5 Common Causes of Vertigo

Vertigo, Meniere's Disease, Hydrops, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Ringing Ears, Dizzy, DizzinessVertigo episodes can be severely disabling. Being unable to drive, complete daily tasks, or even spend time with loved ones can greatly affect quality of life during attacks. Common conditions or events that can lead to vertigo include the following:

  • Head injuries – car accidents, concussions, other head traumas
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Certain medications
  • Recent ear infection

Management of vertigo traditionally includes physical therapy and/or medication. These solutions may be effective in the short-term, but they do not address a potential root cause of vertigo.
 
Vertigo and Your Spine
Your spine is designed to protect your spinal cord. Your spinal cord carries signals to and from your brain. When the top bone in your neck (atlas) is misaligned, this can create pressure within your spinal cord at the base of your neck. This can affect joint position signals going to and from your brainstem, potentially leading to vertigo symptoms.

The doctors of HP Spine Center are trained in Orthospinology, a precise chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. Orthospinology is a very specific and gentle chiropractic technique that does not involve any twisting, popping, or cracking. Through realignment of the atlas, pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brainstem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction of vertigo symptoms.

Mayheu et al. described a case of a 23-year-old female patient that presented with vertigo symptoms 5 months following a concussion. After receiving a specific atlas adjustment, she realized her vertigo symptoms disappeared. After two months of care, she stated that she had complete resolution of her vertigo since her first atlas correction.

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References:

  1. Taylor D. Vertigo Symptoms, Causes, Treatment – What are the risk factors for vertigo? - MedicineNet [Internet]. MedicineNet. 2016 [cited 18 April 2016]. Available from: http://www.medicinenet.com/vertigo_overview/page3.htm
  2. Nhs.uk. Vertigo – Causes – NHS Choices [Internet]. 2015 [cited 18 April 2016]. Available from: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Vertigo/Pages/Causes.aspx
  3.  Mayheu A, Sweat M. Upper cervical chiropractic care of a patient with post concussion syndrome, positional vertigo, and headaches. J Upper Cerv Chiro Res 2011; 2011(January): http://www.mccoypress.net/juccr/docs/2011-1056_post_concussion.pdf (accessed 18 April 2016).

Are You Suffering from Migraines During Your Menstrual Cycle?

Migraines, Headaches, Migraine, Headaches, Children, Natural ReliefMenstrual cycles can be stressful for women who suffer from hormonal migraines. These debilitating headaches can magnify the symptoms present during a menstrual period. MacGregor et al. conducted a study of 155 women who suffer from menstrual migraines and determined the following:

  • They are 2.5 times more common during the first three days of a menstrual period
  • Migraines that occur during the above period are over 3 times greater in severity

On day one of menstruation, estrogen levels may drop too low too quickly, triggering a menstrual migraine. While medications are available to balance these hormone levels, many are seeking a natural option to address the root cause of these painful migraines.
 
How Is My Neck Related to My Menstrual Headaches?
Your spine is designed to protect your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is essential for proper body function –  it sends messages to and from your brain. When the top bone in your spine (atlas) is out of proper alignment, it creates pressure in the spinal cord. This pressure distorts the messages being sent to and from your brain. This may lead to an improper amount and/or rate of estrogen production, potentially leading to migraine symptoms during menstruation.

We are trained in Orthospinology, a gentle chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. Orthospinology is a very precise technique. Through specific realignment of the atlas, pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brainstem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction of menstrual headache symptoms.

Palmer et al. examined 47 patients with non-migraine headaches. After two weeks of specific atlas chiropractic care (and only one correction), the subjects had a significant reduction in headache pain. They found that after 3-4 months of care, their headache symptoms decreased by 75% on average.

