Chiropractic Care for Headaches

Nearly 50% of the population suffers from headaches; a majority is burdened with types readily treatable by chiropractic care.

The most common types of headaches include:

1. Tension headaches: most common; described as pressure or tightness, like a band around the head, sometimes spreading into or from the neck. Typically affects both sides.
2. Cervicogenic headaches: pain originating from the upper cervical spine, precipitated by neck movements or prolonged postural positions. Typically affects one-side.
3. Migraines: common or classic types. Migraine is recurrent, often life-long, and characterized by attacks with nausea, vomiting, light/sound sensitivity.
4. Cluster headaches: relatively uncommon, episodic or chronic forms. Brief recurrent attacks but extremely severe headache associated with pain around the eye with tearing and redness.
5. Medication over-use headache: caused by chronic and excessive use of medication to treat headache.

Other secondary causes of headaches may be dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, stress or sinusitis.

Good News!

Your physicians at Kelsall Chiropractic treat all of the most common types of headaches. Specializing in treating the musculoskeletal root of the problem they are able to determine whether muscle tissue, vertebral joints, or nutrition are the culprit. Research continues to show chiropractic adjustments and manual therapies are effective treatment alternatives to medication for tension, cervicogenic, and migraine headaches.

For more information visit the links/websites below and begin a headache-free life with Kelsall Chiropractic!

Recommendations from the American Chiropractic Association:
https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Headaches-and-Chiropractic

Comparative studies:
http://www.chiro.org/LINKS/FULL/Behavioral_and_Physical_Treatments.pdf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7790794
http://w3.palmer.edu/michael.haneline/Bronfort_Headache.pdf

Dose-response research study of cervicogenic headache and chiropractic manipulation:
http://headacheclinics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chiropractic-Care-Chronic-Cervicogenic-Headache-and-Associated-Neck-Pain.pdf

Anatomical research into suboccipital relationship to cervicogenic headaches:
http://headacheclinics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Cervicogenic-headache-and-rectus-capitis-posterior.pdf

Other resources:
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/
https://americanheadachesociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/NAP_for_Web_-_Epidemiology___Impact_of_Headache___Migraine.pdf

Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month

October has been proclaimed “Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month”, perfect timing as we approach the winter months. It is officially fall, the weather is changing and it is time to bolster your immunity/health for the upcoming months. Make it your goal this season to begin or continue exercising, eating healthy, enjoy better sleep and relaxation, and enter the New Year without any resolutions. Chiropractic care and massage therapy are a crucial piece to helping in attaining wellness-excellence or getting you back on your feet in the event of any neck or back pain, and sports or auto injury.

Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month October 2015

How Strength Training and Chiropractic Work Together

If you’re looking to create a stronger, more flexible, healthier body in the new year, consider a combination of strength training and chiropractic care that addresses every aspect of your musculoskeletal system. Many individuals who are training for strength also enlist the help of a trained chiropractic professional. These two approaches can go hand-in-hand to reinforce whole-body wellness and lessen the risk of traumatic injury.

While it’s important to develop muscle during strength training, you can’t forget to take care of your nervous system too. This is where chiropractic care comes in: working on the nerves that cause muscle contractions will allow your body to make optimal use of its workout.

In addition to helping these nerves reach their maximum potential, chiropractic treatment also helps bones and muscles align in the best possible way to increase their function. Straining to lift weights with improperly-aligned vertebrate or joints is a sure path to serious injury. Not only is this a painful risk, it’s also a counterproductive one. Muscles do not contract and tense properly over misaligned joints, which leads to an inefficient workout and overall loss of strength in the area. It’s better to stop the problem before it starts by making sure that your friendly neighborhood chiropractor has given you a clean bill of health before you hit the weight room.

According to Marc Holt, a representative of Eden Prairie, MN chiropractor Premier Sports and Spine, there’s one often-overlooked benefit to chiropractic treatment in conjunction with strength training: consistency. “As any gym goer knows, the next-day soreness after a hard workout is one of the greatest deterrents to making everyday workouts a habit. No matter how hard the regimen, it’s not going to have any effect if it’s not practiced consistently.” A chiropractor can help you work out the kinks and relieve the stress of a workout, letting you get back to it the next day and beyond.

Anyone interested in finding a Portland Chiropractor to aid in them in strength training should consider Kelsall Chiropractic. In Centennial CO, chiropractic services available from Heritage Health can help you boost your strength training, overcome pain, and much more.

Season of the Weekend Warrior

As the skies clear, and the warmer weather begins most people become more active than they typically are during the rest of the year. Whether you are taking on home improvement projects, gardening, hiking or training for your first ultra marathon keep in mind what your body has been doing throughout the earlier parts of the year. Respect your limitations, and ease into a more active summer to help avoid “weekend warrior” related injuries. There are simple precautions you can take to avoid an injury that could hinder your enjoyment of the summer.

  • Warm-up with light stretching or walking prior to a day of yard work
  • Follow the 10% rule: Don’t increase mileage or time by >10% of your typical capacity (run 3 miles, increase to 3.3 the 1st week, then 3.6 the 2nd, etc.)
  • Drink 32oz of water per hour that you are active
  • Put an icepack on overworked muscles for 20 minutes to avoid soreness
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects solo
  • If you are in PAIN, you are overdoing it

Be smart, stay safe and healthy this summer! If you are doing any activities that cause pain please see our Portland chiropractic services to help get your body back in order. Contact Kelsall Chiropractic for additional help on how to avoid weekend warrior injuries!

