Atlas Chiropractic http://atlaschirotx.com Tue, 07 May 2019 00:55:47 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 Dizziness and Vertigo: Explaining the Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment http://atlaschirotx.com/dizziness-and-vertigo-explaining-the-causes-diagnosis-and-treatment/ Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:05:19 +0000 http://atlaschirotx.com/?p=678 All our body parts join forces to keep our balance. When a part of that system is off, you can feel dizzy. Dizziness is the feeling of being lightheaded or unsteady. As a disorder, dizziness fits into three categories: Vertigo: This is the sensation that you or your environment is spinning when in fact there […]

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All our body parts join forces to keep our balance. When a part of that system is off, you can feel dizzy. Dizziness is the feeling of being lightheaded or unsteady. As a disorder, dizziness fits into three categories:

  • Vertigo: This is the sensation that you or your environment is spinning when in fact there is no movement.
  • Syncope: This is a short-term loss of consciousness, or also known as fainting. Your awareness of yourself and your surroundings are interrupted due to blacking out. Sometimes it happens if you stand up too suddenly.
  • Non-syncope, non-vertigo dizziness: This is the feeling that you cannot keep your balance, and moving or performing detail-intense tasks worsens the unsteadiness.

Dizziness and vertigo are among the most common reasons for trips to the doctor or emergency room. These two symptoms can be dangerous as falling is often a direct consequence, and the risk is higher for older adults with neurological problems and chronic medical issues.

In 2011, there were 3.9 million emergency room visits due to vertigo or dizziness. According to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, vertigo affects nearly 40% of people over age 40. The incidents of falling are 25% in adults over the age of 65.

What Causes Dizziness and Vertigo?

Vertigo and dizziness are often linked to the onset of Meniere’s disease. It is a disorder of the inner ear caused by a buildup of fluid and changing pressure in the ear. Its hallmark signs include episodes of feeling like the world is spinning, ringing in the ears, and hearing loss.

Another reason for dizziness is migraines. Migraines are said to be a result of abnormal brain activity. About 40% of people suffering from migraines have vertigo, motion sickness, and mild hearing impairment.

There are more possible causes of dizziness and vertigo. Some causes are not life-threatening, but others may need prompt medical attention.

  • BPPV or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (common and generally not dangerous)
  • Vestibular migraine or migraine-associated vertigo
  • Immune-mediated inner ear disease
  • Demyelination
  • Vestibular neuronitis
  • Brainstem or cerebellar vascular lesions
  • Acoustic tumors

How Do Doctors Verify Which Type of Dizziness You Have?

To discover the underlying cause of your dizziness, doctors usually begin by taking a detailed patient history and giving a neurotologic examination to patients. You will be asked about your symptoms and medications, as well as possible triggers. It is best to be as specific as possible when describing your condition to your doctor. Are you unsteady? Do you feel like things are rotating? Do you feel weak all over? Are you falling often, fainting, or merely feel off balance? During the exam, your doctor will assess how you walk and maintain your balance, and how the critical nerves of your central nervous system are functioning.

Dizziness can be due to a glitch in the central nervous system or cardiovascular disease. People feeling dizzy may experience other symptoms:

  • Motion intolerance
  • Feeling light-headed
  • Imbalance
  • Unsteadiness
  • A floating or tilting sensation

On the other hand, vertigo may indicate an issue in the vestibular system and consist of an inner ear problem. Vertigo may include an sensation of movement or spinning. It is essential to disclose the time course of vertigo when discussing with your doctor as it tells more about the root cause.

  • Episodic vertigo that only lasts a few seconds and happens when you move your head in a certain position is probably due to BPPV.
  • Episodic vertigo that goes on for days and comes with nausea may be the result of vestibular neuronitis, particularly if you have had a recent virus.
  • Vertigo that comes on suddenly and only lasts a few minutes can be due to a migraine or brain or vascular disease.
  • Vertigo that is associated with ear symptoms, such as congestion and tinnitus, and lasts for a few hours is more likely due to Meniere’s disease.

Where Can You Get Help for Dizziness and Vertigo?

