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Chiropractic is Whole Body Wellness

Most people think of chiropractic as effective way to treat back pain. While this is true, dozens of medical studies show that chiropractic can alleviate a number of other health conditions, while promoting general health and wellness.

Studies show that chiropractic care can:

  • Ease the pain of aging in adults with scoliosis, spinal degeneration, and osteoarthritis in the knee, hip, and hands
  • Heal damaged nerves causing the radiating pain associated with disc herniation, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more
  • Decrease pregnancy-related pelvic and back pain
  • Reduce patient reliance on pain medication to manage migraines and cervicogenic headaches
  • Improve recovery from auto injuries like whiplash, neck pain, TMJ disorders, and tinnitus
  • Treat and prevent sports injuries like muscle strains and injuries to the shoulders, back, and lower limbs
  • Soothe symptoms of fibromyalgia

But chiropractic can do more than provide pain relief, it can improve your overall health and well being. Research suggests that chiropractic care can also:

  • Boost immunity
  • Reduce stress hormones
  • Lower blood pressure

While dozens of scientific studies have examined the many benefits of chiropractic care, the best way to discover the benefits is to try it out yourself. So take the plunge and learn how chiropractic can boost your whole body wellness today.

References:

Cervicogenic Headache

Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.

Migraine

Tuchin P, Pollard H, Bonello R. A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2000; 23 (2): 91-95.

Headache

Jull G, Trott P, Potter H, et al. A randomized controlled trail of exercise and manipulative therapy for cervicogenic headache. Spine 2002; 27(17):1835-1843.

Dizziness Lystad RP, Bell G, et al. Manual therapy with and without vestibular rehabilitation for cervicogenic dizziness: a systematic review. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 2011;19(1):21

TMJ disorders

Alcantara J, Plaugher G, Klemp DD, Salem C. Chiropractic care of a patient with temporomandibular disorder and atlas subluxation. Journal of Maniuplative and Physiological Therapeutics 2002; 25(1):63-70.

Tinnitus/TMJ

DeVocht JW, Schaeffer W, Lawrence DJ. Chiropractic treatment of temporomandibular disorders using the activator adjusting instrument and protocol. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 2005; 11(6):70-3.

Neck pain

Bronfort G, Evans R, Anderson A, Svendsen K, Bracha Y, and Grimm R. Spinal Manipulation, medication, or home exercise with advice for acute and subacute neck pain: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine 2012; 156 (1): 1-10.

Whiplash

Woodward MN, Cook JCH, Gargan MF, Bannister GC. Chiropractic treatment of chronic ‘whiplash’ injuries. Injury: International Journal of the Care of the Injured 1996;27(9):643-645.

Shoulder Pain

Boyles RE, Ritland BM, Miracle BM, Barclay DM, Faul MS, Moore JH, et al. The short-term effects of thoracic spine thrust manipulation on patients with shoulder impingement syndrome. Manual Therapy 2009;14:375–80

Back Pain

Balthazard P, et al. Manual therapy followed by specific active exercises versus a placebo followed by specific active exercises on the improvement of functional disability in patients with chronic non specific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012; 13: 162. doi:10.1186/1471-2474-13-162.

Cifuentes M, Willetts J, Wasiak R. Health maintenance care in work-related low back pain and its association with disability recurrence. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011; 53(4): 396-404.

von Heymann W, Schloemer P, et al. Spinal HVLA-manipulation in acute nonspecific LBP: A double blinded randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine 2012; doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e318275d09c.

Immunity

Teodorczyk-Injeyan JA, McGregor M, Ruegg R, Injeyan HS. Interleukin 2-regulated in vitro antibody production following a single spinal manipulative treatment in normal subjects. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010; 18:26.

Blood Pressure

Bakris G, Dickholtz M, Meyer PM, Kravitz G, et al. Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients: a pilot study. Journal of Human Hypertension 2007;21:347-352.

Stress

Ogura, Takeshi and Manabu Tashiro, Mehedi,Shoichi Watanuki, Katsuhiko Shibuya, Keiichiro Yamaguchi, Masatoshi Itoh, Hiroshi Fukuda, Kazuhiko Yanai. Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain. Alternative Therapies. 2011; 17 (6): 12-17.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome/Wrist Pain

De-la-llave-Rincon, A. Response of pain intensity to soft tissue mobilization and neurodynamic technique: a series of 18 patients with chronic carpal tunnel syndrome. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2012; doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2012.06.002.

