Our bodies are sensory machines that see, smell, hear, taste and touch the surrounding world around us. These are our natural human instincts. We adapt to our environment based on how well we sense it. Any trauma to the head/neck junction (impact sports, minor accidents, or even sometimes the birthing process) can cause inflammation in the lower brainstem area, affecting the entire nervous system. This may cause hyper- (too much) or hypo-active (not enough) sensory integration which can send our bodies into a cascade of events based on what it thinks it is sensing. This often presents as the classic “autoimmune response.” Our organized bodily responses depend on the quality of our sensory integration, and the ability for the body to carry out our innate hard-wired plan of action.
Since all nerve signals must pass through the upper cervical vertebrae to reach the body below (or brain above), each and every bodily function has the potential to be compromised to some degree. This is why some people with the same genes (ex: siblings), whose blood-work may show the same allergies, do not always present with the same responses, or why everyone in the same office/classroom does not catch the same “cold/flu” going around.
The upper cervical spine is less stable and more likely to misalign following trauma, and it is more susceptible to stress, than any other location in the spine. When misalignments occur at C1-C2, distress can occur locally or extend to other regions of the body, inducing musculoskeletal compensations and pain elsewhere. Therefore, this crucial upper cervical region has significant health deteriorating implications if misaligned, even slightly. Restricted flow of brain health and healing messages to the body will lead to the development of acute and chronic health problems.
By correcting and maintaining alignment of the upper cervical spine, the efficient flow of brain health and healing messages to all parts of the body is achieved, and a complete and proper function of the nervous system is possible. Since the nervous system controls and coordinates every action and function in your body, don’t you want it to be working at full capacity?
Migraine headache is a general term and may take many forms. With a common migraine, the headache pain occurs when the blood vessels of the head dilate (expand) and press on sensitive nerve endings. Conditions that may trigger migraine headaches include spinal subluxations, stress, certain foods, fatigue, and the menstrual cycle.
Another type of migraine headache is known as a classic migraine. These headaches are often preceded by an “aura”(unusual visual sensations, such as blotches or sparkles) or by sensations of weakness, numbness, or tingling. You may also experience nausea, vomiting, cold hands and feet, and a feeling of soreness or exhaustion afterward. Though these headaches are just as severe as the common migraine, they generally do not last as long (24 hours or less).
Though headaches can result from many conditions, research has revealed that many headaches can be traced to the area of cervical vertebrae or the spinal bones of the neck. Because the neck is extremely mobile, there is constant danger of displacement of one or more of these vertebrae, which may compress and irritate the cervical nerves.
Intermediate causes of headache include: digestive, constipation, kidney and heart problems; eye problems, chiefly eye strain; infected tonsils; nerve pressure from spinal conditions involving cervical and other areas of the structural system; and sometimes, though very rare, brain problems. In women, disorders of the endocrine system are often the cause of headaches.
Although popping a pill may seem to be an easy answer to headache pain, it is not. It merely masks the symptom, PAIN; the underlying problem remains. As you become immune to a pain drug, you will require higher doses, which will be less and less effective at stopping the pain.
If you suffer with headaches, the best thing you can do is seek professional help by calling our Union Square Chiropractic office to schedule an immediate Chiropractic Consultation. There is absolutely no reason for you to suffer for even one more day. Even if you have suffered for years, and visited many types of health specialists without relief, our clinic can offer the solution that you have been looking for. Union Square Chiropractor Dr. Lawlor has examined and successful treated numerous types headaches.
Common Types of Headaches
This is the most common type of headache. It is caused by muscle strain, or contraction. The pain is usually located on the forehead or the back of the headand neck. The pain is usually described as a dull ache, or a bardlike sensation surrounding your head as if you were wearing a tight bathing cap.
Usually, these headaches begin gradually and then last from a few hours to several weeks. Factors that may trigger them include spinal subluxations, stress, diet, fatigue, jaw problems, and poor posture.
Cluster headaches are sometimes classified as migraines because the pain is caused by dilation of the blood vessels. The name “cluster” describes the way the headaches come in distinct clustered episodes. In other words, you may have a bout of headaches for a week or two and then not experience them again for some time. Attacks usually last 15 to 30 minutes and occur in violent, punishing repetition. More men than women suffer from these headaches, and most sufferers are over 40 years old. Alcohol is a common trigger.
