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True Migraine Relief in Redwood City, CA

Migraines are a neurological condition that can be disabling for those suffering from them. The setbacks are not just physical but financial as well. Migraines affect as many as 38 million in the United States with women being a majority of that number. They are three times more likely to get migraines than men.

What are the financial affects for those suffering from migraines? An estimated 113 million days of work are lost leading to $13 billion in employer losses due to migraines.  Financial loss in the US, including migraine treatment, accumulates to a shocking $36 billion per year.

One Cause of Migraines May Be Workplace Lighting

There has been some recent research showing that migraines may be exacerbated by fluorescent lighting. Spending days working with this type of lighting can put you at a higher risk of migraine episodes. It’s common for migraine sufferers to experience light sensitivity, and fluorescent lighting has proved to be so aggravating for this condition that it can trigger a migraine event.

Finding Effective Care for Migraines

Finding a solution for migraine pain is high on the priority list for those who have regular or even infrequent episodes. There has been considerable success with treating migraines using upper cervical chiropractic care. Upper cervical chiropractors are specially trained to identify misalignments in the upper neck area, the C1 and C2 vertebrae in particular. The role of these bones is to protect the brainstem and allow the range of movement that our head is able to employ on a daily basis. Numerous issues can arise if they are misaligned, even by ¼ of a millimeter, because this puts pressure on the brainstem, inhibiting proper function. The brainstem acts as switchboard between the brain and body, sending and receiving signals that help the body to function normally. When it comes under distress, the communication gets interrupted, and it can also affect normal blood flow to and from the brain. At Advanced Spinal Care, our unique method called NUCCA does not require forcing the spine. Instead we work with the spine, encouraging the bones to return to their correct alignment, enabling the natural healing capabilities of the body. This is how we are able to get patients back to feeling better, sometimes after only one or two adjustments.

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The first few things that come to mind when thinking about arthritis are often issues with the knees, hips, or hands. Arthritis can affect the spine as well, a condition that is called spondylosis. This happens when there is degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae (degenerative disc disease). This is a pretty common problem for people, making it valuable to know how it develops as well as ways to prevent it.

Something many people may not know is that arthritis is actually the body’s attempt to stabilize an unstable joint. This is accomplished by using calcium to support the instability, causing a fusing of the bones of the joint together. This why the areas of the body that have been traumatized and have become unstable are where the arthritis progresses in an attempt to correct the problem. As a result, inflammation and abnormal bone growth occur. Arthritis can happen to anyone who has any kind of injury caused by a car accident (whiplash) or a similar trauma. This is how degeneration or breaking down of the spine originates, starting first with an injury that produces an imbalance. In many cases the issue can take 20 or more years to develop to the degree that it causes significant pain.

What Can Be Done to Avoid Arthritis to the Spine?

It is important to keep in consideration that arthritis is a degenerative disorder and that it takes many years to progress to the point that the person is suffering from pain. For example, an injury that was sustained as early as age 2 from a fall, but doesn’t result in pain until 40 years later, shows how long it can take for the condition to take hold.

In order to keep arthritis from taking hold, it is necessary to keep the joints moving and healthy to prevent them from fusing. An easy way to do this is by visiting an upper cervical chiropractor periodically or more regularly as needed. Upper cervical chiropractors are specifically trained to identify misalignments in the upper neck. This area of the spine is vital for all-around body function because a misalignment in either the C1 or C2 vertebra can lead to compensations all the way down the spine. This causes instability and the potential for arthritis.

At Advanced Spinal Care, we apply a method that is gentle and effective at realigning the bones of the neck. There is no need to pop or twist because we choose not to force the bones into place but instead allow them to naturally return to their proper position. This not only produces a longer-lasting correction, but it also gives the body more time to engage its natural healing abilities to repair any damage done by a misalignment. Through taking consistent steps like this to keep your spine healthy, arthritis is far less likely to be able to take hold.

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The health of a person’s spine and whether they have correct posture could be a sign of their future nursing home care or assistance they will require as they age. If the person has scoliosis, then the likelihood of needing special care will be much higher.

The angle at which the spine is curved is the leading factor to look at when discerning what a person’s future care needs will be. A study that was completed at Toho University, in Japan, measured 800 people’s spines using a non-invasive computer program to figure out the angle of the spine. Of the 800 participants (who were all over 65 years of age), 58% were women. The conclusion that the researchers came to was that healthy posture was a good sign that a person would remain independent for a longer length of time.

The trunk angle of indication is an area on the spine that can indicate if daily activities can be accomplished with or without the assistance of others. What they found was that if this trunk angle was found in older individuals, there was a higher likelihood that thay would need more help than those with a lesser curvature.

Improving Your Posture

An excellent option for slowing down the progression of scoliosis and helping with good posture is by seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. At Advanced Spinal Care, we focus on the uppermost bones of the neck, examining patients for misalignments that may exist in this area.  A misalignment in this area can lead to unnatural compensations in the spine because the head is off balance. This can cause scoliosis and a variety of other health related problems.

With our gentle method we are able to encourage the bones to move into place naturally, which makes these adjustments last longer and creates in greater results. The reason for this is that the longer the correction stays in place, the more time that the healing properties of the body can engage and repair the damage done to muscles and soft tissue, which will help maintain the bone’s proper position. This means better posture and better health overall for patients who receive care from us.

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There are plenty of opinions out there for pregnant women on what they should be eating, whether they should exercise, and what precautions they should be taking to ensure their child is born healthy. It’s important to know that there are certain measures that can help to reduce the likelihood of complications during pregnancy or during the birth itself.

Common advice for expectant mothers is to avoid certain foods, but basic food hygiene is just as necessary when trying to avoid infections. This is why it is essential to wash fruits and vegetables under cold water with antimicrobial soap to lower the chances of food poisoning that could happen as a result of bacteria, toxins, parasites, and some molds. Other sources of food poisoning can happen due to cross contamination of raw and cooked food, so it’s highly recommended to keep food separate and thoroughly clean all your utensils.

Another important factor in keeping your baby safe is personal hygiene practices. Pregnant women are advised to wash their hands often, specifically after person-to-person contact, preparing food, and following other activities that could lead to infections, like gardening or changing diapers.

One area that is often overlooked regarding a woman’s body is the health of her spine. As the fetus grows, the woman’s body must adjust and grow to accommodate the baby’s increasing size. This process requires the organs to move around (and towards the end a bloated feeling and more aches and pains).

The benefits of an upper cervical chiropractor are that they can examine the woman’s upper neck to identify whether there is a misalignment in any of the vertebrae, and their adjustments are gentle, precise and safe for mother and baby. If there is a misalignment in the uppermost bones of the spine, it could interrupt proper brain communication between the brain and the body that occurs through the brainstem, which would lead to aches and pains and other health conditions.

Proper Alignment Throughout Pregnancy Allows for An Easier Birth

By adjusting the top two vertebrae (the C1 and C2 bones) into alignment, the spine is able to move back into the correct position, which also properly aligns the birthing canal, lowering the likelihood of complications during birth. If you are pregnant and would like to ensure that your spine and body are ready for your baby’s arrival, we would be glad to meet with you and tell you more about how we can help you.

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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.



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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.



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.



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