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Headaches, Vertigo and Neck Pain

Dr. Timothy Luke Can Help

Dr. Timothy Luke, of Hoʻōla Chiropractic, is offering a free initial consultation for readers of Natural Awakenings Hawaii. He’s reaching out to help people that are experiencing headaches, vertigo and neck pain through treatment with spinal manipulation therapy.

Recent clinical trials by the University of Maryland Medical Center show that spinal manipulation therapy through chiropractic care can help treat migraine headaches. In one study of people with migraines, 22% of those who received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of attacks. Also, 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each migraine.

Studies also suggest that chiropractic manipulation can reduce tension headaches. The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College conducted a study involving 729 participants, 613 of which received chiropractic care. Their outcomes ranged from good to excellent, indicating that it’s a positive and beneficial headache remedy (US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health). In addition, researchers reviewed 9 studies that tested chiropractic care for tension or migraine headaches and found that it worked as well as medications in preventing these headaches.

During any given year, about 50% of the world’s adult population experiences a headache. Ninety percent of those people have experienced a primary headache, which includes tension, migraine and cluster headaches. Primary headaches are known to recur and consist of pain or pressure in the forehead or at the base of the head around the neck, usually getting worse as the day goes on. The following description of the three types of primary headaches will help to define and differentiate the symptoms.

Tension Headaches: Appears as a dull, aching pain in the head with a sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides and back of your head. There may be tenderness on the scalp, neck and shoulder muscles. Tension headaches have been shown to be brought on by tense muscles in the neck and shoulders, poor posture, stress, and fatigue.

Migraine Headaches: Described as a very intense, throbbing pain, often on one side of the head, are most commonly experienced by women. Migraines are frequently accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. The intense pain from a migraine can last a few hours or even a few days. The cause of migraines is not fully known but could have a genetic component. People have reported that certain foods, drinks, changes in sleep, stress, activities, or changes in the weather can trigger a migraine. Migraines can also be accompanied by vertigo, though vertigo can occur in people without migraines.

Cluster Headaches: These are less common than tension and migraine headaches but are often described as more painful. They can last for weeks or months and often recur at the same season each year. The pain from a cluster headache is described as extreme, burning pain, usually on one side of the head.

In addition to working with people who have headaches, Dr. Luke has successfully helped people that are experiencing vertigo, a balance disorder that makes it feel like the room is spinning when standing still. Vertigo can be all consuming and interfere with day-to-day life. Vertigo is an inner ear condition that can be triggered by a virus that causes the structure deep inside the ear (the labyrinth) to become inflamed or by an inner ear problem called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), where calcium crystals in the inner ear become dislodged, sending false messages to the brain that the body is in motion. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults experience vertigo at least once in their lifetime, with women more likely to experience it than men, according to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.

Patients who are experiencing neck pain and stiffness can also benefit from an examination, evaluation and treatment. Hoʻōla Chiropractic uses state-of-the-art, low-radiation, digital x-ray equipment that provides exceptional image quality. They also provide thermography and conduct a detailed history review of each patient.

Dr. Luke carefully and thoughtfully chose the name Hoʻōla which means to “bring life” or to “bring healing” for his practice to honor his Hawaiian heritage, and to reflect his vision to provide exceptional health care for the people of Hawai’i and to ultimately create a healthier community.

Location: 1357 Kapiolani Blvd Suite 1007, Honolulu. For more information and to schedule a free initial consultation, call 808-772-8284 (be sure to mention Natural Awakenings Hawaii) or visit their website at HoolaChiropractic.com

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