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.


Severe pain of the:
Back of the nose and throat
Back of the tongue
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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Everyday we hear people complain about headaches, neck and lower back pain. You can help them! Tell your friends, co-workers and family members about our food drive. They have 3 days left to get under care for only the donation of two bag of non-perishable food. Call the office nearest to you to set up an appointment.

We Have a Solution for Ear Infections

What is an Ear Infection?
An ear infection (acute otitis media) is most often a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear, the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Children are more likely than adults to get ear infections. Ear infections frequently are painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear.

What Causes an Ear Infection?
When swelling from an upper respiratory infection or allergy blocks the eustachian tube, air can’t reach the middle ear. This creates a vacuum and suction, which pulls fluid and germs from the nose and throat into the middle ear. The swollen tube prevents this fluid from draining. An ear infection begins when bacteria or viruses in the trapped fluid grow into an infection.


  • Ear Pain (mild to severe)
  • Fever
  • Drainage from the ear that is thick and yellow or bloody. If this occurs, the eardrum has probably burst (ruptured). The hole in the eardrum often heals by itself in a few weeks.
  • Loss of appetite, vomiting, and grumpy behavior
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble hearing

Chiropractic Care
Pamela Stone-McCoy, B.S., D.C., CACCP, Alissa Boutilier, B.A., D.C., Paige Black, D.C. did a case study on Resolution of Ear Infection in a Nine Month Old Undergoing Chiropractic Care and published their findings in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic
Objective: To describe the chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with otitis media and vertebral subluxations.
Clinical Features:  A nine-month-old boy, with a history of recurring ear infections, was presented by his mother for chiropractic evaluation and possible care.  The mother reported that antibiotic therapy was unsuccessful.  Myringotomy and insertion of tympanostomy ventilating tubes were recommended by the patient’s ear nose and throat doctor (ENT).
Interventions and Outcomes:  Care was initiated during an episode of otitis media.  The patient was most commonly cared for using the Webster toggle headpiece and the Activator instrument.  Cranial adjusting and sinus work was also utilized when necessary.  Paraspinal thermal scans were performed to assess asymmetries due to vertebral subluxations. Both ears were reported clear within a week of initiating chiropractic adjustments and no ear infections have been reported since.
Conclusion: Chiropractic care in this case resulted in a reduction of the symptoms associated with otitis media and eliminated the need for myringotomy, tympanostomy tubes and antibiotics.






Drug Free Alternative to Treating ADD

What is Attention Deficit Disorder?
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a psychological term currently applied to anyone who meets the DSM IV diagnostic criteria for impulsivity, hyperactivity and/or inattention. ADD is one of the three subtypes of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHA).

What Causes Attention Deficit Disorder?
ADHD is one of the most common childhood psychiatric conditions, affecting 9.5% of school-aged children in the United States. Boys are about five times more likely to have ADD than girls. ADD isn’t caused by bad parenting or bad teachers, or anything a child has done. The exact origin of ADHD is unknown, but researchers think the disorder may be caused by one or more of the following factors; brain chemistry, genetics and/or environment.

Types of ADHA
1. ADHD, Combined Type: Both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms
2. ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type: Inattention, but not enough (at least 6 out of 9) hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms
3. ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: Hyperactivity-impulsivity, but not enough (at least 6 out of 9) inattention symptoms


  • Easily distracted by irrelevant stimuli
  • Difficulty paying attention to details
  • Inability to sustain attention on tasks or activities
  • Difficulty finishing or performing tasks that require concentration
  • Frequent shifts from one uncompleted activity to another
  • Procrastination
  • Disorganized work habits
  • Forgetfulness in daily activities

