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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia    If you’re asking the question why am I so tired, or you’ve been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia, you need to understand what Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is. The Mayo Clinic describes it this way… “Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that may worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest. Although there are many theories about what causes this condition — ranging from viral infections to psychological stress — in most cases the cause is still unknown.   Because its symptoms are difficult to measure, CFS wasn’t widely accepted as a real medical condition for several years. Today, however, doctors and researchers agree that this chronic condition should be taken seriously.” When most people get tired, they rest and get more energy.   But if you have chronic fatigue than your batteries don’t recharge the same as other people. You can lay down for a nap or sleep 8 hours at night and still wake up as tired as before!   Undetected Brain Stem Injury   Frequently what we find with patients is Chronic Fatigue will be associated with an undetected brain stem injury.   The Brain Stem is very important for regulating our energy level.   If the brain stem is not functioning the way it was designed you will have a hard time recovering. When someone has accidents and injuries that have torn loose the connective tissue  that holds the spine in place it will allow the spine to breakdown and lock into a stressed position.   The area of the spine that is most frequently  affected is the upper neck area because it is the most movable and the most  vulnerable to injury.    Once this upper neck area is misaligned  it will begin to affect the function of  the brain stem.   This brain stem pressure can lead to a variety of problems including  dysfunction with the release of  cortisol.    Altered cortisol levels  can have many different  affects on both the mind and the body. The Mayo Clinic states that “the long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including:   Sleep Problems Digestive problems Depression Obesity Memory Impairment   These are some of the most common symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. One of the top upper cervical chiropractors in the world Dr. Marshall Dickholtz  Sr. along with a medical doctor and a psychiatrist did some very interesting research several years ago looking at...

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Many Celebrities and Athletes Struggle with Migraines  “Ben Affleck Out of Poker Championship due to Migraine” was the headline in the New York Post back in July of 2010. The star of oscar award winning Argo has struggled with migraines for years frequently showing up in the media. We see many athletes, artists, and celebrities getting migraine headaches including NFL giants Terrell Davis, Percy Harvin and Troy Aikman, tennis great Serena Williams, basketball superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and baseball stars Jonathon Papelbon and Johnny Damon; actors Ben Affleck and Whoopi Goldberg. Upper Cervical doctors frequently see a 90-95 % success rate with Migraine Headaches being eliminated. The other 5-10% at least see a reduction in the frequency and intensity of these headaches. And they are able to address the underlying cause safely and gently. So why doesn’t Ben Affleck get into an Upper Cervical doctor’s office and get rid of those migraines? Maybe he just doesn’t know about Upper Cervical. Upper Cervical Care is Effective at Getting to the Underlying Cause of Headaches   The answer is trauma. Physical trauma…such as car accidents, falls, sports injuries, childhood injuries and more lead to a tearing loose of the tissue that holds the spine in place. Which creates a weakness. Once that happens the spine begins to breakdown. It starts in the most movable and vulnerable area, the top of the spine where the skull and the spine come together at the Atlas vertebrae. This misaligned upper neck area creates pressure on the brain stem and veins that drain the brain. This is why pressure will begin to build up into the head often leading to headaches. The brain stem irritation also explains the nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, etc that frequently goes along with Migraine headaches. These observations are now being demonstrated in the research as well. A recent case study is showing that after an Upper Cervical correction, a follow-up Phase Contrast Magnetic Resonance (PC MR) Study demonstrated changes in flow from the jugular veins that leave the brain. The subject of the case study obtained relief from migraine headaches by the end of thirty days. The PCMR exam continued to show improvement of the blood flow measured over the 16-week study period as long as the person maintained proper alignment of the upper neck. A larger study is currently being conducted in Canada on Migraines, Atlas misalignments and blood flow changes. So how about you? Are you losing parts of your life because of the effects of Migraine Headaches? Or do you have them “under control” with medications. At some point covering up the symptoms will lead to other problems....

