good things to avoid if you have Meniere’s disease:

  • Caffeine

  • Allergens

  • Alcohol

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco

  • Too much salt (encourages water retention)

  • Head and neck trauma

How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps Meniere’s Disease

Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we will examine your neck to see if either the C1 or C2 vertebra has moved out of alignment. This has been seen to cause Meniere’s disease. This type of misalignment impacts the brainstem and causes it to send false signals to the brain. By using a gentle method to realign the bone causing the problem, many patients see an improvement in or an end to Meniere’s disease.

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neck-pain-which-is-better-ice-or-heatIt seems as if almost everyone has had some experience with neck pain at one time or another. It might be from the way you slept the night before, the aging process, overusing your muscles, or an accident of some sort. No matter the cause, the end result is often pain and stiffness. So, is it a good idea to apply heat or ice to the sore area?

Heat or Ice for Neck Pain?

Ice: This is a good place to start. Ice is recommended for the first 24 to 48 hours. New injuries tend to be hot and swollen. Icing can help reduce the pain from the body’s natural response to injury: inflammation. Icing the area helps calm the tissues down. This is vital in the first stage of the healing process.

Heat: Heat is the next step in the process. It is good for relieving chronic muscle aches and stiffness. This is also appropriate if you have had a long day at work, and your neck muscles feel sore and achy. Heat can bring some well-needed relief.

Both heat and ice can play a vital role in your recovery. However, you may get to the point of needing professional help. If heat and ice do not give you the relief you need, you may consider visiting us here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain

The neck is made up of seven vertebrae surrounded by ligaments, muscles, and tendons to stabilize and move the neck. Any of these can become irritated and inflamed. The atlas bone — the top bone of the spine — is the most freely moveable bone of the spine, allowing the head to move in various directions. The atlas also protects the delicate brainstem. If it becomes misaligned due to some type of head or neck trauma, neck pain can result.

We use a gentle method to help the atlas bone realign more naturally than using force to pop or crack the neck or spine. This technique encourages the bone to move back into place, often leading to relief for those suffering from neck pain.

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migraines-chemical-imbalances-play-a-roleMigraines are becoming more and more common. Whether it is the fast pace of life or the amount of stress people are dealing with, migraines are on the rise. They are the third most prevalent illness worldwide. Migraines often begin during puberty. They affect women 3 times more often than men, and as many as 39 million adults in the United States are diagnosed with migraines.

Seeking care from your family physician may result in a number of tests being conducted to see why your migraines are occurring. The physician might suggest trying an over-the-counter medication or might give you a prescription for something stronger. However, the current trend is for people to seek more natural means for caring for their health problems, migraines included, so as to avoid the dangerous side effects of medications.

Migraines Result from Chemical Imbalances

Scanning the brains of those who experience migraines has revealed some interesting information. Australian researchers discovered that patients who have migraines also have an increased amount of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in their brains in comparison with the brains of those who do not have migraines. GABA is responsible for how the brain understands and processes pain by hindering the nervous system. This information can help to determine who might experience migraines versus who might not; however, it does nothing to solve the existing problem. To do that, we need to examine the underlying issue.

Relief for Migraines the Natural Way

An underlying cause of migraines has been linked to a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine. A tiny misalignment, even as small as ¼ of a millimeter, can result in the brainstem not functioning as it should. It puts the brainstem under stress, causing it to send improper signals to the brain. In addition, the arteries can also be affected and might not deliver the proper flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. This can lead to migraines.

Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we use a gentle method to encourage the misaligned bones to move back into place. This often results in relief for those with migraines.

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fibromyalgia-a-possible-cause-and-a-probable-solutionFibromyalgia (FM) brings about pain and suffering for the people dealing with it. Their main concern becomes how they can cope with it the best way possible. FM affects you both physically and psychologically. It remains a mystery among those in the medical field. As many as 5 million people are known to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It is most commonly known for the following symptoms:

  • Widespread pain throughout the body
  • Extreme fatigue
  • The inability to get a good night’s rest
  • Improper pain processing by the brain

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

It has been observed that FM often comes on after a traumatic event, such as surgery, physical trauma, psychological stress, or a severe infection. While this is not true in every situation, it has been seen to be a triggering factor. Some have their symptoms just begin and progress slowly over time. Researchers are continuing to discover more and more interesting facts as time goes by. Especially interesting is how the brain of those with FM seems to not process pain in the same way as those without. For some reason, the brain of FM sufferers intensifies the pain signals. Is there anything that can bring relief?

Relief for Fibromyalgia

By seeking care for your family doctor, he or she may prescribe some type of medication to care for your individual symptoms. Adding relaxation methods and mild exercise into your daily routine have been seen to help. However, to care for the underlying cause by using a natural method, a visit to us here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is a good place to begin.

The C1 and C2 vertebrae have the important job of protecting the brainstem and, in turn, keeping the nervous system functioning properly. However, if they move out of place due to injury or trauma to the head or neck, they can put the brainstem under stress, causing it to send improper signals to the brain. For example, if the brainstem tells the brain the body is in a lot of pain, but it is really not, fibromyalgia can be the end result.

