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Head Pain and Trauma

Back Clinic Head Pain and Trauma Chiropractic Rehabilitation Team. A head injury is a trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain. The injury may be only a minor bump on the skull or a serious brain injury. Head injuries are a common reason for emergency room visits. A large number of people who suffer head injuries are children. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for over 1 in 6 injury-related hospital admissions each year.

Head injury can be either closed or open (penetrating).

  • A closed head injury means a hard blow to the head was received from striking an object, but the object did not break the skull.
  • An open/penetrating head injury means a hit with an object that broke the skull and exposed and or entered the brain. This is likely to happen when moving at high speed, i.e. going through the windshield during an auto accident. Also from a gunshot to the head.

Head Pain and Trauma injuries include:

  • Some head injuries cause changes in brain function. This is called a traumatic brain injury.
  • Concussion, where the brain is shaken, is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of a concussion can range from mild to severe.
  • Scalp wounds.
  • Skull fractures.

Head injuries may cause bleeding:

  • Inside the brain tissue
  • Inside the layers that surround the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematoma, extradural hematoma)

Causes:

Common causes of head injury include:

  • Accidents at home, work, outdoors, or while playing sports
  • Falls
  • Physical assault
  • Traffic accidents

Most of these injuries are minor because the skull protects the brain. Some injuries are severe enough to require a stay in the hospital.

Symptoms:

Head injuries may cause bleeding in the brain tissue and the layers that surround the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematoma, epidural hematoma).

Symptoms of a head injury can occur right away or can develop slowly over several hours or days. If the skull is not fractured, the brain can still hit the inside of the skull and become bruised. Also, the head may look fine, but problems could result from bleeding or swelling inside. The spinal cord is also likely to be injured in any serious trauma. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900


Chiropractic Helps Athletes With Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

Chiropractic Helps Athletes With Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

Every year an estimated 3.8 million people in the United States sustain mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) or concussions. Many of these injuries are due to sports-related activities, work related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and military operations. It is also estimated that as many as 50% of MTBIs are never reported because the patient does not seek medical attention. This makes it difficult to get a substantial number on how many there are, but it is a prevalent condition.

The Brain and Skull

A patient does not have to hit their head to sustain an MTBI. It can be caused by whiplash even though the person never hit their head. The reason for this lies in the construction of the brain and skull.

The brain is very soft; some experts compare the texture to that of soft butter. The skull is designed to protect the brain, and it is tough. If you run your hand over your head, you may feel some lumps and bumps, it may not feel entirely even, but the surface will be smooth.

The same cannot be said for the inside of the skull. There are boney ridges on the inside that are quite sharp. The design is intended to keep the brain in place.

When the head is hit or is jolted hard enough it caused the brain to shift inside of the skull, coming into contact with those boney ridges � sometimes forcefully. This can cause damage and the result in a brain injury. The harder the jolt, the more serious the injury may be.

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Symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Part of the problem with MTBI is that the symptoms may not show up immediately. They could emerge weeks or even months after the incident making it unlikely that the symptoms will be tracked back and connected to it.

Common symptoms of MTBI include:

  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Moodiness
  • Photophobia
  • Problems with balance
  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating
  • Anger issues, outbursts
  • Sleep issues
  • Problems with memory
  • Social isolation
  • Fatigue � mental or physical
  • Elevated anxiety
  • Vision problems
  • Sound sensitivity

Often, MTBI is called a �silent epidemic� because the symptoms that it causes are usually not visible and may not be immediately connected to the injury. Depression, anxiety, angry outbursts, and impaired memory are more likely to be considered a psychiatric issue instead of a neurological one. The symptoms can be debilitating just the same.

Evaluation and diagnosis of an MTBI

Chiropractors routinely treat patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries. When they are presented with a patient that they know has sustained a head injury, or if they suspect a brain injury based on specific symptoms, they use the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool 2 (SCAT2) to determine the severity. The SCAT2 helps the chiropractor create evaluate the physical signs, symptoms, sideline assessment using Maddocks score, Glasgow Coma Scale, coordination, balance, and cognitive.

As they evaluate the patient, they look for specific markers that indicate the patient is experiencing worsening neurological symptoms. These include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches get�worse
  • Increased confusion
  • Weakness on one side or in one leg or arm
  • Blurred vision
  • Dilated pupils
  • Balance or coordination problems

Chiropractic Treatment for MTBI

A head injury usually involves a neck injury as well. The chiropractor may use a variety of techniques to treat the patient, including spinal manipulation, massage, and bracing. The patient will also be advised to avoid anti-inflammatory medication, aspirin, alcohol, and sleep aids, using acetaminophen for pain as needed. If the patient needs to see another doctor or specialist, the chiropractor will refer them.

Chiropractic Migraine Treatment

Understanding Neck Pain and Headaches

Understanding Neck Pain and Headaches

My treatment with Dr. Alex Jimenez has been helping me by simply making me less tired. I’m not experiencing as many headaches. The headaches are going down dramatically and my back feels much better. I would highly recommend Dr. Alex Jimenez. He’s very friendly, his staff is very friendly and everybody goes well beyond what they can do to help you. -�Shane Scott

 

A majority of the populations has suffered from this well-known nagging health issue, however, did you know that headaches can sometimes be caused by neck pain? While these headaches are commonly referred to as as cervicogenic headaches, other types of headaches, such as cluster headaches and even migraines, have also been determined to be caused by neck pain. Neck pain can develop due to a variety of reasons and it can vary tremendously from mild to severe.

 

Therefore, it’s fundamental to seek a proper diagnosis if you’ve experienced headaches or neck pain to determine the root cause of your symptoms as well as to properly determine what treatment option will be best for your specific health issue. Healthcare professionals will assess your upper back, or the cervical spine, including your neck, base of the skull and cranium, and also all the surrounding muscles and nerves to find the source of your symptoms. Before seeking help from a doctor, however, it’s important to understand how neck pain can cause headaches. Below, we will discuss the anatomy of the cervical spine, or neck, as well as demonstrate how neck pain is connected to headaches.

 

How Neck Pain Causes Headaches

 

The muscles located between the shoulder blades, upper portion of the shoulders and those surrounding the neck, or cervical spine, may all cause neck pain if they become too tight or stiff. This can generally occur due to trauma or damage from an injury, as well as in consequence to bad posture or poor sitting, lifting or work habits. The tight muscles will result in your neck joints feeling stiff or compressed and it can even radiate pain towards your shoulders. Over time, the balance of the neck muscles changes and those specific muscles which are meant to support the neck become weak and can ultimately begin to make the head start to feel heavy, increasing the risk of experiencing neck pain as well as headaches..

