The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be the source of jaw pain, clicking, limited mouth opening, and referred facial symptoms.
Patients describe these headaches in the forehead, temples, and or behind the eyes. They can effect the patients’ ability to concentrate and be productive. The cause is often found in the upper neck, and patients respond well to specific adjustments.
Patients often present with a bulging disc that can be seen on CT or MRI scans. Disc lesions are a major cause of back pain, and can be the manifestation of long term problems. A specific approach to assessment and treatment can give great results. The spinal surgeons we co-refer with endorse our conservative approach before a patient considers surgery.
Pelvic misalignment occurs when the pelvis tilts or twists. It is a very common complaint which often unlevels the spine and produces low back and or leg pain. It is commonly worse in bed and when walking or standing. The pelvis provides the foundation for the spine and it must function well to support the rest of the spinal column.
Having trouble reversing the car or changing lanes? How far can you turn your neck to the left and right? Neck stiffness may include a feeling of soreness, but presents mostly with difficulty moving your head. A thorough spinal examination will reveal the contributing factors to this stiffness, including any degenerative processes (wear and tear).
A rib misalignment occurs when your rib moves slightly (backwards and inwards) from the thoracic vertebra towards the spine. The muscles in your back and between the ribs will then contract and tighten to protect the misalignment – it often results breathing difficulties, and pain can be severe.
The Sub-occipitals are a group of muscles on each side of the back of the neck just below the base of the skull. Sub-occipital headaches are a dull pain which can extend from the back of the neck up. They are common in headache patients with a lower neck misalignment.
Migraines are debilitating headaches that often have associated symptoms, especially within the visual system. They may be related to toxicity levels and chemistry in the body and are often associated with the mid thoracic spine and neck. Alcohol, medications or other chemicals can worsen the condition. It has been our clinical experience that most migraine sufferers benefit from specific Chiropractic care.
Dizziness and vertigo
Dizziness and Vertigo is the sensation of moving and spinning of yourself or the environment when you are actually still. This can occur after head and neck trauma and may include vomiting and sweating. A skilled practitioner will be able to determine whether the symptoms are coming from the neck or other sources that require referral to another specialist.