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August 2014 Health Newsletter


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» Auto Injury Can Result in Weakened Ligaments
» THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT BACK PAIN
» NATURAL TREATMENT FOR MIGRAINES DURING PREGNANCY
» DRUG-FREE SCIATICA TREATMENT
» Chiropractic Relieves Dizziness After Auto Injury
» Auto Injury May Cause Jaw Pain
» Back Pain Not Related To Weather
» Conservative Care First: A Sensible, Effective Approach to Back and Neck Pain
» Sleep Longer For A Healthier Brain


Auto Injury Can Result in Weakened Ligaments

Auto Injury Can Result in Weakened Ligaments


Rear-end auto collisions can result in permanent disability and pain. As the violent motions of a crash strain the ligaments of the neck, their ability to stabilize the spine is compromised, making you more susceptible to injury. These weakened ligaments can lead to persistant neck pain or lasting whiplash symptoms.



After an auto injury, it's important to seek medical attention to decrease your likelihood of suffering from chronic neck pain and whiplash. Call our office to start leading a healthier life today!.

Read more about this study here.

Give our office a call at (818) 487-9100 and find out how we can help you get back on the road to health.

Author: Ivancic PC, Panjabi MM, Shigeki I, Cervical Spine Loads and Intervertebral Motio
Source: Traffic Injury Prevention 2006;7(4): 389-399
Copyright: Traffic Injury Prevention 2006;7(4): 389-399 2006


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THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT BACK PAIN

THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT BACK PAIN

Many patients with back pain wonder how to prevent their pain from worsening or recurring. A recent literature review revealed that exercise may be the most effective way to prevent pain.

 
The review included an analysis of 20 scientific studies that tested various interventions for preventing back pain including exercise, patient education, training in safe lifting methods, stress management, and more.

Exercise was the only intervention tested which consistently produced substantial relief. In one study, active patients had 127 fewer sick days than inactive patients. Most exercises focused on strengthening back and abdominal muscles.

Exercise is a critical component of chiropractic care. A combination of chiropractic adjustments and exercise significantly relieves back pain for many patients. Your chiropractor can you help develop a safe, effective exercise program to prevent and reduce pain.

To learn more about natural back pain relief, contact our office today.

Bigos S, Holland J, Holland C, Webster J, Battie, Malmgren J. High-quality controlled trials on preventing episodes of back problems: systematic literature review in working-age adults. The Spine Journal 2009; 9: 147-168.

Author: Bigos S, Holland J, Holland C, Webster J, Battie, Malmgren J. High-quality contr
Source: Bigos S, Holland J, Holland C, Webster J, Battie, Malmgren J. High-quality contr
Copyright: Bigos S, Holland J, Holland C, Webster J, Battie, Malmgren J. High-quality contr 2009


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NATURAL TREATMENT FOR MIGRAINES DURING PREGNANCY


NATURAL TREATMENT FOR MIGRAINES DURING PREGNANCY


A recent case study suggests that chiropractic care can significantly soothe migraines in pregnant women.


In the report, a woman had suffered from migraines with aura since she was a child. Her symptoms worsened with pregnancy and she began having daily migraine attacks. After trying various conventional and alternative therapies with no success, the woman decided to see a chiropractor and agreed to participate in the study.

The patient was treated with a combination of chiropractic adjustments, massage, trigger point therapy, and lifestyle changes. In just one week of treatment, her migraine attacks became significantly less severe and frequent, and her reliance on pain medication
decreased dramatically.

Women with migraines often find their headaches improve during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. But in 30-40% of women, migraines intensify with pregnancy.

Many women worry about  the risks associated with use of pain medication during pregnancy. This case report suggests that chiropractic combined with other natural therapies can provide safe, effective treatment for migraines, without the adverse effects of drugs.

To learn more about natural treatment for migraines, call our office today.

 

Reference

Alcantara, Joel and Martine Cossette. "Intractable migraine headaches during pregnancy under chiropractic care." Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2009; 15: 192-7.