 

Furthermore, the roots of the upper 3 cervical spinal nerves, which are found at C1, C2, and C3, share a pain nucleus, which routes pain signals to the brain, along with the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve is the main sensory nerve that is in charge of carrying messages from the face to your brain. Because of the shared nerve tracts, pain is misunderstood and thus “felt” by the brain as being located in the head. Fortunately, many healthcare professionals�are experienced in the assessment and correction of muscular imbalances which may lead to neck pain and headaches. Moreover, they can help to relieve muscle tension, enhance muscle length and joint mobility, and retrain correct posture.

 

What Causes Neck Pain and Headaches?

 

Cervicogenic headaches, otherwise known as “neck headaches”, are caused by painful neck joints, tendons or other structures surrounding the neck, or cervical spine, which may refer pain to the bottom of the skull, to your face or head. Researchers believe that neck headaches, or cervicogenic headaches, account for approximately 20 percent of all headaches diagnosed clinically. Cervicogenic headaches and neck pain are closely associated with each other, although other types of headaches can also cause neck pain.

 

This type of head pain generally starts because of an injury, stiffness or lack of proper functioning of the joints found at the top of your neck, as well as tight neck muscles or swollen nerves, which could trigger pain signals that the brain then interprets as neck pain. The usual cause of neck headaches is dysfunction in the upper three neck joints, or 0/C1, C1/C2, C2/C3, including added tension in the sub-occipital muscles. Other causes for cervicogenic headaches and neck pain can include:

 

  • Cranial tension or trauma
  • TMJ (JAW) tension or altered bite
  • Stress
  • Migraine headaches
  • Eye strain

 

The Link Between Migraines and Neck Pain

Neck pain and migraines also have an intricate connection with each other. While in some cases, severe trauma, damage or injury to the neck can lead to severe headaches like migraine, in other situations neck pain might be the result of a migraine headache. However, it’s never a good idea to assume that one is the end result of the other. Seeking treatment for neck pain when the reason for your concern is in fact a migraine, often will not lead to effective pain management or pain relief. The best thing that you can do if you’re experiencing neck pain and headaches is to seek immediate medical attention from a specialized healthcare professional in order to determine the cause of your pain, as well as to determine the root cause of the symptoms.

 

Unfortunately, neck pain, as well as a variety of headaches, are commonly misdiagnosed or even sometimes go undiagnosed for an extended period of time. As a matter of fact, one of the top reasons as to why neck pain may be so difficult to treat is primarily because it takes a long time for people to take this health issue seriously and seek a proper diagnosis. Waiting an extended amount of time to take care of your neck pain, especially after an injury, may lead to acute pain and it may even make the symptoms more difficult to control, turning them into chronic pain. By the time a patient seeks diagnosis for their neck pain, it may have already been a persistent problem. Also, the most frequent reasons people seek treatment for neck pain and headaches include:

 

  • Chronic migraines and headaches
  • Restricted neck function, including difficulties moving the head
  • Soreness in the neck, upper back and shoulders
  • Stabbing pain and other symptoms, particularly in the neck
  • Pain radiating from the neck and shoulders to the fingertips

 

Aside from the symptoms mentioned above, individuals with neck pain and headaches can also experience additional symptoms, including nausea, diminished eyesight, difficulty concentrating, severe fatigue, and even difficulty sleeping.While there are circumstances in which the cause of your headaches or neck pain may be apparent, such as being in a recent automobile accident or suffering from sport-related trauma, damage or injuries, in several instances, the cause may not be quite as obvious.

 

Because neck pain and headaches can also develop as a result of bad posture or even due to nutritional problems, it’s fundamental to find�the origin of the pain to increase the success of treatment, in addition to enabling you to prevent the health issue from happening again in the future. It’s common for a healthcare professional to devote their time working with you to ascertain what could have caused the pain in the first place.

 

A Health Issue You Can’t Ignore

 

Neck pain is typically not a problem which should be ignored. You may think that you’re only experiencing minor neck discomfort and that it’s irrelevant to any other health issues you may be having, but more frequently than not, you can’t know for sure till you receive a proper diagnosis for your symptoms. Patients who seek immediate medical attention and treatment for their neck-centered problems are surprised to learn that some of the other health issues they may be experiencing may actually be correlated, such as in the case of neck pain and headaches. Thus, even in the event that you think you can “live with” not being able to turn your neck completely, other health issues can develop, and these problems might be more challenging to deal with.

 

There are circumstances in which a pinched nerve in the neck is the main reason for chronic tension headaches, where a previous sports injury that was not properly addressed before is now the cause of the individual’s limited neck mobility and in which a bruised vertebrae at the base of the neck induces throbbing sensations throughout the spine, which radiates through the shoulders into the arms, hands and fingers. You might also blame your chronic migraines on a hectic schedule and stressful conditions, however, it might truly be a consequence of poor posture and the obligated hours that you spend hunched over a computer screen.�Untreated neck pain might even lead to problems you might never expect, such as balance problems or trouble gripping objects. This is because all the neural roots located on the upper ligaments of the cervical spine, or neck, are connected to other parts of the human body, from your biceps to each one of your small fingers.

 

Working with a healthcare professional to relieve the root cause of your neck pain and headaches may significantly enhance your quality of life and may be able to eliminate other symptoms from turning into a significant problem. While the most common causes of chronic migraines are generally caused by another health issue or nutritional deficiency, you might also be amazed to learn how often the outcome is something which may be resolved with concentrated exercises and stretches recommended by a healthcare professional, such as a chiropractor. Additionally, you may understand that the health issues you’ve been having often develop from compressed, pinched, irritated or inflamed nerves in your upper cervical nerves.

 

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Dr. Alex Jimenez’s Insight

Although it may be difficult to distinguish the various types of headaches, neck pain is generally considered to be a common symptom associated with head pain. Cervicogenic headaches are very similar to migraines, however, the primary difference between these two types of head pain is that a migraine occurs in the brain while a cervicogenic headache occurs in the base of the skull or in the cervical spine, or neck. Furthermore, some headaches may be caused by stress, tiredness, eyestrain and/or trauma or injury along the complex structures of the cervical spine, or neck. If you are experiencing neck pain and headaches, it’s important to seek help from a healthcare professional in order to determine the true cause of your symptoms.

 

Treatment for Neck Pain and Headaches

 

Foremost, a healthcare professional must�determine the cause of an individual’s symptoms through the use of appropriate diagnostic tools as well as to make sure they have the utmost success in relieving the headache and neck pain without prolonging the duration of the symptoms and extra cost of incorrect therapy. Once an individual’s source of neck pain and headaches has been diagnosed, the kind of treatment a patient receives ought to be dependent on the type of headache. As a rule of thumb, treatment starts once the diagnosis has been made.�A healthcare professional will work with you to create a treatment plan that’s appropriate for your specific health issues. In your sessions, you’ll be taken through procedures that help build flexibility and strength.