Exercise and Eat your way to healthier Bones and Joints

Bone and joint health starts with exercise and ends with diet.  Your musculoskeletal system (bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, muscles, etc.) needs high quality fuel to maintain strength, prevent degeneration, and continue performance in your activities of daily living. In order to delay further degeneration of joints, and maintain healthy cartilage; exercise regularly, including mildly impactful activities such as walking or running. Weight bearing exercise strengthens your bones and joints.

Pain from osteoarthritis or degenerative joints is purely an inflammatory issue, which can be reduced by following an anti-inflammatory diet. Supplementation of turmeric, bromelain, ginger, fish oils, combined with dietary modification may reduce symptoms. Glucosamine or chondroitin sulfate are naturally derived compounds from cartilage, which have been shown to reduce pain and slow degeneration of joints when taken at therapeutic dosage. Depending on your specific needs vitamin D and/or calcium may be helpful, though it is far more preferable to intake the recommended daily allowance through a healthy diet.

Below is an example of what to include in an anti-inflammatory diet. Avoid processed foods, eat organic whenever possible, if you find yourself overwhelmed and unsure of what to include in your diet… Eat more Green Vegetables!!!

Fruit: (1,000’s of varieties) examples: Apple, apricot, Asian pear, banana, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, coconut, figs, grapes, kiwi, mandarin orange, mango, nectarines, oranged, papaya, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, raspberries, star fruit, strawberries, tangerines, watermelon. (2-5 fruit servings per day of fresh, frozen, but not canned)

Fruit Vegetables: Artichokes, avocado, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprout, cauliflower, cucumber, corn, eggplant, peas, snow peas, string beans, soy beans, summer squash (yellow, zucchini), tomatoes, winter squash (acorn, butternut, delicate, etc.)

Vegetables: Asparagus, beets, bok choy, carrots, celery, chard, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, radish, spinach, turnip. Eat raw, steamed, baked, or lightly stir fried. (5-10 vegetables servings per day)

Dressings: flavored vinegars with ground seeds, nuts and avocados, miso

Tubers: 1-7 times per week: sweet potato, regular potato

Whole Grains: 0-2 servings per day: all kinds, but rice is best (100’s of varieties)

Legumes: 0-2 cups per day. Canned beans are OK. Or, soak and drain bean after the first 8-12 hours and then continue to rinse a couple times a day for 1-3 days before cooking. (100s of varieties)

Nuts and Seeds: 1-6oz per day (depending on caloric needs). Best consumed raw: almonds, brazil, cashews, filberts, flax seeds, macadamias, pecans, pistachios, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts

Meat/Eggs: 0-8oz per meal (depending on age and health issues). Eat only free-range organically grown animals. Lamb, buffalo, grass fed beef, venison, elk, ostrich, turkey, chicken, and eggs

Fish/Seafood: 2-3 servings per week: all kinds, but wild salmon, sardines, trout, halibut, and mackerel are preferred. Pest eaten raw, poached, baked, steamed, or broiled.

Butter/Oil: Raw organic butter, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, (amount based on caloric needs)

Sweeteners: Occasional use of maple syrup, rice or barley syrup, raw honey, or stevia with meals is OK. Absolutely no sugar, NutraSweet, or any other artificial sweetener

Spices: add whatever spices you enjoy

To Drink: 3-8 cups of water or herbal tea depending on thirst, (preferably filtered water). Try to limit coffee and alcoholic drinks to 1 glass per day.

 

Ask your physician at Kelsall Chiropractic about individual needs to prolong bone and joint health.

Sprains, Strains, and Automobiles

Auto Injury Information

Did you know anyone involved in an auto accident in the state of Oregon, regardless of who was at fault, is entitled to a minimum of $15,000 of personal injury protection benefits?

Oregon requires at least $15,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP), which the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) defines as reasonable and necessary costs of medical expenses for a period of one year after a collision. (http://www.dmv.org/or-oregon/automotive-law/personal-injury.php)

The inconvenient fender-bender, interstate collision, or even a severely traumatic car accident can cause life long injuries. It’s important to understand the steps towards protecting yourself in event of an auto accident.

1. Don’t admit fault: Your perception following an auto accident may be faulty and it is best to allow time to pass before detailing the events. Don’t admit fault to the police, other driver, or witnesses even if you are partially to blame for the accident.

2. Seek medical attention: Adrenaline and shock may mask your symptoms immediately after the collision; several days to weeks may pass before the injuries become apparent. Contact your chiropractic physician at Kelsall Chiropractic for immediate evaluation of your injuries. Proper healing of injuries now, prevents life long repair.

3. Take pictures: Not only is it smart to take pictures of the damage to your car but also of your bodily injuries. If you have bruises, swelling, cuts, or scrapes, a quick picture is priceless documentation when evidence is needed. (http://www.dmv.org/insurance/first-steps-following-a-personal-injury-auto-accident.php)

Common injuries from motor vehicle accidents include:
• Neck, midback or lower back muscle strain, or ligamentous sprain
• Whiplash (http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=3131)
• Post traumatic headaches
• Concussion
• Nueritis or nerve pain
• Rotator cuff strain/sprain
• Hip strain/sprain
• Disc herniation

The primary goal at Kelsall Chiropractic following an auto accident is to reduce the inflammation of the injured areas, allowing for pain reduction, and quicker healing as part of our auto accident chiropractor services. Secondary focus of treatment is repair and rehabilitation, with the goal to return the patient to pre-injury status. This usually includes home care exercises, soft tissue massage and myofascial release or Graston technique with chiropractic manipulations. The treatment plans may vary depending on type and severity of injuries. The Chiropractic physicians often co-manage with physical therapists, medical doctors, or other specialists when appropriate.