Looking Deeper into Pain: Andrew Persky, DC, Discusses Craniocervical Syndrome

by Julie Vitto

LifeAligned-AndrewPersky_0416Dr. Andrew Persky, DC, is advancing the science of upper cervical realignment and whole-body health through his work approaching pain relief holistically. Persky, whose research has been submitted for peer-reviewed publication, received a U.S. patent for his work in three-dimensional image analysis and developed the LifeAligned treatment protocol. He assures all who will listen that relief from many forms of chronic pain is possible without drugs or surgery.

In your practice, is there a typical pain patient?
No, there isn’t. Every day, I see patients that have been living with chronic pain. There are those that have suffered with headaches for decades. Other patients arrive with pain, numbness or tingling in their face, arm, leg, neck, ear or shoulder blade. There are also “non-pain” patients: the ones with neurologic issues such as dizziness, seizures or brain fog. Many have spent months or years going through the standard pipeline of doctors, specialists, imaging and treatments.

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Women and Headaches: Setting the Record Straight

by Andrew Persky

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An enormous amount of information exists on the subject of headaches. Unfortunately, sometimes that information isn’t completely accurate, nor does it tell the whole story. That can be a big problem, especially for women with chronic headaches.

According to research published by Columbia University in The Journal of Gender-Specific Medicine, women are three times more likely than men to suffer from migraines, 18 percent versus 6 percent, respectively. In the United States, those numbers are even worse. A study by AMPP Advisory Group shows a staggering 43 percent of American women are affected by migraines. And yet, in spite of this, there is a preponderance of research involving animal pain studies that use male subjects to study this predominantly female disorder.

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A Chiropractic Maverick: Dr. Andrew Persky Innovates the Path to Pain Relief

ed_lifealigned-andrewpersky_0616It takes just a few minutes speaking with Dr. Andrew Persky, owner of LifeAligned Upper Cervical Treatment Center, to realize he is not a “typical” chiropractor, nor are his treatment and results typical. His revolutionary work in precise realignment of the craniocervical junction (joint between the head and neck) is changing the way doctors and patients throughout the tri-state area think about pain and how to address its underlying cause without drugs, surgery or their negative side effects. He is changing the lives of people that had lost hope of ever finding relief from debilitating conditions such as chronic headaches, seizures, tremors, post-concussion brain fog and fibromyalgia.

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Getting Your Head on Straight: More than a Metaphor

by Andrew Persky

ManFaceAsianProfile_31429764_lGet your head on straight!” To most of us, this sounds like something parents tell their children in moments of desperation, but new research and modern imaging technologies are shedding light on the importance of proper alignment of the head and neck. Here are just a few reasons why it’s more than just a manner of speaking.

It’s about balance.
Although it might not feel like it, the average human head weighs nine to 17 pounds—roughly the weight of a bowling ball. Balancing our heads on top of our spines is comparable to balancing a bowling ball on top of a stick, yet our brains gracefully perform this task without any conscious effort. Two primary mechanisms are involved in this balance. First, the brain has a desire to maintain the eyes level with the horizon, a phenomenon known as the “righting reflex”. Second, physics requires that the body stay underneath the center of gravity of the head so that we don’t fall over. If the head is slightly off balance, the brain can distort the spine in order to bring the rest of the body underneath it. Maintaining this distorted posture can be an underlying cause of chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, lower back or hips.

It’s about flow.
A recent study published in the journal Neurology Research International highlights the importance of proper flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the head and spinal cord, and how a misalignment between the base of the skull and the first bone in the neck (the upper cervical region) can impact that flow. Using fMRI imaging, doctors observed abnormal flow of CSF when upper cervical misalignments were present, and improvements in CSF flow following upper cervical treatment. The study also makes a connection between abnormal CSF flow and numerous neurological conditions.

It’s about optimal health.
Hippocrates was right when he said, “Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.” The spinal cord enables the brain to monitor and control virtually every bodily function. Burdened by the weight of the head, the spine is especially vulnerable at the top of the neck, close to the brain stem.

We are all well aware of how a major spinal cord injury can dramatically impact a person’s life, but only recently are we learning that more subtle misalignments of the head are also impacting health in myriad ways. Patient results and the experiences of public figures like former quarterback Jim McMahon and talk show host Montel Williams are showing that patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain or neurological conditions often experience profound improvements from upper cervical treatment.

ED_LifeAligned-AndrewPersky_0616Dr. Andrew Persky, DC, is founder of LifeAligned Upper Cervical Treatment Center, in Warrington. For more information, call 215-491-4200 or visit LifeAlignedHealth.com.

June 2016

Get to Know LifeAligned: Free Community Events Offer Opportunities to Survey Unique Center in Warrington

EB_LifeAligned-AndrewPersky_0416LifeAligned Upper Cervical Treatment Center, a new center specializing in gentle, precise head realignment, will host a series of free events this month.

Readers are invited to a movie night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on April 5, where they can meet LifeAligned founder Dr. Andrew Persky, DC, enjoy healthy snacks, learn more about upper cervical treatments and tour the facility. An open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 17, where attendees can register to win a free examination and imaging study. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. on April 26, “An Evening with Dr. Persky” will offer interesting exploration of current health issues.

LifeAligned treatment is a highly specialized, non-surgical, gentle and safe procedure designed to realign the cranio-cervical junction and upper cervical spine where the base of the skull and brain connect to the rest of the body.  Published research and advanced imaging have provided new insight into how misalignment of the head can cause troubling health issues in certain individuals.

EB_LifeAligned-2_0416LifeAligned illustration“Upper cervical treatment is one of the best kept secrets in healthcare,” says Persky, noting that the treatment is significantly different from standard chiropractic.  The tide is turning, however, and former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon (with dementia) and talk show host Montel Williams (with multiple sclerosis) have both endorsed the treatment, citing profound improvement in the quality of their lives.

Persky, who trained in Georgia, is grateful for the opportunity to bring his work to the Philadelphia area. “This is exciting, state-of-the-art medicine, and most importantly it has the power to heal people for whom relief has been inaccessible. I’m looking forward to both meeting and serving the community here.”

Location: 1432 Easton Rd., Ste. 4A, Warrington. For more information, call 215-491-4200, email Info@LifeAlignedHealth.com or visit LifeAlignedHealth.com. See ad, page 13.