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Monday, February 21, 2011

Researchers Attempt to "Crack the Headache Code"

New Study Reveals: Cause Of This Type Of
Headache May Have Been Found -
Is There An Easy Solution?

Whether it was said directly to you - or you heard it in a joke... we've all heard: "Not now... I have a headache."

Sadly, headaches are common for many people. Not only can they make your life miserable, but they negatively affect your family and your friends who care about you. That's why this new information is so important...

New Research Reveals
Cause Of Certain Headaches

A new study published in the November-December 2010 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) shows "a relationship between cervical movement impairment and the presence and severity of CGH."

"CGH" is cervicogenic headache... which is a headache caused by your neck.

This is important because the study evaluated 92 subjects by putting them through a simple neck motion test.

They found that range of motion (how much your neck moves) was significantly reduced in the presence of a headache.

Basically, they found that subjects with headaches originating from the neck also had decreased motion in the neck. And, the more the neck motion was decreased - the worse the headache.

Why Is This
Important To You?

It's important to you, because if you suffer with headaches, there may be a simple solution.

Chiropractic care addresses the motion of your spine. Chiropractors are experts at assessing the range of motion of your neck, and if there is a problem, treatments are specifically designed to attempt to normalize that range of motion. In other words, if you have a cervicogenic headache that is caused by dysfunction and decreased range of motion in your neck, Chiropractic care may be able to help you.

How Do You Know If
You Have A Cervicogenic Headache?

The best way to know is to go to a Chiropractor and have a cervicogenic headache evaluation. Chiropractors are trained to diagnosis different types of headaches and give you the best advice for your type of headache.

A classic symptom of cervicogenic headache is pain that originates at the base of your head in the back and travels up your head possibly to the front and even to the eyes. This same type of pain may also start at the base of your neck and/or upper shoulders and travel into the head. But, headache diagnosis can be sneaky and some causes are very serious. That's why they should be evaluated by a trained healthcare provider.

Now for something completely different - but equally important...

Have Scientists Finally Found
The Fountain Of Youth?

Maybe they have. As it turns out, the fountain of youth is not some mystical place in the forest, it's located inside you. Here's what this is all about: According to Science Daily, December 2, 2010, "Prof. Dafna Benayahu and her team at Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine say their findings explain for the first time why older people who have exercised throughout their lives age more gracefully. They have discovered how endurance exercise increases the number of muscle stem cells and enhances their ability to rejuvenate old muscles."

Normally, as we age, we experience a decline in muscle mass and function. This research found that exercise INCREASED the number of muscle stem cells.

According to the Science Daily article, "The researchers believe that a decline in the number of these cells and their functionality may prevent proper maintenance of muscle mass and its ability to repair itself, leading to muscle deterioration." The researchers of this study now dream of the day when they can develop a drug that will "increase muscle mass and ameliorate the negative effects of aging."

But, maybe the answer is not always in a new drug? Maybe the answer should be simple like the information revealed in that study. And that information is...


Why take decades of research and unknown amounts of money in an attempt to develop a drug that may not work or have side effects when you can simply exercise? Yes, it would be nice to sit on the couch and eat ice cream and take this wonder drug these researchers are imagining for "someday." But, the reality is you can activate the fountain of youth that is found inside you TODAY if you are willing to put in a little effort. As always - the choice is yours!

Important Information
Every Parent Should Know

The amount of daily exercise that separates fit kids from unfit kids is small - but the impact on their lives may be enormous. Here's why: A December 7, 2010 article in the USA Today said,"Normal-weight children get 16 more minutes of physical activity a day than their obese peers, a new study shows. And overall, girls do 20 minutes less physical activity a day than boys."

Considering a third of American children are overweight or obese, which can lead to all kinds of serious health problems, this is a very big issue.

According to the study, published in the December issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine:

  • Normal-weight children, ages 6 to 17, are moderately to vigorously active for 59 minutes a day, compared with 43 minutes for obese children in this age range.

  • Overall, boys ages 6 to 17 are active an average of about 64 minutes a day, compared with 44 minutes for girls in this same age range.

  • Girls need to get more exercise to establish an active lifestyle, which will help with weight control and reduce their risk of diseases (like cancer) as adults, according to the study's lead author, Britni Belcher..

And don't forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health talk to us. Contact us with your questions. We're here to help and don't enjoy anything more than participating in your lifelong good health.

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