Other Types Of Headaches
To list and describe all the many types of headaches would fill an entire book. Some other types of headaches include those due to cervical or neck aches, dental problems, eye disorders, allergies, and sinuses. Two very serious, though much less common, causes of headaches are brain tumors and inflammation of the membranes covering the brain. This is why it is very important to have a thorough examination to determine the type and source of headache pain.
TMJ refers to pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles that control jaw movement. It’s a sliding double hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. The position of your skull and where it rests in neutral posture, matters. Upper Cervical restores the proper resting position of your skull, affecting occlusion and the overall motion of your jaw.
Minor neck aches, pain, and stiffness are something people suffer from time to time. They are usually brought on by a spinal misalignment caused by overworking or holding the head in an awkward position, such as sleeping in an incorrect posture. Fortunately these minor aches and pains usually clear up after a day of rest or a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, the underlying problem continues.
Recurring Neck Pain
Recurring aches, pains, and stiffness in the neck are often symptoms of a serious problem. In fact, repeated episodes of stiff neck often indicate the early stages of joint or disc degeneration.
If these underlying problems are left untreated, they can lead to permanent damage to the neck and a lifetime of constant pain.
Is My Neck Pain Serious
Often the symptoms can tell a lot about the underlying causes of neck pain. For instance:
- A neck that is relatively pain-free in the morning and worsens as the day goes on frequently indicates strain, fatigue, or muscular weakness
- A neck that is stiff and painful in the morning and feels better as the day goes on may indicate underlying disease such as arthritis.
- Neck pain that is aggravated by coughing or sneezing may indicate serious disc involvement.
- Dizziness, light-headedness, or pain that develops when the head is turned or elevated is strong evidence of a neck problem.
Neck pain can be serious. Before you get to the point of regular neck pain, spinal degeneration or worse, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ryan Lawlor Union Square San Francisco Chiropractor today!
Fibromyalgia is known for body-wide pain in the muscles, but this syndrome causes many other symptoms. Lab and test results sometimes leave you feeling like they’re calling you’re a hypochondriac. Pressing on tender points create high levels of discomfort and exam findings don’t always explain all of your symptoms. Numerous studies and clinical trials show that fibromyalgia often develops following traumatic neck injuries.
Union Square Chiropractor Dr. Ryan Lawlor is capable and qualified of providing whiplash treatment who has experienced an auto accident. Injuries can occur to the ligaments, joints, discs, and muscles which all can create quite a bit of pain and discomfort.
It is important of acting quickly to treat whiplash injuries. In order to optimally begin the healing process, a person can greatly benefit through immediate chiropractic care to help with pain relief. Injuries from an automobile accident can worse over time if left untreated, which is called late whiplash. Late whiplash is very manageable with chiropractic treatment.
Union Square Chiropractor Dr. Lawlor has extensive training and experience with providing whiplash treatment in to patients in San Francisco and has treated thousands of people with whiplash injuries from an automobile accident. A few popular and effective treatments include chiropractic treatment, acupuncture treatment, spinal rehabilitation exercises, and massage therapy.
The key to any treatment is a proper diagnosis. Dr. Lawlor has extensive treatment in evaluating x-rays, 3D Scans and MRI’s to look for soft tissue injuries.
Union Square Chiropractor Dr. Lawlor is an ideal doctor for someone seeking treatment in San Francisco for whiplash injuries. He has a vast knowledge and experience is correcting the injury with long term results. The use of a variety of techniques he uses allows him to help people with different types of injuries associated with whiplash.
Numbness and tingling into the extremities can come about for a number of reasons. Some including injury, irritated nerve tissues, circulation problems affecting blood flow, and even staying in one position for too long. Your resting head position can affect all of these. The presence of numbness and tingling is one indicator that a misalignment is present and often can be resolved thru quality Upper Cervical care.
Low Back Pain can be treated through professional chiropractic care. Low back pain in is the number one reason that people visit Union Square Chiropractor Ryan Lawlor. Chiropractic treatment for low back pain is so effective that many states have rewritten their treatment guidelines for low back pain & sciatica, which states that seeing a Chiropractor should before any other method. While low back pain is very common, it can be caused by many different sources. The key to quality treatment is to first discover what cause of the pain is (A Good Working Diagnosis).
What causes Low back pain?
