• TREATMENT METHODS FOR MIGRAINE AND TENSION TYPE HEADACHES

    There are few things more dreaded to interrupt your day than headaches. While migraines tend to be far worse than tension headaches, it is also important not to underestimate the sometimes detrimental effects of stress or tension on the pain you experience. Fortunately, if you suffer from either of these types of headaches, there are a number of ways you can approach treatment.

    Medication

    When it comes to headaches, the first thing an afflicted person will reach for is probably an over-the-counter painkiller such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These can be very dangerous. Taking ibuprofen and other common NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) over a long period of time triples the risk of strokes and increases the likelihood of a heart attack, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. The new research, conducted at the University of Bern in Switzerland, involved a huge number of subjects; the data were drawn from more than 31 clinical trials involving 116,429 patients. Those who suffered strokes were found to be taking a normal recommended dose (400-600 mg) of ibuprofen three or four times a day.

    If you’re regularly taking just a little too much Tylenol (generic name: acetominophen) over the course of the day, you could be permanently damaging your liver and not even know about it. In fact, people who regularly take slightly too much acetominophen over a period of time to relieve pain could be at a higher risk of dying than those who take single overdose of the drug. That’s the message from a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology in which researchers tested the blood of people admitted to the hospital and found that the danger of a “staggered overdose,” was much greater than previously thought, often because doctors can’t identify the problem in time to help.

    Chiropractic Care

    Many people do not like taking medication with regularity, and frequent headache sufferers who fall into this category are left wondering what to do. Luckily, there are a number of natural remedies for headaches available.
    Several clinical trials indicate that spinal manipulation therapy (chiropractic care) may help treat migraine headaches. In one study of people with migraines, 22% of those who received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of attacks. Also, 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each migraine.
    In another study, people with migraine headaches were randomly assigned to receive spinal manipulation, a daily medication (Elavil), or a combination of both. Spinal manipulation worked as well as Elavil in reducing migraines and had fewer side effects. Combining the two therapies didn’t work any better.
    In addition, researchers reviewed 9 studies that tested chiropractic for tension or migraine headaches and found that it worked as well as medications in preventing these headaches.

    At Johnson Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, we have treated hundreds of patients who suffer from chronic migraines or tension headaches. We conduct a thorough exam with x-rays or MRI if needed to determine which part of the spine is causing the trouble. If your headaches stem from spinal issues, then the next step is to use our natural, gentle, and safe approaches that have proven to have significant positive effects for many years. If you have struggled with headaches and feel like you have tried everything, don’t hesitate to contact Johnson Chiropractic to schedule your free consult today.

  • TOOLS OF THE TRADE (OVERVIEW OF CHIROPRACTIC TOOLS)

    In the chiropractic field, many assume that the only tool the doctor needs is his or her hands. However, there are actually many different tools used by chiropractors. From tables to cold lasers, these tools are used to help patients with a wide range of needs and conditions. Read on to learn more about the tools of the trade.

    TABLES

    Chiropractors use many different types of tables to realign parts of the body. For example, the drop table uses the patient’s weight to make adjustments. There are also traction tables that pull on body parts to realign them, as well as tables that use rolling balls for massage.

    ACTIVATOR ADJUSTING TOOL

    The activator adjusting tool is a handheld, spring loaded device that delivers a low-force thrust to the patient’s back. This tool helps to realign the vertebrae in the spine. It does this without stimulating the surrounding muscles, which makes the treatment virtually painless because less force is necessary.

    ULTRASOUND

    Chiropractors also use ultrasound machines to help relieve inflammation. The ultrasound provides a micro-massage that reduces pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms along with decreasing swelling and improving the patient’s blood flow.

    IMPULSE ADJUSTING INSTRUMENT

    The impulse adjusting instrument is similar to the activator adjusting tool; it is electronic and delivers a mechanical impulse at a low force. This tool has different settings that utilize harder thrusts for realignment. It is preferable to the activator because it is electronic rather than spring loaded, which means it necessitates less force.

    PRO-ADJUSTER

    The pro-adjuster combines the adjustment tool with software that lets the doctor test the area before providing the adjustment. This allows the pro-adjuster to deliver an adjustment that is even lower in force and more specific for the best effect.

    TENS MACHINE

    Chiropractors also use TENS machines, which stimulate your body’s nerves and muscles through an electric current. The TENS machine allows you to relax, which lets your doctor better manipulate your body with greater ease to relieve your pain.

    COLD LASER

    Finally, chiropractors also make use of the cold laser, which produces light without using heat. When applied to an injured area, the cold laser will reestablish regular cellular function. While light is beneficial in injured areas, heat is not, which is why the cold laser works well.

    Are you searching for chiropractic services in the Baltimore, Maryland area? Contact Johnson Chiropractic and Rehabilitation today to learn more about how we can help relieve your pain.

  • QUESTIONS TO ASK A CHIROPRACTOR

    When looking for a Chiropractor, it is important to realize that not all Chiropractors are made the same. In fact, using a poor Chiropractor could leave you worse off than before. Below are some crucial questions to ask before you make a decision.

    What techniques do you practice?

    A good chiropractor should be proficient in a variety of different techniques. But they should also know that the technique to use depends entirely on the patient. If your chiropractor doesn’t know multiple techniques, there’s a higher probability that they won’t be able to treat your condition appropriately.

    How do you track my progress?

    The chiropractor could use a variety of methods to track your progress, including computerized evaluation, postural analysis, etc. What’s important is that they have a method, this way you know whether you are improving and if the treatment is worthwhile.

    Will you give me your recommendations in writing?

    This is important because it allows you to take time to understand and evaluate what your chiropractor is suggesting. It will also give you a picture of what the care will include, how long it will be, and the costs.

    Can have your references?

    There are few ways better to evaluate the success and capability of a chiropractor than to find out what other patients and doctors have to say. You should try to get at least 5 references, 3 of them should current patients and the other two should be doctors. Chances are if the chiropractor can’t produce these then they are probably not well recommended.

    Do you accept Insurance?

    Yes we are providers with BC/BS, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Medicare, Auto PIP coverage and Workman’s Compensation, and many others. A good chiropractor will accept your insurance and work with you when you need to make payments.

    Do you offer a free consultation?

    A chiropractor should not expect a patient to sign on for treatment without first speaking with them and visiting the office. Another good thing is that taking a trip to the office will allow you to speak with other patients and see what their experience is like.

    At Johnson Chiropractor and Rehabilitation, we make sure to answer all of these questions and more to ensure that you feel comfortable in choosing us for your chiropractic needs. Call us today for a free initial consultation.