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Is Your Neck The Cause of Your Headaches?

Posted: April 13, 2016
By: Dr. Mark Joachim

                                                              How can the cause of my headaches be coming from my neck?  

Nerves coming off your spinal cord in your neck travel into your head. When the nerves exit your neck they travel between the spinal bones calledvertebrae. When there are misalignments of the vertebrae called subluxations in your neck these nerves may become pinched and irritated causing you to feel the pain in your head (or othe symptoms such as dizziness and ringing in your ears.) The term used for this condition is Cervicogenic headache.  It use to be thought that all headaches were caused by something in the head itself, but now we know that the cause may certainly be coming from the neck especially after neck injuries or traumas  related to sports, whiplash or even poor posture over time.

Cervicogenic headache patterns may include one sided head pain along with same side shoulder and or arm pain; limited neck movement. You may also have migraine related symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or throbbing sensations in your head. Because of the different signs from a typical migraine headache, the neck may not be considered as a potential source of your head pain and other causes need to be ruled out, such as high blood pressure. In any case, the lack of pain pills in your diet is not the cause of your headache. Taking medications to cover the pain will not ultimately correct the mechanical irritation of the nerves in your neck sue to the presence of the subluxations.  

Chiropractic care has successfully treated spine related head pain especially cervicogenic headaches. A comprehensive chiropractic examination of your spine will determine if subluxations of the vertebrae in your neck are causing your headaches.     

If My Lab Results Are Normal Why Do I Still Feel Sick?

Posted: September 12, 2015
By: Dr. Mark Joachim


       If  My Lab Results Are Normal, Why Do I Still Feel Sick?

Unfortunately this is a very common and all too often heard complaint of patients.  They have been poked and probed and had multiple types of diagnostic imaging and everything is "normal" according to their MD. "How can that be?" they ask if they are not feeling well. Typical responses will include "You're stressed " 'You're not eating properly"  "You're not sleeping enough" and on and on go the explanations. The challenge is that the people who are still not feeling well do all the right things. They eat right, workout, sleep, meditate ........ So why don't they feel well?  

We all agree that when someone does not feel well something is wrong, no matter how minor it may seem to be. The body is not working properly or at ease with itself (dis-ease). Agree. Then perhaps we need to look at the condition and testing from a different view point.

 First, perhaps the medical tests can only detect pathology and aren't sensitive enough to detect minor problems which are related to poor function (dis-ease). If the body is not sick enough, then the medical testing will not detect a problem. The second issue, pertaining to blood work, is the blood lab value ranges are too big and again does not indicate a problem because the person is not sick enough. Also through time, the averages of lab values  have increased and therefore the ranges have been skewed to a sick society. So in fact, there really are more sick people than lab values indicate as "normal".

When  performing a thorough evaluation utilizing blood, urine, stool and hair analysis and evaluating with functional ranges instead of pathological ranges, dysfunction can truly be determined and improving function and physiology using diet, supplements and lifestyle changes can be implemented to obtain a better state of health.  

Dr. Mark Joachim, D.C. F.I.A.M.A.

Associates In Family Chiropractic & Natural Health Care

156 East Avenue      Norwalk,  CT 06851




Posted: September 12, 2015
By: Dr. Mark Joachim



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Unfortunately patients are often told there are no other options for treatment of low back disc problems other than surgery.  However surgery should be the very last option after all conservative treatments have been used such as; chiropractic, physical therapy, spinal injections and  acupuncture.


If they have a serious disc condition and are facing the alarming prospect of back surgery, they are not alone. Every day we treat people who are suffering with low back pain and leg pain caused from the disc damage who do not want to take the chances or risks involved with surgery.

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                                                 Dr. Mark Joachim, D.C.

                                                             156 East Avenue

                                                          Norwalk, CT 06851

                                                                203 838 1555



Dr. Joachim & Dr. Sloves Offer A Natural & Alternative Treatment For Ear Infections

Posted: February 3, 2015
By: Dr Risa Sloves

"Why does my child keep getting ear infections?" is perhaps one of the most common questions a pediatric health care provider is bound to hear at the beginning of the "cold & flu season". Middle ear infections known as otitis media (OM) are the number one reason parents bring their children to the doctor and, unfortunately,  over the last decade, the number of children with earaches has risen sharply. Approximately $8billion is spent annually on conventional medical treatments for OM including antibiotics, antihistamines and surgical insertions of "ear tubes".  However several studies have shown that for most children, drugs and surgery are not only ineffective, but these costly measures may actually predispose children to recurrences of OM. In fact, a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that children who took Amoxicillin for chronic ear infections were 2 to 6 times more likely to have a recurrence of their ear infection than those who received a sugar pill. And, ongoing studies at the University of Pittsburgh suggest that only about 1 out of 7 children with OM should receive an antibiotic.

          An earache develops when the tissue lining the middle ear or eustachian tube swells causing the opening of the tube to become blocked , thus preventing the middle ear from draining properly. As inflammation continues the production of fluid increases and exerts pressure on the pain sensitive structures of the middle ear. The obstruction that occurs may be due to physical or mechanical means.

           Biomechanical obstruction such as abnormal structure or function of the skull, the jaw, and especially the bones of the neck can contribute to and often cause the development of ear infections. These biomechanical problems often develop due to positioning problems in-utero, due to birth trauma, or following a prolonged or difficult labor and delivery, which may in turn result in swelling, muscle spasm, decreased circulation, decreased motion, and even misalignment of the spinal bones in the neck relative to one another( called a subluxation). These effects can go undetected for months or years unless your child has a chiropractic check up.

     In fact, Gotfried Guttman, M.D.  one of Europe's most prominent researchers in the field of physical medicine, has found that one of the most common consequences of  these upper neck "subluxations" is an increased susceptibility to ear, nose and throat infections. These findings are so significant to the overall health of infants and children, that Dr. Guttman recommends the examination of the upper part of the neck be mandatory after every difficult birth, and with regard to recurrent infections  ".....the success of adjustment overshadows every other type of treatment, especially the pharmaceutical approach."

      Have your child checked for spinal subluxations by a Board Certified Pediatric Chiropractor such Dr. Risa Sloves, D.C. D.I.C.P.A. who is located at 156 East Avenue,  Norwalk, CT. but also service the areas of Fairfield, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, and Wilton.


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