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More Info on Headaches


This article was written by Dr. Sarah Brise and recently published in Kamloops Momma Issue #17.

Headaches: Common Causes and Quick Fixes.

We all know how hard a New Year’s Resolution is to keep if you’re not feeling 100%. Unfortunately, lifestyle changes, work routine, or daily activities are all common causes or chronic or recurring headaches. Before you head to the medicine cabinet for painkillers, check out these common causes and try one (or a few!) quick fixes.

1. Dehydration – Many of us get so busy during the day that we forget this simple but very important step: DRINK WATER! Make sure you’re drinking at least 8 glasses per day, at regular intervals throughout the day.

2. Low Blood Sugar – Going right along with dehydration, do you get so busy that you forget to eat, or maybe go too long between meals? Make sure not to go longer than four hours between healthy meals or snacks. And junk food doesn’t help – a snack high in sugar can cause your blood sugar to spike, which in turn causes a blood sugar crash later on with a nasty headache to go with it.

3. Caffeine Withdrawal – Ok, maybe you’re trying to cut back on caffeine in the new year- good job! Headaches are normal as your body adjusts to the lack of caffeine, and they should subside in a week or two if you stick it out. You can try cutting back the caffeine gradually or switching to weakly steeped green or black tea to wean yourself off slowly and decrease withdrawal symptoms.

4. Change in diet/food craving – The New Year is a great time to break bad eating habits, and a popular route is to kick-start new healthy habits with some sort of nutritional “cleanse” that may cut out things like sugar, wheat, dairy, and processed foods. Any major or sudden change in diet can cause symptoms like nausea, headache, diarrhea, and low energy. Just like with cutting out caffeine, these symptoms can last 1-2 weeks. You can lessen these symptoms by making small changes to your diet over time.

5. Eye strain --- If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer or reading, eye strain can cause headaches. Make sure to take a break from reading/screen time at least once every hour, and see your optometrist if you feel like you have to squint or strain in order to see properly.

6. Muscle tension – Stress causes muscle tension, which causes headaches, which causes more stress…… it’s a vicious cycle! Most people don’t realize that a lot of the time the muscle tension isn’t just contributing to your headache, it IS your headache! It sounds strange, but when your neck or upper back muscles are tight and strained it often causes your brain to interpret those pain signals as coming from your head. It’s often referred to as referred pain or trigger points. Taking time to stretch tight and sore muscles can help, as can regular exercise. If you still feel like your muscles are tight and sore, you may get headache relief from muscle or joint treatments: you can see a chiropractor, massage therapist, physiotherapist, or other health care practitioner.

7. Jaw (TMJ) problems – Jaw problems go hand in hand with muscle tension. Jaw clenching, grinding, or problems with bite causes muscle strain around the jaw and neck, which again can refer pain to the head. You should discuss jaw problems with your dentist. Also, manual therapists (example: chiropractor, massage therapist, physio) can also work on jaw muscles both inside and outside the mouth to relieve muscle tension.

8. PMS/Hormonal – These are larger issues that you may want to investigate if other approaches have not been helping. You may need to consult with a Naturopathic or Medical Physician.

On a final note, if you suffer from chronic or recurring headaches, you may get relief from manual therapy. Manual therapy consists of hands-on treatment of joints and/or muscles and includes: chiropractors, massage therapists, and physiotherapists. It’s important to work with your health care practitioner(s) to figure out the cause(s) of your headaches in order to plan appropriate treatment.

Dr. Sarah Brise is a chiropractor, kinesiologist, and certified Active Release Techniques ® (A.R.T.) provider at Kamloops Active Health.

NOTE: This article is for general information purposes only, and is NOT intended to replace the examination and advice of a Registered Health Care Provider.


