Improvement In Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following Chiropractic Care

Improvement In Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following Chiropractic Care

Improvement in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following Chiropractic Care by Nachmias ChiropracticA Case Study & Review of Literature

PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

It is normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about.

Abstract Of Study

Objective

This case study focuses on a 35-year-old male who presented to the office with complaints of post-deployment Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms that interfered with his ability to function on a daily basis. This study highlights the role of Network Spinal Analysis care in the improvement of PTSD symptoms in this individual. 

Clinical Features

The patient presented to the office for assistance reducing his emotional stress due to post-deployment PTSD. He stated that he wished to become more resilient and gain the ability to cope with stress more effectively. His past health history included group and individual talk therapy with little improvement in PTSD symptoms.

Intervention and Outcomes

A self-rated health questionnaire was administered before and after care to measure self-reported outcomes in PTSD symptomatology. An initial examination and a post examination were performed to determine the levels of vertebral subluxation and adverse mechanical cord tension (AMCT).

The patient received 6 weeks of chiropractic adjustments – for a total of 12 visits. During each visit, an entrainment was performed in which light contacts to the cervical spine and sacrum were administered to address vertebral subluxations and AMCT.

Conclusions

This case study demonstrates improvement in post-deployment PTSD symptoms over a 6-week period of chiropractic care (source: vertebralsubluxation.sharepoint.com & ptsd.va.gov).

How Come “Cracking” Your Back Helps?

Like you probably understand from this case study, chiropractic care can treat most symptoms and conditions. You may wonder why “cracking” your back (what chiropractors call; freeing your spine from subluxations) would have such a beneficial impact on your body? The answer to that is that chiropractic adjustments help the nervous system function at its best, which in turn ensures a healthy and strong immune system that can self heal.

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Improved Health Outcomes In An Asthmatic Child Following Chiropractic Care

Improved Health Outcomes In An Asthmatic Child Following Chiropractic Care

Improved Health Outcomes In An Asthmatic Child Following Chiropractic Care by Nachmias Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a healing art dedicated to keeping the nerve passages in the body open and unobstructed. This will help the entire body, including the lungs, bronchi and other structures of the respiratory system, heal and function at its best.

In this issue we will present a case study describing how a 6-year-old got healed from his asthma with the help of chiropractic adjustments, but first, let us explain the basics of asthma.

What Happens During An Asthmatic Attack?

During an asthmatic attack the bronchioles become swollen, go into spasm and fill with mucus. Asthmatics struggle for every breath, literally gasping and wheezing for life during an attack.

In some, the gasping, wheezing and struggling go on continuously and long-time suffers may develop a barrel chest. Attacks may be triggered by allergic reactions, emotional stress, physical exertion, or other irritants like cigarette smoke. In the most dangerous form of asthma, status asthmaticus, the attacks last for days and can result in death.

The Chiropractic Approach To Asthma

For over hundred years suffers of all types of respiratory conditions have sung the praises of chiropractic care. Typical among case histories is that of an 8-year-old diagnosed with asthma at age 5, who was using Beclovent and Albyterol one to three times a day. After eight chiropractic adjustments over a period of two weeks, the child had stopped inhaler use, could run without gasping, and was free of asthmatic attacks without medication.

The study below presents another positive outcome of treating asthma with chiropractic care:

Abstract Of Study

Objective

To describe the chiropractic care of a 6-year-old child medically diagnosed with asthma.

Clinical Features

A 6-year-old male presented for care with complaints associated with asthma that caused nightly attacks. The patient had a four year history of asthma that had been medically managed with: Flovent 110 twice a day, with Flovent 220 and Albuterol on as needed basis, Orapred twice a year, and Flonase at night as needed.

Chiropractic analysis revealed subluxations in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacroiliac joint region.

Intervention And Outcomes

The patient was cared for utilizing chiropractic adjustments. The patient was cared for three times per week and re-examined every 30 days.  On re-evaluation, the patient’s mother reported her child as utilizing his asthma medications only once since beginning care and improved sleep.

Conclusions

This case report illustrates the reduction of asthma symptoms and medication use in a pediatric patient under chiropractic care. It is recommended that the link between subluxation and visceral dysfunction, such as asthma be investigated further
(source: chiropracticpediatrics.sharepoint.com).