 

Chiropractic care is a well-known, alternative treatment option which focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a variety of musculoskeletal and nervous system injuries and/or conditions. A doctor of chiropractic, or chiropractor, can help treat neck pain and headache symptoms by carefully correcting any spinal misalignments, or subluxations, in the cervical spine or neck, through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, among other therapeutic techniques. Chiropractors, as well as physical therapists, may also utilize�a combination of gentle Muscle Energy Techniques, muscle building, joint slides, cranio-sacral therapy, and specific posture and muscle re-education to lower the strain being placed on the structures surrounding the cervical spine.�The staff will also help you understand how to better position yourself during your daily life to prevent relapses, like ergonomic and posture tips. Contact a healthcare professional in order for them to be able to assist you immediately.

 

In cases where alternative treatment options have been utilized without any results, or sometimes simply being used together with other complementary treatment approaches, pain drugs and/or medications may be contemplated, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anti-seizure agents such as gabapentin, tricyclic anti-depressants, or migraine prescriptions. If pain medications prove ineffective, then injections may be contemplated, including peripheral nerve blocks, atlantoaxial joint block administered at C1-C2, or aspect joint blocks administered in C2-C3. Surgical interventions may also be other treatment options, however, healthcare professionals suggest attempting all other treatment options before considering surgery.�The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.

 

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Additional Topics: Back Pain

 

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes for disability and missed days at work worldwide. As a matter of fact, back pain has been attributed as the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience some type of back pain at least once throughout their life. The spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles, among other soft tissues. Because of this, injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

 

 

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Headaches: How Chiropractors Help People Who Suffer

Headaches: How Chiropractors Help People Who Suffer

If you are among the 45 million Americans who suffer headaches regularly, you are undoubtedly familiar with the traditional methods that people use to treat them, including taking some type of over the counter medication that is supposed to eliminate the pain and reduce any associated swelling. There are many other types of treatment that you may have attempted as well, including taking pharmaceutical concoctions designed to treat pain. However, none of these solutions provide permanent relief that addresses the problem at the core.

In the past few decades, there have been an increasing number of patients throughout the country that have begun to seek alternative forms of therapy for all types of conditions, including headaches. One form of treatment that is very promising for physical as well as other types of pain is chiropractic.

This form of alternative care has been used successfully for over a hundred years and has become a regular part of the American healthcare delivery system. In fact, there are an increasing number of insurance providers that are willing to pay for chiropractic because of its effectiveness.

When a person goes to school to learn about chiropractic, they begin by studying the human anatomy in great detail, just like other medical professionals. However, in addition to looking at how all of the parts work together physically, their training primarily revolves around the diagnosis and treatment of misalignments in the spine known as subluxations.

Theses subluxations compress nerve tissue that affects organ function, soft tissue like muscle, ligaments and tendons and can eventually manifest as other health problems if not treated.

Once the nerves are disrupted pain will result. While it usually manifests itself as physical pain, this is not always the case. In some instances, the person may experience difficulties with sleep or other routine habits.

On the first visit with a chiropractor, a review of previous health issues will be completed, including x-rays (if needed) to determine what types of nerve blockage may be occurring. They will listen to the patient attentively and make an assessment, including determining what types of treatment will best suit the patient.

In the case of headaches, the patient usually has misalignment (subluxations) in the cervical spine. This may be accompanied by muscles that are unduly tight in the neck, shoulders and nearby areas. Pressure on the nerves may cause sharp stabbing pains or there may be a continual dull throb in the region.

The chiropractor will assess the area and then move forward with treatment known as a chiropractic adjustment in order to relieve the pressure and pain. The relief is usually instantaneous, with an increase in positive symptoms for the following few hours.

However, chiropractors don�t just focus on relieving symptoms but rather correcting the problem; therefore, additional treatments will follow to help correct the cause. In addition, the chiropractor will take the time to educate you on the importance of chiropractic, especially if you�ve never been to one before.

If you need further help with your headaches or are ready to see how beneficial chiropractic care can be to your overall health, please give us a call so that you can schedule an appointment with our Doctor of Chiropractic.

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Migraine Headaches: National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association

Migraine Headaches: National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association

Migraine headaches, a clinical study involving 11 migraine patients and NUCCA care was recently conducted. Let’s take a look at the results and reveal the benefits of NUCCA care and how the study was conducted.

Method Of Study: Migraine Headaches

lady migraine headache pain el paso txThe 11 patients in the study had never experienced upper cervical chiropractic care before. All were subject to having migraine headaches and were required to have at least 10-26 days with a headache for the previous four months. Additionally, at least eight of those headache days per month required a 4 out of 10 or higher for pain. While many candidates had either a concussion, auto accident or both, candidates who experienced trauma in the past year were excluded.

NUCCA professionals used various kinds of testing to evaluate the patients. Supine Leg Check Screening tested patients� for visible signs of one leg being shorter, which may indicate atlas misalignment. Gravity stress analyzers were used, as well as, calipers for detecting asymmetry in the pelvis were used. A typical NUCCA radiograph series also includes three x-rays a lateral cervical film (side view), a nasium film (back view), and a vertex film (top view) to identify specific misalignments.

migraine headaches NUCCA-OrganizationAccording to these diagnostic methods, the practitioner then prepares an alignment specifically designed for the patient involving the patient’s position, the stance of the practitioner, and the suitable force vector for atlas correction. Patients were given between one and five corrections.

Outcome: Migraine Patients

Headache days per month decreased for patients on average. 14.5 headache days per month was the norm. After one month of NUCCA treatment, patients experienced 11.4 headache days per month. At the conclusion of the two-month study, patients were down to 8.7 headache days per month.

Quality of life measurements in three categories also improved radically within the course of two months:

  • Restrictive enhanced from 38.4 to 73.5
  • Emotional improved from 53.3 to 81.2
  • Physical improved from 54.1 to 86.8

MIDAS score (which measures migraine headaches in the form of level of disability caused) improved from a mean of 46.7 to only 14.6.

While further studies are necessary to offer a quantifiable method of documenting the physiological changes which take place because of the corrections, the results speak for themselves as to the advantages of NUCCA for migraine headaches, especially those with a history of neck or head trauma.

Chiropractic & Headaches

Eliminate Headaches And Migraines Juice Recipe

green juice migraine headache eliminator el paso txHeadaches and migraines. The only thing you want is for it to vanish. Here is a juice that immediately eliminates headaches and migraines! Try this juice recipe out, in addition to getting an adjustment!

Headaches and migraines are often the result of stress, poor diet, poor posture, emotional tension or exposure to environmental toxins. People reach for over-the-counter medications to help ease the pain, but there are much safer and natural ways of getting rid of headaches.

