Chiropractic Care: A Migraine Headache Solution

Chiropractic Care for Migraine Headaches

Mostly everyone will agree that chiropractic care can certainly address all manner of physical ailments. In fact, the ability of talented chiropractors to treat physical injuries and strains in a holistic manner has allowed the field to grow as a popular alternative to traditional medical treatments. While many are well aware of the numerous benefits associated with chiropractic care, few realize the truly wide scope of treatment via chiropractic medicine. Case in point, few realize that chiropractors offer viable migraine headache treatment.

This might come as a great surprise to many because very few will automatically think a visit to a chiropractor’s office is the right solution for dealing with a tension headache. Yet, as many will attest, exploring the treatment options made available by chiropractic care may be the best thing to do when dealing with serious migraine headache ailments.

A closer examination of how chiropractic care works quickly reveals that there should not be much surprise to its effectiveness with dealing with migraines. Chiropractic treatment can certainly alleviate the common underlying factors which can cause a migraine headache. For example, muscle tension in the neck region is a common factor that contributes to the presence of a migraine headache. Chiropractic treatment can reduce such tension which, in turn, can reduce the frequency in which migraine headaches occur.

There are scores of other physical ailments which can contribute to migraine headaches. These ailments can include limited mobility in the neck, excess tension in the shoulders or back, or postural misalignments in the spine. Once such problems are effectively addressed, the consistency of dealing with a migraine headache may very well be reduced.

Of course, questions will still arise regarding the safety and effectiveness of this methodology.

Is there any concrete proof that chiropractic treatment is a better option? And how can potential patients be sure that chiropractic care may be better for them than traditional treatments methods?

There has been quite a bit of research and work performed by those seeking to establish the merits of chiropractic care to treat a migraine headache. Recently, a study was performed that included a group of people who suffered from tension headaches. These headache sufferers fell into two groups – those that underwent six weeks of chiropractic care and those that took traditional medication for the same six week period. At the conclusion of the study, both groups of patients had experienced noticeable improvements. However, it was duly noted that the patients who underwent chiropractic care treatment had far fewer side effects. Once the six week treatment concluded, those that underwent chiropractic care did not experience a return of their headache symptoms. Those that had taken traditional medication saw their symptoms return almost immediately.

With such information available, it is strongly advised that anyone with a serious migraine headache problem should look towards an appointment with a well established chiropractor. The reason is simple: chiropractic medicine may very well be able to provide the much needed solution to your headache woes.

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Military Personnel and Veterans Can Be Helped with Chiropractic Care

Military Personnel Can Be Helped With Chiropractic Care

Military personnel and veterans typically perform rigorous physical activity with their service. Although the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration provide healthcare to members some types of health conditions seem to fall through the cracks. A recent research article details the value chiropractic care can provide for this unique patient population. This article will describe some health challenges that confront those in the Armed Forces and possible solutions.

We all have seen television airings of the duties of the women and men in the United States military. Each branch of our Armed Forces requires an initial physically strenuous boot camp and introductory period. We see our service people running through obstacle courses, carrying heavy backpacks while marching or running, and practicing and training for those missions for which they will be engaged. Once they are deployed to active duty strenuous and sometimes dangerous physical measures become a commonplace, every day requirement.

As a practicing chiropractor I have treated many active-duty and veteran men and women for conditions such as neck pain, lower back pain, sciatica and headaches. These patients commonly tell me that their complaints occurred, whether suddenly or cumulatively because of the physical demands of their profession. They note they initially met with the healthcare providers of the military and may have undergone some therapy or taken medications but that their problems persist. One of my patients who was an active duty Army Ranger suffering from significant neck pain and headaches told me that that he was advised to carry a family size container of aspirin to treat his problems.

The conditions for which they mostly see me are problems related to the spine. Injuries to the spine occur from every day activities and physical demands that are placed upon our folks in the military. These injuries are not serious or life-threatening such as fractures or dislocations but instead are slight misalignments and improper movement of the individual vertebrae or bones of the spine. These types of conditions cause irritation of the joints and nerves of the spine, pinched nerves and bulges and irritations of the spinal discs.

Chiropractic care has been shown for 122 years to be effective in helping all types of people with non-life-threatening injuries and conditions of the spine.

A research study published October 2017 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics describes a scientific study noting help for female veterans of the United States military service. Seventy female veterans with a chief complaint of lower back pain received chiropractic treatment. The results showed a marked improvement of the patients back pain.

Although there is some chiropractic care within the military it is limited. Tricare, the insurance plan for military personnel and their families, does not include coverage for chiropractic therapy. There are no chiropractors commissioned in the military as are dentists, medical doctors, physical therapists, etc. Not all armed services bases or Veterans Administration facilities have chiropractic doctors available. Most people of the military who obtain chiropractic services do so with a private practice doctor of chiropractic at their own expense. Knowing this, many chiropractors provide free or discounted services for this deserving group of people.

