Chiropractic Has Major Positive Effect on Headache Pain

matteo#headache-10079250A study compared 53 subjects who had cervicogenic (neck related) headaches in accordance with the standards of the International Headache Society.

The group was split in two. Approximately half of the group received chiropractic manipulation; the other half received low-level laser and deep friction massage. The care was given in six sessions over three weeks.

Significant improvement occurred in both halves, especially in those receiving chiropractic treatment.

Those receiving chiropractic manipulation for their headaches:

– decreased their medication use by 36%

– decreased their headache hours by 69%

– decreased their headache intensity by 36%

The results of the study may not be good news to makers of over-the-counter pain medication, but is good news for those wanting to relieve headache pain without drugs; and by addressing the cause of the pain, rather than just treating symptoms.

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SOURCE: Dr. Tom Scherer, The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1997, as reported in Dynamic Chiropractic, October

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Chiropractic: Heavy Physical Work and Low Back Pain

Among Brazil’s urban cleaning workers (drivers, trash collectors, maintenance workers, etc.), musculoskeletal pain — and low back pain in particular — is a major public health issue. Researchers interviewed 657 workers and found that 37% have experienced back pain lasting more than one week during the previous year, and of that group, 62.8% experienced back pain within the last seven days. Workers who described bending over and twisting as part of their job functions were much more likely to experience pain in one or more anatomical regions, as were workers who frequently worked overtime. Of note, workers who performed more dynamic and fewer repetitive movements on the job were less likely to experience back pain.
Brazilian Journal of Epidemiology, March 2014
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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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So what exactly do Chiropractors do and what symptoms can they treat?

Chiropractic Focuses_matteoChiropractors are doctors who can diagnose and treat a wide variety of condition, specifically those that include symptoms of neck and back pain, restricted movement in the joints and muscular problems. Their treatments include massage, manipulation and spinal decompression, amongst others.

To help you understand what a chiropractor does, first let us take a look at how we are made. The spine is the focal point of most, if not all chiropractic treatment. It is formed out of 33 separate bones, in a single column. Between each of the bones is a cushion made up of a gel like substance; this helps with flexibility and mobility. Unfortunately, as we age, this gel gradually hardens, reducing flexibility and increasing the likelihood of pain. One of the chiropractor’s jobs is to keep these bones in a straight line with each other, known as alignment.

Through certain techniques the chiropractor can help to alleviate the problems and pain associated with a number of conditions. Herniated discs, spinal misalignment and nerve problems are just three. Virtually all of our nerves, muscles and joints are related to the spine in some way or other and problems with the spine will cause problems elsewhere in the body. The chiropractor will diagnose and treat each condition separately if they can, However, if they cannot they will make sure you are referred to someone who can help you.

In order to qualify as a Doctor of Chiropractic, each one has to go through a very extensive program of training and education. At the very least they need a 2-year undergraduate degree in one of the sciences. Some States require a 4-year degree. Once this degree has been successfully obtained the chiropractor must then undergo a 4 year program at an accredited school of chiropractic medicine. On receiving that degree they must then pass an exam through the National Board of Chiropractic before a licence to practice can be awarded. It shuld be obvious to anyone that a Chiropractor is highly trained and is a proper doctor. In fact to a certain degree they are more highly trained and educated than your GP is.
There are no age restrictions when it comes to treating problems with the back and spine. A chiropractor can treat anyone, form young babies right up to senior citizens. Many people probably do not realise that a chiropractor can prevent attacks of colic and can help to ensure that children and babies grow up without problems. For the elderly, although they cannot reverse the aging process on the spine and its gel cushion they can realign the spine and make their lives as pain free as possible.

Chiropractors do not use any form of surgery or medication in their treatments. They will not even use painkilling injections, preferring to work only with their hands performing a complete natural method of healing. A chiropractor can also help you with nutrition and diet advice as well as teaching you toe exercise properly and safely. When all is said and done a visit to a chiropractor could be the best decision you ever make for your health and well-being.

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: Relief for Arthritic Knees

A randomized controlled trial involving patients who suffered from osteoarthritic knee pain showed a positive response among participants treated with manual therapies over a two-week treatment period. These patients reported a significant reduction in pain as well as an improvement in knee function.
Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association,
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