Atlas Chiropractic http://atlaschirotx.com Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:43:37 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Fibromyalgia: Getting Enough Rest and Other Home Remedies http://atlaschirotx.com/fibromyalgia-getting-enough-rest-and-other-home-remedies/ Sun, 17 Jun 2018 05:28:00 +0000 http://atlaschirotx.com/?p=540 Fibromyalgia (FM) is a medical condition known for widespread pain throughout the body and stiffness in the muscles and joints. In addition, sleep problems and chronic fatigue are usually present. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases estimates that as many as 90 percent of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are middle-aged women. […]

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Fibromyalgia (FM) is a medical condition known for widespread pain throughout the body and stiffness in the muscles and joints. In addition, sleep problems and chronic fatigue are usually present. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases estimates that as many as 90 percent of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are middle-aged women. However, this condition affects people of all ages and genders. FM is often misunderstood and can be very confusing. It had a stigma in the past of being all in one’s imagination. Nonetheless, recent medical studies have proven this incorrect. It is a real condition impacting as many as 6 percent of people worldwide.

Fibromyalgia is a double-edged sword when it comes to pain and sleep disturbance. The pain you are experiencing makes sleep more difficult and not getting enough sleep makes the pain worse. However, you can take comfort in the fact that by increasing your sleep, you will most likely see an improvement in the pain you are feeling. This shows how important it is for those with FM to find ways to make their sleep more restful. This article will cover that and other ways to experience less pain with fibromyalgia.

Sleep Problems and Fibromyalgia

Researchers in the medical field are constantly trying to clarify how sleep disturbances link to pain. At this point, very little is understood. However, some key findings do prove sleep and pain to be linked. For example, a study observed patients after having surgery. They had disturbed sleep and less than normal REM sleep. As they began to recover, sleep seemed to improve. Another study observed people with a disturbance in their slow wave sleep (the deepest sleep stage). This study looked at a group of healthy middle-aged women after having slow-wave sleep disturbances for three days. The results? The women had lower pain tolerance and increased levels of discomfort and fatigue. This means that sleep disruption can actually have an impact on the formation of fibromyalgia. Even though those with FM often use sleep aids, these are often ineffective in helping them get the right amount of sleep.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and fibromyalgia download our complimentary e-book Simple and Extremely Effective Ways to End Fibromyalgia Symptoms without Drugs by clicking the image below.

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How to Get Better Rest When You Have Fibromyalgia

Here are some tips to help you get a better night’s rest. This may help improve your symptoms of FM.

  • Stick to a good sleep schedule. It is good to plan on sleeping for eight hours. Most healthy adults need at least 7 hours of sleep but do not need more than 8 hours. The best way to get your proper sleep is to go to bed and get up at the same time every day whether or not you have the day off. Being consistent in this way will help your body to get and remain in a good sleep-wake cycle. If you do not fall asleep 20 minutes after you lay down, get up, go into another room, and do something relaxing like reading or listening to soft music. Go back to bed when you feel sleepy.
  • Keep an eye on what you drink and eat. If you go to bed hungry or too full, you may suffer. You should also avoid heavy or huge meals within a few hours of bedtime. Feeling discomfort may keep you awake. Also, avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Caffeine and nicotine have a stimulating effect and can take hours to get out of your system. Alcohol may make you feel sleepy at first but may disturb your sleep later on.
  • Limit daytime napping. Long naps during the day can interfere with your sleep at night. If you must take a nap, keep it to 30 minutes and do not do it late in the day. However, for those of you who work nights, a late-day nap may be just what you need to help you make up for the sleep you will be losing.
  • Create a peaceful environment for sleeping. Your bedroom should be a place of peace and rest. That means keeping it cool, quiet, and dark. Any kind of light in the room may make sleep more challenging. This can include light-emitting screens and even alarm clocks with bright lights. You may want to get some room-darkening shades for your windows, and earplugs, fans, or other things that keep you relaxed and uninterrupted. Also, calming activities before bed can help, such as warm baths or relaxation methods.
  • Take control of your worries. Try not to go to bed with a lot on your mind. If at all possible, resolve whatever issues you are dealing with before going to sleep. It may help to write down what is bothering you, and set it aside for the next day. Stress management may help. Start slow: get organized, set priorities, and delegate whatever tasks you can. Relaxation techniques can also ease anxiety.
  • Exercise. Regular physical activity, even if it is something small, can promote better sleep, just not too close to bedtime. Spending time outdoors may be helpful, also.