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Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Migraine Headaches    If you suffer from migraines, you know that these are more than just the average headache. Migraine headaches can be debilitating for sufferers. Very often, the cause of the migraines is unknown and treatments don’t do much to control the problem. However, there is hope. Upper cervical chiropractic offers a potential solution by attempting to correct the source of the migraines rather than just trying to control the headaches themselves. Read on to learn how.   Upper cervical chiropractic involves aligning the top two vertebrae. Because these vertebrae are found right at the brain stem, an injury to this area can cause issues with the brain being able to communicate with the rest of the body. Migraines are just one of the many conditions that can result from such an injury.   Thus, for some, migraines are simply a symptom of an upper neck injury. Perhaps it occurred while playing sports or in a car accident. There are so many numerous ways for such an injury to occur. The symptoms may not have come on for quite some time after the injury, thus making it difficult to identify the original injury as the problem.   In these cases, upper cervical chiropractic can offer drug-free, natural relief from migraines and other symptoms. This is a safe and gentle alternative to many headache treatments. If you suffer from migraines, why not schedule an appointment to discover if upper cervical chiropractic is the right solution for you.   What to Do Next   To find a Doctor in your area go to www.upCspine.com or if you are in the Boise Idaho area to schedule a consultation to discuss your health concerns click the button below: Schedule an Appointment   Dr. Alan Fox of Advanced Upper Cervical Chiropractic Wellness in Boise, Idaho has been helping people with a variety of different problems for over 30 years. He is one of only a few doctors in the entire state of Idaho who are trained in specialized upper cervical chiropractic procedures. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Meridian, Nampa, Mountain Home and across the country and around the world. He is board certified in Orthospinology and specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraine headaches, neck and back pain, multiple sclerosis, vertigo, insomnia, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and more. More information can be found on his website at http://www.AtlasCorrectionBoise.com. To hear from...

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So, you don’t think you have insomnia? Or maybe you know you do, and you don’t know what to do about it. In order to determine whether or not you have insomnia, you need to know what it is. Many people think insomnia is when a person can’t fall asleep until 3 AM. That’s one definition, but it’s only one. Here are other definitions of insomnia:   Insomnia Definitions   Trouble falling asleep Waking up during the night, and not being able to go to sleep Waking too early in the morning Feeling tired when you wake Now that you know Insomnia includes more than just not being able to fall asleep at night, do you suffer from this sleep disorder? If your sleep patterns fall into one of the above categories, then you are an insomniac. The bad news is you can’t get those lost hours of sleep back. The good news is you can do something about your sleep disorder now.   Overcoming Insomnia   Breathe – Breathing deeply helps your brain relax and slowly sends signals to it that it is time to settle down. Then, the brain sends that same message to the body, thus causing your heart rate and more to decrease. Guided Imagery – Imagine yourself somewhere, such as on a tropical beach, relaxing. Your imagination has the ability to convince your body you are experiences what you are thinking. This will help your body fall into a rest mode, much like with breathing deeply. Sleep schedule – It’s important to go to bed at the same time every night, wake at the same time every morning, and try night to take naps during the day. It is important to maintain the same sleep schedule several days a week, so your body gets into a sleep routine. Lights off – Make sure you sleep in complete darkness or as close to complete darkness as you can. If you need to keep a light on, such as for a power strip, hide it so the light won’t be a distraction. Your insomnia may require you take more action than just change your bedtime ritual, schedule, or environment. An examination by an upper cervical specialist can determine whether or not a misalignment in your upper neck vertebrae may be a cause of your insomnia. Upper neck misalignments can cause stress to the brainstem which can impact your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.   What to Do Next   To find a Doctor in your area go to www.upCspine.com or if you are in the Boise Idaho area to schedule a consultation to discuss your...

