Neck pain is a universal problem that is creating substantial disability worldwide. You often see people moving their necks around, massaging their muscles, or forcibly popping their necks to ease their discomfort. What are they trying to do? They are instinctively trying to ease the stress of spinal misalignments. Such self-treatments can be dangerous to the arteries, nerves, and other soft tissues associated with the spine, and they can even aggravate the root cause of the problem.
A headache is often a pain in the neck! This is true in more ways than one. Millions of people suffer from headaches, and more than half of these cases are accompanied by neck pain. Nerve irritation and pressure on the blood vessels in the neck caused by vertebral misalignments may contribute to various types of headaches as well as being a source of pain themselves.
Jaw pain, commonly referred to as TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction), can affect anyone and dramatically impacts quality of life. The jaw is a hinge joint that is anchored to the skull by muscles from the head and neck, and misalignments in the upper neck can alter how the jaw articulates with the skull. Signs that there may be stress in the temporomandibular joint include clicking, grinding, and pain with opening and closing the mouth.
The Concussion Confusion is a public awareness initiative lead by Dr. Mylène Hopf. Many people don’t realize that there is a 30 day window following a concussion in which you are most vulnerable. Do you know what to do? There are many myths about what a concussion is and what to do if you experience one.
Do you ever feel like the room is spinning? Do you get lightheaded, woozy, or sometimes lose your balance? The feeling of being ‘dizzy’ can be described in multiple ways and can affect people differently. There are several factors that can contribute to your dizziness including inner ear problems, low blood pressure, hormonal changes, and poor posture.
People often wonder how their low back pain could possibly be related to their neck. It’s on the other end of the spine! Well, the two are more related then once thought. The upper neck has thousands of sensors to monitor head position to ensure it remains balanced on top of the neck. Misalignments between the head and neck cause the body to twist and bend to adapt its posture in order to maintain its upright position in gravity.
Dysautonomia refers to a disorder of autonomic nervous system (ANS) function that generally involves failure of the sympathetic or parasympathetic components of the ANS, but dysautonomia involving excessive or overactive ANS actions also can occur.