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As a California migraine chiropractor based in Redwood City, I’ve come across numerous migraine cases. To put things in perspective, the United States alone has 39 million migraine sufferers. In addition, women are usually three times more likely have a migraine diagnosis than their male counterparts. 

Migraines also affect financial aspects of life. In the U.S., annual costs for migraine relief procedures are at $36 billion, leading to 113 million workdays missed. That is equivalent to a staggering $13 billion in lost work productivity. 

Workplace lighting as a migraine trigger

Studies point to fluorescent lighting as a possible trigger for migraines. Since one of the primary symptoms of such episodes is sensitivity to light, too much exposure may easily trigger an attack.

Talk to your company about other types of lighting in your work area. You might not be the only one who is affected by fluorescent lights. Opt for natural light from windows as much as possible. If removing the fluorescent lights is not an option, you could turn on just one light switch in a room that has three or four light switches, and add extra light by using lamps with other kinds of bulbs.  

The natural relief option for migraine pain

While several forms of medication may have varying levels of success for migraines, there are more natural options to consider. One way to provide natural relief for migraines is through upper cervical chiropractic care. A possible root cause of migraines is a misalignment on the C1 and C2 vertebrae, the top two bones in the neck. Upper cervical chiropractic care corrects any misalignments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. By doing so, some people’s migraines are decreased or completely eliminated.

As a chiropractor in practice for years now, I’ve developed an expertise in determining the exact spots of these misalignments. Here in my clinic, Advanced Spinal Care, I use a technique called NUCCA, which doesn’t involve forceful methods to move the vertebrae back in place. I use a gentle technique that is precise and accurate.So if you’re in search of a California migraine chiropractor based in Redwood City, my clinic’s doors are open for you. Use the website contact form, or give me a call at (650) 595-0500.

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Many people seek Redwood City upper cervical chiropractic to resolve the effects of whiplash. Whiplash may occur due to various incidents such as a rear-end car collision, sports-related accident, physical abuse, or other injuries. Its effects are unique for every person.

Some experience pain right away and suffer with it for a couple of days. Others don’t feel any pain until a few days later when it sets in. Some people do not have any pain at all. Overall, whether you feel severe pain or little pain, the underlying injury can still cause problems throughout the body.

What Is a Whiplash Injury?

Whiplash is an injury that may result from overstretching or extension of the neck. It is often due to forceful, sudden back and forth movement of the head. It can cause the C1 and C2 vertebrae to misalign. These two bones support the weight of the head. Misalignment in either of these bones can put the brainstem under pressure. As a result, the blood flow to and from the brain can become restricted and the brainstem may not function properly. Conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraines, and multiple sclerosis can follow.

The Physical and Psychological Impact of Whiplash

Besides having an impact on the physical aspect of a patient, whiplash can also have psychological effects, and that’s what Redwood City upper cervical chiropractic can work to reverse. Whiplash can affect a person’s quality of life, both physically and mentally, as it can result in the following:

These are just some of the negative outcomes of whiplash. Years may pass by before the effects of a whiplash injury become noticeable, and sufferers might not realize they have a problem until these physical and psychological signs start to show up. 

Getting Effective Help for Whiplash

Whiplash often needs more than rest to relieve it. If you have a history of head or neck trauma, it is best to pay a visit to Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California. This Redwood City Upper cervical chiropractic clinic uses a gentle method that can help you feel much better in only a few adjustments. Contact (650) 595-0500 to set an appointment.

More and more people seek headache relief in Redwood City, CA. The number one culprit is tension headaches. Tension headaches create mild to moderate pain in the head. The feeling can be compared to a tight band around your forehead. This type of headache usually occurs with tightness in the neck. People who sit for a long time (especially during work) often have weak extensors and suffer from tension headaches. Extensors keep the head from moving too far forward.

According to a recent study, those who suffered from tension headaches had muscles in the neck and shoulders that were 26% weaker than neck muscles in people without the condition. Researchers also saw strength imbalances in the set of muscles that hold the head straight. Previous studies have found that the use of computers, laptops, and smartphones contributes to neck muscle weakness.

For these reasons, strengthening the neck muscles can be a remedy to tension headaches. However, tension headaches will likely persist unless you address the foundation of the muscular structure. How do you do this? 

