Chiropractic Excellent For Fibromyalgia, because of the pain and stress relief which it offers.

The pain of fibromyalgia can be frustrating for many people. It often includes pain throughout the entire body. Chiropractic is becoming a popular choice for the treatment of this disorder. People prefer chiropractic matteo#pain

Chiropractic is often considered an alternative treatment but is becoming more accepted by the mainstream medical community. Almost 20 percent of Americans have used a chiropractor during their lifetime. 80 percent of those that saw a chiropractor reported significant pain relief, better function and an improved sense of wellbeing. Chiropractic provides excellent relief in a short period of time and helps fibromyalgia patients enjoy a better quality of life.

Chiropractic is based on the theory that misalignments in the skeletal structure cause interference with the nervous system and result in pain and disease. When the skeletal structure is in its normal alignment, the body is better able to function better. The nervous system is the master system in the body and controls every cell and organ in the body. Misaligned spinal bones can result in pressure on the delicate nerves in and around the spine resulting in this dysfunction.

Chiropractors are experts at locating and correcting these imbalances in the skeletal structure. There are a range of techniques which are used to accomplish this. Spinal manipulation involves a high velocity, short lever thrust to the problem area in the skeletal structure. Chiropractors call this an adjustment. People often report hearing a popping or cracking sound when being adjusted. This might sound scary to some people, but it is a healthy release of nitrogen gas within the joint. People often report immediate relief following an adjustment.

In recent times, more fibromyalgia patients are finding their way to the chiropractic office. Fibromyalgia causes various tender points throughout the body. This causes people to suffer with neck pain, back pain and arm and leg cramps. Fibromyalgia patients find relief of these symptoms when seeing the chiropractor. Chiropractic adjustments to the neck, back, arms and legs help to reduce the widespread pain that is felt throughout the body.

Fibromyalgia sufferers are known to suffer from spinal stenosis which is a condition in the upper cervical spine. This has been known to result in compression on the coverings around the spine known as the meninges. Chiropractic adjustments of the neck and head help to remove this compression which can alleviate the widespread symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Numerous studies validate the effectiveness of chiropractic care for fibromyalgia patients.
Contributed by Nathan Leavitt DC

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Proper Lifting Technique to Avoid Low-Back Pain

Many times patients arrive at my chiropractic office matteo.backpain.art_3467 with lower back pain that presented itself after lifting a heavy object. Using incorrect lifting techniques can cause injury resulting in sudden and severe pain. Without a doubt, this type of injury can almost always be prevented if proper lifting techniques had been used.

Unless your line of work requires a lot of lifting such as nursing, warehouse work, retail stocking, etc. it is entirely possible that you have not had the opportunity to learn how to lift objects in a way that will protect your back. Hopefully, if you are in a line of work in which a lot of lifting is required, you have been trained on how to protect your back when lifting. For the rest of you, this article will explain the proper way to lift heavy objects to avoid injury.

Never bend over at the waist to lift something; in fact you should make it a habit not to bend over at the waist at all because this will put unnecessary pressure on your lower back. Minimize the risk of injury and damage using the following lifting technique:

* Immediately before you lift and right after you are done lifting you want to stand upright and bend backward five or six times. This ensures that any distortion in the curve of your lower back is worked out.
* Stand close to the object you are going to lift. Don’t have your feet together; use a wider stance for balance and support.
* Bend at the knees, keeping your back straight, until you can comfortably get your hands under the object.
* Keep the object as close to your body as you can so you are not extending your reach. Extending your reach will put pressure on your lower back even if you are bent at the knees.
* Lean back slightly, this will help with your balance. Straighten up using the muscles in your legs to lift yourself up and using a smooth, steady motion.
* If the object is very heavy, lift it to your knees and rest it there before straightening up.
* To turn with the load in your arms, use your feet. In other words, do not twist your torso.

Of special concern to me are those who have already developed recurring back problems. It is my practice to always advise these patients to seek help when lifting. I am well aware that this is not always possible. If this is the case for you, it is even more important that you develop a proper lifting technique.

In addition to using a proper lifting technique, it is also important to work on your core muscles such as your abdominals and gluteals to develop a strong lower back. Consciously implementing this type of lifting technique and developing a strong core has the potential to make a pronounced difference in your life particularly if you suffer from chronic lower back pain.

Contributed by Dr. Todd P Sullivan
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The possibility for chiropractic care to help people with diabetes is an up and coming area of research

and it is an important one. Roughly one out of every three men and two out of every five women born in the year 2000 will suffer from diabetes in their lifetime.

Research points to evidence that chiropractic care may make a valuable contribution to a wellness protocol that helps those diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States and a growing epidemic worldwide, so help is desperately needed!

The average person may not recognize how diabetes and chiropractic are connected. What does the back have to do with blood sugar? Often, an electrician understands this faster than most people. Interfere with the current flowing through the wires and the appliances or areas of the house lose normal function or might even catch fire.

