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Resolution of Hemifacial Spasm Following Chiropractic Care

Resolution of Hemifacial Spasm Following Chiropractic Care

 

The following are excerpts from a 2011 case report in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research by Lucian Henry D.C. titled
Resolution of Hemifacial Spasm Following Specific Upper Cervical
Chiropractic Care

What was the objective of this research?

“To describe resolution of symptoms in a patient with chronic hemifacial spasm, neck pain, and low back pain following specific chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations.

What is a Hemifacial Spasm?

“Hemifacial spasm is a rare condition characterized by irregular
clonic twitching of the muscles supplied by the 7th cranial
nerve (facial nerve) on one side of the face.”

These spasms can be greatly impactful on a person’s life as they create twitches and tics that make it difficult to focus and can be painful.  The also impact a patient’s social life greatly due to the importance of eye contact when communicating.

What are the causes of hemifacial spasm?

The known causes of hemifacial spasm include vascular
compression, injury to the facial nerve, and, rarely, nerve
compression due to tumor. The cause may also be unknown.

This case report highlights how the upper neck can play a role in the physiology of hemifacial spasms.  In this patient’s experience, it greatly helped.

What was the patient like who improved while under Chiropractic care?

“An obese 48-year-old male presented with left hemifacial
spasms of one-year duration, accompanied by neck pain and
tension. He reported a tic causing the left eye to blink that
sometimes forced the eye to almost close. He reported an
insidious onset and denied history of trauma. He described
constant neck pain, centrally located, with tension and crepitus
on movement. He described the pain as a mild, irritating
discomfort. He reported that his symptoms were aggravated by
stress while nothing brought significant relief.”

“He had prior evaluation with his primary care physician and a
neurologist and was treated with Botox injections. Prior
evaluation included MRI. Botox injections helped temporarily
but symptoms were recurrent. The patient sought chiropractic
treatment after his physician suggested that releasing neck
tension would help the hemifacial spasms.”

“The patient’s condition was complicated by diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. “

As you can read above, there are many areas that this patient needed to address in terms of his health.  Fortunately, now that his spasm has been stopped, he should have some momentum to address

How did the patient respond to Chiropractic Care?

“Following each adjustment, motion palpation indicated
immediate improvement in joint motion. He received a total of
three chiropractic adjustments over a 13-day period of time,
after which time the patient discontinued care due to a
resolution of his symptoms. At a 3 month follow up the patient
was still asymptomatic.”

When helping the upper neck function better again, amazing things can happen.  Chiropractic is great at helping make change to the physiology in a body due to the importance of the spinal cord for health.

If you are suffering with a problem but haven’t investigated to see if you are subluxated, get checked by a chiropractor.  It could be the help that your body is asking for!

-Dr. Callum Peever

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

As a health and wellness clinic in Mississauga we often work with patients who suffer with fibromyalgia.  The condition can be very painful and debilitating if steps are not taken to learn how to function with it and move forward in spite of it.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by widespread, migrating, and frequently debilitating pain and fatigue.  The medical rheumatologists determine the diagnosis through a series of criteria:

  • Chronic, widespread pain in each of the four quadrants (above and below the waist, bilaterally, in the axial skeleton) that has been present for at least 3 months
  • Pain elicited upon palpation of less than four kilograms of pressure in a least 11 of 18 tender points

Patients with fibromyalgia often times experience stiffness, fatigue, numbness, migraines, tension headaches, IBS, TMJ problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, anxiety, depression, fog, sleep problems, and have difficulty with exercise.

What is the cause of Fibromyalgia?

“Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition that likely has more
than one single cause, although recent data tends to support
the notion that the primary cause is a breakdown in the normal
function of the central nervous system (CNS) and the
abnormal pain amplification experienced by patients tend to
occur at the level of the spine, not of the peripheral tissues.1,4
This is important in considering its clinical application with
chiropractic care. In regards to pain processing, perception of
pain involves an ascending and descending neural pathway.
Peripheral nerves send information to the brain via the spinal
cord (ascending) for processing and the brain relays the
appropriate response back down the spinal cord, out the
peripheral nerves (descending). In patients with fibromyalgia,
these two pathways have been shown to operate abnormally.1,6”

The above excerpt is from:

Resolution of Chronic Fibromyalgia and Improved Spinal Curves Following Correction of an Atlas Subluxation: A Case Report & Selective Review of the Literature

 

What is the medical treatment of Fibromyalgia?

