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Why Suffer With Migraines

Why suffer with migraines

Do You Feel Like Your Head Is In A Vice?

I am concerned about how you May be handling the situation. Like so many people medication prescription and over-the-counter are chosen without recognizing some of the major consequences. A recent study in Headache concluded “Predictably reliable treatment for most headache types is often lacking”. What May be more surprising is that medications May actually worsen headaches over the long term turning an acute situation into a chronic one. Researchers call this phenomenon medication-overuse headache (MOH). They also estimate that 50% of all chronic headaches are MOH. Curr Pain Headache Rep.

Migraine symptoms vary but commonly begin with a dull ache that becomes a constant throbbing and pulsating pain felt at the temples beneath one eye and the front or back of one side of the head. Sometimes there is nausea vomiting and sensitivity to light and noise.

When spinal bones (vertebrae) become misaligned it is the start of a condition known as vertebral subluxation. A couple of studies link vertebral subluxation to headaches. In one study 127 volunteers with regular migraines were divided into two groups those who got chiropractic evaluations and those that did not. After two months there was a significant statistical difference in frequency duration disability and medication use in the 8 chiropractic cases compared to the control group. (JMPT)

Another 218 subjects were treated with either amitriptyline a common migraine medication chiropractic or both. The chiropractic only group had 40% fewer migraines. Noted in the conclusion of that study was that “there was no advantage to combining amitriptyline” with chiropractic for migraine headache and that there were no side effects with chiropractic treatment unlike with medication. JMPT.

Good practices for migraine sufferers

Incorporate a relaxation daily routine

Reduce your stress: Incorporate a daily relaxation routine like massage T’ai Chi yoga biofeedback meditation prayer and breathing exercises.

Exercise: Aerobic exercise makes you feel better and helps block pain. They also can keep migraines away.

Eat healthy: Get plenty of fresh nutritious foods add or increase vitamin B consumption in your diet. Also avoid dietary triggers like alcohol caffeine MSG Aspartame and chocolate.

Rest: Get plenty of sleep. A good nights sleep is essential for everyone.

Find yourself a chiropractor.

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Jamie Olivers Food Revolution Comes to Kennesaw GA

About Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the growing obesity epidemic that – if left unchecked – threatens not only our children but every subsequent generation. Hes had great success as a chef entrepreneur and social activist but it is his passion for great food and cooking from scratch that has inspired people globally and enabled him to highlight the importance of cooking skills throughout the world.

Why do we need a food revolution?

The problem stems from the loss of cooking skills at home and the availability of processed foods at every turn from the school cafeteria to church function halls factories and offices. This Food Revolution is about saving lives by inspiring everyone: moms dads kids teens and cafeteria workers to get back to basics and start cooking good food from scratch.

What can you do?

The See It Make It Eat It program is inspired by an event on May 19 called Food Revolution Day.  The event is an initiative launched by the Jamie Oliver Foundation to inspire educate and empower people everywhere to stand up for real food. Thousands of people worldwide will participate in events to raise awareness on preventing diet-related diseases and to arm people with the knowledge and tools to make healthier food choices.

Register for a class. Registration is free sponsored by the Fit City Kennesaw initiative but is limited to fifty participants. Saturday May 19 at the Edge Kitchen 2750 Jiles Road in Kennesaw Commons classes will be conducted from 10 am – 2 pm.

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Gentle Adjusting

Gentle Adjusting

Color Hand PrintsPoor spinal alignment can be the cause of back pain neck pain and even poor circulation in the extremities. Poor spinal alignment can also be the cause of heartburn constipation and even menstrual cramps. Poor spinal alignment also plays a role in thoughts of depression fatigue and general feelings of malaise. These conditions can take a toll on your health your posture the quality of your interactions with people your feelings of accomplishment and your ability to work. A misaligned or subluxated spine can cause a variety of health problems and requires professional chiropractic adjustment. I am trained in a number of chiropractic techniques that help align the spine and bring your body into balance; each technique offers benefits including reduced pain increased mobility a sense of vitality and better health overall.

What is a Spinal Adjustment?

Spinal adjustment is the overall process of spinal alignment and involves ‘retraining’ the spine and surrounding muscles to adapt to a healthier state of functionality. Spinal adjustment is often used to increase mobility to bring the entire spinal column into balance. Bringing your spinal column into balance reduces stress on the central nervous system since the spinal column is the primary conduit for its interaction with the rest of the body. The process itself depends on the technique that is appropriate for your spine at the time of examination.

Extremity Manipulation

An extremity is any part of your body that is not your spine examples are shoulders wrists hips and knees. I use extremity manipulation to mobilize muscles and joints that May be causing musculoskeletal problems such as difficulty walking or as a result of injury like typing or sports. The goal of extremity manipulation and extremity adjusting is to restore mobility and function to the area that is not moving properly to reduce pain increase mobility or flexibility or reduce the stressful effects they can have on the spine.

Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique

Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique involves analyzing the length of the legs and determining whether a pelvic deficiency is present. The Activator Methods technique aims to restore the proper function of the nervous system by correcting vertebral and pelvic misalignments using an Activator mallet to deliver the adjustment. This type of technique works wonderfully for people who have an aversion to the sounds of popping that often accompany Diversified and Full Spine Technique adjusting. It is also considered high velocity low amplitude adjusting by some researchers even though it is done by instrument. The effect is little different from a patient perspective (

Thompson Chiropractic Technique

The Thompson Technique is another method of adjustment that involves analyzing the length of the legs. This technique uses a ‘drop table’ for adjustment where a gentle thrust is applied to the joints which in turn sets the drop piece into motion and targets the specific joint. This is my preferred method because the evaluation of the subluxation has a high level of consistency and accuracy. Further the delivery of the adjustment is gentle and precise.

