BULLETIN 12 (2010)

December 2, 2010

Your Health Bulletin is information from scientific literature to make sense of the right choices for your health.  It is a reminder to consider periodic check-ups of your spine, joint mechanics and appropriate exercise.  Maintenance is better than repair!

 

Discussion again will include new material but also review of food and exercise on inflammation

 

In particular the role of gastrointestinal micro flora on our gut and immune system

 

As well more info about cholesterol

 

All about Headaches

As reported by The Chiropractic Report (TCR), Sept.2010,—there is a continuum between the primary headaches: tension type TTH, cervicogenic CGH and migraine. Migraine and tension type are easily recognized by most. Cervicogenic, you may not be aware is the movement dysfunction of the neck. That is, the neck joints and muscles are too tight which contributes to both tension type and migraine all of which is corrected by manipulation(CSMT–cervical spine manipulative therapy) and exercise. In fact, the TCR reports that a review from Duke University states that CGH is one of the most common headaches and responds well to manipulation which has distinct advantage over medication as it addresses the cause and not just the symptoms without the side effects of the med. The TCR also reports on a study which demonstrates that manipulation is more effective than a common pain med for headache —Amitriptyline. further the TCR reports on research which demonstrates that CSMT is more effective than massage. However, with migraine with aura, that is symptoms which precede the onset of the headache(prodromal) it is often necessary along with CSMT to remove triggers of the headache—various foods and or airborne chemicals. The following is a chart of the characteristics of the primary headaches—remember CGH is common to both tension type and migraine; all demonstrated to respond well to CSMT.

 

  • Tension Headache Migraine Headache

  • Dull Pain Sharp Pain

  • Bilateral Pain (both sides of head) Unilateral Pain

  • No Nausea Nausea

  • Mild/Moderate Pain Severe Pain

  • Steady Pain Throbbing Pain

  • Back of head/above eye Pain Around eye Pain

  • Mild light and sound sensitivity Extreme light and sound sensitivity

  • Frequent headaches Infrequent Headaches

  • Headaches long-lasting Headaches short lived

  • Able to exercise with headaches Exertion exacerbates headaches

  • No prodromal symptoms Prodromal symptoms

  • Live with it headaches Disabling headaches

 

Remember pain, anywhere, including the face and head is due to tight muscles and joints which results in poor circulation, inflammation, fibrosis, (deposits of scar -like tissue: adhesions).These adhesions, found both in muscles and joints must be physically stimulated(manipulated) to increase circulation to allow resorption of the adhesion by white blood cell activity. Otherwise, these adhesions reduce signals from mechanoreceptors (movement sensors) which in turn regulates whether the brain creates pain. Recall that the creation of pain is a process that results in symptoms of pain only after these adhesions have undergone significant development, for example, on a 0-10 scale symptoms of pain start at 5. Up to 4.9 we do not experience symptoms, we feel pretty good. But the tissue, muscle and joint complex, has, due to the adhesion development reduced capacity to withstand increased load, so we hurt our shoulder or back, whatever, by bending over to pick up a pencil—non-contact injury– the most common mechanism of injury. This is why manipulation of muscle and joint is so effective in addressing acute and chronic pain– by restoring movement and stimulating the activation of the mechanoreceptors which regulates the pain pathway in the brain. This is also why if we start moving ,no matter how much pain we are under we start to feel better due to activation of mechanoreceptors. And because it is the brain which is responsible for pain it requires repeated stimulis with manipulation and exercise. If the pain is of short duration then 6-10 sessions is adequate but if chronic then it could take much longer.

 

Maintenance is easier than repair.

 

 

 

 

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