 

Natural Help for Fibromyalgia

In addition to sleep disturbance, another thing seen to be an underlying reason for fibromyalgia is a misalignment of the top bones of the spine. The C1 and C2 vertebrae may be putting the brainstem under stress, causing it to send improper signals to the brain. If the brainstem is telling the brain that the body is in pain, when it actually is not, fibromyalgia can be the end result. Using a gentle method, we encourage the bones to realign themselves naturally without the need to crack or pop the neck. This results in improvement in communication between the body and brain. Fibromyalgia has been seen to ease up or even go away completely.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Seivert call 512-352-1300 or just click the button below.

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Migraines: A New Idea Suggests Exercise Helps Migraines http://atlaschirotx.com/migraines-a-new-idea-suggests-exercise-helps-migraines/ Sun, 18 Mar 2018 05:04:05 +0000 http://atlaschirotx.com/?p=534 Exercise and migraines — to those who have had these debilitating headaches, this may sound like an impossible combination. Before we explore it further, however, let’s look at what migraines are. Migraines are the 3rd most prevalent illness worldwide, affecting 39 million in the United States and 1 billion worldwide. Women are affected 3 times […]

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Exercise and migraines — to those who have had these debilitating headaches, this may sound like an impossible combination. Before we explore it further, however, let’s look at what migraines are.

Migraines are the 3rd most prevalent illness worldwide, affecting 39 million in the United States and 1 billion worldwide. Women are affected 3 times more often than men. In the US, 1 out of every 4 households has someone in it that has migraines. Migraines are most commonly experienced between the ages of 25 and 55. As many as 90 percent of people with migraines have a family member that also has migraines. While some people only get migraines on occasion, there are others that get them almost daily.

Migraines are not just bad headaches. They are neurological in origin and are accompanied by neurological symptoms. The symptoms include the following:

  • Throbbing or pulsating head pain that is moderate to severe and intensifies with movement
  • It may only affect one side of the head, but in a third of the cases it affects both sides
  • The pain may be felt anywhere around the head or neck
  • Pain increases over a 1- to 2-hour period
  • The head pain lasts anywhere from 4 to 72 hours
  • Nausea and vomiting are often present
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and certain odors

If you have a migraine with an aura, you will have some type of warning sign that comes on before a migraine. These warning signs:

  • May come before or at the same time as the head pain begins
  • May occur without head pain
  • Usually take about 5 to 20 minutes to develop and last less than 60 minutes
  • Most commonly auras are visual disturbances but can also be motor, sensory, or a combination
  • The most common positive visual phenomenon is an arc or a band of absent vision with a shimmering or glittering zigzag border

Physical symptoms during migraines may include:

  • Head or neck tenderness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • High blood pressure

Diagnosing Migraines

In order to diagnose a migraine, patient history is vital. The International Headache Society has certain diagnostic criteria. For one thing, patients must have had at least 5 migraine attacks that lasted from 4 to 72 hours with at least two of the following criteria:

  • Unilateral location
  • A pulsating quality
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Made worse by routine physical activity such as walking or climbing stairs

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and migraines download our complimentary e-book Natural and Drug-Free Ways to End Your Migraines by clicking the image below.

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The patient must have also had at least one of the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sound sensitivity

These symptoms must not be able to be attributed to any other disorder.

Can Migraines Be Helped Through Exercise?

Research is being conducted suggesting that regular cardiovascular exercise can help to keep migraines at bay. A study done in Sweden noted patients with migraines had fewer of them after doing 40-minute cycling workouts 3 times a week for 3 months. This was comparable to results of one of the top migraine drugs, topiramate, without the side effects of depression, tremors, and cognitive impairment.  Aerobic workouts were also seen to help with regular migraines, according to the director of the New York Headache Center in Manhattan, NY.

Why does this help? A couple of theories may apply:

  • Breaking out in a sweat may be a stress reliever. Since migraines are often triggered by stress and you are eliminating the trigger, the migraines do not start.
  • Endorphins may play a role. These feel-good chemicals are released when you exercise and they actually work as blockers to your pain sensors. They are natural painkillers.

It is important to note since migraines are often brought about by many different factors, such as genetics, lack of sleep, or certain foods, exercise is not going to work in every situation. However, one study in Germany found that 65 percent of people with migraines were helped making it as effective as the best meds on the market.

