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: 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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Low-risk, drug-free alternatives, such as chiropractic care, for pain relief and improved health of expectant mothers and their developing babies.

F4CP points to chiropractic as first option for pain relief during pregnancy

April 8, 2014 — Responding to a recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, which found that the use of acetaminophen for pain relief during pregnancy may be associated with a higher risk for hyperkinetic disorders (HKDs) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder-like behaviors in children, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), points to low-risk, drug-free alternatives, such as chiropractic care, for pain relief and improved health of expectant mothers and their developing babies.

“Because risks associated with medications are magnified during pregnancy, experts are advising expectant mothers to look for non-pharmacological ways to deal with pain,” says Gerard Clum, DC, spokesperson, F4CP, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care. “Doctors of chiropractic receive a minimum of seven years of education to clinically evaluate patients and provide gentle, hands-on manual and instrument care, as well as nutrition, ergonomics and exercise advice — all fundamental contributors to a healthy pregnancy and lifestyle.”

According to the report, children whose mothers used acetaminophen were:

13 percent more likely to show ADHD-like behaviors………37 percent more likely to be diagnosed with HKDs…….29 percent more likely to be prescribed ADHD medications

In a subsequent article in USA Today, experts also advised against substituting the use of acetaminophen with ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), as they may disrupt fetal development and cause further problems.

“Added stress to the body, weight gain and postural changes often cause relentless discomfort for expectant mothers,” says Clum. “Conservative options, such as chiropractic, can improve structural balance and help with conditions such as headaches, neck and back pain — all too common during pregnancy.”

The F4CP calls upon providers and patients to consider drug-free treatment approaches.

“As evidence continues to expose the dangers connected to the use of acetaminophen and other NSAIDS, especially during pregnancy, it becomes evident that pharmaceuticals should not be a primary option,” concludes Clum.  “Natural approaches — such as chiropractic care — should be the first choice for achieving better health throughout all stages of life, including pregnancy.”

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Source: Foundation for Chiropractic Progress

Relief from some of most chronic pains could be helped by a few chiropractic sessions.

Chiropractic treatment for health problems is not always considered when it comes to healing, but you may be surprised to find that relief from some of most chronic pains could be helped by a few chiropractic sessions.

As an alternative form of medical treatment, chiropractic care is generally geared towards helping patients with back, neck and joint pain. Dr. Hamza Saif, an Ottawa-based chiropractor at the Hunt Chiropractic Clinic, says the treatment can also improve symptoms and effects of common illnesses to improve overall quality of life.

“While we don’t claim to cure organic diseases, we can improve the quality of life of patients dealing with them,” said Saif.

Saif gives the example of asthma, which often causes mid-back pain due to constant coughing. Chiropractors can’t cure asthma, but they can relieve the back and muscle pain caused by it, he says.

According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, the treatment is gradually gaining popularity. The association reports that 53 per cent of Canadians had visited a chiropractor for treatment at some point in their lives in 2009, compared to 49 per cent in 2005.

Even as it gains popularity, there is pushback to the alternative treatment by medical doctors and patients alike, who say there is little medical evidence for chiropractic solutions. One of the major risks often associated with chiropractic care is the potential for increasing the risk of strokes. However, a study published by the European Spine Journal in 2008, found that there were no links between the two.

Saif says much of the controversy surrounding chiropractic treatment is often due to a lack of education, especially in older doctors who weren’t formally taught it in medical school (chiropractors get their degrees at separate chiropractic colleges).

 

“The best place to start is a consultation with a licensed chiropractor. Skeptical people are usually the ones who haven’t seen a chiropractor.”

As Dr. Saif mentioned, chiropractic treatments won’t cure anything, but they might able to work in conjunction with other medical care to help. Check out these ailments that have been found to benefit from a chiropractor:

Migraines
  • According to migraines.com, a number of studies have proved that chiropractic treatment can lower the frequency and pain intensity of migraines.

  • Arthritis Pain Relief

    Saif says most people over 50-years-old have some signs of joint degeneration, which causes pain and stiffness. Chiropractic adjustments can help joints feel less sore so they move more freely.

  • Cerebral Palsy

    Individuals with cerebral palsy often have “dysfunctional muscles”, which cause other muscles to work extra and strain. Chiropractic treatment can help reduce stress on these muscles, says Dr. Hamza Saif, an Ottawa-based chiropractor.

  • Parkinson’s Disease

    While it’s unknown exactly what causes this disease, studies have linked it to accidents causing head traumas and spinal misalignment, according to Yourspine.com. Chiropractic treatments can correct these misalignments and remove pressure on surrounding nerves.

  • High Blood Pressure

    According to Saif, studies have shown that just one chiropractic session can keep blood pressure lowered for several weeks. He recommends seeing a NUCCA specialist, a specific type of chiropractor that deals with upper neck adjustments.

  • Cancer Pain Relief

    The effects of cancer treatments like chemotherapy can often leave patients feeling extreme fatigue and soreness to the point they are bedridden. With chiropractic adjustments, some of this pain can be relieved so they have a better quality of life. says Saif.

  • Strengthen Immune System

    While there is little research to prove this, Saif says studies are being done to prove what many patients already feel. Regular chiropractic patients often report better overall immune systems and wellness levels.

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome often feel itching, burning or soreness in parts of their body, after doing constant, repetitive movements. Chiropractors can help by providing posture-related advice, suggesting stretches and doing adjustments, says Saif.

  • Reduce Anxiety And Depression

    Although chiropractic care doesn’t claim to treat the physiological effects of these mental illnesses, Saif says it can help with physical effects such as lethargy, which often causes soreness and pain, worsening physiological problems.

 

Migraines: According to migraines.com, a number of studies have proved that chiropractic treatment can lower the frequency and pain intensity of migraines.

Cerebral Palsy: Individuals with cerebral palsy often have “dysfunctional muscles”, which cause other muscles to work extra and strain. Chiropractic treatment can help reduce stress on these muscles, says Saif.

Parkinson’s Disease: While it’s unknown exactly what causes this disease, studies have linked it to accidents causing head traumas and spinal misalignments, according to Yourspine.com. Chiropractic treatments can correct these misalignments and remove pressure on surrounding nerves.

Arthritis Pain Relief: Saif says most people over 50-years-old have some signs of joint degeneration, which causes pain and stiffness. Chiropractic adjustments can help joints feel less sore so they move more freely.

High Blood Pressure: According to Saif, studies have shown that just one chiropractic session can keep blood pressure lowered for several weeks. He recommends seeing a NUCCA specialist, a specific type of chiropractor that deals with upper neck adjustments.

Cancer Pain Relief: The effects of cancer treatments like chemotherapy can often leave patients feeling extreme fatigue and soreness to the point they are bedridden. With chiropractic adjustments, some of this pain can be relieved so they have a better quality of life. says Saif.

Strengthen Immune System: While there is little research to prove this, Saif says studies are being done to prove what many patients already feel. Regular chiropractic patients often report better overall immune systems and wellness levels.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome often feel itching, burning or soreness in parts of their body, after doing constant, repetitive movements. Chiropractors can help by providing posture-related advice, suggesting stretches and doing adjustments, says Saif.

Reduce Anxiety And Depression: Although chiropractic care doesn’t claim to treat the physiological effects of these mental illnesses, Saif says it can help with physical effects such as lethargy, which often causes soreness and pain, worsening physiological problems.

 
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