In time, there will surely be more institutional chiropractic care available to military folks. Until then, personnel of the active military and veterans should know and be aware that the chiropractic profession stands ready to help these unique people with an effective, non-surgical, drug-free alternative type of treatment and care for their injuries and conditions.

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Don’t Let That Minor Neck Pain Become a Major Pain in Your Neck

See Your Chiropractor for Neck Pain

Many of us have experienced neck pain of some sort or another, and hardly anyone is unfamiliar with the feeling of a stiff neck after waking up from a long nap in an uncomfortable position. However, this kind of neck pain can actually be a serious problem, and it is important that you take steps to ensure any recurring neck ache or discomfort is taken care of quickly.

The neck is one of the most sensitive parts of the body, and the average human head can weigh as much as 12 pounds. People who have strong neck muscles tend to suffer less from neck pain or a neck ache, but almost everyone will experience a stiff neck at some point in their lives. You need to catch your neck pain before it gets worse, as you can end up seriously hindered by a chronic neck pain if you don’t care of your neck.

If your car was out of alignment, would you wait to get it fixed? Answer: No. The same principle holds true with the body and spine. If it is misaligned, or is not moving properly, wouldn’t you want to get it corrected before it became a major problem? Chiropractors excel at treating and improving our body’s posture, alignment and movement.

Chiropractors are experts are dealing with a sore or stiff neck, and you can be sure that a chiropractor is the best person to help you alleviate any pain you feel in your neck. Chiropractors are trained in manipulating bones and joints to relieve pain, restore proper function, and help get rid of any problems in the spine or neck.

When you see a chiropractor for mild neck pain it is similar to going to an eye doctor when you’re having mild vision problems. Just as the eye doctor can give you glasses or alter the prescription of your present classes to help you see better your chiropractic treatment can provide help to lessen and alleviate your neck pain. Not only can you feel better after visiting a chiropractor, but your chiropractor can give you tips and ideas so your neck pain will not worsen or develop into a serious problem.

Many things can cause neck ache, including:

  •  A slipped disk
  • Sore or overly tense shoulder and neck muscles
  •  A strain placed on your head or neck

It is vital that you take the steps to correct any neck pain that you may experience, as a neck ache can easily develop into something more serious.

Here are two tips to help you get rid of neck pain:

  •  Make sure to improve your posture if your neck is hurting. Make sure to stand or sit up straight, and keep your shoulders back. Having poor posture is the quickest way to ensure back and neck pain, so have correct posture to avoid aches and pains in your neck.
  •  Don’t sleep in positions that are uncomfortable for your neck, or allow your neck to remain in uncomfortable positions. Talking on the phone can be a cause of a stiff neck, especially if you hold the phone with your ear and shoulder. Make sure that your pillows are not pushing your neck into an awkward position, and get thinner pillows if you feel that your neck is painful after you sleep.

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Pregnant Women May Be Helped With Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic May Help Pregnant Women

I’d like to tell you about an aspect of chiropractic care you might not know about.

When I first started in practice I treated a patient named Donna. Donna had a desk job and found monthly adjustments kept her free from neck and lower back pain.  She became pregnant with her second child and we continued to give her regular treatments. After having the baby I asked her how the delivery went. She said: “I wish I had known about chiropractic adjustments when I had my first child.” She related that her second pregnancy had been much easier and the delivery was more comfortable and took less time than her first child. She noted during her first pregnancy she had not had the chiropractic care and, while there were no complications, it hadn’t been easy.

Over the years I’ve seen many similar results. Pregnant women who receive chiropractic care have more comfortable pregnancies and easier, faster delivery times. Chiropractic research verifies these facts.

I have attended chiropractic postgraduate classes focused on treating pregnant women utilizing the Webster Technique. The Webster Technique is a method that chiropractors use to keep the pelvis and lower spine of pregnant women in good alignment. This method is a safe, gentle, drug-free way of assisting women during pregnancy.

If you are women who is pregnant or know someone who is please consider what I’ve mentioned here. If I can help a pregnant woman I’ll let her know. If I can’t I’ll tell her that also.

Chiropractic care for pregnant women may make a world of difference!

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Our Patients Speak – Linda Lubbert

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Dr James Schofield & Linda Lubbert

I was getting migraines almost once a week. Almost every morning I would wake up with my neck hurting, and I believe that it was triggering my migraines. I had tried everything! Medications, diet changes, vitamins, yoga, etc. Some were temporary fixes, but nothing was working. It was very frustrating. When I met with Dr. Schofield, I explained to him what was going on with my neck. He took some time to talk with me about my migraines before giving me an adjustment. After that first visit I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I walked out of the office feeling so different. I didn’t realize what the misalignment in my neck was doing to my body. Dr. Schofield also gave me some exercises to do at home that focused on my neck. I went to get adjusted two times a week for a few weeks. Now, by choice, I go every three weeks to keep my spine in alignment. After two years of on-and-off neck pain and weekly migraines, I have never felt better! I feel more confident making plans with friends and family now. I don’t have to worry about if I need to call off work anymore. I have a much better quality of life. People don’t understand migraine headaches and how truly debilitating they are. I feel more balanced now and I can enjoy my life again without pain.