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References:

  1. MacGregor E, Hackshaw A. Prevalence of migraine on each day of the natural menstrual cycle. Neurology [Internet]. 2004 [cited 21 March 2016];63(2):351-353. Available from: http://www.neurology.org/content/63/2/351.short
  1. Brzyski R, Knudtson J. Menstrual Cycle – Women’s Health Issues [Internet]. Merck Manuals Consumer Version. 2015 [cited 21 March 2016]. Available from: http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/women’s-health-issues/biology-of-the-female-reproductive-system/menstrual-cycle
  1. Mayoclinic.org. Headaches and hormones: What’s the connection? – Mayo Clinic [Internet]. 2015 [cited 21 March 2016]. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-daily-headaches/in-depth/headaches/art-20046729
  1. Palmer J, Dickholtz M. Improvement in Radiographic Measurements, Posture, Pain & Quality of Life in Non-migraine Headache Patients Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Retrospective Practice Based Study. Annals Vert Sub Res [Internet]. 2009 [cited 21 March 2016];2009(June):1-11. Available from: http://www.mccoypress.net/annals/docs/2009-1287_nucca.pdf

Distinguishing A Headache From a Migraine

Migraines, Headaches, Migraine, Headache, Children, Natural ReliefHeadaches can range from annoying to terrible, but how do you know when that headache is actually a migraine?

  • Migraines are pulsating and are usually confined to one side of the head/face.
  • Some migraines are preceded by an aura, visual disturbances that appear as spots, flickering lights, or lines.  Auras typically last less between 5 and 60 minutes and subside for about an hour before the headache pain sets in.
  • Some migraine sufferers experience sinus problems along with an episode, including a stuffy or runny nose and tearing of the eyes.
  • The pain of migraines can present right behind the eye, which may lead some people to visit their eye doctor.
  • Migraines can be accompanied by neck pain, either as a warning sign that an attack is on the way or after the episode subsides.

No matter what type of a headache you’re experiencing, if it’s more than the rare event, chances are it’s negatively impacted your life in one realm or another.  People with chronic headaches take more time off of work, aren’t able to enjoy quality time with their families, and don’t socialize as often.  While medications may help bring you through an attack, they provide temporary relief at best.  Many people are looking for an alternative to the usual treatment routes and have found their way to HP Spine Center.

The upper cervical approach we take is unique because we are able to locate and correct the root cause of many people’s headache conditions.  When the topmost vertebra in the neck, the atlas, misaligns, it prevents normal blood and spinal fluid flow.  It also obstructs normal nervous system function.  Orthospinology is an extremely gentle and precise way of correcting atlas misalignments and restoring function to the systems of the body.  In this manner, people are able to achieve lasting relief from chronic headache conditions.

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References:

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/migraine/migraine.htm

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20537878_9,00.html

Headaches Due to Posture

Migraines, Headaches, Migraine, Headaches, Children, Natural ReliefAre your tension headaches leading to increased aggravation at work? A major culprit in tension headache pain is sitting too long. Prolonged sitting can lead to weak neck muscles called extensors. Extensors help prevent your head from moving too far forward.

Madsen et al. found that neck and shoulder muscles were 26% weaker in those with tension headaches versus a normal population. They also noted that there were strength imbalances present in the neck muscles on either side. They theorized that increased use of computers, cellphones, and tablets increased the stress on these muscles. (1)

Strengthening neck extensors and core muscles will help improve tension headache symptoms, but it will not address the foundational cause of muscular imbalance.
 
Natural Relief for Tension Headaches
Your spine is responsible for protecting your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is essential for transmitting signals to and from your brain. When your atlas (top bone in your spine) misaligns, this leads to tension within your spinal cord. Spinal cord tension causes the signals going to and from your brain to become distorted. This may lead to tension headache symptoms.

We are trained in Orthospinology, a gentle chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. Orthospinology is a very precise technique. Through specific realignment of the atlas, pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brainstem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction of tension headache symptoms.

