How Corrective Care May Help with Migraines and Headaches

Frequent headaches or migraines can significantly affect quality of life. Severe headaches can also affect our ability to concentrate and relax, leading to feelings of frustration, anxiety, and other negative thoughts.

Properly managing headaches is important to prevent further impairments and disability. Unfortunately, the most common treatment for a headache is pain medication. These can have nasty side effects with long term use and don’t address the root of the cause. More beneficial options include physical therapy and chiropractic care. Ideal Spine’s expert backed Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques may be able to address the underlying issues causing headaches and lead to potential lasting relief.

What causes headaches?

There are several different types of headaches including tension headaches, cervicogenic headaches, and migraines. Tension headaches present as band like tension around the skull, while cervicogenic headaches are related to cervical spine dysfunction. Lastly, migraines tend to be an issue with blood perfusion leading to pain on one side of the head, sensitivity to light, and nausea.

No matter which type of headache is experienced, there is still a lot that is not understood about what causes them. Causative factors typically include overall health, pain beliefs, genetics, posture, stress levels, and neck stiffness. Each person’s headache symptoms are unique and require specialized attention for the best results.

Keeping track of symptoms is important for addressing more serious underlying issues. If headache symptoms change, become severe or chronic, or require frequent use of pain medications, talk to a trusted healthcare professional immediately.

How chiropractic care may provide headache relief

Treatment for headaches requires a multifaceted comprehensive approach to be able to holistically address the issue. CBP certified chiropractors are specially trained to complete a full patient assessment and determine the best way to manage symptoms.
Chiropractic care for headaches can include manipulation to address spinal misalignment, soft tissue therapy to address tense areas in the neck and head, lifestyle education, modalities such as ice, heat, and traction, and much more. Treatment for each patient is personalized for their specific symptoms and needs to maximize outcomes.

Headaches can aggravate stress, affect sleep quality, and lead to poor mental health. Comprehensive CBP chiropractic corrective care can help promote better spine alignment, nerve flow and reduce overall neck stiffness. When working with a CBP chiropractor, clinic care visits will be more frequent at first and then gradually decrease with time as an individual improves and a program is designed for self-management at home.

Additional lifestyle factors that may help with headache management include nutrition, particularly caffeine reduction, stress management such as exercise and social time, adjusting the amount of daily screen time, and relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, and meditation.

How Corrective Care May Help with Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition that is commonly misunderstood and misdiagnosed. The generalized symptoms of pain and fatigue that occur can make diagnosis difficult. Treatment can be equally as difficult without any clear underlying impairments to address. This can lead to frustration from both fibromyalgia patients and their doctors to find treatment and relief that actually works.

Through Ideal Spine’s expert-backed, results-oriented Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, chiropractors may be able to provide their patients with relief from pain and inflammation to elevate their overall quality of life. Patients suffering from fibromyalgia and looking for answers will benefit from consulting with a CBP chiropractor to determine what treatment options may provide them the most benefit.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread body aches and pain, tender points in muscles, and general fatigue. These are often accompanied with issues related to headaches, anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, unrestful sleep, and poor concentration.

The general hypothesis for the cause of fibromyalgia is that there is some kind of “glitch” in the brain and spinal cord. This ultimately leads to overactivation of the neural pathways in the spine and body that produce pain.

Without specific diagnostic tools for assessing symptoms or the underlying cause, both diagnosis and treatment are quite ambiguous. Risk factors for fibromyalgia include smoking, genetics, past infections or autoimmune disorders, trauma, being female, history of mental disorders, and a sedentary lifestyle.

When it comes to treating fibromyalgia, adjusting lifestyle factors seems to be the most effective. These may include gentle exercise, nutrition, stress management, and cognitive therapy. Additionally, any formal treatment that addresses the chronic pain, swelling, and low energy may have significant benefits. This may include massage therapy, physical therapy, medications, acupuncture and chiropractic. CBP chiropractors are at a great advantage for addressing these symptoms.

How corrective chiropractic care may help fibromyalgia

Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle, non-invasive way to potentially address fibromyalgia symptoms. Options include restoring spinal alignment and nerve flow to address body pain and swelling. This is done via manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and lifestyle education. When the body is in better balance it should be able to better manage symptoms of fibromyalgia through proper nerve conduction.

A chiropractor may also recommend home treatment options such as exercise, stretching, heat, and ice therapy. Additionally, they may work with a full medical team (doctor, physical therapist, massage therapist, etc.) to maximize results and ensure the highest quality of life possible for fibromyalgia patients.

Fibromyalgia is complicated. However, treatment doesn’t need to be. The holistic approach that CBP chiropractors use maximizes potential outcomes.