Diversified Technique3D Spine

Some consider this to be the best pieces of several techniques put together while others call this a technique unto itself. Either way it I use it as a part of the treatment protocol when indicated. It is especially useful in flexible patients and athletes. The application of any of the diversified moves are delivered after a complete evaluation of your needs and presentation at that time.

Gonstead Chiropractic Technique

This method was developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead in 192 and has since been used to treat a variety of conditions. Gonstead chiropractic techniques address all areas of subluxation – the areas where the spine is out of alignment and is causing a vertebral subluxation complex. The Gonstead technique recognizes the misalignments primarily through X-Ray and motion palpation. It is the foundation for the Life Full Spine Technique.

Cox Flexion/Distraction Chiropractic Techniques

If you are suffering from back leg neck or arm pain and do not want to pursue surgery the Cox Flexion/Distraction technique offers one option. It is considered a safe alternative to back surgery and helps restore the range of motion in joints after bringing the spine into alignment. Treatment is performed on a special table that flexes and bends various joints. It is commonly used to restore herniated discs reduce headaches and improve posture.

Ask Questions

You are at the center of the care that you recieve. That means that you can expect an honest evaluation and report concerning your current condition. You will also learn the most likely causes for your condition as well as what the likely outcomes are over time. You will be able to chose how you want to address the problems patch or fix. If you have any questions call the office or use the ask the doctor feature of our blog.

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Doctors Urge Fewer Routine Tests

Recently nine US specialty societies representing 374000 physicians developed a list of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question in recognition of the importance of physician and patient conversations to improve care and eliminate unnecessary tests and procedures.

Im glad that the common-sense things that chiropractors have been saying since the 19th century are now becoming part of the medical mainstream.  We chiropractors still hold that drugs and surgery are not the answer to promote health and it is nice to see the Medics starting to choose wisely.

In most cases people need drugs and surgery because they have ignored their health for a prolonged time especially when it comes to the major causes of death.  Have a look at these pie charts showing the top five major causes of death for the US in 2009 broken down by age group:

Cause of Death by Age

What happened to cause the cancer and heart disease death rate to jump from 26% in the 25-44 age group to 54% in the 45-64 year old group?  This is not because they turn 45!  These are chronic long-term symptom-free conditions that could be addressed by chiropractic and other lifestyle interventions.  The whole medical concept of treating patients based their symptoms leads to a false sense of security and contributes to this dramatic rise in cancer and heart disease as people get older.

Bottom line:  Dont wait for symptoms to see your chiropractor!

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Turn Over a New Leaf

According to Native American folklore spring is carried on the east wind the wind of change. It is the time for new life to emerge for seeds to be planted. It is the time to give thanks. This spring I offer you a fresh approach to optimal health and wellness.

Turn Over a New Leaf

Spread Your Wings

Do you go to the doctor only when you are not feeling great? Do you find that you are putting out fires when it comes to your health? Are you frustrated by nursing the same symptoms rather than confronting the underlying cause? If you answered yes you are not alone.

Millions of people are doing the same things expecting health care from a sick care approach. Fortunately chiropractors are leading the way to a wellness revolution to a system that focuses on prevention and good health practices away from the impersonal model that has dominated our thinking for so long. This year chiropractors will help thousands of people in all age groups reach their optimal health and peak performance because we look at the whole person and not just a few symptoms.

Bloom and Grow Without Spinal Dysfunction

Doctors of chiropractic understand that spinal health is the key to optimal health and peak performance. We are specialist in locating spinal barricades road blocks that interfere with your ability to getting and staying healthy. These barricades are areas of your spine that restrict movement or force bones and joints out of alignment. These dysfunctional areas are known as vertebral subluxations.

Vertebral subluxations affect your health in ways that you can feel and in ways that you can-->serif;">’t. When the spine is out of alignment or acting dysfunctional it interferes with all the soft tissues in the area the muscles that attach to that joint act differently the ligaments and tendons respond accordingly and the nerves in the area are also affected. Studies show that the weight of a dime causes changes to nerve flow and that small changes in nerve flow can result in changes in blood pressure heart rate skin temperature – these are things that we can not feel initially. When the dysfunction is sustained for longer periods painful symptoms begin to occur such as aches and pains.

Nature Lives Within

During spring time it hard to miss the wonders of nature. Chiropractic has a unique respect and understanding of the power of nature as it works withing us. The philosophy behind chiropractic teaches that the body has an inborn natural capacity to heal itself and adapt to the stresses of live whether emotional physical or chemical for sustained health.Release Your Power Within

Chiropractic seeks to identify and eliminate obstacles that keep the inborn power that works within us from functioning naturally. Chiropractors prefer natural alternatives because medications May interfere with the natural balance of the body and mask the underlying cause of health problems and produce dangerous side effects. Proper and adequate rest and relaxation motion and exercise healthful foods and sensible diets stress reduction techniques like deep breathing and reflection all come together and May be recommended on a case by case basis.

This spring while nature is flourishing outside take an important step toward your optimal health by getting a chiropractic evaluation and releasing the natural force within you. Align with the energy of this amazing season and pledge to get to the root of your health concerns.


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