Palmer et al. examined 47 patients with non-migraine headaches. After two weeks of specific atlas chiropractic care (and only one correction), the subjects had a significant reduction in headache pain. They found that after 3-4 months of care, their headache symptoms decreased by 75% on average. (2)

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References

  1. Madsen B, Sogaard K, Andersen L, Skotte J, Jensen R. Neck and shoulder muscle strength in patients with tension-type headache: A case-control study. Cephalalgia. 2015;36(1):29-36.
  1. Palmer J, Dickholtz M. Improvement in Radiographic Measurements, Posture, Pain & Quality of Life in Non-migraine Headache Patients Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Retrospective Practice Based Study. J Upper Cerv Chiro Res [Internet]. 2009 [cited 22 February 2016];2009(June):1-11. Available from: https://vertebralsubluxation.sharepoint.com/Pages/2009_1287_nucca.aspx

Migraines, Parkinson’s Disease, and the Connection to Your Spine

Migraines, Headaches, Migraine, Headaches, Children, Natural ReliefIf you have experienced a migraine, you know that it’s more than just an ordinary headache.  Migraines often come with a host of other symptoms, and the effects can linger on for days.  A recent study conducted in Taiwan uncovered a potential link between people who suffer from migraines and their likelihood of developing Parkinson’s disease.  While the findings drew no absolute conclusion, they may highlight a possible connection and the importance of identifying the cause of migraines in individuals.

On the surface, Parkinson’s disease and migraines may not appear to be connected.  However, both conditions have their roots in the brain and central nervous system.  Even though the connection may be unclear, dysfunction in nervous system function is often the underlying cause of many conditions.  In both migraines and Parkinson’s disease, the body’s ability to produce and regulate serotonin and dopamine is compromised in some way.

How our care at HP Spine Center becomes extremely relevant is through the connection between the spine and the nervous system.  The skull and vertebrae of the spine are built to surround and protect the central nervous system.  When there is a misalignment, especially at the base of the skull in the area of the brainstem, dysfunction can occur.  We have found that many people suffering from migraines have a specific misalignment of the atlas vertebra, the uppermost one in the neck.

The doctors at HP Spine Center have worked with many migraine cases that have seen great results from upper cervical chiropractic.  Because the purpose of our care is to restore integrity and function to the nervous system, we are able to see dramatic changes in a person’s health.  Our approach is gentle and precise, and best of all, free from medications, side effects, and invasive procedures.

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Reference:

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Neurology/Migraines/56133

Headache Pain at Work

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Chiropractors in Atlanta Help Headaches

You’re looking at your computer screen, and you feel a nagging pain start in your head. It can become incredibly difficult to focus as the pain begins to intensify. Have you noticed these kinds of headache episodes at work? It may appear as though there was no immediate cause, but repetitive poor posture can directly contribute to tension headaches.
 
How to Improve Posture in the Workplace (1)

  • Sit up against your seat back
  • Bring your shoulders back, avoid “hunching”
  • Adjust your chair height so your knees are slightly lower than your hips
  • Make sure your feet are flat on the floor
  • Bring your monitor up to eye level
  • Make sure your elbows and wrists are parallel to the floor when typing

While these posture tips may lessen your tension headache frequency, the root cause is not addressed. Proper spinal alignment can help prevent these pounding tension headaches.
 
Natural Tension Headache Relief
Your spine is responsible for protecting your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is essential for transmitting signals to and from your brain. When your atlas (top bone in your spine) misaligns, this leads to tension within your spinal cord. Spinal cord tension causes the signals going to and from your brain to become distorted. This may lead to tension headache symptoms.

I am trained in Orthospinology, a gentle chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. Orthospinology is a very precise technique. Through specific realignment of the atlas, the pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brainstem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction of tension headache symptoms.

Palmer et al. examined 47 patients with non-migraine headaches. After two weeks of specific atlas chiropractic care (and only one correction), the subjects had a significant reduction in headache pain. They found that after 3-4 months of care, their headache symptoms decreased by 75% on average. (2)

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References

  1. Nhs.uk. How to sit correctly – Live Well – NHS Choices [Internet]. 2014 [cited 26 January 2016]. Available from: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/workplacehealth/Pages/howtositcorrectly.aspx
  2. Palmer J, Dickholtz M. Improvement in Radiographic Measurements, Posture, Pain & Quality of Life in Non-migraine Headache Patients Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Retrospective Practice Based Study. Annals Vert Sub Res [Internet]. 2009 [cited 26 January 2016];2009(June):1-11. Available from: http://www.mccoypress.net/annals/docs/2009-1287_nucca.pdf