There are many structures that become injured, inflamed and be the cause of the pain:
- Facet Joints-Joints can become irritated, pinched, and painful. Facet Joints can also mimic disc pain.
- Discs-Discs can tear, swell, bulge, and herniate. You don’t have to have a positive MRI for the discs to be the cause of your pain.
- Degeneration, DDD/DJD. Medicare did a study on degeneration which is excessive wear and tear, and found that Chiropractic is more cost effective, and time effective for degeneration treatment around the spine.
- Nerves-The nerves can become inflamed or pinched and produce numbness, tingling, or sharp pain that is called sciatica
- Muscles-Muscles will compensate and become shortened, weakened, and inflamed if the spine isn’t moving correctly, and will cause uneven wear and tear.
- Ligaments-Ligaments have a low amount of blood flow to them, so when injured they heal very slowly.
Chiropractic treatment for low back pain is very effective for balancing the spinal joints, muscles, ligaments, and discs. When the spine is flexible and balanced, you are less likely to have an injury when trauma happens. If left untreated, the spine will become stiff, lose range of motion, degenerate it becomes more likely to be injured.
Chiropractic treatment can vary based on how intense your low back pain is and how frequently it occurs.
Generally there are 3 different types of low back pain treatment.
Acute Care-We do what is necessary to get you out of pain naturally. This can include chiropractic treatment, acupuncture treatment, modalities, or soft tissue mobilization techniques.
Corrective Care-This is for those of you who are tired of the same recurrent pain and you want it to stop. We combine spinal rehabilitation, chiropractic treatment, scar tissue healing, and Acupuncture to stabilize the spine and bring long lasting results.
Maintenance Care-Maintaining your spine with chiropractic treatment is essential to staying healthy & active through your adulthood. This should be your goal.
San Francisco Chiropractor Dr. Lawlor is an ideal doctor for someone seeking low back pain treatment in Union Square San Francisco. Low Back pain treatments are available from Union Square Chiropractor Dr. Ryan Lawlor and are ideal for those of you who want to get out of pain and stay there.
There are many different ways to approach your physical ailments. Dr. Lawlor offers a wide variety of services because everybody responds differently to treatment. If you have any questions on how chiropractic treatment will help your back pain do not hesitate to contact my Union Square Chiropractic Office at 415-362-3500 and setup an appointment or consultation.
Chronic Fatigue is a condition that affects the central nervous system, brain, blood, muscles, joints, and GI tract. Basically, your batteries don’t recharge the same as others, waking up as tired as you went to bed. Often, this is related to an undetected brain stem injury. Upper Cervical directly focuses on this area and has shown dramatic improvements in people with chronic fatigue.
At Upper Cervical San Francisco we don’t stop with expert spinal care. Spinal injuries in sports constitute only a small percentage of all athletic injuries. Union Square Chiropractor Dr. Lawlor is prepared to manage the various musculoskeletal injuries that occur away from the spine. He will diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate sports injuries including those of the extremities. Sports injuries are primarily musculoskeletal complaints and chiropractic physicians are experts in neuromusculoskeletal care.
At Upper Cervical San Francisco we will use a holistic approach to help you recover from your sports-related injury. We will evaluate your problem and the kinetic chain surrounding your injury so that any related problems can be cleared up simultaneously. All aspects of your injury will be addressed including joint/bone, muscle/tendon/fascia, and nutritional components. We also pay special attention to the nutritional aspects of athletic injury and performance. Nutrition can play a role in precompetition preparation, competition endurance, and all aspects of injury prevention and treatment.
Many professional athletic and sports organizations as well as individual high-performance athletes and their coaches recognize the value of chiropractic care for maximum musculoskeletal performance, prevention of injury, and management of injury.
Some sleep disorders can be serious enough to interfere with normal mental, physical and emotional functioning. Common are insomnia and sleep apnea that can lead to depression. Upper Cervical reduces irritation in the area surrounding the brainstem that regulates sleep cycles and your ability to fall and stay asleep, making your sleep more refreshing.
Post-concussion syndrome is a disorder in which various symptoms — such as headaches and dizziness — last for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that caused the concussion. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, usually occurring after a trauma to the head, often seen with impact sports. A misalignment of one or both upper cervical segments can present as post concussion syndrome and show effects for months to years following the concussion.