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4 Migraine Myths and Where to Find Relief

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A migraine is one of the most common headache types. They are disabling and often happen repeatedly. Migraines are moderate to severe in intensity and are known for throbbing and pounding head pain. In two-thirds of the cases, they are only on one side of the head. Migraines may be felt anywhere on the head, face, and neck. They are associated with sensitivity to certain odors, sound, and light. Nausea is very commonly seen, along with vomiting in some cases. This often gets worse when you move, resulting in having to lie still until a migraine passes. They have often been compared to alcohol-related hangovers.

When migraine pain is felt in the face, it can be mistaken for sinus pressure. If it is felt in the neck, you may think it is a flare-up of arthritis or a muscle spasm. Sometimes a migraine is accompanied by watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, and a sense of pressure in the face. This leads to many people thinking they have a sinus headache when it is actually a migraine.

As many as 25 percent of people with migraines have what is called an aura happen before a migraine. This is a temporary neurological syndrome that slowly progresses and then stops as quickly as it starts. The most common auras are visual disturbances: zig-zag lines, flashing lights, or blind spots. Some people have numbness, confusion, trouble speaking, vertigo, and similar stroke-like symptoms. You may have an aura and no head pain that follows.

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Migraine Myths

Many people who suffer from migraine headaches feel as if no one really understands them. Here are a few common myths about migraines that will hopefully help your friends and family understand you better.

  • Myth #1: A migraine is just a really bad headache. Because everyone has headaches and you feel pain in your head, it is the first thing people assume. And, yes, you are experiencing head pain, but it is a symptom of a neurological disease. A migraine is very different from a headache. It can include your whole body. It has been compared to stubbing your toe but the pain lasts for a long, long time. It is very important to educate your friends, family, and coworkers (including your boss) about migraines and why they are not just bad headaches. You may even want to get a note from your doctor and keep it in your personnel file so as not to encounter problems at work.
  • Myth #2: A migraine is a psychological disorder. This is simply not true. It is a neurological disease. These are very different. Migraines are much more complex than most people realize. For one thing, they are not just “in your head.” As stated above, they can encompass your entire body. Why are migraines so painful? Well, a lot happens during a migraine attack. For one thing, the blood vessels in your brain temporarily expand, leading to severe pain. This is often in a specific place or on one side of the head. A migraine attack can also cause vomiting and sensitivity to light, sound, and smells.
  • Myth #3: A migraine does not interfere with your social life or work. Migraines do impact your social life and your work schedule. Even important work deadlines or special family occasions can be missed due to the pain of migraines. Sometimes, the only thing you can do when it comes to migraine pain is lie in a dark room until it subsides. Moving or even talking can make the pain so much worse. If this happens when you have a special outing planned, you are going to have missed the outing. Educating friends and family ahead of time can hopefully ease some of the tension.
  • Myth #4: If you have a migraine, you are on your own. There is some truth to this one, as your local family doctor is not a migraine specialist. However, there are specialists available to help you find out what is going on. When you do make an appointment, be as specific as possible to help the person get a clear picture as to what is really going on. One kind of specialist that may be able to give you the relief you are craving is an upper cervical chiropractor. We have been trained to look at the root of what might be causing your migraine.

How Upper Cervical Chiropractors Can Help with Migraines

Migraines have been linked to a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine. The C1 and C2 vertebrae are susceptible to misaligning due to their shape and mobility. Anything from a simple trip and fall to a serious car wreck can be to blame for a misalignment. These bones lie in the same area as the brainstem. If they misalign, a number of things can take place. They can put undue pressure on the brainstem, causing it to send improper signals to the brain. Another problem that may occur is these bones can act as a type of blockage hindering the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow from leaving and entering the brain. This is the perfect scenario for migraines to occur.

In order to realign these bones, we use a gentle method that does not require us to pop or crack the spine or neck. Rather, we encourage the bones to move back into place on their own. Once corrected, healing can take place and blood flow can be stabilized again. This leads to many patients seeing an improvement in the frequency and severity of migraines. Some see them go away entirely.

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Getting to the Root of Lower Back Pain at Mountain State Wellness

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Lower Back PainLow back pain is a common complaint that becomes more regular as a person ages. In fact, half of the people over the age of 60 are afflicted with lower back pain. It is listed as one of the most popular reasons for visits to primary care doctors. It is also a very expensive condition when it comes to disability payments, health care payments, and missed days of work. It does appear, however, that the amount of injuries to the back is decreasing, possibly due to better education and more preventative measures being taken.

