categories include migraine with an aura, migraine
without an aura, cluster headaches, tension headaches,
and chronic daily headaches. Individuals also
may suffer from headaches due to
IUCCA UPPER CERVICAL CARE RELATES TO HEADACHES
medical science has not determined the exact cause
of headaches, recent research is pointing towards
a trauma-induced origin for many types of headaches.1-20
Evidence supports that trauma
(in particular mild concussive injury to the head,
neck or upper back) increases the risk of headache
Researchers have labeled some headaches
as being "cervicogenic" in origin (they are triggered
by neck dysfunction).21-32
Following the trauma, headaches can be triggered
immediately or they can take months or years to
purpose of IUCCA upper cervical care is to reverse
the trauma-induced upper neck injury; thereby
reducing irritation to the nerves and blood vessels
that trigger headaches. While many headache sufferers
recall specific traumas such as head injuries,
auto accidents or falls, some do not. In certainipediatric
cases, the injury can occur from the normal
birthing process. An upper cervical
examination utilizing Laser-aligned
Radiography and Digital
Infrared Imaging is
necessary in each individual's case to assess
whether an upper cervical injury is present and
whether benefit from IUCCA upper cervical care
can be achieved.
2006, Dr. Elster has cared for approximately 200
patients with chronic headaches including migraines,
cluster, tension, sinus, etc. All patients showed
evidence of trauma-induced upper cervical injuries
during examination (upper cervical radiographs
and digital infrared imaging). Many patients recalled
specific incidences of trauma (auto accidents,
falls, concussions, whiplashes, sports injuries)
that could have caused their upper cervical injuries
while some did not.
Cervical Chiropractic Care for a Patient with
Chronic Migraine Headaches with an Appendix Summarizing
an Additional 100 Headache Cases"
by Erin Elster, DC. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation
Research. August, 2003.
of Bipolar, Seizure, and Sleep Disorders and Migraine
Headaches Utilizing a Chiropractic Technique"
by Erin L. Elster, DC. Journal of Manipulative
and Physiological Therapeutics. March 2004.
Cervical Chiropractic Care for a Nine-Year-Old
Male with Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression, Asthma, Insomnia,
and Headaches: A Case Report"
Erin Elster, DC. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation
Research. July 2003.
Treatment Provides Freedom From Migraine Headaches"
by Erin Elster, DC. Women's Magazine. October
Alternative For Pediatric Headaches"
by Erin Elster, DC. Boulder County Family Connection.
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