Knee Osteoarthritis

Pollard H, Ward G, Hoskins W, and Hardy K. The effect of a manual therapy knee protocol on osteoarthritic knee pain: a randomised controlled trial. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association 2008; 52(4):229-42.

Hip Osteoarthritis

Brantingham JW, Globe GA, Cassa TK, et al. A single-group pretest posttest design using full kinetic chain manipulative therapy with rehabilitation in the treatment of 18 patients with hip osteoarthritis. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapy 2012; 33(6): 445-57

Hand/Thumb Osteoarthritis

Villafañe JH, Silva GB, and Chiarotto A. Effects of passive upper extremity joint mobilization on pain sensitivity and function in participants with secondary carpometacarpal osteoarthritis: a case series. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2012; 35(9): 735-42.

Scoliosis

Morningstar, Mark W. “Outcomes for adult scoliosis patients receiving chiropractic rehabilitation: a 24-month retrospective analysis.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2011; 10: 179-184.

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.

Pelvic Pain

Howell ER. Pregnancy-related symphysis pubis dysfunction management and postpartum rehabilitation:two case reports. Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association 2012; 56 (2):102-111.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Kamali, Fahimeh and Esmaeil Shokri. The effect of two manipulative therapy techniques and their outcome in patients with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2012; 16: 29-35.

Nerve Impingement

Christensen KD, Buswell K. Chiropractic outcomes managing radiculopathy in a hospital setting: a retrospective review of 162 patients. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2008; 7 (3): 115-25.

Radicular Pain

Rodine RJ, Vernon H. Cervical radiculopathy: a systematic review on treatment by spinal manipulation and measurement with the Neck Disability Index. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association 2012;56(1):18-28.

Fibromyalgia

Panton LB, Figueroa A, Kingsley JD, et al. Effects of resistance training and chiropractic treatment in women with fibromyalgia. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2009;15(3):321-328.

 

Chiropractic Effective for Dizziness, Study Confirms

An estimated 11-28% of adults suffer from chronic dizziness —a never-ending feeling of spinning, unsteadiness, and disorientation. These symptoms are common in patients with headache, neck pain, and whiplash-associated disorders.

Fortunately, a growing body of research suggests that manual therapies like chiropractic can reduce cervicogenic dizziness.

This specific type of dizziness is believed to originate in the cervical spine or neck. The neck plays an important role in the body's postural control: your neck is full of muscle spindles that act as sensory receptors working with a variety of reflexes to stabilize the head, eyes, and posture. Injury or disorders in the neck may disrupt the body's sensory system, resulting in cervical vertigo. Treating disorders in the neck can help restore the body's sensory capabilities to reduce symptoms of dizziness.

A recent literature review analyzes the available research on the efficacy of spinal adjustments, soft-tissue mobilization, and other manual therapies for treating dizziness.1

In a 2008 study, researchers compared a specific type of spinal mobilization to a placebo.2Although placebo patients did improve, the patients receiving spinal mobilization experienced additional improvements in decreased dizziness frequency. They also had significantly reduced dizziness severity, disability, and neck pain at both the 6 and 12-week follow-ups.

The literature review also showed that other manual therapies, notably spinal adjustments and soft-tissue mobilization, produced similar improvements in several studies.

In addition to minimizing dizziness symptoms, two studies showed that spinal adjustments were found to improve blood flow in the arteries of the neck, which is believed to produce therapeutic effects.3-4 Another two studies found that spinal adjustments led to measurable improvements in balance.5-6

Some case studies suggested that combining manual therapies with vestibular rehabilitation could prove to be more superior than manual therapy alone. Vestibular rehabilitation can include a variety of mental and physical exercises, occupational therapy, restoring balance sense, and eye training. While cases studies point to promising results with combined treatment, there are still no experimental or observational studies on the combined effects of manual therapies and rehabilitation. The authors recommended that future research examine the potential benefits of combined treatment, and determine the dose requirements of manual therapies for dizziness.

This literature reviews confirms that chiropractic and other manual therapies can reduce cervicogenic dizziness for many patients. Chiropractors can also provide natural treatment for related symptoms of  cervicogenic headache and migraine.

 

Primary Reference:

1. Lystad RP, Bell G, et al. Manual therapy with and without vestibular rehabilitation for cervicogenic dizziness: a systematic review. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 2011;19(1):21. doi: 10.1186/2045-709X-19-21.