It is recommended that patients do a half hour of some type of moderate cardiovascular exercise, such as jogging, biking, or swimming, three times a week. These should be slow and steady workouts, not high intensity. Overexerting yourself can trigger headaches, so keep your heart rate no higher than 150 BPM. If you do not have a heart rate monitor, then breathe only through your nose. This will help you see if you are exercising too hard if you cannot keep a regular breathing pattern.

Additional Help for Migraines

While exercise is very important to help ward off migraines, sometimes more help is needed. It has been noted by various case studies that migraines are often related to a misalignment of the bones of the upper cervical spine. The C1 and C2 vertebrae are susceptible to misalignments due to such things as whiplash, sporting accidents, and simple trips and falls. A misalignment in this part of the neck puts stress on the brainstem and causes it to send improper signals to the brain. Blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow to the brain can also be hindered by this type of misalignment. These things can easily cause migraines to occur.

Here at Atlas Chiropractic in Taylor, Texas, we use a gentle method to encourage the bones to move back into their proper place. We do not need to resort to popping or cracking the neck to get positive results. A case study done of 101 people with migraines proves that this type of care works. Most of them saw an improvement in or an elimination of their migraines in only one or two adjustments.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Seivert call 512-352-1300 or just click the button below.

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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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The Challenges of a Fibromyalgia Diagnosis and a Natural Option for Relief http://atlaschirotx.com/challenges-fibromyalgia-diagnosis-natural-option-relief/ Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:38:06 +0000 http://atlaschirotx.com/?p=530 Fibromyalgia is a common condition that causes widespread muscle tenderness and stiffness, aching (particularly in areas where tendons insert and the soft tissues surrounding them), fatigue, poor quality of sleep, mental cloudiness (sometimes referred to as “fibro fog”, and a variety of other symptoms.  Even though fibromyalgia is so prevalent, there is still much to […]

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challenges-fibromyalgia-diagnosis-natural-option-reliefFibromyalgia is a common condition that causes widespread muscle tenderness and stiffness, aching (particularly in areas where tendons insert and the soft tissues surrounding them), fatigue, poor quality of sleep, mental cloudiness (sometimes referred to as “fibro fog”, and a variety of other symptoms.  Even though fibromyalgia is so prevalent, there is still much to be learned about the condition that affects as many as 4 million Americans age 18 and up.

People who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia have often been on what might seem like a wild goose chase, going from one doctor visit to another.  The biggest reason for this might be that the major symptoms of fibromyalgia (pain, fatigue, and sleep problems) are also symptoms of other disorders.  There are many conditions that have shared symptoms with fibromyalgia, which is part of the reason why it can be so difficult to nail down a diagnosis:  

  • Sleep apnea – sleep apnea causes disruption in your breathing while you sleep.  This can cause extreme fatigue and the feeling of constantly waking up unrefreshed, similar to fibromyalgia.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) – this is a close cousin of fibromyalgia, and the two conditions can seem very similar when it comes to fatigue.  However, people with CFS do not experience the increase in pain sensitivity that those with fibromyalgia do.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – this type of arthritis differs from others in that it is an autoimmune condition.  It is an inflammatory arthritis that attacks the lining of the joints, causing aches and pains that can resemble fibromyalgia.
  • Hypothyroidism – when your thyroid gland does not produce enough hormone, your metabolism can slow down which can cause cognitive issues and fatigue.
  • Lupus – this autoimmune condition causes widespread inflammation, and this can mimic the aches and pains of fibromyalgia.

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

More and more research is being done on what the exact cause of fibromyalgia is.  At this time, there is still an element of uncertainty.  What studies do reveal, though, is that people with fibromyalgia do not process pain in the same way that people without the condition do.  This is due to changes in the central nervous system (CNS).  The brain of fibromyalgia sufferers might produce lower levels of certain neurotransmitters that can cause an increase in sensitivity to pain.  There may also be other contributing factors that might precipitate the onset of symptoms, including:

  • Emotional stress
  • Physical injury or trauma
  • Genetics
  • Viral infection
  • Lyme disease

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and fibromyalgia download our complimentary e-book Simple and Extremely Effective Ways to End Fibromyalgia Symptoms without Drugs by clicking the image below.

