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Upper Cervical Care Can Help if You Suffer with Meniere's Disease?

Posted by Dr. Ray Drury

Sep 26, 2014 9:01:00 AM

My first experience with Meniere’s was in 2003.  The staff at the emergency room misdiagnosed my condition only making  matters worse. After time the symptoms subsided and life went on.  Then in 2007 I was hit with another episode of Meniere’s.  My ENT at the time diagnosed the condition as Hy-drops. With steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs I was able to return to normal.   In 2011 I was stricken with the condition again and this time no medicine or traditional approaches were alleviating the symptoms.  

When the Meniere’s struck in 2011 I was prepared as I knew what I was in for from past experience but nothing prepared me for the non-stop vertigo and the potential that the vertigo would simply never stop.  I pursued every conceivable approach for resolution.  I followed the steroid, anti-inflammatory prescriptions as prescribed by  my ENT.  I simply couldn’t maintain life being dizzy all the time.  At one point my ENT told me to “learn to live with it”.  I’ve lost 70% of my hearing in my left ear and 40% in the right.  I have loud and constant tinnitus in both ears and have purchased hearing aids to help with both conditions.  My mood and self-image were fading quickly as life in a constant state of dizziness is no fun at all.  I did all the reading and the prognosis was depressing to say the least.  What I read was that the condition is a syndrome meaning the medical community hasn’t a clue, the condition will only get worse over time and that Meniere’s is the most debilitating condition there is.  

I started looking for alternatives.  I visited chiropractors, naturopaths, Chinese Herbalist, faith healers and trauma work. I have tried every conceivable herbal, vitamin and mineral remedy with no success.   I had become desperate and would do and try anything.  One evening while reading an online Meniere’s support blog a member suggested looking into Upper Cervical Care; I jumped.  Looking for UCC professionals in my area I came across Dr. Grayson Blom.
 
When I was 9 years old I went through the wind shield of my mother’s car.  Shortly thereafter the migraines started.  I’ve managed the migraines with drugs and acupuncture.  My best results were with seasonal acupuncture sessions.  What a joy to not have the pain of a migraine simply from going outside.  The sun set me off.  I believe there is a direct relationship between the car accident and my migraines and Meniere’s.  This accident appears to be the root of my Upper Cervical (neck) troubles.  After reviewing my X-rays, Dr. Blom proceeded with a series of sessions.  Initially there were adjustments but as time went on the adjustments became very few. Nearly immediately after the first adjustment I noticed a difference.  My vertigo wasn’t as severe.   I have not had a need for my seasonal acupuncture adjustments for migraines since beginning my care plan. 
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Topics: Upper Cervical Education, Menieres Disease

A Story about Two Bones

Posted by Dr. Ray Drury

Sep 15, 2014 10:20:00 AM

At the top of your spine, there are two very special bones. These bones, the Atlas and Axis, are found in every human being and all vertebrate animals. They were created to support your head and protect the most vital part of your nervous system, the brain stem, while at the same time allow for maximum movement in the neck.

The Story Begins

The story begins like this, and it could happen to anyone. Mary had a difficult birth. Her mother labored for many hours before the doctor finally pulled her from the birth canal with forceps. Anyone observing the birth could easily see that this placed extreme stress to the baby’s upper neck, but the doctor assured her mother that this is common and the baby did appear to be doing fine. However, the next few months were difficult, because Mary was having a terrible time with colic, irritability, and constant crying. Once again, her mother was reassured, and everything was chalked up to Mary just being a “fussy baby.”

A year went by and like most toddlers Mary fell on average 5000 times while learning to walk. The first two bones of Mary’s spine are the smallest (as they are for all of us) yet they hold the weight of her six pound head. Because these are the only bones in the spine that aren’t “locked” into place like the other bones in the spine, they take the brunt of the force. By age two, Mary was experiencing recurrent ear infections that antibiotics just couldn’t “fix”. At age seven, Mary fell off her bike. She got a few scrapes, bumps and bruises and complained of soreness for a couple days, but bounced back pretty easily, and Mom thought she’d be just fine. Oddly enough, Mary seemed to “catch” every cold and flu bug that winter. By spring, she developed a new allergy to grass and pollen. She must have been run down. In high school, Mary played soccer on the varsity team subjecting her body to lots of tackles and using her head to strike the ball. She then went to college where her academic work was emotionally stressful and after graduation joined the “real world” where her stress continued.

At age 35 Mary had a fender bender that whip-lashed her upper neck that caused her pain and difficulty in turning her head. Her hips and legs felt a little “off” although she couldn’t really explain it. She thought maybe it was because she was getting older. These things happen, right? By this time, Mary was experiencing headaches more and more often. They could be debilitating even though she had been prescribed medication. Later she began to experience chronic fatigue and bouts of depression. Her doctor prescribed Imatrex for the headaches, Ambien to sleep and Prozac to help her “cope.” Nothing seemed to help.

By age 40 Mary had been diagnosed with migraines, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression. This true story is the story of millions of people. Substitute the traumas (physical, emotional, chemical) and the symptoms, and in the end, you have a very common story which is repeated daily throughout the world. It’s all about the proper alignment of the Atlas and the Axis, the top two bones in your neck which allow for the optimal function of the brain stem.

 

Think of it like stepping on a garden hose - You step on the hose and the water flow is less than optimal - remove the pressure from the hose and the water flows at 100% - Same idea with a misalignment of your atlas or axis. Remove the misalignment and your brain can communicate with the rest of your body without interuption!

Interested in locating and Upper Cervical Doctor to see if you have a misalignment that is preventing you from living life to the fullest? CLICK HERE to find a location closest to you!

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Topics: Upper Cervical Education

His Prayer Answered, Shortstop is Back on the Field

Posted by Dr. Ray Drury

Sep 3, 2014 8:47:01 AM

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Topics: Testimonials

What in the World is a Subluxation?