This juice is loaded with minerals such as magnesium and calcium, two crucial components in helping prevent and alleviate headaches. A juice as opposed to these foods in solid form will help nutrients reach the bloodstream faster, alleviating headaches and migraines in a jiffy!

  • 5 stalks celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 3-4 cups leafy greens (ex. spinach, arugula)
  • Two inches ginger root
  • 1 lime

METHOD:

Blend all ingredients in a juicer, blender, food processor and enjoy immediately to preserve freshness and antioxidants!

The Efficacy Of Chiropractic For Migraine Headaches

The Efficacy Of Chiropractic For Migraine Headaches

Title: The Efficacy of Chiropractic Adjustments in the care of Migraine Headache with patients presenting with cervical disc bulge.

Abstract: Objective: To explore the efficacy of chiropractic adjustments, and non-surgical spinal decompression in the treatment of cervical spine disc conditions presenting as neck pain, migraine headache, dizziness and visual disturbances. Diagnostic studies included physical examination, computer aided range of motion, orthopedic and neurological examinations, plain film x-ray studies, brain MRI, cervical spine MRI examinations.� Treatments included specific spinal adjustments, low level laser therapy and spinal decompression.� The patient�s outcome proved excellent in reduction of neck pain, headache severity and frequency as well as elimination of dizziness and visual disturbances.

Introduction: On 11/19/13 a 37-year-old female presented for examination and treatment of neck pain, migraine headaches with associated dizziness and visual disturbances.� The patient denies and recent injuries.

Presenting Concerns of Research Study

The patient reports neck pain in the cervical occipital region as a 4 on the Verbal Analog Scale of 0 meaning the complete absence of pain and 10 being unbearable pain.� The duration of the current symptom picture is 2 years and 1 month.� The patient further reports episodic migraine headaches starting at the upper cervical region and progressing into her occipital area.� These episodes are accompanied by dizziness and visual disturbances described as kaleidoscope vision.� At the time of the initial consultation these episodes were occurring 2-3 times per week.� The patient reports being afraid to drive her car due to concerns about headache onset.� The patient reports past consultations with her medical doctor who diagnosed her with vertigo and previous chiropractic care without results.� The records from both consultations were reviewed personally.

Clinical Findings:��The patient presents with complaints of neck pain, headaches, dizziness and visual disturbances of 2 years duration.� The patient is a 37-year-old female who is a mother of 2.� The ages are 16 and 3.

Her vital signs are:

Height – 5 ft. 0 inches

Weight – 130 lbs.

Handedness – R

Blood Pressure – L – 107 systolic and 78 diastolic

Radial Pulse – 75 BPM

The patient�s Review of Systems and Family History were unremarkable.

Palpation/Spasm/Tissue changes:� The patient was evaluated by palpation and observation with the following findings: Bilateral cervical spine spasms rated at +2 in the cervical-occipital region.� Orthopedic testing was unremarkable.� Range of motion examination revealed mildly decreased left lateral flexion, moderately decreased flexion, right lateral flexion and extension. No pain was produced during range of motion examination.

Neurological Examination: Biceps, Triceps and Brachioradialis reflexes were rated at a +2 bilaterally.� Sensory examination revealed normal sensation bilaterally for dermatomes C-5 through T1.� Motor/Muscle testing revealed 5 out of 5 bilaterally for Deltoids, Biceps, and Triceps, Forearm and Intrinsic Hand muscles.

Radiographic findings: reversal of the cervical curve with altered C5/C6 disc space is noted. (Fig. 1, (A) (B) A small osteophyte is observed on the posterior inferior body of C5.� Flexion malposition of C5 is also noted.� (Fig. 1, (B).

Fig. 1,� (A), (B) show loss of the cervical lordosis, flexion malposition of C5, partial collapse of C5/6 anterior disc space.

Fig. 1. (B) shows upon magnification a small posterior-inferior osteophyte.

Fig. 2,� (A), (B) shows in T2 MRI images (A) is Sagittal and (B) is Axial a

C5/6 central disc herniation contacting the ventral cord.


Diagnostic Focus and Assessment:�
Diagnoses considered are: Brain Tumor, Cervical Disc Displacement, and Cervical-cranial syndrome.� A brain MRI was ordered and produced normal findings.� Diagnostic reasoning included the C5/C6 disc/osteophyte complex and the encroachment into the ventral aspect of the central canal and contact with the cervical spinal cord. (1)�Peter�J. Tuchin, GradDipChiro, DipOHS, Henry Pollard, GradDipChiro, GradDipAppSc, Rod Bonillo, DC, DO.� Received 29 June 1999.��Another consideration was the treatment schedule because the patient lives 60 miles west of the clinic and 2 treatments was the ordered therapeutic schedule.

Therapeutic Focus and Assessment:��Assessment of the cervical spine MRI both sagittal and axial views of the C5/C6 and C6/C7 segmental levels revealed adequate space between the cervical cord and posterior vertebral elements.� It was determined that conservative management of this patient was appropriate.� Therapeutic focus was reducing the pressure of the C5/C6 disc/osteophyte complex on the ventral cord.� Promoting healing of damaged nerve tissue and restoring more favorable position and motion of vertebral segments C5/C6.� The modalities used to treat this patient were:

1.�����Specific Spinal Adjustments: utilizing a Sigma Precision Adjusting Instrument to introduce a percussive force of 20 lbs. with a maximum of impact number of 50.

2.�����Spinal Decompression: A Hill Spinal Decompression table was utilized with 8 lbs. of pull maximum and a cycle of 5 minute at maximum and 5 minutes at reduction to 50% over a 25 minutes treatment session.� The patient completed 18 sessions in total.

3.�����Low Level Laser Therapy was used to promote healing on a cellular level using a Dynatron Solaris system.� Treatments consisted of 30 seconds of exposure to an 860-nanometer beam at C5/C6 and C6/C7 levels.

Follow-up and Outcomes

The patient�s compliance to the treatment schedule as rated at 9 of 10.� Completion of the recommended 18 treatments required 1 week longer than anticipated.� For personal reasons the patient missed 2 treatment sessions but made them up by adding a week to the estimated completion date. Upon discharge examination the patient reports her neck pain on the Verbal Analog Scale a 2 of 10 with 0 being the complete absence of pain and 10 being the worst pain imaginable. She further reported her headaches as a 1 on the Verbal Analog Scale.� Both symptoms were constant since 10/01/11.� This is duration of 25 months prior to her first visit. Her symptoms of dizziness and visual disturbances have been absent since 12/13/13.

Discussion:�Headaches and Migraine Headaches are a big health problem. It has been estimated that 47% of the adult population have headache at least once within last year in general.��More than 90% of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during their migraine. American employers lose more than $13 billion each year as a result of 113 million lost workdays due to migraine. (2)�Schwartz BS1, Stewart WF, Lipton RB. J Occup Environ Med. 1997 Apr; 39(4): 320-7.

