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Headaches, Cervical Decompression and Chiropractic

Posted Oct 01 2008 4:16pm 1 Comment

Md_news_photos_010 I have been a practicing chiropractic in the San Francisco Financial District for 17 years. Prior to that...I was a chiropractic patient for many years. I had really bad migraine headaches that were causing me to miss work and take pain medications. Chiropractic got rid of them.

Since I have been a chiropractor...I have helped thousands of headache sufferers...mostly with great success. But every once in a while chiropractic care would not help. And that is still the case.

But...when I started using nonsurgical spinal decompression ( DRX9000c ) in my downtown SF office about 3 years ago, I noticed something. Many patients with cervical disc herniations also had headaches. And many of these patients had already tried chiropractic treatment for their herniated disc symptoms, such as neck pain, arm pain, numbness and tingling...and weakness of grip.

So now...when I have a headache patient that does not respond to traditional chiropractic...I think maybe we should rule out herniated disc in the neck. Maybe we should get an MRI...and often times we do. Then...sure enough...most of the time, that's what we find.

The next step is cervical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c. The DRX9000c helps remove the compression associated with most disc herniations. It does this be enlarging the disc space and creating a negative pressure to draw the herniated disc fragments back toward the center of the cervical disc and off the spinal cord and nerves...pretty amazing stuff.

Sure, cervical decompression wont work all the time for headaches. But it's sure a logical next step in many cases. Because as a former migraine headache sufferer...I know the pain can be brutal and so can the treatments. Spending your day on pain meds in a daze is a road to nowhere. Removing the nerve pressure that is causing the problem by fixing the herniated disc  is a road to somewhere.

It's worth a shot.

So...if you or someone you know is suffering with migraine headaches, consider chiropractic or spinal decompression.

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I know I have cervical discs bulging from a past MRI.  I had headaches and they were relieved with chiropractic tx.  Years later, I don't have headaches but pain down my arms, sometimes both, mostly in the left, with tingling and buring sensation in the hands.  I can hardly move my hands in the morning.  I can move my fingers, it is the palm I can not bend.  The pain and tingling are so bad that I can not sleep at night.  Could this be from the bulging discs even though before they caused headaches and now I don't have headaches.
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