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Suffering from Fibromyalgia? Here are Some Tips!

Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue, Always Tired, Tired, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CFS, Fibromyalgia Relief, Chronic Fatigue ReliefFibromyalgia leaves its victims feeling disabled and frustrated. It is known for widespread pain in the body, depression or anxiety, being moody or agitated, and sleep issues. The exact cause remains a mystery among the medical community. However, it more than likely has to do with the brain reacting improperly to nerve stimulation due to improper signals being sent by the brainstem. In other words, the brainstem tells the brain there is pain in the body when there is actually little or no pain.

Things to Try at Home for Fibromyalgia

There are a few things you can try at home that may help you find some relief from the pain of fibromyalgia. Here are some suggested lifestyle changes:

  • Quit smoking
  • Stretch your muscles regularly
  • Take up swimming or water aerobics
  • Work at improving your posture
  • Alternate heat to increase blood flow and healing and ice to reduce inflammation
  • Do mild exercise on a regular basis – walking or biking
  • Try to control stress by caring for your emotions

One of the major complaints with fibromyalgia is that of not being able to sleep well. Here are some tips for getting a good night’s rest:

  • Keep it dark. The smallest bit of light from a clock or electronics can actually interfere with sleep.
  • Wind down. Do something to relax before bed like coloring, reading, or taking a warm bath.
  • Don’t drink. By avoiding drinking water or other beverages before bed, trips to the bathroom are avoided.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Get into a good routine. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day aids in sleep.
  • No electronic devices. Keeping phones, TVs, and computers out of the bedroom can help.

How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Can Help Fibromyalgia

The above-mentioned suggestions are helpful, but unless the root cause is addressed, no real relief will be found. Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City CA, we offer our patients a gentle method to help realign the bones of the neck. A misalignment can place undue pressure on the brainstem, causing it to malfunction. Once corrected, fibromyalgia may improve or go away completely.

 

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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 earWhen people say they are feeling dizzy, they may be describing anything from lightheadedness to a full-blown episode of dizziness. Feeling dizzy often occurs following an injury to the head or neck. An example is seen with the basketball player Kevin Love from the Clevland Cavaliers, who endured an injury on the court.

Love reports hitting his head while in the 1st half of the game and remaining on the court until he began to feel dizzy later on. He got diagnosed with a concussion and was required to leave the court area as outlined by NBA protocols. Why do head injuries cause dizziness?

How the Neck Plays a Role in Feeling Dizzy

The neck is very susceptible to injury, particularly to a misalignment of the C1 vertebra. This type of injury often accompanies concussions. A misalignment here can lead to a reduction in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow to the brain. Pressure is often exerted on the brainstem as well. This causes you to feel dizzy and a variety of other symptoms. It is vital, therefore, if you or someone you love has had a concussion, to seek the proper care from an upper cervical chiropractor.

Alleviating that Dizzy Feeling with Spinal Alignment

Here at our Redwood City, California office, we thoroughly examine our patients to find the exact location of their misalignment. This often calls for the use of x-rays and specific measurements. Once the misalignment is found, we use a gentle method that works along with the body to encourage the bones to move back into place on their own without popping or having to force them. This leads to a longer-lasting adjustment that helps to stabilize cerebrospinal fluid flow and decrease the pressure being placed on the brainstem. Some patients see instant results while others have gradual results as their bodies begin to heal.

 

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Sinus, Sinus Relief, Sinus Problems, Sinus Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Sinus Infections, Congested A recent study revealed a connection between those suffering from chronic pain conditions, sinusitis, and problems such as chronic fatigue. The study was conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center and included 297 people that fell into the following categories:

  • Those with fatigue made up 22%
  • Those with chronic pain made up 11%
  • Those with both came in at 9%

Interestingly, sinus problems were seen in the majority of these people, especially in those with unexplained fatigue. Why is this significant?

The Underlying Cause of Sinus Problems

Sinus problems have been linked to a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine. In particular, a problem in the top two bones of the neck (C1 and C2) can be to blame as they can place undue stress on the brainstem, causing it to send improper signals to the brain. A misalignment of only ¼ of a millimeter can cause a number of serious health problems throughout the body. When the neck is misaligned due to previous trauma, such as a vehicle accident or a trip and fall, the connective tissue of the spine breaks down and locks the spine into a position of stress. The weight of the vertebrae pulls the muscles down and causes the entire spine to shift out of place. This leads to such problems as reduced fluid flow to the brain and sinus issues.

Finding Help for Sinus Issues and Chronic Fatigue

Both of these conditions can be improved by seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we have been trained to find the misalignments of the upper neck, even if they are very tiny. We then employ a gentle and precise method to help them move back into place more naturally than popping or forcing them. Once corrected, patients report seeing sinus problems, chronic fatigue, and their overall health improve dramatically.

