What Is Actually Hurting In the Head?
The link between chiropractic care and resolving headaches is understood anatomically. When considering the structures in the head that can actually ache or sense pain, it becomes apparent that manual manipulation can correct the offending biomechanical dysfunction. Pain sensing structures of the head are bone, sinuses and vasculature, to name a few. The cranium and all bones that create the skull are highly innervated and thus, very sensitive to pain. These bones can become the source of irritation when any of the attached muscles are imbalanced and go into spasm as a result of poor posture and repetitive use.
The sinuses are cavities within the bone. A sinus infection causes pressure that is sensed within the bone. Blood vessels are also sensitive to pain. When there are fluctuations in blood pressure, vessel walls are sensitive to that change and become irritated. Also, other biomechanical stressors such as abnormalities in muscles and skeletal alignment can affect blood vessels.
Referred pain is a common cause of headache. Through interconnections of nerves throughout different structures in the head and neck, the pain often manifests as a headache. Common referral patterns originate from structures such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, improper motion of the cervical spine or neck, and muscles of the head and neck.
How chiropractic corrects the cause.
So how does a chiropractic adjustment affect these structures and alleviate the headache? With regards to the skull and cervical spine, it is important to understand the biomechanics of the offending structures. A chiropractic adjustment restores normal function to any joint (e.g. TMJ or cervical spine), and relaxes the muscles surrounding the joint. Also, for sinus relief, there is a technique involving pressure to the sinuses that will initiate drainage and relieve the pain. Blood pressure can be treated nutritionally as well as medicinally.
A positive response with various types of headaches.
No matter the type of headache, chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical treatment from which many sufferers find relief. Additionally, migraine sufferers have been shown to enjoy reduction in headaches from chiropractic care.
Exposure to the sun, stress, pollutants and free radicals may destroy healthy skin at a much earlier age. There are ways to reverse this process. First, minimizing exposure to the sun and/or wearing a sunblock is essential.
Other options to revitalize skin include facial peels with many types to treat specific conditions. Lighter peels help to exfoliate the skin and stimulate the cells to turn over more rapidly. This may be done in combination with light mechanical abrasion of the skin. These facial treatments are referred to as the “lunch time” peels, because they are painless, inexpensive, require little time to do and have very rapid recovery time. More extensive peels include TCA and phenol ––used to treat deeper wrinkles, particularly around the lips. The deeper peels require a longer recovery time but produce excellent results in selected patients.
Botox is another popular alternative to deal with facial aging. This treatment is a purified therapeutic agent that removes lines and creases in the upper part of the face by inactivating certain muscles that pull on the skin, causing the underlying muscle to relax giving the skin a more refreshed appearance. The procedure is quick, done in the office and causes very little pain.
Injectable fillers such as collagen and Restylane are substances that enhance the fullness of soft tissues, primarily in the face, and are another excellent non-surgical treatment to restore the skin’s youthful appearance. The fillers are injected into the skin, smoothing lines and wrinkles, such as frown lines, smile lines, and crow’s feet. They may also be used to enhance lip size and shape, and treat skin depressions such as those caused by acne scars. The results are immediate and there is a minimal recovery time. The fullness achieved from the injectable fillers generally lasts three to six months. Botox and injectable fillers may be used in combination to help stop the creation of lines and wrinkles and plump up the skin to smooth the appearance of them.
Face lifts are a surgical procedure used to correct loose skin, wrinkles or excessive fatty tissue, deep wrinkles in the cheeks, sagging skin near the cheek bones, loss of a well defined jaw line, or a deep line that runs from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth. There are many variations to the face lift procedure. This procedure requires significant recovery time, but has the most long lasting and dramatic results. Face lifts are done as an out patient procedure.
These are just a few of the many options available today to help restore skin’s clarity, tone, color and texture, and reverse the effect of years of exposure to harsh environmental conditions, acne and/or stress. For more information regarding these treatments and to determine the best option to achieve your desired results, it is best to consult with a plastic surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Persons who have received a mental illness diagnosis, particularly one of a serious and persistent nature, have found psychiatric rehabilitation services beneficial in their recovery.
Recovery is believed to be a process based on readjustment of attitudes, feelings, perceptions and beliefs about self and others. The values represented in psychiatric rehabilitation are consistent, even intrinsic, to recovery. There are five key values that represent the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation: 1. Self-determination, 2. Dignity and worth of every individual, 3. Optimism, 4. Capacity for every person to learn and grow and 5. Cultural sensitivity.
Practitioners in psychiatric rehabilitation believe that everyone must be involved in decisions that effect their lives. This self-determination is often referred to as empowerment. Empowerment is something that is developed within the person not something done to or for an individual. The recovery process is supported in psychiatric rehabilitation by providing information, options and resources.
Dignity and worth of every human being regardless of the degree of impairment is a core value of psychiatric rehabilitation. Although this statement is often used in many arenas, the persistent stigma directed toward those with a mental illness or anyone who appears different in some way does not indicate that it is practiced. There needs to be a consistent effort to maintain or restore dignity to those with a mental illness.
Optimism on the part of service providers can generalize to those receiving services. A positive attitude is catching. Words and actions of practitioners that convey hope help those with an illness recover hope.
Inherent in this optimism is the belief that everyone can learn and grow. The presence of a mental illness does not eliminate learning and development of ways to achieve personal goals.
Mental illness knows no cultural or ethnic boundaries. Sensitivity to differences in cultures enables staff to assist those receiving psychiatric rehabilitation services to become better integrated into their community. It avoids staff assuming or making incorrect judgements.
The struggle to free those diagnosed with a mental illness from the role of a mental patient as a cultural identity can be better won with respect for the individual and the particular culture.
These values are the essence of psychiatric rehabilitation. When they are used effectively, they are the basis for recovery. Indeed, the five values can provide the basis for all people to achieve emotional health.