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Resolution Of Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Scoliosis And Cluster Headaches, In A Patient With Opioid Addiction Undergoing Chiropractic Care to Reduce Subluxations

Resolution Of Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Scoliosis And Cluster Headaches, In A Patient With Opioid Addiction Undergoing Chiropractic Care to Reduce Subluxations

Resolution Of Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Scoliosis And Cluster Headaches, In A Patient With Opioid Addiction Undergoing Chiropractic Care to Reduce Subluxations by Nachmias Chriropractic

The case study below describes some of many positive outcomes of chiropractic care. What chiropractic is all about is to remove blockages of the spine (which the study refers to as subluxations) and thereby help the nervous system flow freely in the body.

This in turn contributes to a strong self healing immune system that will keep ill health – mental or physical – away and also help fight against already existing immune system attacks (illnesses). Our health depends on the nervous system, so we have to ensure its optimal function, and that is exactly what chiropractic care does.

In this case study, the 21-year-old male patient, gets relief from both physical pain and mental ill health. Chiropractic even helped him overcoming his drug addiction. Find out more details from the study.

Abstract Of Case Study

Objective

To report the results of subluxation-based chiropractic care in a patient complaining of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and cluster headaches while undergoing treatment and recovery from substance abuse. The results are based on this case study and also review of literature.

Clinical Features

A 21-year-old male patient presented into a chiropractic office complaining of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and cluster headaches. Patient stated he was also undergoing substance abuse treatment. X-ray radiographs revealed a 21-degree thoracic dextroscoliosis, along with cervical hypolordosis, thoracic hypokyphosis, and lumbar hyperlordosis.

Intervention And Outcome

Initial postural and radiographic examinations were performed. After being put on an appropriate care plan, the patient was assessed and adjusted when necessary for subluxation using traditional chiropractic adjustments.

Patient was also prescribed cervical traction and therapeutic exercises. Upon completion of the care plan, the patient had a 10-degree reduction in the thoracic dextroscoliosis measurement and obtained restoration of normal cervical, thoracic, and lumbar curvature. Patient decreased and eventually stopped all medication usage and has not experienced a relapse in 4.5 years.

Conclusion

Subluxation-based chiropractic care played a role in the resolution of the patient’s complaints. The patient was able to stop all medications and live a productive life symptom free.

These are fantastic results! We hope this study has opened up your eyes to chiropractic care and what it can do for you. New York’s best chiropractor, Dr. Adam Nachmias – Nachmias Chiropractic (nominated by Opencase and Experdise), is only a call away and would gladly offer you a chiropractic exam and consultation.

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Treat Sciatica Symptoms With Chiropractic

Treat Sciatica Symptoms With Chiropractic

Treat Sciatica Symptoms With Chiropractic by Nachmias Chiropractic

Chiropractors regularly treat sciatica. Sciatica is characterized by pain that originates in the low back or buttock that travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity and frequency; minimal, moderate, severe and occasional, intermittent, frequent or constant.

Pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatica is also called radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is generally caused by sciatic nerve compression. Disorders known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations, herniated or bulging discs (slipped discs), pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, and constipation.

One common cause of sciatica is piriformis syndrome. Piriformis syndrome is named after the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is located in the lower part of the spine, connects to the thighbone, and assists in hip rotation.

The sciatic nerve runs beneath the piriformis muscle. This muscle is susceptible to injury from a slip and fall, hip arthritis, or a difference in leg length. Such situations can cause cramping and spasm to develop in the piriformis muscle, thereby pinching the sciatic nerve and causing inflammation and pain. Sciatic nerve compression may result in the loss of feeling (sensory loss), paralysis of a single limb or group of muscles (monoplegia), and insomnia.

Chiropractic Treatment of Sciatic Symptoms

The purpose of chiropractic treatment is to help the body’s potential to heal itself. It is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movement leads to pain and reduced function and performance.

Chiropractic Care Is A Non-Invasive And
Drug-Free Treatment Option

The type of chiropractic therapy provided depends on the cause of the patient’s sciatica. A sciatica treatment plan may include several different treatments such as ice/cold therapies, ultrasound, and spinal adjustments.

