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I have decided to do a series of blogs on what happens to the brain, brain stem, spinal cord and structures of the spine in a whiplash type injury and how Upper Cervical Care is so effective at restoring normal function to the body.

An injury to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head, backward, forward, or sideways, is commonly referred to as “whiplash”. During such an injury, neck ligaments and muscles can be sprained or strained and vertebrae can be misaligned. While the term “whiplash” is most frequently used to describe auto accident injuries (in which a person is rear-ended, hit head-on, or hit from the side), whiplash can also frequently occur during ski accidents, bike accidents, falls, blows to the head, concussions, and other head/neck traumas.

Auto accidents are also the most common cause of closed head injuries due to acceleration/deceleration of the brain.  The brain is a soft structure confined in a non-yielding body structure the skull.  The mechanism of injury is either a shearing of axons or impact of the brain against the bony skull.  The rapid acceleration and deceleration seen in whiplash can often result in closed head injuries.

MINOR HEAD INJURIES CAN RESULT IN LONG TERM COMPLAINTS SUCH AS HEADACHES, DIZZINESS, VISUAL DISTURBANCES, FATIGUE, SLEEP DISTURBANCES, DIFFICULTY WITH CONCENTRATION, AND PERSONALITY CHANGES, ETC.

Whiplash has been shown with or without head contact with an object to be the most common cause of post-concussion syndrome as well.  The cognitive defects in whiplash victims, characterized by headaches, fatigue, dizziness, poor concentration, sensitivity to light, difficulty with processing and  attention.  These brain injuries are often overlooked in whiplash patients.

Following the whiplash accident, symptoms can be triggered immediately or can take months or years to develop. The purpose of upper cervical chiropractic care is to reverse the trauma-induced upper neck injury; thereby reducing irritation to the nerves in the brain stem and spinal cord that can trigger pain and other symptoms. After an accident, 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 upper cervical care can be achieved.


References:

www.erinelster.com

www.drlicata.com

CROFT A.: WHIPLASH AND BRAIN INJURIES 1992

BARNAT, M.R.: POST-TRAUMATIC HEADACHE PATIENTS.  HEADACHE 1986

 RADANOV, B.P., ET AL: COGNITIVE DEFICITS IN PATIENTS AFTER SOFT TISSUE INJURY OF THE CERVICAL SPINE.  SPINE 1992

ZUMSTEG, D. ET AL: WHIPLASH AND CONCUSSION. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES 2006

Dr. William R. Davis Jr., D.C. is a Oceanside Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist. He is in private practice in Southern California in the city of Vista. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.nuccawellness.com

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Dr. Davis here from Vista California…

Most of our patients come to us from referral…that was the case with Jeannine.  She saw her daughter’s life dramatically changed with Upper Cervical Care (read Lynn’s story here… https://nuccadoctordavis.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/i-got-my-life-back-from-fibromyalgia-allergies-and-more/) and she wanted to see if NUCCA could help her with a number of health problems.  She got even more than she expected when she got her head on straight…because when the head’s on straight…everything changes!!!

Read Jeannine’s story here…

“I came to see Dr. Davis after seeing that my daughter was able to get rid of her Fibromyalgia and Allergies.  And I wanted to see if he could help me also with my health.  So I went to Dr. Davis.  At first I noticed that I was breathing better and I felt brighter, then I realized that my car didn’t have such big blind spots!  I could move my head and neck around the way that I should…my shoulders and neck were unlocked!  What a difference!

 I also had severe leg cramps from my ankle to my butt…and in a few visits guess what?  No more leg cramps…Just fantastic!  I feel 10 years younger! 

Yes for Dr. Davis…God Bless him always.”

Jeannine K.                                                            July 2010

Who do you know that is struggling with their health?  Do you feel older than you should?  Find out if NUCCA could help you Live Better, Work Better, Play Better and Serve Better!

