Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Headache Relief in Portland

A woman came into the office recently wearing glasses so dark they could be used for welding. She was quiet and obviously experiencing some sort of issue. Her headache had been constant for 15 days and she was "done."

As always, we chatted for a bit to give me an idea of what was happening. She provided the details and we got started on determining just what was causing her persistent, debilitating headache. 

I found one of her pupils was markedly larger than the other. This could be due to common genetic causes, some sort of brain / brain stem problem or other nervous system issue. We determined her "fight or flight" system was raging out of control; what could be called "Sympathetic Escape."  

The brain has an amazing ability to regulate it's own output. If something interrupts the regulatory process, the system can spin out of control. Our patient had "tweaked" her back three weeks prior in the garden and did not make the connection. You see, the mid back area is the part of the spine that drives the "flight of fight" response. This is the response that causes increased heart rate, sweating and yes, dilation of the eyes. 

In her case, one eye received FAR more visual input because it was dilated. This unequal visual input pushed her system beyond it's ability to regulate. The result? Constant headache!

Because Fox Chiropractic understands how the system works, we were able to provide the appropriate care to resolve the complaint. Score for our patient and for Chiropractic!

There is a difference. 


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