A Natural Remedy for Tension Headaches

To find remedies for tension headaches, it is very important to understand how the spine functions. The spine protects the delicate spinal cord since it relays messages to and from the brain about the things happening to the body. If the topmost bone of the spine – the atlas (C1 vertebra) – moves out of place, the spinal cord and brainstem will be under pressure. It will impact the muscles in this area negatively. This can result in faulty signals being sent to the brain, weakness in neck muscles, and tension headaches.A study involved 47 patients who had non-migraine type headaches, and each of them received an atlas adjustment facilitated by an upper cervical chiropractor. The patients experienced less severe headache pain and fewer headache attacks by an average of 75% four months later. I also see similar results with my patients here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California. Send me an email or call (650) 595-0500 to schedule an appointment with me.

According to a recent study, those who suffered from tension headaches had muscles in the neck and shoulders that were 26% weaker than neck muscles in people without the condition. Researchers also saw strength imbalances in the set of muscles that hold the head straight. Previous studies have found that the use of computers, laptops, and smartphones contributes to neck muscle weakness.

For these reasons, strengthening the neck muscles can be a remedy to tension headaches. However, tension headaches will likely persist unless you address the foundation of the muscular structure. How do you do this? 

Learn how injuries from sports and other types of accidents may lead to migraines and how our migraine chiropractic clinic in Redwood City, CA can help you in getting relief.

Explaining Trauma-Triggered Migraines

This type of migraine occurs following a mild injury to the head or neck, mostly from sports injuries and simple falls. It can cause a momentary disruption in your brain function. This is very common in young adults and even children. 

Trauma-triggered migraines can bring on these symptoms:

The symptoms may last for 1 to 10 minutes after the injury and can persist anywhere from 3 to 24 hours. Sometimes the symptoms stay indefinitely and are called post-traumatic attacks. They are common in sporting athletes playing soccer, volleyball, wrestling, and football.

What Are Post-Traumatic Migraines?

They are migraines that develop after the primary trauma and continue for an extended amount of time. They can bring migraine headaches and daily tension. A study observed 29 people with post-traumatic headaches due to a mild sporting injury. They displayed the following symptoms:

Some of them were incapable of exercising and participating in sports activities due to the severity of their headaches. The question now is, what can be done to relieve this type of migraine?

Natural and Effective Relief for Post-Traumatic Migraines

Many studies have established that trauma to the head and neck may result in migraine headaches. This stems from the fact that the tissue responsible for keeping the spine in place can tear during an impact. It leads to the locking of the spine into a strained position, usually starting in the two uppermost vertebrae of the neck – the atlas and axis. The brainstem is just within this region and can come under stress due to the atlas or axis misalignment. This disrupts three main functions: blood flow, nerve communication, and cerebrospinal fluid flow to and from the brain. All of these can cause a migraine.

Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we are well-trained to locate and correct spinal misalignments. Once patients receive an adjustment and the bones are back in normal alignment, they often notice an improvement in their condition. 

References:Haas D, Lourie H. Trauma-triggered migraine: an explanation for common neurological attacks after mild head injury. J Neurosurg. 1988; 68:181-188

We often hear about concussions in the news involving our professional athletes. However, concussions are more common than many people think, and sports-related injuries are just a small fraction of all incidents leading to concussions. Let’s have a closer look at this condition, also referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

How Common Are Concussions?

Many people minimize the seriousness of a head injury unless they lose consciousness. In 2010, there were 2.5 million emergency room visits due to brain injuries. That number only comprised those who went to a hospital. Concussions affect adults as well as children. In 2009, nearly a quarter of a million minors had trips to the emergency room for brain injuries.

What Causes a Concussion?

A 5-year study showed that more than 40% of brain injuries were due to trips and falls. This made up about 80% of concussions in seniors and more than 50% of concussions in children aged 14 and below. Other common causes of concussions are assaults, accidental blunt force trauma (getting hit with something unintentionally), and traffic incidents. Most assaults afflicted people between the ages of 15 and 44. 

A Natural Treatment for Post-Concussion Syndrome

Following a concussion, patients may experience long-term effects and symptoms, also known as “post-concussion syndrome.” It may include cognitive difficulties, vertigo, headaches or migraines, depression and anxiety, insomnia, and other debilitating symptoms. These symptoms may also have something to do with a misalignment of the atlas vertebra that often stems from getting a head injury. 

Atlas misalignments can put undue pressure on the brainstem, leading to restricted blood flow to the brain, and issues with cerebrospinal fluid drainage. As a result, these lingering symptoms may become chronic. Many people who receive upper cervical chiropractic care experience fewer symptoms or even a complete resolution of their problem. This is because the upper cervical chiropractic technique corrected their atlas misalignments naturally. Schedule a consultation here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California to learn more about how upper cervical chiropractic can lead to the recovery of your health.

