Headache Relief Using Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

headacheIt often startles patients who have not been around chiropractic for long to learn that Stover Chiropractic helps many people with headache problems—from as simple (though often very painful) as tension headaches to chronic cluster migraine sufferers.

The name of the headache isn’t very important when you are the one who suffers with it. It doesn’t matter what the label is, if the pain is limiting the joy of life and living, it becomes a burden for the person in pain as well as family, friends, and co-workers.

For many, headaches are a common part of everyday life. Some headaches can signal a deficiency in your body that is keeping you from your optimal health levels. A chiropractor may be able to offer you advice or treatment that could help improve your overall health and wellness and reduce your suffering from headaches.

chiropractic subluxationChiropractors deal with assessing and treating subluxations which affect your nervous system and your musculoskeletal system, which are the systems of your body that give you the ability to move using your muscles and bones. When your muscles, bones, and all the other little pieces of your back, such as your spine, are not in their proper places your health will be reduced and you may incur pain and other symptoms.

While headaches can be triggered by stress, toxic fumes, and alcohol consumption it is likely that misalignments of the joints, muscles, tendons, and bones in your upper back and neck (called subluxations) could be the cause of your headaches. If someone has been through a trauma, like and auto accident, it is not uncommon to have problems with head pain and migraines (a post traumatic headache). A very common cause of migraines and tension type headache is a subluxation in the neck (the cervical spine). It is called a cervicogenic headache.

Regular chiropractic care is a drug-free way to attempt to correct any misaligned aspects that may be causing headaches or pain through spinal adjustments. At Stover Chiropractic, P. C. we specialize in upper cervical chiropractic care, more specifically, orthospinology or Grostic technique.

What is Orthospinology

According to The Society of Chiropractic Orthospinology, orthospinology is defined as “a sub-specialty of the chiropractic profession, focusing on the alignment of the upper cervical spine. It is one of several upper cervical procedures utilizing radiographs (x-ray films) of the head and neck to determine a misalignment or subluxation that may create irritation of and thereby, interference to, the functioning of your nervous system. This gentle form of chiropractic aligns the upper cervical spine to enhance health, reduce pain and ease chronic health problems.”

Every patient and headache problem is unique, so you should make sure to get a complete analysis for subluxations and a treatment plan with which you are comfortable. If you are suffering and in pain and live in the Mechanicsville area and would like to see what Stover Chiropractic, P. C. can do for you come visit us at 9129 Dickey Drive Mechanicsville, VA 23116.

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What is Chiropractic?

A natural, non-invasive approach to health care.

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism controlled by the brain, spinal cord and nerves of the body. The nervous system is protected by the spinal vertebrae. When these vertebrae become misaligned or lose normal motion, malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body result.

Chiropractic is a form of natural health care that focuses on treating a patient without the use of drugs or medicines. Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers and are recognized by governmental health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Workers’ Compensation programs and more. Every year, more than 30 million Americans see chiropractors as part of the regular health care programs. With over 84,000 licensed chiropractors nationwide and more than 10,000 students currently enrolled in chiropractic school, it is the fastest growing health care profession.

Chiropractors frequently treat individuals with problems, such as headaches, joint pain, neck pain, low back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disk conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains. However, the scope of conditions that chiropractors manage or provide care for is not limited to the common pains and problems listed above. Chiropractors also have the training to treat a variety of conditions such as allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, and other disorders as new research is developed.

How Does Chiropractic Work?

The main causes of joint dysfunction are mechanical, chemical, and emotional. Mechanical causes are referred to as micro- or macrotrauma. Microtrauma can also be called repetitive stress injury. Sitting with poor posture at a desk and typing all day can cause problems such as carpal tunnel, neck, upper back, or low back pain. Macrotrauma refers to pain due to trauma to the body, such as a fall, a break, or a car crash. Both forms of mechanical causes of joint dysfunction can benefit immensely from chiropractic care. Another cause of joint dysfunction is due to the chemical effects on the joint function and the body as a whole. Smoking, heavy drinking, and poor diet can create chemical imbalances in the body. Emotional stress also leads to joint dysfunction due to the overall stress and tension created within the body.

Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time. Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well it must be free of interference. By restoring spinal function with Chiropractic adjustments, nerve interference by misaligned vertebrae is removed, thus allowing optimal nervous system function and improved health.

The customized care you receive from your chiropractor may help to improve your posture, muscle balance and mobility. It can also restore the integrity of your nervous system and get rid of pain quickly, so you can get back to feeling good today!

Phases of Spinal Degeneration

Your Spine Degenerates in Stages or Phases:

Degeneration Phase 1

First your spine loses its normal balance. There may be a loss of normal spinal curves. Your nerves may be affected and the vital life energy that flows over them is interfered with. Also your joints, discs, nerves and posture are stressed and age more quickly. Surprisingly, there may be no pain other than occasional minor discomfort. Also present may be a slight lessening of energy and slight height loss. Response to spinal care is generally good.

Degeneration Phase 2

Here there is a much greater degree of decay, disc narrowing and bone spurs (deformations); postural changes are much worse. This condition is very common (by age 40, 80% of males and 76% of females exhibit moderate disc degeneration). Spinal canal narrowing or stenosis may occur. This phase is characterized by more common aches and pains, fatigue, and a diminished ability to cope with stress. Height continues to decrease. With chiropractic care significant improvement is possible.

Degeneration Phase 3

Here there are more postural imbalances, increased nerve damage, permanent scar tissue and advanced bone deformation. Physical and/or mental weakness or disability begin. Also found in this phase are permanent loss of height and loss of energy. With care some reversal is possible.

Degeneration Phase 4

This is the most advanced stage of subluxation degeneration. The postural imbalance is severe and motion is limited. There is severe nerve damage, permanent scar tissue is formed and the bones may begin to fuse. In this phase we find pain, various degrees of physical or mental disability, and continued loss of energy and height. By now the condition is considered irreversible, although chiropractic may give some symptomatic relief.

What is a Subluxation?

Subluxation is a term used in the chiropractic field to describe what happens when one of the vertebrae in your spine moves out of position. The word subluxation is derived from the Latin words meaning somewhat or slightly (sub) and to dislocate (luxate). When this happens, the misaligned vertebrae creates pressure and stress on the spinal nerves, blood vessels, and surrounding muscles. This pressure and stress can cause an imbalance in the body’s normal processes as the nerves in the spinal column extend to the entire body and its organs. As time goes on and the uncorrected subluxation settles, the damage to the nerve gets progressively worse and different stages of subluxation degeneration set in.

Subluxations can occur in a number of ways. A car accident, athletic injuries, birth trama, pregnancy, a fall, sudden jar, or other traumas are all examples of unique instances that may cause a subluxation. The other occurrence of subluxation comes from regular actions such as improper sleeping position, poor posture, or incorrect lifting processes.

Chiropractors are specialists in correcting subluxation and other misalignments. A chiropractor can restore the misaligned vertebrae to the proper position in the spinal column. They do this manually by using the chiropractic procedure known as a spinal adjustment. Your chiropractor, in most cases, will use his or her hands in applying corrective pressure to the spine in a specific direction and location. The manual force or thrust helps restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae. In some cases, the chiropractor may use instruments to detect a subluxation and adjust the spine. Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of trauma, such as car accident, some discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation.

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