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How Advanced Spinal Care Is Helping Fibromyalgia Patients

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.  

 

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.

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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.

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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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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 ReliefSciatica is an irritation of the sciatic nerve located in the lower region of the back. It is known for:

  • Hip pain
  • Tingling and numbness in the legs
  • Pain in the lower back and down the affected leg

It may seem strange, but the actual cause of sciatica may be located much higher in the spine. In fact, it can be due to a misalignment of the upper neck. The entire spine works as a unit. Therefore, a problem in one area can affect another area.

The top bones of the neck – the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) – are easily misaligned due to their range of motion. It only takes a misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter to throw off the entire balance of the spine affecting the shoulders, hips, lower back, and overall posture. This may create an irritation with the sciatic nerve located near the hips. The best way to correct this problem is to address the underlying misalignment.

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Caring for Sciatica Naturally

Medication is often the go-to answer for pain relief. While this may offer some comfort to the one suffering, it is not the end-all answer. Medication may also be accompanied by unwanted side effects and is not helpful in every case. To deal effectively with the pain of sciatica, one must address the root cause.

Advanced Spinal Care, we first examine the neck to find out whether or not the problem is being caused by a misalignment in this sensitive area. If so, we use a gentle method that encourages the bones to move back into place without popping or cracking the spine or neck. Once the adjustment is provided, the body begins to repair the damage. This may correct the irritation that was being put on the sciatic nerve and can decrease or even eliminate the pain of sciatica.
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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefFor some, headaches come and go. They may not recur for a few days or even months. However, there are others who have headaches on an almost daily basis. If one has headaches for more than 15 days during a 30-day period, this is considered a chronic headache condition. These headaches can be put into subcategories:

  • Chronic tension headaches
  • Hemicrania continua – headaches affecting one side of the head and face
  • Chronic migraine
  • Medication overuse or rebound headaches

Many wonder if headaches that occur so often can have any negative effect on the brain. Unfortunately, the answer to this is yes. Research has proven that those with chronic headaches and migraines have changes in the tissue of the brain when compared to those without a headache condition. Over a long period of time, loss of brain tissue is noted.

Researchers have not been able to pinpoint an exact cause for why brain tissue is lost with both migraines and chronic headaches. Thus, they are continuing to research this matter.

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What Is the Difference Between a Migraine and a Headache?

Migraines are often more severe than chronic headaches. They are not technically headaches. Rather, they are a neurological problem that presents with a headache as just one symptom. The symptoms of a migraine are:

  • Throbbing or pulsing pain
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and certain smells
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Exertion increases pain

A Link Seen Between Chronic Headache and Migraine Problems

There is a common solution that has seen much success in the area of caring for both migraines and headaches. A link has been seen between both of these conditions and a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae. A misalignment here can cause pressure on the brainstem and may hinder the flow of blood to and from the brain. Here at Advanced Spinal Care, we use a gentle method to realign the bones, thereby restoring communication and blood flow. This is often all that is needed to see a decrease in headaches and migraines.
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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefAn increase in migraines is seen during the summer months. Why is this so? There can be a number of reasons. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Sunlight: The sun is much brighter during summer days. It is a good idea to get a decent pair of sunglasses that are polarized. Another suggestion is to wear a ballcap or wide-brimmed hat.
  • Sensitivities to chemicals: Different chemicals seem to abound during summer months – bug spray, body spray, and sunscreen to mention just a few. If this is a trigger, one may need to buy products without fragrance and let friends and family members know to do the same.
  • Becoming dehydrated: It is important all year round to drink plenty of water. However, in the summer it is more vital than ever because heat and working or playing outdoors can deplete the body of fluids. It is also important to avoid large amounts of caffeine as this can dehydrate the body further.

Trying to avoid a migraine before it hits is a good idea. Avoiding certain triggers or situations that may bring on a headache is vital. Performing preventative measures, such as drinking water regularly and getting enough rest, is also important. However, there is a big difference between a migraine trigger and the underlying cause.

