Low level laser therapy- pain management

As a registered nurse I am really interested in the benefits of cold laser therapy for pain management and injury, infection and all types of disfunction.

Working with my husband, Peter Middleton, in our chiropractic practice, I am astounded with the results we are achieving with laser therapy.

I have practiced on myself first and foremost! 

For 6 months I have suffered a hip injury due to a fall. I have suffered pain in the joint and numbness down the thigh. 

I have used the laser now 10 times on my hip and I no longer have nocturnal pain, and can sleep on that hip, of course I also receive lots of chiropractic care! But the combination of the two therapies has sped up my recovery by months and saved me from hip surgery.


Katharine Juillerat



Headaches and Migraines – How Can Chiropractic Help?

Everyone gets the occasional headache, but some headaches get so bad they won’t go away. While drugs treat the symptoms, they often ignore the underlying cause of the problem.

The worst headaches can be slow to respond to the intended effect of the medications. The stronger medications can have negative and long-lasting effects to the rest of your body when used for extended periods. This is why many people finally decide to look to other, more natural (and safer) solutions for their problem such as chiropractic.

Different Kinds of Headaches
In order to better treat any problem it is first important to understand what causes it. There are many different kinds of headaches, some which can be treated by chiropractic better than others. Headaches are most commonly caused by:

Blood vessel constriction in the sensitive outer covering of the brain
Tension of the muscles
Sinus congestion

These headaches can radiate pain all over the head and can feel like they radiate to many different locations. It is most important to know that chiropractic is a great solution to those headaches primarily associated with muscle tension and restriction in blood flow around the brain. Sinus headaches may be treated as well but the cause is likely to be more complicated.

The three main types of headaches most often found in chiropractic offices are:

Migraine headaches
Tension headaches
Cervicogenic headaches
(from the neck)

The last type of headache mentioned sounds a bit scary, but it just simply means a headache that is caused by referred pain that originates within the joints, muscles, or nerves of the neck.

Tension Headaches
When we become stressed, frightened, or angry, the body will respond with increased muscle tension in the neck, shoulders, or head. This reaction, often called a fight or flight response, is how we respond to stress. If stress becomes constant in our lives, that muscle tension can become just another habit.
This can lead to imbalances in the body, which then leads to more muscle tension and pain. Chiropractic care can will relax the tight muscles and realign the spine underneath to end this vicious cycle of pain. Those that are seeking treatment for tension headaches may often see a drastic improvement with just a few spinal adjustments as the nerves become less irritated and the muscles become more relaxed.

Migraine Headaches
Migraines are brought about by changes in vascular flow around the outer layers of the brain. These can be triggered by a variety of factors such as different smells, foods, weather, hormonal changes and stress. These often very painful headaches do not always start off as pain. They can begin with nausea or the person may experience a halo effect called a visual aura.

The often confusing part about these triggers is that on one particular day you may experience a migraine after eating chocolate; a common trigger. 
You say to yourself “Chocolate gives me migraines” but three months down the track you by chance eat chocolate and you don’t get the familiar severe pain – What is happening?

I like to explain the sometimes random nature of migraine triggers to my patients by asking them to imagine that they are holding an empty glass. This glass partially fills each time they are exposed to whatever triggers they are sensitive to. They could be hormonal changes associated with a woman’s normal cycle, eating some chocolate, neck pain associated with work stress, bright light from driving home facing the setting sun in the afternoon, etc.

When the last trigger fills the glass – Bam! There is your migraine. The order of the triggers filling the glass however might have changed, which is why in this instance chocolate didn’t cause it. It makes sense now, doesn’t it?  
Migraine sufferers are experiencing what is called “Autonomic Dysregulation”. This means that their autonomic nervous system – the part of the nervous system that looks after the automatic housekeeping functions; like the motion of the muscles around the stomach or the dilation of the pupils of the eyes, is overly sensitive. It’s as if the volume is set too high! This explains the nausea or the sensitivity to light along with many other associated symptoms. 

A number of well researched studies have demonstrated that chiropractic treatment may play a significant role in reducing the number of migraines a person has. By careful manipulation of the neck and spine, chiropractic adjustments may be able to help reset the autonomic nervous system; to turn down the volume, and prevent the frequency and severity of migraines. 

Treatment Types
Chiropractic treatment has a focus on the concept of manipulating the spinal column of the back and neck to reduce irritation on the spinal nerves, to improve posture and to regulate blood flow. To treat a headache, the chiropractor will likely perform an adjustment with his or her hands, but may also use trigger point therapy, massage and other supporting types of treatments. The chiropractor will also likely recommend some stretching exercises and basic changes in posture to help keep things balanced in between visits.

Imagine how good that feels; being able to trust your body to react in a predictable way, instead of being ruled by fear of possible pain and relying on medication.  

Welcome! How Does Chiropractic Adjustment Work?

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How Does Chiropractic Adjustment Work?


All the bones and joints in your body have lots of muscles that attach to them. It’s the muscles that determine and control how the bones and joints move and how they are positioned at rest. The muscles are controlled by the messages coming from the brain through the spinal cord and the nerves.

Sometimes, a negative stimulus to your body such as stress, an allergy, chemicals or a fall can affect the nerves and cause altered communication between the brain and the muscles. This miscommunication can either cause muscles to become disproportionately tight or weak. This causes a decrease in the available movement between the joints, causing stiffness and pain.

Chiropractors perform adjustments and specialised nerve endings inside the joint, called proprioceptors, send impulses to very specific parts of the brain to reset those messages and restore normal tone to the muscles.

By restoring the normal communication between the brain and the muscles you should get an instant improvement in movement. The pain might take 1 or 2 days to disappear after an adjustment as there is often residual inflammation to clear.