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A stroke could be defined as a “brain attack”. According to the National Stroke Association, “it can happen to anyone at any time and occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived by oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stoke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain, such as memory and muscle control, are lost.”
Prior to a stroke, the arteries thicken and harden. Plaque (cholesterol, fatty substances, cellular waste products, calcium and clotting material) builds up inside these arteries, which line the vertebral and /or carotid arteries (in which the blood is supplied to your head). If the plaque becomes thick enough, this can reduce the blood flow to the brain. And this is what leads to a stroke.
But what causes this to happen?
Many experts on the subject have attributed this to lifestyle changes, such as an unhealthy diet, smoking, air and water pollution. But there is yet another cause of stroke; and that is having a forward head position. A forward head position is exactly like it sounds – your head, instead of being directly over your shoulders, is forward. To see what a forward head position looks like, take a look at the picture at the top of this blog.
How A Forward Head Position May Be Linked To Strokes
When the head is forward, the walls of the vertebral and carotid arteries can become crimped, which will diminish the flow of blood through these arteries – much like folding a water hose back on itself can reduce the flow of water through it.
This can cause the same type of stroke symptoms that you would normally see in a person who has had a stroke due to other causes. Here’s an example: A 65 year old man (I’ll call him Charles) over a period of two years, had two brief episodes in which he lost control of first his right arm and then his left arm for a period of twenty to twenty five seconds. Fearing that he had two mini strokes, he went to see his cardiologist. The cardiologist examined him, ran an EKG and then ordered an Echocardiogram, to examine his heart, and a Doppler ultrasound of his neck arteries, in order to find out if Charles had diminished blood flow to his brain.
These tests are typically run with the patient laying down. When Charles’ tests were run while he was reclined, the results were negative. They showed that the lining of his major blood vessels was not thickened; no plaques were seen and the blood pressure in the major arteries to his brain were within normal limits. There was no restriction in the blood flow in his heart, carotid and vertebral arteries.
The cardiologist’s conclusion was that Charles probably did not have a stroke, but the reason for the loss of control in his arm might be due to problems in the thoracic outlet arteries (which run from the neck down the arm).
I then suggested to the cardiologist that he rerun the Doppler ultrasound, with Charles sitting upright (so his head would be in a forward position). The test results showed that the flow of blood through Charles’ vertebral and carotid arteries was now dramatically reduced, with a concurrent rise in the cystolic pressure in these arteries.
The cardiologist made the diagnosis of functional cerebral hypoxia. What this means is an intermittent reduction of blood flow through the carotid and vertebral arteries, which can result in a stroke.
A Previously Unrecognized Cause Of Reduced Blood Flow To The Brain – Resulting In A Stroke
In medicine today, it is thought that the main cause of reduced blood flow to the brain is atherosclerosis of the carotid and/or vertebral arteries. And this puts you at higher risk for a stroke. But I’ve discovered a previously unrecognized cause of reduced blood flow to the brain. And that is the forward head position. Previously a forward head position, though not attractive, was considered unimportant as far good health was concerned. But obviously, this is not true.
Unfortunately, a forward head position is merely a symptom of a greater health problem. And in order to reverse it, you need to know what is forcing your head into this position.
The most common cause of a forward head position is having either a Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. About 85% of the world population has one of these two abnormal foot structures.
These common foot structures send distorted signals to your brain, which in turn distorts your posture. And one of the postural distortions that these foot structures usually create, is a forward head position.
The way to correct your forward head position is to permanently correct the distorted signals coming from your abnormal foot structure. When correct signals are sent from your feet to your brain, your posture is automatically adjusted to an upright position and your head comes back to its correct position over your shoulders. When this takes place, your vertebral and carotid arteries stay completely open, which allows your blood to flow freely to your brain, and so the possibility of having a stroke is greatly reduced.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain