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Jonathan Grendelmeier

Chiropractic and headaches


It is estimated that one in five people in the US use pain-relieving drugs daily for headaches. Headaches can have many different causes. If you are having severe recurrent headaches it’s important that you see your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis, ruling out a serious condition such as a brain tumour, a weakened blood vessel, an infection, or high blood pressure. I see different headaches in practice:

Tension Headache – Pain is experienced at the back of the head the forehead and above the eyes. People often have stiffness and fatigue in the neck and upper spine usually caused by muscles in the neck and shoulders. Often there is stress involved this can be fear of being made redundant, fear of exams or other unresolved issues.

Migraine Headache – A very common headache (18% of females and 6% of males), requires rest in a dark and silent room. Many describe an aura,light flashes, visual spots, zig zag lines. Women who get migraines often experience these prior to or during menstruation. Some foods trigger migraines: bananas, cheeses, certain nuts, pork, shell fish and red wine.

TOP TIPS for avoiding Migraine Headaches:

- Avoid triggers such as aspartame in diet drinks, caffeine, and Monosodium Glutamate (often found in take-away food).
- Learn to better manage stress with yoga, tai chi or music.
- Feverfew can help a lot in migraine prevention.
-Let go of anger, resentment, distrust and bitterness and live your faith.

Schedule an appointment with a chiropractor for a thorough comprehensive structural evaluation. Countless people with migraine have experienced complete resolution with careful competent chiropractic care.

Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ) Headaches – Do you grind your teeth at night and have grating or snapping jaws? These headaches can result from a neck problem. Often TMJ headaches result following whiplash trauma. I specialise in cranial chiropractic and acupuncture which is especially suited to evaluate and treat TMJ migraine and TMJ problems.

Sinus Headaches – The sinuses can also be a source of severe headache pain. It is important to establish the cause of the sinus pain so appropriate treatment can be given.

Cervicogenic Headache – Are due to mechanical disturbances of the neck joints and they respond well to hands-on care such as chiropractic care.

Specific stretches, stress management, dietary changes work well.

Rebound Headache – Taking too many pain relieving drugs can cause

rebound headaches, just as suddenly stopping coffee or caffeinated

drinks can cause a rebound headache.

Other factors: There are numerous other causes of headaches such as eyesight problems, dehydration, constipation and allergies. Ice or heat to help headache pain? Most headache pain originates from blood vessels that are either too dilated or too constricted. For headaches due to dilation causing a throbbing feeling with every heartbeat using an ice pack can be beneficial. Constant headaches that do not have this throbbing pain are due to the constriction of blood vessels, so it is best to use moist heat on the back of the head and neck to alleviate these headaches. 

If you want to have your headache evaluated thorougly and properly and experience relief then please ring Dr Jonathan Grendelmeier (chiropractor/acupuncturist and trained in cranial manipulation) for

an appointment. Tel: 01908 690544
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Eating "everything in moderation" is a poor principle to base one's diet on:
A US study suggests that broader dietary variety is linked to lower quality and worse metabolic health.
Dietary diversity, in the sense of eating less of similar foods, is an old and popular, but apparently not very effective principle, as it may be linked to lower diet quality and worse metabolic health. These are the findings of a US study published in "PLOS ONE".
Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Tufts University in Boston analysed data from 6,814 participants in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, evaluating diet diversity through different measures. These included the number of different foods eaten in a week, evenness (distribution of calories across different foods), and dissimilarity (differences in attributes such as fiber, sodium or trans-fat content). The team evaluated how diet diversity was associated with change in waist circumference five years after the beginning of the study and with onset of type 2 diabetes 10 years later.
No associations were seen with either increase in waist circumference or incidence of diabetes.
In other words, more diversity in the diet was not linked to better outcomes. Participants who had the greatest food dissimilarity actually experienced more central weight gain, with a 120 per cent greater increase in waist circumference than participants with the lowest food dissimilarity.
Analysing the food quality, the researchers found that participants with greater diversity in their diets, as measured by dissimilarity, actually had worse diet quality. "They were eating less healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and more unhealthy foods, such as processed meats, desserts and soda," said study author Marcia C. de Oliveira Otto. "This may help explain the relationship between greater food dissimilarity and increased waist circumference."
"Americans with the healthiest diets actually eat a relatively small range of healthy foods," said senior author Dariush Mozaffarian.
"These results suggest that in modern diets, eating 'everything in moderation' is actually worse than eating a smaller number of healthy foods."
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This test is useful to detect lumbar instability
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Does Acupuncture Help if used for Labour?

Last year I went to a course on Acupuncture in Labour and Childbirth and came across some interesting research. There is much evidence now that acupuncture and acupressure can help with pain relief.

A Cochrane review published in 2011 looking at 13 trials and 1986 women concluded this:

 -There is much evidence now that acupuncture reduces the pain intensity compared with no treatment.

- Acupuncture patients use less medication for pain relief

-Acupuncture produces greater patient satisfaction when compared to sham (pretend) acupuncture

Acupuncture further reduces anxiety levels and increases relaxation. There are acupuncture points that can induce uterine activity and acupuncture points could be used alongside artificial rupture of membranes.

Therefore acupuncture is a good alternative method for pain relief and speeding up labour rather than using conventional medication.

Women receiving acupuncture may experience shorter labours and have a lower risk of intervention and lower Caeserian section rates.

Maybe you know somebody who is pregnant and worried about the labour or childbirth or conversely is trying to conceive? Why let them know that acupuncture is a tried and tested method and could well be extremely beneficial .

At the Simpson  Pain Relief Clinic we offer both medical acupuncture and traditional Chinese Methods and are more than happy to help you.

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Avoiding Sciatica Surgery with Chiropractic Care
The pain of sciatica often drives patients to opt for surgery. But new research suggests that chiropractic treatment can
be just as effective as surgery in some cases of sciatica. Spinal decompression surgery, also known as
microdiscectomy, has proven to be effective for many people with sciatica. However, scientists questioned whether
surgery was a necessary step in all cases.
That’s why researchers conducted a study to determine whether chiropractic was just as successful as surgery in
treating sciatica. The study included 40 patients with sciatica who had a history of trying other treatment methods like
painkillers, lifestyle changes, massage, and acupuncture but were still experiencing pain. Half of the patients were
randomly assigned surgery and the other half was treated with chiropractic adjustments. 85% of participants in the
surgery group saw significant improvements while 60% of participants in the chiropractic group clearly improved. Those
in the chiropractic group who later decided to have surgery experienced the same rates of improvements as the initial
surgery group.
Although chiropractic may not solve every sciatica case, it did prove effective for over half of the patients treated with
chiropractic in this study. This led researchers to conclude that patients should seek chiropractic adjustments before
opting for surgery.
McMorland G, Suter E, Casha S, du Plessis SJ, Hurlbert RJ. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A
prospective randomized clinical study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2010; 33(8): 576-
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