Author: Alcantara, Joel and Martine Cossette. "Intractable migraine headaches during pre
Source: Alcantara, Joel and Martine Cossette. "Intractable migraine headaches during pre
Copyright: 2009 2009


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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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Back Pain Not Related To Weather


According to new research, unlike certain arthritic-related aches and pains, back pain doesn’t appear to be associated with changes in the weather. With more than 80 percent of the population affected by back pain at some point in their lives, researchers are always looking to better understand those things that alleviate or exacerbate back pain. In this new study, Australian researchers reviewed specific health data on close to 1,000 adults with low back pain. They compared that data, including the days when back pain was first noticed as well as one week and one month prior to that date, with weather data during those times including temperature, humidity, precipitation, air pressure and wind direction. For the most part, researchers found little to no significant association between the weather and a worsening or improving of the subjects’ back pain. Researchers concluded that back pain sufferers should not worry about the weather affecting their back pain. Rather, back pain sufferers should be more concerned with other factors such as lifting techniques, stress and fatigue - things that have been shown to have an effect on back pain.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Arthritis Care & Research; Online July 10, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Conservative Care First: A Sensible, Effective Approach to Back and Neck Pain
American Chiropractic Association Launches Public Health Awareness Campaign - Arlington, Va.—During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this fall, the American Chiropractic Association is working with the more than 130,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs) and chiropractic doctoral students nationwide to help educate the public and policymakers about the value of a “conservative care first” approach to health care. This health care model encourages emphasis on more cost-effective and safer approaches over potentially addictive medications for pain management and health enhancement. Conservative management of painful conditions may include chiropractic manipulation combined with exercise and stretching prior to moving on to procedures involving higher risk. During NCHM in October, chiropractic physicians will be provided resources to help them share their conservative care first approach and why it is especially significant to today’s health care consumers. This in turn will help patients have well informed conversations with their health care providers, empowering them to become their own advocates by insisting on information about conservative treatment options. Why is “Conservative Care First” more important today than ever in facing our nation’s healthcare challenges?


    •    Numerous recent studies have clearly shown the dangerous overreliance in the U.S. on prescription painkillers that simply mask pain, but do not cure. This has tremendously increased Americans’ risk for overuse, and abuse, of these drugs if taken for long periods, leading to more than 17,000 related deaths in 2010 (more than heroin and cocaine combined). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the abuse of prescription pain medications an “epidemic.”


    •    Recent evidence questions the overuse--and in some cases the effectiveness--of more invasive treatments such as spinal fusion surgery and spinal steroid injections for back pain. It is reasonable for patients to exhaust more conservative options before undergoing these costly procedures.


    •    Chiropractic physicians are the highest-rated healthcare practitioners for low-back pain treatments with their patient-centered, whole-person approach that provides greater interaction and communication for appropriate diagnosis and developing more cost-effective treatment planning.


“People need complete information about their treatment options,” said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC. “During National Chiropractic Health Month, DCs are encouraging patients to ask questions and learn about safe, effective conservative approaches that may help them avoid riskier and more costly treatments.”
For more tips on healthy, pain-free living, and references visit www.ChiroHealthy.com.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: American Chiropractic Association. July 28, 2014.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2014


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Sleep Longer For A Healthier Brain


Numerous sleep studies have been conducted to determine how sleep affects the human body and overall health. However, no studies have specifically looked into how sleep affects the brain in aging adults. In efforts to answer this question, Chinese researchers reviewed MRI scans, health questionnaires and cognitive tests on 66 Chinese adults over the age of 55. They then repeated this 2 years later and compared the data. Their findings indicate that those who slept less had more age-related brain shrinkage and an increased decline in cognitive performance. Sleep plays a crucial role in cellular repair and memory consolidation. Lack sleep and you’ll starve your body’s ability to heal, repair and regenerate. Researchers offered the following tips to those who struggle with adequate sleep - Avoid napping during the day, keep your bedroom dark and quiet, have a comfortable mattress, avoid alcohol and cigarettes, and avoid activities that excite your brain and body close to bedtime.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Sleep. July 1, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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