The spinal column is made up of bones called vertebrae that are covered with a thin layer of cartilage and separated and cushioned by shock-absorbing disks made of jelly-like material and cartilage. These disks are held in place by ligament and muscles such as the following:

  • A number of short paraspinal muscles which run between the vertebrae
  • Two iliopsoas muscles which run along both sides of the spine
  • Two erector spinal muscles which run between the vertebrae

These muscles have the responsibility of stabilizing the spine. The abdominal muscles help as well. They run from the bottom of the rib cage and the pelvis and support the abdominal contents.

The spinal cord is located inside the spinal column. Along the length of the spinal cord, spinal nerves emerge through spaces in the vertebrae and connect to nerves in the body. The spinal nerve root is part of the spinal nerve closest to the spinal cord. Because of this, spinal nerve roots can be squeezed or compressed when an injury has occurred, and this leads to lower back pain.

The lumbar spine of the lower back connects to the chest, pelvis and legs. The lumbar spine makes it possible to turn, bend, and twist. It provides a strong basis for standing, lifting, and walking. Therefore, it becomes involved in almost every activity you do during the day. When you are in pain, your activities and quality of life become limited.

Types of Lower Back Pain

Referred pain: Pain that is felt in a different location than the actual cause of the pain is called referred pain. One example of this is when people have a heart attack, they actually feel pain in their left arm. When we are talking about referred lower back pain, it is often deep and aching. It may be hard to pinpoint the exact location. It is not generally worsened by movement, unlike pain from a sore muscle.

Local pain: This happens in a particular spot in the lower back and is the most common type of back pain. It usually occurs due to a muscle strain, sprain, or another injury. The pain can be intermittent and sharp or constant and aching. If it was caused by an injury, you might feel sudden pain. It can be relieved or aggravated by changes in position and the lower back may feel sore to the touch. Muscle spasms are common.

Radiating pain: This type of pain is a dull, aching pain traveling from the lower back down the leg and may be accompanied by sharp, intense pain. Usually, only one side is affected on the side or back of the leg, not the entire leg, although the pain may travel all the way to the foot or only as far as the knee. If you have this kind of pain, you might have compression of a nerve root due to a herniated disk, osteoarthritis, or spinal stenosis. Things that make it worse are coughing, straining, bending over, or sneezing. Muscle weakness may occur, along with a pins-and-needles sensation, loss of feeling, and even loss of bowel and bladder control.

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Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

The most known cause of low back pain is due to muscle strains or sprains. This may be due to exercising, lifting, or moving in an unexpected or awkward way, such as falling or getting in a car accident. Sports can cause muscle sprains — pushing against an opposing lineman in football, turning to dribble suddenly after a rebound in basketball, swinging a bat in baseball, swinging a club in golf, or lifting a heavy weight from the ground.

Other common causes may include the following:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • A ruptured or herniated disk
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Compression fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica

Rare causes can be:

  • Spinal tumors
  • Spinal infections
  • Digestive disorders — perforated peptic ulcers, diverticulitis, pancreatitis
  • Urinary tract disorders — kidney infections, kidney stones, and prostate infections
  • An aneurysm or bulge in the large artery of the abdomen
  • Disorders of the pelvis — ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, and cancer of the ovaries or other reproductive organs
  • Shingles
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis

Finding Relief for Lower Back Pain

The vertebrae of the spine are very much like a set of dominoes placed on their side close together. If you tip one over, the rest are affected. In the spine, if a problem begins in one area, it does not take long to affect the other areas. Here at our Morgantown, West Virginia location, we focus on the top bones of the neck, the C1 and C2 vertebrae. When these bones are out of alignment, the rest of the spine shifts and twists to compensate, causing unequal tension and muscle spasms in the lower back.

In order to correct the misalignments in the upper cervical part of the spine, we use a gentle method that encourages the bones to realign themselves more naturally than popping and cracking them. Once these bones move back into place, the natural healing properties of the body take over and correct the problems that are causing the lower back pain. Many report having relief after just a few adjustments.