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A staggering 38 million people suffer from migraines across the United States, including men, women, and children. This figure shows just how common migraines have become. Some people mistakenly believe that migraines are just bad headaches, but migraines are much more than headaches. The truth is that headaches can be absent from migraines.

A terrible headache may be its hallmark, but migraines involve other symptoms:

  1. Aura – An aura is a visual disturbance, such as seeing flashing lights. This is experienced by about 25% of people with migraines.
  2. Mood changes – Mood shifts can occur either before or after a migraine attack and can cause a person to feel unfocused, anxious, or depressed.
  3. Nausea or vomiting – Since migraines are neurological and involve the brain, they can bring about dizziness and nausea.
  4. Extreme sensitivity to sound, light, and odor – People who live with migraines prefer to rest in a cold, dark, and quiet room to survive a migraine attack.

Migraines are Linked to Neck Alignment

There are many avenues out there that migraine sufferers can try to get relief. Standard treatment options include a combination of medications to alleviate various symptoms. It’s sad to say, but most of these options are either a short-lived solution or ineffective in providing the needed relief.

Alternatively, upper cervical chiropractic concentrates on getting to the root cause of migraines. The natural technique ensures the proper alignment of the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae. These are the topmost vertebrae in the neck, just underneath the base of the skull.  They can impact the body’s blood flow, cerebrospinal fluid drainage, and the normal function of the nervous system. When any of these factors are not functioning properly, migraine episodes can come about.

At Advanced Spinal Care, we use a gentle yet extremely precise method for correcting atlas misalignments.  Once adjustments are made and healthy spinal alignment is achieved, the body can bring back its normal function. The brain can translate signals appropriately through the spinal cord and nerves, and the healing process can begin.  Just like in most of our patients, this means the end of health conditions such as migraines. Schedule an appointment in our treatment clinic in Redwood City for your migraine headaches.

References:

http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/signs-of-a-migraine-that-arent-headache#1

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A concussion is a form of a mild traumatic brain injury, or MTBI. It occurs after the head or neck experience trauma or injury, often from a fall, being hit hard, or bumping the head on something. People may think that a concussion will result in a problem in the head. However, an equally concerning issue is the problem it can bring to the neck. The sudden jerking of the head can result in a misalignment of the bones in the neck. It may be a mild injury, but its consequences on the body can be severe. Most of the time, however, it is non-life-threatening.

Concussions Can Alter a Person’s Life and Personality

Post-concussion-syndrome (PCS) can happen when a person has experienced a concussion but neglected to care for it immediately. According to a neuroscientist from the University of San Diego, when someone has an MTBI, sharp ridges are formed within the skull that can lead to bruising each time the brain quickly moves forward. It can impact a person’s behavior, ability to control emotions, and movement.  

This information reveals something about self-control and control functions on people. These functions may be affected in some cases, such as ADHD, Tourette’s, stuttering, and addictions if the person has undergone some concussion or brain trauma.

Effects of Concussions Can Go Beyond the Brain

The brain isn’t the only body part that absorbs the impact of a concussion. During a concussion, a misalignment in the top bones of the spine, particularly in the  C1 and C2 vertebrae, may occur. It can negatively affect the brainstem and spinal cord, thus obstructing the communication between the brain and the body. This can result in more health conditions if not addressed immediately.

A misalignment is not a permanent situation; therefore, it can be reversed. The bones of the neck can go back to their correct alignment through a unique specialty of chiropractic called upper cervical chiropractic care. This practice uses a gentle technique to realign the bones without using force to do cracking or popping of the spine. You can begin receiving upper cervical chiropractic care here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California. Our accurate adjustments can restore the body’s overall health and reduce the damaging effects of a concussion.

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Several studies in the past have revealed the connection between migraines and multiple sclerosis (MS). Doctors and researchers have established that these two conditions can share the same root cause, and a common resolution was noted in helping patients with both disorders.

Similarities Between Migraines and Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Raymond Damadian, the inventor of the MRI scanner, conducted several studies that examined the brains of patients during an MRI. Together with his team of researchers, they inspected the flow of cerebrospinal fluid – a lubricant of the brain and spinal cord. They discovered that biochemical barriers bring about migraines and multiple sclerosis. What’s even more exciting, they found out that these barriers could be removed, resulting in a reduction of migraine and MS symptoms.