Let us share with you some noteworthy research conducted in an upper cervical chiropractic practice. Around 60 patients diagnosed with vertigo or dizziness were examined in an uncontrolled, nonrandomized setting for roughly eight years. Upon collection of the medical history of each patient, it was noted that 56 of them had experienced at least one head or neck trauma before being diagnosed with vertigo or dizziness. These traumas were due to car accidents, sporting accidents, and falling on stairs or icy pavement.

When their upper cervical spines were examined, it was revealed that all 60 patients had a misalignment or subluxation in the bones of the upper neck, particularly the C1 or C2 vertebra. Each patient was later given upper cervical chiropractic care personalized to their specific needs during a 1- to 6-month period. The results were remarkable! As many as 48 of them recovered from their dizziness and vertigo. The remaining 12 reported a significant improvement in the severity and frequency of their vertigo episodes.

If you want to see successful results in treating your dizziness or vertigo like on the study above, Atlas Chiropractic is here to help. We utilize a similar adjustment technique as the one used in the study mentioned above. Our patients’ comfort and wellbeing are our top priorities. We do not perform forceful popping or cracking of the spine to get positive outcomes. Instead, we use a gentle and precise technique that helps the bones of the neck to move back into their normal position naturally and stay in place longer. End your suffering from dizziness or vertigo. Call us today to see what we can do for you.

References:

http://www.erinelster.com/PDFabstract.aspx?PDFID=8

http://www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions/vertigo/

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5 Misunderstandings About Fibromyalgia http://atlaschirotx.com/5-misunderstandings-about-fibromyalgia/ Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:49:45 +0000 http://atlaschirotx.com/?p=673 Fibromyalgia affects up to 4 million Americans age 18 and older. While the condition is commonly diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 35 and 45 years old, the majority of fibromyalgia sufferers experienced chronic pain and other symptoms far earlier in life than when they were actually diagnosed.  The most well-known symptoms of fibromyalgia […]

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5-misunderstandings-about-fibromyalgiaFibromyalgia affects up to 4 million Americans age 18 and older. While the condition is commonly diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 35 and 45 years old, the majority of fibromyalgia sufferers experienced chronic pain and other symptoms far earlier in life than when they were actually diagnosed.  The most well-known symptoms of fibromyalgia are long-term diffuse pain, extreme tiredness, cognitive or memory problems (“fibro fog”), headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and depression or anxiety.

Possibly one of the most misunderstood conditions, there is much to learn about fibromyalgia. Below is a list of 5 of the more common misconceptions about this condition:

  1. “It’s all in your head.” Perhaps the top misconception when it comes to understanding fibromyalgia is the belief that it is not a real medical condition.  While current research has revealed much about the condition, there are still people who do not consider fibromyalgia a legitimate medical concern.  One description of fibromyalgia is that people who have it do not experience pain the same way as those without it. Their brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system) processes pain signals abnormally, which means that it is an actual, physiological problem.
  2. Only women develop fibromyalgia.  Women have a much higher likelihood of developing fibromyalgia than men, but it is still a risk for men as well.  Women compose about 75-90% of fibromyalgia sufferers. While the recorded number of men may not be as high as that of women, that number may be complicated by the fact that men may be less likely to report their pain, which would mean the number of undiagnosed men may be higher than is documented.
  3. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are the same thing.  The fatigue associated with fibromyalgia is extreme, but it is not the same experience as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).  The most telling difference between the two conditions is that people with CFS do not suffer from pain like those with fibromyalgia
  4. Fibromyalgia sufferers should avoid exercise.  This not true at all. In fact, those suffering from fibromyalgia would do well to do some gentle exercise. It is true that movement can worsen the pain that fibromyalgia sufferers experience, but avoiding movement won’t actually bring relief. On the contrary, doing gentle movements can help with loosening achy joints and muscles.  Just remember to start slowly and gradually work up to a daily routine in order to manage pain.
  5. There are no effective treatment options for fibromyalgia, so I just have to deal with it.  The more we learn about fibromyalgia, the more improved treatment options for the condition are becoming available.  Incorporating relaxation techniques in your daily routine can have surprising benefits for those suffering from fibromyalgia.  Some options that are out there are meditation and deep breathing techniques, yoga and other kinds of gentle exercise like walking, and maintaining healthy sleep habits are all very helpful when managing day-to-day pain and fatigue.  There are also a number of medications that can bring short-term symptomatic relief. Another alternative that is both natural and has been seeing much success for many fibromyalgia sufferers is upper cervical chiropractic care. This form of treatment focuses on problem areas where there has been a compromise within the central nervous system that may be causing interference with normal pain processing.

