note: Case studies summarizing patientsí responses
to care are intended for educational purposes
only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit.
Individual results may vary, depending upon several
factors including age of the patient, severity
of the condition, severity of the spinal injury,
and duration of time the condition has been present.
Age 41, Headaches
41-year-old male suffered from headaches since
childhood. The headaches became more frequent
over the last five years since he started his
own business. They occur everyday and he typically
awakens with them. He has been using over the
counter pain medications on a daily basis for
the past two years.
his initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation,
an upper neck injury was discovered. After initiating
treatment, the headaches began to taper off. Within
five months, he was headache-free.
Age 17, Migraine Headaches
17-year-old female had been suffering from chronic,
severe migraine headaches for the previous 4 years.
The headaches started during her freshman year
and caused her to miss 80 school days. By her
junior year, she missed closed to two-thirds of
the school year (120 days) due to headaches. During
her senior year, the headaches were daily in that
she awakened everyday with one and tried a dozen
different medications. During her senior year,
she sought help from upper cervical chiropractic
her initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation,
an upper neck injury was discovered. She recalled
experiencing a fall during her freshman year prior
to the onset of her headaches. She described the
fall as occuring on her icy porch where her feet
slipped out from under her causing her to land
on her head and tail bone.
one month of upper cervical care, the severity
and frequency of migraines began to decrease.
By 6 months, all migraines were absent and all
medications were discontinued.
Age 33, Headaches, Vertigo, Blurred Vision, Neck
33-year-old male was rear-ended in an auto accident
5 years prior to seeking help from upper cervical
care. After the accident, he felt his neck stiffen
up and he suddenly required glasses to read due
to blurred vision. Prior to the accident, no visual
problems were reported. Three years later, he
reinjured his neck when his neck suddenly spasmed
to the point that he could not turn his head.
He began suffering from a number of new symptoms
including headaches, dizziness, worsening of his
visual acuity and increased blurring, pain shooting
down his right arm, loss of balance and coordination,
"cracking" sounds in his neck, muscle
twitches in his left leg, pressure at the base
of his skull, and pain between his shoulder blades.
his upper cervical chiropractic evaluation, an
upper neck injury was discovered, which most likely
stemmed from his auto accident. After the first
upper cervical adjustment, he reported a substantial
improvement in all of his symptoms. Within one
month, all of his symptoms were greatly improved.
By two months, all symptoms were absent, including
the blurred vision and the need for glasses. After
his neck stabilized, he reported feeling the best
he had felt in 2 years!
Age 21, Migraine Headaches, Dizzy spells, Depression
21-year-old female had been suffering from 3-6
migraines per week and approximately 3 dizzy spells
per week for the previous few years. She also
had been suffering from depression. She had fallen
and suffered a concussion 5 years prior and felt
as though her health had deteriorated since that
her initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was
discovered, which perhaps could have been caused
by the fall that also caused the concussion. After
the first upper cervical adjustment, she reported
noticing her symptoms improve. Within a few months,
all symptoms were absent and she was able to discontinue
Age 14, Headaches, Weight Loss, Fevers, Backaches
14-year-old female was involved in two different
accidents seven years prior and had suffered with
numerous health problems since. At age 7, during
the spring skiing season, she ran into a tree
(without wearing a helmet) and sustained a concussion.
During the fall of that same year, she fell off
of the monkey bars and sustained another concussion.
Following the second concussion, she began experiencing
frequent headches. Eventually they worsened until
they occurred constantly on a daily basis. Shortly
thereafter, she experienced sudden unexplained
weight loss where she lost 15 pounds. She also
suffered from a constant fever for 40 straight
days, which eventually lessened into occassional,
unexplained fevers. In addition, she began having
frequent back and hip pain, which prevented her
from participating in sports she enjoyed. She
also noticed her school work began to suffer where
she previously had been an "A" student.
her initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was
discovered, which was likely caused by one or
both of the accidents that had also caused concussions.
After the first upper cervical adjustment, she
reported noticing her head and neck pain and her
fever easing. After several weeks of care, she
reported that her back and hip pain and her cognitive
abilities were also improving. Within a few months,
all symptoms were absent and she was able to participate
fully in sports and school.
Age 13, Migraine Headaches
13-year-old male suffered from severe migraine
headaches for the past two years. His first migraine
lasted seven straight weeks. Many of his migraines
lasted days or weeks at a time without reprieve.
Each time, he was taken to the emergency room
but he didn't respond well to pain medications
and was forced to suffer through the pain. At
each migraine, he typically experienced visual
changes, pain at the base of his skull causing
him to be unable to turn his head, plus the migraine
pain, and he would never know how many days or
weeks the migraine might last.
his initial examination, an upper neck injury
was discovered. It was revealed that this boy
was very active with a variety of sports including
BMX biking, rollerblading, and skateboarding,
and that he had suffered numerous falls on his
head and neck, too many to count. After receiving
upper cervical care, he never had another migraine.
Age 11, Headaches
11-year-old female complained of chronic, daily
headaches and neck pain for the past six months.
She described her headaches as occurring mostly
in the afternoon, although sometimes they occurred
throughout the day. She took advil or tylenol
examined, an upper neck injury was discovered.
She reported experiencing multiple falls on her
head due to her practice of gymnastics for the
previous 18 months, any one of which could have
caused her upper neck injury. Within one month
of upper cervical care, all headaches and neck
pain were absent.
