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90% of Americans Struggling with Headaches

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A recent press release by the American Chiropractic Association, that appeared in several news outlets. The release, and several associated news articles discuss how chiropractic helps people who suffer from headaches.

The ACA release begins by noting, “If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.”

Another article about chiropractic and headaches in the Merritt Herald from Canada on July 24, 2013, starts by stating, “Did you know that one of the most common forms of headache is actually caused by problems in the neck?”

The ACA release reported on research of how chiropractic helps headaches by noting, “A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, N.C., found that upper neck adjustments resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.”

Medical Doctors Have Poor Understanding of Headaches

Using chiropractic care for headaches is not a common medical procedure. This fact was illustrated in the Merritt Herald article, “Unfortunately, the medical understanding of headaches often does not take into account the chiropractic model, which remains foreign to many within the medical profession.”

The Merritt Herald article also reported that this information is not new, noting that, “In 1995, a team of MDs at Syracuse University established neck problems as the cause of many headaches with scientific, anatomical proof.” The researchers were headed up by Dr. Rothbart, a medical doctor.

In an interview after the research, Dr. Rothbart stated, “Some brilliant people have put their hearts, souls and minds to this (headache) problem and haven’t come up with anything. All we’ve been able to do is treat people with an array of medicines, one after the other, and hope the side effects won’t be too bad. We couldn’t believe it at first. We’ve been able to put together a scientific explanation for how neck structure causes headaches — not all headaches, but a significant number of them. It’s true that chiropractors have been saying this for years. Unfortunately, many (medical) doctors tend to have a jaundiced view of chiropractors, but they were right about headaches.”

Do you suffer from headaches?

A thorough evaluation of your upper neck by an upper cervical specialist could provide the answers and the end to your chronic headaches.

Now is the time for you to take the first step.

Give us a call at (678) 765-8494 and schedule a complimentary consultation to see if we can help you.

Dr. Lauren Millman of Suwanee Spine and Wellness is a Suwanee Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist who has helped many people find natural relief from migraine headaches in Suwanee, Georgia. Her upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of John’s Creek, Sugar Hill, Buford and Duluth. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome. More information can be found on her website at http://www.suwaneespine.com


Football Concussions Linked to Upper Neck Injuries

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Football concussionsThe Hot Topic in Football

Many news organizations are reporting on the hot topic in football right now, concussions.  Lawsuits, questions of safety and a call for new research from many organizations is daily being reported.

The Toledo Blade is reporting that Ohio State University’s Dr. Russell Lonser is setting off on one of his biggest concussion research projects yet. OSU hopes to launch a long-term concussion study that would track selected Buckeye football players — and a broad range of other subjects — long after they leave campus.

Dr. Lonser, hired by the university in November as chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery, recently formed a multidisciplinary concussion work group.

The study comes with football at a crossroads as concussions become increasingly linked with damaging long-term effects.

More than 4,000 former players have filed concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL while a growing number of voices have questioned the future of the sport.

Dr. Lonser has seen first-hand the potential damage inflicted by a football life. As chief of neurological surgery at the National Institutes of Health, he supervised the study of Junior Seau’s brain after the former star linebacker committed suicide last year. Seau, 43, showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, a degenerative brain disease tied to repeated head injuries that has been found in dozens of former players.

“Not everyone who gets concussions or who has multiple concussions goes on to long-term subsequent issues, but some do,” Dr. Kaeding said. “So part of the question now is trying to identify who does and who doesn’t, who’s at risk.”

That’s why the Ohio State study aims to track many volunteers for years, even decades. OSU will coordinate with other schools to ensure uniform benchmarks and data.

What Causes the Lingering Effects of Football Concussions?

At Suwanee Spine and Wellness we have found that natural relief of football related concussions is possible. We have had the opportunity to help many athletes struggling with the lingering effects of concussions.

The approach we take is to thoroughly evaluate the head and neck area to determine if the athlete is suffering from an undetected brainstem injury. Frequently as a result of head and neck injuries athletes have severe misalignments in the bones in their upper neck. These upper neck misalignments change the flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid to and from the brain. These fluid changes can lead to increased intracranial pressure, and severe consequences for the health and healing capabilities of the brain.

Once this undetected brainstem injury is addressed by precisely realigning the upper neck, proper blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow is restored to the brain and many people suffering with post-concussion syndrome or mild traumatic brain injuries recover completely.

Give us a call at (678) 765-8494 and schedule a complimentary consultation and we will help you.