 

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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Learning More About Pain Processing

A main characteristic of fibromyalgia is that the person experiences a higher-than-normal sensitivity to pain.  This means that something that is usually perceived as a non-painful stimulus (such as touching a smooth counter top) is experienced as extremely painful by someone with fibromyalgia.  The body’s central nervous system (CNS) has the role of processing pain, and the system is comprised of your brain and spinal cord. In situations where your body comes into contact with something that causes pain, like a hot stove or stubbing your toe on a hard, wooden table leg, the body part that has been impacted will transmit that signal to the central nervous system to be received by the brain.  As soon as the brain processes the message, then you are able to respond accordingly to the degree of pain that was processed, like quickly pulling your hand away from the hot stove.

Any time there is a problem with the central nervous system, it can cause the sending of improper pain signals and interrupt the proper communication between brain and body. What would cause a disruption to the central nervous system like this? If the upper two vertebrae of the spine are shifted out of alignment (the brainstem is located within these specific bones), it can put unusual pressure on the brainstem and affect the function of the CNS.  The name of these two bones are the atlas and axis, and because of their vital role in protecting the brainstem, they can have major impacts on the CNS. The brainstem acts as a relay station for pain signals. A misalignment of the atlas can change the way that your body perceives and senses pain.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Addresses the Root Cause

Upper cervical chiropractic care doesn’t look to temporary solutions for your pain. Instead it focuses on getting to the root cause of fibromyalgia by improving CNS function.  The way this is done is by precisely designed and administered adjustments to the atlas vertebra. When an atlas misalignment is hindering normal pain signal processing, it needs to be corrected so that the body can heal itself.  Upper cervical chiropractic care is unique because our adjustments are specifically tailored to each individual’s needs and only given when necessary. This is how we are able to provide long-lasting corrections that lead to a lasting resolution of symptoms.    

This is not a common approach for most fibromyalgia patients because the upper cervical specialization is not widely known, but it has been proven to help many suffering people.  Correcting an underlying issue like an atlas misalignment can start the process of restoring your body’s natural ability to function and process pain normally again. This could mean more energy, better sleep, less pain, and an overall improvement in your quality of life.

References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/in-depth/fibromyalgia/art-20048097?pg=1

https://fibromyalgianewstoday.com/2015/05/18/fibromyalgia-pain-central-nervous-system-origins/

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/bone,-joint,-and-muscle-disorders/muscle,-bursa,-and-tendon-disorders/fibromyalgia

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Migraine Timeline – Detailing the Phases of a Migraine Episode http://atlaschirotx.com/migraine-timeline-detailing-the-phases-of-a-migraine-episode/ Sun, 16 Sep 2018 05:37:10 +0000 http://atlaschirotx.com/?p=668 Whether you struggle with migraines yourself or know someone who does, you hopefully realize that a migraine is not just a really bad headache.  A migraine episode is a complicated neurological condition that affects over a billion people worldwide, making it the third most prevalent illness in the world. Aside from the best-known symptom of […]

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migraine-timeline-detailing-the-phases-of-a-migraine-episodeWhether you struggle with migraines yourself or know someone who does, you hopefully realize that a migraine is not just a really bad headache.  A migraine episode is a complicated neurological condition that affects over a billion people worldwide, making it the third most prevalent illness in the world.

Aside from the best-known symptom of a debilitating headache, migraine sufferers also deal with many other symptoms including nausea, vomiting, numbness or tingling in the face or extremities, extreme sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, vertigo, visual disturbances and more.  Migraines can have a variety of triggers and unfold in phases that, when migraine sufferers learn to recognize them, will be a sign of what’s to come. It is important to note that not all migraine sufferers will experience all of these phases and that episodes can vary widely even for the same person.