If the nerve supply from the upper neck or middle back (the two areas that supply the pancreas) are disturbed, pancreatic function suffers; maybe in it’s ability to produce enzymes to digest proteins, fats and carbohydrates, or maybe insulin production, or both. Blood sugar and digestion become unbalanced, resulting in either in diabetes or hypoglycemia.

Studies suggest a chiropractic-spine-nerve-blood sugar connection

A study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research illustrated the positive effects of chiropractic when used as part of an integrative treatment for adult onset diabetes diagnosed by a medical doctor. Along with chiropractic care, the patient also received nutritional and exercise guidance.

After one month of being on the program, the patient’s glucose blood and urine levels normalized and remained stable. His medical doctor, who monitored his progress, said the patient would not need insulin if the condition remained stable.

Canada is currently leading the research effort

The National Post reported: “DIABETES BREAKTHROUGH: In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body’s nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians. Diabetic mice became healthy virtually overnight after researchers injected a substance to counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas.

‘I couldn’t believe it,’ said Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children. ‘Mice with diabetes suddenly didn’t have diabetes any more.’ The excitement of the team from Sick Kids, whose work is being published today in the journal Cell, is almost palpable.

A recent case study published in the November 2011 edition of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health documents a case of a four-year-old child who had terrific results stabilizing her blood sugar through chiropractic care. The patient was diagnosed with spinal subluxation in the upper cervical region. She began chiropractic care and was seen a total of 24 times over a two-month period. During this two-month period, she experienced a decrease in hemoglobin A1C from 7.2 percent to 6.5 percent. She also decreased the amount of insulin used from 15 units to 11 units per day.

These results are quite remarkable because the literature states that intensive medical treatment of type I diabetes often does not succeed in lowering A1C levels under 7.0 percent. Chiropractic care works by optimizing the neural connections throughout the body. This enhanced brain-body connection works to better coordinate immunity and hormone function throughout the body.

Article contributed by Murray Galbraith, D.C., of Galbraith Chiropractic.

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Military benefits from Chiropractic care, but its another service they can’t get at the VA

Since the late 19th century, chiropractors have been performing chiropractic adjustments on American military personnel in order to help keep them in fighting form. In 1992, President George H. W. Bush authorized the Department of Defense to commission chiropractors and in 1999 the Chiropractic Health Care Demonstration Program found that chiropractic care would offer significant benefits to the military. Specifically, the results showed that:

Chiropractic care demonstrated higher levels of patient satisfaction than traditional medical care
There were superior outcomes for patients who received chiropractic care than those who received traditional medical care
Chiropractic care resulted in fewer hospital stays
Significant improvements in military “readiness” were found due to significantly less duty time lost for those who received chiropractic care as opposed to traditional medical care

Although the nature and quality of chiropractic care has evolved and improved considerably since the days in which it was first used in the military, as yet, there are still no commissioned chiropractors in the US Military, despite the above-mentioned governmental authorizations.

Musculoskeletal problems are the most common type of medical issues showing up at VA hospitals, and it’s not surprising. Military gear is heavy, sometimes weighing up to 60 pounds, 8 to 12 pounds of which is weighing down on your neck in the form of a helmet. And that is before you figure in the weight of a rucksack filled with ammunition, batteries and weapons that must all be carried by the soldier on a daily basis.

Retired Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead, now a spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, has first-hand experience of the benefits of chiropractic care for those in the military. After being diagnosed in 2004 with fibromyalgia (a chronic disease that makes muscles and joints feel stiff and painful, causes fatigue and other symptoms), she was prescribed 17 different medications to treat her pain and sleeplessness over a five-year period, none of which were effective. On the advice of her father, she visited a chiropractor, which as she said “gave me my quality of life back.” She is now free from medication and continues to receive regular chiropractic care.

Though chiropractic is technically available to military personnel, actual access to that care is often difficult. First of all, Tricare, which covers all medical care for the military, requires that treatment only be received at a designated military treatment facility after a referral from the service member’s primary care physician; Tricare will not cover any chiropractic care outside these facilities.

Chiropractic care is available at only 40 of the approximately 160 VA treatment facilities throughout the US. And despite having a contracted or hired chiropractor at 60 military bases around the country, only 54 percent of eligible service members have access to chiropractic care, according to a 2005 report from the Government Accountability Office. The waiting list to see one at a VA hospital can range anywhere from 90 to 120 days.

The way to solve this problem, according to Halstead, is to have Congress approve all chiropractic coverage with Tricare. She says, “If we can get Tricare to cover it, then tomorrow the benefit would be there for all of our soldiers, no matter how many treatment facilities it would be in. Because if it’s not in the treatment facility, then I’ve got enough chiropractors in the local community that I can go get the help. I personally think that’s the fastest way to bring visibility to how wonderful this service is, because then more soldiers would be going to chiropractors. More soldiers, then, would not be on sick call. More soldiers would be doing their mission every day.”

