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December 2015 Health Newsletter


Current Articles

» THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT BACK PAIN
» Auto Injury Can Result in Weakened Ligaments
» NATURAL TREATMENT FOR MIGRAINES DURING PREGNANCY
» DRUG-FREE SCIATICA TREATMENT
» Chiropractic Relieves Dizziness After Auto Injury
» Auto Injury May Cause Jaw Pain
» Why is USA's Prescription Drug Use on the Rise?
» Curb the Bacon: Why Your Favorite Processed Meats Might Lead to Cancer
» Avoiding the Headaches of the Season
» Why Decreasing Sleep Interruptions Improves Your Mood

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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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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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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Why is USA's Prescription Drug Use on the Rise?

Prescription drug use is a phenomenon that will continue to rise with the regular introduction of new pharmaceutical drugs. One study set out to find why prescription drug use rose by 8% percentage points with adults in 10 years. The NHANES study surveyed around 37,000 people, aged 20 and above, in the United States. Over a course of 30 days, participants were asked a series of questions about their prescription drug use habits. Researchers found that the increase in prescription drug use was much greater among the age 40 and older demographic. It's important to look at the type of prescription drugs being used by adults as well. The NHANES study discovered a general increase in prescriptions for depression, blood pressure, and cholesterol problems. One professor from the University of Illinois pointed out that an increase in prescription drug use isn't necessarily an indication of something wrong. However, we disagree. Increasing usage of prescription drugs is an indication that society is continuing to become less healthy and is putting more and more emphasis on a passive fix rather than making more natural and simple lifestyle changes such as positive dietary and physical activity changes. In fact, depression, blood pressure and cholesterol levels can all be positively influenced with rather basic changes to diet and implementation of an exercise regime.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA, online November 3, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Curb the Bacon: Why Your Favorite Processed Meats Might Lead to Cancer

Experts have been debating bacon for years, but could this delicious food really lead to cancer? According to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO), there's a link between the regular consumption of bacon, along with other processed meats like hot dogs, and the risk for contracting colorectal cancer, which is cancer of the bowels.  WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer also found a link between prolonged processed meat consumption and the risk for both pancreatic and prostate cancer as well. The IARC report estimated that for every 1.8 ounce of bacon consumed per day, the risk for bowel cancer rises by 18%. The findings from this report led WHO to deem processed meats as true carcinogens, just like tobacco. But not everyone is buying the argument that processed meat is as bad as tobacco. Almost a million deaths a year are caused by smoking cigarettes. While experts agree that over consumption of processed meats isn't healthy, bacon and other meats can be enjoyed in moderation without concern according to the National Resources Defense Council. The advocacy group also urges people to avoid the processed meat section and to buy fresh meat from high-quality sources instead.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. October 27, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Avoiding the Headaches of the Season

With the holidays upon us, headaches become very common. To avoid headaches, the following is recommended:

  • If you spend a long amount of time in one fixed position (ie in front of a computer), take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour.
  • Avoid teeth clenching as this can lead to TMJ and tension headaches.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to avoid dehydration that causes headaches.
  • Engage in low impact exercise to relieve the pain associated with primary headaches.

If headaches are chronic and persist, visit your doctor of chiropractic for treatment. He or she can provide the right course of treatment through spinal adjustments, dietary changes, and give advice on exercises, posture or relaxation techniques.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Chiropractic Association
Copyright: ChiroPlanet.com 2002


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Why Decreasing Sleep Interruptions Improves Your Mood

It's always encouraged to get a full 8 hours of sleep, but the quality of that sleep is just as important. Waking up repeatedly throughout the night can put anyone in a bad mood the next morning, but one study set out to prove that disrupted sleep indeed causes mood problems. A research group from John Hopkin's University enlisted 62 individuals with no known sleep issues to participate in a special lab study. The participants were assigned a different kind of situation by random; either sporadically interrupted sleep times, continuous interrupted sleep, or sleep with no interruptions whatsoever.  Each group was given the same amount of time to sleep. By the end of the study, researchers concluded that it was a combination of both the time put into sleep and whether or not the individual was disrupted. Participants who were occasionally disturbed or completely interrupted while sleeping experienced far less moments of actual "deep" sleep, which in turn led to a negative mood the following morning. Participants who lacked sleep also reported to have less energy overall, a lack of friendliness toward others, and a decrease in empathetic feelings.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Sleep, online November 1, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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