Secondary References:

2. Reid SA, Rivett DA, Katekar MG, Callister R. Sustained natural apophyseal glides (SNAGs) are an effective treatment for cervicogenic dizziness. Manual Therapy 2008;13(4):357–366. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2007.03.006.

3. Kang F, Wang Q-C, Ye Y-G. A randomized controlled trial of rotatory reduction manipulation and acupoint massage in the treatment of younger cervical vertigo. Chinese Journal of Orthopedics & Trauma 2008;21(4):270–272.

4. Du H, Wei H, Huang M-Z, Jiang Z, Ye S-L, Song H-Q, Yu J-W, Ning X-T. Randomized controlled trial on manipulation for the treatment of cervical vertigo of high flow velocity type. Chinese Journal of Orthopedics & Trauma 2010;23(3):212–215.

5. Reid SA, Rivett DA, Katekar MG, Callister R. Sustained natural apophyseal glides (SNAGs) are an effective treatment for cervicogenic dizziness. Manual Therapy 2008;13(4):357–366. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2007.03.006.

6. Karlberg M, Magnusson M, Malmström E-M, Melander A, Moritz U. Postural and symptomatic improvement after physiotherapy in patients with dizziness of suspected cervical origin. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1996;77(9):874–882. doi: 10.1016/S0003-9993(96)90273-7.

 

How Chiropractic Can Help During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a wonderful time in a woman's life but it can also be the source of significant pain. Conditions like back pain and migraine can make it difficult to sleep and can affect your quality of life. And since you want to protect your baby, you don’t want to use drugs if you can avoid them.

Chiropractic is a safe, natural way to manage and treat pain during pregnancy. Research shows that chiropractic adjustments can substantially reduce pain in the low back, pelvis, and hips; ease sciatica; relieve stress; and reduce the frequency of headaches.

During pregnancy, weight gain and changes in posture place stress on your joints and muscles. Hormonal fluctuations can trigger migraine and loosen the ligaments and muscles connecting to your pelvis. All of this can result in pain.

Chiropractic uses gentle adjustments to relieve pressure on any pinched nerves and ease the stress placed on ligaments and joints. Your chiropractor can also advise you in using stretches, improved posture, nutrition, and safe lifting methods to reduce pain.

But chiropractic does more than treat pain, it enables you to maintain optimal wellness in this crucial time. A doctor of chiropractic can help you develop a nutrition and exercise program to improve the health of you and your baby. Plus, studies show that chiropractic adjustments reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones, boost immunity, and more.

To find out more about the benefits of natural prenatal care, contact a chiropractor today.

References and Related Studies

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

Howell ER. Pregnancy-related symphysis pubis dysfunction management and postpartum rehabilitation:two case reports. Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association 2012; 56 (2):102-111.

Lisi AJ. Chiropractic spinal manipulation for low back pain of pregnancy: a retrospective case series. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health 2006;51:e7- e10.

Ogura, Takeshi and Manabu Tashiro, Mehedi,Shoichi Watanuki, Katsuhiko Shibuya, Keiichiro Yamaguchi, Masatoshi Itoh, Hiroshi Fukuda, Kazuhiko Yanai. Cerebral Metabolic Changes in Men After Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation for Neck Pain. Alternative Therapies. 2011, November/December; 17 (6): 12-17.

Sadr S, Pourkiani-Allah-Abad N, Stuber KJ. The treatment experience of patients with   low back pain during pregnancy and their chiropractors: a qualitative study. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2012, 20:32. doi:10.1186/2045-709X-20-32.

Teodorczyk-Injeyan JA, McGregor M, Ruegg R, Injeyan HS. Interleukin 2-regulated in    vitro antibody production following a single spinal manipulative treatment in normal subjects. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010; 18:26.

 

Chiropractic Adjustments Produce Immediate Results Visible on MRI

New research helps to explain why chiropractic is so effective for low-back pain. Using MRI scans, researchers were able to document the immediate benefits of chiropractic adjustments.

Patients with low-back pain have restricted mobility in the lumbar spine that results in degenerative changes and fibrous adhesions within the joints of the vertebrae.

Researchers hypothesized that chiropractic adjustments increase gapping between the joints of the vertebrae, which breaks up adhesions and allows the joints to move freely.

In a new study, 112 patients with low-back pain were randomly assigned to receive either chiropractic adjustments, side-posture positioning, or two control treatments.