Patient suffering with fibromyalgia are often in such bad pain that the medical system initially aims at addressing the pain levels through use of painkillers.  Unfortunately:

“The American Pain Society cautions against the use of opioids, corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti inflammatories, benzodiazepines, and tender or trigger point injections for the treatment of fibromyalgia due to a lack of evidence of efficiency.”

If not pain killers, how do you survive with Fibromyalgia?

“…more than 90% of patients also seek alternative therapies on their own accord and report a strong preference for non-pharmacological treatment options.”

As mentioned at the beginning of this blog, a huge aspect of helping a patient suffering with fibromyalgia is to help them to learn to function with it and to improve in spite of it.

These are some main points I think of when helping a patient learn about Fibromyalgia and how to move forward with it:

By understanding these points, it can help a person make action steps to improve health and function in spite of fibromyalgia pains.  Chiropractors are experts at helping patients implement strategies to address to points, but ultimately the person experiencing the fibromyalgia pains has to master the understanding of them to live at their best.

  1. The brain is the most important part of our body and allows us to feal, function, adapt to the environment, move, and live.
  2. The spine allows us to move about against gravity, has muscular attachments, but ultimately it protects the spinal cord from injury.
  3. The brain can only respond to the information it receives from the nerves.  If the information it receives are signalling danger, the brain feels pain and responds accordingly.
  4. Danger signals from the nerves do not necessarily mean damage is occurring.
  5. When the nerves are pinched or bothered at any point along the nerve pathway, the entire nerve pathway signals are sensed as danger
  6. When the spinal cord itself is under strain or stress, all of the messages processed through it to the brain will be at a heightened sense of danger.

How do you implement the above points to help?

The above points can be simple…but also confusing and complex.  Especially to live and act according to them.  As mentioned above, Chiropractors are trained at implementing the above physiological science into practical action steps for our patients.  Many times our practical action steps involve adjusting the spine in order to reduce interference along the nerve system and then to also help encourage proper function.  Most of the contact points are done along the spine and pelvis, but some can be along the nerve pathways or mechanical pathways into the legs or arms.

A lot of the patient education and goals are aimed towards functional goals that help to point out successes in function, and not pain.  One example of why we do this as practitioners is that it is important to guide a person towards where they want to go and accomplish as opposed to constantly highlighting where they are.  The pain focus can unfortunately take up a person’s whole consciousness, leading them to not see any functional health improvements, life enjoyment, or quality of life aspects.

To learn more about applying Chiropractic thinking towards fibromyalgia challenges, connect with a Chiropractor, have your spine and nerve system analyzed, and then implement and try your hardest to understand the concepts.  I have found that the patients who are able to do this are able to have the best results and are the happiest, in spite of fibromyalgia.  You can also read more regarding these concepts, under a different topic at:

The most important part of the body
Vertebral Subluxation
Activator Methods Chiropractic  
Upper Neck Injuries

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga

Post-Partum Low Back Pain

Relief from Post-Partum Low Back Pain

A lot of effort and planning goes into a pregnancy, with the clear goal regarding the healthy birth of a new baby.  But when the baby arrives, the hard work doesn’t end.  Now there is a need that supersedes the mother’s own needs, the baby.  This post-partum period is a challenging time for all mothers.  Often times the mother is tired, drained of energy, and still healing from their pregnancy and delivery.  Unfortunately, 80% of women report low back and pelvic pain post-partum – with 7% of these pains being severe.

As a Chiropractor in Mississauga I often work with patients through their pregnancies and into their post-partum time as they recover and rebuild their bodies.  This is a very exciting time as many things change in the body and in the life of the new mother.  Fortunately, our health and wellness office is greatly able to help these mothers do their best through their pregnancies and deliveries.  Not only are our Chiropractors comfortable and great at working with a patient through their pregnancy and beyond, but so are our massage therapists and our Naturopathic doula team!

I was discussing with a Chiropractic colleague from the Womb in Milton regarding the post-partum time and the importance of Chiropractic care in helping a new mother’s spine and pelvis recover at its best, even with the new challenges.  We both agreed that their was enormous importance, but also that the mother often times puts herself last in the priority list.

