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The Role of the Cerebellum in the Development of Autism

Autism, Autistic, Healthy SpineThe cerebellum is located at the lower back of the brain and has the responsibility of controlling motor skills. For signals to reach the neocortex – the largest part of the brain – they must first go through the cerebellum as it also is in charge of processing external and internal information. One can come to the conclusion that if the cerebellum is damaged, signals going to the brain will be distorted or confused.

In order for children to grow and perceive the world around them, proper messages must reach the brain. If the cerebellum has endured injury, the child will not receive the right signals about surrounding stimuli. Growth and maturity, therefore, may not develop at the normal rate. Other parts of the brain also become hindered from developing and growing in the correct way, referred to as developmental diaschisis. This explains why children with autism often have difficulty with verbally expressing themselves.

How Upper Cervical Care Helps with Autism

The central nervous system must be functioning at its best to help a child diagnosed with autism. S=Via the nervous system, signals are sent to vital body organs to help them work properly. This system of communication must remain unhindered.

If a misalignment has occurred in one of the top bones of the neck, communication can be delayed. This type of misalignment might occur during childbirth, as a result of a fall, or from any kind of head or neck injury. The way that a child interprets the world and processes information may thus be changed.

Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, CAlifrnia, we strive to help children with autism restore the communication process in their body. We do this by using a gentle method to realign the bones of the neck that does require us to pop or crack the spine. Once communication is restored to normal, the negative effects of cerebellar dysfunction may begin to heal, leading to a positive outcome.

 

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Multiple Sclerosis, MS, Extreme tiredness, Dizzy, Dizziness, Weak, Fog, Sclerosis, demyelinating, myelinA diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can leave one feeling scared and confused. It is a little-understood condition of the autoimmune system affecting the central nervous system. The body actually begins to attack itself. Brain tissue is targeted leading to scarring. Those afflicted with MS are generally women between the ages of 20 to 40 years. Since 1991, the prevalence of MS has risen 50%.

Researchers are constantly seeking ways to help patients alleviate MS. In Australia, for example, they have come up with a drug to help fight inflammation in the brain of an MS sufferer. What is involved? Injecting a genetically engineered molecule into the blood and allowing it to decrease inflammation in the brain. Perhaps you are looking for a less invasive way to deal with symptoms.

A Less Invasive Approach to Multiple Sclerosis

The inventor of the upright MRI, Dr. R. Damadian, has done a number of tests involving this machine and patients suffering from MS. The most remarkable thing he noted was that those with MS often also had a misalignment in the bones of the upper neck that hindered cerebrospinal fluid drainage.  

Here at our Redwood City, California practice, we take this information seriously. We understand the intricate link between the proper alignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae and the overall health of a person. We closely examine the neck using tools and technology to help us to find the exact location of the misalignment. We then use a very gentle method to move these bones back into place without cracking the spine or neck. By realigning these bones, cerebrospinal fluid flow can be restored to normal. This leads to a natural decrease in inflammation and, in turn, many patients see an improvement in the symptoms of MS. This is a cost-effective, non-invasive, safe way to get help for multiple sclerosis that just may give one the relief he or she is seeking.

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefThose suffering from migraines often do not realize that there are certain things they can personally do to get some relief from the pain. Let’s take a look at a few of these.

Being Emotionally Healthy and Happy

Managing stress is important when trying to avoid a migraine attack. This may be easier said than done. However, some have fought and won the battle by finding enjoyment in some of the following activities:

  • Taking a relaxing walk
  • Stretching the muscles
  • Reading a good book
  • Growing flowers or vegetables
  • Taking time to stop and think, meditating on happy things
  • Exercising creativity and making something beautiful

Finding a hobby or activity that can bring one pleasure without stress is vital to managing frustrations in one’s life. If a person finds it too difficult to do on his own, there is no shame in consulting a trusted friend or a counselor. A different viewpoint can often help a person know where to look for more peace in life.

Live a Healthy Life

It is vital to develop and then maintain healthy habits. They go a long way in helping one feel better overall. What are some of these?

  • Keep a regular exercise routine.
  • Manage stress levels.
  • Sleep soundly – Getting  7 to 8 hours of sleep per night is vital, and going to sleep at the same time helps maintain a good bedtime routine.
  • Eat well and on time – Eating regularly helps keep blood sugar level, while a healthy diet combats migraine attacks.