Dr. Lauren Millman of Suwanee Spine and Wellness is a Suwanee Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist who has helped many people find natural relief in Suwanee, Georgia. Her upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of John’s Creek, Sugar Hill, Buford and Duluth. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome. More information can be found on her website at http://www.suwaneespine.com


What Causes Migraines in Children?

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Migraines in childrenKids Get Migraines too!

A recent story on ABC news reported about children suffering with migraines. Often we think of migraines as something that only affects adults, but research reports say that migraines in childhood probably occur more then you think.

The story was about Jacob Holladay, a 12 year old, who was suffering through the fifth day of a severe migraine. The episode was so bad that he got admitted to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

“It generates from my right and left temple but mostly my left one,” said Holladay.

His mom says he’s been out of school for a week, and he missed two weeks in January as well.

How long Jacob’s migraines last makes him a bit unusual, but pediatric neurologists say child migraines are quite common. Studies show migraines occur in 5 percent of children under 10 and in 10 percent of teens and preteens.

The story goes on to say, “kids with migraines often grow up to become adults with migraines. That’s why experts say learning to prevent them and find ways to manage them early will help keep them under control.”

Getting to the Cause of Migraines in Children

Unfortunately, the story did not discuss the most recent research regarding migraines. Science is now revealing that migraines are likely caused by changes in blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow to and from the brain as a result of a misalignment in the upper neck. These misalignments are commonly caused by accidents that produce previously undetected injuries to the upper neck. These misalignments are capable of being corrected.

Few clinics have been trained to provide these specialized procedures. Fortunately, one of the clinics is within your own community. The state-of-the-art care provided at our clinic has given many children and adults their lives back, including many with migraine headaches. And this procedure is safe, gentle and extremely effective.

Give us a call at (678) 765-8494 and schedule a complimentary consultation and we will help you.

Dr. Lauren Millman of Suwanee Spine and Wellness is a Suwanee Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist who has helped many people find natural relief from migraine headaches in Suwanee, Georgia. Her upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of John’s Creek, Sugar Hill, Buford and Duluth. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome. More information can be found on her website at http://www.suwaneespine.com

 


Digestive Disorders Helped Without Drugs in Suwanee, Georgia

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Digestive disorders helped naturallyUpper cervical chiropractic and digestive disorders

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) affects anywhere between 12 and 30% of the US population. IBS is a severe digestive disorder which can cause extreme abdominal pain and discomfort. Sufferers can also find they have other symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea and constipation; they may have unpredictable swings from one to the other at any time.

It can be a distressing problem that is often very tricky to treat successfully. Many sufferers find that the traditional methods of treatment can be ineffective. Those who do suffer from IBS or live with someone who does, know how disruptive IBS can be to everyday life.

IBS can be irritated by certain foods such as those high in fat, sugar and alcohol. It can be that stress is a contributing factor to the problematic symptoms of IBS.

As well as the medicinal treatments that your practitioner can prescribe, there are many different alternative therapies you can try to treat IBS,

  • Herbal remedies
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Hypnotherapy

Upper Cervical Chiropractic for IBS

Upper cervical chiropractic was first developed in the 1930s. An extremely effective approach, Upper Cervical Chiropractic is used to help many people with many different disorders, but it has shown to be very effective in helping to improve the health of people suffering with IBS and other similar digestive disorders. The upper cervical chiropractic approach is used to help align the posture of the neck and upper area of the spine and remove irritation of the vagus nerves that control the digestive system.

This technique is a great way for any sufferer of IBS or similar digestive problems to treat their symptoms without the need for medication and it has none of the side effects of any medical intervention.

What you may not realize is that, our bowels are full of nerve endings, just as many as our brains in fact! If our brain struggles to send and receive the important nerve messages from our gut due to upper neck misalignment, then we start to run into problems. This is where Upper Cervical Chiropractic comes into use. Because the treatment realigns your spinal posture you will find it improves the quality of messages sent and received by your entire nervous system.

What to Do Next

To find a doctor in your area, go to www.upcspine.com or if you are in the Suwanee, Georgia area Give us a call at (678) 765-8494 and schedule a complimentary consultation and we will help you.