This case report is very limited because it represents the experience and clinical findings for just 1 patient. However a study of the references included with this report as well as reports by care providers as well as testimonials from patients indicates that more study should be invested in the relationship of the cervical spine, its structures and biomechanics during the diagnostic workup on headache and migraine patients.

Informed Consent:�The patient provided a signed informed consent.

Competing Interests:�There are no competing interests writing of this case report.

De-Identification:�All the patient�s related data has been removed from this case report.

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References:

1. Schwartz BS1, Stewart WF, Lipton RB.

J Occup Environ Med. 1997 Apr; 39(4): 320-7.

Lost workdays and decreased work effectiveness associated with headache in the workplace.

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. (2010, July).�Human musculoskeletal system.�Retrieved from�http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musculoskeletal

2. Vernon, H., Humphreys, K., & Hagino, C. (2007). Chronic mechanical neck�pain in adults treated by manual therapy: A systematic review of change scores in randomized clinical trials,�Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 30(3), 215-227.

3.�Peter J. Tuchin, GradDipChiro, DipOHS, Henry Pollard, GradDipChiro, GradDipAppSc, Rod Bonillo, DC, DO.� Received 29 June 1999

A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine?

4.Mark Studin DC, FASBE (C), DAAPM, DAAMLP, William J. Owens DC, DAAMLP Chronic Neck Pain and Chiropractic. A Comparative Study with Massage Therapy.

5.�D�Antoni AV, Croft AC. Prevalence of Herniated Intervertebral Discs of the Cervical Spine in Asymptomatic Subjects Using MRI Scans: A Qualitative Systemic Review. Journal of Whiplash & Related Disorders 2006; 5(1):5-13.

6.��Murphy, D. R., Hurwitz, E. L., & McGovern, E. E. (2009).�A nonsurgical approach to the management of patients with lumbar radiculopathy secondary to herniated disk: A prospective observational cohort study with follow-up.�Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 32(9), 723-733.

Additional Topics: Chiropractic Helps Patients Avoid Back Surgery

Back pain is a common symptom which affects or will affect a majority of the population at least once throughout their lifetime. While most back pain cases may resolve on their own, some instances of the pain and discomfort can be attributed to more serious spinal conditions. Fortunately, a variety of treatment options are available for patients before considering spinal surgical interventions. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective, alternative treatment option which helps carefully restore the original health of the spine, reducing or eliminating spinal misalignment which may be causing back pain.

 

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Cervicogenic Headaches Associated with Neck Issues

Cervicogenic Headaches Associated with Neck Issues

A cervicogenic headache begins in the cervical spine, or the neck. Sometimes these headaches mimic migraine headache symptoms. Initially, discomfort may start intermittently, spread to one side (unilateral) of the individual head, and become nearly continuous. Furthermore, pain can be exacerbated by neck movements or a particular neck place (eg, eyes centered on a pc monitor).

Possible Causes of Cervicogenic Headaches

The trigger of a headache is often associated to extreme tension to the neck. The headache may be a consequence of cervical osteoarthritis, a broken disc, or whiplash-type movements that irritates or compresses a cervical nerve. The neck’s bony structures (eg, aspect joints) and its delicate tissues (eg, muscles) can give rise to the improvement of a cervicogenic headache.

Nervous System Function

Certain nerves structures are involved in several cervicogenic headaches. Spinal nerves are signal transmitters that allow the body via the spinal cord and communication between the brain. At each level of the cervical spine is one on the right of the spine and a set of nerves; one on the left side. C1, C2 or C3 may be involved in development of cervicogenic headaches because these nerves permit function (motion) and feeling of the head and neck. Compression can cause pain and inflammation.

Cervicogenic Headache Symptoms

A cervicogenic headache provides in base and the back of the skull as a steady, non-throbbing pain, sometimes extending downward into the neck and between the shoulder-blades. Pain could be felt behind forehead and the brow, although the problem originates in the cervical spine.

Pain usually starts after a sudden neck movements, such as a sneeze. Along with head and neck discomfort, signs may include:

  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Vision
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Pain in both arms or one

Risk facets that will be engaged in headache on set or irritate cervicogenic headaches include:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Disc problems
  • Current or neck injuries that are preceding
  • Poor posture
  • Muscular stress

Diagnosis of Cervicogenic Headaches

The analysis of a headache commences using a thorough medical background using a physical and neurological evaluation. Diagnostic testing may include:

  • X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • CT Scans (rarely)
  • Nerve block injections to validate the diagnosis, cause

Treatment for Cervicogenic Headaches

Initially, your doctor may advise an over-the counter nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drug (eg, aspirin, Aleve). If this is ineffective, then a prescription anti-irritation and pain reliever might be prescribed. Other treatment options, outlined in purchase of from non-invasive to invasive, include:

  • Spinal manipulation or alternative manual therapies
  • Behavioral methods (eg, bio feedback)
  • Acupuncture
  • Trigger level injections
  • Prolotherapy
  • Facet joint blocks (a type of spinal joint injection)
  • Nerve blocks (this is generally of the medial branches of the nerves that provide you with the the facet joints)
  • Radiofrequency pulse ganglionotomy of the nerve root (eg, C 2, C-3)
  • Spine surgery to reduce nerve or vascular compression (this is rarely necessary)

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Additional Topics: Cervicogenic Headache and Chiropractic

Neck pain associated with whiplash-associated disorders resulting from an automobile accident are reportedly the most prevalent cause for discomfort along the cervical spine. The sheer force of an impact from a rear-end car crash or other traffic incident can cause injuries or aggravate a previously existing condition. While neck pain is commonly the result of damage to the complex structures of the neck, cervicogenic headaches may also result due to neck issues. Chiropractic care can help carefully restore the alignment of the cervical spine to relieve headaches and neck pain.

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Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic For Headaches And Migraines

Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic For Headaches And Migraines

Manual manipulations and spinal adjustments have been demonstrated to be successful treatment alternatives for patient’s with headaches.

Chiropractic’s capability to correct bio-mechanical dysfunctions can help eliminate common factors which may lead to head and neck pain. A majority of headaches are associated with neck pain and other cervical spine issues, best known as cervicogenic headaches. These headaches are musculo-skeletal in nature and are related to tension headaches, which may also relate to migraines.

According to some research studies, there’s less risk of further injury or aggravation of a previous condition through chiropractic adjustments than with popular medical remedies. Additionally, newest research indicates that nine percent of men and 12 percent of women in the United States experience at least one to two headaches per month, with four percent of the population experiencing more regular headaches.