Age 6, Chronic Sinus / Ear Infections, Bedwetting,
Headaches, Growing Pains
6-year-old male was described by his mother as
"always sick." Due to chronic ear infections,
he had already undergone three sets of tubes,
the first at age 3. He was continuously medicated
with allergy medications, sinus medications, and
antibiotics for infections and had surgery to
remove his adenoids. His mother described him
as requiring antibiotics almost every month during
the winter. She reported that his lymph nodes
throughout his body were always swollen. In addition
to his chronic infections, he also suffered from
neck pain, headaches, and "growing pains"
in his knees and ankles. He also wet his bed every
his initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was
discovered. When questioned, his mother recalled
two falls her son had suffered that preceded all
of his health problems and could have caused his
neck injury. At ten months, he fell down the stairs
and at twelve months, he fell headfirst on hard
tile. Within the first weeks of care, the boy
did not report any headaches, growing pains, or
neck pain and his nose, ears, and sinuses began
clearing up. Several weeks later, his mother was
amazed that he was not suffering from any infections
and was not requiring any medications. Months
later, he still had not had any infections and
the bedwetting cleared up. All symptoms remained
Age 34, Severe Neck Pain, Headaches, Dizziness
34-year-old male was hit hard on the head by his
garage door. One month later, he woke up with
severe pain in his neck and base of his skull,
headaches, and dizziness. He went to the emergency
room and multiple tests were performed including
MRI's, Xrays, and a spinal tap. He was told that
his tests were normal and he was prescribed heavy
doses of pain killers including vicadin, which
did not alleviate his pain. After seeing a neurosurgeon,
who told him there was nothing that could be done,
he saw another neurologist, who prescribed more
pain medications and steroid anti-inflammatories.
His pain was rated as a 5 or 6 on the 1-10 scale
daily and the pain medications weren't working.
Finally, he took Imitrex, which lessened the pain
somewhat, so he took one every morning and one
every night. He eventually sought help from a
naturopath who referred him for an upper cervical
the time of his initial upper cervical chiropractic
evaluation, he had suffered from daily neck pain,
headaches, and dizziness for six straight weeks.
During his evaluation, an injury in his upper
neck was discovered, which had likely stemmed
from the blow to the head by the garage door.
Within a month of care, all of his pain, headaches,
and dizziness were absent. Months later, his condition
remained stable and no symptoms were reported.
Age 37, Migraine Headaches
37-year-old female, who had never suffered from
headaches previously, woke up one day with a migraine
that continued non-stop for months. At the time
of her initial evaluation, she had suffered continuously
with a daily migraine for four straight months.
She had tried numerous pain medications and other
recommendations from her physicians to no avail.
The pain was so severe and debilitating that she
was forced to take disability leave from work.
undergoing her initial upper cervical chiropractic
evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered
that was causing her headaches. She surmised that
perhaps a new yoga pose had injured her neck because
the headaches started shortly after a yoga class
she had taken. Ten days after her first adjustment,
she woke up for the first time in four months
without a headache. Several weeks later, the headaches
were completely absent and never returned. After
her initial upper neck adjustment, she maintained
her normal neck alignment and no further adjustments
Age 34, Head Injury, Whiplash, Headaches, Sleep
34-year-old male suffered a head injury during
an auto accident in which he was rear-ended at
50mph. He described severe pain in his neck and
back and headaches that originated at the base
of his skull and spread to his left eye. His pain
was so severe that it prevented him from sleeping,
so he suffered from severe fatigue. To maintain
some level of function during the day, he relied
on multiple caffeinated beverages such as jolt
or bull colas and/or coffee. At the time of his
initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation
(14 months after the accident), he had been suffering
with all of the above symptoms for over a year.
He had sought help from numerous practitioners
including physicians, neurologists, and therapists,
to no avail. He reported receiving some temporary
relief from Pilates.
his evaluation, an upper cervical injury was discovered,
which had likely been caused by his auto accident.
After the first month of care, be began to notice
less pain and a slightly better ability to sleep.
By the third month of care, he was reporting a
larger reduction in pain levels, which was enabling
him to resume exercising. After six months, all
pain was absent, normal sleep was resumed, and
he was able to partcipate in all previous activities
and sports, including working full-time.
Age 32, Cluster Headaches
been suffering with cluster headaches for 13 years
before I found Dr. Elster. Between the ages of
19 and 32, I went from having episodic to chronic
cluster headaches. I saw and spoke with at least
50 different neurologists. They had me try all
types of medication from oxygen to ergotamine
to verapamil. None of it worked. Finally I was
reduced to taking imitrex everyday. My headaches
were debilitating. My quality of life was diminished
to the point that I couldn't leave my house. After
over a decade of such suffering, I was so depressed
that I began to contemplate suicide. I could no
longer live with the pain and torment my headaches
gave me. And then, like a miracle, I found Dr.