Written by Porterfield Family Chiropractic/ValpoLife

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Chiropractic for the golfer and some good free advice

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More than 25 million people enjoy golfing. Many avid golfers contort their bodies into oddly twisted postures, generating a great deal of torque. Couple this motion with a bent-over stance, repeat 120 times over three or four hours, add the fatigue that comes with several miles of walking, and you’ve got a good workout – and a recipe for potential lower back trouble.

The problem is compounded in amateurs because they notoriously use poor swing mechanics that cause stress on the low back. Learning proper swing technique is critical. At the end of the swing, you want to be standing up straight; the back should not be twisted. To make a proper swing, you need unrestricted joint motion in the spine and pelvis. If your joint motion is restricted, you will be unable to make a complete weight shift during the back swing.

The body works best when the spine is in a neutral, athletic, and balanced position. You cannot optimize your performance if you have posture problems, flexibility issues, or muscle groups not performing correctly.

To increase your flexibility and prevent injury, warm up before you tee off. Take a brisk walk to get the blood flowing to the muscles and then do a set of stretches. Make gentle swings to both sides of the body to allow the muscles to function better. Every few holes, take a few practice swings with the opposite hand to keep your muscles balanced and even out stress on the back.

Most golf injuries can be prevented through proper conditioning, good posture, and warming up. Professional golfers know the value of chiropractic. If your spine is not in the correct position, you will have mechanical and neurological deficits that will hurt your game.

Even if you are not in pain from a golf injury, you can benefit from chiropractic care, which improves posture, increases and improves flexibility, restores proper nerve function, and improves lumbar rotation. Chiropractors can also provide advice for golfers to help them decrease the stresses and strains placed on their bodies.

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Chiropractic: Maintenance Care Recommended

Chiropractors often recommend periodic visits to identify joint dysfunction and make corrections with skilled spinal manipulation or other manual therapies. These maintenance treatments are thought to prevent disease of both neuromusculoskeletal and visceral causes.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

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Can Chiropractic help your headaches? Read before you suffer more..

matteo_pondering oatmealHeadaches (HA) can be tremendously disabling, forcing sufferers away from work or play into a dark, quiet room to minimize any noise and light that intensifies the pain. According to the National Headache Foundation, there are over 45 million Americans who suffer from chronic, re-occurring headaches, of which 28 million are of the migraine variety. Also, approximately 20% of children and adolescents deal with headaches that can interfere significantly with their daily routines. There are many different types of headaches and many sub-types within the main categories. Here are a few: Tension HA (also, called cervicogenic HA), migraine, mixed headache syndrome (a mixture of migraine and tension HAs), cluster (less common but the most severe), sinus headaches, acute headaches, hormone headaches, chronic progressive headaches (traction or inflammatory HAs), and MANY more! Just “GOOGLE” “headache classification” for the daunting list! Let’s take a look at how chiropractic manages these headaches!

According to a study completed in 2005, a review of the published literature revealed good evidence that intensity and frequency of HAs are indeed helped by chiropractic intervention. They limited their review to cervicogenic headaches and spinal manipulation and noted the need for larger scale studies. The well-respected Cochrane database reported spinal manipulation (SM) as an effective treatment option with short-term benefits similar to amitriptyline, a commonly prescribed medication for migraine HA patients.

For cervicogenic HA, the combination of neck exercises and SM was found to be effective in both the short- and long-term, and SM was superior to massage or placebo (sham or “fake” manipulation). Regarding the question of treatment frequency of SM plus up to two modalities (heat and soft tissue therapy), a preliminary study found that when comparing patients receiving one, three, or four visits per week for three weeks, those receiving 9-12 treatments during the three weeks had the most benefit. Regarding the questions, “what is affected by SM” and, “why does SM work” for cervicogenic HA patients, a study describes the intimate relationship between the upper cervical nerve roots (C1-3), the trigeminal (cranial nerve V), the spinal accessory (cranial nerve XI), and the vascular system. Inflammation within these structures and their relationship with the trapezius and SCM muscles help us understand the “why” and “how” of SM and referred pain pattern to the face and head in those with cervicogenic HAs. Realizing this is a bit “technical”, feel free to GOOGLE these structures and you’ll appreciate the close proximity they have to each other and how adjustments, or SM, applied to the upper cervical spine can affect this region. It has also been reported that SM and strengthening of the deep neck flexor muscles benefits the cervicogenic HA patient. Many HA sufferers have combinations of symptoms including dizziness, neck pain, concentration “fog”, fatigue, and others, which were found to also respond to SM applied to the upper cervical spine. One study reported a 36% reduction in pain killer medication use in a group of cervicogenic headache patients receiving SM but no reduction in the patient group receiving soft-tissue therapy. The list of research studies goes on and on! So WHAT are you waiting for? TRY CHIROPRACTIC for your headache management!!!

We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision. If you, a friend, or family member requires care for headaches, we would be honored to render our services.

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