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Boonsboro Upper Cervical Chiropractic

What does an Upper Cervical Chiropractic doctor do?

Upper Cervical Chiropractors restore proper alignment to the head, neck, and spine by performing a specific, precise, and gentle correction to the upper neck. Accidents and injuries tear loose the connective tissue that holds the spine in place, and this causes the spine to break down and lock into a stressed position. A misaligned spine frequently begins with a head or neck injury such as a motor vehicle crash, concussion, whiplash, slip or fall, sports injury, childhood injury, or other trauma to the head and neck. The most common location for this type of misalignment originates in the upper neck, otherwise known as the upper cervical spine.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care focuses on correcting misalignments in the upper neck region of your spine. This type of misalignment can lead to a variety of debilitating symptoms and conditions including vertigo, Ménière’s disease, dizziness, migraines, headaches, fibromyalgia,
Trigeminal Neuralgia, TMJ, chronic neck pain, sciatica, low back pain, and many other conditions. Boonsboro Upper Cervical Chiropractic is uniquely qualified to correct upper neck misalignments to remove pressure and irritation on structures, including the brainstem and cranial nerves, effectively allowing you to restore your body’s vitality.

How often should a Cervical Chiropractor adjust your neck?

Each case of spinal misalignment is different. So, Upper Cervical Care Doctors custom design an approach based on the needs of each individual patient. Depending on the severity of your spinal misalignment and nerve interference and how quickly you respond to care will determine your need for follow-up care. You may need to return for subsequent adjustments for several weeks or even months after the initial session in order to correct and stabilize a misaligned spine. Once a misaligned spine is stabilized, it is recommended that you maintain your spinal health through visits to your Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Boonsboro much the same way that you maintain the health of your teeth by seeing your dentist.

Why do chiropractors require so many follow-up visits?

A misaligned spine may have developed over many years or even decades. Multiple visits to a chiropractic office are necessary because the bones must gradually be eased back into their natural alignment. Boonsboro chiropractors use minimal force to realign C1 and C2 bones to prevent adding trauma to an already compressed or irritated brainstem, cranial nerves, and other structures. Also, it’s worth noting that chronic pain and other debilitating conditions don’t happen overnight. Hence, the healing process can also take time.

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Low Back Pain

What is the leading reason for low back pain?

Back pain can come from different things. Some of the most reported reasons are repetitive injuries, working too hard physically, discs between the spine breaking down, and when the bones in your spine are moving out of place.

Can Upper Cervical Chiropractors help with low back pain?

Yes. Whether you've experienced chronic discomfort for years or have only been having problems recently, seeing Boonsboro Upper Cervical Chiropractors could be just what you need to manage your pain better.

With their knowledge and experience, chiropractors can help you find relief from back pain without resorting to medication or surgery. Instead, through careful assessment of your condition and using advanced imaging scans of the C1 and C2 bones, they can recommend a series of adjustments suitable to your needs.

These adjustments are designed to restore the normal alignment of your spinal column and relieve the tension buildup on your back muscles, joints, and ligaments.

How many chiropractic sessions do I need to improve low back pain?

There is no exact answer to this question. The number of sessions required will depend on your needs and the severity of your conditions. No spinal cases are equally alike. Some may require less, while others may need more. Consulting with an Upper Cervical chiropractor can help identify your exact needs. Some patients report significant improvement in their back pain after a few sessions of upper cervical adjustments or those that specifically target their head and neck alignment.

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Fibromyalgia

What are the key indicators of fibromyalgia?

The symptoms of fibromyalgia are different for everyone and can vary in severity depending on your overall health condition. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of a fibromyalgia flare-up include:

  • Feeling fatigued, exhausted, or tired constantly
  • Waking up feeling like you didn't get enough sleep
  • Trouble thinking clearly or concentrating on tasks
  • Your muscles feel stiff or painful when moving around
  • You have aches in your joints that don't go away with rest
How do you cope with a fibromyalgia flare-up?

A flare-up is a sudden worsening of your symptoms. You may experience additional pain or new areas of pain, and it can be hard to tell if the flare-up is a short-term thing or if it will last for several days or more. It's important to remember that flares are common with fibromyalgia, and they don't mean that your condition is getting worse.

To help manage your fibromyalgia flare-ups, you should try to:

#1 Get rest
You may need to take a few days off work or school if possible so that you can rest and give your body time to recover from the flare-up.

#2 Exercise regularly, but not too much at once (start slow)
If you're able to exercise every day, try starting out with just 10 minutes of walking each day. Work up from there as your body allows—and always listen to what your body tells you.

#3 Eat healthy foods
Whenever possible, eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains so that your body has all the nutrients it needs during stressful flare-up times.

What can aggravate fibromyalgia symptoms?

