Your Jaw May Be Causing Your Migraine Headaches

Although a Migraine is severe to moderate pain that you feel at the top or side of your head, the trouble might actually originate at the bottom of your skull.
Migraines and TMJ
Your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. Your TMJ allows you to talk, chew and yawn. But the joint’s supporting muscles also can be the source of your Migraines, says Chiropractor Andrew Bang, DC, of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine.

A number of the TMJ muscles, which are located underneath the jaw and in the cheeks, and on the top and sides of the head, may contribute to the pain, Dr. Bang says.

“The Headache and Migraine pain could generate from the muscles that move your jaw,” Dr. Bang says.

Here’s how it happens: Your jaw muscles tighten when you grind or clench your teeth – or do things such as chew gum. The pain from your jaw created by the clenching then travels to other places in the skull, causing Headaches or, in severe cases, Migraines. You may also encounter toothaches, earaches or shoulder pain.

Is that Headache a Migraine?

A Migraine is a Headache that tends to happen repeatedly. It can cause moderate to severe pain if left untreated. More than 10% of the U.S. population – including children – suffers from Migraines.

People often experience a Migraine as a throbbing pain. The pain may develop on one side of the head only, but may be felt on both sides. Light, sounds, smells, stress, activity or hormonal changes can trigger the pain.

A Migraine may cause you to become temporarily sensitive to light, sound and smell and can make you feel nauseous. Physical activity also can aggravate a Migraine. Some people experience visual or sensory changes, called auras, before, during or after the Headache.

Tips for Headache, Migraine Pain Relief

Dr. Taras Odulak can use massage techniques to stretch your tight jaw muscles. He can also use Deep Tissue Laser Therapy for TMJ.

Three other areas of the body can contribute to Migraine pain when they become tight or tense: the shoulders, the neck and the head. Dr. Odulak may use Chiropractic Manipulation when vertebrae in the upper spine or head are misaligned. Gentle realignment that ensures a good range of motion sometimes can provide fast Migraine relief.

If you think your TMJ is causing Headaches, try these tips to get some relief:

  • Chew mints instead of gum.
  • Gently massage your jaw muscles.
  • Stretch your neck throughout the day.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Taras Odulak today and turn annoying Migraines into distant memories.

Dr. Odulak Uses the K-Laser for Relief of Acute and Chronic Conditions

The Gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Used the K-Laser.

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team used the K-Laser as part of their training room regimen to expedite recovery from the various bumps, bruises, strains and sprains that occur while playing an intense sport at the world-class level.

K-Laser used by U.S. Women's Soccer Team for Pain Managment“It’s everything. It’s why we’re here. This is what we are. This is who we are. This is what we’ve been working for. I know that this team is willing and ready to show up. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing.” – Abby Wambach on reaching the Olympic finals and facing off against Japan.

“I am the Sports Massage Therapist for the United States Women’s Soccer Team. K-Laser has stepped up to support us as we embark on our journey to win the Gold medal in London just weeks away. The team at K-Laser has made it possible for us to successfully treat some of our star athletes who have been suffering from chronic pain and injuries. We are grateful to them and to this amazing technology they have created to help us along our path! Thank you K-Laser!! Stay tuned for more success stories to come!!!” – from Kara Mirarchi

At our office, Dr. Odulak uses the K-Laser for relief of acute and chronic conditions. It’s the same laser used by the N.Y. Yankees and the World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.

Dr. Odulak and staff look forward to treating your aches and pains with the innovative K-Laser. Schedule your appointment today.

Low-Level Laser Therapy for Sports Injuries

Sports injury rehabilitation is all about getting athletes back in the game with minimal downtime, wile maintaining their optimal health. A relatively new tool for the treatment of sports injuries is finding global success, and it is doing so in a fast, efficient way. In fact, Dr. Oz has called it the “no-pill pain buster.”

Trauma from sports injuries causes damage to the cells that make up soft tissues. These damaged cells release chemicals that provoke a natural inflammatory response in the body, which result in redness, swelling, warmth and pain in the injured area. Chronic or frequent inflammation can predispose athletes to early-onset Arthritis or degenerative joint changes. This condition can affect the weekend warrior, as well the elite athlete.