Below are more details on these chiropractic treatment modalities:

  • Ice/Cold Therapy: Reduces inflammation and helps to control sciatic pain.
  • Chiropractic Adjustments Or Spinal Manipulations: At the core of chiropractic care are spinal adjustments. Manipulation frees restricted movement of the spine and helps to restore misaligned vertebral bodies to their proper position in the spinal column.Spinal adjustment helps to reduce nerve irritability responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica. Adjustments should not be painful. Spinal manipulation is proven to be safe and effective (source: spineuniverse.com).

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Chiropractic Boosts the Immune System And Keeps You Healthy And Strong

Chiropractic Boosts the Immune System And Keeps You Healthy And Strong

Chiropractic Boosts the Immune System And Keeps You Healthy And Strong by Nachmias ChiropracticSubluxation is the term for misalignments of the spine that cause compression and irritation of nerve pathways, which in turn affects the body’s organs.

Subluxations are an example of physical nerve stress that affects neuronal control.

According to researchers, such stressful conditions lead to altered measures of immune function and an increased vulnerability to many diseases.
Luckily, there is chiropractic care to adjust the subluxations of the spine and help strengthen the immune system and your overall health. We will explain exactly how chiropractic does this, but first, let us take a look at the nervous system and its connection to the immune system and endocrine system.

The Immune System, Endocrine System, and Nervous System

The nervous system, endocrine system, and immune system are inextricably linked. Together they share tiny messenger molecules that mediate communication between them, creating optimal responses for the body to adapt and heal appropriately.

It is important to stress that the endocrine system also impacts the immune system by producing cortisol in the adrenal glands. Endocrine glands are directly connected to the nervous system through the sympathetic nervous system. Cortisol is a stress hormone that inhibits the immune system and makes it weaker.

How Does Chiropractic Care Help?

Chiropractic is the only way to detect and eliminate subluxations. Chiropractic adjustments of the spine have shown to reduce stress on the nervous system, thereby boosting the coordinated responses of the nervous and immune systems.

“The chiropractic immunology connection was strengthened in 1991 when Patricia Brennan, Ph.D. and other researchers conducted a study that found improved immune response following chiropractic treatment. Specifically, the study demonstrated the “phagocytic respiratory burst of polymorphnuclear neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes were enhanced in adults that had been adjusted by chiropractors.”

In other words, the cells that act like “Pac-Man” eating and destroying bad cells, are enhanced through chiropractic care. Research has also shown that when a spinal adjustment was performed on a subluxated area, the white blood cell count collected rose significantly.

To simplify this – chiropractic adjustments remove blockages of the spine, which in turn helps the nervous system flow freely – hence boosting the immune system.

Who Is Dr. Adam Nachmias?

Dr. Adam Nachmias is the founder of Nachmias Chiropractic. Dr. Adam has successfully treated patients for 28 years, helping them with various pain conditions and helped them achieve optimal health.

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What Is This Tingling in My Leg?

What Is This Tingling in My Leg?

What Is This Tingling in My Leg? Nachmias Chiropractic tells you the facts.

When you think of low back pain, you may visualize a person half-bent over with their hand on the sore spot of their back. Since many of us have experienced low back pain during our lifetime, we can usually relate to a personal experience and recall how limited we were during the acute phase of our last low back pain episode.

However, when the symptoms associated with low back pain are different, such as tingling or a shooting pain down one leg, it can be both confusing and worrisome – hence the content of this issue.

Let us look at the anatomy of the low back to better understand where these symptoms originate. In the front of the spine (or the part more inside of the body), we have the big vertebral bodies and shock absorbing disks that support about 80 percent of our weight. At the back of each vertebrae you will find the spinous and transverse processes that connect to the muscles and ligaments in the back of the spine.

Short Pedicles A Genetic Cause

Between the vertebral body and these processes are the tiny boney pieces called the pedicles. The length of the pedicle partially determines the size of the holes where the nerves exit the spine. When the pedicles are short (commonly a genetic cause), the exiting nerves can be compressed due to the narrowed opening. This is called foraminal spinal stenosis. This compression usually occurs later in life when osteoarthritis and/or degenerative disk disease further crowds these “foramen” where the nerves exit the spine.

