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Chiropractic Treatment of Migraine Headache

Portland natural migraine treatment by Dr. HeltonWith the Migraine Research Foundation reporting that migraine headaches affect 38 million adults and children in the United States (more than asthma and diabetes put together), it's not surprising that Dr. Helton treats a lot of migraine patients in our Portland office. While some people choose to relieve migraine pain with medications, chiropractic is a terrific, all-natural approach that often provides positive results.

Research Proves Chiropractic Care Helps With Migraines

For example, one report published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics involved 127 participants ranging in age from 10 to 70-years-old who struggled with regular (at least monthly) migraines. Each subject received up to 16 chiropractic sessions. The subjects noted that their headache frequency, duration, and disability two months before the study began, during the duration of the sessions (which was two months), and two months post-treatment.

What the researchers discovered is that spinal manipulation therapy reduced the frequency, duration, and disability of the migraine headaches when compared with the control group who didn't receive chiropractic. Even better, this enabled them to take less medication for the pain, offering them an all-natural solution for a chronic condition.

Another paper found that a combination of chiropractic and neck massage reduced migraine headaches almost 68%.

If you have migraine headache pain and are looking for help, call Dr. Helton today and request an appointment in our Portland chiropractic office. We'll do what we can to help you become pain-free!

Sources

Migraine Fact Sheet. Migraine Research Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html on November 2, 2015
Noudeh Y et al. (2012). Reduction of current migraine headache pain following neck massage and spinal manipulation. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork;5(1):5-13
Tuchin P et al. (2000, February). A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;23(2):91-5

 

Portland Auto Accidents and Long-Term Pain

Portland auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Portland and you've been in a car accident, you need to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We see a lot of auto injury sufferers in our Portland office, and several of these men and women are dealing with chronic pain caused by an old accident. In fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end collisions lead to pain and disability even ten years after the initial trauma.

Dr. Helton is here to help you avoid developing chronic symptoms by helping to restore the natural function of your spine soon after a motor vehicle accident.

The most common causes of chronic problems are reduced mobility of your spinal column and the development of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be injured during a crash, and chiropractic care works by reducing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're nearby our Portland office, and you've been injured in a crash, don't wait to get treatment. Dr. Helton is here for you. Give us a call today at (503) 771-1974 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Portland Chiropractic Auto Accident Treatment

Portland auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. HeltonEvery year, there are millions of car crashes in the world, and a substantial number of people get hurt in a car wreck. While most crashes are "minor," chronic spine pain are still frequent health issues. The good news is that chiropractic is a fantastic way to address these kinds of injuries.

We've helped many auto accident patients in our Portland office, and Dr. Helton has been treating people with these types of injuries since 2005. During a collision, your body is exposed to large forces that it simply wasn't built to handle. These forces place stress and strain on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can result in damage to the ligaments that hold your spine together. A collision can cause a vast array of pain symptoms.

A ligament sprain in the neck can cause pain, swelling, and radicular problems in the arm and hand. Chiropractic works well for these types of injuries, because chiropractic focuses on restoring the healthy function and flexibility of the injured areas.

Dr. Helton Can Help People Recover From an Auto Accident

Dr. Helton, your Portland chiropractor, can help by lowering inflammation in the injured area and can help reduce the formation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.

You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Learn more about how we can help you get well or call Dr. Helton today at (503) 771-1974.

 

Back Pain and Car Accidents

If you are dealing with back pain after a car crash, don't worry. Dr. Helton sees this type of problem very often in our Portland office. What causes back pain after a car crash? How can a chiropractor help?

During a rear-end car crash, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your back, the car seat can put inconsistent force on your lower back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential movement can sprain or strain the structures that hold your spine together. This type of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Dr. Helton is here in Portland to help you recover from back pain. We've been helping patients since 2005 and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Helton will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (503) 771-1974 to make an appointment.

 

How Massage Can Benefit You

Portland OR Massage therapyMassage therapy has been used for thousands of years as a natural pain relief treatment. We use massage therapy in our Portland office, as it works great in conjunction with the chiropractic care that Dr. Helton provides. Therapeutic massage does much more than just feel good. It also offers many health benefits as well. Some are physical and others are psychological, and here are some of the proven benefits:

  • Pain reduction (back, neck, shoulder, legs, arm, and headache pain)
  • Improved range of motion and mobility
  • Better circulation
  • Greater immune system function
  • Enhanced sports performance
  • Reduced depression or anxiety
  • Increased levels of energy
  • Decreased levels of fatigue
  • Easier time getting and staying asleep
  • Easier labor and delivery for expecting mothers
  • Fewer stretch marks
  • Less scar tissue

We Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches with Massage Therapy

Advantages such as these have been discovered to be extremely helpful for individuals who suffer with chronic conditions such as arthritis and asthma. Massage has also proven advantageous for burn injury patients, people with hypertension, and women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome. Even preterm infants have shown benefits with massage therapy as they have increased levels of weight gain.

To learn more about the massage therapy services we offer in Portland, give our office a call today at (503) 771-1974.

 

Have Knee Pain? Chiropractic May Help

Portland natural knee knee pain treatmentKnee pain is a frequent problem for patients in our Portland chiropractic practice, and Dr. Helton has happily provided many of these folks relief. This is mostly because chiropractic care has been found to help with many types of knee pain.