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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Staggering Figures Reveal the Realities of Migraines

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefA migraine is not just a bad headache.  It is usually a combination of other symptoms that add up to an episode that can last from hours to days.  Along with a throbbing headache, migraine sufferers can also experience nausea, vomiting, extreme sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells, mood changes, cognitive dysfunction and more.  Migraines most commonly arise during puberty or young adulthood and recur every so often.  Most people know that migraines can take a person out of commission for a few hours, but few realize just how disabling they can be.  The following facts and figures are meant to shed some light on an extremely common and debilitating condition.

  • Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness globally.  This amounts to approximately 1 billion people who suffer from migraines.  While women are disproportionally affected (85% of chronic migraine sufferers are women), migraine also impacts men as well as children.
  • Migraines can be totally debilitating.  If you or someone close to you experience migraines, then you know how badly they can interrupt your life.  Over 90% of migraine sufferers cannot work or function normally during an episode.  Oftentimes this also means missed social opportunities and family time.
  • Migraines have a significant economic impact.  Costs of migraine treatment exceed $5 billion on an annual basis.  Each year, the cost of healthcare and lost productivity combined are estimated at $36 billion.  These numbers are staggering considering that migraine sufferers often experience concurrent health issues such as depression and anxiety.
  • Children experience migraines too.  10% of all school-age kids suffer from migraines and half of all migraine sufferers actually experience their first episode before age 12.  Infantile colic may even be an early form of migraine and was found to be associated with childhood migraines.  This can have a significant effect on a child’s ability to attend school and keep up with their peers.  Migraine-prone children miss school twice as often as children without.
  • Migraines can become a chronic condition.  Some people experience migraines only sporadically.  However, there are more than 4 million adults who suffer from chronic migraines, meaning that they have at last 15 episodes per month.  Aside from the obvious difficulties that chronic migraine sufferers face, they are also more apt to suffer from sleep disturbances, anxiety, and depression.

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What is Causing my Migraines?

Although much research is being done and information continues to evolve, migraine still remains a relatively poorly understood condition.  Because of this, it can go undiagnosed and undertreated in many people.  In the United States alone there are only 500 headache specialists to serve 38 million migraine sufferers.  Migraines are thought to be neurologically-based headaches, meaning that migraine sufferers might have certain changes within their central nervous system that makes them more susceptible to developing migraine attacks.  Other known triggers include lack of sleep, changes in weather, certain foods (such as aged cheeses or meats), red wine, and stress.  There may also be a genetic component – more than half of people who have migraines have a parent or other close relative who also suffers from them.

Since medication overuse is one of the more common reasons why migraines become chronic, more people are seeking out natural alternatives to try and halt migraine episodes in their tracks.  Many migraine sufferers are finding success with upper cervical chiropractic care.  Outcomes range from a reduction in the severity of attacks, less frequent attacks, and a complete disappearance of migraines altogether.

What Makes the Upper Cervical Approach Different?

  • Precise adjustments – we utilize very particular diagnostic imaging in order to measure each patient’s individual misalignment down to fractions of a degree.  What this means for our patients are corrections that are customized for each of their specific needs.
  • Adjustments are given only when necessary – Rather than automatically adjusting you on every single visit, we go through different measurements on each visit to determine whether or not your atlas alignment is holding.  If your atlas remained in place from your previous adjustment, attempting to correct it again would do more harm than good.  The length of time you are able to maintain normal alignment is what allows for healing to take place, not repeated adjustments.
  • A narrower focus brings a higher level of expertise – Upper cervical chiropractors often take additional seminars and courses to perfect their technique and carry additional technique certifications.  What this means for our patients is a more thorough understanding about how a subtle atlas misalignment might be contributing to your migraines and influencing your overall health and wellbeing.
  • Gentle adjustments – upper cervical chiropractic care does not require forceful popping or twisting of the neck.  We go to great lengths to determine exactly how your vertebrae have misaligned so we can tailor gentle adjustments for each individual based on their needs.

What all of this adds up to for migraine sufferers is an approach that has the potential to address the underlying cause of your condition.  Restoring normal upper cervical spinal alignment can correct blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow issues and can normalize brainstem function.  For many migraine sufferers, this has led to natural and long-lasting relief or even complete remission of their symptoms.

 

References:

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/brain,-spinal-cord,-and-nerve-disorders/headaches/migraines

http://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Migraines: A Surprising Way to Ease Muscle Tension

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefHeadaches and migraines are known for bringing tension and pain to the head and neck. In fact, there is a common type of a headache called a tension headache. When you are experiencing a headache or a migraine, it usually has to do with tightness in the muscles of the neck and the improper flow of blood to the brain.