Here is a case of Improved Health Outcomes in a Woman Experiencing Chronic Post-Partum Low Back Pain after Chiropractic care.

This mother unfortunately waited 3 years before seeking Chiropractic help after her c-section delivery.  Through the Chiropractic exam she was ‘twisted’ or ‘crooked’ at the pelvis or sacrum.  By addressing and adjusting this imbalance, the patient was able to get quick results.

Here is a case of Chronic Post-Partum Osteitis Pubis Managed with Chiropractic

This patient’s pelvis was very irritated during the pregnancy and delivery to the extent that the pubic bones in the front of the pelvis were extremely inflamed and painful.  This mother unfortunately even had difficulty walking due to the pelvic pain.   Fortunately, Chiropractic adjustments of her pelvis were able to help her recover and gain function again!   In the Chiropractic technique that I personally use to adjust, Activator Methods, we can adjust the pelvis from the back and/or the front in order to help correct the pelvic imbalance.

Keeping office visits effective and efficient for mothers

At our Mississauga location, we try our hardest to make the appointments as seamless as possible for all the patients.  The staff often times assists the mothers with the kids, the paperwork, and the doctors try their hardest to keep the appointments on time and moving smoothly.  One thing that helps new patients to our office is that our patient forms are located on the website, which prevents time in the office filling out forms and ‘juggling’ the baby!

 

Starting a New Workout? Tips to avoid back pain

Starting a new workout? Our Chiropractors can help you stick with it.

Throughout the year many of my patients start new workouts.  I love the excitement and energy that a patient has when they approach  new workouts and try new things.  Not only is it personally building for them, but I also believe that in life you need something to be excited about.

These new workouts can be challenging for the body and do create an opportunity for the body to adapt and become stronger!  However, they also create an opportunity for your body to become injured and weaker as a result.  I highly suggest getting regularly checked and adjusted accordingly by your chiropractor when a person is starting new workouts.

People who see chiropractors are less likely to decline in activities of daily living, lifting, stooping, walking, self-rated health, and health! A recent 2014 study in the Journal JMPT showed this impact chiropractic treatment and care can have on people through statistics.  I see this positive benefit daily in my practice with patients who are regularly adjusted and cared for.  The patients who are regularly supporting their bodies with chiropractic care also get more out of their exercise routines than those who don’t!

What exercises are the worst for creating lower back pain?

The worst exercises are ones that include repetitive bending and twisting of the low back – Sit ups.  No one is doing sit ups anymore as they can really irritate low backs and create disc injuries in the lumbar spine.  Sit ups will build abdominal strength, BUT they can damage a back severely! It is best to find exercises that build strength at the same time as not injuring the body.  Instead of doing sit ups, incorporate planks, side bridges, or squats into your new exercise routines.  Check out this blog on what discs in your back hate.

There are lots of other workouts that may seem good for your muscles but which actually irritate that frame of the body.

I also regularly see problems in patients who are doing repetitive overhead lifting exercises.  If you can avoid those, definitely do or else you will be running into shoulder and clavicle injuries.

When watching a person start their new exercise programs, I can identify where their body is having difficulty adapting to the new exercises.  This is very important to catch a problem before it arises.  This is a preventative behaviour which will keep you excited about your new exercise program without having to take time off to heal from an injury.

What exercises are the best?

The best workout is the one that you enjoy the most and are excited about.  If you can enjoy the exercises you are doing, they will be much easier to keep up with in the future.  The benefit from exercises doesn’t come with doing them once, but from building them into regular habits throughout your life.  This is much like Chiropractic care.  One adjustment may help you today, but the impact on your life can be great and will be there only if you are adjusted regularly throughout your life.

If you are starting a new workout, let your chiropractor know and be prepared to adapt to the changing demands on your body. 

I hope you are having an excellent start to the new year,

Dr. Callum Peever

 

 

Stress of toys on ground with toy ambulance

Reduce Holiday Stress

The holidays are an exciting time of year, but bring with them lots of stress. We hope that this list of tips helps you reduce your holiday stress!

Below are suggestions from our wellness office in Mississauga on how to have the best holiday season by reducing your holiday stress. There are lots of suggestions from our naturopathic doctors and chiropractors. Connect to our team of natural health care professionals to apply these approaches to your holidays!

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Merry Christmas from the Erin Mills Optimum Health team!

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