The Balanced Body Approach to Headaches
Our clinic is proud to have one of the most comprehensive approaches to headaches. Eighty percent of headaches are caused by structural imbalance in the spine; however, there are many other non–pathological causes of headaches such as: mild endocrine (hormone) imbalances, delayed food allergies, gastrointestinal inflammatory disorders, nutritional imbalances, and toxicity.
Dr. Phil Arnone is well trained to manage these types of headaches. He will conduct a complete history and exam to help determine the best approach to resolve your headaches.
The Cervical Spine and Headaches:
Our office is considered one of the most specialized clinics in the state for the correction of the upper cervical spine which is where most structural headaches originate. At The Balanced Body Center our goal is to decrease your pain and increase the motion in your neck as quickly and comfortably as possible.
Our clinic utilizes the NUCCA technique to correct the upper part of the neck which is responsible for structural headaches. After a detailed analysis and calculated lines of correction, a gentle touch and controlled contact to the neck is designed to restore balance to the cervical spine. Patients with complicated headaches drive and fly from all over the southern states to visit our office for neck treatments, as there are less than 300 people trained in the NUCCA technique. (For more details, see -'The Balanced Body System of Health: What is NUCCA?).
Even though the primary focus is the neck, the effects of the correction influence the whole spine and all body systems. The NUCCA procedure influences one of the highest control centers over body balance, the brain stem and central nervous system. The C-1 vertebrae, also known as the Atlas, is a small donut-like bone located at the top of the spine and the base of the skull that surrounds the brain stem. When the spine is subjected to stress it can become misaligned. This phenomenon is known as the Atlas Subluxation Complex Syndrome (ASC) or the ASC Syndrome. This could be the root to your pain and symptoms.
Advantages of the NUCCA Technique:
* Utilizes physics and vectors to calculate corrections
* 100% safe & comfortable
* Extremely effective at fast relief
How Does a Misalignment in My Neck Cause Headaches?
There are 2 main mechanisms by which the misalignment in the cervical spine can cause headaches:
Inside the upper most post of the cervical spine is a portion of the spinal cord called the Brain Stem. Inside the Brain Stem are the 12 cranial nerves which control many aspects of daily function which includes many functions inside the head such as: blood flow, facial sensation, eye movements, hearing, balance, taste and a variety of other functions.
When the upper cervical spine is slightly out of alignment, normal motion can be impaired. Once this motion is impaired, inflammatory chemicals are secreted into the region. These inflammatory chemicals can impair and aggravate the local nerves in the Brain Stem described above resulting in Headaches.
For Article on Headaches and the upper cervical spine: Headaches and NUCCA
Another scenario involved is the tiny ligament that connects the 1st bone in your neck (C1) to the Dura Mater. Inside your skull, the brain has a protective covering called the Dura Mater. When the cervical spine is misaligned, it can pull on the Dura Mater through this ligament connection and create intercranial pressure on the brain and inside of the skull. Even a few millimeters of misalignment can cause significant headaches.
Dr. Arnone believes this is why in all care, but especially in the case of headaches, correction of the cervical spine requires extreme precision which is unique to the NUCCA technique.
Non – Structural Headaches:
Dr. Arnone is a Board Certified Chiropractic Internist. (See Dr. Phil Arnone Bio) and utilizes a variety of tests to determine the cause of your individual condition.
Once the appropriate test is ordered and evaluated, the doctors will create a customized program which may include dietary changes and/or targeted nutritional therapy to correct the cause of your condition.
Some of these tests may include:
Blood Chemistries and Orthomolecular Medicine
Food Allergy Testing
Environmental Toxicity Testing
Metal Toxicity Testing
Male and female Hormone Testing
Beyond the Headaches:
Many people concern themselves with the symptoms of headaches; however, the headaches are just an outward sign that something in the system is impaired. Chiropractic care offers the potential to correct the problem without the use of harmful medications resulting in a much healthier you.
Stop the pain
Get off the medications
Call our office today to see if we can help your headaches