Understanding Migraines

As many as 12% of the population suffers from migraines. Migraines include such symptoms as:

  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and odor
  • An aura before the head pain
  • Throbbing pounding head pain usually on one side
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Visual disturbances

Migraines can be very difficult to care for, leaving doctors and patients both frustrated and searching for answers. Each migraine is as unique as the person coping with it. Those in the medical field often cannot agree on how best to care for this painful condition. This leaves patients hoping for alternative ways to help their pain.

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How Muscles Impact Migraines

When looking at migraines, one area that seems to be overlooked, according to a doctor from Tufts University, is how the muscular structure of the neck influences migraines. If your muscles become tensed up, it may lead to dilation of the blood vessels, a reason for migraines to occur. This doctor recommends using Botox in order to shut down the muscles of the neck. This has been seen to give some relief, but it is temporary at best. A much better approach is to address the underlying cause of the muscle tension. But what is it?

Natural Relief for Migraines

Most people are trending toward more natural care for their migraines. Here at Mountain State Wellness in Morgantown, West Virginia, we understand the way that muscle tension affects the blood vessels in the brain. Our focus is on making sure the top bone of the neck is in proper alignment. A misalignment here affects the muscles of the entire neck, even causing one side of the neck to be tighter than the other. Using a gentle method, we help realign the atlas bone, helping our patients with migraines get some well-needed relief.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

An Alternative Look at Sciatica Relief in Morgantown, WV

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Lower Back Pain, Lower Back, Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, Tingling, Sciatica Pain Relief, Sciatica, injury, back injury, work injury, Disc Herniation, Disc Herniation Relief, Posture, Proper Posture, Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Back Ache, Lower Back Pain, Lower Back Pain ReliefThe term sciatic describes a set of symptoms that can include lower back pain, hip pain, burning or tingling down the leg, and weakness in the leg.  Sciatica typically only affects one side of the lower body.  To understand sciatica, we need to look at how the sciatic nerve is formed and its course in the body.

The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body.  It is made up of the nerve roots that branch off of the spinal cord in the lower back.  The sciatic nerve can become irritated for several reasons, including narrowing of the lumbar spinal canal, lumbar disc degeneration, muscle spasm in the lower back or buttocks, and irritation due to pregnancy.

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Sciatica Can Be Related to Atlas Misalignment

While this may not be the first thought that comes to mind, many cases of sciatica may start as a result of a spinal misalignment that happens at the very top of the neck.  Your atlas (C1) vertebra bears the weight of the head, and also has the greatest range of motion of any other bone in the spine.  Because of how freely movable it is, it is particularly prone to misaligning.  When this happens and the weight of the head is carried off-center, it forces the entire spine to compensate.  This results in shoulders and hips that are uneven, which leads to abnormal muscle tension and unequal weight bearing from left to right.  Over time, this can cause significant strain on the vertebrae and discs in the lower back, which can aggravate the sciatic nerve.

In order to address the cause of the sciatica, it is necessary to begin where the problem started – at the top of the neck.  By doing so, we are not merely chasing around symptoms.  We are looking to accomplish lasting results by getting to the root cause of the issue.  At Mountain State Wellness, we use an approach to upper cervical chiropractic care that is very gentle and effective.  Once we are able to correct the position of the atlas, the compensations throughout the rest of the spine can clear up naturally, leading to relief that is more than just temporary.

 

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sciatica/basics/definition/con-20026478

 

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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If you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

What Research Reveals About the Root Cause of Migraines

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefMigraines remain a bit of a mystery among medical professionals. As one doctor put it: “They aren’t supposed to happen.” However, research is helping to reveal what is to blame for causing migraines. A connection has been seen between migraines and improper communication between the brain and body.

The brainstem is the communication superhighway of the body. Therefore, it would make sense that it may not be functioning at its best if migraines occur. A misalignment in the bones of the upper neck – the upper cervical spine – can stress the brainstem and hinder signals coming from it, leading to an improper flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood.

The Research About Migraines

Studies observed 2 people who suffered from migraines due to previous whiplash injuries. They went through some testing involving an upright MRI machine, and it was revealed they both had a misaligned atlas bone (the top bone of the neck). It was also discovered they had a decreased flow of cerebrospinal fluid flow due to the pressure the misalignment was exerting on the brainstem.

