Dr. Jay treats the cause of your pain,
not just the symptom!
Why do you need a chiropractor for your headache?
Hello. I'm Dr. Jay Divorsky and I'm the chiropractic leg of the Beverly Hills Headache Institute. The obvious question is what do you need a chiropractor for? You've got Dr. Singh. He's a renowned neurologist and written a book on headaches. Why do we need a chiropractor? Well, the answer is this - Dr. Sing has a vision and his vision is East-Meets-West, best of both worlds. It also gives us options on how to treat the patient. I'm also an expert in headaches: vascular headaches, migraine headaches, and stress-related headaches. Before I discuss the treatment of headaches, I'm going to give you Anatomy 101. It's important that you know some of the anatomy of the skull, vertebral artery and you need to understand the words that I'm saying.
Let's start with the skull. If we take the top of the skull off, this is where your brain sits. So you have the brain in here and we have a brainstem. Brainstem, you see this hole comes out of here, we have the spinal cord. Now, most people talk about the brain, the brain stem, and spinal cord, as if they're separate things or they're different things. They're not. It's the same thing. All the nerves start in your brain, you have the brainstem, and you have the cord.
Want to talk about the vertebra. The vertebrae are the bones of your body. It's different when we talk about a disc. The disc is what's between the two vertebrae. If we have let's say a cervical c2 and c3, there's a disc between those, so you talk about the c2 c3 disk, but when you talk about the vertebrae, you talk about it itself.
There's something special about the vertebrae in your neck. This is what it looks like. This is the occiput back of your skull. That's where the hole is that the brain goes down so this fits you just like this. This red thing is the vertebral artery. It's one of two blood supplies to your brain. Very important! It's called a vertebral artery because it literally goes into the vertebra right up through here and what I want you to see is on the top line it lays across of it and it goes up into the hole in the back into your head. This goes to the brain's left side of your brain.
Now when you get to why we need a chiropractor in the Headache Institute. When you're stressed out, the muscles tighten down - it tightens the muscles that connect right up in here, so it tightens down and it literally squeezes down like this. So the blood supply on the side it isn't occluded completely what is pushed on so you don't have the same blood about going in.
The other thing is, this vertebra the first vertebra is called the Atlas. It slides back and forth a little bit. I exaggerate when I say it slides back and forth we're talking about millimeters but it makes a big difference. What I want you to understand is that vertebrae go sideways so it goes off to the right a little bit it will include the artery on the right side so this is what sets up a lot of our headaches.
My job here at the Beverly Hills Headache Institute is to look at the patient physically. I'm kinda like a body mechanic. What's physically going on with my patient? Why is my patient having headaches? Why when they stand up sometimes do they get lightheaded, but then they're okay? A lot of times we do the exam, we find out that we have pressure here. My job is to either lift the occiput up to take the pressure off or move the Atlas back in place which also takes the pressure off.
We've talked about misalignments and what I started to say earlier was that we've talked about vascular headaches, we've talked about migraine headaches, and we've talked about stress headaches. In my world, the chiropractic world, these are all "mechanical" headaches. Mechanical meaning that something is out of alignment - something I take care of!
This is just an installment on headaches. There'll be a lot more to come. We'll talk about this and all sorts of things so stay tuned!