How to Get Relief after Concussion

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Chiropractor Atlanta Helps Concussion Sufferers

When someone suffers a concussion which they may not even be aware of, he or she may get symptoms of post-concussion-syndrome that last for an extended period of time. It does not have to be an intense injury to cause this problem. There is no connection between how hard a person was hit compared to whether or not they will develop post-concussion-syndrome. Concussions related to injuries during sporting events are estimated to be up to 3.8 million in the USA. This makes post-concussion-syndrome a problem of top priority among public health authorities.

It is normal for people suffering from post-concussion-syndrome to have headaches. This makes sense since the original injury was probably a blow to the head. If headaches continue to occur after the concussion, it is possible that they have post-concussion-syndrome. How is this treated?

Medical doctors generally focus on relieving symptoms. This often includes prescription drugs to help with headaches, feeling off-balance, feeling anxious, and issues with getting regular sleep. These may help a person feel better temporarily, but the root of the problem still lies undetected. Where can a person find long-lasting relief?

Upper cervical chiropractors have been having success in treating post-concussion-syndrome patients. These chiropractors are unlike the traditional chiropractors you may be familiar with. They are specially trained to analyze and find a misalignment in the bones that are in the uppermost part of the neck. This misalignment very possibly happened when the concussion occurred.

Because this misalignment can cause many problems with the nervous system, it is vital that it is addressed by a professional. Many patients have seen a decrease in symptoms, or even a total reversal of symptoms, after only a few adjustments. Once the misalignment is corrected, healing can take place, bringing the person back to a healthier and happier existence.

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Alternative Relief for Migraines

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Chiropractors Smyrna Help Migraine Sufferers

Do you or someone you love suffer from migraines? If so, you are not alone. Approximately 36 million people living in the USA have migraines, with 18 million having chronic migraines (more than 5 migraines per month). Migraines are known for causing throbbing or pounding in the head. They may last a couple of hours or up to a few days. Some people do their best to continue living with a migraine, but it can be a real challenge.

Migraines are hard to treat because they vary depending on the person dealing with them. There is a growing market for medication to treat migraines, but they provide little relief. People seem to be trending toward a more natural, alternative treatment.

One that that has gained popularity is using medical marijuana to gain headache relief. This drug of choice is now legal in many states in America. How it works is by cushioning the pain and regulating how the brain feels pain. It may be tempting for some to try medical marijuana if they have not had success in other areas of treatment. It can be helpful in covering over symptoms, but it does not address the underlying cause. Therefore, migraines will continue to happen. There is another solution that may bring you permanent relief.
 
The Real Solution to Migraines
Dr. Don Parkerson of Smyrna, Georgia is an upper cervical chiropractor. He specifically examines the upper bones in the neck, particularly the C1 or Atlas bone. If this bone is out of alignment, it affects the connection between the nervous system and the brain. This can definitely cause migraines, as well as other problems.

Once Dr. Parkerson has detected your misalignment, he can begin to work with you to correct it through gentle, effective adjustments. The nervous system and brain will begin to function properly, and your migraines will improve. Studies done involving people suffering from migraines have shown that only one or two visits to an upper cervical chiropractor can bring relief of pain and, in some cases, complete resolution. Why not give the doctors at HP Spine Center a call and set up your first assessment? You will be glad you did.

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References: 

1.Baron EP. Comprehensive Review of Medicinal Marijuana, Cannabinoids, and Therapeutic Implications in Medicine and Headache: What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been … Headache 2015; 55(6).

2.Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003; AUG(3):1-10.

Solution to Nagging Headaches

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Chiropractors Atlanta Help Nagging Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are incredibly common. With our heavy use of computers and cell phones, our repetitive hunched and stooped posture directly contributes to developing muscle imbalances. How does a tension headache differ from other kinds of headaches?
 