How Corrective Care May Help with Acid Reflux Disease/Digestive Issues

Acid reflux disease is a common problem that occurs when stomach acid flows past the esophageal sphincter and back into the esophagus itself. This leads to sensations of burning and discomfort in the chest, also known as heartburn. If this occurs two or more times a week, it is considered Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD.

Symptoms are most common after eating a meal, especially if lying down immediately after. Additional complaints include nausea, an inability to swallow, feeling as if the throat is blocked, and an acidic taste in the mouth.

The underlying cause of acid reflux has to do with the ability of the digestive system to work without unnecessary outside influences. Through Ideal Spine’s science-backed, results-oriented Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a chiropractor may be able to help restore balance throughout the spine and body and promote optimal digestion without onset of acid reflux symptoms.

The causes of Acid Reflux Disease

The most common causes of acid reflux include obesity, poor posture, and pregnancy because of the pressure they place on the stomach. Additionally, a hiatal (stomach) hernia, smoking, poor diet, and stress can all lead to acid reflux as well. Anything that alters the body’s ability to create digestive enzymes and acid or it’s structural function (due to misalignment) may lead to less than ideal digestion and acid reflux symptoms.

Common treatment options for acid reflux include a change of diet, learning to eat less food at a slower pace, weight loss, stopping smoking, posture education, and staying up after eating. Additionally, certain medications such as estrogen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, and anti-depressants may need to be modified since they may affect the efficiency of the esophageal sphincter. Keep in mind that if trouble with swallowing and choking persist or become more severe, medical attention should be sought out immediately.

How Chiropractic may Help Digestion

Working with a CBP chiropractor may potentially help maximize your outcomes for acid reflux treatment. They will help address spinal misalignment that is affecting the body’s nerve flow for proper digestion.

When the entire body is in balance and alignment, it will be easier for the physical process of digestion to occur. Plus, neural inputs from the autonomic system (where digestion is controlled) and other areas of the brain and spinal cord will be able to occur uninhibited.

Additional chiropractic treatments that may be of benefit include posture and lifestyle education, weight management, soft tissue therapy, and core strengthening to alleviate stomach pressure. Consult with a chiropractor and physician to determine what treatment options are best.

Poor digestion and acid reflux is hard on the entire body, since it affects our ability to properly absorb nutrients and focus on other equally important bodily processes. The sooner relief occurs the sooner life can go back to normal.

How Corrective Care May Help with Building the Immune System

The immune system has one main function: to keep the body healthy. This is done through toxin neutralization, preventative measures, and infection control when necessary. The system is quite complex, involving specific blood cells, the lymphatic system, and organs like the skin, spleen, liver, thymus, and blood marrow.

The body’s ability to coordinate a proper immune response comes down to the ability to detect an invasion and mount the correct response via both hormonal and neural inputs. When symptoms of fever, swelling, lethargy and more occur from a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, this typically means the immune system is hard at work to restore homeostasis and health.

The immune system can also lead to health problems when it is overactive. Autoimmune disease occurs when the body is unable to recognize its own cells. Instead, they are identified as foreigners and attacked. What disease occurs depends on which cells are attacked. Common autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.

Ways to Boost Immunity

There are many ways to naturally boost the immune system, these include:

  • A balanced, nutrient dense diet (high in fruits and vegetables), especially vitamin C
  • Vitamin D (via sun exposure or supplements).
  • Adequate daily hydration.
  • Getting enough high quality sleep.
  • Good hygiene, including regular hand washing (no need for antibacterial soap).
  • Food hygiene, such as thorough cooking of meats and rinsing of produce.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
  • Healthy weight management.
  • Proper stress management and good mental health.

Other potential ways to build immunity include vaccinations and supplements. Additionally, holistic care has been shown to aid the immune system including massage therapy, cognitive therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic. These options all optimize full body function and synchronicity.

How Chiropractic May Help with Building the Immune System

Ideal Spine’s expert-backed results-oriented Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach may help maximize immune function through proper spinal alignment. When spinal misalignment occurs, nerve energy is blocked and affects the body’s ability to detect and manage potential foreign invaders that we come in contact with.

Immunity organs like the spleen and lymph nodes have direct inputs from the nervous system. Any communication breakdown due to poor nerve flow can vastly limit the body’s immune response. Plus, neural dysfunction can also put unnecessary stress on the body, another immunity weakener.

CBP chiropractors are specially trained to restore balance and function to the spinal cord and nerves. With better equilibrium, all of the body systems should be able to work in a coordinated and efficient manner.

Whether it’s flu season or not, a boost for the immune system is always welcome. Talk to a chiropractor about the benefits of treatment such as adjustments, soft tissue therapy, exercise, stretching, and education and how they may ultimately build your immune system.