Dr. Lauren Millman of Suwanee Spine and Wellness is a Suwanee Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist who has helped many people find natural relief from migraine headaches in Suwanee, Georgia. Her upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of John’s Creek, Sugar Hill, Buford and Duluth. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome. More information can be found on her website at http://www.suwaneespine.com

 


Drug-Free Acid Reflux Relief for Children and Adults

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Acid reflux reliefAcid Reflux Drugs Lead to High Blood Pressure and a Weakened Heart

Several news organizations are reporting that commonly prescribed acid reflux drugs taken by millions of people may also cause cardiovascular disease. The reports are based on recently published research from the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Researchers found the drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors or PPIs, can cause blood vessels to constrict. If taken regularly, PPIs could lead to hypertension and a weakened heart. Common PPIs are purchasable over the counter and include Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid.

John Cooke, M.D., Ph.D., the study’s principal investigator said “our work is consistent with previous reports that PPIs may increase the risk of a second heart attack in people who have been hospitalized with an acute coronary syndrome.

The Food and Drug Administration estimates about 1 in 14 Americans has used PPIs. In 2009, PPIs were the third-most taken type of drug in the United States, accounting for $13 billion in sales. PPIs are used to treat a wide range of disorders, including gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, infection by the ulcer-causing Helicobacter pylori, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and Barrett’s esophagus.

Drug-Free Acid Reflux Relief

Head and neck trauma such as car accidents, sports injuries, falls, and even birth trauma in children can lead to a misalignment in the upper neck that will change the communication between the brain and the body leading to a variety of different problems, including acid reflux. The lower esophageal sphincter musculature is frequently not functioning properly due to improper nerve supply.

Dr. Godfrey Gutmann, a German medical researcher was looking into this connection all the way back to the 1960′s… in 1987 Dr. Gutmann published his research linking the upper neck to problems ranging from acid reflux to scoliosis, ear infections, torticollis, colic and many other conditions.

Upper neck misalignments can be corrected safely, gently and effectively with an upper cervical chiropractic approach such as NUCCA.

If you or your child have been diagnosed with acid reflux, before considering medication and its side effects have a thorough upper neck evaluation to look for an undetected brainstem injury.

Look for the cause of the problem rather than just covering up the symptoms.

Give us a call at (678) 765-8494 and schedule a complimentary consultation and we will help you.

Dr. Lauren Millman of Suwanee Spine and Wellness is a Suwanee Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist who has helped many people find natural relief from migraine headaches in Suwanee, Georgia. Her upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of John’s Creek, Sugar Hill, Buford and Duluth. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome. More information can be found on her website at http://www.suwaneespine.com


Natural Remedy for Fatigue in Suwanee, Georgia

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FatigueWhat Is Draining Your Energy?

One of the most common symptoms that a person that has an Atlas Subluxation Complex will complain of is fatigue or low energy.  Frequently a person will be struggling with another health issue such as multiple sclerosis, vertigo , neck pain, headaces, scoliosis  or something else and they will just casually mention that they are also fatigued regularly.

An Upper Cervical misalignment will cause pressure on the brain stem.  Brain stem pressure causes all kinds of conditions in the body including low energy.  The good news is that when the brain stem pressure is removed and the body begins to heal, one of the first consequences is increased energy!

Here is one such story from our office:

Thank you again for the spectacular attention we received at Suwanee Spine and Wellness.  I can truthfully say you have helped me and my family in many ways.  We have been blessed with more energy than I ever imagined.  We sleep much better now as well.

Getting your head on straight, changes everything because upper neck misalignments leads to pressure building up and causing changes in blood, cerebral spinal fluid, and nerve flow to and from the brain. Once that pressure is removed your brain and body can work much more efficiently and effectively.

Give us a call at (678) 765-8494 and schedule a complimentary consultation and we will help you.

Dr. Lauren Millman of Suwanee Spine and Wellness is a Suwanee Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist who has helped many people find natural relief from migraine headaches in Suwanee, Georgia. Her upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of John’s Creek, Sugar Hill, Buford and Duluth. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome. More information can be found on her website at http://www.suwaneespine.com


Retinal Migraines: a Natural Drug-Free Approach

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Retinal migraineRetinal Migraine

Have you been experiencing strange symptoms in one of your eyes?

Seen flashing lights, suffered temporary blindness or seen patterns in your visual field?

Have you been to your medical doctor and received a diagnosis of retinal migraine?

Have you been told that medications are the only answer for your headaches?