Go to our website today to find out more info at www.chiropractorvista.com

God Bless and Be Well,

Dr. Bill Davis

Upper Cervical Specialist

NUCCA Procedure

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Dr. Davis from Vista…Here is a great analogy from Precision Spinal Care in Fort Collins CO about NUCCA…
Did you know that statistics show that over 99% of US homes have a TV. But most of us don’t understand exactly how our TV works. Push a button and the picture comes on. You don’t know how it gets in there, but it works. The fact that you don’tknow how it works doesn’t stop you from using it. NUCCA WORKS. Just because you haven’t heard about NUCCA or don’t know how it works doesn’t mean it wont work for you! The study of Spinal Anatomy, biomechanics, X-ray physics are not a requirement to feeling better. The study of radio waves, electricity, lenses, and plasma screens are not a requirement for you to enjoy HD TV, but its great to have!
This procedure takes a great knowledge base and puts it into a package you can feel good about. We need to RAISE THE BAR in Health care. NUCCA has been researched over 40 years, is studied by professionals who have doctoral level educations and is so technical in its study and application that there are less than 300 people in the world practicing it today. This, Like HD TV should not keep you from its benefits and enjoyment. NUCCA works. It’s custom designed to allow you to properly function mechanically. The end result of proper function is less pain, better overall body function and a body that lasts longer.

  

Don’t continue to struggle with your health just because you don’t understand it. That would mean you couldn’t drive your car or watch your TV either. 
 
We are talking about the quality of your life, work, and relationships.
 
Don’t let hesitation and doubt steal your hope of feeling better.
 
Just read the real testimonials from people just like you on this blog.
 
Don’t give up!! 
 
760-945-1345  www.nuccawellness.com
 
Dr. Bill Davis
NUCCA Practitioner
Vista CA 
 
 

  

  

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blood pressure measurement

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Dr. Davis here again from Vista CA…Recently, we took a look at what the research is showing regarding the connection between the upper cervical spine and blood flow to and from the brain and how that is an important factor in how trauma can induce conditions like Multiple Sclerosis and Migraine Headaches.  And how when the traumatically induced upper cervical spine injuries are corrected and the underlying cause is identified frequently all or most of these debilitating conditions go away.

Well now we look at another major health issue in America…High Blood Pressure.  In my own office I have seen patients blood pressure drop by over 30 points in the systolic when the upper neck misalignment is corrected.

Looking again at what the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (ucrf.org)  found in their research with Phase Contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (PC MR).  It demonstrated the change in blood flow from the brain in Migraine patients and how all Migraines went away when the upper neck misalignment was corrected…they stated “These results coupled with previously documented normalization of blood pressure in a randomized double-blind study indicate a casual physiologic and measurable effect occurs after the correction of an Atlas misalignment….Possible Atlas misalignment interaction with the Trigeminovascular System via decreased intracranial compliance may produce neural influences on cerebral circulation as proposed by Dr. Goadsby providing impetus for further study…”

So what is the research that they are referring to regarding blood pressure?  

Researchers at the Hypertension Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center reported stunning reductions in the blood pressure of patients afflicted with hypertension following NUCCA chiropractic care.

 In the study – published in the March 2, 2007 issue of The Journal of Human Hypertension and featured on WebMD, Good Morning America and other sources – 50 patients with hypertension were divided into two groups of 25 each.  One group of 25 received a NUCCA spinal correction to the atlas vertebra (uppermost bone in the neck).  This vertebra holds up the head and only relies on soft tissue to maintain alignment.  Misalignment, also known as subluxation, usually goes undiagnosed and causes no pain or discomfort. The other group of 25 received a similar procedure but with no adjustment being given. Researchers called this procedure the “sham adjustment.” Since the type of adjustment given was very light force, the patients involved in this study did not know if they were receiving the real or sham adjustments.

After 8 weeks of care, the 25 people in the group receiving the real chiropractic adjustments all showed a significant reduction in blood pressure compared to the group that received the sham adjustment. Those patients who got the real adjustment showed an average of 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count), and an average of 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number) over those who got the fake or sham adjustment.

X-rays confirmed that the adjustments actually changed the position of the atlas vertebra among those in the study group.  The study leader reported that the procedure had the effect of not one, but two blood pressure medications given in combination.  And, his team reported no side effects whatsoever from the adjustment.

So if this NUCCA Procedure has been shown to reduce blood pressure, effect the blood flow from the brain in Migraine patients and influence Multiple Sclerosis and many other conditions that effect millions of Americans…why hasn’t hardly anyone heard of it?

Good question…Tell a Friend about NUCCA today!

Dr. Bill Davis

Upper Cervical Specialist-NUCCA Procedure

www.nuccawellness.com

760-945-1345

References:

http://www.ucrf.org/projects-funding/project-descriptions

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/research/intriguing-leads-on-the-horizon/ccsvi/index.aspx

http://www.erinelster.com/ConditionsDetail.aspx?ConditionID=17

https://nuccadoctordavis.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/lowering-blood-pressure-an-easy-adjustment/

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The vertebral vein.