We use a gentle method to realign the bones and restore proper communication throughout the body possibly, leading to relief of fibromyalgia.

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post-concussion-syndrome-occurs-after-mild-head-traumaPost-concussion syndrome (PCS) comes about after enduring a head trauma. It may surprise you to learn that the injury does not have to be major to cause PCS. As many as 2 million people in the United States have head injuries every year, and 85 percent are considered minor injuries. Doctors may diagnose you with post-concussion syndrome if you have very severe symptoms. But, it is important to recognize that even mild traumas can lead to major problems later in life if not properly cared for. If you have been in an accident or endured some kind of head trauma and are beginning to experience health problems, even if it was many years ago, you may have PCS.

The following are common symptoms of post-concussion syndrome:

  • Dizziness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Tingling in the legs or arms
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Muscle strain
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Visual problems
  • Irritability
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Abnormal headaches or migraines

Finding Relief for Post-Concussion Syndrome

If you or someone you love has endured any type of head or neck injury, it is a good idea to seek the care of a professional. After emergency care is finished, a good second step is to make an appointment to see an upper cervical chiropractor, such as those here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California.

We know the importance of the proper alignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. If these bones are misaligned by even a quarter of a millimeter, the entire body can suffer the consequences. These bones often move out of place if one suffers a blow to the head or a vehicle accident. They are often the reasons for the symptoms of PCS. This is because a misalignment here puts the brainstem under stress. The brainstem has the vital job of making sure the following things are functioning properly:

  • Breathing
  • Swallowing
  • Digestion
  • Balance
  • Movement
  • Hearing

Using a gentle precise method, we encourage these bones to move back into place naturally. This often leads to a reduction or elimination of PCS symptoms.

 

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low-back-pain-where-does-it-originate-and-can-it-be-helpedLow back pain can be distressing and uncomfortable, even intruding on your everyday life. If the pain radiates through the hips, buttocks, and down the back of your leg, you probably are suffering from sciatica. The sciatic nerve is about the size of the small finger, making it the largest nerve in the entire body. It is made up of nerve roots that come from the spinal cord in the low back.

Low back pain due to sciatica can be blamed on a problem with the discs of the low back, putting stress on the sciatic nerve. It can also be attributed to arthritis in the low back and bone spurs. For sciatica, the focus is usually on relieving the symptoms and doing particular exercises to relieve the pain. Some people resort to anti-inflammatories or use ice on the sore spots. This is good to provide temporary relief; however, for a lasting solution, the root cause must be addressed.

How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Can Help Low Back Pain

You may not even realize it, but if your upper neck is out of alignment, you may begin to notice more problems with low back pain and sciatica. This is because the alignment of these bones determines the posture for the rest of the spine. The atlas (C1) is located at the top of the neck and supports your head. If it moves out of place, even slightly, the entire spine compensates by twisting and shifting. This leads to spasms and unequal muscle tension and will eventually cause issues with the muscles and bones of the lower back.

Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we use a method that is precise and gentle to realign the upper neck bones. We are not required to pop or crack the neck or spine to get positive results. Rather, the bones realign more naturally, allowing the muscles to heal and the pressure on the vertebrae of the low back to be relieved. This often leads to a reduction in the symptoms of low back pain and sciatica.

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reasons-for-vertigo-and-how-to-naturally-relieve-itVertigo can be very disabling. It is the feeling that you or the things around you are moving when they are actually standing still. It always has a rotational component to it. The vestibular system is the part of the body that is responsible for maintaining your balance. Therefore, if something is not working properly in your vestibular system, you may experience vertigo. Vertigo can be temporary (happening once and then never again) or more severe (lasting longer and leading to more complications).

There are some health conditions that can cause the vestibular system to malfunction:

  • Meniere’s disease: This involves the inner ear and is known for tinnitus (ringing in the ear), a feeling of fullness in the ear, and temporary hearing loss that may become permanent over time.
  • Labyrinthitis: This is swelling of the inner ear often brought about by an infection, such as the flu or a respiratory illness, resulting in irritation of the ear. Hearing loss may result too.
  • Vestibular Neuronitis: The vestibular nerve runs through the inner ear and is responsible for letting the brain know when you are in motion. If it becomes inflamed, the messages become distorted, causing you to feel as if you are moving when you are actually being still.
  • BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo): If you stand up too fast or move your head quickly and feel dizziness, you probably are suffering from BPPV. This can also come about after an accident or while playing sports.

Natural Relief for Vertigo

No matter what the reason for your vertigo may be, a visit to us here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California might be just the answer you are looking for. Vertigo has been linked to a misaligned bone in the upper cervical spine. A misalignment here puts undue pressure on the brainstem and can cause the problems associated with vertigo.

We use a gentle method to realign the bones of the neck and restore proper communication throughout the body. This is often all that is required to see a reduction in the symptoms of vertigo. Some see it go away entirely.

To schedule a complimentary consultation call our Redwood City office at 650-595-0500 You can also click the button below.

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