Dr. Edward J. Hartey
600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Matamoras, Pa 18336
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians
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Volume 24 No. 2
There has been a flurry of new releases recently on new migraine headache medications. It looks like great news, but
we feel responsible to offer information necessary for our patients to make informed decisions about their health.
It has been said, "Today's 'Miracle cure' is tomorrow's TV expose." To quote author, authority and past president of prestigious Northwestern Medical School, Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D., "If you rush to take it (a new drug), do so with the full knowledge that you are being a guinea pig. The longer a drug is on the market, the more will be known about the side effects."
Treating the cause.
This is a distinctly sobering message for anyone looking at treating any condition or set of symptoms with medication. Again, we encourage. our patients to evaluate the effectiveness and logic of approaching a health condition only form the position of treating the effect, in this case, "for the temporary relief" of migraine headaches.
Of course, the controversy surrounding migraines, as well as "basic" headaches, does not only involve how to treat them. There are many unanswered questions associated with the causes of migraines.
What is the cause?
In chiropractic, we first approach health problems by looking for the cause of our patients conditions. In response to these questions, preliminary studies by the Foundation of Chiropractic Research are presently under way. The purpose of these studies is to verify chiropractic's success in effectively removing the cause of migraine headaches.
The brain itself has no pain receptor nerves, as evidenced by the fact that during brain surgery, a patient does not feel the probing of the brain tissue. However, the surrounding protective tissue, the blood vessels and cranial nerves all react with pain. It is known that inflammation can occur in these areas, also.
Information gleaned from surfing the internet points to the theory that migraines are the result of vascular problems. What has been theorized by some researchers is that through stress, or chemical imbalance, or allergic reaction, blood vessels within the head become dilated. This dilation is responsible for the sometimes blinding pain of migraines.
Maximize your body's potential.
The bottom line is that if migraines are Vascular, or blood vessel related, if the pain is caused by inflammation or chemical imbalance, the answer is the same. The way to make sure that the blood vessels receive proper innervations, they way to help the body remove the toxins associated with inflammation and the way to recreate healthy chemical balance in the body is to make sure the nervous system is working at 100!%. The brain and nervous system control all structure and function in the body.
Maximizing our health begins with optimum nerve supply. While the controversy continues about how to "treat" migraines, many people are having nerve interferences corrected. Chiropractic is effective at addressing the cause of migraines when the cause is the vertebral subluxation complex.
Chiropractic care addresses the cause.
Would it not make infinitely more sense to address the cause and quit waiting for the next advertised "miracle cure?" The developer of chiropractic, Dr. B. J. Palmer said close to 70 years ago, "all the drugs in the world cannot adjust a subluxated vertebra." It was true then and it is true now.
The next step is to find out if your migraines are caused by the vertebral subluxation complex by have us check your spine. CALL US. Don't be a guinea pig for just temporary relief."
PREVENTING BACK PAIN
Lift with your legs
You can help prevent back pain by lifting with your legs instead of your back.
Correct lifting should be done by bending the knees while keeping your back straight. A good way to do this is to lift your head up and not look down. When you look down you tend to bend over.
Get in you "Power Zone"
Along with keeping your back straight keep your elbows as close in to your body as possible. This is often described as your "Power Zone". This keeps the weight you are lifting in the center of gravity and reduces the strain on your back.
Another item to remember to do is pivot and not twist. Instead of twisting your upper body to move something, pivot on your planted foot and turn your whole body to face where you are placing the object before setting it down.
We sometimes equate stretching with the behavior of serious athletes before a workout. In fact, we should all stretch every day. This loosens the muscles and helps circulation. This applies to the office worker behind a desk and also to the construction working carrying heavy tools and materials.
Everyone needs a stretch.
It's easy to slump in a chair and "chill". It's hard on our backs.
Whether sitting or standing most people do not maintain proper posture. A good suggestion is to look in the mirro and loosely align your ears, shoulders and hips.
Last but definitely not least is to have regular exercise that works on your core muscles. When you strengthen your core muscles you strengthen the support for your back and shoulders.
You can get more detailed information from our office the next time you visit, don't hesitate to ask.
Have you seen the video replays on television of the different athletes? Especially football players who are about to catch a pass and then, from both sides, the player is hit by two 300 pound defensive players running at full speed. It is amazing the amount of punishment the human body can take!
What helps to hold down the number of serious football injuries is the athlete's excellent physical condition along with the protective equipment they wear.
But what about us, we are just average citizens who have not done ten sit-ups or push-ups in the last couple of year or more?
We are subject to all kinds of whiplash injuries in our little weekend sports activities, and without the protective equipment.
Remember the whiplash we paid to get on the carnival rides? The fall from the ladder, slipping on a slippery floor or being knocked down by a piece of heavy equipment at work? Or tripping on a public stairway or falling in the local supermarket?
When all of the above things happen and we are whiplashed, but not seriously injured, we often feel foolish or embarrassed and to attempt to pretend we really didn't get hurt. But when the nagging soreness, stiffness, aches or pain just won't go away and it is still with us weeks or even months later, or when we began having headaches or other bodily symptoms that we have never had before, it is time to have a whiplash check-up.
A whiplash is a sudden whipping of the spine, especially the head and neck. The term "whiplash" comes from the use of whip, like when we swing it one way then suddenly and forcefully snap it back the opposite direction.
When the human spine is whiplashed, it almost always results in vertebral displacements. Then the body muscles will attempt to pull these misaligned vertebrae back into their normal alignment. The prolonged contraction of the muscle caused us to have stiffness and soreness which can last for months. Wouldn't it be better to assist the muscles by gently easing the misaligned vertebrae back into their normal position?
If you or someone you know may have sustained a whiplash like injury, please suggest they call our office for an appointment. The sooner the whiplash injury is treated, the faster it will respond.