Common Myths About Neck Pain Common Myths About Neck Pain

When you experience neck pain, it can wreak havoc on your day-to-day living. Let’s face it – when your neck hurts, it is hard to hold your head up, much less accomplish any tasks.

Some people believe certain myths pertaining to neck pain, making it even more difficult for them to find relief. Understanding the myths about neck pain can help you understand your symptoms and find ways to relieve it.

If the doctor can’t find a cause for the pain, it must not be real – no matter what your doctor finds or doesn’t find, your pain can be real. Just because something doesn’t show up on an x-ray doesn’t mean that there isn’t a problem. Sometimes, a chiropractor is needed to uncover the hidden causes of neck pain.

Resting your neck will make the pain go away – while it is okay to take it a little bit easy for a day or two, extended periods of rest can actually worsen your neck pain. It is important to work with a physician or chiropractor to develop a plan of physical therapy or exercises you can do at home. Read more

 

Answers To Your Top Upper Cervical Chiropractic Questions 1024x810 Answers To Your Top Upper Cervical Chiropractic Questions

Taking care of your spine – in particular, your upper cervical spine – is important to your overall health. You may not realize it, but your spine is truly connected to your entire body. A small misalignment can cause pain in your arms, legs and even your feet. If you are experiencing pain in one part of your body, you may be focusing treatment on that particular area – when the source of the pain is in your spine. The following top upper cervical chiropractic questions will help you better understand the importance of spinal care.

Will I benefit from upper cervical chiropractic treatments? The only way to know is to have an assessment performed. Everyone can benefit from having an assessment to determine if treatment is needed. The assessment can show you how to prevent problems before they arise.

Can a child benefit from these types of treatments? Children can absolutely benefit from upper cervical chiropractic care. A well-balanced body is essential for all ages – even newborns. Read more

The Four Phases of Subluxation The Four Phases of SubluxationA subluxation is defined as, “when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves.” A subluxation can cause nerve interference.

Subluxations can often be corrected by chiropractic treatment. If you leave subluxations untreated, over time, the tissue changes will get worse, leading to subluxation degeneration. To understand subluxations, you need to understand the four phases of subluxation. This information, along with your chiropractor’s advice, will help you determine how long the subluxation has been present and what steps need to be taken to correct the problem.

1.    Phase One – this phase is normally associated with subluxations that have been present for up to twenty years. It includes the loss of the normal spine curve, posture disorientation, and some nerve, disc, joint, and muscle damage. This phase can occur without any pain and, left untreated, will continue to worsen. Chiropractic care can normally treat this phase with relative ease.

2.    Phase Two – this phase is normally associated with subluxations that have been present for 20-40 years. Many people complain about stiffness and aches – however, pain is not always present. It includes bone deformation, possible spinal narrowing, fatigue, and decrease in height. Chiropractic treatment for 1 ½ to 2 ½ years can often have favorable results. Read more

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

When it comes to chiropractic care, you probably imagine a chiropractor adjusting the bones of your back and sending you on your way. While this is true, in a sense, the truth is that chiropractic care goes much deeper than just minor adjustments for immediate pain relief. While chiropractic care does provide pain relief, it also prevents pain from ever surfacing. It is a form of care that, when utilized on a regular basis, can become a core part of your overall health.

Upper cervical chiropractic care focuses on the upper part of the spinal column, known as the upper cervical spine. While this is not a large section of your spinal column, it is a very important section because it is the area that supports your head. The first cervical vertebra is known as the Atlas and the second cervical vertebra is known as the Axis. When this area of the spinal column is misaligned, it can lead to a number of health issues, including pain in the neck, back, shoulder, leg, and foot. Read more

Chiropractic Care May Be Remedy For High Blood Pressure  Chiropractic Care May Be Remedy For High Blood Pressure

Is high blood pressure a concern for you? With high obesity rates, heart disease and stressful lifestyles, the need for concern is on the rise.

When most of us think of the term high blood pressure, we think of a home monitoring kit and a variety of pills that help keep things in check.  Yet instead of thinking about solutions to an existing problem, why not stop the problem before it happens and concentrate on living a healthy lifestyle instead?

While western medicine puts the emphasis on prescription remedies for high blood pressure, there are also natural alternatives that can provide answers. One of these alternatives is chiropractic care. A recent study shows that this type of care may offer a wealth of benefits for high blood pressure. Read more

What Your Atlas Vertebra Does For You 234x300 What Your Atlas Vertebra Does For YouWhen you have back or neck pain, have you ever wondered exactly where the source of the pain is? Have you ever thought about the various bones that make up your spine and their particular functions? Probably not, right? Most people do not give their bones a second thought – until they hurt.

