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Headaches – An Informative Post

There are many different types of headaches, but of all the people with headaches out there 90% of them have cervicogenic (tension) headaches.  These are headaches caused by a poorly functioning neck.  These are usually described as tightness, stiffness, or a pressure.

There are other kinds of headaches, migraines for example are periodic, severe, throbbing headaches that usually last more than a few hours, but less than a day.  They can make the sufferer sensitive to light and sound, and cause nausea even vomiting.  Migraines affect women more often than men.  Migraines are commonly heard of and talked about because of their severity, but are much more rare than cervicogenic headaches.

Billions of dollars are spent on headaches each year in the United States.  Headaches are a major cause of lost productivity and time off work.  One of the top reasons for seeking treatment, headaches are big money for drug companies, and big losses to businesses.

People can end up with a headache from stress, a car accident, whiplash, or any kind of trauma.  Headaches can occur a day or even weeks after the initial injury due to the cumulative nature of those kinds of injuries.  Many people think their headaches come on for no reason at all, but if they think back they will remember an accident, increased stress, playing to hard on the weekend, or something a few days ago.

Treatment for headaches traditionally has been over the counter analgesics and NSAIDS, and even stronger medications for more severe symptoms.  These medications can cause serious side effects, and recent studies indicate that we as a country may be over using these to the extent that thousands of people have serious complications every year from these relatively safe drugs.  Many times these pain medications do not work, and can even cause what is termed “analgesic rebound headaches.”

Chiropractic has a great success rate with treating headaches.  It has been found to be better at providing pain relief (with less side effects) and reducing frequency than medication.  Chiropractic addresses the root cause rather than just the symptoms.  When treating your headaches your chiropractor (which could be me if you’re in Utah) should be addressing 3 major things: First reducing the pain, second improving neck function overall, and third proper strengthening of the neck to reduce future risk of re-injury.  While chiropractic is particularly good at resolving cervicogenic headaches it has also been shown to be effective with some types of migraines, and other headaches.

If you are experiencing headaches, don’t reach for that Aspirin bottle.  Reach for the phone and contact your chiropractor.  You will receive better, safer relief, and have less chance of recurrence.

Utah Spinal Care

USClogo2I’m back in Utah.  I have decided that rather than opening up my own private practice that I would instead work at an already established practice.  I am now the primary treating doctor at Utah Spinal Care.  Utah Spinal Care is a family practice office in Sandy Utah just up the road from Rio Tinto Stadium and the South Towne Expo Center.  We are located at 880 E 9400 S Sandy, UT 84094.  For directions, maps, pricing, etc.  please visit the website or our Facebook page.  Come visit us and pass the word along.  If you or anyone you know is in need of some Spinal Care give us a call to set up an appointment at 801-523-0073.

Chiropractic Month in Utah

It is official, yesterday a group of doctors from the Utah Chiropractic Physician’s Association (UCPA) including myself met with the Governor Gary Herbert as he signed a declaration declaring October 2009 as Chiropractic Month.  He spoke with us of his support of chiropractic and mentioned his gratitude for the work that chiropractic has done for himself, his family, and for Utah.

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Here is the text of the declaration:

Whereas, nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches which can result in loss of time and money for employers and employees alike;

Whereas, chiropractic care is an effective treatment for many types of headaches;

Whereas, chiropractic care offers nearly immediate relief from headache symptoms and ofttimes has fewer side effects and provides longer-lasting relief than many commonly prescribed medications;

Whereas, Doctors of Chiropractic may counsel their patients on life changes, headache triggers, and sleep patterns, as well as offer proactive advice on exercise, stress reduction and nutrition;

Whereas Doctors of Chiropractic are preventative care providers who focus on the health of the “whole person” and have particular expertise in the prevention and care of musculoskeletal injuries; and

Whereas, National Chiropractic Month serves as a reminder about the importance of making good health decisions;

Now Therefore, I, Gary R. Herbert, Governor of the State of  Utah, do hereby proclaim October 2009, as Chiropractic Month.

Google Excitement

It has finally happened. I’m on the front page of google, and very near the top at that. Go ahead try it and see. If you type in “Orem Utah Chiropractor” or “Provo Utah Chiropractor” I, Dr. Duncan, am right there in the top 5 in the local business results, and on the first page of actual pages listed. I’m very excited for a couple of reasons. First that means that a reliable source will be one of the first that people go to for information on chiropractic, and second because it should be great free advertising.

Everyone wants their site to be number one. Some people hire search engine optimization companies. I’ll tell you how I did it, and hopefully it helps you too. I did it with continuous dedication. First I read up as much as I could stand about the topic, and found that good quality links are the key. So, I’ve tried to build good quality links to my site. Links from other prominent health related sites, free directories, related blogs, and anything else I could think of. Unrelated links are fine, but not as good.

The other thing I did was to enlist your help by posting regular posts here on my blog. Thank you for all your help. I appreciate your visiting my blog and my site. I hope to be able to continue to post valuable information for you.

Google ranking is a fickle thing. I could be back down tomorrow, so I will continue working on it. I hope to be number 1 soon and stay there. I will also continue to need your help. If you have a links section of your site please post a link to me at www.drduncanchiropractic.com or at least to my blog here. If you haven’t checked out my site please go take a look. I try to keep it up to date, but if you have any suggestions or ideas please let me know.

How Many Times Should I Have To See My Chiropractor?

This is a question that I get all the time. The answer is; I don’t know yet, come on in and I’ll examine you. Every person is different, and so is every injury. The text books will give an average recovery rate for each particular injury, and even treatment recommendations. The problem with those is that they are not specific to any one case.

Most people who ask this are concerned about cost, or have heard that once you visit a chiropractor you have to keep going the rest of your life. I always set up a treatment plan with patients, so that they know what is recommended and can decide how many visits they are going to use. I examine them and present my findings, and recommend treatment. I then ask them if this seems reasonable to them. I usually begin care with a 2 visit trial to make sure that they are going to respond well to care. If at that point I am not getting any results then I need to do something else anyway. If we are getting results, I present my findings, and try to set a treatment plan with them.

Even though the guidelines recommend a certain number of visits, and I present that number to my patients, I base my treatment on goals rather than numbers of visits. For example we set the goal to get the pain to centralize. When we reach that goal we will change our visit frequency. As soon as they reach their ultimate goal I re-examine, see if the patient has additional goals that they want to achieve through chiropractic, if not, I release them from care.

My patients usual goals are to get back to life as quickly as possible. For some anxious patients, they may not even complete the full treatment plan. They do this at their own risk, but they feel that they can get the rest of the way better on their own. For the chronic condition patients they may be treating the rest of their life just to cope with symptoms. There are other patients still who want performance or maintenance care. These are looking for a bit extra from their care. They may not even be hurting, but know that their life/game is better with regular care.

Simply put, if you think a doctor is recommending excessive visits, ask him about it. If you are still concerned ask for a second opinion. You are never required to keep going to a chiropractor. If you think you are being bullied or scared into unnecessary care then you have legal recourse. No doctor should ever try to get you to come more often than he believes is needed. If you pay in advance. The doctor should refund any unused portion of your payment. Here in Utah it is a part of our ethics code.