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Dentists And Dental Assistants Can Be Helped With Chiropractic Care

Dental Professionals Can Be Helped With Chiropractic Care

While At first glance the dental profession may not seem physically demanding, surprisingly many in the dentistry field experience physical discomfort. In fact, a recent research journal study reveals a large majority of those employed in this vocation experience ongoing pain. The purpose of this article is to explain what conditions specifically affect those in dentistry and what can be done to help alleviate their maladies.

The March 2017 Journal of Back in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation published a research study in which an analysis of a health questionnaire was completed by dentists, dental assistants and dental technicians. The findings revealed that neck pain is a common complaint. While nearly 76% of the dentists, almost 91% of the dental assistants, and 40% of the dental technicians experienced neck discomfort, only 40% of those surveyed had sought care for their neck symptoms. The authors of the analysis conclude, “Considering the fact that the said discomforts affect performing both professional and every day activities, its prevention is necessary in order to avoid the consequences they carry.”

When one realizes what a dentist, an assistant or a hygienist has to do each day of work it becomes apparent why they are susceptible to injury. First, they are sitting somewhat hunched over their patient, possibly in a twisted posture for long periods all day. They are also holding their upper extremities in the same position for prolonged periods of time. This places a great strain on the neck and upper back as well as the lower back.

Recently, while at a social function, I met a female dentist who had to quit practicing her profession when she was in her early 50s because of excruciating neck and upper back pain. She told me she would have loved to continue practicing but the prolonged hours of sitting and caring for her patients while performing her duties was more than she could physically bear.

Being in the chiropractic profession myself, I treat a number of folks- both dentists and dental hygienists- for the care of their neck, mid and lower back pain. Once we alleviate their discomfort and they can perform their professional duties comfortably many come back periodically for preventative maintenance care.

Chiropractors are considered to be the “go to” specialists for common conditions of the spine. A chiropractor will have an initial evaluation with the patient and discuss the symptoms they are having. It is also helpful to know if activities of daily living of the patient are hindered. The doctor of chiropractic will also perform a physical examination to determine what is causing the pain. Many times x-rays of the spine are helpful to pinpoint the source of the problem and to rule out more serious pathology. Since chiropractors are trained to help realign and restore proper movement of the spine by giving a safe, gentle manipulation or adjustment to areas that have pinched or irritated nerves they are ideally positioned to help professionals of dentistry.

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Our Patients Speak – Eva Rainforth

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Eva Rainforth & Dr James Schofield

What was your condition? For years, I had chronic pain in a very specific place under my left shoulder blade. It seemed that nothing could help. I tried massage, stretching, yoga, but nothing worked. I couldn’t find relief, and since I had a slight curvature of the spine from birth, I figured it was just a part of getting “creaky” and older!

 How were you referred to chiropractic? I never considered going the chiropractic route because I was skeptical of it. But a little under a year ago, during a time when I was feeling particularly acute pain in my shoulder blade, a couple of close friends told me about Dr. Schofield. I voiced my reticence, but my friends swore by him and urged me to go. I figured at that point (I was in a lot of pain), what do I have to lose?

In your words, what did the chiropractor do? Dr. Schofield is thorough, explains your treatment clearly, and educates you with exercises you can do to be proactive about your own unique healing process.

 How has chiropractic helped your hobbies and interests? I am a singer, and the adjustments have helped my alignment-which in turn has helped me be able to support my sound more efficiently. And after a concert performance, I don’t have the awful pain I used to have in my shoulder from holding my music for a couple of hours.

 How has chiropractic helped other aspects of your life?  Within a month of seeing Dr. Schofield, I felt consistent ease and release in my shoulder and neck that I hadn’t felt in a long time. As a result, I had more range of motion in my neck and head movement. I could rest my head both ways on my pillow at night instead of only to the right! My treatment has also helped me to be more aware of my own body structure. I am using more of my “self” (literally) when I move through space.

 Words of encouragement to others? I am so happy I found Dr. Schofield and gave the chiropractic approach a try. Chiropractic is a non-invasive holistic approach because you’re working with your body’s natural ability to heal itself. (It’s a preventative way to avoid surgery for some.) You have absolutely nothing to lose-or be afraid of-and everything to gain by giving chiropractic treatment a try! Thank you, Dr. Schofield!

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