Immediately after the treatment, they received an MRI scan that allowed researchers to analyze spinal gapping.

The chiropractic patients had the most substantial spinal gapping, and patients treated with a combination of chiropractic adjustments and side-posture positioning had the greatest reduction in pain.

This study shows how chiropractic can restore spinal health to decrease disability and pain.

Reference

Cramer GD, et al. Magnetic resonance imaging zygaphosphyseal joint space changes (gapping) in low back pain patients following spinal manipulation and side-posture positioning: a randomized controlled mechanisms trial with blinding. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013; pii: S0161-4754(13)00055-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.04.003.

 

North St. Louis, MO Chiropractic Effective for Cervicogenic Headache

We see a great number of folks with headaches in our North St. Louis, MO office, and Dr. Holland has been able to aid many of them. Of course, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that half of all adults have difficulties with some type of headache problem, so this really isn’t shocking. One of the most common types of headaches that our patients have problems with is cervicogenic headache which, luckily, chiropractic can often help.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is one that originates from an issue in the cervical spine. It can easily be caused by a condition with either the spine itself (primarily, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be attributable to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine results in compression or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can contribute to headache pain.

How do you recognize if the headache you are experiencing is a cervicogenic headache? Other than being given a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is sometimes associated with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

Chiropractic to the Rescue

Since cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever issue is causing them is corrected, it is important to receive treatment rather than just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective approach, and one that provides a considerable amount of relief.

In one study published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists looked at 80 people who had regular cervicogenic headaches. One-half received chiropractic care and the other fifty percent underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was found that chiropractic delivered the best results.

In particular, this study revealed that chiropractic adjustments gave patients more pain relief and decreased the frequency of headaches that occurred. On top of that, it also lessened the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Holland can do for you and your headaches, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you need!

References

  • Haas M, Schneider M, Vavrek D. Illustrating risk difference and number needed to treat from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18(9).
  • World Health Organization. (2012, October). Headache disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/
 

89% of Office Workers Have Musculoskeletal Pain

If you spend your days in an office, you're probably familiar with the aches and pain that come with long hours of computer work. A new study showed that up to 89% of office workers suffer from some sort of musculoskeletal pain; whether that be in the neck, back, shoulders, wrists, or knees.

Although this pain can start as a dull ache at work, if left unaddressed, it may develop into a repetitive motion injury or other serious disorder. Seeking early treatment can reduce your risk for developing these conditions. Studies suggest that chiropractic care can relieve and prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, and neck disorders associated with working.

Work-related Pain Study

To estimate the prevalence of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions in office workers, researchers surveyed 91 employees who worked at a university office setting. The employees rated their pain and responded to questionnaires on job satisfaction and health.

Neck pain was the most common complaint, affecting 69.2% of workers. Lower back pain was the second most common (58.2%), followed by knee problems (41.8%), shoulder concerns (35.2%) and pain in the upper back (34%). People with MSK complaints were also more likely to be dissatisfied with their jobs. Wrist, shoulder, and low-back pain were most the significant predictors of poor job satisfaction.

Other recent research has shown that stressed, over-worked employees have an increased likelihood of suffering from back pain, headache, and shoulder problems.Stress of course isn't the only thing causing musculoskeletal pain. Poor posture, unhealthy work stations, and previous musculoskeletal injuries can exacerbate the risks associated with repetitive motions or long hours hunching over a computer.

Doctors of chiropractic can create treatment plans that address the multifaceted nature of work-related pain. Not only do chiropractors work to correct dysfunctions in the joints and spine, they'll also help you identify appropriate preventive measures through posture correction, ergonomic training, and exercise therapy. Some studies suggests that chiropractic adjustments may also improve your body's response to inflammation and stress, providing you with protective benefits against further MSK injuries.

Reference

Loghmani A, et al. Musculoskeletal symptoms and job satisfaction among office-workers: A Cross- sectional study from Iran. Acta Medica Academica 2013;42(1):46-54. doi: 10.5644/ama2006-124.70.

 

 

Chiropractic Beats Epidural Injections for Disc Herniations

Chiropractic adjustments were just as effective as epidural injections for patients with back pain in a new study -- without the risks and at lower cost.

The findings show that chiropractic can significantly reduce pain in patients with lumbar disc herniation, and is less expensive than medical treatment.