Elster on the internet. She performed upper cervical
treatment on my upper cervical spine and I've
been cluster headache free ever since!" Jeremy,
Age 57, Migraine Headaches
57-year-old female reported suffering with migraines
for more than 4 decades at the time of her initial
upper cervical evaluation. She described having
her first migraine at age 13, with the migraines
worsening after she had four children. She reported
having a hysterectomy in order to help the migraines
but no change in the headaches occurred after
having the surgery. She had also tried numerous
pain medications, alternative diets, food and
allergy testing, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic,
osteopathy, and cranial sacral therapy. While
some of the therapies helped temporarily, none
ever rid of her migraines. At the time of her
initial upper cervical evaluation, she described
the migraines as occurring once every 10 to 14
days, and that she was currently using imitrix
tablets and/or shots to help decrease the migraine
pain once a migraine started.
her initial upper cervical evaluation, an upper
neck injury was discovered. She surmised the injury
must have occurred sometime during her childhood
(preceding the migraine onset) but could not recall
any accidents. During the first few weeks of upper
cervical care, she began to experience fewer headaches.
At the end of the first month, she enjoyed 15
days without a single migraine-- the first time
in many years. During the following several months,
the headaches continued to lessen until absent
at approximately six months.
Age 55, Cluster Headaches
55-year-old male reported suffering with cluster
headaches for the past five years. He experienced
the typical symptoms including pain, watery eye,
droopy face, and tooth pain, all on his left side.
The cluster headaches occurred year-round, one
intense cluster per night, with several other
lesser clusters every night. He had tried several
therapies including general chiropractic care,
which had helped to lessen the cluster headaches
somewhat. However, at the time of his initial
upper cervical evaluation, he was still experiencing
multiple cluster headaches per month. He described
being able to push on his upper neck and make
the headache worse.
his initial upper cervical evaluation, an upper
neck injury was discovered. After a single month
of upper cervical care, all cluster headaches
22, Ovarian Cyst, Pelvic Pain, Migraine Headaches
22-year-old female suffered with migraine headaches
since childhood, which worsened once she began
menstruating. The migraines came most often at
her period every month. She tried taking the birth
control pill, which worsened the headaches and
her moods, so she discontinued it. More recently,
during the previous year, her doctors discovered
an ovarian cyst, which was causing her tremendous
pelvic pain, especially at each period.
her initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation,
an upper neck injury was discovered. She recalled
two different traumas, which could have caused
the neck injury, both which preceded the migraine
onset: a fall in which she landed on her face
and an auto accident.
initiating care, she began to noticing a lessening
of her migraine headaches and her pelvic pain,
especially around her period, which was usually
the worst time. By the second month, she went
through a menstrual cycle without migraines or
pelvic pain. Six months later, all pain and migraines
were completely absent.
Age 27, Seizures, Headaches, Neck Pain
27-year-old female was involved in a motor vehicle
accident, after which she was diagnosed with whiplash,
concussion, and brain injury. Shortly after the
accident, she developed headaches, seizures, and
pain in her neck and was medicated for those symptoms
for several years before seeking help from upper
her initial examination, an upper neck injury
was discovered, probably stemming from the auto
accident. Within three months of upper cervical
care, all headaches, seizures, and pain were absent
and all medications were discontinued.
Age 19, Headaches, Insomnia, Fatigue, Fainting
age 15, this 19-year-old female was struck by several large waves while on vacation
with her family. After the waves hit her and knocked her face-down against the
ocean floor, she ran out of the water with severe pain in her neck and back.
While she appeared to recover, when she returned home at the end of the vacation,
she began having fainting spells, where she would wake up in strange locations,
not knowing what had happened. One fainting spell occurred while she was driving
her car, causing her to run a red light and get hit by a bus traveling the opposite
direction. After this incident, she was no longer allowed to drive. In addition
to the fainting spells, she also began suffering from headaches, which escalated
into a constant, daily occurrence, as well as frequent insomnia, which lead
to extreme fatigue.
consulting with several local doctors and undergoing numerous tests, including
an MRI, her physicians could not find anything wrong with her and could only
conclude that she had migraines and possibly psychological problems. Not accepting
this, this patient and her parents searched the internet for additional help
and decided to undergo an upper cervical chiropractic evaluation.
her evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered, which was likely caused
by the trauma from the waves. Because this patient had traveled from a distance
to undergo the evaluation, her family decided to have her stay in the area for
7 weeks to be treated. After her first upper cervical adjustment, the fainting
stopped. By the second week of care, her headaches began to diminish. In addition,
she began to sleep better and felt more energetic. At the end of seven weeks,
all fainting, headaches, and insomnia were absent. She felt healthy, happy,
"Dear Dr. Elster, After
several weeks back at home, my daughter is still feeling well. She has not had
any headaches or fainting and she feels happy and healthy. We had a party the
week after she came home and all of her friends and family were excited to see
her eyes so bright and full of energy. My wife and I want to thank you so much
for what you did for her and for your enthusiasm and encouragement. We can hardly
believe the changes in our daughter!" Ton,
about his daughter, Sept '02
Age 56, Headaches
56-year-old male was rearended on the freeway at 60 mph. The impact rendered
him unconscious and he awakened in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
At the hospital, some broken ribs and bruises were found but no other injuries
were reported. Some mild headaches occurred several days after the accident
and then temporarily went away. A couple of months later, the headaches returned
and occurred daily. After visiting his family physician and neurologist who
did not have any suggestions, he was referred for an upper cervical chiropractic
his initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was
discovered that likely stemmed from the auto accident.
During the first month of upper cervical care,
the headaches diminished considerably. By the
third month of care, all headaches were absent.
