Month: November 2019

Why Won’t They Stop?

Migraines and headaches typically stem from the same underlying cause. Your upper cervical part of your neck is the main source of the issue. It can cause spasms, pain, and ultimately the feeling of a headache. These symptoms will also increase when there is a lack of blood flow to the brain which causes extreme pain. When your brain lacks oxygen, other health issues will arise due to the brain’s function being a control center for your health.

Finding the Causes

Studies have shown that 90% of migraines are paired with neck problems as well. Your upper cervical part of your neck is the main source of the issue. It can cause spasms, pain, and ultimately the feeling of a headache. Loss of curvature in your neck can accelerate headache symptoms and cause damage to the upper part of your neck. This can occur over time with poor posture, sitting at a desk job, car accidents, sleeping on your stomach, sports injuries, etc. Luckily, there are solutions to correct these issues that go beyond taking medication to cover up the symptoms.

Top 5 Solutions for Headaches and Migraines

1. Magnesium

Taking a magnesium supplement (Magnesium Calm) every day. Our body can become deficient in magnesium when we do not eat enough healthy foods or we have a digestive issue that blocks the body from absorbing these nutrients. Caffeine, sugar, and stress can also lower these levels. When magnesium is low, your body may constrict arteries and cause symptoms of a headache.

2. Spine Evaluation

It is vital to check your spine. Going to a chiropractor will allow you to see the posture of your spine and if there are any signs of degeneration. When you get an x-ray, you will be able to see any areas that need help with removing the interference in your body. Interference in the body not only block your ability to heal but also cause symptoms of headaches and migraines.

3. Cayenne Pepper

In the midst of experiencing a migraine episode, take cayenne pepper. It would be intense to put cayenne pepper on your tongue, so a unique way to get rid of an oncoming migraine would be to snort cayenne pepper. It will not hurt you and is not as painful as it sounds. It is a natural remedy to dilate the arteries to the brain.

4. Caffiene

Too much caffeine can cause constriction of the arteries which will cause more migraines in the future. Although caffeine is used to curve symptoms in the moment, such as Excedrin, you can create long term side effects that will negatively affect or cause an increase of migraines.

5. Screen Time + Sleep

Sleeping on your stomach is one of the top reasons people have neck issues. Other symptoms include neck pain, shoulder pain, numbness and tingling of the hands, and migraines. The best position to sleep is on your back. In addition, the amount of screen time can affect your neck and migraines. This includes the time spent sitting while looking at the screen as well as the blue light which increases a stress response in your body. Ways to decrease the negative effects of screen time can be to reduce the time using it, correct posture, and glasses or screen covers that protect you from the blue light.

If you live in the Matthews/Charlotte area here in North Carolina, or would like a recommendation to other chiropractors in your area, contact us here. We would love to be in contact with you!

A Key Nutrition Tip to Change the Way You Eat

There is a lot of great marketing out there with food. The hard thing is deciphering through which foods are truly healthy and nourishing for your body. We teach people to look for labels such as grass-fed beef or organic, however, some marketing words can be misleading.

An example of figuring out if a food is healthy for you or not is to look for labels such as organic certified and non-GMO. The extra tip to truly knowing what you are putting into your body is quite simple.

What do you need to do? Read the ingredients.

Marketing can be true to what they are projecting, but can also leave out additional ingredients that will either add unnecessary sugars or flavoring that could potentially affect your health.

3 Main Keys

  1. If you can’t read it, don’t eat it. If you are unsure of what an ingredient is or search online to find out it is a chemical or man-made food you should avoid it. It should also be 5 or less ingredients on the label. Make sure you are able to pronounce or know what every ingredient is.
  2. Stay away from artificial flavoring and added sugars. Even if it’s marketed as “natural flavors” it is important to know there are no regulations on the word natural in ingredients.
  3. The best ingredients will be labeled as organic in the ingredient section. Make sure the majority, if not all, ingredients are truly organic even when marketed as certified organic. Foreign countries organic standards are not strict like America, so if food is from China or Mexico it is not truly organic as labeled.

If you live in the Matthews/Charlotte area here in North Carolina, or would like a recommendation to other chiropractors in your area, contact us here. We would love to be in contact with you!

Arthritis and Joint Pain

Impact of Inflammation

Many factors over time can cause both arthritis and joint pain. Putting your body in a stress state due to either nutrition, activity levels, or other stressors will cause your body to become inflamed. When your body has a lot of inflammation, your joints also become inflamed and can be diagnosed as arthritis. Our body’s response to inflammation can result in pain. When our body is in pain, it is signaling that there is something wrong.

The Medical Approach

Typical medical solutions for these issues involve a cortisol shot or a high dosage NSAID (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) to alleviate pain. Although pain may be lifted at the moment, these two solutions cause more health issues down the road including heart issues and gut issues. The medical model desires to reduce inflammation, however, the solutions are synthetic and not dealing with the root cause. Fortunately, our body is powerfully and wonderfully made to heal itself. Here are the top five things to naturally help arthritis and joint pain.

Top 5 Solutions for Arthritis and Joint Pain

1. Movement

A lot of joints become inflamed due to lack of movement. The liquid around the joint needs to be released for new fluid to come in. If there is a lack of movement, joints become dehydrated and can cause degeneration. Add all range of motion movements throughout your entire day.

2. Supplements

These natural supplements assist in reducing inflammation and restore strength in your joints. Turmeric, Boswellia, and ginger are great for reducing inflammation. Omega-3 fish oil, cod liver oil, and CBD oil help alleviate joint pain. MSN, Glucosamine Chondroitin, and bone broth help the structure of your joint.

3. Alignment

Medical professionals say arthritis is genetic. This is false; it can be as simple as having a misalignment. Get consulted by a chiropractor who can find the misalignments throughout the body to remove interference and allow the body to heal itself properly. Not only can pain be removed, but also the core issue itself can be removed as well.

4. Diet

The minimum change you need to make to your diet is to eat an anti-inflammatory diet. This includes removing sugars, grains, and processed foods. The ultimate step following this would be to follow a plant paradox diet. This eliminates gluten, high levels of lectin, and also dairy. These foods can cause high levels of inflammation and digestive issues.

5. Testing

If you have tried tips 1-4 and are still experience symptoms of joint pain, get your gut tested. You can be following the supplements and diet recommended, but due to the condition of your gut, it cannot handle the change. With the westernized diet, it has destroyed our digestive system. After being tested, you can focus on healing your gut. Your gut can be connected to arthritis and joint pain.

If you live in the Matthews/Charlotte area here in North Carolina, or would like a recommendation to other chiropractors in your area, contact us here. We would love to be in contact with you!

Queen City Health Center is a Charlotte Chiropractic and total wellness center for individuals and families. With locations across Charlotte, NC and Matthews, NC, we specialize in helping individuals and families find true health and ways to maximize their lives through nutrition, lifestyle classes, detoxification and spinal correction.

SouthPark Office 4421 Sharon Rd #100 Charlotte, NC 28211 980-422-2000
Matthews Office 1730 Matthews Township Pkwy Matthews, NC 28105 704-844-6368