Phase 1 – Prodrome

The first phase of a migraine attack serves as a warning that an episode might be lurking right around the corner.  The symptoms of the prodrome phase can last for a few days to a few hours. This phase is also referred to as the “pre-headache” or “premonitory” phase since it signals what is to come.  Possible symptoms during this first migraine phase can include:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue or sleepiness
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Food cravings
  • Excessive yawning
  • Neck pain
  • Difficulty with concentration, focus, and finding words
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Changes in bathroom habits, including constipation, diarrhea, and an increased need to urinate

For some migraine sufferers, recognizing some of these pre-headache symptoms allows them to take the necessary steps to either prevent an attack (I.e. by taking their prescribed medication) or lessen the potential effects.

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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Phase 2 – Aura

Approximately one-third of migraine sufferers will experience the aura phase in the progression of their attack, and at that, it may not occur each time.  People experiencing an aura may describe it as:

  • Temporary vision loss or blind spots
  • Blurry vision
  • Numbness, tingling, prickling, stinging or burning sensations on the face or extremities
  • Visual disturbances such as seeing spots, lines, waves, or sparkles
  • Hypersensitivity to touch
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Changes in hearing, including a decrease/loss in hearing or auditory hallucinations

Similar to the prodrome phase, a migraine aura can serve as a warning that a migraine episode is on the edge of developing.  If present, auras can be as brief as 5 minutes to as long as an hour.

Phase 3 – Headache

The headache phase is the most notorious one of a migraine attack for good reason – this phase is often the most debilitating one.  What many people may not realize is that symptoms are not limited to only the head, other parts and systems of the body can also be impacted during the headache phase.  A person might experience:

  • Typically a one-sided (unilateral) throbbing, pulsating, severe headache that is made worse by any physical activity or exertion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Jaw and teeth pain
  • Confusion
  • Vertigo
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Heightened sensitivity to smell, sound, and light

This phase can last from between 4 and 72 hours, which can be excruciating.  During this phase, most migraine sufferers seek out a quiet, dark room to lay down in to weather the storm.  It is also possible, though less common, to experience a migraine attack without this headache phase occurring – this is often referred to as a silent migraine.

Phase 4 – Postdrome

The postdrome phase is commonly called the migraine hangover.  It’s the period of time from 1 to 2 days following the headache phase that leaves a migraine sufferer feeling the aftereffects of the attack.  Postdrome symptoms can include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Cognitive changes such as a reduced ability to think, reason, speak, and understand
  • Lowered mood levels
  • Poor concentration
  • Depression
  • Body aches
  • Dizziness
  • Lingering sensitivity to light

80% of migraine sufferers will experience some of these symptoms which can be just as disabling as the headache itself.

Migraine Relief, Naturally!

If you’re a migraine sufferer yourself or a friend or loved one of someone affected, it can be all too easy to get caught up in the anxiety of when the next attack might occur.  You may also be concerned about the long-term ramifications of medication usage or are simply more natural-minded. If you’ve not yet heard of upper cervical chiropractic care and how it is helping countless migraine sufferers get back to a better quality of life, then let us be the first to introduce you to this branch of chiropractic care.

Upper cervical chiropractic care focuses its attention on a particular area of the spine – where the neck and head form a junction.  This area is important for several reasons:

  • When properly aligned, allows for normal blood flow, CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) flow, and neurological function to occur.
  • Gives both structural support and a wide range of movement for our head.

The atlas vertebra is positioned at this critical junction.  It provides a layer of protection for the brainstem and allows for the freedom of movement of the head.  Because it is so freely movable the atlas can be particularly vulnerable to misaligning, creating a compromise in the functions mentioned above.  This can lead to the development of migraine symptoms and be an undetected root cause of the problem.

If you are suffering from migraines and have not had your neck checked by an upper cervical chiropractor, then that is the next logical step towards finding natural relief.  Before resigning yourself to a lifetime of medication use or more invasive migraine treatment options, identifying and correcting problems with the upper cervical spine might give you the results you’re looking for.  Atlas Chiropractic offers patients a complimentary consultation to see if our approach will be a good fit for you.

 

References:

https://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/

https://migraine.com/migraine-basics/migraine-phases/

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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-relief,Fibromyalgia Natural Treatment Taylor TX, fibromyalgia syndrome, fibromyalgia causes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia natural treatment, signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia pain 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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