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Headaches….what!? You make your head hurt.

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Headaches are no joke.  Sometimes, it is lightning bolts through the eye balls that strike out of seemingly nowhere.  Other times, it is the throbbing pressure behind the eyes or the tension band that starts in the back of your neck and seizes your entire head.  Ever feel like there are dozens of tiny bastard people redecorating the inside of your skull with a hammer, drill, or other painful power tool?  You know it is bad when you are left in a dark room, void of any noise other than that of you rolling on the ground crying like you’re being tortured by a Justin Beiber song.  Headaches come in all shapes and sizes, and can affect anyone from little kids to the eldest of adults.

Why do we get them?  The medical world defines them according to the symptoms that people experience.  Cluster, tension, sinus, and migraines are some of the terms that doctors and TV commercials toss around but the medical world is not interested in the cause.   Blood work, MRI’s, CT scans, and most other testing methods are more often than not, inconclusive.  So without knowing what is causing the headaches, you get introduced to the wide world of over-the-counter drugs and when they don’t work, you get to try the real good stuff…prescription drugs.

The list of drugs thrown at headaches is HUGE!  Often, the side effects are worse than the headache! Everything from liver destroying Tylenol to mood stabilizing anti-psychotic drugs that send people on crazy shooting spree rages.(I will take the headache) None of these chemical cocktails even address the CAUSE of the headache to begin with!

So why do headaches afflict so many of us.  One possibility lies in our structure, more specifically, the structure that houses, holds, and protects the vertical communication system in our bodies known as the NERVOUS SYSTEM.   That structure is the spinal column.  When your head starts to migrate in front of your shoulders due to the repetitive stress of your life and gravity, the back of the neck is placed in a stretched position ALL DAY LONG.  You guessed right, this is not a good thing.  What happens next?  Your body starts to follow your head and your shoulders start to round and move forward which make your shoulder blades spread apart putting those muscles in a stretched position ALL DAY LONG.  If you didn’t know, muscles DO NOT LIKE being stretched or contracted all day.  They’re supposed to be in balance and relaxed once in a while.  The tension alone can start to cause headaches.  Some research has shown upwards of 80% of headaches is neck and back stress related.

Another possibility is fuel.  WHAT ARE YOU FEEDING YOURSELF!?  You cannot run a gas engine on diesel fuel, well at least, not for long.   Food sensitivities are HUGE!  Seriously, most of what people eat is crap.  Highly processed, refined, bleached, enriched, de-fortified, re-fortified “food-like” products are what the vast majority of the Standard American Diet (SAD Diet) is comprised of.  Addictive ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and known neurotoxins like MSG that damage your nerves are snuck into many of these products to make them taste good so that we buy them.  Artificial sugars, colors and flavors, synthetic vitamins in mass amount, even the preservatives used to prolong shelf life have known side effects such as HEADACHES.   If it has more than four or five ingredients or you can’t pronounce most of them, just walk away.  Watch what you eat!

By making sure that your structure is functioning properly so that your nervous system is operating optimally and giving your body the proper food, your chances of experiencing headaches are greatly reduced.  Not only will your symptoms most likely go away but you will actually have a more positive global impact on your body as a whole.

The final main cause of headaches is TOXIC OVERLOAD.  Toxins also come in many forms.  Environmental toxins in the air we breathe, water we drink, and the places we live and work all have impacts on our health.  Also, the toxic load of emotional stress that some endure during their lives can greatly affect how often or if you get headaches.  Our bodies are great at two things: 1. ADAPTING 2. HEALING.  When the toxic load of stress out-weighs our body’s ability to adapt, things break down and symptoms like headaches can be one of the end results.

It is simple, well far from it but we’ll call it simple.  Watch what you put into your body, be aware of the environmental stressors around you, have an interference-free nervous system and a solid, well-functioning structure to protect it.  Then, your chances of ever getting a headache are almost nil except for the occasional hangover which is your own fault.   Otherwise, try EXERCISING!  Exercise has been shown to increase blood flow, improve mobility and decrease headaches.  You can make it a headache-free winter and get your life moving in a healthier direction before Mother Nature has her way with us this winter.

