Wednesday, 14 March 2018

How Headaches can stem from the neck - “oh I get the normal amount of Headaches”

I had a patient come in to the clinic last week and when going through a medical history I questioned her if she ever got any headaches, I heard the unnervingly common reply of 
“oh I get the normal number of headaches, every month.” 

But getting a headache should not be normal.

Headaches can vary so much in nature, from the location of the headache (frontal, temporal, occipital) to the intensity and character of pain (dull throb, sharp lancinating, deep pressure) and the duration.

At its most basic a headache is your brains inability to adapt to stress, as discussed before we have 3 stressors: physical, chemical and emotional.

In fact, there are many different causes and stressors of headaches and often the primary importance is understanding where the headache comes from. Whether from dehydration or a chemical response to sugar for example. Considerable debate still surrounds the cause and underlying pathology of a migraine and several theories have been proposed.

An often-overlooked cause of headaches is from the cervical spine.

A common cause of headaches can stem from the cervical spine called a cervicogenic headache. Sometimes these headaches mimic migraine headache symptoms. Initially, pain may begin intermittently, spread to one side (unilateral) of the patient's head, and become almost continuous. Furthermore, pain can be exacerbated by neck movement or a particular neck position (eg, eyes focused on a computer monitor).

Certain spinal nerves structures are involved in many cervicogenic headaches. Spinal nerves are signal transmitters that enable communication between the brain and the body via the spinal cord. At each level of the cervical spine is a set of spinal nerves; one on the left side and one on the right of the spine. C1, C2 and/or C3 may be involved in development of cervicogenic headaches because these nerves enable function (movement) and sensation of the head and neck. Nerve compression can cause inflammation and pain.

A cervicogenic headache presents as a steady, non-throbbing pain at the back and base of the skull, sometimes extending downward into the neck and between the shoulder blades. Pain may be felt behind the brow and forehead, even though the problem originates from the cervical spine.

Pain usually begins after a sudden neck movement, such as a sneeze. Along with head and/or neck pain, symptoms may include:
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Pain in one or both arms

A Chiropractor can help you identify where your headaches are coming from and which lifestyle changes you can implement to reduce the headaches if not completely help get rid of them.

If you want to get yourself booked in to AMI Clinic feel free to contact us
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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Beast from the east causing neck strain and low back pain?

With the Beast from the East hitting Britain with force its having a big impact on the paths and the roads.

Slips on the footpath

When it comes to pedestrians and walking along the icy footpaths watch out for falling over, the most common fall on the ice is a slip straight onto the sacrum or coccyx. This type of impact trauma from the bottom of the pelvis has a knock on effect up the spine causing the pelvis or lumbar vertebrae to shift out of position.

Most people feel a bruised pain that subsides but if this misalignment goes untreated it will cause issues in the future.

Nerve pressure is like a water bucket filling to the brim not a problem until it reaches a threshold when it becomes painful this could either take weeks, months or years. Getting checked up by your chiropractor can make sure your body heals the right way preventing any problems in the future, not to mention helping you recover faster from the injury itself.

Road Traffic accidents
The more serious and dangerous issue is on the roads ideally choose not to drive in these conditions if you can. But no surprise that there are more accidents in this weather. Car accidents can lead to whiplash which is one of the most common neck injuries people can get.

Whiplash is the common term for "cervical acceleration-deceleration injury." This refers to damage done to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, nerves and vertebrae of the neck as the result of sudden hyperextension and hyperflexion of the neck. 

When a patient experiences a sudden force that moves the neck forcefully backward then forward, the ligaments and tendons that hold the vertebrae in correct alignment are damaged, causing the vertebrae to change their position and irritate the adjacent nerve roots. This in turn can cause impairment of the function of the body parts that are controlled by these nerves.

The symptoms of a whiplash injury can vary greatly in terms of onset and severity, but some common symptoms associated with it are the following: loss or reduction in ability to move the neck
neck stiffness and pain, pain in arms and hands, muscle spasm, dizziness and/or vertigo, fatigue, blurred or altered vision, ringing in ears, sleep disturbances, numbness/pins and needles in arms and hands

Remember: Symptoms may appear immediately after the whiplash injury or there may be a delayed onset of symptoms, which can prevent a person from associating the symptoms with an injury. This often postpones the patient from receiving timely treatment.   

If any of these issues occur make sure you get yourself check up by your chiropractor.

If you want to get yourself booked in to AMI Clinic feel free to contact us
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