Anterior Head Syndrome is a secondary condition caused by structural shifts in the upper spine which can lead to a variety of health concerns which many people in West Des Moines deal with every day.
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If you or someone you know has one or more of the following signs, it is likely an indication of a structural abnormality in the body’s inner framework, the spine.
1.) Chronic Headaches
Headaches are a huge indicator that someone has a problem in their upper spine. There are many different types of headaches and a few stand out in relation to spinal structure.
- Migraine headaches
- Occipital headaches (start in the back of the skull)
- Tension Headaches – with pain centers around the side of the head and jaw
Just because headaches are common does NOT mean they are normal. Many people suffering for months or years have a structural problem in their upper spine. Abnormalities in this area can disrupt proper blood flow to the head and face and disrupt proper nervous system function throughout the whole body.
2.) Popping and Cracking of the Spinal Bones
This typically indicates that one or more segments of a person’s spine have become unstable. There is an increased risk for serious injury and spinal decay can occur in these areas at an accelerated pace.
3.) Anterior Head Syndrome (AHS)
AHS occurs when the center of the ear has shifted in front of the center of the shoulder. This causes a loss of the healthy C-curve in the upper spine and can also lead to spinal decay.
AHS is often associated with the dreaded Dowager’s (Granny) Hump appearance common in women.
Other secondary conditions associated with AHS include:
- Spinal Decay
- Migraine headaches
- TMJ Disorder
- Carpal Tunnel
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Muscle Spasms
- Neck pain
- and more…
4.) Numbness and Tingling
Numbness or tingling down the arms or the legs is also a big warning sign. There may be a spinal problem that has progressed to the point where the nerves branching from the spinal cord are being affected. Nerves are very important and fragile. It only takes a small amount of pressure on them to create secondary issues in the body.
5.) Uneven Head or Shoulders
If you look in the mirror and see your head tilted slightly to one side or the other, and one of your shoulders more elevated than the other, this is a very strong indicator that there is likely a problem with the Upper Spine.
When you look in the mirror with your head relaxed, you should be able to draw a straight horizontal line through the following points:
- Bottom of the ears
- Corners of the eyes
- Corners of the mouth
- Tops of the shoulders
The Upper Spine is where the skull attaches to the neck and is a critically important area of the spine. A problem here can affect the entire body.
If you, a friend, or family member has one or more of the above warning signs do not wait for them to get better on their own! These are signs that indicate a structural abnormality. Problems with structure lead to problems with function in your body. The sooner these problems are detected and then corrected, the better the outcome will be.
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