A Powerful Tool for Diagnosing Headaches | Chiropractor for Headaches in West Omaha, NE
Hi, I’m Dr. Joel Marley clinic director at Family First Chiropractic and I’m here to illustrate one of the ways that we find the cause of your migraine headaches.
If you’re suffering with headaches, migraines, pain in your head pain across your temples, a band across your forehead into behind your eyes, this may be the cause, I’m going to show you how we determine if spinal subluxation is indeed the cause.
Headache Exam and Consultation
If we find during your examination, that either there’s a range of motion abnormality, if we find a trauma history that’s significant and shows us that there was enough sustained trauma and your posture examination by evaluating your posture doesn’t quite add up to normal range of motion or normal head position, we will take a set of digital X rays. So this digital X ray machine allows us to see exactly what’s going on inside your body that will help us flush out and determine if spinal subluxation is the cause of your headaches, to see is to know. And to not see is to not know and we don’t guess with our patients health.
Finding the Cause of Your Headaches
Now, we know about headaches, headaches are not an aspirin deficiency. No one’s ever had a headache because they were deficient aspirin. Now, do aspirins work to help numb the pain in the head? Absolutely do but the cause our job is to determine the cause of the headaches. Is it a toxicity from a lifestyle? Is it a deficiency from a lifestyle? Is it spinal subluxation and all of the above that are causing headaches, what we know about the neck and the base of the neck specifically, the amount of receptors, very sensitive receptors in the base of the skull are very, very populated. They’re very high density of very sensitive nerves in the base of the skull, and they can become irritated from with whiplash car accidents. Peewee league sports injuries, slips and falls on the ice, these nerves can get irritated causing headaches, for example, in this region of the spine, nerves innervate this portion of the head thus can be the cause of headaches. That’s why we use digital X ray in our office to determine the cause.
Digital X rays
So digital X rays, we utilize digital X rays and the technology that we have at our fingertips is absolutely phenomenal. I want to illustrate that to find the cause of headaches. So we take an x ray, we have the capability of changing the exposure, we have the ability to zoom in and out to help us determine the alignment between the top three bones for example, the skull and how it sits on top of C1 one, and how it sits on top of C2. Now this alignment is critical because the very sensitive nerves that exit your spine, from this level, highly innervate the areas of headache areas. Now, we start with a horizontal axis. So we know what level is where’s the horizon. Now Atlas, C1, holds up the world holds up our skull. So when we draw a line to determine how the C1 vertebrae is lined up compared to the C2 vertebrae this can be a very powerful tool to determine the cause of headaches. Now, if we determine that spinal subluxation a bone that is misaligned, is the cause of your headaches.
Plan of Action
We put together a very tailored plan with a recommended action plan of how many adjustments it’s going to take to correct your situation, what your costs will be, what your responsibilities are, but also what your responsibilities are in your lifestyle. We know that headaches can have multi multifaceted causes multiple causes of headaches when it comes to toxicities when it comes to deficiencies, so we offer consultations with the doctors that determine well, how much hydration? Well what kind of foods are you taking in that could be possibly toxic and irritating the very sensitive nerves that are causing your headaches. We also offer exercises if you spend too much time in one sleeping position if you spend too much time with with your head flexed in a forward position over a device irritating these sensitive tissues. We give you tips and techniques to reconcile that repetitive stress to your body that could be causing your headache.
I’m Dr. Joel Marley with Family First Chiropractic and this is how we get such great results.