NYC low level laser therapy for athletesThe application of Low-Level Laser Therapy reduces short-term inflammation. Additionally, Laser Therapy significantly lowers the risk of Arthritis frequently sustained from sports injuries. Professional sports teams and athletes use Laser Therapy to treat inflammation, provide deep-tissue therapy, and accelerate pain relief to help athletes minimize downtime. For the past decade, Low-Level Laser Therapy has revolutionized treatment in the professional sports world including NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and USA Cycling athletes, as well as Ironman triathlon competitors, competitive runners, college athletes, former Olympic athletes, and elite cross-fitters.

 How Low-Level Laser Therapy Works

Low-Level Laser Therapy works to photobiostimulate chemically damaged cells via specific wavelengths of light in a coherent method. Coherence means that light photons propagate in the same direction, amplitude and phase. This is important to maximize the depth of penetration in order to trigger an appropriate biological response.

The cell membrane within the skin absorbs these photons through a photochemical effect, not photothermal; consequently, Low-Level Laser Therapy does not cause heat damage to the tissues.

When cells are chemically damaged through injury, they activate the pain cycle. Low-Level Laser Therapy stimulates kinetic energy within the cells by transmitting these healing stimuli that are photons. Once photons reach the cells of the body, they promote a cascade of cellular activities. Low-Level Laser Therapy can ignite the production of enzymes, stimulate mitochondria, increase vasodilation and lymphatic drainage, ATP synthesis, and elevate collagen formation substances to prevent scar tissue. This is a critical step in reducing chronic, disabling myofascial pain syndromes. Simply stated, Low-Level Laser Therapy enables athletes to alleviate pain faster and heal at the same time.

If you’re an athlete who has been sidelined by debilitating pain, schedule an appointment with NYC Chiropractor Dr. Taras Odulak today, so you can get back in the game.

Best Chiropractor NYC for Back Pain Relief

“It’s not that simple, proper posture and strong core are important, but getting your spine checked for spinal bone misalignments, pinched up nerves, worn out discs or even a dropped arch in one foot is the first step.

“At our office, we do a ten-point check that helps us quickly assess your posture. Schedule your appointment today.”

— Dr. Taras Odulak

The Benefits of Low-Level Laser Therapy in Chiropractic

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When the vertebrae are moved back into their proper positions, pressure or blockages on the nerves leading to and from the spine are released, enabling the body to heal itself. Certainly, there has been a vast trove of published research that shows evidence for the ability of joint manipulation to treat a wide variety of conditions, including pain and stiffness.

However, as Chiropractic has evolved over the years, Chiropractors have learned to embrace a wide number of other treatment options, ranging from Massage Therapy, to Electrotherapy, to Low-Level Laser Therapy. By combining each of these treatments with Chiropractic, Chiropractors are now able to treat a much wider variety of conditions than just those centered on the spine. Low-Level Laser Therapy, also sometimes referred to as Cold Laser Therapy, has some especially fascinating treatment potential. Previous research has shown that lasers may have several therapeutic benefits, including accelerating wound healing, as well as treating pain and stiffness.

Blending Chiropractic Care Treatment Options

An article published in the March-April 2011 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics presented the findings from a randomized, controlled study to compare the benefits of Chiropractic manipulations and Low-Level Laser Therapy for the treatment of cervical facet pain and range of motion dysfunction. A group of 60 patients between the ages of 18 and 40 were selected, all of whom had pain and restricted range of motion in the cervical area of the spine for at least one month’s duration. The patients were randomized into one of three groups: (1) Chiropractic manipulation (CMT); (2) Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLT); or (3) a combination of the two treatments. All patients received six treatments over three weeks.

All the patients reported the same baseline levels of pain and restricted range of motion. At the end of the treatments, there was a major difference between both Groups 1 and 2 and Groups 1 and 3 in terms of cervical range of motion. There was also a noteworthy difference between Groups 2 and 3 in terms of both pain and range of motion. Although all three groups improved from baseline measurements, the group that underwent a combination of Chiropractic manipulation and Low-Level Laser Therapy showed more improvement than either of the two treatments alone. The researchers noted: “Both therapies are indicated as potentially beneficial treatments for cervical facet dysfunction. Further studies are needed to explore optimal treatment procedures for CMT and LLLT and the possible mechanism of interaction between therapies.”

