Archive for February, 2013

The Jaw can be responsible for Neck Pain and Headaches
February 27, 2013

As a Chiropractor I need 50 CEU’s each year to maintain my license, so in the middle of February 2013, I attended a weekend seminar about the Jaw Joint. The instructor, Dr. Brett A. Winchester, discussed that if anyone has neck pain or headaches to always work with the jaw as over 50% of the time it is involved. Other indicators of jaw dysfunction, often called TMJ and or TMD, include: popping, grinding, jaw pain, fatigue, dizziness, tinnitus, swimmers ear, ear aches, scoliosis, any kind of fall, car accident, head injury, sport injury, birth trauma, anyone who sleeps on their stomach, if they have ever worn braces, chew lots of gum and other factors.

Dr. Winchester discussed ways to retrain people to stop clenching and ways to work directly on the patient’s jaw joint. He found that working twice a week for three weeks on the jaw has a profound affect on his patients that have neck pain, headaches and the other symptoms associated with TMJ and TMD.

I have always been fascinated by the effect that grinding and clenching have mainly because my mother said she used to hear me grind my teeth as a very young girl. My grinding was so loud it could be heard from another room so my mom would come into my room and put her hand on me; which stopped the grinding. I never needed braces yet the effects of the grinding created some very painful cracked teeth and occasional headaches. Thankfully I did find help and feel much better now.

When I attended Chiropractic College I chose to investigate the jaw and did a lot of reading about how any tension and dysfunction in that joint could affect the neck, shoulders, back, hips, even the feet and toes. In my first years of practice I was at a seminar and the chiropractor that was lecturing instilled upon us how important the jaw joint is. The experience that made this evident to him was with a patient who had a few knee surgeries yet still was suffering from constant knee pain. Because the surgeries did not help she came to him to see if he could help reduce her pain. He initially worked directly on the knee, then of course as a chiropractor he also worked on the spine, feet, hips and neck yet none of that helped. It was when he worked on her jaw that she noticed immediate improvement.

I found that to be quite fascinating so made sure to incorporate working with the jaw in both kids and adults. With the information from the latest seminar, I feel excited to have even more effective ways to help people.


All Those Adjustments Helped My Labor
February 20, 2013

Here is a testimonial that I received on Monday 2/4/13 from of one of my patients:

“I just wanted to let you know that I DID indeed go into full active labor that same day after I got the adjustment. I labored at home quite a bit and then some at the hospital, we went in at about 6:30PM. The delivery was incredibly fast and much different than the one I had with my first son. This little guy practically slid out of me and it only took me four pushes! I definitely believe all those adjustments helped! My second son was born at 3:21 am and weighed in at 7lbs. 13oz!”

My patient saw me through out her entire pregnancy and was in labor for five hours before she came in for her adjustment that Monday morning. The labor was on and off every 15 – 20 minutes and then stopped completely. Then after the adjustment she went to her car and the labor came on again every 10 minutes. She continued to labor at home by walking around, sitting on a birth ball and also by leaning on her husband to help her sway through the intensity. Once she got to the hospital she was not not fully dilated so they had her walk around for a few more hours. She then had an epidural and was able to relax and dilated from 3cm – 7cm. Then 20 minutes later she pushed 4 times and gave birth to her son.

My patient said the staff at the hospital was quite surprised at how fast her son came. What the hospital staff was not aware of is that one study showed that women who received chiropractic care through their pregnancy had 24% shorter labor than those who did not receive chiropractic care AND women who had given birth more than once (multiparous) reported 39% shorter labor times when they received chiropractic care during their pregnancy.

The one regret my patient had was that she did not have a doula for this birth. She felt the doula would have been able to help her through the pain, as her husband was only able to do so much. Her newborn son is nursing; calm and sleeping well and both mom and baby came in one week after the delivery for their adjustment.