Age 44, Cluster Headaches
44-year-old male suffered from cluster headaches
every May-June for the past 20 years. The headache
clusters occurred everyday and 5 headaches or
more occurred during a single afternoon or evening.
When the headache struck, he felt pain in his
right forehead; his eyes watered; and his right
nostril plugged. He had taken many medications
over the years and some helped temporarily but
the headaches continued.
his initial chiropractic examination, an upper
cervical injury was discovered. When questioned
about past traumas to his head or neck, he relayed
his history as a motorcross racer from age 18
to his early 20's. During his racing years, he
sustained many falls and blows to his head. These
traumas preceded the onset of his cluster headaches.
He also remembered experiencing an auto accident
12 years prior and a concussion 5 years ago, each
trauma causing the headaches to worsen.
his initial treatment visit, he was in the middle
of a cluster headache. Once the first adjustment
was administered, the headache quickly subsided.
After several more weeks of care to stabilize
his neck injury, no further headaches occurred.
Age 52, Migraine Headaches, Neck Pain, Whiplash, Head Injury
52-year-old female was involved in two auto accidents three years apart. The
first accident (she was rearended) caused migraines, neck pain, and head injury
symptoms, including insomnia, depression, memory loss, and inability to multi-task.
These symptoms were worsened after her second auto accident in which she was
also rearended. She tried multiple therapies including physical therapy, chiropractic
care, cranial sacral therapy, as well as medications from her neurologist but
she could hardly function due to severity of her cognitive symptoms and pain.
her initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation, an upper neck injury was
discovered that had not been addressed by her previous practitioners. After
the first upper cervical correction, she noticed that her migraines lessened.
After two weeks of care, she reported noticing she was "in a better mood,
had more patience, and was less grumpy". By the second month of care, migraines
were greatly reduced and many of her cognitive symptoms were noticeably better.
She reported sleeping better, having better energy, having a clear head to go
about her daily tasks, experiencing an improved mood, and noticing excellent
concentration. By the end of four months of care, she routinely reported feeling
"excellently" and had few migraines and few cognitive symptoms.
Age 30, Head and Neck Pain
30-year-old female suffered a body surfing accident in which she landed hard
in the sand on the right side of her face. The impact caused a black eye and
immediately triggered headaches and pain at the base of her skull / upper neck
region. The pain at the base of her skull awakened her at night. She also felt
a decrease in her energy and claimed she just didn't feel very well.
her initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation, an injury was discovered
at her upper neck that likely stemmed from the body surfing impact. Once her
head and neck alignment was properly corrected, all headaches, base of skull
pain, and neck pain were absent.
Age 12, Headaches
12-year-old male experienced his first headache at age 6. At that time, headaches
occurred approximately twice per month. His mother took him to many doctors
and tried different pain medications and therapies but nothing worked. By age
10, a severe episode of chronic headaches ensued-- he had a constant headache
for three straight months causing him to withdraw from attending school. Instead
he was home-schooled for 1 1/2 years due to headache pain. While the opinions
of numerous headache specialists were sought, none had any answers for this
patient. Eventually he was referred by a family friend for an upper cervical
this boy's evaluation, it was reported that he had experienced headaches every
other day for the past eighteen months. During his evaluation, an upper cervical
injury was discovered. While his mother was questioned about any spinal traumas
her son may have experienced in his past, she could not recall any, although
he participated in numerous sports. The boy had recently been sent back to his
regular school although he frequently stayed home due to headache pain.
the first two weeks of care, the boy still missed 3 to 4 days of school each
week because of headaches. By the third week of care, he was able to go to school
everyday due to lessening of his headache pain. By the second month of care,
headaches occurred only occassionally causing him to miss just a couple of days
of school. By the third month of care, headaches rarely occurred so he was able
to attend school regularly.
Age 42, Cluster Headaches
42-year-old female suffered from cluster headaches since age 17. While the headaches
were worse December through March, they occurred year-round. She tried pain
medications, decongestants, and herbal remedies over the years, and some helped,
but the headaches never went away. She typically experienced one cluster per
day between 2 and 5 a.m. in which the right side of her face was affected; the
right side of her nose drained; and the right eye teared. She also complained
of a sore neck for 30 years since she was a teenager.
her upper cervical chiropractic evaluation, an
upper neck injury was discovered. While she had
undergone plenty of chiropractic care in her past,
the headaches persisted. When questioned about
traumas in her past that could have caused the
upper neck injury during her teenage years, she
recalled multiple gymnastics falls.
six weeks of upper cervical care, all cluster headaches and neck pain were absent.
Age 21, Headaches, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
21-year-old female suffered from daily headaches since highschool. She took
so much excedrin over the past several years that she was concerned it was affecting
her bowels. Her colon had begun bleeding and she also complained of cramping
and constipation. In addition, she had lost 10 pounds without trying (she was
already very thin to begin with but had lost her appetite) and had frequent
unexplained bruises that appeared throughout her body. Her doctor diagnosed
her with irritable bowel syndrome and recommended different headache medications
that would be easier on her stomach. However, she had trouble with the medications
(and the headaches) because they interfered with her ability to concentrate
in her college classes.
advice from a friend, she sought help from upper cervical chiropractic care.
