When your head hurts, the first thing you probably do is reach for the over-the-counter medication and hope for the best.

Headaches plague millions of people every day. What many people do not realize is that there are different kinds of headaches. The type of headache you have at a particular moment can dictate the best method of treatment.

what kind of headache do you have What Kind Of Headache Do You Have?

However, what most people don’t realize is that a headache is often a symptom of another issue. Understanding the different areas of muscles that, when injured, can lead to headaches will help you determine the best method of treatment.

  • The posterior cervical muscles are responsible for extending and rotating the head and neck. When these muscles are affected, it can lead to a feeling like a headband of pain around your head.
  • The splenius muscles are often injured by trauma, such as whiplash. When these muscles are affected, the result can be pain combined with blurred vision.
  • The levator scapulae muscles are part of the shoulder girdle muscles. When these muscles are affected, it can lead to the feeling of a stiff neck and pain in the upper neck, as well as at the base of the skull.
  • The sub-occipital muscles are used to rotate, tilt and extend your head. When these muscles are affected, you may feel pain on the side of your head, over your ear, and behind your eye.

Understanding that the various muscles in the neck and shoulder area can lead to headaches is your first line of defense against these bothersome pains. For instance, if you suffered an injury and have lasting headaches after the injury has healed, it may be a sign that something is not quite right.

Your chiropractor can then do the necessary tests to find out if there is an underlying injury causing the headaches. Sure, sometimes a headache is just a headache, caused by stress or tension. However, there is always a chance that it is caused by a muscle injury that needs treatment.

If you are experiencing pain, numbness, or tingling in the area of your buttocks, and the pain eventually travels down your leg, you could be suffering from Piriformis syndrome.

do you have piriformis syndrome Do You Have Piriformis Syndrome?Piriformis syndrome is a disorder caused by the Piriformis muscle compressing the sciatic nerve. The Piriformis muscle is a flat muscle located near the top of the hip joint in the buttocks area. The sciatic nerve either passes through the Piriformis muscle or right beside it, and it travels down the back of your leg and branches off into your feet.

When the Piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve, the result can be pain in the associated areas.

There are four features of Piriformis syndrome that appear to be common among sufferers:

  • Pain in the buttock area
  • Sciatic nerve pain and aggravation that comes from sitting
  • Tenderness to the touch of the sciatic nerve area
  • Different levels of pain depending on the way the Piriformis muscle is being used

If you think that you might be experiencing Piriformis syndrome, the first thing you need to do is contact your doctor. There are various other conditions that could be causing some of your pain. For instance, a herniated disk can cause the sciatic nerve to compress. An MRI and other forms of testing can help eliminate other potential causes of your pain to give you the definitive diagnosis you need.

If you are diagnosed with Piriformis syndrome, you and your doctor can come up with a treatment plan. Heat and ice are often used to relieve the symptoms. You can also avoid the positions that cause the pain. Stretches and exercise regimens can help reduce the nerve compression. And give chiropractic a try. Chiropractic focuses in on helping adjust your spinal column and nervous system back to a healthy level. It may be just what the doctor ordered.

Whiplash is one of the most prevalent injuries sustained in a car accident.  However, due to several common misconceptions, whiplash is also one of the least understood and underestimated injuries.  Without proper treatment, what started as a relatively minor injury can result in long term damage and discomfort.  If you or a loved one has suffered from whiplash, here are a few things you should know about your injuries.

what you should know about whiplash What You Should Know About WhiplashThe damage done during the accident is not an indicator of the severity of the whiplash.  Several factors impact the severity of a whiplash injury.  Just because the car has little damage, does not mean you got away with minimal injuries.  Heavy duty cars can take quite a beating, so you can sustain injuries long before your car shows significant damage.  Also, any head tilt or neck turn at the time of the incident can dramatically increase the severity of the whiplash.

Speed does not indicate the severity of whiplash.  Just as you cannot predict your injuries based on the damage done to the car, you cannot predict your injuries solely based on the speed you were going at the time of the accident.  Position, tension, speed of the other vehicle, and so much more can create an environment where severe whiplash can occur.