Similarly, short pedicles can narrow the “central canal” where the spinal cord travels up and down the spine from the brain. Later in life, the combined effects of the narrow canal plus disk bulging, osteoarthritic spurs, and/or thickening or calcification of ligaments can add up to “central spinal stenosis.”

Symptoms Of Spinal Stenosis And Treatment

The symptoms associated with spinal stenosis (whether it is foraminal or central) include difficulty walking due to a gradual increase in tingling, heavy, crampy, achy and/or sore feeling in one or both legs. The tingling in the legs associated with spinal stenosis is called “neurogenic claudication” and must be differentiated from “vascular claudication”, which feels similar but is caused from lack of blood flow to the leg(s) as opposed to nerve flow.

At a younger age, tingling in the legs can be caused by either a bulging or herniated lumbar disk or it can be referred pain from a joint – usually a facet or sacroiliac joint. The main difference in symptoms between nerve vs. joint leg tingling symptoms, is that nerve pinching from a deranged disk is located in a specific area in the leg, such as the inside or outside of the foot.

In other words, the tingling can be traced fairly specifically in the leg. Tingling from a joint is often described as a deep, “inside the leg,” generalized achy-tingling that can affect the whole leg and/or foot or it may stop at the knee, but it is more difficult to describe by the patient as it is less specific in its location.

Chiropractic treatment of all these conditions offers a non-invasive, effective form of non-surgical, non-drug care, and is the recommended in low back pain guidelines as an option when treating these conditions (source: Chiro-Trust.org).

Nachmias Chiropractic – We Got Your Back!

Yes, that is right! Nachmias Chiropractic has your back when you are in pain from stenosis or any other pain condition. Dr. Adam Nachmias has helped patients with back and hip pain for more than 28 years. Dr. Adam is the #1 choice for New York patients and has been awarded “Best Chiropractic in New York”, two years in a row.

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Chiropractic Research: Improved Health Outcomes In A Woman Experiencing Chronic Post-Partum Low Back Pain

Chiropractic Research: Improved Health Outcomes In A Woman Experiencing Chronic Post-Partum Low Back Pain

Chiropractic Research: Improved Health Outcomes In A Woman Experiencing Chronic Post-Partum Low Back Pain - Nachmias ChiropracticPost-partum low back pain is common after pregnancy and many women ask why that is?

The answer to this question is that during pregnancy, your expanding uterus stretches and weakens your abdominal muscles and alters your posture, and therefore puts strain on your back.

Extra weight also means more work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints. Hormonal changes in pregnancy can loosen the joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine.

This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.

How To Treat Post-Partum Low Back Pain
After Pregnancy?

Chiropractic adjustments are the best treatment for post-partum low back pain. The study below shows proof of great results after only two chiropractic treatments on a woman in her early 30thies, who suffered low back pain after giving birth.


Abstract Of Study

Objective

To describe the outcomes related to chiropractic in a woman with post-partum back pain.

Clinical Features

A 33-year-old female presented for chiropractic consultation and care with chronic low back pain that began during pregnancy, approximately three years prior. History revealed that she had a C-section due to a small pelvic opening.

An A-P lumbosacral radiograph demonstrated significant left sacral displacement relative to the median plane.


Intervention and Outcomes

The patient was cared for with high velocity low amplitude thrust chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care was administered to the patient over two visits. After one sacral adjustment, comparative radiographic assessment revealed a 72% correction of the sacral subluxation and she had complete relief of symptoms.


Conclusions

This case report provides supporting evidence that women suffering from pelvic and low back pain post-partum may benefit from chiropractic care. Research on the relationship between pelvic subluxation should be further conducted (sources: babycenter.com & chiropracticpediatrics.sharepoint.com).


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Back To School Advice On How To Protect Your Child’s Spine Health

Back To School Advice On How To Protect Your Child’s Spine Health

Back To School Advice On How To Protect Your Child’s Spine Health by Nachmias Chiropractic

Summer is coming to its end and it is time for your children to go back to school. A lot of excitement is building up, but it also comes with possible threats to your child’s spine.

Children need to learn to protect their spinal health for the sake of a pain-free and healthy life. One part starts at the chiropractor, but the rest are found in these suggestions to keep their little spines healthy and happy all year long!

