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August 2017 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
» New Study Sheds Further Light on the Risks of Opioid Use
» More Exercises Are Proving Helpful for Optimal Brain Health & Function

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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New Study Sheds Further Light on the Risks of Opioid Use

As you have probably heard, the country is currently in the grips of a massive opioid epidemic. In 2010, 16,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose. That was four times as many as in 1999. By 2015, that number had nearly tripled to 52,000 deaths. The death toll continues to rise. This problem is formally recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services. This past March, the governor of Maryland even went so far as to declare a State of Emergency because of the problemís severity. While the epidemic is full of complexity, one factor certainly playing a role in its growth is that these powerful medications are prescribed to many patients after only minor operations.†

Factors That May Lead to Opioid Abuse

According to a recent study, patients are equally likely to become chronic opioid users after minor operations as they are following major ones. Among people who are prescribed opioids for reasons unrelated to surgery, only 0.4% will develop a problem. After a major surgery, the rate is 6.5%. However, that is only slightly higher than the rate for patients who have had minor operations, which is 5.9%. A better identifier for who will become a chronic user seems to be the personís history with chronic pain. Those who became addicted to opioids after any type of surgery were 50% more likely to have previously suffered from arthritis or chronic back pain. Smoking also played a role. Smokers were 34% more likely to abuse opioids they were prescribed following surgery. For those who had preexisting substance or alcohol use problems, the odds of becoming addicted were also 34% higher.† These factors have led many experts to call for better screening practices before opioids are prescribed.††

Donít Risk Becoming a Victim of the Opioid Epidemic

No one plans to become addicted to opioids, but when you combine the strength of these drugs and the pain people are often in when they begin taking them, itís not hard to see how we got to a crisis. It also shouldnít come as too much of a surprise that people with chronic back pain are especially susceptible to becoming addicted. The pain can be so severe that patients will accept just about any fate if it means some kind of relief. Fortunately, if you experience pain, your local chiropractor may be able to help. Their noninvasive treatments can be quick, are often highly effective, and importantly donít involve the use of prescription medications. In fact, some patients feel better than they have in years after just one adjustment. Call your local chiropractor today if youíre suffering from pain that wonít seem to go away.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Surgery, online April 12, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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More Exercises Are Proving Helpful for Optimal Brain Health & Function

How can you boost brain power? Itís an important question to ask, especially with the rise of dementia and Alzheimerís diseases. Is there really anything that can be done to achieve optimal brain health in an effort to ward off these debilitating diseases? Indeed there is! Reuters recently reported on a study that found more and more physical exercises are proving useful for brain health. Tai Chi seems to dominate the cognitive function category. But theyíre definitely not alone Ė which is great news for people who like activities that are more energetic. A variety of strength training and aerobic exercises have been shown to slow cognitive decline in adults over the age of 50. Neurons in the brain fire whenever people are engaged in a form of physical activity. Even something like walking regularly can have a profound effect on brain function. The neurons in the brain fire whenever people have to balance and contract their muscles. Not only does the rapid firing help the body to perform these functions even better, they keep the brain active and healthy. The Harvard Health Blog recommends walking at the very least. If people arenít into that, they can try:

  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Tennis
  • Aerobics Classes

 

And even hiring a personal trainer. The goal here is not so much what type of physical activity a person engages in, but the regularity in which they do it. Exercising at least three days a week is a good start for achieving optimal brain health.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, online April 24, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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