Category Archives for "Headaches"

Ibuprofen Safety Issues

In the March 15th 2017 article in Time Magazine titled Common Pain Meds are Linked to a Higher Risk of Heart Problems, the author speaks of a new study published in the European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy that looked at the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs. It was found that 3376 people who suffered from heart attacks head taking NSAIDs at least 30 days before the event. It was found that by prescribing NSAIDs there was an increase risk of cardiac arrest by 31%.

Even the use of a common drug such as NSAIDs can have major health implications. More conservative measures should be taken before venturing down the path of medication or surgical intervention.

Chiropractic Care is a much more conservative measure to reduce pain. There are numerous studies pointing to the cost effectiveness and safety of Chiropractic Care. One such study from the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics from May 2007 suggest there is a decreased cost and utilization of Medical Services when Chiropractic Care is initiated first. It was demonstrated that there was a decrease of Hospital admissions by 60%, hospital stays by 59% comma and outpatient surgeries and procedures by 62%. It is also notable there was a decrease of in the costs related to the usage of Pharmaceuticals by 85%.

It is worth noting that the study regarding the use of NSAIDs noted the average treatment of 13 to 29 days. The author of the study notes that "previous Studies have observed enhanced cardiovascular risk associated with less than 30 days of treatment with NSAIDs."

So how much is too much? My professional opinion is any amount is too much because everybody responds differently and in fact by taking any pain medication we are not addressing the underlying issue, rather turning off the alarm. However the author of the research article suggest taking no more than 500 milligrams of Naproxen or 1200 milligrams of ibuprofen per day, and also suggested that these drugs should not be sold in supermarkets or convenience stores where there is no professional to advise them on the proper use. But this is a current recommendation by one individual. As has happened with other studies these recommendations can be reversed or changed.

Address the underlying issue first before simply blocking pain. The premise of Chiropractic Care is that the body is a self-healing system. We can observe the body is quite smart in the fact that when in the mother's womb the fetus develops without any assistance from the outside. The fetus only needs to be connected to the mother provide nutrients, oxygen, and to remove waste. However there is what we would describe as an innate intelligence or wisdom that runs the body. Without this life force we would not exist. Doctors of Chiropractic have acknowledge this since our inception. We also recognize that the nervous system is the master controlling system of the body. And it has also been observed through medical research that pressure upon a nerve root exiting the spine may lead to pathology or disease in the body. It is also understood that by reducing the pressure on the nerve root or roots exiting the spine communication is enhanced between brain and body as well as from body to brain.

Doctors of Chiropractic are the only Healthcare professionals trained for the detection and correction all of this spinal nerve root pressure called vertebral subluxation. For help in finding a local licensed Doctor of Chiropractic please feel free to contact our office for guidance.

Again, take conservative measures before more aggressive or risky treatments and utilize a safe and effective method of restoring health -Chiropractic is your answer.

Danger – headaches and dizziness

Should we be concerned about the combination of complaints of headaches and dizziness and if so, when?

A team of researchers from John Hopkins University reviews prior health records nearly 190,000 patients.  These patients presenting 2 over 1000 Emergency Departments between the years 2008 and 2009. What was reported is that the combination of headache and dizziness – especially in women  minorities, and young patients – was a potential of an impending stroke.

They had reported that almost 13% of the people complaining of headaches and dizziness or later admitted for stroke and had been misdiagnosed and inappropriately sent home from the emergency department within the previous 30 days. Patients were told that they had a condition such as an inner ear infection or migraine, and in some cases they weren’t given a diagnosis at all. Slightly less than half of the people had a stroke within 7 days and more than half had a stroke Within 48 hours all the initial pre stroke emergency department visit.

The study reported that women were 33% and minorities approximately 25% more likely to be misdiagnosed, suggesting gender and racial issues may play a role. The researchers estimate that Physicians Miss 15,000 265,000 strokes that may result in harm to patients each year.

Many people visit health care providers with headaches and dizziness with no relationship to stroke comma though it is sometimes not possible to know whether a potentially dangerous problem may arise in the near future. The good news is that it is usually not the case.

Doctors of Chiropractic commonly see patients presenting with headaches and dizziness. When this occurs suddenly, out of the ordinary, and we’re at a relatively young age, it is better to be safe than sorry and a pain multiple opinions, especially when in doubt.

What we do know however is that the incidence stroke relationship to Chiropractic Care is very low based upon more recent studies. A good predictor of any Healthcare professions risk in the treatment methods is to look at malpractice insurance rates. Chiropractic Care is extremely safe with minimal risk involved and can be verified by looking at the national average for malpractice insurance rates for chiropractors.

At Snyder Family Chiropractic it is my duty to make sure that I first do no harm. My training allows me to discern weather treatment is appropriate or not and if not where to refer the patient if necessary.

Know that you are in good hands.  If you suffer from headaches, dizziness, or both, yours may be a chiropractic case.

Headaches and Your Neck

Is Your Headache a Real Headache to You?

Learn how your spine may hold the answer!

(or perhaps you LIKE taking medication?)

Pain in the head is no different than pain anywhere else.  It is your body telling you there is a problem.  The problem is not the pain.  The headache is the MESSENGER.  Rather than shoot the messenger, listen and take action.  By assessing and correcting misaligned spinal bones where nerve pressure exists, the body can turn off the alarm (pain) and allow health to return.

If you haven’t clicked the above video, do so for more understanding.  If you are questioning if your “head pain” can be helped without drugs or medical procedures, consider a one time spinal examination by a licensed doctor of chiropractic.  A proper neurological, orthopedic, and neuro-spinal assessment will give CLARITY to your condition and give you answers and possible solutions.

I’m here to help you restore your health.

Dr. Jeff Snyder   


Migraines from Mexico

My own experience on this 120th year of chiropractic I recall an amazing patient when I was in outpatient clinic in chiropractic school in 1997. 


She was having terrible migraines for years.  I learned this through her daughter who interpreted for her as she was from Mexico and was visiting the daughter in Atlanta.  We met while I was doing a spinal health screening at a local store.

I learned her migraines were from being hit on the head with a frying pan by her husband while in Mexico.  Yikes!  Upon examination I found the fundamental underlying problem to all or nearly all her problems.  It was at the top of her spine.  Her first #cervical vertebra was putting pressure on a delicate spinal nerve.  Upon my adjusting her she experienced almost immediate resolution of the pounding migraine headaches.

She started repeating a word in Spanish so I asked her daughter what she was saying.  She said she was calling me her messiah!  Wow!  At that time I knew the POWER the living body has to heal when interference to the expression of health is restored.

I was clear to tell this grateful woman that it was not me that healed her, but her own body.

I’m truly grateful for this profession and what it allows me to do in helping people find the health they lost.