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Natural, Effective Fibromyalgia Care

One of many natural healthcare approaches you can take is upper cervical chiropractic.  The huge benefit of upper cervical care is that it seeks to address the root cause of health conditions rather than merely address symptoms on the surface.  The upper cervical spine is made up of the top two vertebrae in the spine – your atlas (C1) and axis (C2) – and how they relate to your skull.  This is a critical area to have in proper alignment, as the brainstem exits from the base of the skull and passes through the spinal canal in the upper cervical region.  When there is a spinal misalignment here, which can occur due to trauma, injury, or wear and tear, it can cause neurological insult to the brainstem.  This can cause a distortion or magnification of pain signals, which can lead to the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Gives Hope (and Results) to Fibromyalgia Sufferers

When you come to an upper cervical chiropractic practice such as ours, you will notice that we do things differently.  Some of the things you will experience in order to get to the bottom of your condition are:

  • Detailed patient history – we will talk with you to identify any links to injuries, traumas, or any other circumstances that may have played a role leading up to the onset of your fibromyalgia symptoms.  The majority of our fibromyalgia patients can recall some type of neck or head injury in their past, and not necessarily close to the time of diagnosis.  In many cases, years have passed between some type of injury that may have caused an upper cervical subluxation (misalignment) and the onset of fibromyalgia.
  • Thorough examination – this goes without saying, but each individual that seeks out our care is different, even down to their bone structure.  This is why we take careful steps to measure each patient’s specific misalignment using diagnostic upper cervical x-rays and other examination protocols.  This allows us to tailor our care to individual needs.
  • Specific corrections – our examination procedures allow us to build adjustments for each of our patients.  Our upper cervical chiropractic adjustments are precise and gentle.  They do not require any forceful twisting or popping of the neck in order to achieve the desired correction.  The longer our patients are able to hold their atlas adjustments in place, the more uninterrupted healing can take place.

There have been many successful cases of complete resolution of fibromyalgia symptoms in patients under upper cervical chiropractic care.  The reason why this is so promising is that the goal of upper cervical chiropractic care is to restore normal function to the central nervous system, allowing the body’s self-healing and self-regulating functions to occur optimally.  In the case of fibromyalgia, if pain processing pathways are being impeded by an upper cervical misalignment, then focusing on addressing the underlying cause can lead to a lasting solution.

 

References:

http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/musculoskeletal-and-connective-tissue-disorders/bursa,-muscle,-and-tendon-disorders/fibromyalgia

https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/fibromyalgia

https://fibromyalgianewstoday.com/2017/11/21/fibromyalgia-and-conditions-with-similar-symptoms/

http://www.mccoypress.net/juccr/docs/2015-1375_fibromyalgia.pdf

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What is a Vestibular Migraine and What Can Be Done for It? http://atlaschirotx.com/vestibular-migraine-can-done/ Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:37:26 +0000 http://atlaschirotx.com/?p=516 Dealing with a migraine is bad enough – the pounding head, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound, and odors, and extreme fatigue. Now, imagine having severe dizziness that accompanies it. Sadly, 40% of people who have migraines have also experienced some sort of dizziness or loss of balance either before, after, during, or totally […]

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefDealing with a migraine is bad enough – the pounding head, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound, and odors, and extreme fatigue. Now, imagine having severe dizziness that accompanies it. Sadly, 40% of people who have migraines have also experienced some sort of dizziness or loss of balance either before, after, during, or totally unrelated to a migraine. This is referred to as migraine-associated vertigo or MAV. MAV is most common among women in the age range of 20 to 40 years and is known for the following symptoms:

  • Inability to focus
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and odors
  • Sensitivity to movement
  • Spontaneous vertigo attacks
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tinnitus
  • Balance loss and ataxia
  • Neck pain with muscle spasms
  • Confusion
  • Feeling disoriented

Migraine Triggers

Interesting parallels exist between a migraine and non-migraine vestibular dysfunction. For example, many of the same food and environmental triggers that bring about migraines can also bring about problems for non-migraine vestibular patients. Weather changes, hormones, and certain food can make both conditions worse. Let’s look at some of these triggers.

Food triggers:

  • Food prepared with meat tenderizer, soy sauce, yeast extract, and vinegar (except for white vinegar)
  • Food that has been fermented, marinated, or pickled
  • Sour cream, buttermilk, and yogurt
  • Aspartame or other artificial sweeteners
  • Pea pods and pods of broad beans (lima and navy)
  • Aged or ripened cheeses like cheddar, stilton, brie, parmesan, feta, or bleu
  • MSG – monosodium glutamate (often found in Asian food)
  • Hot fresh bread, doughnuts, and coffee cake
  • Chocolate, carob, and cocoa
  • Processed, smoked, or cured meat like sausage, salami, bacon, pepperoni, chicken liver, hot dogs, ham, bologna, or pickled herring
  • Certain fruit: figs, raisins, avocados, red plums, banana, citrus fruit, papaya, and passion fruit
  • Peanut butter and other nuts
  • Cola, tea, and coffee
  • Alcohol: bourbon, red wine, sherry, port, Scotch, and gin
  • Olives, onions, and pickles