An Important Way to Keep Migraines at Bay

Something often overlooked is regular check-ups by an upper cervical chiropractor. At Advanced Spinal Care, we examine the bones of the upper neck for tiny misalignments, as these are often the underlying cause of migraines. We then use a gentle method to help the bones move into place naturally rather than popping or forcing them. This helps the spine to stay in place longer and may result in reduced pain. This is a vital element of care that should be a top priority in the fight against migraines.

 

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Neck Pain, Neck Ache, Neck Injury, Neck Trauma, Neck Alignment, text neck, texting When one receives a blow to the head, it may result in experiencing a concussion. If symptoms do not go away after a few days, the patient may be suffering from post-concussion syndrome. This is usually due to someone having repeated trauma to the head or neck, such as occurs with those who play contact sports. A dangerous condition can ensue when one suffers from repeated concussions referred to as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Sadly, this is not able to be officially diagnosed until an autopsy is performed.

Does CTE Really Exist?

There is much debate whether or not CTE actually exists. An article reported on in the Chicago Sun-Times took a look at two opposing positions.

Robert Stern, from Boston University, noted the leading experts around the world do not question the existence of CTE. He pointed to a number of studies that have been conducted analyzing the brains of 85 people who had died. Out of these 85, 64 were athletes who were involved in sports the caused repeated brain trauma. It was pointed out 68 out of the 85 showed signs of CTE and the degeneration that accompanies it.

From the opposite viewpoint, Christopher Randolph said the study showed only that something was changed in the brains of these people, and it had uncertain clinical significance. This, he states, does not prove CTE exists, and more studies must be done to confirm it.

What can we learn from this? Even though researchers do not agree entirely, what they do acknowledge is that repeated blows to the head and neck put one at further risk for damage to the brain.

Taking Care of Concussions

If one has suspicions that a concussion has occurred, or if a serious blow to the head or neck has happened, one of the best sources to seek care is from an upper cervical chiropractor. Here at our Redwood City, California practice, we examine a patient’s neck for damage and work to correct it quickly and gently so damage does not progress. Once the misalignment is corrected, a person can have peace of mind, knowing that the best care possible is being administered.

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Lower Back Pain, Lower Back, Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, Tingling, Sciatica Pain Relief, Sciatica, injury, back injury, work injury, Disc Herniation, Disc Herniation Relief, Posture, Proper Posture, Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Back Ache, Lower Back Pain, Lower Back Pain ReliefLower back pain is very common. It seems as if almost everyone has a bout of it at one time or another. In some cases, it may lead to sciatica – pain that radiates from the lower back through the hips, buttocks, and down one leg. The cause of this is the sciatic nerve, one of the largest in the body, being irritated or pinched. In recent years, it has been noted that approximately $80 billion is spent on medicine, gadgets, support belts, shoe inserts, and similar items to relieve lower back pain.

It may sound a little strange, but may cases of lower back pain are connected to a misalignment of the bones of the upper neck. The C1 and C2 vertebrae are quite different from the other vertebrae of the spine. They are able to move freely without interlocking joints. While this is good when it comes to the range of motion for the neck and head, it also puts them at risk for being able to move out of place easily. A misalignment at this vital location can cause the rest of the spine to compensate by shifting and readjusting. A common result is lower back pain because this is where the greatest compensations take place. No matter what is done to the lower back, unless the underlying cause in the neck is addressed, pain levels may not improve, or pain may stop but then return.

Finding Natural Relief for Lower Back Pain in Redwood City, California

At our upper cervical chiropractic practice, we recognize that a healthy upper cervical spine is vital to the overall health of our patients. We look closely at one’s posture to see just how the head is aligned with the rest of the body, and we also use specialized x-rays to help us find the exact location of the problem in the neck. Once this is determined, we use a very gentle amount of pressure to a specific area of the neck to help the bones to realign on their own. Once the head is realigned over the spine, muscle tension and nerve irritation can clear up. This is often all that is needed to help patients find some relief from lower back pain. Some see it go away completely.
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Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue, Always Tired, Tired, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CFS, Fibromyalgia Relief, Chronic Fatigue ReliefFibromyalgia, while gaining more and more prevalence, still remains a mystery among the medical community. Those suffering hope that the money and time going into studying this condition will eventually lead to a satisfying answer for their pain. One recent study observed those with fibromyalgia and noted that the way they perceive touch is different from those without fibromyalgia. While this may seem insignificant, there is a definite connection between this and the chronic pain that fibromyalgia patients cope with.

