2 Headache Clinic Near Chesterfield MI

2 Headache Clinic Near Chesterfield MI


– Hello everybody, I’m Dr. Eric DiMartino from DiMartino Chiropractic Center, and today we’re talking
about gentle neck adjustments to help people with headaches. So headaches are commonly
caused by problems in the upper part of the
neck, and how it works is that we have these bones
in our spine called vertebrae, and their job is to
surround our spinal cord and all these nerves that
come out of the spinal cord to protect ’em, ’cause
these nerves are ultimately what control every muscle,
organ and tissue in our body. So if our spine is healthy, which means it’s in proper alignment and it’s moving normally,
it protects these nerves by allowing room for
these nerves to exit out and connect to all our body parts. But unfortunately,
different stresses in life will cause problems in the spine. These stresses could be things like, you know, big things like car accidents or falls or sports injuries, or even little things like bad posture, sitting too much, or bending
or lifting improperly. These all put a stress on the spine. It can cause these
bones to actually go out of their proper position or even lock up. When that happens, instead
of protecting the nerves, the bones will now
interfere with the nerves, so they just can’t function properly. And if that happens in the upper neck, these nerves go right in
up into the head area, it’ll very commonly trigger headaches. And so as chiropractors,
we do something called chiropractic adjustments, where
we gently push on the spine to put the bones back in alignment, and to get ’em to stay
there so it takes pressure off the nerves, the nerves
can start to work properly, and the headaches and many other symptoms will start to go away ’cause the body’s actually functioning properly. So typically we’ll use our
hands to do the adjustment, where we simply do a quick,
gentle adjustment on the neck to put the bone back in alignment to remove pressure from the nerve. And if you have ever had an adjustment or have seen somebody have ’em, typically there will be an
audible clicking or popping sound when this happens. Now some people don’t like that
sound, but what it really is is whenever we put a
bone back in alignment, there’s fluid in the joints. They’re called synovial fluid, and whenever there’s that
kind of a quick movement of that synovial fluid, the
nitrogen actually comes out of the fluid and gets
changed into a gas form, if you want the technical description, and then when it goes into a gas form it makes a popping sound, right? And so it’s just really
pressure being released. It’s the same thing if
you crack your knuckles. You feel that popping,
it’s the exact same thing. So when we do that the
bones are not rubbing, they’re not cracking, nothing’s breaking. It’s just pressure that
gets released from the joint whenever the bone is put back
into its proper position. But even knowing that, some
people just really don’t like that feeling or they’re scared
of having a neck adjustment, which I totally get. So the good thing is, is that
we have some gentler forms of actually what we call
instrument adjusting that we can use for those people that either don’t like that sound, or even for people that
have really frail spines, like people that have had spinal injuries, or they’ve had maybe, or
they have like osteoporosis or a really bad arthritis, so they just can’t have a hand adjustment. So one of the things that we do is something called an Activator. It’s this little gun that
has a rubber tip to it, and basically (Activator
clicks) it just makes a quick (Activator clicks) little
click, and what’s happening is there’s this very quick impulse that goes through the
tip of this Activator, that goes right into the spine or the area that’s being adjusted. So what happens is, (clicks)
it makes a loud sound (clicks) but it’s just a very quick tap. It’s so quick that it actually is faster than the muscle can even tighten up, so it’s able to help adjust
or remobilize the vertebrae without an actual cracking
or hand adjustment. So some people like to use these. Another device we have is
something called an ArthroStim. This is a device that does a
rapid (loud tapping) tapping, and the firmer we push, (loud
tapping) the firmer it is, and you can see my fingers
kinda vibrating. (loud tapping) It’s again putting an
impulse into the spine, and so what we typically do
(loud tapping) is we’ll be on it for maybe five or 10 seconds,
(loud tapping) and that impulse, what it
does, repetitive impulse will help to unlock the joint
or loosen up any tension that occurs in there, so that
we can restore better motion and get things back in alignment. So personally I’ve been
doing this for 17 years now, and I find that people respond
quicker and a little faster by getting a hand adjustment,
but when people do this they still get better, it
usually just takes a little bit longer, so we typically
prefer to use our hands, but for those that either
can’t get a hand adjustment or just don’t enjoy it, we’re happy to use all these other different devices. That way everybody can be helped
through chiropractic care. So hope that sheds a little more light on instrument adjusting and
gentle adjustment techniques that can be used for chiropractic care. So I hope you guys have a great day and thanks for listening. (upbeat music)

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