Although it is essential that Chiropractors remember the history of Chiropractic, they must also be open to incorporate therapies that can help them improve their bottom line, as well as provide their patients with more beneficial care.

Chiropractic Corrective Care vs. Pain Relief

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There are several ways of practicing Chiropractic. Many Chiropractors adhere to the mainstream medical model for various reasons. Unfortunately, health insurance companies play a huge role in our health care today. Most Chiropractors work with numerous health insurance companies. When a patient comes in for Chiropractic Care, they get the insurance’s recommendation for care instead of doctor’s, simply because insurance does not pay for correction of the cause of the symptom that the patient initially came in for.

It is extremely important to understand that pain is only a symptom there is always a cause. Using painkillers for pain relief only masks the symptoms and does not correct the underlying cause.

What is Corrective Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractors that utilize corrective spinal techniques have an office full of high- tech corrective equipment. Most importantly, a Chiropractic Corrective Care office will perform pre- and post X-rays, which will show and monitor correction during Chiropractic Care. Most patients will spend between 45-60 minutes in the office while receiving Corrective Chiropractic Therapy. Depending on each individual case, Chiropractic Corrective Care consists of a combination of therapeutic exercises to strengthen the muscles to hold an adjustment, traction the spine to position the spine in proper alignment. If you are experiencing neck, back, and/or low back pain and you have not had your spine checked in the last six months, schedule your Chiropractic Care appointment with Dr. Taras Odulak today.

Cold Laser Therapy Provides New Treatment for Pain

K-Laser Therapy, the first therapy to use two wavelengths of light simultaneously, first received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration in March 2005.

Just last year, the K-Laser Class 4 Therapy Laser received FDA clearance, according to Phil Harrington, manager of training and clinical support for K-Laser USA. Dr. Taras Odulak is one of a handful of Chiropractors in New York City that offer K-Laser Therapy.

What precisely is the K-Laser and how does it work?New York City Cold Laser Therapy

“The K-Laser is a painless therapy that uses specific wavelengths of light that creates therapeutic effects such as increasing circulation, decreasing pain, inflammation, decreasing swelling and it also improves healing time,” said Samantha Kennedy, a Chiropractor at Chiropractic Health Care Associates.

Cells absorb the laser light. The result is increased circulation, which in turn brings oxygen, water and nutrients to the cells that were damaged, Kennedy said.

“It creates an optimal healing environment,” she said. “Just the normal process in your body trying to heal itself, but with the laser it just speeds up that healing process.”

K-Laser Therapy is intended for patients with acute conditions, Kennedy said. For these patients, one to six treatments are required.

For chronic conditions, between six to fifteen treatments can be required, depending on the specific ailment and the individual patient’s needs.

The Class 4 laser uses four wavelengths of light, Harrington, the K-Laser manager of training and clinical support, said. Three of them are infrared; one is visible red.

“The three infrared wavelengths penetrate much deeper into the body,” Harrington said.

“We use those three different wavelengths for a specific reason.”

This type of laser is effective at treating “almost any neuromuscular skeletal complaint,” he said, including headaches, sinus headaches or seasonal allergies as well as hip and lower back pain.

Compared to standard medical options such as taking painkillers, the Cold Laser Therapy treatment is virtually free of side effects, Harrington said.

He also said the treatments work quickly. If a patient is going to benefit from the use of the laser technology, he or she will notice something within three treatments.

“The patient does not have to undergo an extremely long treatment plan before they decide if it is going to work for them,” he said. “Typically you’ll get some sort of increase in range of motion or decreased pain or reduced muscle spasms or some positive effect fairly quickly.”

Robyn Costello, an employee with Chiropractic Health Care, is receiving the treatments to help with pain from her CrossFit workouts.