Women tend to suffer greater whiplash than men.   Women, in general, are not as strong as men.  As a result, women are more prone to suffer negative affects from whiplash than men in similar situations.

Whiplash injuries can lead to long term problems.  If whiplash injuries go untreated, they can lead to chronic neck problems and potentially headaches.  One prominent form of whiplash care is chiropractic adjustment.  Chiropractors work with the spinal column to renew alignment and functionality.  With proper treatment, people who suffer whiplash injuries will recover faster and maintain a higher functionality with less pain.

Subluxation degeneration is defined as, “a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health.”

Subluxation degeneration often occurs in the spine, and it can lead to a myriad of health problems, including pain. Understanding this type of affliction can help you understand the steps your chiropractor takes in alleviating your pain.

understanding subluxation degeneration Understanding Subluxation Degeneration

Subluxation degeneration occurs in phases. With the first phase, you will see a change in the natural curvature of the spine. Most people feel no pain or discomfort with the first phase, so it is often left untreated. Left untreated, the next phase is bound to occur.

The second phase of subluxation degeneration involves a change in the curvature of the spine, as well as some loss of motion. Disk spaces between the vertebrae start to narrow and flatten out. There may also be calcium buildup visible on X-rays. Patients usually feel stiff or achy during the second phase.

The third phase involves all of the symptoms of phase one and two, only worse. The disk space is noticeably changed. Spurs may develop on the vertebrae, and patients usually feel quite a bit of discomfort during this stage. Treatment is vital at this point because if it is left untreated, it will only worsen and progress into the fourth phase.

The fourth phase involves a lot of damage, such as the disk space being almost eliminated and the bones appearing to be fused together. At this point, patients are afflicted with pain, loss of range of motion, and other health problems. Treatment is possible to reduce the pain and help improve the quality of life.

Knowing the four phases of subluxation degeneration demonstrates the importance of chiropractic care in the beginning. Treating this type of degeneration early will help improve your quality of life as time goes by. If you have any questions about this type of degeneration, speak with your chiropractor today.

One of the most traumatic events of our lives starts at the moment we are born. A baby goes through much exertion when traveling through the birth canal. Pushing, pulling, all of it impacts everything from the cranium, spine and even the nervous system. Even a c-section can cause serious trauma from the sudden removal and exposure to new circumstances.

While the process is natural – we all go through it – it still can be the start of a lifelong health issue.

how your baby may be asking for chiropractic treatments How Your Baby May Be Asking For Chiropractic Treatments
When trauma occurs to the spine or nervous system, subluxations or misalignments occur. Subluxations are massive pressure being placed on different points of the nervous system, causing the body to not function in a proper way. When these misalignments continue for months – even years – without correction, they can lead to to chronic pain and headaches that continue on and turn worse as a child moves into adulthood.

For many people, they assume the birthing process is natural, and therefore is something that we will grow out of as soon as we start breathing, stretching and adjusting to life. Yet once a problem exists, it simply won’t go away on its own. It may sit undetected for years, or even materialize in many ways that effect normal everyday routines. Colic, minor discomfort, feeding and digestion issues, ear infections, decreased immune system function – all of this and more have been linked to trauma in the upper cervical spine. Which can be lessened with regular chiropractic treatment.

Not sure if your child may be facing some of these issues? Because babies can’t express themselves verbally here are a few signs that may indicate they would benefit from a chiropractic evaluation.

  • Your baby consistently tilts her head to one side
  • Your baby has restricted head movement from one side to another
  • Your baby cannot sleep without disturbance for more than an hour or two
  • Your baby has trouble breastfeeding
  • Your baby tugs on an earlobe regularly
  • Your baby appears to be gassy and is difficult to soothe
  • Your baby arches her back often

If your infant is suffering any of the systems mentioned above, the best place to start is with a chiropractic assessment. A chiropractor will focus in on the misalignments already present in your baby’s spine that can impair your baby’s nervous system. As the misalignments are corrected and your baby’s body is restored with proper function, you’ll begin seeing an ease of the symptoms and a return to a health, happy baby once again.