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Tackling Headaches with Chiropractic

Tackling Headaches with Chiropractic

Spinal manipulations reduce side effects

If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. Research shows that spinal manipulation—the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic—may be an effective treatment option for migraines, tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A report released in 2009 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-­‐Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-­‐lasting relief of tension-­‐type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

What Can You Do?

The ACA suggests the following:

  • If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, typing or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to an hour. The stretching should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.
  • Ÿ Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise.
  • Engage in such activities as walking and low-­‐impact aerobics. Ÿ Avoid teeth clenching. The teeth should never touch, except when swallowing. Ÿ This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ)—the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull—leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches. Ÿ
  • Drink at least eight 8-­‐ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.

What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?

Your doctor of chiropractic may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:

  • Ÿ Perform chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate stress. Ÿ
  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of supplements. Ÿ
  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques.

This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.

If you’re experiencing headaches contact us for a consultation. 

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Non-Allergen Causes of Asthma | Universal Wellness Source

Non-Allergen Causes of Asthma

Chiropractic aids in asthma relief

Allergens aren’t the only culprit of asthma attacks. Stress factors such as moving to a new home, or changing jobs may induce or aggravate attacks. Even emotional expressions such as fear, anger, frustration, hard crying, or laughing can cause an attack.

Alternative treatments should be incorporated into the treatment program to reduce the patient’s stress level. These treatments improve the patient’s quality of life. Various relaxation techniques include: biofeedback, meditation, yoga, stress management, massage, chiropractic manipulation, breathing exercises, and acupuncture can be helpful.

Asthma is one of the leading causes of chronic and acute illnesses in children.

Chemical allergens such as pollen, animals, dust, exposure to cold and other stress factors can trigger an attack. Onset usually appears in the first five years of life. This was verified in a study conducted by the Michigan Chiropractic Council (MCC). A panel of doctors who tested the qualitative and quantitative effectiveness of chiropractic care on children with asthma.

The study, conducted between May and June of 2006, examined the effectiveness of chiropractic in correcting the cause of asthma in patients from birth to age 17. Prior to the study participants were experiencing more than four attacks per day. After 30 days of chiropractic health care, patients averaged only one attack, with use of medications decreasing nearly 70 percent.

The study involved more than 70 chiropractors from 62 cities in Michigan, and 80 children suffering from asthma. Chiropractic wellness helps asthmatics by correcting the subluxation that correlates to the nerve supply needed for lung function. Change someone’s life, one breath at a time.

Suffering from asthma? Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors and get relief today!

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Relieve Sinusitis With Chiropractic | Universal Wellness Source

Relieve Sinus Trouble With Chiropractic

Chronic Sinus Trouble

Do you wake up with a stuffy head and mucus in your nose or throat? Feel as if you always have a cold or that your last cold never left you? Experience chronic postnasal drip? If you answered yes, you may be suffering from sinusitis–the most common condition in the 18 to 45 age group.

Your sinuses are eight spaces in the bones of your forehead, cheeks and temples. Although they help you to breathe, when they become in flamed or filled with mucus, it becomes more difficult.

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages. It can cause a headache or pressure in the eyes, nose and cheek area. A person with this condition may have a cough, a fever, bad breath, and nasal congestion with thick nasal secretions. Sinusitis is categorized as acute (short-term), or chronic (long-term).

Symptoms of Sinusitis

Sinusitis is very common; it often occurs when you have a cold, and clears up when the cold ends. If the drainage is blocked, pressure increases and can cause pain, discomfort, headache and swelling around your eyes and ears. You may also experience a dull ache in the cheekbones; pain in the teeth or jaw, increased nasal secretions; chills; fever; dizziness; loss of appetite; sensitivity to light; and an overall yucky feeling.

The Chiropractic Approach

Chiropractic adjustments can relive stress on the nervous system and body structure, allowing your body to work more efficiently. Chiropractic medicine holds a great deal of promise for people with sinusitis. Its treatments can target the bones and mucous membrane that surround the air-filled sinus cavities, as well as the joints and muscles throughout the body. Patients of chiropractic have reported improvements in breathing, postnasal drainage, ability to sleep, sense of smell and fewer headaches.

If you’re suffering from sinusitis or other respiratory problems schedule an appointment today for a full spinal checkup. We want to help your body function better, improve your resistance to disease and enhance your well-being.

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In health,
Dr. Ashlin Gasiorowski
Lakeshore East

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