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Why Your Head Feels Heavy-Weak Upper Neck Muscles May Also Be Causing Your Headaches

Why Your Head Feels Heavy? We can picture the head as a bowling ball balanced on the end of a stick (the spine). There are muscles at the top of the neck as well as in the front and back which help hold the bowling ball on the stick. When the natural curve in the…
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Using MRI to Measure CSF Flow in Patients with CCJ Instability

We will learn more about the human neuromusculoskeletal system in the next few decades than we have learned in the last several hundred years. If you need proof of that, just take a look at some truly inspired technology being used in upstate NY by Scott Rosa and Dave Harshfield. Dr. Rosa and I have worked…
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Neck Headache Causes: Your Neck Muscles Are Jacked into Your Brain?

First, the cine MRI of a CCJ (upper neck) injury patient, above, is just plain cool. It shows how the neck structures move in a way that has never been seen before. It also shows a few significant issues, but today we’ll focus on neck headache causes, specifically the myodural bridge. What’s that? The connection between…
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Alar Ligament Treatment for CCJ Instability

Due to our high level of expertise in the field, for many years, our practice has collected a group of patients with upper cervical (CCJ) instability. This awful problem has been very difficult to treat, but the patients have been generally happy that any physician knows what’s wrong with them and is willing to do…
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7 Headache Causes and Cures Your Doctor Never Told You About

Did your doctor forget to tell you about many common headache causes and cures? What’s the first thing you do to try to relieve an irritating headache? Swig down an extra cup of coffee? Raid the medicine cabinet and pop a couple of ibuprofen? Rub your throbbing temples? Migraine sufferers may have to dig a bit…
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How to Get Off Migraine Medications: Trudy’s Story

When Trudy first walked into the office I’m not ashamed to say that I was overwhelmed. Not only did she want to know how to get off migraine medications, but also how to get off other meds she was taking for her neck, back, shoulders, and knees. She could only stand for 5 minutes before…
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Pain in Side of the Neck and Head? Meet the Superficial Cervical Plexus

Many times pain in side of the neck and head is due to injured joints in the upper neck known as facets. However, sometimes it can also be due to a little known neck nerve that supplies these areas. Given that the nerve goes to some very specific places, if your distribution of pain looks…
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Botox for Headache Reviews: Muscle Damage Side Effects

A huge trend in headache treatment these last few years has been the use of BoTox. However, while this helps symptoms, we’ve observed it’s steadily making some patients much worse. Why? Read more for my take on botox for headache reviews. BoTox is made from a natural toxin that poisons the connection between the nerve…
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