The problem may actually be one of blood flow, and the solution may be traced to an accident or injury in your past.  But what exactly is a retinal migraine? Here are five signs that you can use to tell if you have retinal migraine…

  1. One eye: First, the eye symptoms tend to affect only one eye.
  2. Visual disturbances: So what’s going on in this one eye? There are a variety of disturbances which other migraine sufferers may be familiar with. This might include flashing lights, or patterns in your visual field. There may be an area where your vision is impaired (ie dark spots), or even loss. Even temporary blindness in one eye is possible with retinal migraine.
  3. Temporary: Permanent vision loss is another matter. With retinal migraine the symptoms are reversible.
  4. Headache: A headache typically starts during the visual disturbances, or within an hour after they stop. The headache typically lasts between 4 hours to as long as 3 days, is often one-sided and pulsating, and usually either includes sensitivity to light and/or sound, nausea, or both.
  5. Repeated: In order to actually be diagnosed with retinal migraine, you need to have had at least 2 attacks.

Researchers suspect decreased blood flow to the eye or optic nerve may be to blame for the unique symptoms of retinal migraine. This decreased blood flow can be a result of trauma to the upper neck. Accidents and injuries affecting the head and neck can lead to misalignments which can change blood flow from the brain to the body.

A doctor trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (N.U.C.C.A.) is able to closely examine the anatomy of the upper neck with both physical examination procedures and specific x-ray protocols. By identifying these specific misalignments the NUCCA trained doctor may be able to find the missing link and underlying cause of the retinal migraine.

What to Do Next

To find an upper cervical chiropractor in your area go to www.NUCCA.org or www.upCspine.com. If you are in Suwanee, Georgia area, give us a call at (678) 765-8494 and schedule a complimentary consultation to see if we can help you.

Dr. Lauren Millman of Suwanee Spine and Wellness is a Suwanee Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist who has helped many people find natural relief from migraine headaches in Suwanee, Georgia. Her upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of John’s Creek, Sugar Hill, Buford and Duluth. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome. More information can be found on her website at http://www.suwaneespine.com


Prednisone Risks: Fibromyalgia And Chronic Pain

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Prednisone risksPrednisone

If you have chronic neck or back pain, Fibromyalgia or another condition that has a lot of inflammation and swelling that goes along with it and you go to see your friendly neighborhood MD one solution he may have is to put you on Prednisone to help it…what’s the big deal?Are there risks associated with prednisone?

Well, basically what Prednisone does is decrease inflammation while depressing your immune system.

Common Side Effects according to www.drugs.com include difficulty sleeping; feeling of a whirling motion; increased appetite; increased sweating; indigestion; mood changes; nervousness.

This increased appetite, frequently leads to weight gain.  People who have fibromyalgia or who are in chronic pain also commonly have depression symptoms. Weight gain can increase those depression symptoms.

There are other more severe side effects to prednisone include severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); appetite loss; black, tarry stools; changes in menstrual periods; convulsions; depression; diarrhea; dizziness; exaggerated sense of well-being; fever; general body discomfort; headache; increased pressure in the eye; joint or muscle pain; mood swings; muscle weakness; personality changes; prolonged sore throat, cold, or fever; puffing of the face; severe nausea or vomiting; swelling of feet or legs; unusual weight gain; vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds; weakness; weight loss.

Prolonged use of prednisone can cause adrenal glands to atrophy and stop producing cortisol. 

That’s not good!  Patients are often told not to stop taking prednisone suddenly. The dose has to be tapered gradually to allow the adrenal glands, which have atrophied, time to recover. If not, the person could put themselves into an adrenal crisis (e.g., nausea, vomiting, shock).

What to Do Next

So if you are put on any medication for any reason continue to seek the cause of the condition.  Especially if it is a drug as dangerous as Prednisone.

Do not just continually rely on a medication to cover up the effects but seek the cause.

If you have Fibromyalgia or Chronic Pain, please continue to read about Upper Cervical Chiropractic and seek answers.

It’s your body and your responsibility.

Give us a call at (678) 765-8494 and schedule a complimentary consultation and we will help you.

Dr. Lauren Millman of Suwanee Spine and Wellness is a Suwanee Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist who has helped many people find natural relief from fibromyalgia in Suwanee, Georgia. Her upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of John’s Creek, Sugar Hill, Buford and Duluth. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome. More information can be found on her website at http://www.suwaneespine.com


Are Migraines, Seizures and Walking Problems Related?

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senior-woman-mfUpper Neck Misalignments

When the upper neck is misaligned it affects the way the brain is working. These brain changes can mimic a variety of different conditions.

Recently the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research had a very interesting case study that discussed the impact of an upper neck misalignment on the brain.

After seeing a series of medical doctors, cardiologists and neurologists a 75-year-old woman finally found a neurologist who was familiar with upper cervical chiropractic. The neurologist determined that she had an upper cervical misalignment which he thought was causing an exacerbation of symptoms related to an old concussion.

