A: “Pain Management” approaches will not have a LASTING impact on your symptoms. Being dependent on a professional for ongoing symptom management does not empower you to fix your own pain whenever it occurs. Also, your symptoms generally don’t heal over time for a lasting result. They’re Band-Aids. You’ve probably noticed this pattern of only temporary relief and never-ending treatment yourself. Our evaluation and treatment System empowers you to abolish your own symptoms whenever they occur and experience steady healing. Symptoms become less frequent, less intense, then in many cases, consistently absent.
A: Picture a glass 4/5 full of water. Imagine that’s a neck problem. Then, add more water to the top, to overflowing. Think of those as triggers that you just poured on the top. We focus on emptying the water from the glass with our system(by fixing your neck problem). Then, you can pour triggers into the glass, but they stop overflowing into headaches and migraines.
A: As soon as you sit up and get out of bed in the morning, you put your 8-pound head onto your neck. Then, whether you’re sitting, standing, walking, or driving, your neck doesn’t get a break until late at night, when you lie down again to sleep. The reason that your symptoms worsen by early afternoon is that the weight of your head is smashing sensitive structures and nerves in your neck. Those irritated nerves then shoot pain up into your head, just like hitting your funny bone shoots pain out into your forearm and fingers. This pattern of headache worsening by early afternoon is actually a great diagnostic sign! It points to your neck as the problem, versus your brain or blood vessels in your head. Of course, if you’re concerned about sorting that out further, consult your physician.
A: Nearly all patients we see with headache/migraine issues have sore, inflamed joints in their neck. One of the telltale signs is that symptoms are better in the morning, progressively worsening around 2:00 in the afternoon. Common sense says that your 8-pound head steadily overloads inflamed joints and nerves in your neck. That overload gets so bad by the early afternoon that it gets your attention!
Each joint in your neck (fourteen of them, total) are liquid-filled, surrounded by a joint capsule that contains that liquid. Storms are associated with low barometric pressure. Research suggests that low barometric pressure causes expansion of fluid in joints throughout your body. It’s much like swollen feet after a plane flight. The low pressure in the cabin allows body fluids to pool in your feet, which are the furthest location from your heart and “downhill.” This makes it hard for your pumping heart to keep that fluid from building up. Consider that a storm front allows pressure to build up inside each of the fourteen liquid-filled joints in your neck, causing expansion. Since your joint capsules (which contain that fluid) are inflamed, that extra pressure creates pain. In turn, the pain cascades right up into the nerves that go into your head and face.
A: Your upper shoulder and shoulder blade muscles don’t just get tight on their own. Nerves make your muscles contract and get tight. Those nerves come out of your neck. Sure, you very likely blame it simply on stress. However, chances are you notice that tightness on weekends too, when you’re not nearly as stressed. In this System, you’ll quickly learn how to abolish that tightness and keep it gone, as well as any arm symptoms if you have any. Then, the tightness, including arm symptoms, rapidly becomes less frequent, and in most cases, absent altogether.
A: Estrogen is an “excitatory” hormone, which means that it makes brain cells give off more of an electrical discharge. Progesterone, on the other hand, is an “inhibitory” hormone, which means that it calms those cells down. When the body is making more estrogen than progesterone, it can make the nervous system, well, “excitable.” Think PMS, and you get the idea.
We have observed that this nervous system excitability causes increased muscle tightness throughout your neck. This muscle tightness jams the neck joints together, overloading them. Those joints, in turn, cascade symptoms up into your head and face. We target those joints with our System. It’s routine that monthly cycles rapidly become less of a trigger, usually taking anywhere from 3 to 4 months with severe cases before there’s no reaction at all to menstrual cycles.