November 2014 Newsletter

THE PAIN OF FIBROMYALGIA Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain throughout the entire body with no obvious cause or explanation.  In addition to experiencing extreme widespread pain, patients with fibromyalgia also suffer from morning stiffness, unexplained referred regional pain, chronic fatigue, poor sleep patterns, chronic headaches and intolerance to cold weather.  According to the National Arthritis Foundation, “Fibromyalgia diagnosis remains difficult because there are no current diagnostic laboratory tests to truly diagnose the condition.”  Therefore, the mass majority of patients are left frustrated, ignored, or told they may have to live with the pain. This problem, in fact, can create more stress and additional worry in patients.  Added long-term stress may actually result in increased worry regarding resolution, thus cyclically continuing to re-create the pain cycle. At this point in time there’s no known medical cure for fibromyalgia, treatment is solely aimed at controlling the symptoms which have been generalized as, “an oversensitive nervous system that generates false alarms spontaneously or from ordinary non-painful stimulus which physiologists now recognize as nerves and muscles that can generate abnormal impulses and the technical term for this is super-sensitivity” says Dr. Chan Gunn MD.  Fibromyalgia is sadly very misunderstood by the medical community, Fibroworld states, “the […] Read More

October 2014 Newsletter

GOT HEADACHES? Headaches are one of the most common conditions seen in chiropractic offices.  In the last decade, modern research has shown headache represented at least 20% of patient-doctor visits.  Patients of all ages presenting with headaches, can not only can have significant pain, but can also experience an adverse impact on activities of daily living.  Complex headaches can make even the simplest of tasks seem extremely difficult.  A multitude of resources show that many types of headaches can be treated with proper chiropractic care.  Chiropractic treatment can help resolve, and may even completely eliminate, many debilitating and common headaches, including but not limited to classic migraine headaches, cluster headaches, tension headaches, and cervicogenic headaches. The source of many headaches lies in nerve interference or pressure on cranial and cervical nerve roots.  If we have bio-mechanical issues that cause pressure on a sensory nerve, the hypersensitive nerve, very simply, feels too much pain that results in a headache.  Migraine headaches originate from a chemical reaction that happens in the body, this chemical reaction is mainly the result of nerve blockage and interference.  This cyclical interference can cause classic symptoms such as chronic neck pain, head and face pain, numbness and […] Read More

Kids and Chiropractic

Mar 28, 2014 by admin Comments: 0

The following article written by Dr. Elledge was published in April Issue of Thrive Magazine. Find the article at: Kids & Chiropractic by Dr. Cody Elledge, DC Being a family chiropractor, I’m frequently told by patients, “I wish I would have known chiropractic treatment could resolve this or correct that…and if I had, I would have come in months or years ago.” Likewise, I also hear many patients ask why there are children being treated in my office. “What could children possibly have wrong with them that they need chiropractic treatment for?” My answer in part can be a long one, but simply put, parents bring their children in for chiropractic care for many of reasons, including help with common elements such as chronic ear infections, colic, colds and sickness, bedwetting, asthma and allergies, learning and behavioral problems, developmental delays, and most importantly for wellness and prevention. Chiropractic care can treat so many ailments of the human body, even young bodies, that many of us needlessly suffer from and are not classically related to chiropractic care in Oklahoma City. What is chiropractic care you may ask? Well, very simply put chiropractors localize and remove spinal nerve interference. Chiropractor’s perceive […] Read More

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Corrects Dizziness / Vertigo

Sep 03, 2013 by admin Comments: 0

Women’s Magazine. January 2000. Boulder, Colorado. by Erin Elster, DC. IUCCA Upper Cervical Chiropractic, a new health care technique incorporating modern computerized technology, has been effective in the treatment of vertigo syndromes, such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), labyrinthitis, and Meniere’s Disease. Debbie, age 51, suffered with one to two vertigo episodes per month for an entire decade. She described her benefits from upper cervical care. “Doctors diagnosed me with labyrinthitis and prescribed decongestants and anti-nausea medications which I took for ten years,” she said. “After my first adjustment with Dr. Elster, I stopped taking the decongestants and the dizziness never returned.” One year later, Debbie remains free from vertigo symptoms and medications. Vertigo Facts Vertigo is a subjective sensation of environmental movement, which can range from mild, transient episodes to severe, extended attacks. Often, vertigo is associated with nausea, vomiting, malaise, hearing loss, tinnitus (ear ringing), and a feeling of ear fullness or pressure. Physicians in the United States report more than five million vertigo chiropractic manipulation visits per year, making it among the 25 most common reasons Americans visit a doctor. (Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA), 1999) What Causes Vertigo? Besides viral infection of the inner ear, one […] Read More