Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Chiropractic Subluxations

I write to you today with these definitions above to help you, the lay person to have a better understanding what chiropractic means. To a chiropractor and the terms used to describe what we call subluxation, is the basis of what our practice was built upon. All joints in the body can have some type of subluxation and with that subluxation there is usually a loss of functional, structural and/or pathological changes that may compromise the neural integrity of that joint and my influence organ system function and general health.

I will give you an example of an axial subluxation and appendicular “extremity” subluxation.
The vertebral subluxation is the term applied to a vertebra which has lost its normal position and/or motion in relation to neighboring vertebrae. Vertebrae which do not function properly within the spinal framework generate mechanical stress. This accelerates the wear and tear on the surrounding spinal muscles, ligaments, discs, joint and other spinal tissues. Pain, palpatory tenderness, inflammation, decreased spinal mobility, and muscle spasm and hypertonicity will eventually follow.

Additionally, because of the direct mechanical and physiological relationship between the spinal column and the spinal nerve roots, vertebral subluxations, as well as other spinal abnormalities have the potential to impair proper nerve functioning. Once nerve functioning is compromised, communication within the body becomes less effective jeopardizing the overall health and wellness of the individual.

Vertebral Subuxations

Vertebral subluxations have a great number of different causes all of which the average individual is exposed to daily. These causes can be described in terms of physical, chemical, and emotional causes.
Physical causes include acute trauma to the body, repetitive motions affecting the spine, bad postural habits, improper workstation habits and design, and weak or imbalanced spinal musculature.

Chemical causes include poor dietary and nutritional practices, drug and alcohol use and abuse, and the ingestion of chemical toxins in the foods we eat, air we breathe, and water we drink. Chemicals which are harmful to the body decrease the body’s ability to function optimally and reduce the ability to successfully adapt to and withstand internal and external stresses – making us more susceptible to spinal subluxations and the consequences of these subluxations.

Emotional causes refer to stress. Excessive stress or inadequate stress management skills can deplete the body of the ability to sustain normal functions. The impact of emotional stress on physical health is well documented in the medical research and can have devastating effects on the immune system, making the body susceptible to injury and disease.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Migraines Signs, Symptoms and Treatments

There are several different types of headaches that thousands of people suffer from daily. The list can start with TMJ “Temporomandibular joint” headaches, sinus headaches, tension headaches, neck pain headaches “cervico-genic” headaches, migraines and cluster headaches. I would like to describe to you how these headaches can affect you, the signs, symptoms and treatment options that maybe best for you.

According to the Medical News Today there was an article written by Dr. Helen Webberly, who gives one of the best and well written explanations about migraine headaches, causes, symptoms and treatments. The link to this article is below.

A migraine is a severe, painful headache that can be preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound.
The excruciating pain that migraines bring can last for hours or even days. Migraine is a common problem affecting 36 million Americans, about 12% of the population.

Migraine Statistics

§ The cause of migraines is still largely unknown.
§ Migraines can be preceded by an aura of sensory disturbances followed by a severe one-sided headache.
§ Approximately 12% of Americans get migraine headaches.
§ Migraine tends to affect people between 15-55 years of age.
§ Some people who suffer from migraines can clearly identify triggers or factors that cause the headaches such as allergies, light and stress.
§ Some people get a warning prodrome, preceding the onset of a migraine headache.
§ Many migraine sufferers can prevent a full-blown attack by recognizing and acting upon the warning signs.
§ Over-the-counter medications can eliminate or reduce pain.
§ Specific medications can help some sufferers.
§ People who suffer from severe attacks can take preventative medicines.

Migraines can be debilitating for those who suffer from them on an ongoing basis. If you are suffering from migraines, it is important to consult a physician. Doctors of chiropractic medicine are highly trained and can help their patients in many ways beyond just treatment of spinal pain. If you are suffering from migraines contact Dr. Salameh today. Dr. Salameh is a board-certified chiropractic physician who has always believed in natural healing. He takes a whole body approach to your care and offers the latest therapies to help you heal naturally through corrective chiropractic care, nutrition, and exercise.