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Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headache

Posted on 5 August, 2019 at 5:00 Comments comments (0)

With headaches being one of the most common nervous system disorders worldwide, affecting almost 50 percent of the population at least once annually, finding a way to relieve them is important to when it comes to improving quality of life for a large number of people. Certainly there are several different types of headaches–migraines, cluster headaches, and medication-overuse headaches, for instance–and each one requires a unique approach for treatment.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, tension headaches, also commonly referred to as stress headaches, are headaches which affect anywhere from 30 to 80 percent of sufferers and are signified by their mild-to-moderate in pain that spreads across the entire head in a sort of band. This makes them very different than migraines which are usually felt on one side or the other.

Because tension headaches in particular are so prevalent, researchers have conducted various studies to determine which types of remedies work by offering some relief. One such piece of research was published in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in February of 2016 and it was designed to determine whether there were any head pain benefits offered by chiropractic adjustments.

Sixty-two women between the ages of 18 and 65 were recruited, all of which suffered with tension-type headaches. Upon acceptance, each was assigned to one of four groups, three of which involved a specific treatment (one was spinal manipulation) and one which served as a control.

Upon conclusion of the study, researchers discovered that, when compared to the control, the individuals who engaged in spinal manipulation “showed improvements in their physical role, bodily pain, and social functioning” at one month post-treatment. In other words, receiving chiropractic care helped improve their quality of life in many fashions beyond just the physical results one might expect. If you suffer from tension headaches, chiropractic can be a natural way to get relief.

Prevent Sports Injury with Chiropractic

Posted on 29 July, 2019 at 5:00 Comments comments (0)

Chiropractic is an integral part of the care that many professional athletes receive. But just because you aren’t going to the Olympics doesn’t mean that you too can’t improve your health and performance with chiropractic care.

When it comes to sports injuries, weakness or improper stretching can put you at risk of getting hurt. There are two basic types of sports injuries: the first is the result of a trauma inflicted by incidents like a collision or a slip or a fall. The second type is caused by the overuse of a muscle group or joint whereby the repetitive movement of the same area causes an inflammation or injury.

It is vitally important to get proper care for any injury to prevent the development of chronic problems or permanent damage. Chiropractors are trained in treating sports-related injuries, so can advise you in the best way to heal an injury and how best to prevent it from recurring. In fact, earlier research has suggested chiropractic is the most effective conservative treatment option for athletes with back pain.

Chiropractic care for sports injury can range from massage therapy to joint manipulation, or specific exercises that target problem areas and strengthen previously injured or weakened muscles and joints.Working in conjunction with a qualified trainer and a chiropractor can help you stay in great shape and prevent injuries.

8 Reasons Why Chiropractic Is Best for Back Pain

Posted on 24 July, 2019 at 11:15 Comments comments (0)

Low back pain is an expensive and frustrating problem for many adults. Nearly 80% of adults suffer from some kind of back problem and the total cost of this common health condition is about $240 billion a year in healthcare costs and lost productivity.

Many patients get frustrated by medical care for their pain. Most medical doctors simply don’t have the time to work with a patient with musculoskeletal complaints, and the most common treatments are medications and maybe some home exercises.

Millions of people use chiropractic care to help themselves stay pain-free. Chiropractic uses spinal adjustments to restore your back’s natural function and flexibility, and is a fantastic choice for relieving and preventing back pain.

Here are eight reasons why chiropractic is a great solution for back pain:

Chiropractic patients are less likely to use medications. The opiate epidemic in the US takes 150,000 lives every year, and many people are first exposed to these dangerous drugs after being prescribed them for back pain. Research shows that patients who see chiropractors are less likely to use drugs for their pain. That means fewer side-effects from medications and a dramatically reduced chance of getting addicted to pain medications.1

Chiropractic is effective for acute pain. It is well-established in the scientific literature that chiropractic adjustments are an effective way to relieve new episodes of back pain. In fact, a review study2 by the AMA has found that chiropractic was an effective option for new episodes of back pain.

Chiropractic is effective for chronic back pain. Research shows3 that chiropractic is also useful for patients who have been suffering from back pain for months or even years.

Chiropractic is safe. Every intervention is going to have some risk, and this is true of chiropractic, as well. But the research4 shows that the vast majority of negative effects from chiropractic involve muscle soreness or pain that lasts a few hours after the adjustment. Compared to the ill effects of drugs or surgery, chiropractic is a much safer and effective approach to musculoskeletal pain. Research also shows that chiropractic care is safe for children.

Chiropractic helps prevent future episodes of back pain. The philosophy of chiropractic is not to treat the symptoms, but to restore the body’s balance and function so that you can avoid future pain. The research5 backs this up, showing that regular chiropractic maintenance adjustments are effective at preventing future back problems.

Chiropractic is less expensive than medical care. We’re all aware of the outrageous costs of medical care, and we all want to have health care that’s effective and affordable. Chiropractic fits the bill in both regards. A number of studies6 have found that chiropractic for back pain costs less than medical care.

Chiropractic can help prevent back surgery. Conservative, non-surgical care is always the preferred first step when dealing with low back pain, and even the American Medical Association7 has admitted that chiropractic adjustments are a good first line of treatment.

Chiropractic is a whole-body approach. Most chiropractors don’t just adjust your spine and send you on your way. Chiropractic is about maintaining your body’s wellness, and that includes exercises and stretches that will help you be stronger, more flexible, and help prevent later episodes of back pain.

You don’t have to suffer from low back pain. Chiropractic is a natural, non-drug treatment that’s proven to be safe and effective.

Yoga for Back Pain: How Often Should You Practice?

Posted on 15 July, 2019 at 4:25 Comments comments (0)

Practicing yoga and Pilates has been shown to be beneficial to health, including reducing low-back pain. If you’re interested in this natural, non-invasive option, you may be wondering how much time you will need to invest to experience the benefits.

Perhaps just one yoga class per week, according to researchers of a recent study. They found that one class seems to be equally beneficial on low-back pain to two classes per week.

The Boston research team studied 95 low-income adults with moderate to severe pain in their lower backs and assigned each to a group attending yoga class either once a week or twice a week. They followed participants through 12 weeks of yoga. Both groups were also prompted to do yoga at home.

The results demonstrated that yoga did indeed have effective pain-relief results, with all participants reporting lower back-pain levels, in addition to less need to take pain medications. Surprisingly, there were no substantial differences between the once-weekly group and the twice-weekly group.

Study authors cited possible reasons for these results. “Participants in the twice-likely group were less likely than once-weekly participants to be adherent. Secondly, home practice in both groups was similar,” they wrote.

Because just one class is more convenient as well as more affordable, and considering this evidence that the improvement is similar, researchers concluded that back-pain patients who want to try yoga should attend a weekly therapeutic yoga class and practice regularly at home, too.

For more information about yoga, in addition to many other options available to you for reducing your back pain, your chiropractor is a great source.

VIDEO: Chiropractic Is Best Treatment for Athletes with Back Pain

Posted on 17 June, 2019 at 4:10 Comments comments (0)

Up to 40% of athletes suffer from back pain, and many are forced to sit on the sidelines as a result. You may wonder what treatment option will help you return to play as quickly and safely as possible.

A study suggests that chiropractic is the best option for athletes with back pain. The study compared a number of treatments and found that chiropractic and heat therapy provided the strongest benefits with the least amount of side-effects.

If back pain is keeping you out of the game, a chiropractor can identify the source of your symptoms and develop a individualized treatment plan to make your return to play efficient and safe