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Identifying an Underlying Cause of Migraines

A connection has been noted between a misalignment in the top bones of the neck and migraine headaches. It only takes a tiny misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae to disrupt blood flow to the brain and communication throughout the body.  At Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, CA, we correct this specific type if upper cervical misalignment. We use the latest imaging technology to find the exact location of the misalignment and then work to correct it by using a gentle, side-effect-free method. Most patients report an improvement in symptoms. Some see migraines go away completely.
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Vertigo Relief, Dizziness Relief, Dizzy, Meniere’s Disease Relief, Disequilibrium, Vertigo, Dizziness, Meniere’s , Meniere’s Disease Meniere’s disease is a condition of the inner ear and comes along with a variety of debilitating symptoms. This condition can affect one’s day to day living. Symptoms include:

  • Ringing in the ears (called tinnitus)
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Headaches
  • A feeling of fullness in the affected ear
  • Hearing loss

This can last for 20 minutes to an hour or can go on for a few days. It generally affects those in the age range of 20-50 years old. The cause is uncertain but is more-than-likely due to improper levels of fluid in the inner ear. This is one area of the body the controls a person’s balance. Medical doctors may suggest a number of different areas of care that focus on controlling the symptoms. These may include:

  • A low-salt diet to reduce fluid
  • Injections to the inner ear
  • Surgery
  • Painkillers or anti-vertigo medications

The success rates of these vary greatly. However, getting to the root cause can bring about longer lasting effects. Studies have revealed that there is a great probability that Meniere’s disease is related to a misalignment of the upper neck vertebrae, particularly the C1 and C2. One study conducted by Professor Hulse from Heidelberg University discovered that out 259 patients diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, all had sustained some kind of injury to the neck or head in the past. Another study of 62 patients revealed that hearing problems related to Meniere’s could be taken care of by chiropractic care.

Hope for Meniere’s Sufferers

Upper cervical chiropractic care, the specialty practiced here at Advanced Spinal Care, has been successful in helping Meniere’s patients find some relief in case studies. We have been trained to find specific problems of the upper neck bones and they employ a gentle method to help move the bones back to their original place. This helps the body to function better overall and has been effective in helping those with Meniere’s disease.

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 ReliefIt used to be that people suffering with back pain and achy joints could point their finger at changes in the weather.  Changes in temperature, humidity, and air pressure have long been blamed for aggravating these conditions, but a study of 1,350 back pain and arthritis patients showed no association between their pain and the weather conditions.

For the many millions of Americans dealing with back pain, that might not be good news since it leaves some unanswered questions as to why the pain persists.  The most common treatment options for people with back pain start with over the counter mediations, usually pain killers and anti-inflammatories.  These might help to take the edge off the pain, but the fact still remains that the underlying reason why the pain is there in the first place never gets addressed by the use of medications, whether over the counter or prescription.

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Back Pain and Your Spine

When you have back pain, it can be caused by several structures.  When people say “my back hurts,” it can be a problem with the vertebrae of the spine or the soft tissues that support the spine.  Regardless of the source of pain, it is important to correct the root cause of the problem so that it doesn’t persist.

Your spine is designed to provide protection for your spinal cord as well as all of the nerves that branch off of it.  While it might not seem feasible at first, many cases of back pain originate at the very top of the neck.  The entire spine is connected like links in a chain.  When the top of the chain is not in proper alignment, it affects everything else below it.  The atlas vertebra, which sits at the very top of the neck, has the most range of motion of the entire spine.  This makes it particularly vulnerable to misaligning, and can cause a domino effect of compensations down the rest of the back.  Upper cervical chiropractic is a way that many people are correcting their back pain problems at the cause.  By addressing the top link in the chain, everything beneath it is allowed to return back to normal, reducing stubborn, chronic back pain so you can get back to living life.
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