Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps Correct TMJ

What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ) coordinates the movement of the jaw. The timing of the left and right side of the joint are synchronized by muscles and the trigeminal nerve.  The trigeminal nerve also gives sensation and function to the rest of the face, including tongue, sinus, palate, eyes, teeth, and lips.

What Causes TMJ?
TMJ Dysfunction is most commonly caused by damage to the joint itself. Damage to the joint can be from direct trauma like a car accident or indirect trauma like clenching your teeth repeatedly.  Another, not so commonly addressed link to TMJ Dysfunction is upper neck and nervous system trauma.

Symptoms
Clicking or popping of the joint
Pain with or without chewing
Locking of the jaw
Toothache
Facial and or neck painHeadaches
Earaches

Chiropractic Care
Beth Forgosh, DC, Stéphane Provencher, DC and Charles L. Blum, DC did a case study on TMJ Dysfunction Affects the Sucking Reflex in a 2-Month-Old Female Infant. 

Clinical features: A 2-month-old underweight female presented with nutritive sucking function since birth as reported by her mother. Complications developed when labor failed to progress. According to the mother the child was taken to the osteopath “to address underdevelopment of cranial structures/jaw.” The mother had a good experience with the osteopath, but her lactation consultant recommended she seek chiropractic care since the baby was not sucking strongly enough, was underweight, and she had to continue supplementing the infant’s feeding with formula.

Outcome and Interventions: Treatment was guided by visual assessment of asymmetry, palpation of increased muscle tension or asymmetry, regions of sensitivity involving muscle testing. Visual analysis of the patient revealed a head tilt, left sided flattening of the skull, orbital dimension (small left eye), and flattened left ear. The patient’s history of weak sucking directed investigation into valuations of TMJ related structures and their possible contribution to the patient’s symptoms.

Results: Within minutes following initial treatment, the child’s sucking strength improved significantly. Mom described the sucking as strong and direct for the first time ever. At the follow-up office visit, the mother reported that the baby no longer exhibited preference for right-side breast, and was nursing equally on both sides.

Managing Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms with Chiropractic

What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease is considered a chronic and progressive disorder of the central nervous system and characterized by gradual loss of brain control over the body. In the United States, around 50,000 new cases of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have it.

What Causes Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is caused by the progressive impairment or deterioration of neurons in the brain. This area of the brain is in charge of communication between the brain and coordinating muscle movement. When functioning normally, these neurons produce a vital brain chemical known as dopamine. A lack of dopamine results in abnormal nerve functioning, causing a loss in the ability to control body movements.

Symptoms
Tremor or trembling
Postural instability
Slowed movements
Muscle rigidity
Jaw tremor

Chiropractic Care

Steve Landry TRP, DC did a case studt on Upper Cervical Chiropractic Management of a Patient with Parkinson’s Disease and published his findings in the  Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.

Clinical Features: A 63-year-old man was diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease after a twitch developed in his right hand at rest. Other findings included loss of energy, anxiety and localized middle back pain.

Intervention and Outcomes: Upper cervical care adjustments were used over a 4 week period using x-ray procedures, and analysis, skin temperature differential (pattern) analysis. Adjustments were delivered to the Atlas vertebra.  The patient experienced significant improvements in his quality of life and subjective intake during upper cervical care. The patient also showed considerable improvements in the overall bodily pain, active and passive cervical range of motion, postural correction and better quality of sleep following the cessation of his restless leg syndrome.

Conclusions: We conclude that improvement of the Atlas alignment is associated with reduction of most of his Parkinson’s symptoms. Symptoms including decrease in frequency and intensity of his middle back pain, improvement in his quality of life and improvement in his motor functions.

Migraines & Headaches Presentation by Dr. Lenarz

Thursday, June 4th at 6:30-Skagit Golf & Country Club

Dr. Lenarz will be presenting on natural care for Migraines and Headaches. Dinner is FREE when you bring an adult guest who could benefit from Chiropractic care. Please call the office to obtain an invitation, 360-855-1021.