Approximately 5 million people in American over the age of 18 have fibromyalgia. Out of this number, up to 90% are women. Some common symptoms of fibromyalgia are:

  • Chronic, widespread pain
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems
  • Fibro fog – problems with memory and cognitive issues
  • Irregular sleep

Interestingly, the common thread among these problems is they are all controlled by the central nervous system.

Fibromyalgia – Connected to the Central Nervous System

The central nervous system is responsible for processing all sensations of the body. In those who suffer from fibromyalgia, signals about touch and pain are incorrect when they reach the brain, meaning that even soft, non-painful stimuli can be perceived by the brain as painful.

Here at our Redwood City, California practice, we work to help our patients have a better functioning central nervous system. We accomplish this by correcting any misalignments found in the top two bones of the neck. The C1 and C2 vertebrae have the special job of protecting the brainstem. However, if they become misaligned due to damage or trauma to the head or neck, they can actually put pressure on the brainstem, causing it to malfunction. In turn, the brainstem sends improper signals to the brain about pain sensations.

We use a very gentle method to encourage these bones to move back into place. It does not inflict further pain on one who is already coping with chronic pain. Many of our patients have reported improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms.  

 

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Seizures, Seizures Relief, Grand Mal, Absence, Atonic, Tonic, Clonic, Myoclonic One may be concerned that if he has one seizure, he will continue to have them throughout the rest of his life. This is not necessarily the case. Out of every 10 people, 1 will have a seizure and never have another. Often it depends on why the seizure occurred. This brings about a question to ponder: Is it wise to begin taking medication immediately after only one seizure?

Because seizures have no understood cause and are so hard to care for, this is not an easy question to answer. Doctors, as well as patients, find that the correct course of help for seizures is sometimes impossible to decide upon. There are a variety of seizures such as:

  • Clonic: Repeated jerking movements
  • Myoclonic: Occasional jerking movements
  • Absence: Briefly losing consciousness
  • Grand mal: Unconscious, convulsions, stiff muscles
  • Atonic: Losing muscle tone
  • Tonic: Stiff and rigid muscles

 

Finding Answers to Help with Seizures

It seems as if more and more people are trending towards wanting natural solutions to their health problems. One area that offers patients this type of care is that of upper cervical chiropractic. Here at Advanced Spinal Care, we take an alternative approach to helping patients cope with seizures. By using the latest technology to examine the atlas bone—the C1 vertebra—we can determine whether or not it is misaligned. A misalignment in this area of the body can be placing pressure on the brainstem and, in turn, keeping the central nervous system from functioning properly.

During a recent study, patients having more than one seizure were observed. After receiving upper cervical chiropractic adjustments to their atlas, it was noted that their seizures stopped. Using a gentle adjustment, the atlas bone is moved back into place, restoring communication and blood flow in the body. This is often all that is needed to see an improvement in or the end of seizure activity.

 

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gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, heartburn, throat, stomach, lower esophageal sphincter, LES, smoking, weight, stomach acid, proton pump inhibitors, antacids, scarring, cancer, endoscopy, upper GIAcid reflux is a horrible condition to live with. The journal Circulation printed an article informing consumers about medications provided to care for this problem. It noted that protein pump inhibitors (PPIs) could cause one’s blood vessels to narrow, possibly leading to high blood pressure and weakening the heart. PPIs include such popular drugs as Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium.

Surprisingly, 1 out of every 14 people in American takes one of these drugs, causing sales to run as high as $13 million in a single year. They rank as the third most-taken drug in the USA. While these medications are necessary for some, others may want to consider looking into a more natural solution for acid reflux. Before discussing that, let’s take a look at why reflux occurs.

Why Does Acid Reflux Happen?

It may sound strange, but research reveals acid reflux may be due to a previous head or neck trauma. Things such as trauma at birth, tripping and falling, car accidents, sporting injuries, and similar type traumas may be behind the onset of acid reflux.

This is due to the fact that the bones of the upper neck protect the brainstem. If an injury has caused these bones to move out of place, they can stress the brainstem causing improper signals to be sent between the brain and the rest of the nervous system.

