Migraine Relief May Have Chiropractic Roots for Many Patients

People who suffer from frequent migraines understand how debilitating they can be. The throbbing head and eye pain, neck soreness, blurry vision, and nausea can cause significant disruptions in your day and make you feel miserable.

Potential treatments for migraines typically include pain pills, which are not always effective, nor are they very safe for long-term or frequent use. They may also come with a list of uncomfortable side effects. Instead, an alternative form of treatment like chiropractic may be a safe and non-invasive way to minimize migraine symptoms. Although most people don’t associate headache relief with spinal manipulation, research shows that chiropractic may be a useful contribution to a migraine treatment plan.

Using our advanced Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to patient wellness, chiropractic professionals trained by Ideal Spine may be able to utilize methods designed for treating the spine to promote nerve communication, blood flow, and overall wellness.

How might chiropractic help?

During a migraine, the blood vessels in the head expand, rather than narrow. This results in swelling in the surrounding tissues of the brain, causing the range of painful or uncomfortable symptoms associated with migraines.

Misalignments in the spine may affect blood flow to the head in a few ways. If a spinal nerve is compressed, or if tension in the tissues supporting the spine irritates surrounding nerves that help control blood flow, a migraine may occur.

Chiropractors may use a variety of treatment methods to potentially correct these problems and decrease the frequency and/or duration of migraines. Spinal manipulation or adjustments may correct spinal alignment, allowing nerves the space they need to communicate properly, and relieve pressure put on muscles and ligaments. Massage, stretches, and physical therapy-type exercises may also help relieve muscle tension and strengthen the spine’s supporting tissues, potentially reducing the risk of tension-related nerve irritation.

Additionally, if you experience specific migraine triggers aside from muscle tension, chiropractic treatment may be able to target and treat those, further reducing your chance of developing a sudden migraine.

The benefit of using chiropractic for migraines is that chiropractic has the potential to target the possible sources of the migraine and may prevent or reduce the severity of migraines in the future. It is closer to a preventative measure than pain killers or other migraine treatments, which are more reactionary and tend to dull the pain of the migraine after it has begun.

At Ideal Spine, our focus on spinal and total-body wellness extends far beyond the physical manipulation of the spine and its surrounding tissues. Our CBP approach is comprehensive, meaning we encourage chiropractors to leverage the potential of many aspects of care to provide the best results. Patient education is of high importance, including education on physical activity, lifestyle changes, and other aspects of home care patients can use to potentially alleviate their symptoms. Chiropractors treating patients with migraines should make sure to incorporate educational information into their approach to allow patients the opportunity to improve in the office and at home.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Is it a Repetitive Motion Injury?

Whether you’re an athlete or have a job performing manual labor, you’re bound to do some things over and over. Repeated motions are a common occurrence for all sorts of people. Unfortunately, doing some of these movements day in and day out can lead to problems.

When you’re performing the same motion over and over, your muscles, tendons, and ligaments are put under significant stress and have an increased risk of injury. One day, you might find that moving your shoulder, elbow, knee, or wrist is met with stiffness and pain, even though you don’t recall injuring it. If the pain is located in a body part you use a lot every day, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from a repetitive motion injury.

These injuries are extremely common and can be quite painful, but they are largely treatable with rest and other therapies. Once your injury has been diagnosed, relying on Ideal Spine’s holistic approach to wellness, Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), may put you on the path toward healing and being able to use your body properly once again.

Identifying repetitive motion injuries

A repetitive motion injury, also known as a repetitive stress injury, is caused by gradual damage to a muscle, ligament, or tendon due to overuse. In most cases, the injuries develop because the patient performs the same or very similar movement many times a day, every day. This is why this type of injury is so common in athletes and laborers.

Repetitive motions cause small tears in the tissue, which can worsen over time. If you are consistently performing the action that worsens the tears faster than the body can repair them, you may experience inflammation and pain.

The symptoms of repetitive motion injuries usually include pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion, numbness, weakness, swelling, and redness in the affected body part. Pain may only be present when you perform the repetitive motion at first, but the pain may begin to persistent the worse the injury gets.

