It’s frustrating when you don’t hold your alignment well after an upper cervical correction. Especially when your quality of life while maintaining that alignment is substantially better than when not. If the reason for instability is due to a correction that’s not as complete as it could be, then at least you have something that can be improved upon. But sometimes you’ve got a great correction that should hold well, but for some reason it just doesn’t. You’re careful with your sleep position, work positions, you stop sparring with Chuck Norris on Friday nights, but nothing seems to help, and […]
One of the great missed opportunities in the history of chiropractic health care is it’s failure to pursue the success it had established in the realm of mental health care. From the 1920’s to the 1950’s a number of chiropractic institutions operated as care facilities for the mentally insane. Clear View Sanitarium and Forest Park Sanitarium are probably the most well-known. The records of these facilities illustrate the fact that chiropractic (properly applied, of course) is extremely effective in the treatment of psychological disorders–things like schizophrenia, dementia and sundry violent and delusional behaviors. Unfortunately, a combination of poor leadership in […]
So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here in my NUCCA practice blog. The truth is that I just haven’t felt like it over the last few months. It turns out that having a kid basically rewires your brain and you forget all the things that used to be high on your priority list–and if it doesn’t, you’re probably a bad parent (so at least I can take some comfort in that). I have to give credit to the guys out there who consistently post new content in their blogs. I don’t know how they can keep up […]
At one point in the trailer for the soon-to-be released movie, Concussion, forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (played by Will Smith) is warned that he is “going to war with with a corporation that owns a day of the week.” On December 25 you’ll have a chance to see Hollywood’s portrayal of that “war” between the NFL and the man who began to call attention to the connection between the repetitive head trauma experienced by professional football players and the physical, mental and emotional diseases suffered by many of them later in life. The subject of concussion and repetitive […]
Forward head posture–intuitively we know it’s a bad sign. And medical research tell us that the consequences of forward head posture reach much farther than the obvious symptoms of neck and shoulder pain. So why ignore this easy to identify disorder? And why do many doctors seem to disregard its impact on your health? Forward head posture (also called anterior head carriage) is pretty self-explanatory, and it’s not difficult to detect because it’s so visibly obvious. Basically, if you view yourself from the side, there is an ideal position for your head above your shoulders. In fact, you can […]
Do you live with scoliosis? Has your child been diagnosed with scoliosis? Have you been told it’s “idiopathic” scoliosis, and the only thing to do is wait and see if it gets bad enough to need a brace? Or surgery? The first thing to understand is that there are 3 main types of scoliosis: Idiopathic scoliosis Congenital scoliosis Neuromuscular scoliosis By far, the most common type of scoliosis is idiopathic scoliosis, and this is the type of scoliosis we’re talking about here. The term “idiopathic” is used to describe a condition that doesn’t have any known cause. Which means […]
(or, Answers to Questions I Commonly Get Regarding X-rays) Misaligned spinal bones cause problems. Migraines, neck & back pain, vertigo–all kinds of stuff you’d never expect. I know this because my job is to realign these spinal bones. And when that’s done properly, these problems go away. The thing is, if you want to realign something, you first need to know how it’s misaligned. And since we’re dealing with misaligned bones, X-ray is the obvious solution. Accurately taken X-rays are required if you’re at all serious about correcting spinal misalignment because: They tell you for sure whether there is really a […]
I remember my wife Kathy and I driving south out of Anchorage along the Turnagain Arm right after moving to Alaska in May of 2011, wondering why the speed limit just dropped to 45mph in the middle of nowhere. Of course I’m assuming that we’re slowing down for another dose of the ever-present Alaskan summer road construction. But instead we find ourselves motoring through a crowded highway corridor of bucket and net-wielding men, women and children. I had no idea what was going on at the time, but I found out later that all those people were dipnetting for a little fish most people […]
It is the nature of modern healthcare that treatments are driven by research and research is driven by profit margins. Within the last several decades the vast majority of clinical research has become privatized–a situation that has put the management of clinical research into the hands of businesspeople, rather than clinicians. The result is that instead of being the product of the best available evidence and scientific inquiry, the state of healthcare is, to a large extent, that of treatments and interventions that will result in the greatest possible long-term profit for those funding the research that drives those treatments. […]
Back in the 1920s it was pretty rare to find women in the medical field. In fact, female students at Baylor University College of Medicine were told they would need to score grades 10 points higher than male students in order to graduate with "equal standing."
But that didn't stop Ruth Jackson from graduating from Baylor in 1928. Eighth in her class and against her father's wishes. And she went on to become the first female member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Jackson had a special interest in injuries of the cervical spine. She suffered with significant pain herself following an automobile accident in 1936, and in 1956 she published her findings from the collected data on over 15,000 patients in her acclaimed and authoritative book, The Cervical Syndrome.
Dr. Jackson's Cervical Syndrome is a gold-mine of information when it comes to understanding the neurological changes that trigger chronic headaches (and worse: migraines). More important though, is how this information has helped us understand how to correct the root cause of chronic headaches and migraines.