Each patient got an adjustment from an upper cervical chiropractor to correct the atlas misalignment. Upon the next scan, it was reported that the cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow were back in normal ranges. This was after just one adjustment. The patients said their migraines were now gone.

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More research has been observed that reveals this type of misalignment also creates an interference in the spinal column leading to such things as:

  • Intracranial pressure headaches
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Neck pain

Upper Cervical Care for Migraines

Mountain State Wellness in Morgantown, West Virginia, offers a gentle, effective method to help realign the atlas. We do not pop or force the spine, but the method used allows the bones to move naturally back into place, thereby restoring cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow to the brain. This is often all that is needed to see fewer migraines. Some people see them go away and not return.

 

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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If you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Try These Sciatica Remedies Before Popping a Pill

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Lower Back Pain, Lower Back, Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, Tingling, Sciatica Pain Relief, Sciatica, injury, back injury, work injury, Disc Herniation, Disc Herniation Relief, Posture, Proper Posture, Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Back Ache, Lower Back Pain, Lower Back Pain ReliefSciatica can result in debilitating pain that springs from an irritation of the sciatic nerve. Because this nerve is so large, symptoms can vary based on the location of the pressure. For example, one person may experience pain and numbness in the hip area while another may suffer a pins and needles feeling down one entire leg.

Oftentimes, medical professionals prescribe pain medication and just encourage patients to wait out the discomfort. However, if the underlying issue is not corrected, it is likely that sciatic pain will flare up again. Here are a few natural remedies for sciatica that are drug-free.

Natural Sciatica Options

We’re going to focus on 3 options for natural relief of sciatica.

Ice – Inflammation can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Ice helps to reduce swelling and may, therefore, relieve some of the pain. While this does not resolve the underlying problem, it can provide temporary relief without pills or side effects.

Acupuncture – Many patients have been able to get some relief using this ancient Eastern medical technique. However, some squirm at the idea of having a bunch of tiny needles shoved under their skin. Also, insurance doesn’t always cover an alternative therapy like this. Therefore, many seek other options.

Chiropractic – Numerous studies back up the benefits of chiropractic for sciatica, even over other physical techniques such as physical therapy. However, you may be reluctant to have your hips or back twisted or jolted in an effort to realign the spine. If that is the case for you, then I would like to introduce you to a far gentler technique.
To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and lower back pain and sciatica download our complimentary e-book

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Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Using a low force correct that does not involve “popping” or “cracking,” upper cervical chiropractic restores neck alignment gently. This, in turn, brings the rest of the spine into proper alignment. It is a long-lasting adjustment, and because it gets to the root problem area, pain is often relieved on a more long-term basis than just adjusting the part of the back where symptoms appear. That also means fewer visits and less expense.

If you are looking for drug-free sciatica help, upper cervical chiropractic is a cost-effective solution.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Try These Sciatica Remedies Before Popping a Pill

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Lower Back Pain, Lower Back, Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, Tingling, Sciatica Pain Relief, Sciatica, injury, back injury, work injury, Disc Herniation, Disc Herniation Relief, Posture, Proper Posture, Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Back Ache, Lower Back Pain, Lower Back Pain ReliefSciatica can result in debilitating pain that springs from an irritation of the sciatic nerve. Because this nerve is so large, symptoms can vary based on the location of the pressure. For example, one person may experience pain and numbness in the hip area while another may suffer a pins and needles feeling down one entire leg.

Oftentimes, medical professionals prescribe pain medication and just encourage patients to wait out the discomfort. However, if the underlying issue is not corrected, it is likely that sciatic pain will flare up again. Here are a few natural remedies for sciatica that are drug-free.

Natural Sciatica Options

We’re going to focus on 3 options for natural relief of sciatica.

Ice – Inflammation can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Ice helps to reduce swelling and may, therefore, relieve some of the pain. While this does not resolve the underlying problem, it can provide temporary relief without pills or side effects.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and lower back pain and sciatica download our complimentary e-book

Free Back Pain Relief eBook
Acupuncture – Many patients have been able to get some relief using this ancient Eastern medical technique. However, some squirm at the idea of having a bunch of tiny needles shoved under their skin. Also, insurance doesn’t always cover an alternative therapy like this. Therefore, many seek other options.

