Chiropractic Care for Tension Headaches

Research and statistics indicate that headaches cause the loss of over 25 billion dollars each year in United States since frequent and episodic headaches are one of the most common causes of absence from work and low productivity. There are various types of headaches and the management of each type varies according to the patho-physiological factors. Although mild and infrequent headaches (one episode a month or less that responds to over the counter pain relievers) are considered normal; however if your headache episodes are unprovoked and are occurring at frequent intervals (two or more per week), they are not responsive to over the counter analgesics and rest and they are not associated with other features like dizziness, fatigue and lightheadedness, you may benefit from chiropractic therapy.

The prevalence of tension headaches is very high (approximately 78% of all the headaches are tension type) that are characterized by a constricting type of pain that starts from the back of head and involves neck and scalp. Researchers and investigators have been working for years to ascertain the exact cause of tension headaches. Extensive research indicates that they could be due to changes in the biochemical environment of brain due to alterations in the secretion of some neurotransmitters, improper posture and wear and tear changes in the bones affect muscular activity (tightening or contraction of muscles affect the blood supply to brain and/or teeth clenching which increases the pressure on the tempo-mandibular joint leading to irritation and damage to joint. TMJ irritation is another leading cause of tension headaches and is reported frequently in individuals with sleep disorders.

Women are at higher risk of developing tension headaches when compared to men. Advancing age and sudden/ abrupt changes in the biochemical environment of the body also increases the risk of tension headaches. Changes in the concentration of estrogen (just before menstruation or during peri- menopausal years) the risk of tension headaches increase tremendously. Also, chronic and excessive stress, sleep disorders and drug abuse are also strong risk factors that are associated with tension headaches.

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Physiotherapy and Fibromyalgia

Physiotherapy is mostly over-looked when compared to medical or surgical regimens in the management of less-debated health issues like fibromyalgia. However, according to the research report presented by W. Smith, almost 3 to 6 million people are currently suffering from fibromyalgia in the United States alone. The actual pathogenesis of fibromyalgia is not very well understood, so it is a syndrome of unknown etiology. However, just recently a number of research studies have proven that physiotherapy can manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia without necessitating the need of any additional therapy.

Fibromyalgia is characterized by a multitude of symptoms affecting muscles and skeletal system. It is marked by moderate to severe unprovoked pain, stiffness involving muscles and joints, tenderness involving joints and other parts of the body, numbness or tingling sensation in the limbs and other nonspecific symptoms that include fatigue, tiredness, psychological issues and sleeping issues.

Fibromyalgia is considered a syndrome of unknown etiology and little is known about the primary patho-physiologic event that may lead to fibromyalgia; however, a few risk factors that are commonly reported in the setting of fibromyalgia include individuals living a stressful lifestyle and patients who underwent surgical procedures or suffered soft tissue trauma.

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Elavil Therapy For Use in Interstitial Cystitis

Although only one drug has been FDA approved specifically for interstitial cystitis, Elmiron, treating interstitial cystitis has always been a “brand off” approach. “Brand off” is where drugs not specifically designed for the illness or disease are used because of their side effects. For example, interstitial cystitis patients are given anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, antispasmodics, pain medication, and even some antiseizure medication.

Elavil is the brand name for the drug amitriptyline. The other brand name for the drug is Endep . It is given to mental health patients to elevate mood by increasing the neurotransmitters in the brain. Typically, this drug is prescribed for more than one reason to interstitial cystitis sufferers. It is available in tablet form in the dosages of 10mg, 25 mg, 50mg, 75mg, 100mg and in 150mg.

Sleep Effects

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Types of Pain and Medications Used For Mesothelioma

Almost everyone with mesothelioma experiences pain, the more so as the disease advances. Most patients use of a variety of pain medications to reduce pain and maintain their quality of life. Here are the kinds of pain that people with mesothelioma must deal with, and the types of pain medications used to control the pain.

Mild to moderate pain

Non-opioids: Examples are acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen. You can buy many of these over the counter, without a prescription. Some stronger NSAIDs do require a prescription.

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