Choosing the Right Back Pack For Your Child

Sure, your child may love that Frozen backpack or want that awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack, but is it really the right backpack for them?

You have to find a backpack that will fit your child and be kind to their spine. You can do this by buying a backpack that has these characteristics:

  • It is lightweight and fits snugly against the body.
  • It is made of canvas or vinyl.
  • It has two wide, padded straps for the shoulders, as well as a waist strap.

Alas, a quality backpack is only as good as the way it is actually packed. When packing your child’s backpack, you should make sure to:

  • Put the heaviest things as close to the back as possible, close to their body.
  • Put bumpy or odd-shaped things (those 354 boxes of tissue you have to buy, for example) should not be packed against the body.
  • Keep the weight of their backpack at less than 10 percent of their body weight.

Who knew backpacks could be so complicated?

The Importance Of Classroom Posture

It is more important than you may think to have the “posture talk” on how your child needs to properly sit at their school desk. Many children sit at their desks slumped or hunched over, looking down at what they are working on or reading.

While this can not always be avoided, it is a good idea to make them aware of the fact that if they can limit the amount of time hunching down, they will prevent their backs and necks from future injuries.

When they sit in this bad posture for long periods, they are putting themselves at risk for back and neck pain or discomfort – and they are far too young for that.

To sit correctly at a desk they should:

  • Have their feet flat on the floor.
  • Keep their shoulders relaxed.
  • Sit with their back against the back of the chair.
  • Keep their ears over their shoulders and their chin tucked slightly down.
  • Keep any screens (or books) at eye level.

You have to remember that even young children can be negatively impacted by poor desk posture, which can affect their whole future, so it is never too early to give them this talk.

Start Slowly With Physical Fitness

If your child is a sports enthusiast who took a break over the summer, they will need to remember to slowly condition themselves to get back into the game. Children have this crazy idea that they have no limitations. Though their bodies do tend to be a bit more flexible than an adult’s that does not mean they should not take the time to ease back into physical activities.

Make sure they:

  • Take extra time to warm up – at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Take time to stretch after they finish exercising.
  • Keep their workouts reasonable for their skill level, age, and physical fitness.
  • Do a lot of activities in order to keep repetitive injuries away – kids need to try different things as they undergo muscle development as they grow.

Of course, your friendly Bayridge- and Chelsea neighborhood chiropractor is always ready and willing to help your child feel their best, so if you have questions or concerns, you may want to bring them up with Dr. Adam Nachmias – Nachmias Chiropractic during your next visit.

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Why Is Uneven Leg Length Bad For Our Posture? Can It Be A Cause To Back Pain?

Why Is Uneven Leg Length Bad For Our Posture? Can It Be A Cause To Back Pain?

Why Is Uneven Leg Length Bad For Our Posture? Can It Be A Cause To Back Pain? by Nachmias Chiropractic

The focus of this article is on leg length and why it can be a contributing cause to back pain. Also, its effect on our posture, methods of assessment, and treatment.

Minimize Nerve Irritation By Aligning the Spine and Pelvis

Because the spinal cord is housed by the spine and the exiting nerve roots communicate with the autonomic nerves that basically run our organ function, maintaining alignment of the spine and pelvis is very important to minimize nerve irritation and subsequent health-related problems.

The Importance of Leg Length

Leg length plays and important role in our posture. When there is a difference in leg length, the pelvis cannot maintain a level position, and because the spine’s base is the pelvis, it cannot stay straight if there is a leg length discrepancy.

Doctors of all disciplines realize the importance of leg length, especially orthopedic surgeons as they consider a hip or knee replacement. There are many causes of leg length issues, and some include a genetic predisposition (inherited), or trauma during bone growth years.

Is A Heel Lift A Good For Uneven Leg Length?

Yes, from a treatment standpoint, a heel lift (with or without arch supports) can be placed into the shoe on the short leg side. Unfortunately, there is not a 1 – 1mm correction of the leg length deficiency with heel lifts.

In adults, it has been reported that about a 66% correction occurs, which means a 10 mm lift would result in around a 6.6mm leg length deficiency correction.

Many doctors have found that it is usually wise to gradually increase the amount of heel lifting. They recommend patients to start with a 5mm lift for 1 week, and then increase it to the next height, such as 7mm, followed by 9mm, and so forth.

