Traumatic Brain Injury, TBJ, Brain Injury, Headache, Headaches, Migraine, Migraines, Head Injury Most people have heard that those who play football or are in the military are at a larger risk for mild traumatic brain injuries. Now, it seems, soccer has joined the ranks. The frequent heading of soccer balls (using the head to hit the ball) can cause some brain damage resulting in small decreases in coordination and thinking ability, according to a new study.

In this study, researchers used MRIs to see if any changes happened to the white matter of the brain of 32 adult soccer players. They found that players who were high-frequency headers (1,000 or more per year) showed some traumatic brain injury similar to people who were in car accidents. On average, soccer players only hit with the head about 6 times while playing a game. However, during practice, they may be heading 30 or more times.

Dr. Lipton, a researcher and medical director in New York City looked specifically at how much damage it takes to have a lasting effect. He states that multiple head injuries are worse than just one, so the more that heading is done, the more likely a person is to have abnormalities of the brain. So, what can be done?

Upper Cervical Care and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

At Advanced Spinal Care, we understand that a mild traumatic brain injury often causes the C1 vertebra to move out of position. This leads to such things as headaches and impairment of cognitive function. Even a tiny misalignment of only ¼ of a millimeter can wreak havoc on the body. This puts pressure on the brainstem and hinders the body and the brain from communicating properly.

However, this problem can be corrected. We analyze our patients to find the specific misalignment and then work to properly adjust the C1 (also called the atlas) back into place. Once this is done, the body can begin to heal itself. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can often be reversed, and a patient can get back to his life once again.

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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/

Whiplash, Neck Pain, Neck Ache, Back Pain, Back Ache, Headache, Headaches, Migraine, Migraines, accident, car accident, Neck Injury

Whiplash injuries should not be ignored due to the fact that they can eventually result in chronic physical damage and even psychological pain. You can’t just “sleep off” a whiplash injury, or “tough it out.” Complications grow worse when a whiplash injury is not cared for properly. Ultimately, physical pain concerts into psychological worry or anxiety due to the effects of the pain.

Consider some of the consequences that long-term whiplash injuries can cause:

The NUCCA Technique for Natural Whiplash Care

The entire quality of one’s life can be reduced substantially by one whiplash-type injury. It can affect the body’s ability to heal, a person’s posture, and even normal head movements can be painful. Rather than ignoring the pain or taking medication and hoping it goes away on its own, seeking the assistance of an upper cervical chiropractor allows you to be proactive in the healing process.

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At Advanced Spinal Care, we use the NUCCA method of upper cervical chiropractic. This begins with an evaluation of the position of a person’s atlas and axis (the C1 and C2 vertebrae). This evaluation includes a patient history, a physical examination, and three-dimensional x-rays of the neck and head. If the whiplash injury caused a misalignment, this will be revealed and a treatment plan customized to your needs will be developed.

Once the misalignment is corrected, real healing can begin. The spine will no longer continue to suffer the degenerative effects of an upper cervical misalignment. Plus, many other symptoms that can be caused by such a misalignment will be eliminated. You may be surprised by just how many nagging symptoms were actually the result of a slight misalignment of the upper spine.

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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/

Chronic Pain, Migraine, HeadachesThe most commonly experienced headache is a tension headache. This is a mild to moderately painful headache that often feels as though a band has been placed around the head and is applying pressure. To deal with such a headache, most people either take a painkiller or lie down in a dark and quiet room until it passes. There are, however, some home remedies that people try. These include:

Actually, all of these home remedies are related in a way. They all have to do with the neck. Stress can create tight neck muscles. Heat on the neck can promote blood flow. Icing the neck can reduce inflammation. Posture is vital for keeping the head positioned properly on top of the neck. So really, all of these home remedies lead us back to properly caring for the neck area.

Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Redwood City, California specializes in taking care of the upper neck. As an upper cervical chiropractor, Dr. Tsiglieris specializes in the C1 and C2 vertebrae. When these bones get out of alignment, the result can be muscle tension, reduced flow of blood, inflammation, or posture problems. In other words, if your headaches are helped by any of the above home remedies, they may be caused by a misalignment.

An examination can reveal if a misalignment is responsible for your headaches. If so, you may be on the way to finding relief right from your first adjustment.

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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/

Chronic Pain, Migraine, HeadachesUnfortunately, for 12 million of those living in the USA, migraines are a commonplace occurrence. For some, this may only mean an occasional migraine. However, approximately ¼ of US citizens have a chronic or ongoing headache issue. How can technology help?

As technology advances, there are more things that become available to help those with health problems be more active in their own healthcare. For migraine sufferers, there is an app that will allow them to record certain information during a migraine episode that may give their doctors the needed data to offer better options for treatment. It helps keep track of the kinds of food eaten, the types of exercise done, and the weather, among other things. This can help to calculate when the next migraine may hit.

Natural Treatment Options

Are there any natural ways to treat a migraine? More and more people are seeking these out as they find medication and traditional treatments to be ineffective. There has actually been quite a bit of success seen in seeking the care of upper cervical chiropractors. These chiropractors, such as Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Redwood City, California, focus on making sure the position of the bones in the upper neck area is correct. If they detect a misalignment in the C1 (Atlas) vertebrae, this can be a root cause for migraine pain.

The C1 vertebrae contain many nerves that are known to be the cause of a migraine. It makes sense then, that if the C1 is out of alignment, it will negatively affect how the brain and nervous system are working. Migraines are the result of this. Research has shown that upper cervical chiropractic care can bring relief of migraine symptoms short term, but also may provide long-term solutions by keeping the C1 in alignment. Improvement of symptoms can be seen in as little as one or two adjustments.

Dr. Tsiglieris will examine the bones in the neck, and if a misalignment is found, he can give a specific adjustment to bring healthy function back to the spine. Hopefully, this will bring much-needed relief to the migraine sufferer.

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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/

Chronic Pain, Migraine, HeadachesMigraine Specialist

If you suffer from migraines, you know that they are more than just normal headaches. That's why you need the help of a migraine headache specialist to address your condition. A migraine is actually a neurological condition that can produce many different symptoms including extreme pain. Many who experience migraines also suffer from nausea, blurred vision, and aura. Let's discuss how you can go about finding a migraine specialist.

Because migraines are a neurological condition, the best migraine specialist is a doctor who understands the neurology of migraine headaches and specializes in headaches and migraines. Headache centers exist across the country where doctors work to properly diagnose and treat conditions such as migraines. Thus, you are likely to find a top migraine specialist at one of these facilities.

Migraine Treatment

What kinds of treatment may you expect if you are officially diagnosed as experiencing migraines? Often, preventative measures are taken. A journal may be kept, for example, of your eating habits. If you can identify certain foods that trigger your migraines (red wine, chocolate, aged cheeses, and citrus fruits are the biggest culprits), then you will need to avoid such triggers. Other triggers may involve your environment or certain activities.

Medications may also be used on some occasions. While there is not a definite connection between migraines and seizures, there is some cross over when it comes to medications that are used to treat the two conditions. There are also some symptoms that can occur with both such as aura. Other times, migraines are treated with beta blockers (usually used for patients with high blood pressure) or antidepressants.

The Cause of Migraines

If you are looking to address your migraine headaches naturally without drugs, an upper cervical chiropractic specialist may be your best choice. Upper cervical chiropractors seek to find the underlying cause of the migraines. If the root cause of the migraines can be identified, the cause may be able to be treated rather than just mitigating the symptoms of migraine headaches. For example, many times migraines can be traced back to a serious head or neck injury. An upper cervical chiropractic practitioner may be able to address the underlying cause of the migraines, by adjusting the top two vertebrae in the neck. The C1 and C2 are found right at the base of the brain stem. This area could be injured with no pain being felt in the neck or head, but the misalignment can cause other complications such as migraines.