Chiropractic – Numerous studies back up the benefits of chiropractic for sciatica, even over other physical techniques such as physical therapy. However, you may be reluctant to have your hips or back twisted or jolted in an effort to realign the spine. If that is the case for you, then I would like to introduce you to a far gentler technique.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Using a low force correct that does not involve “popping” or “cracking,” upper cervical chiropractic restores neck alignment gently. This, in turn, brings the rest of the spine into proper alignment. It is a long-lasting adjustment, and because it gets to the root problem area, pain is often relieved on a more long-term basis than just adjusting the part of the back where symptoms appear. That also means fewer visits and less expense.

If you are looking for drug-free sciatica help, upper cervical chiropractic is a cost-effective solution.

 

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

Schedule a Complimentary Consultation

 

if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Migralepsy—How Migraines Can Be Related to Epilepsy

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefMigraines are a debilitating condition that leaves the sufferer weak and exhausted. In rare cases, they may be followed by an epileptic seizure. This is referred to as migralepsy. There is much uncertainty about whether a migraine is a trigger for the seizure or the seizure brings about a migraine. Here is a list of common symptoms that accompany an attack of migralepsy:

  • Convulsions
  • Blindness
  • Hallucinations
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Flashes of light

Migralepsy is a neurological issue, and the side effects that happen afterward are very similar to an aura that can occur before a migraine. Therefore, it is nearly impossible to determine whether one is suffering from a seizure or a migraine.  A migraine is also neurological in nature and has head pain as one of its major symptoms. A person may actually be experiencing what is called an occipital seizure. This would be in line with another symptom of a migraine—visual disturbances. An occipital seizure originates in the occipital lobe of the brain causing issues with the way a person sees.
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Is There Hope for Those Dealing with Migralepsy?

If one experiences occipital seizures, migraines, migralepsy, or epilepsy, the good news is that there is help available. Finding a professional who understands how the body functions and how to help a person having these problems is of vital importance. At Mountain State Wellness, we understand the link between the proper alignment of the upper cervical spine and the elimination of many neurological symptoms.

It only takes a misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter to put enough pressure on the brainstem so that it does not send proper signals to the brain and body. Using a gentle method, we are able to move the bones back into normal position and restore the communication issues in the body. This often helps conditions like migraines and epilepsy. It may even help them to go away completely. To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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Looking for Back Pain Relief? Medication May Not Be the Answer

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Lower Back Pain, Lower Back, Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, Tingling, Sciatica Pain Relief, Sciatica, injury, back injury, work injury, Disc Herniation, Disc Herniation Relief, Posture, Proper Posture, Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Back Ache, Lower Back Pain, Lower Back Pain ReliefBack pain is something that nearly everyone will experience at some point in life.  From picking up your children to poor posture behind your desk at work, back pain can range from just a dull ache to sharp, severe pain.  Up until recently, the prevailing thought was to reach for some over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.  However, new research suggests that there is no significant relief to be gained from those drugs and that the risks associated with NSAIDs may not be worth the small benefit they might provide.

In the study, data on over 6,000 patients with back pain were analyzed, and it was found that only one out of every six patients reported a clinically significant decrease in their pain after two weeks of NSAID use.  This was determined to be no better than the results of using a placebo, but the NSAIDs came along with risks of developing gastrointestinal bleeding and cardiovascular problems.

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Addressing Back Pain Without the Risk

Many causes of back pain are spinal in origin.  The spine is a complex network of vertebrae, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that all work together to keep things functioning properly.  A normally working spine allows us to go about our daily activities comfortably, whether they involve sitting, standing, walking, participating in sports, or anything in between.

When back pain arises and doesn’t resolve within a few days, then there’s a good possibility that the spine is not doing its job as it should.  The spine houses and protects the delicate tissues of our brainstem and spinal cord.  When vertebrae shift away from their normal alignment, it can put pressure on these nerves and cause muscle spasm, postural distortions, abnormal sensations, and more.  

Many spinal issues begin when the atlas, the topmost vertebra in the spine, misaligns.  Like a chain of dominoes, the spine must twist and turn to compensate for the fact that our head is not being carried in a neutral position.  This can manifest as mid-back pain, low back pain, sciatic nerve pain, and even problems with the knees.

Correcting the atlas gently and specifically is our focus at Mountain State Wellness.  When the atlas is restored to its normal position, the rest of the spine can relax and realign. Upper cervical chiropractic is a natural way to address ongoing episodes of back pain, without the risks associated with medication use.
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