Athletes are often plagued by migraines, and a strong connection has been seen between this condition and playing contact sports. Let’s discuss two types of migraines and how they occur. Then we will take a look at the best way to care for them.
Trauma-Induced MigrainesTrauma migraines happen when the function of the brain is temporarily disturbed. This is usually brought about by a low-intensity blow to the head. Some symptoms that may accompany this condition are:
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Another Trauma Related Migraine
Post-traumatic migraines occur after one has been injured and is related to trauma to the brain by which brain function has been changed. The symptoms can be a tension headache, a migraine, or even a daily headache.
Williams and Nukada studied 29 subjects who had post-traumatic headaches due to contact sports, mostly caused by minor injuries. Their symptoms were:
Where to Find Migraine Relief
During contact sports, there is a high probability that the connective tissue used to hold the spine in place may tear loose resulting in the spine breaking down and locking in a stressed position. The top bones of the neck may become misaligned causing the weight of the head to shift. The brainstem may also be negatively impacted.
Here at Upper Cervical Health Boise, we use a gentle method to correct misalignments of the upper neck. Resolution of some or all of the trauma brought about by sporting injuries to the head or neck may be the result of such precise and gentle care.
A normal adult Atlanto-Dental-Interspace (ADI) is ≤ 3mm. A normal child ADI can range from 1-5mm, (figure 1).
What Is The Most Common Cause For ADI Disruption?
Trauma - This is by far the most common. An accident or injury has occurred that has torn the Transverese Atlantal Ligament (TAL). (figure 2)
How Is The ADI Measured?
Typically the Atlanto-Dental-Interspace is measured on a neutral lateral cervical x-ray from the bottom of the anterior tubercle to the anterior surface of the odontoid process of (C2). (figure 3).
How Is The ADI Tested For Stability?
Typically flexion-extension x-rays are taken with the patient tipping their head forward and back to determine ligament stability or laxity of the Atlanto-Dental-Interspace.
Don't worry you are not alone the term used to describe this type of vestibular disorder which would be further categorized as a form of dizziness is called Mal De Barquement syndrome. The term Mal De Barquement is a French phrase for "sickness from disembarkation" and disembarkation means to get off a ship or aircraft.
Mal De Barquement syndrome is a persistent dizziness where you have a continuous feeling of rocking, swaying, or bobbing. This is a form of dizziness that is in fact quite rare. The standard treatment is drug therapy which is only designed to temporarily cover up the symptoms. In our experience drugs do not work well for Mad De Barquement syndrome not to mention the body damaging side effects of drug therapies.
Natural Treatment For Mal De Barquement Syndrome
Mal De Barquement syndrome is frequently associated with a previous head or neck injury. Our clinical experience further supports this notion. The problem that eventually leads to dizziness and vertigo symptoms in many people is a thing called Subluxation. A Subluxation occurs due to a previous accident or injury that created enough force to displace the upper two neck bones called Atlas and Axis. Collectively Atlas and Axis are known as the upper cervical spine. Initially misalignment of the upper cervical spine does not always result in symptoms right away (it can but just not typically). The average time to onset of symptoms from upper cervical spinal misalignment is 10-15 years and with vestibular disorders it is typically 20-30 years ago where there was an injury that traumatized the head or neck.
The solution to Mal De Barquement syndrome is to have your neck evaluated for Subluxation of the upper cervical spine. Dr. Grayson Blom of Boise Idaho is an Upper Cervical Chiropractic specialist that specializes in the detection correction and treatment of upper cervical spinal misalignment (Subluxation) and other spinal related disorders.
Dr. Grayson Blom is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor located in Boise Idaho. He is trained and certified in the Upper Cervical Procedure. If you suspect that you may have upper cervical spinal misalignment causing your symptoms we invite you to schedule a consultation with us to determine if you are a candidate for Upper Cervical Care (208) 559-0541 or you can send a consultation request by clicking the link.
Vertigo can hit suddenly and without warning. One may be performing normal daily activities or be in the middle of a work day, and suddenly the room seems to spin. The person may now need to sit or lie down until the sensation passes leading to the entire day being ruined.
Other symptoms that may accompany vertigo are:
Caring For Vertigo
One may begin the journey of finding help for vertigo by visiting an ear, nose, and throat doctor. This specialist may recommend such things as:
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NATURAL, DRUG-FREE VERTIGO RELIEF IN BOISE IDAHO
At Upper Cervical Health Center Boise, we focus on making sure that the spine is in proper alignment. We look specifically at the C1 and C2 vertebrae. The C1 or Atlas has the important job of protecting the brainstem. If it becomes misaligned, brainstem function may be disrupted. This is the communication superhighway between the brain and body. If signals become distorted, vertigo can be the end result. We use a gentle, precise method to correct the upper bones of the neck back into place. Once this is done, the body can begin heal and repair.
They say 8 out of 10 Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their life and if you are 1 of those 8 you know all too well that low back pain can be debilitating. Low back pain is the number one cause of disability worldwide! It is also interesting that lower back problems tend to be more common in women than men and the majority of low back pain cases reported are from people that spend most of their time working at a desk. They also say $50 billion a year is spent on symptom treatment for low back pain and the cost in lost work is somewhere around $100 billion. Back pain without a doubt is a big financial burden not only to those who suffer but to society in general.