Additional triggers:

  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Hormone changes
  • Weather changes (barometric pressure)

It is a good idea, whether you have MAV or regular migraines, to keep a migraine journal. Keep track of what happened before the onset of a migraine, even a few days before. Write down what the weather was like, what foods you ate, what activities you took part in, and how you were feeling. This may help you to see a pattern develop and identify your personal triggers. Once you know what they are, you can work to avoid them and see if that eases up the frequency of your migraine attacks.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and migraines download our complimentary e-book Natural and Drug-Free Ways to End Your Migraines by clicking the image below.

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Caring for Migraines

A number of different medications may be used to help alleviate the symptoms of a migraine or attempt to stop it before it happens. These include:

  • Beta blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsant medications (Depakote and Topamax)
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor XR)
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Isometheptene mucate
  • Triptans (Imitrex and Relpax)

The way some of these medications work is to block serotonin (a neurotransmitter that causes blood vessels to contract) or prostaglandins (chemicals that are stimulated by estrogen that also causes blood vessels to contract or expand). Doctors determine whether to give their patients a daily preventative or a medication to stop the pain once it has started depending on the severity and frequency of their migraines.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Taking part in vestibular rehabilitation has been proven to be effective in reducing symptoms. If you are suffering from MAV, it is a good idea to be taking your prescribed medications before engaging in rehabilitation as this will help it to work much better. The intensity of the rehab regime is gradually increased depending on the patient’s tolerance, yet low enough so that it does not induce another migraine episode.

Lifestyle Modifications

It is important to adhere closely to whatever lifestyle modifications are suggested by your doctor to see improvement in your migraine pain and MAV. Avoiding the above-mentioned triggers, using your medication as directed, and doing the exercises specified in rehab are all good places to start.

Finding Natural Migraine Relief

A majority of people have tried the above suggestions and are still struggling with migraine episodes. Many find that medication simply covers over their symptoms until the next migraine hits. Frustrated and exhausted, they seek out the next thing on the market to try to alleviate their pain. The good news is, there is a way to care for migraines that is inexpensive, safe, and really works. In fact, it not only relieves the pain of a migraine but also addresses the underlying cause of both migraines and vestibular disorders. How do we know it works?

A study was done of 100 patients complaining of headaches. Each of them was evaluated and given specific upper cervical chiropractic adjustments. Out of these, 85 reported seeing the total resolution of their headaches within 1 to 8 months of care. Of the remaining cases, 12 reported improvement and saw a great reduction in a number of headaches, although they still had some headache episodes. Another interesting connection between these patients was that all of them recalled having some form of trauma to their head or neck prior to developing headaches.

Here at Atlas Chiropractic in Taylor, Texas, we use a similar technique to help our migraine patients find relief for their pain. If the atlas or axis (the top bones of the spine) are misaligned, they may be putting the brainstem under stress and causing it to send improper signals to the brain. This can be the root cause of not only migraines but vertigo as well.

By using a gentle method that helps the bones to realign without the need to pop or crack the spine, the body is able to heal from the damage done. This often brings relief to migraine and MAV patients.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Seivert call 512-352-1300 or just click the button below.

Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment in Taylor Texas with Dr. Sean Seivert

 

if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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What Do Migraines Have to Do with Heart Problems? http://atlaschirotx.com/migraines-heart-problems/ Sun, 27 Aug 2017 05:25:13 +0000 http://atlaschirotx.com/?p=500 Migraines are a very common neurological condition around the world. As many as 12% of people suffer from migraines globally, with women getting them 3 times more often than men. In the USA, around 13% of the population have migraines. For those with migraines, they are very debilitating and cause much distress. They are extremely […]

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefMigraines are a very common neurological condition around the world. As many as 12% of people suffer from migraines globally, with women getting them 3 times more often than men. In the USA, around 13% of the population have migraines. For those with migraines, they are very debilitating and cause much distress. They are extremely hard to care for, and doctors often have a hard time correctly diagnosing them.