Prevalence of Head Pain & Neck Pain

Two-thirds of all adult males and greater than 80 percent of females in developed countries suffer from persistent headaches, according to the World Wellness Organization (WHO). Headaches are just as harmful in developing nations as well, primarily because such are not considered to be a symptom of disease. WHO estimates that about half of the individuals who experience headaches never receive any treatment for them.

People who suffer from chronic, everyday headaches amount to about four or five percent of the world’s population, surpassing the percentage of several other common illnesses. Experts genuinely believe the connection of headache victims to those with disabilities is approximately the same.

Headaches are so frequent that Americans pay more than one billion annually to get alleviation from them. Medical expenses plus lost-work time and productivity accounts for an estimated $50 billion in losses for American companies. Just as troubling: The discomfort associated with headaches and migraines might be so extreme, it’s often reported that mental illness follows soon after.

Approximately 95 percent of headaches are categorized as stress, migraine, or cervicogenic, originating in the neck. Symptoms include head pain on either side of the head or a stiff feeling in the neck, along with tightness and soreness. A small percentage of headaches is on the array that is more hazardous and it’s possible for these to need further referral to appropriate healthcare professionals to treat them as necessary.

Treatment for Headaches Associated with Neck Pain

By utilizing risk-free and beneficial treatment protocols, many doctors of chiropractic, or DCs, effortlessly help many individuals reduce the symptoms of headaches. A spinal adjustment can certainly help lessen the strain being placed on the spine and its surrounding structures, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels, diminishing the signs of a headache and allowing for better function.

Particularly as it relates to neck modifying, many people have worries about chiropractic manipulation. Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic is a different kind of chiropractic treatment which is performed without manipulation of the head or neck. The �snap,� �crack,� or �pop� sound usually associated with chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation is not necessary to move a vertebra, especially the atlas or upper cervical joint complex.

Chiropractors in general are perhaps not taught aggressive, forceful techniques; the type that’ll injure vessels or tissues. Chiropractors are taught to use speed and finesse as an alternative to pressure. When the physician performing the procedure compensates for slow-pace by increasing pressure in the manipulation, problems can occur.�Chiropractors provide by far the greatest number of manipulations to the spine than any other profession, but other healthcare professionals can also perform manipulation and mobilization techniques.

Chiropractic health practitioners have had the same simple coaching as any other primary care physician. The variation between DCs and MDs lies in their treatment protocols for certain types of injuries and/or conditions.

Conclusive Findings

The need to seek assistance in emergencies is essential, if all other choices happen to be explored. When seeking specific treatment for cervicogenic headaches as well as neck pain, it’s suggested to seek medical attention with Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic, followed closely by other actions that are less-invasive. Surgery is often suggested and recommended to be used as a last option unless otherwise necessary.

Most people that have had an Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic adjustment report feeling as either a puff of force or nothing at all. They hear a tiny tap and they describe feeling the neck’s tightness and soreness decrease. Some explain the experience as initially underwhelming.� Others report a wave like feeling rushing through the body, especially after various treatments. The healthcare professional�may determine substantial changes between his objective findings from before the adjustment and those he finds afterwards in the patients.

About the Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Technique

Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic therapy could be an excellent instrument in the prevention of headaches, accidents and several other problems and includes a calming outcome for many individuals.

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Additional Topics: Cervicogenic Headache and Chiropractic

Neck pain associated with whiplash-associated disorders resulting from an automobile accident are reportedly the most prevalent cause for discomfort along the cervical spine. The sheer force of an impact from a rear-end car crash or other traffic incident can cause injuries or aggravate a previously existing condition. While neck pain is commonly the result of damage to the complex structures of the neck, cervicogenic headaches may also result due to neck issues. Chiropractic care can help carefully restore the alignment of the cervical spine to relieve headaches and neck pain.

 

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Treatment Options for Headaches & Migraines

Treatment Options for Headaches & Migraines

The most useful rule-of-thumb for headache and migraine treatment is: Have a program. See your doctor and produce a treatment strategy together. Your program will help you identify and handle migraines or your headaches early, sparing you some discomfort.

Tension Headache Treatments

When you get a pressure-type headache, it’s usually because of a change in neck, your mind, or encounter. Other tissues, nerves, blood vessels, and the muscles are experiencing distress. Treat the change, and you will reduce your headache.

It may build up unwanted stress, in case you have already been hunched over a laptop at work. Or perhaps a new medicine was started by you, or had minor neck injuries.

Take a minute curl up to stretch, or massage head your face, and neck. Consider a nap, a shower, or utilizing pack or ice pack on your own head or neck.

Tension Headache Medications

For tension headaches, you’ve numerous over-the-counter medicine alternatives. Naproxen ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin are successful. If you suspect your headache is vascular (associated to your own blood vessels), consider a pain-reliever that includes some caffeine.

Get in touch with your doctor for more tips if your headache does not react to to your own behavioral techniques and medications. In the event the headache becomes severe or lasts for more than 10 days, see your doctor. Your headache might be a signal of another condition.

Cluster Headache Treatments

Inhaling 100% oxygen right when a cluster headache starts can help lessen the pain considerably. Your doctor can help you get a portable oxygen unit to carry in a bag or briefcase.

A mainstay migraine medication, sumatriptan, is effective for cluster headaches. Learn to inject yourself right when you sense the first signs of your cluster headache. Other cluster headache medicines that are useful are dihydroergotamine, administered via an I-V, and octreotide sent as an injection.

Migraine Headache Prevention

Over the past 2 decades, health practitioners have realized effective treatments for decreasing the frequency of migraines. Avoid migraine triggers, take preventive medicine, alter your nourishment, and improve your rest.

One of numerous migraine triggers, several are foods, by avoiding so you can reduce your migraine risk:

  • Beans, legumes, and nuts
  • Fermented and pickled foods like pickles and olives
  • Dairy and cheese that is aged
  • Avocados
  • Onions
  • Cured or ag ed meats
  • Items containing brewer’s yeast
  • Chocolate, cocoa, and carob
  • Aspartame
  • Beverages
  • Caffeine

Other frequent migraine triggers include:

  • Stress
  • Weather changes
  • Poor diet
  • Hormonal changes
  • Nicotine
  • Physical activities that are intense

As you pay focus on what triggers your migraines, you are able to learn better what to avoid�??this is just a starting listing.

Your doctor will consider other medicines that prevent migraines. He/she might prescribe:

  • The blood-pressure drugs propranolol or timolol
  • Anti-depressants such as amitriptyline or fluoxetine
  • The seizure medication valproate

While these drugs came to market to handle other conditions, they are also efficient for migraine prevention.

Migraine Treatment

Migraine remedy is a race from the clock. You can take steps to reduce the intensity of the assault when you sense the warning signs of a migraine. That is the time to lie down, relax, and simply take your drugs.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), aspirin, and acetaminophen relieve some migraines. However, many migraine sufferers need stronger medicines for example sumatriptan or a different medication from your triptan family. In a few extreme circumstances, you may be treated by your physician with an opioid.