While an upper neck injury was discovered, she could not recall any accidents
or traumas that could have caused the neck injury. After less than one month
of upper cervical care, all bruises were absent; all bowel bleeding/cramping/constipation
had stopped; and all headaches were absent. She stopped taking pain medications
and regained her appetite.
Age 27, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Headaches, Chronic Sinus Trouble
27-year-old male suffered from chronic sinus trouble since childhood. He continously
felt congested; he couldn't breathe through his nose; he felt chronic pressure
in his sinuses; and also suffered frequent infections that usually spread to
his ears as well. He claimed salt water washes seemed to help somewhat but that
the problem always returned. He also complained about his neck since grade school.
He claimed he felt a continuous need to "crack" it and suffered from
occassional torticollis episodes where his neck seized up and could not turn.
In addition, he complained of poor digestive health for approximately the past
10 years. He thought the problem started while traveling overseas but no one
could ever isolate a parsite or infection. He suffered from frequently diarrhea
episodes, usually at least once per day. Certain foods definitely exacerbated
the problem but diarrhea would continue no matter how bland of foods he ate.
Finally, he suffered from approximately one headache per week for the past year
prior to upper cervical care.
his initial upper cervical chiropractic examination, an upper neck injury was
discovered. When questioned about past traumas that could have caused his neck
injury, he recalled a bad car accident as a child and another during high school
in which he was flung against the dash board.
the first month of upper cervical care, all symptoms gradually lessened. By
month two, all symptoms were absent.
Age 35, Migraine Headaches
35-year-old female suffered from migraines for 10 years. She was a professional
figure skater and started experiencing headaches after wearing heavy costume
headdresses during shows. After discussing her medical history, it was discovered
that she had experienced multiple falls on the ice-- one severe one in which
she suffered a concussion. Shortly after the concussion, the headaches started.
Headaches began to occur on a daily basis with migraines occurring approximately
twice per month. The migraines seemed to occur around her menstrual cycle. In
addition she suffered frequent neck and back pain.
suffering with headaches for 10 years, she sought help from upper cervical care.
During her initial upper cervical exam, an upper neck injury was found-- most
likely stemming from her fall on the ice in which she suffered the concussion.
After only one month of upper cervical care, all headaches, migraines, neck
and back pain were completely gone and have never returned.
Age 46, Migraine Headaches, Neck Pain, Herniated Disc
46-year-old female suffered from migraine headaches for the past 5 years. She
thought they started after she performed a headstand in yoga class because she
felt compression in her neck and stiffness. The headaches began occurring every
2 weeks with nausea and vomiting. Often, she was bedridden for 2 days due to
the nausea and pain. Three years after the headstand, an MRI indicated that
she had herniated a disc in her lower neck (C7). She tried steroids, physical
therapy, traction, and ultrasound, but the headaches and pain continued. She
complained of constant neck pain, right arm weakness, and pain in her right
her upper cervical chiropractic examination, an upper neck injury was discovered.
In addition to the headstand, this patient also recalled an auto accident at
age 20 that could have caused her neck injury. During the accident, her car
flipped and rolled down an embankment. After only one upper cervical adjustment,
she never experienced neck pain, arm pain, or migraines again.
Age 11, Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, ADHD, Headaches
11-year-old male suffered with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder, and Headaches for many years. He experienced constant
muscular pain throughout his body and had trouble participating in sports or
exercise due to pain and muscle spasms. He couldn't even wear a watch due to
pain around his wrists. He frequently took hot baths or used a heating pad to
relax his muscles. In addition, he was home-schooled due to frustration and
difficulty in school. Headaches occurred twice per week, sometimes severe. His
sleep was extremely irregular-- he usually awakened every few hours. Frequently
he would be in bed for 13 hours and still wake up fatigued.
this 11-year-old's upper cervical chiropractic exam, an upper neck injury was
found. When questioning his mother about the boy's medical history, she recalled
that he fell out of a grocery cart at age 3 months. After only 1 month of upper
cervical care, all symptoms healed. He now participates in sports without pain,
no longer has muscle spasms, all headaches are gone, school work has improved
with less frustration and better attention span, he sleeps through the night
and has energy upon awakening, and all fatigue is gone.
Age 56, Neck Pain, Headaches, Chronic Fatigue
56-year-old female suffered from chronic neck pain, headaches, and fatigue for
years. She thought the problems may have started sometime after an auto accident
she experienced 14 years before. During the accident, she was hit head-on and
totaled her car. The pain bothered her on and off for years-- sometimes on a
daily basis and other times a month would go by without pain. She tried many
practitioners such as massage therapists and chiropractors and received some
relief but still the problem continued year after year. Finally, after struggling
over a decade, she sought help from upper cervical chiropractic care.
her upper cervical chiropractic exam, an upper neck injury was found, most likely
stemming from her auto accident. Unfortunately the injury had never been addressed
by any of her previous practitioners. After only 3 upper cervical adjustments,
her neck injury was corrected. All neck pain, headaches, and fatigue healed
and have never returned.
Age 58, Neck Pain, Tingling from elbow to fingers, Headaches, Hip Pain
58-year-old female experienced neck pain, headaches, tingling from her left
elbow down through her fingers, and right hip pain for 2 months before seeking
help from upper cervical care. When discussing her medical history, she recalled
two falls where she tripped while trail running several months before her symptoms
her upper cervical chiropractic exam, an upper neck injury was found-- most
likely stemming from one or both of her falls while running. After only 1 month
of upper cervical care, all symptoms healed and have never returned.