Lumbar epidural injections are frequently used for back pain and sciatica in patients with lumbar disc herniation, failed back surgery syndrome, and spinal stenosis. During the procedure, a physician injects a high dose of pain medication, and sometimes steroids, into the area of the lumbar spine around the damaged nerve. This temporarily reduces inflammation and pain.

Although the injections are widely used, controversy lingers due to the lack of a studies with placebo controls, and questions about the effects of steroids versus anesthetic alone. Side effects of steroids include a weakening of muscles and spinal bones around the affected nerve and a disruption of the body's natural hormone balance. It's also unclear whether epidural injections are more effective than other conservative treatments for lumbar disc herniation.

While a number of studies have established the efficacy of chiropractic for low-back pain, fewer have tested its comparative effectiveness with other treatments for lumbar disc herniation.

In a new study from the Journal of Manual and Physiological Therapeutics, researchers from Switzerland compared the effects of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and epidural nerve root injections (NRI). The study included 102 with symptomatic, MRI-confirmed lumbar disc herniation who were treated with either SMT or NRI.

After one month of treatment, both groups experienced significant improvements. Of the patients under chiropractic care, 76.5% said they were "much better" or  "better" compared to 62.7% of NRI patients. Sixty percent of chiropractic patients had a significant reduction in pain compared to 53% of NRI patients. These slight differences were not statistically significant.

While none of the chiropractic patients received surgery, three of the NRI patients eventually opted for an operation.

Since the treatments were considered equally effective, the cost analysis became even more important for comparing both treatments, the researchers pointed out.  On average, one month of chiropractic adjustments was less expensive than NRI ($558 vs. $729). Their analysis included only the "minimum cost" of NRIs, and did not take into account other costs that are frequently tacked on like additional consultations with clinicians, multiple injections, or possible surgery. Additionally, treatment cost for chiropractic patients may have been slightly higher than normal since they were required to receive an MRI to be in the study. Many chiropractic patients do not receive MRI because imaging guidelines do not recommend MRIs for patients with lumbar disc herniation in most cases. In contrast, MRIs are typically performed before injections or other more invasive procedures.

Although randomized trials are needed to confirm these results, the authors concluded that, "There were no significant differences in outcomes between the more universally accepted treatment procedure of NRI compared to SMT."

This study suggest that patients can experience substantial relief from chiropractic care without worrying about the side effects of steroids or drugs. It may even save them money, since research suggests that chiropractic patients have lower annual medical costs compared to patients under traditional care.

Reference

Peterson, CK, et al. Symptomatic Magnetic Resonance Imaging-confirmed lumbar disk herniation patients: a comparative effectiveness prospective observational study of 2 age- and sex-matched cohorts treated with either high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulative therapy or imaging-guided lumbar nerve root injections. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013; doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.04.005.

 

Chiropractic Boosts Immunity

​Many people are aware that chiropractic is an effective way to relieve a number pain conditions, but a growing body of research suggests it can also improve immunity.

Previous studies have shown that spinal adjustments can affect specific immune responses in both healthy participants and back-pain patients. However there have been no major literature reviews of the overall effect of chiropractic on immunity. In a recent presentation at the 9th Chiropractic, Osteopathy, and Physiotherapy Annual Conference in the UK, Jack Neil of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic analyzed the existing literature on spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and immune responses.

After reviewing the research up to January 2012, Neil confirmed that spinal adjustments are associated with a central anti-inflammatory response. Research suggests that SMT may lead to a down regulating of  pro-inflammatory cytokines and an increase in antibodies involved in the immune response. At the same time, SMT may increase the production of tiny cells called leukocytes which support the white blood cells in fighting off a threat. SMT may also affect Natural Killer cells, interleukin-2 activity, TNF-a levels, cortisol, and b-endorphin levels.

The mechanisms behind these processes are still unclear however. There is not enough research yet to know whether these inflammatory changes correlate with an improvement in symptoms."Most research to date has focused on asymptomatic patients with short-term improvements. The challenge now is to clinically observe long-term health benefits in symptomatic patients," Neil concluded.

Although more research is needed, current evidence suggests that chiropractic adjustments can produce positive changes in the immune system. These immunological changes may explain why chiropractic can reduce inflammation and pain while supporting overall wellness.

Neil J. Manipulative therapy and immune response: A literature review of the chiropractic and osteopathic evidence. Clinical Chiropractic 2012;15(3):186.