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Chiropractic care improves immunity

Posted on 19 July, 2018 at 11:05 Comments comments (0)

Chiropractic treatments have long been known to alleviate musculoskeletal pain. Now, researchers are beginning to examine additional ways that chiropractic care may improve overall health. A new study suggests that chiropractic adjustments can improve immune system function, even in patients who are not experiencing pain.Researchers at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College examined chiropractic treatments’ effect on interleukin-2, a protein involved in immune response. The study involved 74 participants with no current symptoms of pain. The participants were split into three treatment groups, including one control group and two groups receiving different kinds of chiropractic adjustments. All participants received treatment on the same day, with blood samples collected before the treatment, 20 minutes afterwards, and two hours following the treatment.The researchers compared before-and-after blood samples to determine whether the treatment correlated with an increase in the levels of certain antibodies, including induced immunoglobin G (IgG) and immunoglobin M (IgM). These antibodies occur as a response to infection, and are key parts of the immune system.The researchers found that participants who underwent chiropractic treatments had increased levels of IgG and IgM measured 20 minutes following treatment. After two hours, these patients still had elevated IgM levels. The researchers suggested that chiropractic treatments could prepare the body’s immune system for faster response to new infections. This “priming” effect, they conclude, shows that chiropractic adjustments may alter the functioning of the immune system, improving overall health.ReferenceTeodorczyk-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.Written by: Megan Churchwell on July 16, 2012.Modified on March 12, 2013.

Chiropractic an Effective Choice for Sciatica Patients

Posted on 13 July, 2018 at 0:05 Comments comments (0)

Work-related sciatica can be one of the most challenging and expensive problem in our health care systems. By definition, sciatica refers to pain and tenderness at some point of the sciatic nerve. It often encompasses a painful disorder extending from the hip down the back of the thigh and surrounding area. It is painful, life-hindering, and has the potential to cause the highest level of disability of all back pains.

The orthopedic medicine department of a hospital in Norway determined to examine the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for patients with severe sciatic pain. They studied 44 workers who had developed sciatica at work. The patients in this study experienced pain that was severe enough that it required hospitalization.

In the study, the hospital chiropractor performed a full examination of each patient and then proceeded with joint adjustment techniques. Ice treatment was applied after the adjustment, since there was soft-tissue soreness experienced by the patients.

These patients were treated daily during their hospital stay, followed by 3 days a week for the first 2 weeks while in the clinic. Some patients also received follow-up treatment once or twice a week for some time. Norwegian public health regulations will only allow refunding for 14 treatments, so the total number of treatments rarely exceeded this.

At the end of these chiropractic treatments, a full 91% of the patients (a total of 40) had returned to full-time work within an average of 21 days. Two patients returned to 80% of their previous work load, and the last patient at 50%.

This study points out the effectiveness of seeing your chiropractor for work-related sciatica. Norwegian public health records show that the average patient with sciatica – and not under the care of a chiropractor – is disabled for 72 days. In this study, patients who received the care of a chiropractor returned to work in just 21 days. That is a 70% reduction!

The bottom line is this: if you are experiencing pain from some type of work-related sciatica, see your chiropractor. Much can be done to reduce the pain in a far more timely manner than ever before. You can be back to your normal hours and capacity in a shorter period of time. And the best part is – that debilitating pain is gone from your life!

Stover BD, Turner JA, Franklin G, et al. Factors associated with early opioid prescription among workers with low back injuries. Journal of Pain 2006;7(10):718-25.

Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.

Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.

Written by: Michael Melton on September 1, 2014.Modified on December 16, 2014.

Got Back Pain? Try Getting Some Sun

Posted on 5 July, 2018 at 10:55 Comments comments (0)



Not getting enough sunshine? That could increase your chances of severe back pain.

In a new study from Korea, people with a lack of regular sun exposure were more likely to be deficient in vitamin D, and low vitamin D levels were tied to increased back and leg pain. City-dwellers and those suffering from another medical condition were also more likely to be deficient in vitamin D.

Earlier studies have shown that vitamin D deficiencies play a role musculoskeletal conditions. Researchers from Korea sought to investigate whether the same was true for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), or a narrowing of the spinal canal.

In a group of 350 LSS patients, 74.3% were deficient in vitamin D. People with low levels of the vitamin were more likely to have osteoporosis, putting them at risk of falls and fractures.

Research suggests that vitamin D supplements can help people at risk of such injuries. In a study last year, vitamin D supplements reduced the risk of hip fractures in older adults by as much as 30%, and cut the risk of non-vertebral fractures by 14%. The vitamin could bolster both bone and muscle strength. In another recent study, older adults with high vitamin D levels had stronger, more robust muscles which decreased their fall and fracture risk.

So should you immediately start popping vitamin D supplements if you suffer from back pain? That depends on your age, medical history, level of sun exposure, and diet. If you’re young and have a well-balanced diet, you may not be deficient in vitamin D, despite your back pain. It’s best to consult with a health provider first to see whether you could benefit from supplements.

Reference

Bischoff-Ferrari H, et al. A pooled analysis of vitamin D dose requirements for fracture prevention. N Engl J of Med 2012; 367:40-49.

Kim TH, Lee BH, et al. Prevalence of vitamin d deficiency in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and its relationship with pain. Pain Physician 2013;16(2):165-76.

Written by: Marissa Luck on March 25, 2013

Got Back Pain? Try Getting Some Sun

Posted on 5 July, 2018 at 10:55 Comments comments (0)



Not getting enough sunshine? That could increase your chances of severe back pain.

 

In a new study from Korea, people with a lack of regular sun exposure were more likely to be deficient in vitamin D, and low vitamin D levels were tied to increased back and leg pain. City-dwellers and those suffering from another medical condition were also more likely to be deficient in vitamin D.

 

Earlier studies have shown that vitamin D deficiencies play a role musculoskeletal conditions. Researchers from Korea sought to investigate whether the same was true for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), or a narrowing of the spinal canal.

 

In a group of 350 LSS patients, 74.3% were deficient in vitamin D. People with low levels of the vitamin were more likely to have osteoporosis, putting them at risk of falls and fractures.

 

Research suggests that vitamin D supplements can help people at risk of such injuries. In a study last year, vitamin D supplements reduced the risk of hip fractures in older adults by as much as 30%, and cut the risk of non-vertebral fractures by 14%. The vitamin could bolster both bone and muscle strength. In another recent study, older adults with high vitamin D levels had stronger, more robust muscles which decreased their fall and fracture risk.

 

So should you immediately start popping vitamin D supplements if you suffer from back pain? That depends on your age, medical history, level of sun exposure, and diet. If you’re young and have a well-balanced diet, you may not be deficient in vitamin D, despite your back pain. It’s best to consult with a health provider first to see whether you could benefit from supplements.

 

Reference

 

Bischoff-Ferrari H, et al. A pooled analysis of vitamin D dose requirements for fracture prevention. N Engl J of Med 2012; 367:40-49.

 

Kim TH, Lee BH, et al. Prevalence of vitamin d deficiency in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and its relationship with pain. Pain Physician 2013;16(2):165-76.

 

Written by: Marissa Luck on March 25, 2013


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