Fibromyalgia can get worse for a number of reasons. Some are related to your environment, while others are related to your own body. The most common cause is when you're under stress, and the body releases hormones that cause pain. It's also possible that your body is overreacting to pain signals or that you're not producing enough natural pain relief chemicals in your brain. In terms of what's going on around you, it's important to be aware of the things that can cause fibromyalgia to flare up. For example, if you have certain types of injuries or illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, this can trigger symptoms of fibromyalgia.

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Migraine

What is the main cause or trigger of migraines?

Researchers have yet to uncover the exact mechanism behind every migraine episode. But, more and more evidence point to abnormal brain activities as the most likely culprit behind debilitating migraine attacks. But what leads to these abnormal brain activities? Frequently the function of the brain is being impacted by misalignments in the upper neck. Accidents and injuries to the head and neck can lead to a displacement of the top 2 bones in the neck which affect blood flow and cerebral spinal fluid flow to and from the brain. These changes can have a dramatic impact on the brain's function and can lead to a variety of problems including migraine headaches.

How do I deal with migraine attacks?

Upper Cervical Chiropractic is an extremely effective way to provide Boonsboro migraine relief, so you can take advantage of them each time you have an episode. We also recommend steering clear of your migraine triggers and taking preventive medications to abate the pain and discomfort your experience. The most important aspect of doing with migraines is getting to the underlying cause. Often upper neck misalignments are that underlying cause.

What happens if you don’t pay attention to your migraine episodes?

Migraine attacks can worsen and set off several unpleasant symptoms like pulsating headaches, fatigue, nausea, vertigo, vomiting, visual aura, and odd food cravings. Such symptoms can easily drain the joy in your life and impact other aspects of your well-being. We strongly suggest investigating the underlying cause of your episodes and tapping into helpful remedies such as seeing a chiropractor for migraine in Boonsboro as soon as possible.

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Neck Pain

How can I relieve pain in my neck?

There are tons of ways to address neck pain. You can start with some basic exercises to help you strengthen your neck muscles and improve blood flow to the area. There's also the use of heating pads, cool packs, and massage to reduce the pain and swelling of your neck muscles or alternative approaches like acupressure or upper cervical chiropractic care.

What is the leading cause of neck pain?

Neck pain is a common problem, and it can be caused by a variety of things. The most common reason for neck pain is an injury to the soft tissues around your neck—that affects your muscles, ligaments, tendons, or nerves. Sometimes these injuries can happen suddenly, as with an accident; other times, they're due to repetitive strain over time, like if you're constantly looking down at your phone.

Other causes of neck pain include arthritis, bulging or herniated discs (when the spinal cord pushes against the bony spinal canal), osteoarthritis (the wear-and-tear kind), and tumors.

Who can help relieve neck pain?

The most common types of doctors who treat neck pain are chiropractors and physical therapists. If you go to p physical therapists, they often use massage therapy and exercises to help strengthen your muscles, improve your posture and breathing patterns, and reduce pain levels. While a chiropractor in Boonsboro may perform adjustments on your spine in order to help relax the muscles and relieve pressure on the nerves.

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TMJ

How do you resolve TMJ disorders?

People living with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders tap into several techniques to ease their discomfort. The usual remedies that patients swear by include Upper Cervical Chiropractic.

Should I see a medical or dental doctor for TMJ relief?

While both a medical doctor and dentist have some knowledge of TMJ an upper cervical chiropractor is able to evaluate your head, neck, and jaw to determine the underlying cause.

Can an Upper Cervical Chiropractor fix TMJ?

Yes! While TMJ usually develops from jaw malocclusions, several patients with this condition still seek a chiropractor for TMJ relief in Boonsboro. That’s because the neck bone adjustments diminish the mechanical strain on the spine and nearby structures.

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Vertigo

How can vertigo episodes disappear?

Millions of people suffer from vertigo, making it challenging to go about daily activities. However, vertigo is not a condition or an illness but a symptom of an underlying health problem. Therefore, it's necessary to have yourself checked to rule out possible causes of your dizzy spells and spinning sensations and properly address your symptoms. The Epley Maneuver and vestibular therapy are known to ease vertigo and other accompanying symptoms, but another popular remedy is Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Boonsboro.

What causes or sets off a vertigo episode?

Your dizzy spells may be due to various problems, including vestibular disorders like Meniere's and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, and nervous system issues, including head trauma, spinal tumor, and stroke.

When should you worry about balance problems and vertigo episodes?

Vertigo on its own is non-life-threatening, but it does not mean it brings no danger. Watch out for red flags, including facial paralysis, numbness in the extremities, thunderclap headaches, and loss of consciousness. Call 911 or seek urgent medical attention once you spot these red flags. Vertigo also affects your balance; hence you have an increased chance of falls.

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