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10 Jan 2018

Migraine Treatments: Part 1

At Innovative Health and Wellness, we proudly help relieve many adverse effects of the conditions you deal with on a day-to-day basis. If you are one of the thousands of people who suffer from regular migraines, ocular migraines, or migraines with aura then consider trying some of our services! With multiple studies backing the relevance of our treatments in relation to preventing and helping the frequency of migraines, we’re not just blowing smoke.

If you go to a doctor and complain of migraines, they’ll prescribe pills for you, probably a couple different kinds, and then they’ll mention that “different things work for different people.” We’re sorry Doc, but this isn’t the 1950s anymore, and very few people nowadays believe in the mantra: better living through chemical dependency. As with any chiropractic practice, we’re looking to give you long-term solutions to long-term problems, Innovations Health is not looking to hook you on medication.

The Science

If you look at what’s often happening when you’re having a migraine, it’s kinda scary. It’s generally caused by estrogen and serotonin reacting with each other. In severe migraines with symptoms like loss of vision, numbness and loss of speech capabilities, the brain’s blood vessels are shrinking and mimicking a stroke. This is why all of the symptoms above are stroke symptoms, but you’ll be able to raise your arms above your head, and rest assured, you’re not losing brain cells, you’re just having a really bad day. Serotonin is that chemical in your brain responsible for widening or shrinking those blood vessels and depending on the concentration of estrogen, and the fluctuation of that concentration, it can set off the serotonin secretion to over-compensate and what results is a migraine. This is why women are far more likely to experience migraines. In men, it’s only the changing serotonin levels that are what causes this discomfort.

There are quite a few triggers for this reaction. But all of them are mostly guesses at what causes this to happen. The most reliable causes, which have been cross-referenced and studied are stress, mood swings, hormonal shifts, exposure to certain frequencies of light, smells, changes in sleep patterns, weather changes (mostly low-pressure systems coming in), and certain food and drinks like cheese and wine for example. However, all of these “causes” are like the pills you’ll be prescribed, they work differently for everyone.   

Chiropractic Migraine Management

From the above scientific discoveries, we can draw a few conclusions and make some connections. During the chiropractic process, we manipulate the tissues and components of your body by adjusting bones and joints; we can manipulate and help how the blood vessels function. Most patients find improved blood pressure after having chiropractic adjustments done, which directly affects how your blood vessels respond, and how much blood goes to your brain. This notion has been proved by 21 different studies, which with varying control groups, found that patients who sought chiropractic care twice a week for around eight weeks found an extreme improvement in their systems. The measured symptoms that found some resolution included the intensity of a migraine, duration, and frequency of the migraines.

Contact Us

If you’re having issues with intense or frequent migraines, contact Innovations Health for all of your chiropractic pain management needs here in Woodstock. We’d be glad to find a treatment plan that works for you and your specific symptoms. After all, how many times are you willing to suffer stroke-like symptoms that will almost certainly render your day completely unproductive?

Feel free to read more about hormone replacement therapy, which we’ll discuss in the next portion of this series, and chiropractic migraine management on our page.

21 Jun 2017

3 Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Low back pain is something just about everyone has experienced at some point in their life. In fact, according to the American Chiropractic Association, about 31 million Americans experience low back pain on a regular basis. Additionally, chronic low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. There are many everyday practices that cause lower back pain and discomfort. At Innovative Health & Wellness in Buckhead, our priority is optimizing your health and well-being. Therefore, we have composed a list of some of the common causes of lower back pain, as well as some of the ways to relieve back pain. Please continue reading below.

#1 Sports Injuries

While anyone is susceptible to suffering from lower back pain, some people are more at risk of lower back pain because of their lifestyle. Athletes and those people participating in highly active physical activities are at a higher risk for suffering a back injury that could lead to acute or chronic lower back pain. Whether it’s football, golf, cycling, running, weight lifting, or tennis, these activities place a great deal of stress on the spine. These activities often involve twisting, turning, bending, while sometimes absorbing a great deal of pressure, all of which can cause a muscle strain or ligament sprain. Although living an active lifestyle is incredibly healthy, it’s important to know your limits. Pay attention to your body. Stretch before any strenuous activity, and be sure to stay hydrated, as water replenishes your cells and muscles. Icing your back after physical activity will help decrease inflammation and soreness.

#2 Auto Injuries

Auto accidents produce a tremendous amount of force that can damage your lower back. While whiplash is another common auto injury, the low back is also affected by the jerking motion, which can damage the spinal discs and joint facets. The trauma of an accident can cause herniated and bulging discs, a painful condition that occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes out through a crack in the disc’s tough exterior. The pain ranges from mild to excruciating, often leading to issues with the sciatic nerve which creates intense pain that radiates from the sacrum, under the buttock, and down through the hip into the leg. It’s best to seek medical treatment with one of our amazing chiropractors at Innovative Health if you experience lower back pain related to an auto accident.  

#3 Prolonged Sitting

Sitting at a desk or in a car for extended periods of time places a lot of stress on your lumbar spine that causes back soreness and stiffness. Remaining static in the same seated position causes strain on the nerves, which leads to pain in the lower back the usually extends into the buttocks and legs. While we all try to remember our moms telling us to sit up straight, we usually fall short of maintaining proper posture. But even practicing good ergonomics doesn’t always mean your lower back won’t suffer. Try taking a break from sitting by standing up and walking around to get the blood flowing. Practice stretching throughout the day to minimize muscle tension and spasm that causes radiating nerve pain.

Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment Today

If you’re suffering from lower back pain and are seeking relief, please contact our friendly, experienced health professionals at Innovative Health & Wellness. Your health and wellness are our main priority. Call us today to schedule an appointment or request a free consultation with our health specialists. We look forward to helping you heal.

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295 Molly Lane, Suite 150
Woodstock, GA 30189

(770) 926-4646

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3115 Piedmont Rd NE | Suite A101
Atlanta, GA 30305

(404) 816-0222

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