Can Chiropractic Help Dystonia?
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Dystonia is a severe condition that afflicts the muscles in various parts of the body. Most commonly those that suffer have a rhythmic loss of control over their neck muscles. Oftentimes the head either pulls to the right or left uncontrollably. In some cases, the head can pull backward or forwards.
Dystonia is not only uncomfortable but also makes those who suffer uncomfortable because of their disfigurement. It is not a CHOICE. Dystonia has its roots in abnormal neurological control over the muscle tone. In this article, we would like to discuss a few cases that have walked into our offices over the years and offer an explanation for how upper cervical corrections to the atlas or axis can help this difficult condition.
Dystonia is characterized by unwanted muscle contractions and movements that are not under the control of the person. About 250 000 Americans suffer from dystonia each year. There is no known definitive cause of dystonia however it has been associated with certain medication use, trauma, and genetic factors. In this article, we would like to discuss the role of trauma and its implications in dystonia as a possible underlying trigger.
What Do Accidents Have To Do With Dystonia?
It is well-known that postural muscle tone is directly influenced by the brain-stem and joints of the cervical spine. Postural imbalances in the body can be directly caused by trauma to the upper cervical spine. Dystonia is caused by a loss of neurological control of the muscles. Involuntary contractions occur and are not under conscious control. The underlying influence is ABNORMAL nerve impulse control over the muscles that are affected.
Since the brain-stem and spinal cord are responsible for transmitting ALL nerve impulses in the body it would be worth noting it in any disease process. Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a unique discipline within the chiropractic profession that makes precise, gentle corrections in the neck to allow the central nervous system to function optimally.
Dr. Dan Murphy out of Northern California has written many beautiful articles regarding the joints of the neck and their influence over normal body function(1). Dys-afferentation is a technical term that describes abnormal nerve input from the joints of the neck and how it can alter function throughout the body.
It should be of not that many cases of dystonia start following neck trauma. (2) In our Los Angeles office, Upper Cervical Health Care Los Angeles, we have had numerous cases of dystonia over the years. Some have completely resolved, some improved, and a small percentage received no improvement.
I recall a woman from Korea several years ago with Dystonia. She skyped us from Korea. Her involuntary spasm was violent. Without warning every 20-30 seconds her neck muscles would lock and pull her head straight backward. She would get stuck in that position and then her neck muscles would let go.
Then the cycle would repeat itself. With the help of our Korean translator, we were able to communicate the Upper Cervical idea to her and she flew from Korea for care.
Within 8 weeks of care, her dystonia symptoms had resolved 90 percent. This has been the case of many dystonia patients in upper cervical chiropractic offices across the country. While Upper Cervical Chiropractic is NOT A CURE ALL, it is a fantastic procedure that improves nerve function and health.
Neck Trauma And How It Affects Your Health
Blair Upper Cervical is a unique procedure that is gentle, precise and involves no twisting or cracking of the neck. Upper Cervical Doctors take articular(joint) x-rays to determine how the c-1 or c-2 vertebrae has misaligned.
Because the joints in the body are mirror images, special x-ray views that look at the outer margins of the joints between the skull and atlas(c-1) allow the doctor to see the misalignment. The precision of knowing how much it has misaligned and how the joint is angled allows for a gentle and precise correction to restore normal joint motion and better nervous system function.
Once a correction is made, the goal is for the vertebrae to stay in its normal range of motion for as long as possible. Objective tests are used to monitor the patient to determine whether a correction is necessary or not. The goal of Upper Cervical Care is to maintain the correction so the central nervous system can heal and repair. When better function follows healing happens.
Our office routinely sees patients with Meniere’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, Migraine Headaches, Post Concussion Syndrome, Neck Pain, Sciatica, Autoimmune conditions and other chronic health conditions that have not responded to traditional health care.
We hope that this information gets into the eyes of those who are suffering and looking for alternative ways to heal their bodies and regain their health.
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