As you can see, a migraine is a very complex medical condition that should be handled by a migraine specialist who will be able to help diagnose the problem correctly and recommended the proper approach for you.

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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/

Chronic Pain, Migraine, HeadachesIf you are living with the devastating pain of migraines, you're more than likely dealing with the usual debilitating symptoms that include nausea, extreme sensitivity to sound or light, vomiting and intense pain. Some migraine sufferers also experience weird visual disturbances that some describe as what looks like electrical bolts of color (auras), a tingling or numbing feeling, having difficulty speaking and clumsiness, and the attacks typically last between 4 to 72 hours. The standard medical treatments for migraines usually consist of a combination of prescription and over the counter drugs that are usually far from effective and don’t treat the root cause. In addition, most of these drugs come with a long list of potentially dangerous side effects.

What is Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care?

This chiropractic approach focused of the upper cervical spine is a rapidly growing, safe and accurate type of care that centers on the connection between the upper cervical spine (the first two bones in the neck) and the brain stem. An imbalance in the body takes place when the Atlas (C1) and/or the Axis (C2), the top 2 vertebra in the neck, are out of alignment. This misalignment can come about as a result of physical trauma including car accidents, sports injuries, falls, and other head and neck injuries.

Migraines and Upper Cervical Care

A misalignment in the upper cervical spine can affect the functionality of the brain stem which in turn can cause migraine headaches. Doctors who specialize in the brain stem and upper cervical care receive extensive education and training, using the latest, state of the art technologies to analyze the misalignment and correct it. The goal of the upper cervical doctor is to correct spinal misalignments in order to restore normal function to the nervous system or brain stem, consequently addressing what is actually causing the migraines instead of just treating the symptoms. The end result of upper cervical care has actually been so exceptional that the vast majority of migraine sufferers have significantly improved in both the frequency and severity of their migraines.

 

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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/

Chronic Pain, Migraine, HeadachesChronic Migraine Headaches

Chronic migraine headaches are those that occur 15 or more times a month with a headache that lasts 4 hours or more, at least 3 months in a row for individuals with ongoing or a previous diagnosis of migraine. This means that individuals with chronic migraines spend a huge amount of time dealing with debilitating pain, in many cases making them miss work or school and the activities they enjoy. There are approximately 3.2 million Americans that suffer from chronic migraine (mostly women), an astounding number.

While there's no proven cure, there are chronic migraine treatments that can help manage the pain and frequency of the attacks with most falling to into 2 groups; acute and preventive. If you're considering seeing a headache specialist or other health professional with experience treating migraines, you should keep a diary to help with your consultation regarding your pain and treatment options.

Acute and Preventative (prophylactic) Medications

Acute medications are available by prescription or over the counter and taken as needed with the hope of stopping the pain once it has begun. Individuals, who don't respond to acute medications, experience major disruptions in their lives due to migraine, or have a high occurrence of migraine attacks, may want to consider preventive therapy. Unlike treatment options that are used at the beginning of a migraine, preventive medications are taken on a regular basis with the objective being to reduce the severity and frequency of the attacks.

The problem with taking any drugs, over the counter or prescription, is that there are an unsettling number of migraine sufferers with heart problems who should never be prescribed common migraine medications that are given the drugs anyway. All of the drugs are triptans and while they can be effective when it comes to treating migraine headache symptoms, they can also cause major problems for people with heart conditions because they temporarily narrow the blood vessels. This also includes men and women in their 40's and 50's, diabetics, smokers and those with a family history of stroke or heart disease.