A very important bone in your spine – one that is often overlooked and forgotten – is the Atlas vertebra. The next time you have pain in your neck, this bone could be the source.

The Atlas vertebra is a small bone at the top of your neck. It weighs only two ounces and supports the entire weight of your head. This tiny bone protects the upper part of your spinal cord, as well as your brain stem. It is a very important bone – quite possibly the most important bone in your body. Just like any other bone, it can become damaged and cause significant trouble. Read more

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Lower Blood Pressure How Chiropractic Care Can Help Lower Blood PressureHigh blood pressure is a serious problem that many face, and the prescription drugs that are recommended by doctors can sometimes be just as dangerous as the condition itself. With millions of people living with high blood pressure every day, it’s only natural that some begin questioning the effectiveness of prescriptions, and begin looking for a different way.

Luckily, as studies are now showing, there may be a route to lower blood pressure through chiropractic care. The data from these studies shows an affective method being used that has no side effects, and may revolutionize the care of patients with high blood pressure.

Chiropractors work on spines to improve and protect anything from the nervous system to posture, and have found that the answer to lowering blood pressure may be in the spine. The key area is the Atlas, or C-1 vertebra, which is responsible for holding the head in place. An Atlas vertebra that is even a millimeter off can cause problems in the body, and can restrict normal blood flow in the spine, or cause arteries to remain contracted. When this happens, high blood pressure may be one of the results. Which means through simple chiropractic manipulation, original blood flow may be restored.

And by lowering blood pressure to more normal levels, in some cases, it may be enough to stop taking medications.

If you are suffering from high blood pressure, chiropractic care may allow you options to your treatment routine. Not all blood pressure problems stem from the Atlas vertebra, but it is possible that your vertebra may be misaligned. If this is the case, then a simple realignment may just be your path to a healthier and longer life.

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In chiropractic care, we use the word subluxation all the time. But what does it truly mean? Lets travel back in time 100 years or so to make a quick analogy.Subluxation1 Subluxation – A Basic Understanding

In the old west, the mortal punishment of choice was hanging.  Many people mistakenly think that hanging kills by strangling the victim, this is completely untrue.  Hanging kills the same way that subluxations kill, by causing interference to the mind body connection.

When a person is hung the force causes a fracture of the second cervical vertebra, called a hangman’s fracture (big surprise!), that damages the spinal cord.  When the spinal cord is damaged with this type of force it can cause a complete interruption of the flow of information from the brain to the body and the body to the brain.  This complete disruption is also known as DEATH.

Subluxation causes the same phenomenon to occur.  When the spine doesn’t function properly it loses its ability to protect the nerve system and becomes an irritant by pinching, rubbing, or stretching the spinal cords and nerves.  This causes the same loss of communication between the brain and the body as the Hangman’s fracture, but to a lesser degree so the damages may take months or even years to accumulate. Either way, the end result will be the same. 

The moral of the story is:

People are hung for the sole purpose of breaking the mind body connection, subluxation just does it slower!

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So many Americans suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension) due to our society’s poor dietary practices.  The usual medical protocol is to diagnose high blood pressure if the measured values are greater than 130/80.  Drugs are used in an attempt to regulate the high pressure over the course of a lifetime.  Anyone for a lifetime of prescription drug costs?

There are many natural ways to lower blood pressure consistently.  One is simply DRINK MORE WATER!  No, coffee, tea, soda, or alcohol of any kind does not count.  You need (we all need) more water.  Secondly, we could all afford to eat more fruits and veggies.  Raw is best, and the more, the better.  Juicing can help get lots of great nutrients quickly.  I feel that for the money the Jack LaLanne Juicer is the best, and is easy to find on sale, too.  Third, and possibly most important, have your atlas adjusted by an upper cervical(neck) specialist of which I am one.

These specialized chiropractors can be hard to find because there are a relative few of us.  For instance, I practice an upper cervical technique called Blair.  There are 3 of us in the entire state of Colorado, therefore I see patients from all over Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Kansas.  A couple of great places to find an upper cervical doctor near you are: www.blairchiropractic.com and www.upcspine.com.

Recently, Good Morning America had a special news segment on the effectiveness of specific atlas adjustments and reducing high blood pressure.  Click on the link for the video.  The overall lesson is that Blair Chiropractic is more than just neck pain, back pain, and headaches (although, we are great at fixing these, too).  It is about restoring health and your body’s own ability to heal itself, as long as there is no interference to the function of the nervous system.  Enjoy the video.

High blood pressure and chiropractic on GMA