Chiropractic Care is a Safe Alternative to Get Rid of Your Migraines!

What is a Migraine?
A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine symptoms can last for a couple of hours to days.

What causes Migraines?
No one knows the exact reason for migraines. There are a couple know contributors including genetics and environmental factors. It is also thought that migraines may be caused by changes in the brainstem and its interactions with nerve. Migraines affect 18% women and 6% of men in the US. It is common for migraines to start during adolescence and will substance after the age of 50.

Symptoms

  • Throbbing or a pulsing sensation of the head
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme sensitivity to light and sound
  • Blurry vision
  • Dizziness

Chiropractic Care
Moses Bernard, DC, Joel Alcantara, DC, and G. Stanford Pierce, DC did a case study on The Care of a Teenage Girl with Migraine Headaches and published their findings in the  Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.

Clinical Features: A 16-year-old female presented with a chief complaint of migraine since kindergarten.   Magnetic resonance imaging, computer axial tomography scans of the cranium and a dental consultation were unremarkable.  The frequency of migraine attacks occurred 1-2 times per week, lasting approximately 2-3 hours per episode.

Intervention and Outcome: The patient was cared for with the Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustment to address atlas subluxation. The patient attended a total of 16 visits in a period of one year and received 5 corrections to the atlas. Ongoing care resulted in independence from the use of medications and abatement of migraine attacks to 2-4 per month of mild intensity.

Conclusion: The care of an adolescent with chronic migraines with Upper Cervical Chiropractic was presented. This case report provides supporting evidence that patients with migraines may benefit from this type of chiropractic care.

 

 

 

Muscular Dystrophy and Chiropractic Care

What is Muscular Dystrophy?
Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a disease in which the muscles that control movement progressively weaken. In some forms of this disease, the heart and other organs are also affected.

What factors can affect Muscular Dystrophy?
Muscular Dystrophy is an inherited disease, it is caused by defects in certain genes. The abnormal gene determines what form of MD a person will have. The various types of MD affect more than 50,000 Americans.

Symptoms
•Frequent falls
•Difficulty getting up from a lying or sitting position
•Trouble running and jumping
•Waddling gait
•Large calf muscles
•Learning disabilities

Chiropractic Care
Curtis Fedorchuk, DC and Chad Frisch, DC published their studies on Improved Health Outcomes in a Patient with Muscular Dystrophy

Introduction: The patient is a 76 year old female was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and was on several medications prior to her visit. She had extreme muscle weakness in her lower extremities and was not able to get around without significant assistance.

Clinical Features: After a thorough examination was done, it was determined that the patient had an upper cervical subluxation of C1. This was determined by cervical radiographs, paraspinal thermography, prone leg length analysis, and postural assessment. After 2 months of care the patient had increased muscle strength and after 4 months of care the patient reported a near complete absence of symptoms.

Conclusions: Her care was designed for the reduction of subluxation, which also manifested in the reduction in pain symptoms. The patient experienced a complete absence of all neurological symptoms following 4 months of chiropractic care. This suggests a link between subluxation, poor posture, and abnormal neurological conditions. Further investigation into subluxation and deviations from the normal spinal model as a contributing factor to neurological disease should be pursued.

Can Chiropracitc Care Influence Infertility in Women?

What is Infertility?
If getting pregnant has been a challenge for you and your partner, you’re not alone. Ten to 15 percent of couples in the United States are infertile. Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most people and six months in certain circumstances.

What Causes Infertility?
Infertility may be due to a single cause in either you or your partner, or a combination of factors that may prevent a pregnancy from occurring or continuing. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective therapies for overcoming infertility. These treatments significantly improve the chances of becoming pregnant.