Foot Pain

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Restoring Mobility First Step in Treating Foot and Ankle Pain

Foot pain is a common condition with many causes, and there are many forms of treatment available. Chiropractic treatment of foot pain at Kamloops Active Health focuses on restoring function to the joints of the lower leg, ankle and foot. If any of these joints are limited in their mobility the other joints of the foot, knee, hip and pelvis may compensate, placing extra stress on these joints.

Once mobility is restored, attention must be placed on the muscles of the calf and foot. Because the calf muscles attach to a bone in the foot or ankle, tightness can cause undo stress on these joints and ultimately lead to pain. Treatment of these muscles can be achieved through ART® (Active Release Techniques) performed by a trained chiropractor or by various massage techniques used by a Registered Massage Therapist.

Once the foot, ankle and lower leg are treated, stretches and exercises to strengthen the involved muscles are a crucial step in the recovery process. This becomes especially true if you have a reoccurring or chronic problem.

If structural problems are detected in the foot, you may be a candidate for orthotics or a supportive device and the chiropractors at Kamloops Active Health have referral relationships with qualified professionals who can help you.

NOTE: This article is for general information purposes only, and is NOT intended to replace the examination and advice of a Registered Health Care Provider.

Knee Pain

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Multiple Approaches to Solving Knee Pain

Knee pain can be due to a trauma or can result from compensatory stress from joints above or below. If you have injured your knee playing sports, twisting, or just working around the house chances are you’ve strained/sprained one of the muscles or ligaments surrounding the knee. There are many ways to treat this type of injury including the soft tissue technique Active Release (ART®), done by the chiropractors at Kamloops Active Health.

If there is no specific trauma associated with your knee pain and it started gradually, it is more likely due as a result to strain placed on the knee due to dysfunction in either the hip and pelvis or the foot and ankle. A full assessment of all these joints is important to localize where the problem is coming from so it can be treated appropriately.

Specific rehabilitation programs also play a key role in resolving knee complaints. Programs can be designed to re-train and strengthen the knee after such things as patello-femoral pain syndrome (runners knee), ACL/MCL(ligamentous) sprains and IT Band syndrome. With conditions such as Osteoarthritis affecting the knee joint, treatment can greatly reduce pain and improve functionality in a joint that is stiff and sore.

If your knee pain is due to trauma, an old injury or arthritis that has crept up on you, your Kamloops Chiropractors Dr. Brise and Dr. McCall may be able to help!

NOTE: This article is for general information purposes only, and is NOT intended to replace the examination and advice of a Registered Health Care Provider.

Hip and Pelvic Pain

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You Don't Have to Live With Hip and Pelvic Pain

Pelvic girdle pain can often be confusing and hard to localize. It can include pain in your thighs, groin, hips, and low back. There can be many different causes of this type of pain.

One of the most common misconceptions is that pain caused by “Osteoarthritis”, “Joint Degeneration”, or “Disc Degeneration” is just part of getting old, or something that a person “just has to live with”. This is often NOT true! In fact, much of the pain associated with arthritis may be caused by tight or weak musculature, or by a different type of injury altogether. Your Kamloops Chiropractor will perform an in-depth examination to determine the exact source of your pain. Even if you think your pain is just caused by sore muscles, we can still help!! Talk to your chiropractor at Kamloops Active Health for further advice and information.

NOTE: This article is for general information purposes only, and is NOT intended to replace the examination and advice of a Registered Health Care Provider.



Find Relief for Recurring Headaches

Headaches are an extremely common ailment. A lot of people suffer from recurring headaches, often experiencing headaches multiple times per week, sometimes as often as every day! Chiropractic treatment can help. Many headaches can be caused by tight and overworked musculature in the shoulders and neck, worsened by restrictions in the joints of your cervical or thoracic spine. Your chiropractor at Kamloops Active Health can relax those tight muscles with soft tissue therapy, and can release joint restriction with spinal adjustment or gentler techniques like joint mobilization.

Once muscle and joint tension are released, many people feel immediate relief. Part of your treatment may also include exercises and stretches to improve posture in order to reduce strain on the neck and shoulders. This can help prevent future headaches!