 

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Neck Pain, Neck Ache, Neck Injury, Neck Trauma, Neck Alignment, text neck, texting Neck pain is very common and it is about half as common as back pain. When people have neck pain, it can make it hard for them to have mobility in the neck area, making driving a car or even washing their hair quite a chore.

Most family doctors will care for neck pain by using anti-inflammatories. This does not always work and comes along with unwanted and dangerous side effects, especially if taken on a regular basis. This is making people look for alternative ways to care for neck pain. General chiropractic has worked for some but not always on a long-term basis. So, what does upper cervical chiropractic care offer that differs from general chiropractic?

Upper Cervical Care vs. General Chiropractic

The main difference between the two types of chiropractic comes down to the way a patient is adjusted. While general chiropractors often resort to popping or cracking the spine to move the bones into place, upper cervical chiropractic uses a gentle, precise method that takes measurements and images to help find the exact location of the misalignment. Allowing the bones to move back into place more naturally results in a longer-lasting adjustment. Over time, this leads to lower financial costs for the patient and fewer adjustments.

Neck Pain Alleviated by Upper Cervical Care

Looking back at a number of neck pain patients who received upper cervical care reveals an interesting trend. The study reported that the average pain score of patients before getting an adjustment was 5.89 out of 11. After an adjustment, the pain decreased to 1.76. As far as disability with neck pain goes, the average score had been 35.1 out of 100 and went down to 14.3.

Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we aim to get similar results for our patients. A few gentle adjustments may be all that is needed to help a person feel better long-term.

 

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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 ReliefWhen one is suffering from pain in his lower back, he most likely assumes the pain originates in that area. Therefore, it may be surprising to learn the pain may actually begin with a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine, particularly the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Let’s take a closer look at how this develops.

The Effect of Upper Cervical Misalignments on Back Pain

When one has a misalignment of either the atlas (C1) or axis (C2) bones, the spine shifts out of its normal position to compensate for it, negatively impacting the muscles of the entire back. The pelvic area may shift and cause one hip to become higher than the other. One leg then becomes shorter than the other, leading to pain in the lower back.  The pain will more-than-likely be one-sided and may be felt in one hip only. The longer this situation is allowed to remain, the more problems ensue. The way a person walks can be affected, resulting in pain in the feet and/or legs, sprains, and knee problems.

Finding Help for Lower Back Pain

Many people cope with this type of pain by reaching for the nearest bottle of pills. True, this may help cover up the symptoms on a temporary basis, allowing a person to make it through the day. However, if one is seeking long-term, natural care, it is a good idea to come see us here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California.

We examine our patients to find the exact location of the misalignment and them we work to correct the problem using a gentle method. We do not have to crack or pop the spine to get results. The technique used encourages the bones of the neck to move back into place naturally, causing long lasting relief.

The story of Nora Sue can show how helpful upper cervical care can be. She suffered from back pain so bad that she was required to use a cane for 6 years. Within 3 months of receiving upper cervical care, she was able to get around without it. Our patients report similar results.

 

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Sneezing, Runny Nose, Itchy Eyes, Problems Breathing, Rashes, Hives, CoughingNo matter what time of year it is, allergies seem to be a part of daily life. There many types of allergies that seem to affect everyone differently. Some common allergies are:

  • Seasonal allergies from grass, flowers, and even mold
  • Pet allergies
  • Food allergies
  • Insect bite/sting allergies
  • Medication allergies

Most family physicians will recommend one of the following allergy medications:

  • Singular
  • Claritin
  • Clarinex
  • Sudafed
  • Benadryl
  • Zyrtec
  • Allegra

Even children suffer from allergies. It may surprise one to learn that out of every 10 children, 1 has some type of allergic reaction such as sneezing, coughing, watery or red eyes, and a runny nose. To find the best way to care for allergies, we need to understand why they occur.

What Causes Allergies?

An allergic reaction is an immune system response to a foreign substance in the body that is not usually harmful. The immune system protects the body by attacking anything that it perceives as a danger. Why are safe substances sometimes seen as a danger? It is due to a malfunction of the immune system, possibly caused by misalignment of the bones of the upper neck.

Upper Cervical Chiropractors and Allergy Relief

If either the C1 or C2 vertebra is misaligned, the brainstem is put under extreme stress. The brainstem is the communication highway of the body. When stressed, the signals being sent to the brain about substances entering the body may become distorted, causing the body to perceive harmless materials as dangerous. This causes an allergic reaction.

Here at Advanced Spinal Care, we focus on making sure the upper cervical spine is in working order and in proper alignment. If a misalignment is present, we use a gentle method to move it back into its proper position. This does not require us to pop or force the spine. Rather, the bones move naturally, providing a better and longer lasting result. Once this is done, allergies may improve or even go away entirely.

 

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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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