When to see a doctor?
-You’re age 35 to 40 and have been trying to conceive for six months or longer
-You’re over age 40, so you should begin testing or treatment right away
-You’ve had more than one miscarriage
-You menstruate irregularly, not at all, or are very painful

Chiropractic Care
Ari Cohn, D.C. & Joseph Minnich, D.C. did a case study on the Successful Conception Following Reduction of Vertebral Subluxation in a 31 Year Old Woman and published their findings in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health

Clinical Features: A 31-year-old woman presented to the office with the intent of improving overall health.  Her health history included headaches, digestive complaints and SI joint pain with bending. She also had been unable to conceive after nine months of attempting to do so.

Intervention and Outcome: An initial examination of the nervous system showed poor function of the autonomic and motor nervous systems.  The woman was recommended a course of care.  After thirteen weeks of chiropractic care the patient reported two pregnancies – the first after five weeks of care, which was nonviable and the second at thirteen weeks of care, which was a successful conception.  The second pregnancy was carried to term with no complications.

Conclusion: This is a case of one woman who underwent a series of chiropractic adjustments for the purpose of reducing subluxations.  While under care the woman’s thermographic showed improvement and the woman was also able to conceive while under chiropractic care.

 

 

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder used to be known as manic depressive disorder or manic depression. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme changes in mood, from mania to depression. Between these mood episodes, a person with bipolar disorder may experience normal moods.

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
Doctors don’t completely understand the causes of bipolar disorder. Experts do believe that bipolar disorder often runs in families, and there is a genetic part to this mood disorder. There is also growing evidence that environment and lifestyle issues have an effect on the disorder’s severity. Stressful life events or alcohol or drug abuse can make bipolar disorder more difficult to treat.

Symptoms
Dramatic and unpredictable mood swings including the highs of manic to the lows of major depression, along with various mood states between these two extremes.

Chiropractic Care
Matthew T. Wolfertz DC  and Valerie L. Dahlberg DC did a research case on Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for a Sixteen-Year-Old Male with Bipolar Disorder and published their findings in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research

Clinical Features:  A sixteen-year-old boy suffered with symptoms of Bipolar Disorder since six months of age. His mother reported that he was born with the umbilical cord around his neck and forceps were used to assist delivery.  The child experienced frequent accidents and multiple medications.
Intervention: 
Upon examination, a subluxation was found in the upper cervical region of the spine.  An Upper Cervical adjustment was made. The patient’s condition was evaluated by the doctor’s observation, his mother’s subjective descriptions of the symptoms. Conclusion:  After seven weeks of care the patient’s symptoms were eliminated or greatly diminished.  He no longer required any medications. More research is warranted on the upper cervical subluxation contributing to Bipolar Disorder.

 

 

Did You Know that up to 15% of Couples in the United States are Infertile?

What is Infertility?
If getting pregnant has been a challenge for you and your partner, you’re not alone. 10 to 15 percent of couples in the United States are infertile. Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most people and six months in certain circumstances.

What Causes Infertility?
Infertility may be due to a single cause in either you or your partner, or a combination of factors that may prevent a pregnancy from occurring or continuing. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective therapies for overcoming infertility. These treatments significantly improve the chances of becoming pregnant.

When to see a doctor?
-You’re age 35 to 40 and have been trying to conceive for six months or longer
-You’re over age 40, so you should begin testing or treatment right away
-You’ve had more than one miscarriage
-You menstruate irregularly, not at all, or are very painful

Chiropractic Care
Ari Cohn, D.C. amd Joseph Minnich, D.C. did a case study on how a Successful Conception Following Reduction of Vertebral Subluxation in a 31 Year Old Woman and published their findings in the  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic

Clinical Features: A 31-year-old woman presented to the office with the intent of improving overall health.  Her health history included headaches, digestive complaints and SI joint pain with bending. She also had been unable to conceive after nine months of attempting to do so.

Intervention and Outcome: An initial examination of the nervous system showed poor function of the autonomic and motor nervous systems.  The woman was recommended a course of care.  After thirteen weeks of chiropractic care the patient reported two pregnancies – the first after five weeks of care, which was nonviable and the second at thirteen weeks of care, which was a successful conception.  The second pregnancy was carried to term with no complications.

