The Better Health and Wellness Center focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system), and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

 

Dr. LeiLani Vidal has been in practice for 30 years, and she truly enjoys what she does.  Helping others is her number one goal.  Dr. Vidal is going to get to the root of what is causing your pain or health troubles, instead of just treating the symptoms.  She specializes in correction and wellness care, as well as injuries caused by accidents, sports, physical trauma, etc.

Headaches

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Regular headaches and migraines can hinder your quality of life and lead to stress, anxiety, and depression.  Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer because Dr. Vidal can suggest various natural treatment options help relieve headaches; then, you can live a more fulfilling life. 

What are migraines?

Migraines are severe headaches that cause disabling pain. About 12% of Americans get migraines regularly. In some cases, migraine pain is so severe you’re prevented from completing day-to-day activities. Signs and symptoms of migraines include:

  • Throbbing head pain

  • A pulsing sensation in the head

  • Pain on one side of the head

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Sensitivity to light and sound

If you regularly suffer from migraines, you may receive warning signs before they occur, such as:

  • Seeing auras (flashes of light or wavy vision)

  • Blind spots or vision loss

  • Tingling on one side of the face

  • Tingling in your arm or leg

What are migraine risk factors?

The causes of migraines aren’t entirely understood, but certain factors increase your risk, including:

  • Being a female

  • Stress or anxiety

  • Lack of sleep or changes in sleep patterns

  • Lack of food or water

  • Genetics or family history

  • Eating certain foods or food additives

  • Hormonal changes in women

  • Intense exercise

  • Drinking alcohol

  • Taking certain medications

Believe it or not, women are three times more likely than men to suffer from migraines. Why is this the case? It may be due to fluctuating hormones, especially changes in estrogen levels.

Can I prevent migraines?

You can’t always prevent migraines. Knowing what triggers migraines — such as your monthly cycle, eating certain foods, a lack of sleep, or drinking alcohol — can help lower your risk of a migraine attack.

Dr. Vidal is likely to suggest trying one or more of these migraine-prevention strategies:

  • Receive regular chiropractic care

  • Take preventative migraine medications

  • Eat a nutritious diet

  • Exercise regularly

  • Stay hydrated

  • Get enough sleep

  • Keep stress levels low

  • Reduce muscle tension

  • Avoid or limit alcohol

How are migraines treated?

Various treatment options help control migraines, so you can live a pain-free life:

  • Pain relief medications

  • Migraine prevention medications

  • Antidepressant medications

  • Muscle relaxation exercises (yoga or meditation)

  • Ice packs

  • Regular exercise

  • Ultrasound therapy (sound waves that reduce pain and inflammation)

  • Cold laser therapy (low-level light energy that reduces pain)

  • Hormone treatments

You and Dr. Vidal collaboratively devise a customized treatment plan to help alleviate your headaches or migraines. Call her office to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism controlled by the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The 24 bones of the spine, or vertebrae, surround and protect the spinal cord and nerves. When misaligned, or subluxated, the vertebrae can interfere with the nervous system, causing pain and dysfunction.

As chiropractors, our objective is to analyze the spine, locate and correct these vertebral subluxations. The chiropractic method of correction is by specific adjustments of the spine, which are intended to correct vertebral subluxations overtime, thereby allowing the innate (inborn) healing abilities of the body to work at maximum efficiency.

What is an Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a carefully directed and controlled pressure applied to a spinal joint that is subluxated, or not moving properly. The chiropractic adjustment removes subluxations and restores motion to the joints, helping the bones of the spine gradually return to a more normal position and motion. With improved position and motion, there is decreased interference with the nervous system, increased communication within the body, and improved overall balance.

After many years of training, a chiropractor is an expert at using the correct amount of force in the correct direction. Some adjustments may require a quick movement, and others involve slow and constant pressure. After a thorough examination, we determine which technique will work best for you.

What conditions can Chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors do not treat conditions, nor do they cure disease! Chiropractors adjust vertebral subluxations to remove interference from the nervous system. With a properly functioning nervous system, your body is able to heal itself. Chiropractors do not chase symptoms; they look for the cause of the problem so the symptoms do not return. From sports injuries to prenatal care, our goal is always the same - to adjust spinal subluxations allowing the body to heal itself and function more efficiently.

Do you have to be a certain age to see a Chiropractor?

Chiropractic is safe and effective for people of all ages, from newborns to senior citizens. Each person is unique, so we will design a care program specific for your age, condition, and lifestyle.  We let you decide whether you prefer "relief care" or "correction care."

How much education do Doctor's of Chiropractic need?

After completing their undergraduate education, chiropractors receive an additional four years of post-graduate education and a one-year internship to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. Their education curriculum is similar to medical school and there is special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, neurology, biomechanics, nutrition, X-ray, and spinal adjusting techniques.

 

To become a licensed chiropractor, he or she must pass a demanding four-part National Board Examination and then a State Board examination for the state in which they wish to practice. A chiropractor’s education never stops, as yearly continuing education is required for license renewal.

Can I adjust myself?

It is virtually impossible to adjust yourself because a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific direction to one area in the spine.  Even a chiropractor cannot adjust him or herself.  It is possible to bend or twist and hear and feel a “popping” along the spine. This is a general movement, however, that may help release pressure but is usually counter-productive and can create areas of instability. The best way to adjust the spine is to see a doctor of chiropractic.

There is a reason they went through all of that schooling!

Is Chiropractic care expensive?

No, chiropractic care can be relatively inexpensive. Your insurance may cover chiropractic care.

 

Or, if you are without health insurance coverage, there is no charge for the consultation and X-rays start at $65.

How long will it take for me to get better?

It is difficult to predict how your body will react to adjustments. Correcting a spinal problem depends on several factors including how long the problem has been around and your current lifestyle. Your body will heal as quickly as it wants to, and sometimes that takes time. Some patients may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function, while others find that periodic checkups help keep them in balance and maintain better health.

As Dr. Vidal says:

“My goal is to find the root cause of your pain and help you live the pain-free life you deserve”

– Dr. LeiLani Vidal, D.C

While chiropractic care is well known for addressing back and neck pain and injuries, there are many other conditions that can benefit from chiropractic treatment.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Arthritis

  • Asthma

  • Back Pain

  • Car Accidents

  • Carpal Tunnel

  • Disc Herniations

  • Ear Infections

  • Exercise/Fitness

  • Foot Problems

  • Headaches

  • Heartburn

  • Knee Pain

  • Leg Pain

  • Migraines

  • Neck Pain

  • Nutrition

  • Post Surgery

  • Sciatica

  • Scoliosis

  • Shoulder Injuries

  • Sports Injuries

  • Sprains/Strains

  • Stress

  • Torticollis

  • TMJ

  • Wellness

  • Whiplash

  • And much more

At our Poway location, Dr. Vidal and her staff bring their experience to your unique health concern.

Call us at 858-679-6655 to make your first appointment. We are conveniently located in Poway, just north of San Diego.