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Are Mine Migraines or Tension Headaches?

 

Any type of headache can be quite painful. Sometimes when people feel an especially painful headache, they tend to automatically think it is a migraine. (According to the Migraine Research Foundation, as many as 1 in 4 households have a family member who suffers from migraines.) However, even if it is quite painful, your headache may not be a migraine; It could be a tension headache instead..

Are My Headaches Migraines?

 

If you are suffering from frequent headaches and want to know what type they are, these are some questions you can ask yourself:

 

1. When did the headaches begin? Most migraines begin between early childhood and the teen years. Tension headaches can begin at any age. If you are older and are just beginning to experience headaches, they are probably tension headaches.

2. Where are you feeling the pain? Migraines usually form on one side of the head, however tension headaches will usually form on both sides with pressure at the front of the forehead. This distinction is a major differentiation between headache types.

3. What type of pain are you experiencing? While both types of headaches can cause intense pain, tension headaches usually produce a dull achy pain or pressure around the scalp. Migraines typically produce a throbbing, pulsing pain.

4. Are you experiencing other symptoms in conjunction with the headaches? If your headache is a migraine, you will probably experience additional symptoms such as nausea, light sensitivity, dizziness, pain down the arms (or only one arm), or “seeing” bright lights. These symptoms, though, are not usually connected with a tension headache.

5. Are you able to keep up your regular schedule? With a tension headache, you can probably still work, just with discomfort. With a migraine, it is hard to do anything. Most migraine sufferers will retreat to a dark, quiet room that will block out light and sound until the headache has passed.

6. Do anti-inflammatories take care of the pain? If they do, you probably have a tension headache. Most migraine sufferers find that nothing will work besides just waiting for the headache to run its course.

 

Fortunately, the majority of headaches that people suffer are tension headaches. The above analysis can help you to determine if yours might be a migraine. However if the pain persists, or if you have experienced a head injury, don’t guess; be sure to seek medical care for your headaches, including chiropractic care.

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Running and the Benefit of Chiropractic Care

According to a 2016 study, over 64 million people in American either jog or run for exercise. This makes running one of the most popular forms of exercise. Running requires very little equipment, can be done almost anywhere at any time, and can be done solo or with others, which seems to contribute to its popularity.

No matter how much or how little running you do, there is a likelihood that at some point you may become injured. Although it is a great form of exercise, running can be hard on the joints, especially the ankles, knees and hips.

Chiropractic Benefit for Runners

When those injuries do occur, some ice and pain medications can be of help. A chiropractor can also be of assistance for you. Here are five ways that a chiropractor can help you.

1. A chiropractor brings ease through treatment to the soft tissues around the injured joints after a strain/sprain.
2. Chiropractic manipulation can be applied to joints of the extremities as well as the spine.
3. Chiropractic treatment helps the body to heal itself. The modalities that a chiropractor uses will break up restrictions and increase blood flow to the injured area. Sometimes treating one area of the body actually stimulates the healing in another area.
4. A chiropractor’s work reduces the length and severity of pain and helps you to manage the pain that persists. Patients are able to reduce or eliminate pain medications after treatment.
5. Injuries often happen because something wasn’t just right in the body to begin with. Preventative chiropractic care will help to ensure that the body is in proper alignment so that re-injury doesn’t occur.

Running, whether you do it for weight control, stress relief, or just fun, is a great form of exercise. Hopefully you will never sustain any injuries while you are running. The best way to reduce the chances of injury is to be sure you are wearing the proper shoes, be sure to stretch before you begin, and see a chiropractor to keep your body in proper alignment and functioning optimally.

If you have any questions about how chiropractic care can help you to recover from injury or avoid injury in the first place, please give us a call or schedule a free consultation. We would be happy to talk with you.

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Stroke: Is Chiropractic Care Safe?

Some groups that are opposed to chiropractic care have made claims that spinal manipulations can cause stroke, especially among seniors. However, a report released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) refutes that argument. Their report, first published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, January 15, 2015, and updated on March 3, stated that “an analysis of Medicare claims data from older Americans who sought care for neck pain from chiropractors suggests that cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke.”

The Stroke Study

The study involved 1.1 million claims dated 2006 through 2008 received by Medicare. The patients’ ages were 66-99. Each of them had a diagnosis of neck pain. Each patient had either visited a chiropractor or a medical doctor due to this pain. Researchers from Dartmouth College and the Southern California University of Health Sciences analyzed the data to determine the number of patients who had suffered a stroke within either 7 days or 30 days of their M.D. or chiropractic visit.

 

Vertebrobasilar stroke is the type some have suggested was associated with chiropractic adjustments. This study showed that these types of strokes were extremely rare. There was also no difference in frequency of stroke between those treated by an M.D. versus those treated by a chiropractor. The researchers summed up their results by stating that “chiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.”

 

The president of the International Chiropractors’ Association, Dr. Michael McLean, stated, “For many years, there have been opponents to chiropractic who have tried to falsely claim that chiropractic is dangerous. The facts show that chiropractic is the safest form of healthcare available.” Dr, McLean also commented that “while no procedure in healthcare is 100 percent risk free, this well-done large study should finally put to rest any speculation that chiropractic care creates an increased risk for stroke.”

 

If you are considering chiropractic to help with your neck pain, please give us a call at 864-963-9304. We would love to answer any questions you may have.