Conclusion: This is a case of one woman who underwent a series of chiropractic adjustments for the purpose of reducing subluxations.  While under care the woman’s thermographic showed improvement and the woman was also able to conceive while under chiropractic care.

 

 

 

Can You Smell That?

What is Anosmia?
Anosmia is the loss of smell. This can be partial or complete, although a complete loss of smell is fairly rare. Loss of smell can also be temporary or permanent, depending on the cause.

What causes Anosmia?
The common cold and chronic sinus infection also may result in a loss of smell. Other obstructions in the nasal passages, such as polyps, also may cause at least a partial loss of smell. Normal aging is often the cause of a progressive, complete, and permanent loss of smell. Anosmia can be caused by temporary or permanent irritation, or destruction of the mucous membranes lining the inside of your nose.

This can be caused by:

  • Acute Sinusitis (sinus infection)
  • Common Cold
  • Hay Fever (allergic rhinitis)
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Nonallergic Rhinitis (chronic congestion or sneezing not related to allergies)

Diagnosis
If you experience a loss of smell that you can’t attribute to a cold or allergy or which doesn’t get better after a week or two, tell your doctor.

Chiropractic Care
Grayson Blöm, B.Sc., DC published their findings on the Resolution of Anosmia Following Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic Care in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research
Clinical Features: A 64 year old women with a history of head and neck trauma and the subsequent loss of smell and taste. Intervention and Outcomes:  The patient received upper cervical spinal correction following protocol. There was improvement of symptoms within 48 hours of the first upper cervical correction with complete restoration of smell and taste within 3 months.
Conclusions: This case study suggests that there may be a role for the use of precise upper cervical chiropractic care in the management of patients with smell and taste disorders in patients with a history of head and neck trauma. Controlled studies are necessary to further our understanding of these findings.

What is Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia?

What is Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia?
Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is a condition in which there are repeated episodes of severe pain in the tongue, throat, ear, and tonsils, which can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. The pain occurs in episodes and is usually on one side and it feels like a jabbing.

What causes Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia?
It’s believed to be caused by irritation of the ninth cranial nerve, called the glossopharyngeal nerve. Symptoms usually begin to show in people over 40. There are several ways to irritate a nerve including; blood vessels pressing on the nerve, growths at the base of the skull pressing on the nerve and a tumor or infection of the throat and mouth putting pressure on the nerve.

Triggers:
Chewing
Coughing
Laughing
Speaking

Symptoms
Severe pain of the:
Back of the nose and throat
Back of the tongue
Ear
Throat
Tonsil area
Voice box

Chiropractic Care
Michael Burcon B.Ph, DC and Jennifer Pero DC did a case study on Resolution of Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia Following Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic and published their findings in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.


Clinical Features: An 82 year old female presented with right-sided Glossopharyngeal neuralgia of ten years duration. Pain was helped by medication and exacerbated by talking, swallowing, coughing, quick head movements and air conditioning. Patient had a case history of a prior head injury.  Patient had constant stabbing pain with tremor in right temple, face, tongue and throat. She could only manage to whisper a few words at a time.  Posture analysis, leg length equality, thermography, and cervical x-rays supported evidence of vertebral subluxation.

Intervention and Outcomes:  Immediately after specific adjustments, pain diminished from 10 to 1. Tremor was eliminated. Head tilt, eye clarity and facial color returned to normal. She could talk normally. Two days later pain was zero. Under her neurologist’s supervision, she started reducing her Gabapentin. Six weeks later, patient presented with straight thermograph, balanced legs, and was pain-free without medication.
Conclusions: This case demonstrates the effectiveness of upper cervical specific care as an alternative to medication or surgery for the control of pain associated with Glossopharyngeal neuralgia.

 

 

 

 

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