Treatments such as ice packs or cold compresses on your forehead rush instant reduction. Massaging your scalp and rubbing your temples may also help reduce the intensity of the migraine.

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By Dr. Alex Jimenez

Additional Topics: Cervicogenic Headache and Chiropractic

Neck pain associated with whiplash-associated disorders resulting from an automobile accident are reportedly the most prevalent cause for discomfort along the cervical spine. The sheer force of an impact from a rear-end car crash or other traffic incident can cause injuries or aggravate a previously existing condition. While neck pain is commonly the result of damage to the complex structures of the neck, cervicogenic headaches may also result due to neck issues. Chiropractic care can help carefully restore the alignment of the cervical spine to relieve headaches and neck pain.

 

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Doctor Diagnosis for Headaches and Migraines

Doctor Diagnosis for Headaches and Migraines

Should you have occasional headaches which can be mild in nature, you probably have tension headaches. On the other extreme, in the event that you’ve intense headaches with pounding pain you are incapacitated by that, it is probably a migraine diagnosis.

It’s hard to be sure what kind of headache it’s if your headache is moderate, as well as your headache diagnosis may be more complex. You as well as your doctor may need some time to know in case your headache that is moderate is a symptom of another health condition, a strong tension headache, or a mild migraine.

Symptoms of Head Pain

Headaches are caused by another illness, plus they disappear when that illness goes away. They often accompany colds, the flu, and injuries. By producing a headache, in case you start or stop a medication, your body may complain.

In certain situations, your headache is a sign of a serious illness. In case your headache is accompanied by you should call your doctor, or visit an emergency room or urgent care clinic:

  • Any combination of nausea, sluggishness, confusion, or a head injury
  • A fever with pain when you bend your head
  • blurry vision
  • severe pain in one eye
  • Pain and sensitivity around your cheeks and eyes

Diagnosis: Types of Head Pain

You and your doctor can distinguish between a light migraine along with a strong tension headache. Your visit will start using a physical exam that includes capturing or updating your health history.

Together, your doctor and you will explore the symptoms that separate migraines from other headaches with questions such as:

  • Can you experience a pre-headache period where you are abnormally fatigued or feel strange?
  • What would you experience when you feel the headache coming on?
  • What makes your headaches worse?
  • Would you vomit or get nauseated with your headaches?
  • How often have you been experiencing headaches?
  • How long do your headaches typically last?
  • How do your headaches affect your vision? What do you really see?
  • Do your headaches make you sweat or give you the chills?
  • What would you experience or feel throughout your headache, especially in the rest of your body?

If these questions lead you to describe migraine symptoms, your doctor will probably treat you for migraines with self-help strategies and a triptan medication. If the treatments reduce your migraine pain and discomfort, you’re able to be confident of a migraine diagnosis. If your answers don’t fit the migraine headache profile, your doctor may conclude that you suffer from strong tension headaches.

She or he might refer you to a neurologist for additional exams and tests, to be sure your headaches aren’t related to a different health condition.

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Additional Topics: Cervicogenic Headache and Chiropractic

Neck pain associated with whiplash-associated disorders resulting from an automobile accident are reportedly the most prevalent cause for discomfort along the cervical spine. The sheer force of an impact from a rear-end car crash or other traffic incident can cause injuries or aggravate a previously existing condition. While neck pain is commonly the result of damage to the complex structures of the neck, cervicogenic headaches may also result due to neck issues. Chiropractic care can help carefully restore the alignment of the cervical spine to relieve headaches and neck pain.

 

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Causes And Triggers: Headaches And Migraines

Causes And Triggers: Headaches And Migraines

No one can pinpoint exactly what causes migraines and headaches or why some people are more prone to experiencing them than others, but what we do know is that there are many factors which could potentially trigger them.

Causes of Cluster Headaches

Abnormalities in the region of the brain, known as the hypothalamus, are the cause of cluster headaches. What makes these headaches different than other types of headache is that they manifest like clockwork. Episodes generally occur in the same time of day and they typically follow the seasons of the year, making these very predictable. These headaches are mostly attributed to changes in the brain rather than changes in the environment or from how people handle stress.

Causes of Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are some of the most common types of headaches and they can affect anyone. �These types of headaches frequently occur when the neck and scalp muscles become tense or tight. Additionally, people who have migraines are more likely to experience moderate or severe tension headaches. The�increased sensitivity to pain resulting from the tension headaches, which might be caused by miscommunication between nerve pathways to the brain. A tension headache is usually triggered by something.

Tension Headache Triggers

  • A head injury
  • An illness, such as for example a sinus infection
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Eating foods with withdrawal symptoms or too much caffeine from a lack of caffeine
  • Excessive smoking
  • Clenching your jaw
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Overexertion (caused by intense physical activity, etc.)
  • Poor posture
  • Sitting or standing within an uncomfortable position for too long (eg, working at a desk, sewing)
  • Sleeping with your neck in a abnormal position
  • Straining your eyes (working at a computer, reading something with very small text, etc.)
  • Tiredness

Causes of Migraines

Both genetics along with the environment may be the most common cause of migraines. For example, if your mother experiences cases of chronic migraines, you may experience them as well. But in the case you don’t have a family history of migraines, then they may be caused by means of a variety of factors from changes in the weather to too much stress and not handling stress effectively. It’s possible that migraines may also be caused by imbalances in chemicals in the brain. The hormone serotonin helps nerves communicate with each other as well as helps regulate pain in the body. A lack of serotonin may causes a migraine, according to research studies.

Migraine Triggers

  • Alcohol
  • Certain foods, for example aged cheese and foods with aspartame (an artificial sweetener)
  • Changes in your sleeping habits
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Eating foods that have caffeine (eg, coffee, chocolate)
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Hormonal changes and menstruation (in women)
  • Hunger
  • Poor sleeping habits, lack of sleep, or too much sleep
  • Skipping meals
  • Some medications, including oral contraceptives

In spite of the fact that the exact cause of migraines and headaches is unknown, avoiding the triggers mentioned above is certainly one of the best ways to try to prevent headaches and migraines. By avoiding the above mentioned triggers and understanding the causes, you are in a position to help reduce the amount of headaches or migraines you experience in the future.

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic and spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss options on the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .�Green-Call-Now-Button-24H-150x150.png

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Additional Topics: Cervicogenic Headache and Chiropractic

Neck pain associated with whiplash-associated disorders resulting from an automobile accident are reportedly the most prevalent cause for discomfort along the cervical spine. The sheer force of an impact from a rear-end car crash or other traffic incident can cause injuries or aggravate a previously existing condition. While neck pain is commonly the result of damage to the complex structures of the neck, cervicogenic headaches may also result due to neck issues. Chiropractic care can help carefully restore the alignment of the cervical spine to relieve headaches and neck pain.