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  Sciatica is an affliction characterized by pain that extends along the path of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest and longest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve travels from the lower back, through the hip and buttock and down the leg where it separates into two branches at the knee.   Sciatica Symptoms Sciatica pain is felt along the sciatic nerve’s path, deep in the buttock and traveling down the back of usually just one leg and sometimes to the foot. Sciatic pain can also be accompanied by a “pins and needles” feeling, numbness, as well as muscular weakness in the affected leg. In addition, at times the pain feels like an electric shock along the nerve. The pain can vary from a moderate ache to severe pain and is commonly felt when you’re sitting, cough or sneeze and is often accompanied by lower back pain.   If your symptoms include severe pain and/or you lose bladder or bowel control, a numb feeling or weakened muscles, seek medical attention immediately.   Sciatica Causes   Causes of sciatica include herniated disc, bone spurs, piriformis syndrome, lumbar spinal canal stenosis and spondylolisthesis. Sciatica can also be caused by tumors on the nerve roots or the spinal cord. Severe back pain that extends to the hips and feet, and causes muscle weakness or lack of bladder or bowel control can be the result of spinal tumors.   Injury to the spine and/or neck can also lead to sciatica. In addition, the stress and increased pressure from poor posture drastically increases the pressure on the neck and the discs of the lower back area, leading to neck injuries, herniations and bulges, basically affecting you head to tow because uneven posture can be specifically tied back to upper neck misalignments.   A Natural and Highly Effective Non-Invasive Treatment   Upper cervical chiropractic care, can help the body recover from back and neck injuries, restoring spinal health and thereby addressing the underlying cause of the sciatica without the need of surgical intervention. The key to improving your chances of successful rehabilitation is seeking the help of an experienced chiropractor as soon as possible. Putting off treatment will make the recovery process take much longer, and may even cause the build up of scar tissue surrounding the injury. When your head is tilted off kilter and not appropriately balanced over your neck, the rest of the body ends up having to adapt to the position it’s in, which can leads to out of balance posture, neck, back pain and even sciatica. A gentle and exact correction of the upper cervical area, putting it...

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Last time we looked at how  new technology is allowing multiple sclerosis researchers to see misalignments in the upper neck that are leading to increased intracranial pressure, cerebral spinal fluid leaks and eventually the process of multiple sclerosis. The most exciting aspect of these findings is that unlike nerve tissue, the myelin sheaths that are damaged  in multiple sclerosis  can regenerate – once the cause of their destruction is eliminated. The paper suggests that once the intervention is applied the obstruction of the flow of CSF in the cervical spine could relieve the increased CSF pressure within the ventricles and eliminate the resultant leakage of fluid into the surrounding brain tissue and the inflammation of the myelin sheaths that it generates. Once the leakage has been stopped, the myelin sheaths could be repaired by the body with the prospect of a return to normal nerve function for these nerves. So how do you stop the leakage? It all starts in the neck.     All the participants in the study and all subsequent research using this type of technology has  shown a history of head and neck trauma that precipitates the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.   After head & neck trauma the upper neck area is generally the area that is most affected and causes the most problems for the brain and the body. During the initial study, the Fonar technology was able  to clearly identify  the malalignment of C-1  in the upright position.   This malalignment was successfully treated using an upper cervical specific correction. The patient’s MS symptoms, severe vertigo accompanied by vomiting when  lying down  and stumbling from unequal leg length, ceased upon treatment. Not only did the patient symptoms go away after correcting  the alignment of the upper cervical spine but the CSF flow measurements obtained immediately following  the treatment exhibited a 28.6% reduction in pressure and the CSF flow was now normal.   Leading researchers to conclude that with proper alignment and continued improvement in CSF flow the patient’s nervous system will heal. The patient’s alignment is currently being maintained and she is still free of her MS symptoms (vertigo and vomiting on recumbency). In conclusion, the researchers said: “the results of our investigation suggest that Multiple Sclerosis may be biomechanical in origin wherein traumatic injuries to the cervical spine result in cervical pathologies that impede the normal circulation of CSF to and from the brain. The resulting obstruction of CSF outflow from the brain impairs the outflow of CSF from the lateral ventricles of the brain where 500 cc of cerebrospinal fluid is generated daily by the choroid plexuses (20). The obstruction to CSF outflow would result...

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