Get up, get active!

Dr. Mik

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Move it or Lose it!

If you move, you are guaranteed to push your spine out of alignment at one point or another. You bend. You sit. You stretch. You walk. You run.  Usually, you slip, you fall, you trip, you “miss a step,” you “over-do it” and you chalk it all up to “I’m getting older.”  Well, thank you Captain Obvious.  Of course we are all getting older.  What comes with age?  Well, some would say you gain wisdom.  I say, before that wisdom comes, you must gain EXPERIENCE.  For those of you reading this article while slouching in your couch or chair right now with an achy lower back that “USUALLY goes away” or those of you who say “I carry my stress in my neck and upper back,”  read this carefully.

What you do at your job, from sitting long hours to backbreaking labor, can cause problems with your spine and nervous system.  Many work-related injuries result from increasing trauma without sufficient time to recover. For instance, a nurse, over time, may find that her back hurts because she is constantly lifting patients. Although there was no specific patient that caused the back pain, the pain exists due to lifting.

The major risk factors for work-related injuries are:

  • Awkward or prolonged postures
  • Repetitive activities
  • High forces or heavy lifting
  • Vibration
  • Cold

Approximately 75% of workplace injuries involve the nerves and muscles.  Most people reach for the Ibuprofen and pray the pain goes away.

Question… if your oil light was on in your car, would you put some black electrical tape over it to fix the problem?

Of course you wouldn’t, because you know that someday that car engine will stop running if you don’t change the oil!

That is why people are seeking out “Alternative Health-Care”, of which, chiropractic is now the leading form of care for dealing with the musculoskeletal system.

Treatments focus on the underlying problem instead of the symptoms because treatments that focus on the symptoms alone are not effective. They can even be dangerous since the underlying cause remains untreated.

As we age, our body begins to wear out. Even if you take great care, certain changes happen. For instance, spinal tissues become weaker, muscles become less hydrated, and ligaments are not able to handle as much stress. It is possible, however, to keep these problems to a minimum.

Rather than introduce pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs into the system, why not give the body a fighting chance to heal itself naturally?

The best way to curb the signs of aging is through PREVENTIVE CARE!  Using preventive care methods such as exercise, diet, massage, acupuncture, yoga, and of course chiropractic care!  Including these tools in your daily life will allow you to:

  • Increase mobility and range of motion
  • Increase balance and coordination
  • Increase energy
  • Enhance tissue healing
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Decrease arthritis
  • Minimize the risk of falls

‘Baby boomers’ recognize that the old medical model dealing with emergency treatment is not applicable to the aging population and the issues associated with aging.   There is a time and place for emergency care and I’m very glad we have these services available but they are not here for promoting a healthy lifestyle.  They are here to keep us alive.

All Is Well That Ends Well

Whether young or old, athletic or a video game king, male or female, preventive care can help you obtain wellness.

Regular chiropractic adjustments keep the bones and joints moving freely and in the proper place while reducing nerve interference. In addition to adjustments, you must work on lifestyle changes such as:

  • Improved posture
  • Exercises
  • Positive mental attitude
  • Nutrition
  • Stress reduction
  • Rejuvenation techniques

All of these add significantly to our overall health since each has a direct effect on nerve function. Awareness of these issues can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

The nervous system is an amazing network. Not only does it affect how we move, but it also affects how we think and how we feel. An overloaded or poorly functioning nervous system will not be able to handle extra physical or emotional stress. In fact, science is now finding that feelings and attitudes have a direct correlation to our nervous system.  So, feelings of hopelessness create a stress overload to our nervous system creating an overload that leads to malfunction.

My philosophy of health is: recognition, respect and trust in the body’s innate purpose to heal and be well. No matter who or where you are in life, if you want your body to work at its optimal level, then seeking preventive health care practitioners and applying a healthier approach to your life will give you the greatest chance at being able to enjoy a healthy life for years to come.

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Mik