NOTE: This article is for general information purposes only, and is NOT intended to replace the examination and advice of a Registered Health Care Provider.

Running Injuries

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Injuries, Aches & Pains Common With Distance Running

Due to the repetitive nature of distance running, runners are especially prone to certain types of injuries. The longer and farther you run, the more likely it becomes that small biomechanical problems can turn into painful injuries! Common running issues include:

  • Foot and ankle pain (ex: Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonosis)
  • Knee Pain (ex: Runners’ Knee, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, Patellar Tendonitis, IT Band Syndrome, Chondromalacia Patellae)
  • Hip Pain (ex: Bursitis, hip flexor strain)
  • Back Pain (Sacroiliac Joint Irritation, Muscle Strain)

As a runner, you may have experienced these or other issues while training, but did you know that the chiropractors at Kamloops Active Health can help? There are multiple causes of these injuries, and it’s our job to fully assess your injury to get rid of your pain and prevent injury recurrence. Treatment may include:

  • Spinal adjustment to correct joint imbalances
  • Soft Tissue Techniques to help relax tight muscles or break up scar tissue
  • Stretches for tight areas
  • Strengthening exercises for weak muscles
  • Home care advice (examples: heat, ice, or supplements)

Talk to your Kamloops Chiropractor today, and run pain-free!!

NOTE: This article is for general information purposes only, and is NOT intended to replace the examination and advice of a Registered Health Care Provider.

Tennis Ball Massage

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Do-It-Yourself Massage Therapy

Do you have aches and pains, but you just haven’t had the time to see your Massage Therapist or Chiropractor? You can use a tennis ball to temporarily relieve muscle tension and pain from the comfort of your home! Have them on hand at home, at the office, and in your car!

The technique is easy: simply find the spot that is most tight or tender, and wedge the tennis ball between the sore spot and the wall or the floor. Very slowly roll the ball in tiny circles, maintaining even and moderate pressure over the sore area. Don’t press too hard! Continue for 1-2 minutes, and repeat throughout the day as needed.

If the pain persists for more than 3 to 4 days, be sure to make an appointment with your chiropractor or massage therapist.

NOTE: This article is for general information purposes only, and is NOT intended to replace the examination and advice of a Registered Health Care Provider.

Back Pain and Pregnancy

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Back Pain and Pregnancy:
Chiropractic Treatment Can Help!

During pregnancy, most women will experience pain and discomfort as their bodies adapt to the changes taking place inside. As many as 50-80% of women will experience low back pain during pregnancy!

There are a couple of key changes that can cause back pain during pregnancy. First, increased levels of the hormone relaxin cause ligaments to stretch more than usual, increasing strain on the joints of your spine and pelvis. Next, weight gain, especially the weight added to the belly, will change your posture and increase strain on the spine and pelvis.

Dr. Sarah Brise and Dr. Laura McCall at Kamloops Active Health have both been trained to work with women who are pregnant. The techniques we use are appropriate for people of all ages, and can be adapted as needed during pregnancy.

Your chiropractor may use a variety of techniques to ease pregnancy-related pain, including: spinal adjustments, massage techniques, therapeutic exercises and stretches, and lifestyle and nutrition advice. And remember, chiropractic adjustments are very safe during pregnancy! Often, the chiropractor will use a special table or pillow to increase the comfort of the pregnant woman, and may use more gentle treatment techniques.

Many women choose to see their chiropractor on a monthly basis during pregnancy to make sure the spine and pelvis stay properly aligned, and to reduce muscle strain. Regular adjustments have also been linked to easier labor and delivery! Discuss your treatment options with your chiropractor to determine what works best for YOU! Please feel free to call us at 250-372-8856 if you have any questions!

NOTE: This article is for general information purposes only, and is NOT intended to replace the examination and advice of a Registered Health Care Provider.