Chiropractic Care
Antoinette Young, DC did a case study on Chiropractic Management of a Child with ADD and published his findings in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation.
Objective: To present features of a case of a 4-year-old boy who had been diagnosed as suffering from ADHD, displayed other symptoms of developmental delay and presented for chiropractic treatment.
Clinical Features: The child suffered from speech delay, frequent temper tantrums, was easily distracted, had poor short-term memory, was aggressive, suffered from dyspraxia, and had a tendency to be obsessive.
Intervention and Outcome: Treatment consisted of a combination of chiropractic adjustments, proprioceptive exercises, dietary changes and supplementation. Over the course of chiropractic care, all aspects of the child’s condition improved, most particularly his language skills, as reported by the mother, his teachers and his speech therapist.
Conclusion: This case study suggests that chiropractic care may have a positive effect on ADD/ADHD symptomatology. Further investigation on the long term effects of treatment is needed.



23rd Annual Food Drive, Nov. 17th-26th

Bring in two bags of non-perishable food to the office and receive your initial exam, consultation and x-rays! We will donate all food to our much appreciated local food banks. This is a great opportunity to check out Health First Chiropractic and see if you would like us to help you. Appointments are necessary so give our office a call! Savings of up to $390!

If you are currently a patient at Health First you get to join in the fun as well. Donate one bag of non-perishable food and you will receive a visit on us on Saturday, November 22. Appointments are necessary so give our office a call!

Different Types of Scoliosis

What is Scoliosis?
A typical spine is a straight, vertical line; in comparison to a spine with scoliosis where the spine has a horizontal curvature. Approximately 2% of Americans at age 16 have scoliosis. Less than 0.1% have spinal curves measuring greater than 40 degrees, which is the point at which surgery becomes a consideration.

What Causes Scoliosis?
Overall, girls are more likely to be affected by Scoliosis than boys. Scoliosis can be caused by a couple of different factors, including birth defect of bones, muscles or nerves. Trauma, like a car accident may result in scoliosis. The most common type of scoliosis, idiopathic scoliosis, has no specific identifiable cause. There are many theories, but none have been found to be conclusive. There is, however, strong evidence that idiopathic scoliosis is inherited.

Types of Scoliosis

  • Congenital- Borne with abnormal bones
  • Neuromuscular- Borne with abnormal muscles or nerves
  • Degenerative- results from trauma
  • Idiopathic- has no identifiable cause

The curve in the spine causes stress and pressure on

  • spinal discs and facet joints
  • nerves
  • muscles and ligaments

 Chiropractic Care
Jonathan Chung D.C. and  Bryan Salminen D.C. did a case study on Reduction in Scoliosis in a 10 Year-Old Female Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care and published their findings in the  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health.

Clinical Features: A 10 year old female presented to a chiropractic practice with a chief complaint of scoliosis, a 35 degree curve in her lower back.
Intervention and Outcomes: Six upper cervical adjustments were delivered over a period of 11 visits and 25 weeks. A 10 degree reduction in scoliotic curve was found and confirmed by an independent medical radiologist.
Conclusion: The upper cervical subluxation may be a contributing factor to idiopathic scoliosis. Reduction of the subluxation with specific vectored correction may help reduce curvatures in the thoracic and lumbar spine. More research is warranted investigating the effects of upper cervical care and idiopathic scoliosis.


What is Diabetes?

What is Diabetes?
There are many different types of Diabetes.  Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin.

What Causes Diabetes?
Normally, the body’s immune system fights off foreign invaders like viruses or bacteria. But for unknown reasons, in people with type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks various cells in the body. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes usually develop quickly, over a few days to weeks, and are caused by blood sugar levels rising above the normal range (hyperglycemia).

Urinating often
Feeling very thirsty
Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
Extreme fatigue
Blurry vision
Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
Weight loss – even though you are eating more
Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet

Chiropractic Care
Nick Sudano D.C. and Dana Robinson-LeBlanc D.C. did a case study on Patient with Insulin-Dependent Type I Diabetes Undergoing Chiropractic Care and published their findings in the  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic.