 

See also:

http://maronewellness.com/osteoporosis-tips-to-help/

http://maronewellness.com/new-patient-center/chiropractic-first-visit/

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Young Athletes: The Benefits of Chiropractic

This time of year finds many young people in sports training, a rigorous game schedule, or gearing up for competitions. While all those are great opportunities, they do put a lot of strain on the body. Many school-aged children and teen athletes are already experiencing injuries and chronic pain. Most traditional treatments for these complaints will only mask the underlying issue and may include addictive substances as well. Chiropractic care, instead, works to find the source of the problem and heal the issue itself rather than just doing symptom control.

 

Athletes: Why Chiropractic Care is a Good Choice

 

  • Chiropractic can keep kids in their game. Athletes are always wanting to improve. Keeping their spine in good alignment is an excellent way to gain the maximum benefit from the workout routines they put in.
  • Chiropractic is non-invasive. None of the procedures used by a chiropractor involves techniques such as surgery. Non-invasive care helps to avoid or lessen recovery time.
  • Chiropractic can help to avoid future pain.  By learning how to prevent muscle sprains/strains or soft tissue damage in the first place, young athletes are learning how to keep their bodies functioning into their later years.
  • Chiropractic can teach how to increase range of motion. Stretching and flexibility exercises help athletes to function at the peak of their game without injury.

 

At Marone Family Chiropractic we use a number of methods to help keep athletes healthy. These are some of the most common:

 

  • Chiropractic adjustments—to help improve communication between the brain and the body. Adjustments also help the body to heal from previous injury while helping to avoid new injuries in the future.
  • Pain relief modalities—such as electrical stimulation and ultrasound will help to heal current injuries.
  • Nutrition Counseling—helps athletes to develop strong bones and healthy muscles. Good nutrition also helps to maintain the energy levels needed for peak performance.
  • Weight Loss—if needed to function optimally.

 

To help your young athlete stay on top of his or her game, consider chiropractic care as a part of their training regimen. Call our office at 864-963-9304 for a free consultation.

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Dry Needling for Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Often patients come to see us with trigger point pain (often referred to as myofascial pain syndrome). One therapy that we use to help them is called dry needling. Our goal in dry needling is to release or inactivate trigger points. This then helps to relieve pain and improve range of motion. Because it goes directly to the source of pain, dry needling may help patients to see progress more quickly than other therapies.

Why “Dry” Needling for Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Dry needling is based in Western medicine and is backed up by much research. Practitioners have specialized training in the field. We call this therapy “dry” needling because no medication or injection is involved. The needle that we use is a very thin filament needle, unlike the thicker hypodermic needles used at a doctor’s office. Because of this, entry is much more comfortable. Often patients do not feel the insertion at all. After the needle is inserted and the muscles relax, there may be a slight sensation of aching or cramping, but typically patients notice an immediate improvement after treatment.

 

Dry needling has many benefits to patients. It improves blood flow and healing to the area, reduces muscle tension and tight muscle fibers associated with trigger points, and decreases pain while increasing function. We use this therapy for many issues including migraines, tension headaches, or chronic muscle pain.

 

If you are experiencing pain from myofascial pain syndrome, give us a call. Dr. Marone can perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment as part of a program designed to reduce your pain and improve your function.

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.
Living With Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia: Living More Comfortably With It

Fibromyalgia is one of those physical difficulties that still baffles the professional community. Medical science does not have a lot of answers yet, and current drug interventions are only effective about 30% of the time. For this reason, many people are taking their care into their own hands and are venturing out into various alternative treatments. It is important to get a medical diagnosis to be sure FM is truly the cause of your issues, because some other conditions can exhibit the same symptoms. But if you are looking for solutions, these are some places to start.

Dietary changes can make a big difference in Fibromyalgia

Some studies have been done showing that patients who ate a raw, vegan diet saw a substantial reduction in their FM symptoms. For those who don’t want to be that restrictive, it is still important to eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein such as chicken and fish. Eating a breakfast that is high in protein and whole grains may help to jump start the day as well.

According to Ann Vincent of Mayo Clinic’s Fibromyalgia Clinic1 “We know anecdotally that certain dietary choices—like eating small meals frequently throughout the day—can help energy levels.” Staying hydrated is also important. Keep the water intake up.

What you don’t eat is just as important as what you do eat. Foods to avoid include any processed foods and those fried or high in saturated fats. Limiting salt and sugar intake has also been found to be helpful in avoiding flare-ups. You may find it helpful to keep a food diary so when your symptoms worsen, you can look for trends in your eating habits.

Sometimes just preparing the food is taxing if you have FM. Finding foods that are easy to prepare can be a big help. Choosing vegetables that are pre-washed and cut up will save a lot of prep time. The deli section of your health food store can provide you with several options such as quinoa or beet salad to give you variety without the extra work.

Other Alternative Health Options

Many people with FM have seen good results with other alternative health measures. Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, MPH2, suggests “trying things like yoga, massage, and deep breathing exercises…Each individual with FM has different symptoms and will need different solutions to get the best possible quality of life.”

Supplementing with good quality vitamins and Omega 3’s has shown to have an impact on inflammation as well. Whole food supplements such as those made by Standard Process are an excellent choice. If you would like to try this option to improve your health and well-being, we offer Nutrition Response Testing as a way to find exactly what your body needs. Give us a call at 864-963-9304 for a free consultation to see if this is right for you.

 

1Ann Vincent, MD, assistant professor of medicine; medical director, Mayo Clinic’s Fibromyalgia Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

2Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, MPH, spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; registered dietician; practicing physician, Sarasota, Fla.

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.