Age 48, Migraine Headaches
48-year-old female suffered from migraines since her 20's. They started with
1 or 2 a year and increased over the decades. By the time she sought help from
upper cervical care, she was afflicted with migraines 3 weeks out of every 4.
Only one week per month did she NOT have to worry about migraine headaches.
Her neurologists had given her every pain medication possible with little or
no success. In addition to migraine pain, she also suffered with numbness in
her left arm and pain in her left hip for many years.
the first six months of upper cervical care, the migraines gradually reduced
from 15 or more per month down to five or less. By eight months, she experienced
1 or fewer migraines per month, and arm and hip pains were completely gone.
Age 5, Asthma, Neck Pain, Headaches, Sinus Congestion
5-year-old female frequently complained of neck pain and headaches. She also
had been suffering with severe asthma attacks for the past 3 years in which
she was frequently taken to the emergency room. In addition, she explained that
her nose was constantly plugged and that she had difficulty smelling. This child's
neck injury possibly stemmed from the birth process, as her birth was difficult
week after her first upper cervical adjustment, her mother reported that she
began to sleep through the night without wheezing or coughing. The 5-year-old
said she had not noticed any trouble with her neck or headaches and she demonstrated
that she could now breathe through her nose. She was also able to discontinue
Age 40, Headaches, Neck Pain, Clavicle Pain, Numbness in Fingers
40-year-old female suffered with neck and clavicle pain and numbness in her
3rd and 4th fingers of her right hand for the past 6 months. Her right grip
strength was weak and she complained of pain in her right elbow. She also suffered
from headaches approximately once per week. The neck injury possibly stemmed
from two different auto accidents she experienced eight years prior.
patient was adjusted only three times and had complete correction of her neck
pain, clavicle pain, headaches, finger numbness, and grip weakness within two
weeks of upper cervical care.
Age 28, Headaches
28-year-old female had headaches since fifth grade. They occurred 3-5 times
per week, causing her to take an average of 10 Advil per week. On a 1-10 pain
scale, the headaches ranged between 3-8 with one "8" headache per week. Sometimes,
she took as many as 5 pain pills in one day to try to decrease the pain.
several months of care, her headaches gradually decreased until they occurred
Age 11, Headaches
11-year-old female experienced neck pain and headaches for approximately one
year. The headaches occurred almost everyday and she took Advil 3-5 times per
week for the past year. She saw many specialists who prescribed pain and sinus
medications but the headaches continued.
the first month of care, the headaches immediately dropped to only once per
week, so she discontinued prescribed medications. Several months later, she
was headache-free and no longer used Advil or other pain medications. She is
currently being checked once per month to maintain good health.
Age 50, Dizziness, Ear Congestion, Sinus Headaches
50-year-old male was involved in an auto accident in 1986. One year later, he
experienced a stiff neck, fatigue, dizziness, ear congestion, and ringing in
his ears. The symptoms came and went for the first three months. Finally they
became constant, and were aggravated during flying. He tried many types of decongestants
but the problems persisted. Medical doctors had no answers for him.
the first two months of upper cervical care, the symptoms decreased dramatically.
Several months later, he was symptom free, the first time in two years.
Age 24, Headaches
had been experiencing headaches off and on for the past three years -- the type
of headaches that would keep me up at night and make the day go very slow. I
had tried several different methods to cure my sleepless nights, but nothing
seemed to help. I had pretty much chalked up that uncomfortable ache as a part
of life and didn't really ever expect it to go away. I was then introduced to
Dr. Elster and her upper cervical specialty. I have had chiropractic adjustments
in the past, but they were just temporary fixes. Needless to say, I was very
skeptical of why this would be any different. Dr. Elster took the time to answer
all of my questions and did a very thorough initial examination, including x-rays.
After only a few months of treatments and return visits, I have been headache
free for over two months now. Dr. Elster has made it possible for me to complete
a day full of energy and get a good nights sleep." Tricia, age 24, July '99
Age 23, Migraine Headaches, Dizzy Spells
years ago, this 23-year-old female fell down a flight of stairs. One month later,
she started experiencing migraines and began having them regularly over the
last three years. She also had neck pain for the past seven months that was
most severe upon extension. In addition, over the last year, she had frequent
dizzy spells that lasted for several seconds and caused her to bump into walls.
She tried many drugs such as Prozac and pain medications and therapies such
as biofeedback but nothing helped.
two months of upper cervical care, she was free of migraines, dizziness, and
Age 24, Chronic Headaches, Neck Pain, Difficulty Sleeping
24-year-old suffered from daily headaches, neck pain, and difficulty sleeping
for the past year. The headaches started at the base of her skull and shot up
behind her eyes and down her upper back. The pain was severe enough that she
often was kept awake at night, and as a result, she experienced fatigue. After
upper cervical care, she was head and neck pain free. Also she slept through
the night and reported a large increase in energy level.
Age 8, Chronic Headaches, Neck Pain, Runny Nose, Ear Infections
8-year-old was chronically affected with daily headaches, daily neck pain, daily
runny nose, and frequent ear infections. Her allergy / sinus symptoms had been
present since birth. She also suffered with colic as a baby. During her initial
exam, her neck and spine was extremely sore to the touch. Her mother described
her behavior since birth as "irritable."
the first adjustment, her headaches and neck pain were gone. By the second adjustment,
the sinus and ear infections were also gone. She did not needed to be adjusted
since and had no return of symptoms. Her mother reported her being "the healthiest
she had ever been."
