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Chiropractic Care and Headaches

Chiropractic treatment better than meds for migraines

The cervical spine is often implicated in the onset and/or presence of headaches. This is due in part to the first three cervical nerve roots exiting out of the spine and enter the back of the head through a particularly thick group of muscles attached to the base of the skull along the nuchal ridge.

Anything that tightens up the upper cervical musculature can give rise to headache, and certainly stress has the unique characteristic of increasing neck muscle tension. Cervicogenic headache and tension-type headache are the two most commonly used terms associated with neck dysfunction. Migraine headaches are a vascular type of headache, and these too can be greatly helped by spinal manipulation of the upper cervical region, though the mechanism of how this helps is less understood.

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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: Feeling lonely? It may be harming your sleep

Loneliness May Reduce Sleep Quality

Researchers surveyed more than 2,200 young adults and found that between 25% and 30% of the participants felt lonely sometimes, while another 5% reported they frequently felt lonely. Furthermore, they observed that the lonelier people were 24% more likely to feel tired and have difficulty concentrating during the day. Study author Dr. Louise Arseneault adds, “Diminished sleep quality is one of the many ways in which loneliness gets under the skin, and our findings underscore the importance of early therapeutic approaches to target the negative thoughts and perceptions that can make loneliness a vicious cycle.” Psychological Medicine, May 2017

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Our Staff Has Been Trained By The Best In Order To Be The Best!

Our team leaders recently went on a leadership retreat in Asheville, NC. They spent two days at the prestigious Biltmore Hotel, where they earned certificates in Cultivating Change and Storytelling As A Business Strategy from the Biltmore Center of Professional Development, accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education & Training (IACET).

We would like to inform you that our staff has been working hard on learning new innovative ways to provide the best possible care. From our team leaders to support staff, we all have been diligently learning and working on new goals set by our wonderful advisors at the Scheduling Institute.

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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: Allergic to a certain food? You’re not alone!

Just Over 3% of Americans May Suffer from Food Allergies

A review of nearly three million medical records identified more than 97,000 patients who suffered from one or more food allergies or food intolerance. The researchers found that the most common allergy was to shellfish, such as shrimp and lobster. Other common food allergies included fruits, vegetables, dairy, and peanuts. These food allergies can lead to potentially life-threatening reactions such as hives, anaphylaxis, shortness of breath, wheezing, itching, swelling, or other allergic-like reactions called intolerances. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, May 2017

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Inflammation, & Treatment Options

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) belongs to a group of disorders called “entrapment neuropathies” and as the name implies, it is caused by the trapping of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist. There are MANY ways to treat CTS, with some of the most effective focused on reducing inflammation.

Inflammation (from the Latin inflammatio) is commonly referred to as “swelling” and is a sequence of biological responses to harmful stimuli that include pathogens such as bacteria and viruses, damaged cells, and other irritants. It is a protective response to something abnormal that has occurred and involves our immune cells, blood supply, and more. Inflammation helps to eliminate the cause of cell injury, clean up necrotic or dead cells from area, and initiate the tissue repair process.

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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: Avoid These Common Exercise Errors

Avoid These Common Exercise Errors

To reach your exercise goals, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends avoiding these seven mistakes: failing to keep a journal to monitor your progress, losing track of your goals, strength- training the same muscles on consecutive days, breathing incorrectly during exercise, not eating enough protein, getting distracted during your workout, and ignoring flexibility and balance training. American College of Sports Medicine, May 2017

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The “Many Faces” of Whiplash


Whiplash typically involves an injury to the neck, but it can often include symptoms outside of the cervical region, which is why the term “whiplash associated disorder” (WAD) may be a more appropriate description for the condition. WAD is most commonly associated with car accidents, but other forms of trauma, such as a slip and fall, can also result in WAD. So what makes WAD so unique?

Researchers have divided WAD into three primary classes: WAD I is basically pain with negative examination findings; WAD II includes pain with examination findings such as loss of motion; and WAD III includes the WAD II findings plus neurological losses (altered sensation and/or strength in the arm). There is also a WAD IV that includes fractures and dislocations.

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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: Kids Feeling Stressed? A Dog May Help

Pet Dogs Help Children Feel Less Stressed

Pet dogs can provide valuable social support for kids when they’re stressed. Researchers randomly assigned children to experience stressors, such as public speaking or a mental task, with either their dog or a parent present for social support, or no one at all. They found that children who had their pet dog with them reported feeling less stressed compared with having a parent for social support or having no social support. Furthermore, saliva tests revealed reduced cortisol levels among children who spent more time with their dog. Social Development, May 2017

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