Migraines Linked to Heart Disease

Some recent research has revealed a worrying fact. It seems as if those who get migraines with an aura are at a higher risk for developing heart disease. An aura is usually a visual disturbance that comes on before a migraine. Tests have proven migraine sufferers without an aura are more resistant to heart disease on a higher level than those who get an aura. As to why this happens, it remains a mystery. It may have something to do with how migraines are related to a restricted flow of blood to the brain, however. Is there anything to be done about migraines not involving just covering over the symptoms with pain medication?

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and migraines download our complimentary e-book Natural and Drug-Free Ways to End Your Migraines by clicking the image below.

Natural relief of migraines in Taylor Texas

Alleviating Migraines Naturally in Taylor, Texas

A trend is developing toward people wanting more natural remedies for health problems, such as migraines. Medications are not effective for everyone and often come with unwanted and dangerous side effects. One area that has seen much success in caring for migraine patients is upper cervical chiropractic care.

Here at Atlas Chiropractic, we focus on making sure the top bone of the neck is in proper alignment. If the C1, or atlas bone, has moved out of place, it may be putting stress on the brainstem and causing it to send the wrong signals to the brain. This can lead to migraines. A misalignment of this sort also hinders the proper blood flow from reaching the brain.

We employ a gentle method that helps the bones to naturally realign without the need to pop or crack the spine. This results in a longer-lasting solution to the problem of migraines. In some patients, migraines improve, and others see them go away entirely.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Seivert call 512-352-1300 or just click the button below.

Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment in Taylor Texas with Dr. Sean Seivert

 

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Other Reasons to Feel Tired http://atlaschirotx.com/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-reasons-feel-tired/ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:03:22 +0000 http://atlaschirotx.com/?p=496 Chronic fatigue syndrome is known for making people who suffer from it feel tired all the time. No matter how much rest you get, you just never feel like it’s enough. You may wonder if you have chronic fatigue syndrome or if something else is making you feel tired. Here are some common reasons people […]

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Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue, Always Tired, Tired, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CFS, Fibromyalgia Relief, Chronic Fatigue ReliefChronic fatigue syndrome is known for making people who suffer from it feel tired all the time. No matter how much rest you get, you just never feel like it’s enough. You may wonder if you have chronic fatigue syndrome or if something else is making you feel tired. Here are some common reasons people often feel tired.

  • Not getting enough sleep: Some people feel that 5-6 hours a night is enough for them. This is not so. Almost everyone needs at least 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • Consuming energy drinks or caffeine: Energy drinks, vitamin water, and caffeinated drinks do not give the quick burst of energy you might be looking for. Actually, they more than likely make you feel more tired. Tea, certain medications, and chocolate also have caffeine.
  • Doing too much: It is important to learn to say no to additional responsibilities or activities, and it will get easier the more you practice. If you are overstretching your time and energy, you will probably feel tired a lot of the time.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and fibromyalgia download our complimentary e-book Simple and Extremely Effective Ways to End Fibromyalgia Symptoms without Drugs by clicking the image below.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Relief in Taylor Texas

  • It could be a medical problem: Things such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, sleep apnea, heart disease, hypothyroidism, urinary tract infections, and food allergies can all be reasons for feeling tired.
  • A misalignment in the top bones of the neck: This may have occurred due to a trauma or accident from years previous, even if it felt insignificant at the time. As time goes by, this type of misalignment can put the brainstem under pressure, causing the nervous system not to function at its best. This causes improper signals to be sent to the brain and can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome or other similar conditions.

Getting Care for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Women tend to put themselves last when it comes to caring for their health, but this is the opposite of what should be done. A good place to begin is by seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor to make sure the feeling of chronic fatigue is not being brought on by a misaligned atlas bone. We would be happy to assist you here at Atlas Chiropractic in Taylor, Texas.

 

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Seivert call 512-352-1300 or just click the button below.

Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment in Taylor Texas with Dr. Sean Seivert

 

if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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Identifying Triggers of Migraine Pain in Taylor, Texas http://atlaschirotx.com/identifying-triggers-migraine-pain-taylor-texas/ Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:23:53 +0000 http://atlaschirotx.com/?p=492 Migraines are hard to cope with. If you can discover what may be a trigger for your attacks, you may be on the path to having fewer episodes. One way to try to see what may be behind migraines is to keep a diary to track what happens before a migraine hits. Things to include […]

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefMigraines are hard to cope with. If you can discover what may be a trigger for your attacks, you may be on the path to having fewer episodes. One way to try to see what may be behind migraines is to keep a diary to track what happens before a migraine hits. Things to include would be:

  • Foods eaten
  • Activities
  • Weather conditions
  • Changes in environmental factors
  • Changes in sleeping patterns

Some important things to be alert to are:

  • Foods or additives such as chocolate, red wine, and MSG
  • Certain smells or sounds that occurred before a migraine
  • If meals were skipped leading to low blood sugar
  • Stress levels

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and migraines download our complimentary e-book Natural and Drug-Free Ways to End Your Migraines by clicking the image below.