“It’s like a warm sensation; it’s actually really relaxing,” Costello said as Kennedy moved the laser around her right shoulder.

Costello said she has had the treatment on her sinuses during the winter. By the time she went home the night of the treatment, she could feel an improvement.

“With something like this, it might take two to three treatments,” Kennedy said of Costello’s shoulder treatments. “Some people feel the effect right away. Some people it might take two to three treatments and she would be better after that.”

Kennedy said the K-Laser goes deeper into the tissue than other treatments, increasing healing time versus comparable procedures such as ultrasounds or electrical stimulation.

The treatment is not for individuals who are taking medicine that makes them photo sensitive, Kennedy said.

The most common treatments provided are along the spine and shoulder-related issues. Kennedy said more than 50 percent of treatments performed are work-related issues.

Schedule your appointment for Cold Laser Therapy today, so you can feel your best.

East Village Fire in New York City

On March 26th, 2015, an explosion caused two buildings to collapse only a few buildings away from East Village Chiropractic. We felt the blast under our feet while patients were in the office. First responders arrived immediately; police barricaded the street and asked us to evacuate. They worried about the domino effect as the fire was wrapping around the corner toward our office. I actually took these pictures from my parents’ patio across the street from the office and watched as firefighter dug a whole into the ground in front of the stoop of the office, so he could access a gas line.

At the end of the night, I returned to the office and found it full of smoke. Today, I am at the office to begin our own clean up, so we can open our doors on Monday.

East Vilalge Fire

East Vilalge Fire NYC

East Vilalge Fire New York City

East Vilalge Fire New York City

How Texting Damages Your Spine

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Staring down at your phone to read text messages exerts stress on your neck equal to tying a 60-pound bowling ball around your head, says Kenneth Hansraj, a New York Back Surgeon. The good doctor arrived this number by looking at computer models of how gravity affects the human spine, using equations that assumed the average weight of the human head to be twelve pounds.

The calculation appeared in the journal Surgical Technology International and Hanraj recommends training yourself to lift your phone up if you want to check email, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.

According to Nielsen, the average American spends about an hour on their smartphone each day.

To save your spine and alleviate stress, it might be wise to put the phone down for a little while. Schedule a Chiropractic Care appointment with Dr. Taras Odulak today to ensure your spine and neck aren’t enduring unnecessary aches and pains.


Pink Noise Will Lull You to Sleep

There’s a good chance you’ve never been envious of an elephant, but that’s about to change. Elephants need only three to four hours of sleep per night in order to be their happy elephant selves during the day. So what’s Dumbo’s secret? Deeper, more stable sleep—and new research may have found the secret to helping you achieve elephantine-levels of repose each night: Pink noise.

The Power of Pink Noise

Pink Nose for deep sleepYou’ve likely heard of “white noise,” says study author Jue Zhang, Ph.D., an associate professor at China’s Peking University, which is generated when the sounds of different frequencies blend. Pink noise, on the other hand, is a type of sound in which every octave carries the same power, or a perfectly consistent frequency, Zhang explains. “Think of rain falling on pavement, or wind rustling the leaves on a tree,” It’s called pink noise because light with a similar power spectrum would appear pink, he says.

To see how pink noise would affect human sleepers, Zhang and his team recruited 50 people and exposed them to either pink noise or no noise during nighttime sleep and daytime naps while monitoring their brain activity. The results: An impressive 75% of study participants reported more restful sleep when exposed to pink noise. When it came to brain activity, the amount of “stable sleep”—the most restful kind—increased 23% among the nighttime sleepers exposed to pink noise, and more than 45% among nappers, says Zhang.

What’s going on here? Sound plays a big role in brain activity and brain wave synchronization even while you’re sleeping, Zhang explains. The steady drone of pink noise slows and regulates your brain waves, which is an attribute of extremely restful sleep.

To experience the benefits of pink noise in your own bedroom, Zhang recommends fans or noisemakers that produce steady, uninterrupted sound or that imitate falling rain or wind. You could also download an application that will play pink noise through computer speakers or your cell phone, such as the Perfect Sleep application. Just don’t wear headphones, which can disrupt sleep, he says.