Symptoms of Tension Headaches (1)

  • Mild to moderate pain level
  • Vice-like pain – feels as though a hat band is squeezing your head
  • May occur multiple times per month
  • Eye strain and/or sleep disturbances may contribute to the pain
  • No nausea or vomiting

Management of tension headaches typically involves over-the-counter analgesics. While these are effective in decreasing pain, it does not address the root cause of the headaches. Many people with chronic tension headaches are looking for an alternative solution.
 
Natural Tension Headache Relief
Your spine is responsible for protecting your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is essential for transmitting signals to and from your brain. When your atlas (top bone in your spine) misaligns, this leads to tension within your spinal cord. Spinal cord tension causes the signals going to and from your brain to become distorted. This may lead to tension headache symptoms.

Dr. Parkerson is trained in Orthospinology, a gentle chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. Orthospinology is a very precise technique. Through specific realignment of the atlas, the pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brainstem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction of tension headache symptoms.

Palmer et al. examined 47 patients with non-migraine headaches. After two weeks of specific atlas chiropractic care (and only one correction), the subjects had a significant reduction in headache pain. They found that after 3-4 months of care, their headache symptoms decreased by 75% on average. (2)

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References

  1. Silberstein S. Tension-Type Headaches – Brain, Spinal Cord, and Nerve Disorders [Internet]. Merck Manuals Consumer Version. 2015 [cited 21 December 2015]. Available from: http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/brain,-spinal-cord,-and-nerve-disorders/headaches/tension-type-headaches
  1. Palmer J, Dickholtz M. Improvement in Radiographic Measurements, Posture, Pain & Quality of Life in Non-migraine Headache Patients Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Retrospective Practice Based Study. Annals Vert Sub Res [Internet]. 2009 [cited 21 December 2015];2009(June):1-11. Available from: http://www.mccoypress.net/annals/docs/2009-1287_nucca.pdf

Migraines in Children – A Growing Trend

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Atlanta Chiropractor Discusses Growing Trend of Migraines in Children

Forty-six percent of adults suffer from migraines worldwide. It now seems that more and more children are beginning to suffer from migraines as well. According to the American Migraine Foundation, approximately sixty percent of children have a headache once in awhile, and about four to ten percent have them on a regular basis. Children over the age of eleven that are experiencing migraines are in the range of eight to twenty-three percent!

No matter what your age is, treatment is limited. Dietary changes, surgery, and medications are some options. There is no guarantee any of these will work. Each person is different. Dealing with children is especially hard due to the fluctuations in hormones and growth spurts.

One recently approved drug for children is called Sumatriptan. It is basically a lower dosage than that approved of for adults. Its purpose is to improve blood flow to the brain and the layer of tissue that protects the spinal cord and brain known as dura mater. This drug has not proven to be very effective and comes with side effects such as blood clotting, stroke, bleeding and ulceration of the stomach, intestinal issues, and heart attack. Why not try a natural cure for your child?

An upper cervical chiropractor is specifically trained to detect misalignments in the upper neck area. If the top two bones in the neck are just slightly out of alignment, this can cause migraines as well as other problems. This can happen through sports, falls, and other activities. When the atlas bone, or the uppermost bone in the neck, is not in its normal position, it puts pressure on the dura mater and affects normal blood flow to the brain. When an upper cervical chiropractor, like the doctors found at the HP Spine Center in Smyrna, Georgia, correct these bones, your child will begin to heal. These types of adjustments have been proven to reduce, if not eliminate, the migraines in adults and children – all with no dangerous side effects. Why not call the HP Spine Center to schedule an assessment today.

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References:

Stovner LJ, Hagen K, Jensen R, Katsarva Z, Lipton R, Scher A, Steiner T, Zwart JA. The global burden of headache: a documentation of headache prevalence and disability worldwide. Cephalgia 2007;27(3):193-210.

Grostic JD. Dentate Ligament-Cord Distortion Hypothesis. Chiropr Res J, 1988; 1(1):47-55.

Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a nine-year-old male with Tourette syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, asthma, insomnia, and headaches: a case report. J Vertebral Subluxation Res, July 12, 2003:1-11.