This revelation implies that the presence of a misalignment in the upper bones of the neck may put undue stress on the brainstem, leading to an obstruction in nerve communication, cerebral spinal fluid flow, and blood flow to and from the brain.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Can Heal Migraines and MS

People who are suffering from migraines and MS caused by an upper neck misalignment can benefit from upper cervical chiropractic care. This specific type of chiropractic care realigns the top bones of the upper cervical spine, without popping or cracking the bones. It utilizes a gentle technique to encourage the neck vertebrae to return into correct alignment. Its adjustments are precise and accurate, leading to a natural and longer-lasting adjustment. Many patients have responded well to upper cervical chiropractic care, sharing a reduction in frequency and severity of both their migraine and MS symptoms. Some have also reported complete remission.

If your MS or migraines have been taking their toll on your health and happy life, visit us at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California or schedule a consultation with us to learn how we can help you with either of these conditions.

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If you suffer from persistent headaches, one of the remedies you most likely do to relieve pain is to take over-the-counter pain medications regularly. While it does the job, it can start a cycle of pain and pills that gets worse and worse over time. Little do people know, medication overuse can cause even more problems as headaches are one of the side effects of using pain relievers.

Medication overuse is a global concern. According to the WHO (the World Health Organization), about 2% of the world population is experiencing rebound headaches from taking too many painkillers. What makes the problem harder to stop is the difficulty to set apart a rebound headache from a regular one as they share the same characteristics. Most people have no idea that rebound headaches can happen, so they continue reaching for the pill bottle. Those who suffer from tension headaches and migraines are the most likely to end up getting stuck in a pattern of medication overuse headaches.

Overcoming Headaches in Redwood City, California

If you are seeking a migraine headache treatment clinic in Redwood City that provides drug-free, natural relief, you’ve come to the right place. Many headaches and migraines can be attributed to a misalignment in the upper cervical spine. A misalignment of the atlas, the topmost vertebra of the spine, can result in the following:

All of these conditions lead to headaches. The key to ending the issue is addressing the underlying cause instead of just covering over symptoms with medication that may do more harm than good.

At Advanced Spinal Care, our focus is on giving gentle and specific adjustments to the atlas vertebra. We use scientific diagnostic imaging and other tests to determine, down to fractions of a degree, the type of every patient's atlas misalignment. Once the atlas gets adjusted and returns to its correct alignment, only occasional adjustments are necessary to keep the spine healthy. For many headache sufferers, this could mean fewer and less intense headaches or even a complete elimination of the condition. This saves you a ton of money over buying expensive and short-lasting pain relievers regularly.

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Post-concussion syndrome is a condition that persists after a concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury has occurred, commonly due to a blow to the head. Some of its symptoms last for weeks or months after the damage that caused the concussion, including headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. It can also appear with violent shaking and movement of the body or head.

Younger age and prior history of headaches are some of the risk factors of post-concussion syndrome. Women and older patients are also more vulnerable to have post-concussion symptoms.

Symptoms of Post-concussion Syndrome

Concussion-related symptoms are categorized into four areas – physical, cognitive, emotional, and sleep. Some of them are:

The symptoms can begin instantly after the head injury or can occur months later.  This is vital information to consider as many times people notice a sudden change in personality or lack of energy in sufferers after much time has passed.

There are various balance and neurocognitive tests to catch the problem early on, but currently, there are no objective markers to diagnose post-concussion syndrome. The illness is detected through the symptoms reported by patients. Treatment recommendations given to patients are also very few like resting, discontinuing activities, and waiting until the symptoms go away.

Effective Care for Post-concussion Syndrome

Medical researcher and physician Dr. Justin Schallmann has met many sports players suffering from post-concussion syndrome, and he expressed dismay over the lack of a definite cure in our current healthcare system. As an upper cervical chiropractic specialist, Dr. Schallmann is dedicated to evaluating patients who are suffering from symptoms resulting from head trauma, and he passionately advocates for upper cervical specific chiropractic care. By adjusting the misalignment in the upper neck, it reduces the inflammation in the nerves which triggers the pain and neurological symptoms of post-concussion syndrome listed above. Through upper cervical chiropractic care, Dr. Schallmann has been able to help young athletes get their life back!

Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we aim for the same for our patients, particularly athletes and people who have been in accidents. Call us and let us help you recover from the effects of post-concussion syndrome.

References

  1. Riara FP, Ford MA. Sports-related concussions in youth: improving the science, changing the culture. National Academics Press. 4 Feb 2014. Web. Accessed on 26 August 2015. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK185340/>.
  2. Elster E. Head Injury / Post Concussion syndrome. Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care. Web. Accessed on 26 August 2015. <http://erinelster.com/ConditionsDetail.aspx?ConditionID=12>.

 

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