According to the neurologist she had a history of concussion 10 years prior. Although her current episode was worse than ever before, the patient reported similar episodes in the past dating back to the concussion. The nature of the injury was a fall resulting in the impact of the back of her head with the floor. She was unable to talk immediately following the fall and was taken to the hospital. She reported receiving a CAT scan and MRI along with many neurological examinations over the next 3 months and then was released.

Her current symptoms were as follows:

  • gait ataxia (unsteady and uncoordinated movement)
  • strabismus (laziness) in the left eye
  • activity or posture induced seizures
  • low energy levels
  • migraine headaches

Exhaustion or bending forward brought on her seizures. When the seizures occurred, she felt a hot sensation in her upper chest, lost the ability to speak, and developed a painful migraine of the common type (no aura).

A Thorough Upper Neck Evaluation

After a postural and x-ray evaluation, it was determined that her atlas was out of alignment. After her initial adjustment her walking had improved as well as her neck range of motion – specifically rotation, which had been severely decreased “for years.” The patient reported an increase in energy.

The patient’s care was continued. During each visit, she was checked to make sure the adjustment was holding through subjective evaluation, scanning palpation, and supine leg check. Further visits saw improvement in her walking including the ability to walk heel-to-toe. Her balance improved to where she could stand on one foot. She noticed a general improvement in her vision – specifically clarity, brightness, and color perception are her lazy eye diminished and then finally went away. Finally, it should be noted that she had not had a seizure with the accompanying migraine since beginning care.

The authors suggest a change in blood flow to the brain a likely cause of the patient symptoms.

Do you have a collection of strange neurological symptoms? Do you have a history of head or neck trauma or concussion?

Then an upper cervical evaluation could be your answer.

Give us a call at (678) 765-8494 and schedule a complimentary consultation and we will help you.

Dr. Lauren Millman of Suwanee Spine and Wellness is a Suwanee Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist who has helped many people find natural relief from migraine headaches in Suwanee, Georgia. Her upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of John’s Creek, Sugar Hill, Buford and Duluth. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome. More information can be found on her website at http://www.suwaneespine.com


High Blood Pressure Reduced without Drugs in Suwanee, Georgia

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High blood pressure reduced without drugsHigh Blood Pressure

Do you struggle with high blood pressure? Hypertension is a common ailment, and it is usually treated with prescription drugs that can have many harmful side effects. Are you searching for a natural, drug-free solution to your blood pressure problem? Then you will be happy to know what upper cervical chiropractic care can do for you.

Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the C-1 and C-2 vertebrae. Studies have shown that the C-1 vertebrae in particular can have an effect on blood pressure when it is misaligned. In one study, half of the participant received upper cervical chiropractic care, while the other half received a “fake adjustment” as a placebo. Both groups stayed off of their hypertension medication while participating in the study. The results showed that those who received an actual adjustment saw significant benefits. More research continues to determine the full extent of the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic on high blood pressure as well as many other ailments.

Why the Upper Neck?

Why does the alignment of the C-1 vertebrae (sometimes called the Atlas vertebrae) have an effect on blood pressure? Because of its location at the brain stem, the C-1 only has to move about half a millimeter to start pinching the base of the brain. While this is not enough to cause pain in the area of the misalignment, it can certainly cause many other problems throughout the body. In fact, a misalignment of the C-1 can cause the spine to be twisted, one hip to be higher than the other, one leg to be shorter, and many other health problems including hypertension.

How may such a misalignment have occurred? For some, an upper neck injury may have occurred at birth. Others experience an accident such as a car accident or a sports injury. Others many have received the damage in an attack. Regardless of the cause of the upper neck injury, upper cervical chiropractic care is the best way to realign the vertebrae. It may thus reverse some of the symptoms related to the injury.

What to Do Next

If you are struggling with high blood pressure, why not make an appointment to see if upper cervical chiropractor care can help you? X-rays will be taken to determine if your upper neck vertebrae have become misaligned somehow. Then treatment can be administered as needed. Upper cervical chiropractic is safe and effective, making it an excellent natural and drug-free alternative.

To find an upper cervical chiropractor in your area go to www.upcspine.com

Thinking about becoming a new patient?  Give us a call at (678) 765-8494 and we will help you.

Dr. Lauren Millman of Suwanee Spine and Wellness is a Suwanee Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist who has helped many people find natural relief from migraine headaches in Suwanee, Georgia. Her upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of John’s Creek, Sugar Hill, Buford and Duluth. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome. More information can be found on her website at http://www.suwaneespine.com