The Neglected link in Headache

August 08, 2016

Understanding the link from your Atlas being out of alignment in relation to headaches, etc.

The head has an average weight of about 8-17 lbs. This spherical structure has to be held up by a single vertebrae weighing only 2 ounces. From a biomechanical standpoint, the meeting of the two components must occur under an optimally balanced fulcrum in order to prevent misalignment.

Your head should sit level on your neck and the rest of your skeletal frame below. This is called the orthogonal position, or the 90 degree angle. Even the most minimal shift in this angle can cause nerve irritation.

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Monocular visual loss after closed head trauma: immediate resolution associated with spinal manipulation.

J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1995 Jun;18(5):308-14. Gorman RF.

Does 'normal' vision improve with spinal manipulation?

J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1996 Jul-Aug;19(6):415-8. Stephens D, Gorman RF.
 

The association between visual incompetence and spinal derangement: an instructive case history.

J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1997 Jun;20(5):343-50. Stephens D, Gorman F.

Symptomatic Arnold-Chiari malformation and cranial nerve dysfunction: a case study of applied kinesiology cranial evaluation and treatment.

J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 May;28(4):e1-6. Cuthbert S, Blum C.

Ocular correction effects on EMG activity of stomatognathic muscles in children with functional mandibular lateral- deviation: a case control study.

Eur J Paediatr Dent. 2006 Jun;7(2):81-8. Monaco A, Cattaneo R, Spadaro A, D'Andrea P, Marzo G, Gatto R. 

Monitoring ocular changes that may accompany use of dental appliances and/or osteopathic craniosacral manipulations in the treatment of TMJ and related problems.

Cranio. 1987 Jul;5(3):278-85. Weiner LB, Grant LA, Grant AH.

Vision induced chronic low back pain: A case report. 
J Chirop Ed. Spr 2012;26(1):85.116.
Beck CA, Blum, CL.

Introduction: A 34-year-old female patient presented with a history of low back pain (dull, achy, and non-radiating) that has been present for nearly two-years.

Methods: The patient reported complete relief of her chronic low back pain with her eyes closed or in a darkened room, whereas the pain would return when opening her eyes and particularly in a lightened room, with or without eyeglasses.

Treatment: Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) to the full body and cranium was applied with the patient’s eyes opened, closed, and eyeglasses on and off. Modifications were made to the optometric prescription and eyeglasses to optimize body and cranial function as well as to reduce her low back pain.

Results: The patient noted considerable relief in her low back pain with the new eyeglass prescription, and this relief was sustained regardless of eyes open or closed, and particularly with her eyeglasses on.

Conclusion: This case study illustrates that a subset of patients may present with a clinical condition that either affects vision or the vision affects the condition called a visual somatic strain. This demonstrates how collaborative efforts might be made to develop co-treatment opportunities between osteopaths, chiropractors, ophthalmologists, and other allied professionals.

Vision induced migraine headaches: A case report.
3rd Annual Sacro Occipital Technique Research Conference Proceedings: Nashville, TN. 2011: 8-15.
Beck C, Blum, CL.

Introduction: A 53-year-old female patient presented with a history of migraine-type, intense headaches, “dizziness” and “eyestrain” that began approximately 7 months ago. A relationship was noted between her migraines and vision.

Methods: The patient was evaluated utilizing osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) and cranial therapy for meningeal and sutural stress patterns with glasses on and off, and eyes opened and closed.

Treatment: Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) to the full body and cranium was applied with the patient’s eyes opened, closed, and glasses on and off. Modifications were made to the optometric prescription and eyeglasses to optimize body and cranial function as well as to reduce headache/migraines.

Results: The patient noted considerable relief in her eyestrain and physical tension with the new eyeglass prescription and noticed that her entire body felt relaxed and that the pressure in her head had disappeared.

Conclusion: This case study illustrates that a subset of patients may present with a clinical condition that either affects vision or the vision affects the condition called a visual somatic strain. This illustrates how collaborative efforts might be made to develop co-treatment opportunities between osteopaths, chiropractors, ophthalmologists, and other allied professionals.

Sacro occipital technique, cranial technique, “faux” fibromyalgia syndrome and self-reported improvement in vision: A report of four patients.
1st Annual Sacro Occipital Technique Research Conference Proceedings: Las Vegas, NV. 2009:48-51.
Kierstyn S, Blum CL.

Introduction: This case series reviews 4 patients who presented to this clinic diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), and were later re-diagnosed and treated as faux fibromyalgia syndrome (FFMS) patient. While having a positive response to FFMS care, they simultaneously a positive nonmusculoskeletal response coinciding with improved vision.

Methods/Treatment: Treatment consisted of category two analysis and treatment, SOT extremity techniques, and complete cranial sutural analysis and treatment and later in therapy rehabilitative exercises using therapeutic bands and a “rebounder.”

Results: Within six weeks of SOT and cranial care these FFMS patient’s symptoms resolved to the point that as long as they were within a few days of receiving care they were asymptomatic. Of interest is that as their FFMS symptoms resolved a concurrent improvement in vision occurred that involved improved acuity or color discernment.

Conclusion: With SOT and cranial care, a subset of patients FMS could be reclassified into a novel diagnostic form of FMS called FFMS. As further study increases into chiropractic myofascial and neurological relationships, we may better gain a grasp why some patients presenting with musculoskeletal conditions may have simultaneous self reported positive non-musculoskeletal results, such as an improvement of vision.

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