August 22, 2017

It may sound strange that lower back pain can actually be connected to a problem in the neck. How is this the case? Let’s take a closer look at how the body works as a unit and understand how this can be possible. If you have pain at some location in your body, it is important to realize that the origin of the pain may be somewhere else entirely, as is true with lower back pain. If a misalignment is present in one of the bones of the upper neck vertebrae (the upper cervical spine) it can negatively affect the entire spine, especially the lower back.

When the C1 or C2 vertebra is misaligned, the bones, tissues, and muscles often shift to compensate. Even a tiny misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter can cause the head to become unbalanced. This causes the body to initiate what is called righting reflex. The purpose of this is to keep the eyes level with the horizon line. As the body shifts to adjust to the new head position, the spine is also adjusting and moving, causing issues with the ears...

August 5, 2017

A migraine episode can have up to four phases.  Not all migraine sufferers experience each of these phases, and one attack can be different from the next.  

  1. Prodrome phase: this first phase can begin hours or days before the others.  About 30-40% of migraine sufferers will experience this "pre-headache" phase, with symptoms including fatigue, neck pain, mood changes, and difficulty concentrating.

  2. Aura phase: experienced by approximately ¼ of migraine sufferers, the aura phase consists primarily of visual symptoms.  A visual aura can appear as blind spots, wavy lines, flashes of light, or even partial loss of sight.

  3. Headache phase: the headache phase of a migraine attack can be the most painful part.  The headache is typically on one side of the head and can feel as if it's pulsing or throbbing.  During this phase, a person may also experience extreme sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, as well as nausea or vomiting.

  4. Postdrome phase: the final phase of a...

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