Natural relief of migraines in Taylor Texas

While it is important to know what triggers a migraine so you can avoid these things, it is even more vital to address the underlying cause, so migraines do not continue to occur. It has been seen that a misalignment in the bones of the upper neck is often present in those who have migraines. A study observing 101 people with chronic headaches or migraines revealed that 87 of them remembered some type of trauma to their head or neck in the past.

This is not just a coincidence but shows head and neck trauma can lead to migraines. Even minor injuries – tripping and falling, sports injuries, or mild whiplash – can all cause the bones of the neck to misalign. These bones are susceptible to injury due to their mobility and shape.

Help for Migraines at Atlas Chiropractic

We use a number of methods to evaluate our patients and find out if they do indeed have a misalignment. This often involves imagery, measurements, and a detailed history of the patient. We then use a very gentle method that encourages the bones to move back into alignment without being cracked or popped. This often results in long lasting relief for migraine patients. View case study here.

 

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Seivert call 512-352-1300 or just click the button below.

Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment in Taylor Texas with Dr. Sean Seivert

 

If you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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Atlas Chiropractic Helping Patients to Cope with Fibromyalgia http://atlaschirotx.com/atlas-chiropractic-helping-patients-cope-fibromyalgia-2/ Sun, 28 May 2017 05:26:26 +0000 http://atlaschirotx.com/?p=520 Fibromyalgia is a condition little understood by the medical community. What has been agreed upon is that this condition causes the pain signals received by the brain to be much more intense than normal. For example, one may encounter a minor pain stimulus, but the brain thinks that there is a major amount of pain. […]

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Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue, Always Tired, Tired, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CFS, Fibromyalgia Relief, Chronic Fatigue ReliefFibromyalgia is a condition little understood by the medical community. What has been agreed upon is that this condition causes the pain signals received by the brain to be much more intense than normal. For example, one may encounter a minor pain stimulus, but the brain thinks that there is a major amount of pain. Some symptoms experienced by those with fibromyalgia are:

  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Widespread pain throughout the body
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Cognitive problems referred to as brain fog
  • Moodiness

Those with fibromyalgia can get up to 10 hours of sleep at night and still wake up feeling unrefreshed. Caring for fibromyalgia can be quite difficult. A survey was taken of 14,000 patients with fibromyalgia, and they reported that the following are some of the more common ways to care for this condition:

  • Changes in diet
  • Increasing exercise
  • Opioids
  • Medical marijuana

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and fibromyalgia download our complimentary e-book Simple and Extremely Effective Ways to End Fibromyalgia Symptoms without Drugs by clicking the image below.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Relief in Taylor Texas

Patients are trending toward more natural ways of coping with fibromyalgia such as diet, exercise, relaxation methods, and other techniques that do not rely so heavily on drugs with potentially dangerous side effects.

The Natural Fibromyalgia Solution – Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Here at our Taylor, Texas practice, we understand the delicate relationship between the brainstem and how it interacts with the body. We also see a connection between brainstem function and how the brain perceives pain in patients who have fibromyalgia. We feel the root cause of the problem actually lies with a misalignment in the bones of the upper neck.

If the C1 is out of place, it can put pressure on the brainstem. This causes signals from the body to be hindered on the way to the brain. They may become amplified. Also, misalignments can affect blood flow to the brain, another factor in fibromyalgia occurrence.

We work with our patients to find the exact location of the misalignment and then use a very gentle and safe method to help the bones move back into place naturally. Once this issue is corrected, the brainstem can function normally, and fibromyalgia symptoms may decrease or go away altogether.

 

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Seivert call 512-352-1300 or just click the button below.

Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment in Taylor Texas with Dr. Sean Seivert

 

if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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What Causes Migraine Episodes? http://atlaschirotx.com/causes-migraine-episodes/ Sun, 30 Apr 2017 06:00:30 +0000 http://atlaschirotx.com/?p=484 Migraines are debilitating and can cause a person to lose out on days of life at a time. They are difficult to care for and even harder to cope with. Some factors that have been theorized about what may cause migraines to occur are: Allergic reactions Environmental issues Certain medications. Internal factors also lend to […]

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Head Migraine Headaches ReliefMigraines are debilitating and can cause a person to lose out on days of life at a time. They are difficult to care for and even harder to cope with. Some factors that have been theorized about what may cause migraines to occur are:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Environmental issues
  • Certain medications.