The result is that there may be less nerve supply to the lower esophageal sphincter muscle than needed for it to function properly, creating acid reflux. This was discovered by Dr. G. Gutmann back in the 1960s and has been the topic of modern day research as well.

Finding Drug-Free Help for Acid Reflux

If a misalignment of the upper neck is responsible for acid reflux, then it would make sense that fixing the misalignment would correct the issue. This is where upper cervical chiropractic comes into play. Our focus is on finding and then correcting any misalignments in this sensitive part of the body. These low force corrections have helped many to experience better health overall. By using a gentle method, adjustments are long-lasting, thus potentially providing a cost-effective alternative to medication.  

 

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Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue, Always Tired, Tired, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CFS, Fibromyalgia Relief, Chronic Fatigue ReliefThere are usually two hallmark symptoms associated with fibromyalgia – widespread pain or tenderness and extreme fatigue.  Disturbances in sleep might even lead to a vicious cycle of experiencing more pain, which in turn leads to poorer and poorer sleep.  There are a few things you can incorporate into your daily routine to help with the fatigue and sleep issues associated with fibromyalgia:

  • Keep your bedroom dark and cool.  This will provide an optimal environment for sleep.  Sometimes even the light from your cell phone or digital alarm clock can be enough to disturb the natural sleep cycle.
  • Try a warm bath before bed.  This will help you wind down at the end of the day, and can also benefit tender, achy muscles.
  • Avoid naps during the day if possible.  Sleeping later in the afternoon can interfere with your nighttime sleep schedule.  If a nap is unavoidable, be sure to set an alarm for between 15 minutes and 1 hour.
  • Keep the same sleep habits, even on weekends or days off.  Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day can help improve the quality of your sleep.

Getting more and better-quality sleep can help to ease the other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.

Finding Fibromyalgia Relief with Upper Cervical Chiropractic

The more that is understood about fibromyalgia, the more it points to being a condition that involves the nervous system.  The brain, brainstem, spinal cord, and nerves in your body all play an important role in pain sensation and regulation of sleep cycles.  When the nervous system isn’t functioning as it was designed to, it can lead to many chronic health conditions, fibromyalgia included.

Upper cervical chiropractic care seeks to optimize the function of the central nervous system by removing any pressure from the brainstem cause by an atlas misalignment.  The atlas is the uppermost vertebra in the neck and, being the most freely movable one, can easily misalign.  Even a slight shift from normal position can be enough to distort signals traveling via the brainstem between the brain and body.  We gently correct atlas misalignments so that your body can function as it was created to.  When the brain and body are able to communicate properly, health can be restored naturally.

 

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Vertigo Relief, Dizziness Relief, Dizzy, Meniere’s Disease Relief, Disequilibrium, Vertigo, Dizziness, Meniere’s , Meniere’s Disease, endolymphatic hydrops, hydrops, SEH, BPPV, fullness, swollen ear, painful earIt may be hard to believe, but vertigo affects 40% of people over the age of 40. Vertigo has been described as a sensation that the person or the things around the person are spinning or otherwise moving. It may only last a few minutes or as long as a few hours at a time. The latter can indicate a more serious condition may be to blame, such as migraines or Meniere’s disease.

Why Trauma Causes Chronic Vertigo

A link has been noted between head and neck trauma and the onset of vertigo. This can be attributed to such things as a concussion, whiplash, or a trip and fall, often resulting in a misalignment in the C1 (atlas) or C2 (axis) vertebra. Why is this so serious?

The brainstem, the communication superhighway of the body, lies in this area at the base of the skull. If a misalignment is present, it can lead to pressure being placed upon the brainstem. Another problem that may ensue is a restriction of proper blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow to and from the brain. The vestibulocochlear nerve – the one responsible for sending signals about where the body is located in its environment – may also be affected. All of these problems set up the perfect conditions for vertigo to occur.

Finding Vertigo Relief in Redwood City, California

A case study observed 60 vertigo patients after they received the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. Out of the 60 participants, 48 reported a total remission in vertigo symptoms after less than 6 months of care. The remaining patients saw a decrease in the severity of symptoms and frequency of attacks. Interestingly, 56 of these recalled having previous neck or head injuries, such as horseback riding injuries, slipping and falling, or automobile accidents.

Here at Advanced Spinal Care, we use a gentle, precise method to encourage the neck bones to move back into their proper position. Once this is done, patients often report seeing similar results to those in the study noted above.

 

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