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March 2014 Health Newsletter


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» DRUG-FREE SCIATICA TREATMENT
» Chiropractic Relieves Dizziness After Auto Injury
» Auto Injury May Cause Jaw Pain
» Treatment For Those Nasty Muscles Knots
» Donít Lose Sleep Over Late Night Workouts

» Vegetarian Diets Lower Blood Pressure

DRUG-FREE SCIATICA TREATMENT

DRUG-FREE SCIATICA TREATMENT

Pain medication is frequently prescribed for patients with sciatica, but a new article from the prestigious British Medical Journal reveals that there may be little efficacy in this practice.


In the article, researchers reviewed 23 studies that compared placebo pills to various drugs typically prescribed for sciatica. In study after study, drugs were found to be no more effective than a placebo in relieving pain. Drugs also did not significantly help† radiating leg pain, one of the primary symptoms of sciatica. Though two drugs did reduce overall pain, it was unclear how effective they were in the long-term.

This led researchers to conclude that there is no clear evidence demonstrating the efficacy or tolerability of common pain medications prescribed for sciatica.

Chiropractic is a better approach to sciatica than drugs. A 2010 study found that chiropractic does not pose the same risks as surgery yet it is just as effective.

Call our office today for natural, effective treatment of sciatica.


McMorland G, Suter E, Casha S, du Plessis SJ, Hurlbert RJ. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2010; 33(8): 576-584.


Pinto,Rafael Zambelli. Chris G Maher, Manuela L Ferreira, Paulo H Ferreira, Mark Hancock, Vinicius C Oliveira, Andrew J McLachlan, Bart Koes.Drugs for relief of pain in patients with sciatica: systematic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal. 2012, February; 344:e497 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e497.

Author: Pinto,Rafael Zambelli. Chris G Maher, Manuela L Ferreira, Paulo H Ferreira, Mark
Source: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2010; 33(8): 576-584.
Copyright: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2010; 33(8): 576-584. 2012


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Chiropractic Relieves Dizziness After Auto Injury

Chiropractic Relieves Dizziness After Auto Injury

Chiropractic care cured vertigo and dizziness for patients in a new case study.




Vertigo and dizziness are common after an auto accident, and can result from head injuries or a sudden, violent motion of the head that disturbs the vestibular system. Patients may also experience nausea, sleep disturbances, and balance problems among other symptoms.

In the study, eight patients with vertigo received chiropractic treatments aimed at restoring function of the vestibular system. All patients reported a reduction in the duration, frequency, and severity of symptoms, including less pain and disability.

Read more about this study here.

Give our office a call at (818) 487-9100 and find out how we can help you maintain your health.

Author: Written by: Marissa Luck on May 13, 2013.
Source: A case series. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013; 36(2
Copyright: Sajko SS, Stuber K, Welsh TN. Chiropractic management of benign paroxysmal posit 2013


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Auto Injury May Cause Jaw Pain


Auto Injury May Cause Jaw Pain

Jaw or temporomandibular joint pain is common after an auto injury, even when there is no direct trauma to the jaw. The condition can be confusing to health-care providers, since oftentimes the jaw symptoms don't appear immediately after the injury, sometimes developing weeks or even months later.


Find out how chiropractic can help jaw pain after auto injury here.

 

Author: Friedman MH, Weisberg J. The craniocervical connection: a retrospective analysis
Source: Friedman MH, Weisberg J. The craniocervical connection: a retrospective analysis
Copyright: Friedman MH, Weisberg J. The craniocervical connection: a retrospective analysis 2014


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Treatment For Those Nasty Muscles Knots

Ever noticed painful knots or nodules within your muscles? If so, youíve likely found what the medical community calls a trigger point. Trigger points are painful areas within the muscles that when touched or palpated, feel like knots or nodules within the muscle. They can also be extremely painful and additionally radiate pain away from the trigger point itself, such as down an extremity. If youíve got them, your doctor of chiropractic can help. Chiropractors offer several treatment methods to reduce and manage those nasty trigger points. One such method utilized by chiropractors, ischemic compression, was shown in a recent study to provide office workers with chronic neck and shoulder pain significant improvement in general neck and shoulder complaints, pressure pain sensitivity, mobility, and muscle strength. In the study, only 8 treatments were provided to obtain these improvements. Chiropractors offer a number of safe, natural and effective solutions for chronic pain. If youíre suffering from chronic pain in the neck, shoulder or other areas, call your local chiropractor today.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Vol. 36, Issue 8, October 2013.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Donít Lose Sleep Over Late Night Workouts


Have a hectic schedule that leaves the only opportunity for you to workout later in the day or at night? Many individuals naturally assume that working out later in the day or at night will keep them from getting a good nights rest. New information suggests this may not be the case. Recently, 1,000 participants completed either a phone or web-based questionnaire with questions related to sleep and physical activity. According to the results and contrary to what one might think, individuals who engaged in moderate to vigorous exercise within 4 hours of going to sleep reported having the same quality of sleep as those who did not exercise. Even with those findings, experts recommended that the late night workouts within a few hours of sleep be less intense and that what may work for one individual, could affect another individual differently. So while late night workouts may not be for everyone, they actually do appear to work for some. If the only time to squeeze in a workout is at night, itís definitely worth giving it a try!


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Sleep Medicine, online February 10, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Vegetarian Diets Lower Blood Pressure


Looking to lower your blood pressure? A recent review of past studies finds vegetarian diets can help. High blood pressure is associated with cardiovascular disease including heart attack and stroke. The usual treatment is to prescribe medication in order to lower the blood pressure. However, as with most prescription medications, there can be serious side effects. Researchers now believe that for many, dietary changes consistent with those dietary choices made by vegetarians can help to reduce and manage blood pressure without the use of medications. According to researchers involved with this newest study, their analysis found vegetarian diets are able to lower blood pressure very effectively and the evidence supporting this is now "very conclusive." Additionally, aside from lowering blood pressure, vegetarian diets are also shown to result in healthy weight loss, lower cholesterol levels and better blood sugar control - all extremely beneficial. Vegetarian diets exclude meats and instead focus on plant-based foods (fruits and vegetables) but may also include dairy products as well as fish. Ensure to talk with your doctor prior to discontinuing or altering any existing prescription medications.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, online February 24, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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