Internal factors also lend to the problem, such as a malfunction of the:

  • Vascular system: A spasm of the cerebral artery can cause migraines to occur. A spasm is the result of a blood flow problem that involves the vessels that bring blood to and from the brain and body.
  • Central nervous system: A depolarization of cortical neurons can create the right environment for a migraine.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and migraines download our complimentary e-book Natural and Drug-Free Ways to End Your Migraines by clicking the image below.

Natural relief of migraines in Taylor Texas

Research Reveals Blood Flow Issues Lead to Migraines

Studies performed have proven that there is a link between blood flow to and from the brain and the onset of migraines. Why does blood flow become hindered? It is often due to a misalignment in the atlas or C1 vertebra. This is the top bone of the neck and, if misaligned, can reduce both cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow to and from the brain thereby leading to a migraine. What can be done to correct the problem?

How Upper Cervical Care Is Helping Migraine Sufferers in Taylor, Texas

It only takes a misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter to wreak havoc on the entire body. This is because the brainstem is located in the same area as the atlas (C1). If the brainstem is impeded in any way from doing its job, communication between the brain and body may become distorted. Migraines often ensue.

Migraine medication may be offered as a solution to the problem. However, if the underlying problem is a misalignment in the upper part of the neck, medication can only cover the pain, not get rid of it. For help in correcting the issue, one must seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. Here at Atlas Chiropractic, we use a gentle method to move the bones back into place and restore communication throughout the body. This is often all that is needed to see an improvement in migraines or possibly an elimination of them completely.  See a case study here.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Seivert call 512-352-1300 or just click the button below.

Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment in Taylor Texas with Dr. Sean Seivert

 

if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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A Deeper Insight into Fibromyalgia in Taylor, TX http://atlaschirotx.com/deeper-insight-fibromyalgia-taylor-tx/ Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:00:05 +0000 http://atlaschirotx.com/?p=479 Fibromyalgia (FM) symptoms can be different for everyone experiencing them. Some find themselves battling all of the common symptoms, while others only have a few to cope with. FM affects around 5 million of those living in the USA, with 90% of these being females. Here are some of the most common symptoms: Extreme tiredness: […]

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Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue, Always Tired, Tired, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CFSFibromyalgia (FM) symptoms can be different for everyone experiencing them. Some find themselves battling all of the common symptoms, while others only have a few to cope with. FM affects around 5 million of those living in the USA, with 90% of these being females. Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Extreme tiredness: Fatigue is a hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia. No matter what one does, it is nearly impossible to feel rested.
  • Abnormal headaches: These can come in the form of a migraine or just a mild tension headache, but they occur more often in those with FM.
  • Widespread pain: Pain is felt throughout the entire body, particularly in the joint areas and the neck, legs, and arms.
  • Weakness: Felt in the arms and legs, it often accompanies the musculoskeletal pain.
  • Brain fog: Also referred to as fibro fog, it is a problem with concentration, remembering words, and thinking.

Natural Relief is Available for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is becoming better understood as more and more research is being done. One thing that has been discovered is that those suffering from fibromyalgia experience an overstimulation to pain. This contributes to widespread pain and fatigue. A link has been seen between a misalignment in the upper cervical spine and the onset of fibromyalgia. Many are now turning to upper cervical chiropractors for long-lasting, safe relief.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and fibromyalgia download our complimentary e-book Simple and Extremely Effective Ways to End Fibromyalgia Symptoms without Drugs by clicking the image below.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Relief in Taylor Texas

How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps

The spine has the serious responsibility of protecting the delicate spinal cord. The C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae are essential to the health of the central nervous system that includes the brainstem. If a misalignment occurs in one of these vertebrae, it can wreak havoc on the entire body as communication between the brain and body can become compromised. Therefore, the brain may be receiving a signal that there is pain in the body when there is no pain. This may cause symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.

At Atlas Chiropractic, we use a gentle method to help these bones to realign. Once the body heals from the damage done by the misalignment, fibromyalgia symptoms may become less severe or even resolve entirely.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Seivert call 512-352-1300 or just click the button below.

Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment in Taylor Texas with Dr. Sean Seivert

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