Age 42, Migraine Headaches
42-year-old female suffered with migraines since high school. She remembered
having about 2 migraines per year, until the late 80's after her 2 daughters
were born when the migraines increased. During Fall '97, she had more migraines,
about 1 per month, and started taking imitrix. In February '98, the migraines
increased again to 3 in one week. The migraines typically involved a visual
aura for 30 minutes before the pain started, and then pain, nausea, and vomiting,
which caused her to be bedridden for a day.
began upper cervical care in Feb. '98 and has not had a single migraine or headache
of any kind since!
Age 23, Endometriosis, Migraine Headaches
I began seeing Dr. Elster, I was suffering from 2 chronic problems: migraine
headaches and endometriosis. I began having migraines when I was 7 years old.
I tried prescription drugs, biofeedback, and massages. While all of these helped,
nothing seemed to prevent the headaches from starting. I began to accept the
fact that I would have a migraine about 2 or 3 times a month for the rest of
my life. I also suffered from irregular, heavy, and painful periods since I
was about 13 years old. Eventually I began taking birth control pills to ease
some of the discomfort. That seemed to work until about 2 years ago when I began
suffering from ovarian cysts, severe cramping, and endometriosis. On advice
from my father, I began seeing Dr. Elster about 9 months ago. Her adjustments
have helped decrease the frequency of my migraines and the pain of my endometriosis.
Today, I rarely get even a headache, let alone a migraine. My periods are more
regular and the pain from the endometriosis has been reduced by about 70%! Thanks
Kathryn, age 23, June '98
Age 23, Migraine Headaches
years, I have dealt with having headaches on a daily basis. I have had severe
migraines since I was in junior high school and have taken many strong medications
for them and have gone through many tests. I have tried several different ways
to get rid of them with no success-- drugs from a neurologist, acupuncture,
herbs, and conventional chiropractors. I then found Dr. Elster. I am happy to
say that I have been headache-free for 2 months now and hope to remain that
way as long as I continue my care with her." Jami, age 23, April '98
Age 28, Headaches, Essential/Familial Tremor, Anxiety
28-year-old experienced nervousness, tremors and anxiety attacks since childhood.
She took medications for the last year and a half to calm her nerves and control
the tremors. In addition, since taking up snowboarding 4 years ago and falling
numerous times on her head, she experienced headaches, many of them escalating
into migraines. During certain headaches, her left hand went numb. She took
approximately 4 ibuprofen per week for headache pain.
one month of care, the headaches, tremors and nervousness stopped and she discontinued
began having migraines during the last 5 years after crashes snowboarding. My
massage therapist suggested that I visit Dr. Elster to help relieve the headaches
that I had been treating with daily medication. Within 2 weeks, my symptoms
began to lessen. Within a month, I was able to stop taking my medication. My
migraines have stopped, and as an added bonus, a life-long condition of tremors
has disappeared also! Thank you Dr. Elster!" Liz, age 28, March 1998
Age 25, Post Auto-accident Neck Pain, Headaches, Numbness in Hands, Fatigue
an auto-accident last spring, this 25-year-old male experienced spinal pain,
fatigue, restlessness, headaches, and numbness in his hands for the last 6 months.
After the first adjustment, his symptoms improved substantially. One month later,
he did not need to be adjusted again and all of his symptoms were completely
gone. Eighteen months later, he had no return of symptoms.
would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Elster for her outstanding
chiropractic care. I had been suffering for 6 months from chronic fatigue, restlessness,
numbness of fingers and hands, neck pain, and headaches after a car accident.
Upon referral from my girlfriend, I decided to set all skepticism aside and
visit Dr. Elster's office. Even though Dr. Elster noted my skepticism right
away, she continued to explain the possibilities available for me. I do have
to admit that I did not believe that her care would help to relieve my numerous
symptoms. After she explained the reasons for my discomfort through x-rays,
experience, and acquired knowledge, I agreed to treatment. The treatment itself
was comfortable and I could see positive results within a short period of time.
The only thing I still don't believe about Dr. Elster's treatment is that all
of my symptoms had nearly disappeared within one week -- after only ONE adjustment!
My only regret is that I did not seek Dr. Elster's help sooner. I would highly
recommend her services to anyone. Thank you very much, Dr. Elster!" Dennis,
age 25, December '97
Age 44, Migraine Headaches
44-year-old female presented with migraine headaches. She suffered 2 migraines
per month for the past 8 years- one at ovulation and one at menstruation. The
migraines began at her daughter's birth and continued ever since. They usually
lasted several days with such severe pain that she was bedridden and suffered
nausea and vomiting. She tried many painkillers including oral medications and
injections with no results. Most recently, she was out of work for a month due
to repeated migraines and fatigue.