For instance, some individuals experience pain in and around the knee tissues due to degenerative arthritis. Research has proven that this condition responds very well to chiropractic--and rather quickly, too. In fact, one article published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association found that individuals with osteoarthritis in their knees felt considerable pain relief and enhanced function after just two weeks of chiropractic care.

If your knee pain is due to a medial meniscus tear, chiropractic could likely help with that as well. One article found that combining chiropractic with soft tissue therapy, rest, ice, and compression on the affected knee helped lower the intensity of the pain.

Clearly, sometimes a knee replacement surgery is necessary in order to rectify the problem, and if that's the case, chiropractic can also help improve the outcome. How?

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Knee Injuries

Research has shown that patients with low back pain frequently have less positive outcomes after knee surgery. Thus, dealing with your back pain through chiropractic before having a total knee arthroplasty can assist with your post-surgery healing.

No matter what your knee issue, Dr. Helton can likely help. Call our Portland location today and find out what we can do for you!

Resources

  • Pollard H et al. (2008, December). The effect of a manual therapy knee protocol on osteoarthritic knee pain: a randomised controlled trial. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;52(4):229-42
    Boyle J et al. (2014, March). Influence of low back pain on total knee arthroplasty outcome. Knee;21(2):410-4
  • Jarosz B & Ames R. (2010, December). Chiropractic management of a medial meniscus tear in a patient with tibiofemoral degeneration: a case report. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;9(4):200-8
 

Portland Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Portland headache care by Dr. HeltonWe know how difficult persistent headache pain can be. Dr. Helton and our staff have worked with many people in our Portland chiropractic clinic, and we've had great success in helping folks reduce their headache pain.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research paper verifies what we see in our practice. In this study, the authors started with 110 individuals who were suffering from headache pain that originated in the cervical spine. 58 of these patients were given a series of neck adjustments; 52 were given some stretches and exercises. The treatment period for both groups was four weeks.

The report found that the individuals who received cervical and thoracic spinal adjustments "experienced significantly greater reductions in headache intensity, disability, headache frequency, headache duration, and medication intake as compared to the group that received mobilization and exercise."

The study also found that these outcomes were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat chronic headache pain, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. Helton a call today at our Portland office at (503) 771-1974. We're here to help get you out of pain.

Citation

Dunning JR, Butts R, Mourad F, Young I, et al. Upper cervical and upper thoracic manipulation versus mobilization and exercise in patients with cervicogenic headache: a multi-center randomized clinical trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016;17(1):64.

 

Portland Car Accidents and Long-Term Pain

Portland auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Portland and you've been in a car crash, you have to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic injuries.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We work with several auto injury sufferers in our Portland office, and several of these folks are suffering from chronic pain caused by an old crash. In fact, research shows that a significant percentage of rear-end collisions lead to pain and disability even ten years after the original injury.

Dr. Helton is here to help you avoid developing chronic symptoms by helping to restore the natural function of your spine soon after a collision.

The most common causes of chronic pain are reduced flexibility of your spinal column and the formation of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be injured during a crash, and chiropractic care works by decreasing inflammation and restoring normal motion.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're close to our Portland office, and you've been injured in a crash, don't wait to get care. Dr. Helton is here for you. Give us a call today at (503) 771-1974 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Portland Headache Treatment by Dr. HeltonMany people suffer with headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headache, and ones that Dr. Helton and the staff here in our Portland chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Shows Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms our results: A 2016 study from Spain treated a group of 76 patients with chronic tension headaches. The participants were divided into four treatment groups: 19 patients were treated with suboccipital inhibition (the doctor presses on the tight tissues at the top of the spine); 19 with chiropractic adjustments; 19 with both adjustments and suboccipital inhibition; and 19 received no treatment.

The authors discovered that the spinal adjustments were beneficial at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were coupled with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get stressed out, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, resulting in pain. Chiropractic works by getting rid of these strains and restoring the normal nerve function to the tissues.

We're Here to Help People Find Help From Tension Headaches

If you live in Portland and are suffering from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Helton today at (503) 771-1974 for an appointment or more information.

Source

Espi-Lopez GV, Rodriguez-Blanco C, Oliva-Pascual-Vaca A, et al. Do manual therapy techniques have a positive effect on quality of life in people with tension-type headache? A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine 2016; February 29.

 

Portland Chiropractic Auto Accident Treatment

Portland auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. HeltonEvery year, there are millions of auto collisions in the world, and a significant number of people get injured in a car wreck. Although most collisions are "minor," chronic back and neck pain are still frequent health problems. The good news is that chiropractic is a great way to treat these kinds of injuries.

We have helped many auto collision patients in our Portland office, and Dr. Helton has been treating people with these types of injuries since 2005. During a car wreck, your body is subjected to violent forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces put strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can result in injury to the ligaments that hold your spine together. A crash can result in a wide variety of pain symptoms.

A ligament sprain in the neck can cause pain, swelling, and radicular pain in the arm and hand. Chiropractic works well for these types of problems, because chiropractic focuses on restoring the healthy function and flexibility of the injured structures.

Dr. Helton Can Help Clients Recover From an Auto Accident

Dr. Helton, your Portland chiropractor, can help by reducing irritation in the injured area and can help decrease the creation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.

You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Discover more about how we can help you recover or call Dr. Helton today at (503) 771-1974.