Another concern is that frequent use of migraine medication does little to nothing to address the underlying cause of the attacks and can actually cause them to become more frequent. Studies have revealed that taking the drugs incorrectly (including too often) can contribute to the headache burden, leading to withdrawal or what are referred to as “rebound” headaches. This is where a destructive cycle begins, leading to the taking of even more painkillers, followed by more intense migraines. Many also find that the medication gradually loses its effectiveness yet they need to keep taking it if they want to avoid rebound headaches.

A Natural Solution for Migraine Headaches

Upper cervical chiropractic care is a gentle, side effect free way to alleviate migraine headaches. Upper cervical care also improves posture and body balance, helps patients recover from painful whiplash injuries as well as balances the nervous system. Upper cervical chiropractic care is a precise, non-invasive approach which makes it a great natural alternative to chronic migraine problems. Although injections, medications and surgery are often recommended to treat migraine, you may want to consider them as a form of treatment as a last resort.

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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/

Headache, Migraine, Head PainHeadache Classification

All headaches are classified as primary or secondary headaches, which means there's a reason and a cause for your headache. They key is finding out which type of those classifications your headaches fall under, and then take steps to alleviate and overcome the cause of your headache.

Now, let's define the differences between the two classifications

Primary Headache

Secondary Headache

About Your Headache

So, which one of these classifications of headaches do you suffer from? Well, primary headaches are most likely either migraines, Tension-type, or cluster. If you get headaches, but they don't feel like one of those three types of headaches, then your headaches are most likely secondary headaches. That means there is an underlying cause for your head pain. It may be something as common as whiplash, or it may be due to a condition, such as Influenza or sinusitis.

Right now, the best this you can do is stop relying on that headache medication, which won't help the underlying cause and may even worsen your head pain or cause it to become more frequent. Instead, pick up the phone and make an appointment with an upper cervical chiropractor. They will examine your upper cervical spine for any misalignments in your neck that may be the underlying cause of your condition or disease that's causing your head pain.

Your brain send signals to your body via the brainstem, when your two upper neck vertebrae are out of alignment by just ¼ of a millimeter, that communication system is hindered. Realigning those two vertebrae, then, restores, allows your brain to communicate with your body unhindered.

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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/

Neck injuries and dizziness

If migraine headaches were a form of entertainment, they'd be a really bad broadway musical. You know the kind you read poor reviews about, cringe during the musical performances, and can't seem to get the songs out of your head. Migraines don't always but sometimes happen in phases. Those phases can start up to 24 hours before the headache begins and last for days after the actual headache.

Migraine Headache Stages

Prodrome Phase – These are symptoms that occur before the headache and only effects 60% of sufferers. This stage can start anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days before the Aura stage. Symptoms may include altered mood, irritability, depression and euphoria, fatigue, stiff muscles, food cravings, constipation or diarrhea, or sensitivity to smells or noise.

Aura Phase – This is a transient neurological phenomenon that happens during or just before a migraine occurs, begins gradually, and usually lasts less than 60 minutes. This only affects a little more than a third of Migraine sufferers. People who have migraines with aura may experience partial blindness, zigzag lines, blurring, a sensation of pins and needles, numbness and tingling, speech difficulty, dizziness, hallucinations, or loss of motor function.

Pain Phase - This is the stage of the actual headache, and it also usually begins gradually. The pain can be moderate to severe, but physical activity can worsen the pain. Those who do not go through the aura stage before or during this stage commonly experience neck pain. This stage lasts anywhere from four to 72 hours.

Postdrome Phase – When a migraines ends, the effects may linger. Symptoms during this stage may include soreness where the headaches occurred, impaired thinking, fatigue, gastrointestinal symptoms, mood changes, and weakness.

After the Migraine

If you suffer from these debilitating headaches, you don't need to live with the pain any longer. An upper cervical specialist can examine your neck to determine if a misalignment in your upper neck vertebra may be the culprit of your Migraines. Upper neck misalignments have been shown to lead to migraine headaches and can only be corrected by an upper cervical specialist trained in specialized procedures.

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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/.

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