Clinical Features: A 4-year-old female with Insulin-Dependent Type I Diabetes presented for a chiropractic evaluation.  Initial examination revealed postural deviations and vertebral subluxations in the cervical, thoracic, and pelvic regions.

Intervention and Outcomes: The patient was seen a total of 24 visits.  Upper Cervical technique protocol was followed to administer adjustments to reduce vertebral subluxations. There was a significant decrease in hemoglobin A1C levels which resulted in a lessening of insulin administration.

Conclusion: The chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with Insulin-Dependent Type I Diabetes is presented.  More research is warranted on chiropractic care and diabetes.




Having Trouble Breathing Because of Asthma?

What is Asthma?
Asthma is a disease of diffuse airway inflammation caused by a variety of triggering stimuli. When you have an asthma attack, spasms of the muscles around the airways, inflammation and swelling of the airways, and excessive amounts of mucus contribute to airway narrowing. This makes airway resistance increase and the work of breathing more difficult, causing shortness of breath, cough, and wheezing.

What Causes Asthma?
No one really knows what causes asthma. The causes of asthma triggers and symptoms can vary for different people. It’s important to understand the many asthma triggers. Once you identify and reduce exposure to the specific triggers or causes of asthma, you can take an active role in controlling your asthma and reducing the frequency of asthma attacks.


  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness, pain, or pressure

Chiropractic Care
Heather Davis, D.C. and Amy Byrley, D.C. did a case study on Correction of Subluxation and Alleviation of Asthma Symptoms in a Pediatric Patient and published their findidngs in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic.

Clinical Features: A two-year-old male suffering from asthma, chronic colds, and respiratory issues since birth was presented by his mother for chiropractic evaluation and possible care. At the time of initial examination the patient was taking two medications, Flovent and Singulair, daily.
Interventions and Outcomes: The patient was cared for using specific, low-force adjustments with the Activator adjusting instrument to address areas of vertebral subluxation in the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine. Within approximately two weeks (4 adjustments) the patient’s mother reported improvement in the boy’s condition.
Conclusion: This case report reviews the benefit a young boy suffering from asthma experienced while undergoing chiropractic care. It is recommended that further investigation be conducted on this subject with large clinical trials.






Struggling With Depression?

What is Depression?
Depressive disorders are characterized by sadness severe enough or persistent enough to interfere with function and sometimes by decreased interest or pleasure in activities. Exact cause is unknown but probably involves heredity, changes in neurotransmitter levels, altered neuroendocrine function, and psychosocial factors. Diagnosis is based on history.

What Causes Depression?
Depressive disorders occur at any age but typically develop during the mid-teens, 20s, or 30s. In primary care settings, as many as 30% of patients report depressive symptoms, but less than 10% have major depression.


  • Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
  • Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping, fatigue, tiredness and  loss of energy
  • Changes in appetite
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Indecisiveness, easily distracted and decreased concentration

Chiropractic Care
Lauren Roth PsyD, Diane Zelman PhD, Lauren Clum DC and Justin Roth DC did a case study on Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care as a Complementary Strategy for Depression and published their findings in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research Clinical
: This case study of 6 adults with mild to moderate depression symptoms based on pre-treatment and presence of upper cervical subluxation. Participants received upper cervical specific chiropractic care. Participants completed the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90-R) pre- and post-treatment, and completed depression measures weekly throughout treatment. A numeric chiropractic care outcome measure tracked stability and effectiveness of weekly chiropractic visits. A post-treatment interview conducted by a psychology researcher evaluated subjective effectiveness and effects.
Intervention and Outcome: Five of six patients completed all 12 recommended chiropractic visits. Four of five study completers expressed satisfaction with the outcome and that they would recommend similar care to others with depression. Participants also reported decrease in muscle tension and pain and increase in mental clarity and physical energy.
Conclusion: The results provide tentative support for the effectiveness of upper cervical chiropractic care for depression symptoms. Follow-up research should use randomized controlled blind study.





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.


  • 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.




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