• A closer look at headaches

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Headaches are REALLY common! In fact, two out of three children will have a headache by the time they are fifteen years old, and more than 90% of adults will experience a headache at some point in their life. It appears safe to say that almost ALL of us will have firsthand knowledge of what a headache is like sooner or later! Certain types of headaches run in families (due to genetics), and headaches can occur during different stages of life. Some have a consistent pattern, while others do not. To make this even more complicated, it’s not uncommon to have…

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  • Posture and Whiplash

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Posture assessment is a key component of the chiropractic examination, and the posture of the head and neck is especially important for a patient recovering from a whiplash injury. Forward head carriage describes a state in which the head sits more forward on the shoulders than it should. In order for the muscles in the neck and shoulders to keep the head upright, they must work harder. This added strain can increase one’s risk for neck pain and headaches, which is why retraining posture is a key component to the management of neck pain and headaches in patients with or…

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  • Tennis Elbow

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition caused by overuse and repetitive muscle strain injury. The pain of tennis elbow occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the outside of your elbow. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist. Symptoms The pain associated with tennis elbow may radiate from the outside of your elbow into your forearm and wrist. Pain and weakness may make it difficult to: -Shake hands or squeeze objects -Turn a doorknob, open jars , hold objects -Lift a coffee cup Tennis elbow affects 1% to 3% of the population overall and as many as 50% of…

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  • Headache and Dizziness; when to be worried

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Last month, we discussed some startling new research that found that lightheadedness upon standing up (orthostatic hypotension) may be more serious than previously thought. This month, we’ll look specifically at headache AND dizziness and if we should we be concerned about this combination of complaints and if so, when? A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University reviewed past medical records of 187,188 patients presenting to over 1,000 emergency departments (EDs) between 2008 and 2009. They found the combination of headache and dizziness—especially in women, minorities, and young patients—was a potential signal of an impending stroke! Specifically, they reported that 12.7% of…

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  • Tension HA or Migrane?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Most likely, everyone reading this article has had a headache at one time or another. The American Headache Society reports that nearly 40% of the population suffers from episodic headaches each year while 3% have chronic tension-type headaches. The United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 29.5 million Americans experience migraines, but tension headaches are more common than migraines at a frequency of 5 to 1. Knowing the difference between the two is important, as the proper diagnosis can guide treatment in the right direction. TENSION HEADACHES: These typically result in a steady ache and tightness located in…

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  • Fibromyalgia Diet?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Folks suffering with fibromyalgia (FM) commonly complain that certain foods can make their symptoms worse. How common is this? One study reported 42% of FM patients found that certain foods worsened their symptoms! Because FM affects each person differently, there is no ONE FM diet or, “…one size fits all” when it comes to eating “right” for FM. Patients with FM usually find out by trial and error which foods work vs. those that consistently don’t. However, remembering which foods do what can be a challenge so FIRST, make a three column FOOD LOG with the following headings: BETTER, NO CHANGE,…

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  • How is dizziness related to my neck pain and headache?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    First, it is important to point out that it is VERY common to be light headed or dizzy when standing up too fast, which is typically referred to as orthostatic hypotension (OH). OH is frequently referred to as a benign symptom, but new information may challenge this thought. Let’s review what happens. When we are lying down, our heart does not have to work as hard as when we are upright; therefore, our blood pressure (BP) is usually lower while we lay in bed. When standing up, blood initially pools in the legs until an increase in blood pressure brings oxygen…

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  • Posture and Whiplash

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Posture assessment is a key component of the chiropractic examination, and the posture of the head and neck is especially important for a patient recovering from a whiplash injury. Forward head carriage describes a state in which the head sits more forward on the shoulders than it should. In order for the muscles in the neck and shoulders to keep the head upright, they must work harder. This added strain can increase one’s risk for neck pain and headaches, which is why retraining posture is a key component to the management of neck pain and headaches in patients with or…

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  • Can Chiropractic help my headaches?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Everyone, well at least almost everyone, has had headaches from time to time, and we all know how miserable they can make us feel. In fact, at some point in time, 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches that range between mild and dull to throbbing, intense, and debilitating, sometimes to the point of requiring bed rest in a dark, quiet room. The common reflex is to reach for that bottle of pills and pray the headache subsides so you don’t have to call in sick and lose another day of productivity when you have so much to do. Unfortunately,…

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  • Chiro & Headaches

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    ccording to the World Health Organization, headaches are among the most common disorders of the nervous system affecting an estimated 47% of adults during the past year. Headaches place a significant burden on both quality of life (personal, social, and occupational) and financial health. They are usually misdiagnosed by healthcare practitioners, and in general, are underestimated, under-recognized, and under-treated around the world. So, what about chiropractic and headaches… Does it help? Suffice it to say, there are MANY studies showing chiropractic care helps headache sufferers. For instance, in a review of past research studies using an “evidence-based” approach, chiropractic treatment of…