At 12mm (0.5”), problems with the heel lift being pushed out of the shoe and/or sliding forwards in the shoe may prohibit the use of these thicker lifts after which point the bottom of the shoe can be built up by a shoe cobbler (some services can be found online as well).

A Better Solution Is Chiropractic Adjustments

Even better, or as a compliment to heel lift, is to pay a visit to your chiropractor. Your chiropractor can align the spine and pelvis with the help of chiropractic adjustments.

Aligning the spine and pelvis is the better solution in the long run, and includes other benefits such as; increasing your mobility and flexibility. Chiropractic adjustments also boost the immune system and make you resistant to possible illness.

This is only the “tip of the iceberg” of the many benefits chiropractic care has to offer. Find more benefits with chiropractic care in our prior article:

Chiropractic Is the Key to Well-Being

Your Chiropractor Dr. Adam Nachmias – Nachmias Chiropractic

When in need of a chiropractor, Dr. Adam Nachmias at Nachmias Chiropractic, is the number 1 choice for New York patients. Dr. Adam is an expert, licensed, and well awarded chiropractor with 26 years experience of chiropractic care.

Dr. Adam got awarded 2016’s Best Chiropractor in New York for the 2nd year in a row by opencare.com and expertise.com.

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What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?

What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?

What Are Cervicogenic Headaches? Get Relief at Nachmias Chiropractic

Headaches are a very common problem that can have multiple causes ranging from stress to trauma.  To make matters worse, there are many different types of headaches. One such type is the “cervicogenic headache” (others include migraines, cluster headaches, etc.).

Another Type of Migraine?

The main distinction between the symptoms associated with cervicogenic headaches and those associated with migraine headaches are a lack of nausea, vomiting, aura (a pre-headache warning that a headache is about to strike), light and noise sensitivity, increased tearing with red eyes, one-sided head, neck, shoulder, and/or arm pain, and dizziness. The items listed above are primarily found in migraine headache sufferers.

The following is a list of clinical characteristics common in those struggling with cervicogenic headaches:

  • Unilateral (one-sided) head or face pain (rarely is it on both sides).
  • Pain is localized or stays in one spot, usually the back of the head, frontal, temporal (side) or orbital (eye) regions.
  • Moderate to severe pain intensity.
  • Intermittent attacks of pain that last hours to days.
  • Pain is usually deep, non-throbbing, unless migraines occur at the same time.
  • Head pain is triggered by neck movement, sustained awkward head postures, applying deep pressure to the base of the skull or upper neck region, and/or taking a deep breath, cough or sneeze can trigger head pain.
  • Limited neck motion with stiffness.

Infrequently, the cervicogenic headache sufferer can present with migraines at the same time and have both presentations making it more challenging to diagnose.

What Is Causing Cervicogenic Headaches?

The cause of cervicogenic headaches can be obvious such as trauma (sports injury, whiplash, slip and fall), or not so obvious, like poor posture. A forward head posture can increase the relative weight applied to the back of the neck and upper back double as much, or even four times more than normal.

Last month, we discussed the intimate relationship between the upper two cervical vertebra (C1 & C2) and an anatomical connection to the covering of the spinal cord (the dura) as giving rise to cervicogenic headaches.

In summary, the upper three nerves innervate the head and any pressure on those upper nerves can result in a cervicogenic headache (source: Chiro-Trust.org).

Visit Dr. Adam Nachmias For Headache Relief

Doctors of chiropractic are trained to examine, identify, and treat these types of potentially debilitating headaches. If you live in the Bayridge (Brooklyn) or Chelsea (Manhattan) neighborhood, the choice of chiropractor to treat headache symptoms is very easy – pay a visit to Dr. Adam Nachmias – Nachmias Chiropractic. With Dr. Adam’s 26 years of experience in chiropractic care, he will give you pain relief in an instant.

If you continue receiving chiropractic treatments on a regular basis, you will see your health improving dramatically. Chiropractic has a direct effect on the nervous system, which in turn will improve your overall immune system.

To book an appointment with Dr. Adam Nachmias, call any of our New York offices:
Brooklyn: 718-238-8900
Manhattan: 212-924-1700

Or book online.

Get Headache Relief at Nachmias Chiropractic!

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