To determine whether you’re experiencing a repetitive motion injury, consider whether the painful body part is used in a repetitive motion for your job or hobbies. Also consider the symptoms and how they progressed – was the pain acute, or did it build slowly over time? If it was the latter, and you’re using the body part frequently for work or play, it’s likely that you’re dealing with a repetitive stress injury and should see a doctor.

Treating repetitive stress injuries with chiropractic

Repetitive stress injuries can be temporary or permanent – it depends on the severity of the injury and the damage that has been done before treatment begins. For this reason, you’ll want to reach out to a professional as soon as possible to ensure you begin your path to healing right away.

Activity modification may be necessary, especially in the beginning when the injury needs the most time to heal. Depending on your injury’s severity, you may need to stop doing the motion that caused the injury entirely. Rest, ice and heat application, and stretching may help alleviate some of your symptoms.

In addition to these methods, chiropractic may make a valuable contribution to your repetitive motion injury treatment plan. Chiropractic care can potentially offer multiple benefits, including pain relief and improved mobility.

Your chiropractor will determine the appropriate techniques based on your injury and its severity. However, they typically utilize tissue massages to loosen tight muscles and relieve cramping, stretches to work on range of motion and alleviate stiffness, and physical therapy to increase muscle strength and stability. Spinal adjustments may also be useful; this treatment can potentially improve your joint’s range of motion and rectify improper alignment, which may be causing a chain reaction that worsens your injuries.

If you’re dealing with what you believe is a repetitive motion injury, contact a chiropractor trained in the CBP approach by Ideal Spine. Our providers target the problem at its source for the greatest chance of healing and symptom alleviation.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Kissing Spine Syndrome: Romantic Name, Painful Result

A kiss is a gesture of love or affection when it’s shared between two people, but if the elements of your spine begin to “kiss,” it’s sure to be anything but romantic. Although most back pain tends to be attributed to inflammation or degeneration of the spinal vertebrae, discs, muscles, and nerves, there are many other parts of the spine that can cause problems for you as you age. One of these problems may be kissing spine syndrome.

If you begin experiencing pain that worsens when you arch your back, speak with a chiropractor trained in Ideal Spine’s Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. Through physical examinations and imaging, you may discover that your spine is experiencing this often-underdiagnosed condition.

What is a kissing spine?

When most people think of the spine and the potential problems that can accumulate there, they tend to think first about the spinal vertebrae and the discs between them. However, your spine has other components, too, including the spinous processes – thin segments of bone that project off the back of each vertebrae.

Kissing spine syndrome, also known as Baastrup’s syndrome, Baastrup’s disease, or interspinous bursitis, occurs when these spinous processes move close together and touch, or “kiss.” Pain and inflammation can be triggered by this occurrence.

Kissing spine syndrome is believed to develop as a result of degenerative changes in the spine, particularly those related to aging. As vertebral discs break down, it can cause the spinous processes to move closer together and touch. The problem typically develops in the lumbar spine, but it can also occur in the neck.

The most notable symptom of kissing spine syndrome is back that worsens when you touch or arch your back. If you slump forward or round your back, the pain may diminish.

Additionally, when the spinous processes touch, they can begin to wear each other down, which may lead to other forms of degeneration in the spine. Over time, kissing spine disease may lead to secondary problems, including neurological conditions caused by nerve compression in the spine.

The condition is most common in older adults, due to the natural wear and tear on their spines. However, younger people, particularly athletes, can develop it, as well. Poor posture, obesity, and spinal injury are additional risk factors for this syndrome.

Diagnosing the condition typically involves a physical exam and imaging scans to confirm that at least two spinous processes are touching.

A chiropractic approach to kissing spines

One potential treatment method for kissing spines syndrome is chiropractic care. Through manipulations, stretches, and exercises, your chiropractor may be able to help you manage pain caused by both degenerative disc disease and kissing spine syndrome.

Spinal decompression techniques may be instrumental in opening up your spinal segments and making it less likely that the spinous processes will touch each other. Manipulations may be useful in facilitating proper joint mobility and potentially alleviating inflammation. Physical therapy-style exercises and stretches may also help stretch the spine and its supportive tissues to minimize pain.

If you’re experiencing neck or lower back pain, contact one of the spinal experts trained by Ideal Spine to begin your treatment plan. Through our non-invasive chiropractic approach, we may be able to provide long-term pain management and spinal correction for life-long comfort.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.