Posted by Dr. Ray Drury

Aug 19, 2014 9:48:00 AM

So, what is a Subluxation?
It's a big fancy word that means a Misalignment of your Head and Neck

Your head, which weighs about 10 pounds, balances delicately on a vertebrae known as the atlas (the first bone in your neck), which in turn sits on a vertebrae called the axis (the second bone in your neck). These vertebrae surround your brain stem, through which messages from your brain flow down the spinal cord and out through your nervous system to the rest of your body.

If your atlas and axis shift off of the center of your spine, your head and neck will become misaligned, which can cause interference to the normal flow of your nervous system and distort the healing messages that are constantly being sent from your brain to every part of your body. This interference or irritation is called an upper cervical subluxation.

A Misalignment Causes a Variety of Problems

The human body is normally a self-healing organism, with the brain being the master controller of every system and cell in the body. With proper nervous system function, your body can and will operate at full potential, ultimately expressing optimal health due to proper brain/body communication.

However, if your head and neck are misaligned, causing the nervous system interference known as upper cervical subluxation, you can experience problems from two different underlying issues:

  • Nervous System Interference Because of the subluxation/misalignment, your brain cannot properly communicate with your body on how to effectively fight off disease and dysfunction, and problems ensue. Watch a video explaining your nerve sysyem.

  • Body Structure Shifts Your body will react to the head/neck misalignment by attempting to compensate. Your posture will shift, and other parts of your body, such as your pelvis or shoulders, will become misaligned as well. When these shifts occur many symptoms can develop, including headaches, muscle stiffness, muscle pain and sciatica.

Think of it like stepping on a garden hose - You step on the hose and the water flow is less than optimal - remove the pressure from the hose and the water flows at 100% - Same deal with a misalignment of your atlas or axis. Remove the misalignment and your brain can communicate with the rest of your body without interuption!

Because of all this, upper cervical subluxations/mislaignments can manifest as numerous different health symptoms or conditions including: migraines, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, asthma, trigeminal neuralgia, digestive disorders and more!

Interested in locating and Upper Cervical Doctor to see if you have a misalignment that is preventing you from living life to the fullest? CLICK HERE to find a location closest to you!

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Topics: Upper Cervical Education

10 Reasons Parents Take Their Children to See Upper Cervical Doctors

Posted by Dr. Ray Drury

Jul 23, 2014 10:31:15 AM

How Do Children
Get Nerve Irritation?

Nerve irritations (or vertebral subluxations) occur as a part of normal daily life. They result from physical, chemical and emotional stressors or ‘insults’ to our health, such as knocks and falls, bad posture, prolonged postures, stomach sleeping, poor food choices, dehydration, exposure to chemicals and toxins, and stress and anxiety.
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Topics: Children

Why Haven't I Heard of Upper Cervical Care?

Posted by Dr. Ray Drury

Jul 18, 2014 2:05:30 PM

There is a monumental health care crisis in this country, but it’s not what you might suspect. It’s not socialized medicine, insurance coverage or prescription drugs. The real health care crisis is the failure to emphasize the prevention of disease instead of the treatment of disease. Until we change our focus, we will forever be chasing symptoms or conditions rather than maintaining our health.

Upper Cervical doctors embrace the fact that the human body is a self-healing organism. We are created with the ability to heal and recover from almost anything and adapt to those things that we cannot. We are empowered to seek advice and ultimately make our own healthcare decisions, because we are the only ones who know what is ultimately best for us!

So why have you not heard of upper cervical care? Great question and here's a great video explaination - CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW.

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Topics: Upper Cervical Education

What to expect when visiting your Upper Cervical doctor

Posted by Dr. Ray Drury

Jul 10, 2014 9:29:59 AM

When you schedule an appointment with an upper cervical doctor:

  1. You will have a consultation with a doctor to discuss your health history.
  2. You will have an upper cervical evaluation to assess the condition of your spinal structures and nervous system.
  3. You will be scanned to determine whether you actually have a problem in the upper part of your neck.
  4. If the doctor does find a problem, three-dimensional X-rays are taken and precise measurements are made to determine exact misalignment of your upper bone(s).
  5. If your case is accepted, the doctor will review the results of your tests and X-rays on your second visit, and you will receive your first upper cervical correction.
  6. On your third visit, the doctor will discuss a care plan designed just for your condition.
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Topics: Upper Cervical Education

How long will it take to get better?

Posted by Dr. Ray Drury

Jul 1, 2014 3:28:37 PM

Great Question, watch our video for the answer!

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Topics: Upper Cervical Education

Why Holding an Upper Cervical Correction is the Key to Optimal Health

Posted by Billy Doherty

Jun 19, 2014 9:52:06 AM

What does it mean to HOLD YOUR CORRECTION?

First of all, lets explain what a CORRECTION is and what does HOLDING mean? An Upper Cervical Correction is performed only after your doctor takes specific x-rays to determine the exact degree of the misalignment of the top two bones in your neck, referred to the Atlas & Axis. The goal of upper cervical care is to realign the top two bones to allow 100% nerve communication from your brain to every part of your body. You see, your brainstem extends down from your brain through those top two bones and serves as the "SUPER HIGHWAY" for nerve communication from your brain to every part of your body. If there is a misalignment of one of the top two bones, pressure is applied to the brainstem and the healing messages can be distorted and could cause problems or symptoms like; migraine headaches, TMJ, back pain, digestive disorders, MS, etc.

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Topics: Upper Cervical Education

Why Do I Need X-Rays?

Posted by Billy Doherty

May 29, 2014 11:58:39 AM

l am concerned about radiation from the X-rays. Are they completely necessary?

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Topics: Upper Cervical Education

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