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Neck Pain, The Eyes, and The Ears (Balance)

The Posterior Cervical Sympathetic SyndromeThe Syndrome of Barre-LieouThe blood flows to the brain through two arterial systems:Anterior Circulation (branches from the internal carotid arteries)Posterior Circulation (branches from the vertebral arteries)The dividing line between the Anterior and Posterior circulation of the brain is the Posterior Communicating Arteries.The diameter of the blood vessels is controlled by post-ganglionic sympathetic efferent neurons (1). As [..]

Circadian Clocks and Low Back Pain

According to the National Institutes of Health, circadian rhythms include physical, mental, and behavioral changes that roughly follow a 24-hour cycle, responding largely to environmental light and darkness. Most living things possess this trait including animals, plants, and many microbes. So how does this relate to low back pain? Recent studies reveal that the intervertebral [..]

Head Tilt and Headaches – Are They Connected?

We’ve all seen people working on laptops in airports, airplanes, coffee shops, on the train, walking down the street…you name it! So how does this affect one's neck, and does it contribute to headaches? A 2016 study compared females with posture-induced headaches vs. healthy, age-matched female control subjects to see if there was any significant [..]

A “Self-Help” Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has a bad reputation for coming and going, sometimes for years, depending on many factors such as 1) age; 2) profession (fast, repetitive, with forceful gripping); 3) general health (diabetes, hypothyroid, and inflammatory arthritis (like rheumatoid), pregnancy, on birth control pills, or taking hormone replacement therapy); 4) hobbies (worse if it’s [..]

A Pain in the Hip?

When you ask people to point to their hip joint, it’s very interesting to see the vast number of places where people point—the low back, side of the pelvis, front of the pelvis, in the groin, and more! If one were to draw a line between the back and front pocket, that’s basically the hip [..]

Whiplash – Is it Muscle, Ligament, or Both?

Whiplash is caused by the rapid back and forth motion that occurs in the classic rear-end collision, in some sports, and during slip and falls. The initial symptoms associated with whiplash often include muscle tightness and pain. But where is the pain coming from? First, the mechanism of injury that is involved in a rear-end [..]

Walking vs. Running – What’s the Best?

The focus on aerobic exercise is all around us. You can’t pass a magazine stand without being inundated with cover pictures of people walking, running, cycling, or doing some form of exercise. So the question begs, is walking good enough? Let’s take a look! A GREAT plus about walking is that it can be done [..]

Chiropractic v. Physical Therapy For Back Pain

There are 18 chiropractic colleges in the United States:Cleveland Chiropractic College - Kansas City, KSD’Youville College -  Buffalo, NYLife Chiropractic College West - Hayward, CALife University - Marietta, GALogan University - Chesterfield, MONational University of Health Sciences - Lombard, ILNew York Chiropractic College - Seneca Falls, NYNorthwestern Health Sciences University - Bloomington, MNPalmer College of [..]

Mattresses and Back Pain

Have you ever wondered “What type of mattress is best for my back?” Between the many types of mattresses available on the market—foam, coiled, water, as well as combinations of all these, not to forget further options between soft, medium, or firm—where do we begin? All of these variables make finding the right one truly [..]

How Does Neck Pain Cause Headaches?

Headaches can arise from many different causes. A partial list includes stress, lack of sleep, allergies, neck trauma (particularly sports injuries and car accidents), and more. In some cases, the cause may be unknown. A unique common denominator of headaches has to do with cervical spine anatomy, in particular the upper part of the neck. [..]