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So what does Multiple Sclerosis have to do with Migraine Headaches?  New research is now providing a possible explanation of the correlation between MS & Migraine sufferers and how Upper Cervical Specialists are able to get such good results with the correction of Atlas misalignments in both conditions.  The Upper Cervical Research Foundation (ucrf.org) has been doing some very interesting research with Phase Contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (PC MR) lately.

In their paper Changes in Cerebral Blood Flow Patterns and Velocities of Migraine Subjects Following an Atlas Correction they stated “Results of a case study describing a subject diagnosed with migraine headache (without aura) reveal compelling results obtained with Phase Contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging Angiography (PC MR). The subject was evaluated using the protocol of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) to determine the presence of an Atlas misalignment. After Atlas correction, a follow-up PC MR Study demonstrated changes in cerebral venous outflow. A change in vessel outflow pattern from a jugular to the paravertebral plexus route was discerned. Venous flow rate and vessel pulsatility decreased as well as cerebrospinal flow rate across the Atlas (C-1) vertebra. Most significantly, the imaging procedure measured a distinct decrease in intracranial compliance. The subject obtained relief from migraine headache pain consistent to maintenance of his Atlas correction by the end of thirty days. The PC MR exam continued to show improvement of the hemodynamic parameters measured over the 16-week study period consistent to maintenance of Atlas alignment.”

What does that all mean in english…if you correct problems with the alignment of the bones at the top of the neck with a precise form of chiropractic care called NUCCA then it changes the blood flow from the brain to the body.  And since Migraine headaches are frequently vascular in origin…changing the blood flow from the brain is important and can take away the migraines completely…as in this case study and many others.  I have seen in my own office someone who has had Migraines for 50 years have them go away after restoring the proper alignment of the atlas.  Another patient who was getting up to 30 Migraines a month had her Migraines completely go away after properly aligning the Atlas.

So what does this all have to do with Multiple Sclerosis?

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI), is a reported abnormality in blood drainage from the brain and spinal cord, this may contribute to nervous system damage in MS.  CCSVI has been getting a lot of press recently because Dr. Paolo Zamboni from the University of Ferrara in Italy published his initial findings in June 2009 from a study of approximately 65 patients.  Based on the results of preliminary research which has been published in respected peer journals, Dr. Zamboni and others have recommended larger scale studies to determine if CCSVI may be treated through an endovascular surgical procedure, which involves inserting a tiny balloon or stent into blocked veins in order to improve the flow of blood out of the brain and spinal cord.  This procedure produced complete remissions in MS in 90% of the participants of the study!

My question is why are the veins blocked to begin with?  What has occurred that has led to the changes in the veins?  Instead of forcing the veins open with a stent…why not correct the underlying cause of the malformation?

Then you look at Dr. Erin Elster’s research with trauma and multiple sclerosis where she found that 90% of patients diagnosed with MS have had a trauma to the head or neck prior to the onset of the symptoms. And when x-rayed these patients have a clearly misaligned spine that is putting pressure on the nervous system and the blood vessels.  When these misalignments of the upper cervical spine are corrected over 90% of the patients in her study had results.  Some patients were able to get out of their wheelchairs!

What happened to them?  The same thing that Dr. Zamboni was doing…changing the blood flow from the brain to the body.  Only in Dr. Elster’s results she wasn’t artificially forcing the vessels open she was correcting the underlying cause of the vessels malformation!

Now not all MS patients responded to either of the treatment options…and perhaps there are other factors involved…but wouldn’t it make sense if you have MS or Migraine headaches to have an upper neck evaluation by an upper cervical specialist?  Especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma?

If you are in the San Diego County area call the office or go to www.nuccawellness.com to get a complimentary consultation to see if you have an Upper Cervical Misalignment.  If not, go to www.nucca.org or www.upcspine.com to find a Doctor in your area.

The longer you wait the more damage is done…put your scepticism aside and see if you can be helped!