 

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An Overview On Types Of Headaches

An Overview On Types Of Headaches

There are many types of headaches. Is yours the dull pain that comes from a tension headache, or is it the forceful pounding, throbbing, and nausea from a migraine? Getting good headache treatment starts with identifying which type of headache you have.

Types Of Headaches

There are three main types of tension headaches -type, cluster, and migraine.

Many structures changes, and sense pain, particularly tension in muscles. However, the brain itself has no pain and also you have a headache as the surrounding tissues report their discomfort.

Tension headaches result from straining muscles that cover your skull, or your face or neck muscles. They might also occur when the blood vessels that circulates in your mind, face, and open. Exercise stress, and medication are a few things that could make your blood vessels open and provide you with a short-term tension headache.

Headache pain from tension headaches comes on gradually, and after that clears up in a number of hours. Just in case your tension headaches are severe or occur, you should see your doctor. Most headaches are just a part of life and no cause for concern.

Should you experience a cluster headache, the pain certainly will occur, and that’s sharp concentrate behind one eye. Headache experts attribute these headaches that are sudden and problems using a part of your brain called the hypothalamus.

Migraine Headaches And Their Symptoms

More than 60 million American adults report experiencing a migraine, and they affect women in a rate 3 times higher than men.1 Most people with migraines experience their first migraine as an adult, but children and teenagers can fall victim to them, too.

A pounding, deeply or pulsating throbbing aching headache, nausea, and pain which is immobilizing are the main symptoms of migraine headaches. Other common symptoms may include:

  • One-sided blind spots and blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light, noise, or odors
  • Fatigue and confusion
  • Feeling sweaty or cold
  • A stiff or tender neck
  • Light-headedness

About 20% of people with migraines experience an aura lasting 15 to 20 minutes in front of the onset of the actual migraine.1,2 The most common aura is visual where people experience blind spots, flashing lights, and glowing zigzagging forms. Auras involve other senses, such as for example a tingling feeling or numbness. They confuse the migraine victim and may affect speech.

Causes Of Migraines

Medical experts aren’t sure what causes migraines. Shifting levels of serotonin together with other chemicals in the brain may provoke migraines, but brain scientists and neurologists admit that people have a great deal to learn before we understand the cause completely.

The list below covers a selection of migraine causes; learn more about what causes migraines in our detailed migraine and headache causes article.

You will discover a number of migraine triggers. And meaning you should consider avoiding food can often triggers migraines:

  • alcoholic beverages
  • caffeine
  • legumes, pea pods, lentils, beans, nuts, and peanut butter
  • pickled and fermented foods such as pickles, soy sauce, sauerkraut, and olives
  • bologna, ham, herring, hot dogs, pepperoni, sausage, and aged or cured meat
  • meat tenderizer, seasoned salt, bouillon cubes, and monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • buttermilk, sour cream, and other cultured dairy
  • aged cheese
  • the artificial sweetener aspartame
  • avocados
  • onions
  • passion fruit and papaya
  • coffee cake, donuts, sourdough bread, and other items containing brewer’s yeast or fresh
  • chocolate, cocoa, and carob
  • figs, plumbs that are red, and raisins

Other common migraine triggers include:

  • fumes and strong odors
  • stress
  • bright lights
  • loud noises
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • weather changes
  • poor sleep
  • interruptions for example missing a meal, in your diet
  • certain medications
  • hormonal changes
  • smoking
  • exercise, sex, and other activities that are intense

In the event you live with migraine headaches, avoiding triggers may help you reduce the number of episodes you will need to endure.

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic and spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss options on the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .�Green-Call-Now-Button-24H-150x150.png

By Dr. Alex Jimenez

Additional Topics: Cervicogenic Headache and Chiropractic

Neck pain associated with whiplash-associated disorders resulting from an automobile accident are reportedly the most prevalent cause for discomfort along the cervical spine. The sheer force of an impact from a rear-end car crash or other traffic incident can cause injuries or aggravate a previously existing condition. While neck pain is commonly the result of damage to the complex structures of the neck, cervicogenic headaches may also result due to neck issues. Chiropractic care can help carefully restore the alignment of the cervical spine to relieve headaches and neck pain.

 

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Tension Headaches Caused By Improper Postures

Tension Headaches Caused By Improper Postures

There are a wide variety of factors which can cause headaches. The most common reason for headaches, especially tension headaches, is muscle tension and tightness. The frequent tightness which occurs during a headache can be experienced all over the head and neck, feeling almost as though there is a rubber band around the head, according to reports of many individuals. The tension and tightening of the muscles is largely due to poor posture where the muscles are trying to adapt to the constraints which are being placed on them. Poor posture over time leads to shortening of the muscles and irritation of the structures surrounding the spine, particularly the spinal discs. It�s this specific shortening of the tissues that causes the rubber band feeling on the head, or tension headaches. Most often, this form of pain and discomfort is felt at the base of the skull. The longer the individual sits in an improper position, the longer the tension and tightness of the muscles will last and worsen, causing longer lasting and worse headaches.

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The difficulty with improper postures is that they are mostly involuntary in their movements. If you are an individual who stresses frequently, it�s not uncommon for the shoulders to rise up to their ears. The person may not even realize they�re practicing this posture until they take a deep breath and relax, an action many take longer to realize. The shoulders may have been up for a majority of the day, meaning the muscles were being overworked in an inappropriate position, and chances are the individual won�t correct their posture until the headache has started.

Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C.,C.C.S.T�s insight:

After a long day of work, returning home with head pain�is an undesirable situation for many. People believe�that the reason behind their headaches at the end of the day is due to circumstances which are out of their control; work, bills, etc. But, as a matter of fact, from the way people sit at work and the way they hold their phone to the way people type on their computer, improper posture can greatly contributes to headaches. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Causes: Headaches And Chiropractic Care

Causes: Headaches And Chiropractic Care

Causes for Headaches & Chiropractic�Care

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With chiropractic adjustments, a chiropractor will work to gradually correct any spinal misalignments that could be causing the headaches. While many people might already have the knowledge to seek chiropractic treatment for these type of symptoms, many of these same people often don�t know the source of their headaches.

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Headache Prevention With Chiropractic Care

Headache Prevention With Chiropractic Care

Headache Prevention with Chiropractic�Care

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As an individual suffering from headaches and migraines, you are not alone. A large percentage of people often describe feeling symptoms associated with some form of head pain. While some might be occasional and dull and others may be more frequent and throbbing, headaches or migraine pain can be debilitating, especially depending on the type of injury or condition causing the symptoms. There�

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