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  • Diet strategies for Fibro

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common condition that affects about five million Americans, often between ages 20 and 45 years old. FM is very difficult to diagnose primarily because there is no definitive test like there is for heart, liver, or kidney disease. Equally challenging is the ability to effectively treat FM as there are frequently other conditions that co-exist with FM that require special treatment considerations. Typically, each FM case is unique with a different group of symptoms and therefore, each person requires individualized care. Fibromyalgia symptoms can include generalized pain throughout the body that can vary from mild to severely…

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  • How can I stop my migraine?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Migraines can be life-altering! They can stop us from being able to enjoy a child’s piano recital, participate in family events, go to work, or simply do household chores! Wouldn’t it be nice to have ways to self-manage these miserable, often disabling headaches? Here are some options! 1. RELAXATION THERAPY: Search for a calm environment, turn off the lights (photophobia, or light sensitivity, is a common migraine complaint), minimize sound/noise (due to “hyperacusis”), and sleep if possible. Monitor the room temperature and/or use hot/cold compresses to the head and/or neck regions to relax tight muscles (heat) and reduce pain and swelling…

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  • Risk Factors For Back Injury In Young Athletes

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

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  • What is Whiplash?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Whiplash is an injury to the soft-tissues of the neck often referred to as a sprain or strain. Because there are a unique set of symptoms associated with whiplash, doctors and researchers commonly use the term “whiplash associated disorders” or WAD to describe the condition. WAD commonly occurs as a result of a car crash, but it can also result from a slip and fall, sports injury, a personal injury (such as an assault), and other traumatic causes. The tissues commonly involved include muscle tendons (“strain”), ligaments and joint capsules (“sprains”), disk injuries (tears, herniation), as well as brain injury or…

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  • Do ADHD Symptoms Continue into Adulthood?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    A new study has found that 60% of children with ADHD demonstrate symptoms into their mid-20s. Adults who show signs of ADHD often aren’t aware of their symptoms, but friends and family of participants noted that they still observe ADHD behaviors in their loved one. Dr. Margaret Sibley explains, "By asking a family member about the adult's symptoms and using adult-based definitions of the disorder, you typically find that around half of children with moderate to severe ADHD still show significant signs of the disorder in adulthood." Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, September 2016

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  • Can I prevent Fibromyalgia?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common cause for chronic pain (pain that lasts three or more months) and afflicts 4% of the general population in the United States! FM commonly affects the muscles and soft tissues – not the joints (like arthritis); however, many FM sufferers are mistakenly diagnosed with arthritis, so it may take years before they get an accurate diagnosis. There are NO known accurate diagnostic tests for FM, which is another reason for a delayed diagnosis. In order to answer the question, “Can fibromyalgia be prevented?” we must first find the cause of FM. There are two types of…

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  • Preventing Injuries In Young Athletes

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Identifying and reducing risk factors in sports in especially important in young athletes. A review published in "The Adolescent Athlete" journal found that up to 50% go injuries could be avoided with preventative measures for youth participating in sport. Some key items to consider when looking at preventing injuries include: A pre-season screening program to identify muscle imbalances, weakness, previous injury locations and progress of healing at those sites. Waiting for an injury in-season is cuter productive for all athletes but especially young ones. An off-season general strength and conditioning program. This should be aimed at maximizing an athletes general movement skills,…

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  • The Carry-On-Approved Workout Accessory To Take Everywhere This Summer

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Resistance bands are a great tool to use to get a workout in anywhere you go. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/resistance-band- exercises-summer-workout-travel 

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  • More Support for Laser Therapy and Elbow Pain!

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    A recent study showed that the combination of class IV laser therapy and an epicondyle bandage "showed significant improvement for all evaluated parameters including pain scores, handgrip strength, disability, and SF-36 scores after sixth week of the treatment" We offer class IV Laser Therapy at Aberdeen Chiropractic for all patients. Come see what laser can do for your chronic muscle pains today!   https://www.archivesofrheumatology.org/full-text/807

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  • Plantar Fasciitis and Class IV Laser

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    What is it? Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel to the toes and creates the arch of the foot. Symptoms The most common complaint is pain in the bottom of the heel. The heel pain may be dull or sharp. The bottom of the foot may also ache or burn. This can be painful and make walking more difficult. The pain is usually worse: In the morning when you take your first steps After standing or sitting for a while When climbing stairs After intense activity The pain may develop slowly over time, or suddenly after intense…

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