2 months of care, she was migraine-free and has been so for two years.
had migraine headaches for the past 10 years. They started during a difficult
pregnancy. After my daughter was born, the migraines increased and became a
predictable event every month around my menstrual cycle. I became violently
ill with my young daughter watching. I tried every possible medication and suggestion
physicians offered but the migraines increased to at least twice a month. I
felt very helpless. This past February I lost over 3 weeks of work when one
migraine rolled into the next. It was at this time that a good friend told me
about Dr. Erin Elster's work. A series of x-rays, several adjustments, and Erin's
encouragement were all it took to eliminate these debilitating headaches. It
has been 4 months since I last had a migraine!!" Jennifer, age 44, September
Age 16, Post Auto-Accident Spinal Pain, Headaches
16-year-old female was a high school track star until an auto accident last
spring. Following the accident, she experienced neck pain, low back pain, and
headaches. The pain hindered her performance in track. In addition, her performance
in school was affected-- her grades dropped and she had trouble concentrating
a week of care, her pain disappeared and she began running track better, winning
races, and eventually won her team's most improved award. Her ability to concentrate
in school also came back up and so did her grades.
Age 28, Head Injury
riding her bike, this 28-year-old female was hit by a motorcycle. She flew over
her handlebars and landed on her head, causing a concussion. Her symptoms included
dizziness, ringing in the ears, headaches, fatigue, nausea, spinal pain, memory
loss, difficulty concentrating, and loss of balance which all caused her to
be out of work for the year prior to seeking help from upper cervical care.
After several months of care, she returned to work due to increased ability
to concentrate and increased energy and mental clarity. Her symptoms of dizziness
and nausea were greatly reduced. Two years later, she occasionally has minor
flare-ups but in general has the ability to exercise, work, balance family and
friends, and lead a busy life.
March, 1996, I was traveling downhill on my bicycle when a motorcycle came shooting
out of the alley in front of me. The impact launched me some 20-30 feet and
I landed on my head. I was wearing a helmet, and was extremely fortunate to
be alive, but I was unprepared for what having a head and neck injury meant.
It was like jumping from the age of 26 to 86 in a split second. I walked in
circles trying to remember what I was doing. Stairs were difficult; reading
was extremely difficult; crossing the street was frightening; I had trouble
finding words; I had trouble organizing written thoughts; grocery stores were
a nightmare; noise and commotion was painful and brought on nausea. But the
most difficult part was that I had no energy and pushing myself in any way made
me extremely sick. Trying to work a 40-hour week brought on symptoms. By Tuesday
afternoon, I would feel so nauseous and my head would hurt so severely that
all I wanted to do was crawl into bed and hide from the world. Any sort of exercise
made me nauseous, faint, and unsteady. Where I had always been able to overcome
any obstacle, I was running into a brick wall. Of course, colleagues and those
medical personnel unfamiliar with head injury all believed that I could get
better if I wanted to, that this was all psychosomatic. But I had a sense that
circulation or something was being blocked, so I kept looking for someone who
could help. I first saw Dr. Elster in June '97. My x-rays showed that my top
vertebra was out of alignment. Having it adjusted made all the difference--
and my last adjustment held for 2 months. I am myself again. Exercise feels
like it used to-- it brings me energy rather than draining it. I can balance
career and home, and go to a restaurant, and see friends, all in the same week.
I can't tell you how much it makes me smile to say this." Tania, age 28,
Age 37, Insomnia, Headaches
37-year-old female presented with insomnia and headaches since an auto accident
2 years ago. When she tried to sleep at night, it usually took her 4-5 hours
to fall asleep even though she was exhausted all day. When she tried to take
naps, she could never fall asleep. She also had been plagued with headaches
since the accident that involved pain near her ears and cheeks and occasionally
1 month of care, she fell asleep within a half-hour when she went to bed at
night and slept through the night. She also took naps but eventually did not
find them necessary because she was no longer exhausted and fatigued during
the day. In addition, the headaches were gone.
Age 48, Migraine Headaches
48-year-old male suffered from migraine headaches for the past 10 years but
regularily for the past 4 years. They occurred one time per month; for one day;
rating a 6 on a 1-10 pain scale; accompanied by sensitivity to light. He reported
they occurred more often on the left side of his head and were associated with
tight shoulders and shooting pain up his neck. He tried many medications including
imitrex and excedrin; had eliminated caffeine and chocolate; and had made some
lifestyle changes. While some of his efforts helped, the headaches still occurred
every month like clockwork.
his initial upper cervical chiropractic examination, an upper neck injury was
discovered. He recalled two major accidents which could have caused his neck
injury: a fall out of a truck in which he landed on his face and broke his nose
and a motor cycle accident in which he flew over his handlebars and landed on
his initial upper cervical adjustment, his first month went by without a migraine.
Only a dull headache occurred at the typical time. The second month, no headaches
occurred. Many months later, the migraines never returned.
Age 36, Head Pains
36-year-old female suffered from intermittent, sharp pains in her head for the
past 5-6 years. The "head pains" started in the back of her head,
shot to the front, lasted for 5 seconds each time, and occurred 6-7 times per
day. When the pain struck, she had to stop whatever she was doing (whether she
was talking to people, working, or exercising) in order to put her head down
until the pain subsided. She also reported experiencing trouble with her neck
in which it frequently "locked up" and wouldn't turn to the left for
the past 6-8 years.
her initial examination, an upper neck injury was discovered. She recalled an
a rollover auto accident many years ago that could have caused her neck injury.
After her first upper cervical adjustment, the head pains reduced to only 2
per day. One month later, head pains rarely occurred. Several months later,
all head pains were absent.