Dr. William R. Davis Jr., D.C. is a Oceanside Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist. He is in private practice in Southern California in the city of Vista. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.nuccawellness.com  

References:

http://www.ucrf.org/projects-funding/project-descriptions

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/research/intriguing-leads-on-the-horizon/ccsvi/index.aspx

http://www.erinelster.com/ConditionsDetail.aspx?ConditionID=17

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Dr. Davis here from Vista…In the first installment of this blog post we looked at where the nerves go and what types of conditions can be a result of problems with these nerves.  So lets continue that look at the nerves as they go into the body…

  • The nerves from that go into the body cavity go into the heart-problems may manifest like irregular heartbeat, palpitations etc,
  • Then the lungs are next-this can lead to shallow breathing, shortness of breath, asthma, allergies
  • Then the next set goes into the liver, gallbladder, and stomach-this can lead to indigestion, heartburn, bloating and gas.
  • The next set goes into the energy producing organs-the pancreas, spleen,  and adrenals-interference can lead to decreased energy and vitality.
  • The next set goes into the intestines-constipation, diarrhea, cramps, irritable bowel syndrome, etc can result.
  • Then there are the nerves to the kidneys,  and urinary system.  If that system is weakened it may result in chronic infections (UTI).
  • Then there are nerves that control the reproductive system-in women may see irregular or painful menstrual cycles.  In men, this can lead to impotence or other sexual dysfunctions.
  • And lastly there are 3 nerves that come out of the lower back and go into the legs….one goes across the hips down into the knees and the outside of the legs…this can lead to pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in these areas.
  • The next nerve is the classic sciatic nerve…goes into the back of the hip down the back of the leg into the calf, down the leg into the outside of the foot…this nerve also effects the prostate…this can lead to pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in this area as well and prostate dysfunction.
  • The last nerves goes around the belt line and goes into the groin and down inside of the leg to the big toes.  Problems here can lead to pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in this distribution.

Courtesy of Dr. Brooks…

So when the spine is misaligned it can virtually affect any of those nerves in any of those ways and those are just the peripheral nerves and not the central nervous system…which can affect the body in completely different ways…(see what is the brain stem? for more info https://nuccadoctordavis.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/whats-the-brain-stem/)

Now do you better understand the results that we see at Breath of Life?  How a patients digestive function improves?  Why a person with chronic urinary tract infections finds a resolution?  How a person’s hearing can improve?  God has put an amazing amount of power inside our body’s nervous system…and when that system is working at less that 100% then the entire body is compromised…Is your nervous system working at 100%? 

If your spine is misaligned the answer is no!

Schedule a complimentary consultation to find out if you are a candidate for NUCCA Spinal Care today!

760-945-1345

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 Dr. Davis here from Vista CA…

Want to catch a cold follow these easy steps!

 

 Want to catch a cold? Follow these easy steps!  

Some people seem to expect a bout with a cold or the flu each year.  If you haven’t had your quota yet, here are some things you can do: 

  1. Eat a poor diet. If you want to catch a cold, make sure your body lacks the vitamins and minerals it needs to keep itself in good repair. Eat lots of processed foods, stripped of their nutritional value. Avoid fresh vegetables and ingest lots of high-fat snack foods.
  2. Avoid adequate rest. After neglecting the quality of the raw materials your body needs to repair itself, deprive yourself of adequate rest. Stay up late and reduce the time you sleep as much as possible. Use tobacco, coffee and other stimulants to fool yourself into thinking you have plenty of energy.
  3. Stop exercising. To catch a cold, make sure you reduce the effectiveness of your immune and lymphatic systems. Unlike the circulatory system with its pump (the heart), your lymphatic system depends upon exercise and physical movement to circulate these valuable fluids with their germ-fighting abilities.
  4. Rarely wash your hands. Increase your chances of catching a cold by compromising your personal hygiene. Remember to use your dirty hands and fingers to rub your eyes, pick your nose or wipe your lips.
  5. Think negative thoughts. Look for opportunities to imagine having a cold. Pay attention to news reports about outbreaks of the flu and pay close attention to TV commercials from drug companies that sell products designed for cold sufferers.
  6. Invite stress. Stress yourself physically by experiencing extreme temperature and humidity changes. Stress yourself mentally with constant worry or fear. Stress yourself socially by encountering as many ill people as possible.
  7. Become dehydrated. Avoid drinking enough water. Reduce the effectiveness of your immune system and other bodily functions by drinking water-removing diuretics such as caffienated beverages, coffee, tea and alcohol.
  8. Ignore your spine and nerve system. Ignore the role of a properly operating nervous system, the master control of your immune system.  

Of course we’re joking!  

The only way to catch a cold or the flu is to make yourself a hospitable host to the millions of cold and flu germs around you every day. 

God Bless and Be Well, 

 Dr. Bill Davis 

Upper Cervical Specialist-NUCCA Procedure 

Vista CA 

760-945-1345 

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