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|Posted on 7 October, 2019 at 5:40||comments (0)|
Chiropractic Can Help Asthma, COPD and More…
The World Health Organization reports that some of the most common chronic respiratory diseases include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pulmonary hypertension, the last of which is high blood pressure in the arteries connecting the heart and lungs.
Though some of these conditions can be passed down through genetics, lifestyle factors play a role as well, with risks rising with increased exposure to cigarette smoke, high levels of air pollution, and chemicals and other toxins found in various work or home environments. Obviously, your genes are your genes and removing these types of environmental toxins can go a long way to avoiding the development of lung-based diseases. Find out how Chiropractic care plays a positive roll.
A Study Shows Regular Chiropractic Visits Can Help!
One study has discovered that another way to keep your lungs breathing easier is with regular chiropractic visits. In September of 2016, the Journal of Physical Therapy Science published a study involving 30 subjects between the ages of 20 and 38 who were not currently being treated for any type of respiratory issue, nor were they experiencing any pain in their thoracic region. One-half were randomly assigned to an experimental group, which is the group that received actual spinal manipulation therapy. The remainders were assigned to the control, receiving sham treatments instead.
At the onset of the study, each subject’s respiratory function was tested and recorded. Approximately ten minutes later, depending on which group they were in, they either received high-velocity, low-amplitude manipulation directed to the thoracic area of the spine or sham chiropractic. Follow-up respiratory testing occurred immediately following the actual or sham treatment session.
After studying the lung-function data collected, researchers noted that the experimental group, which is the group that received actual chiropractic, had “significantly increased” their forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume in one second. The group that received the sham treatments experienced no difference in their respiratory function at all.
These findings suggests that chiropractic care likely plays a more important role in healthy lung function than most people realize. This information may be helpful to patients who are already experiencing chronic respiratory issues and looking for relief, but it may also work to reduce the likelihood of lung-related diseases in the first place.
As the COPD Foundation states, generally speaking, “once lung function is gone, it is gone for good.” That’s why they recommend engaging in activities which can maximize lung capacity. These include: getting some type of regular exercise, performing physically demanding exercises during the times when it’s easier to breathe, and staying indoors when extreme temperatures are expected or pollution is high.
|Posted on 30 September, 2019 at 4:10||comments (0)|
Coffee can provide a little more than your morning jolt of energy. A growing body of research suggests that drinking coffee could lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The latest study suggests that drinking several cups a day could decrease dementia risk.
In the study, researchers took blood samples from 124 adults aged 65 years and older. Adults who later developed dementia tended to have lower caffeine levels in their blood and reduced levels of three key cytokines known to protect against cognitive decline. Caffeine increased these cytokine levels when researchers fed lab mice with caffeinated water.
This corroborates the results of a 2009 study that revealed that people who regularly consumed coffee reduced their risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 65%. But caffeine isn’t the only source of coffee’s cognitive benefits. Coffee is also rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds known to decrease dementia risk.
The catch? To experience the same benefits as the caffeinated mice, humans would have to drink five cups of coffee a day. If the thought of that much of coffee makes you jittery, there may be other ways to ward of cognitive decline like exercise, social activity, taking steps to avoid heart disease and hypertension, and eating foods rich in antioxidants.
|Posted on 24 September, 2019 at 4:35||comments (0)|
Johns Hopkins Medicine defines pain as “an uncomfortable feeling that tells you something may be wrong.” Depending on its cause, this feeling can range from being mildly annoying to absolutely debilitating in nature, potentially preventing a person from having any quality of life whatsoever. Additionally, some pains are constant and steady, whereas others tend to come and go.
Regardless of the type, intensity, and consistency of the pain, at some point in our lives, we all experience this feeling in one form or another. However, whether or not we’re able to effectively handle it is largely determined by our individual pressure pain thresholds. In other words, the higher our thresholds, the less impact these pains have on our lives, and one fairly new study has found that chiropractic may just increase that limit.
In December of 2016, Chiropractic & Manual Therapies published a piece of research which set out to determine what effect, if any, spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) had on pressure pain threshold. Individuals were recruited from Murdoch University campus in Western Australia and, ultimately, 34 subjects ranging in age from 18 to 36 qualified for inclusion. Twenty of the participants were male, with the remaining 14 being female, all of whom were assessed at the beginning of the study and declared asymptomatic.
Using an algometer with a 1cm2 rubber probe, the participants’ deep mechanical pain sensitivity was assessed multiple times at four different sites on the body (calf, lumbar, scapula, and forehead) by asking each one to indicate the point in which the pressure turned into pain. The average of the second and third recordings was used as a baseline.
Once the initial data was recorded, each participant was then subjected to a high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation using the hypothenar mammillary push while the subject lay on his or her side. Furthermore, the thrust was aimed at the portion of the participants’ spine located between the L5 and S1 vertebrae. Upon completion, the pressure pain threshold was collected again, and then again at 10, 20, and 30 minutes after the conclusion of the treatment session.
Researchers found that, after engaging in just one session of SMT, subjects reported increases in pressure pain threshold in the calf and lumbar spine areas, with no notable reduction in the scapula or forehead. Additionally, the thresholds that did increase did so at a higher rate on the right side of the participants’ bodies than on the left.
This study shows promise for patients dealing with chronic pain issues as chiropractic adjustments seem to provide an instantaneous reduction in pain. Further research with a larger group of test subjects is warranted.
|Posted on 16 September, 2019 at 4:30||comments (0)|
Many people with migraine headaches rely heavily on pharmaceuticals to manage the pain. But migraine medication comes with a long list of side effects, including vomiting, dizziness, nausea, and even more headaches if the medication is overused.
Fortunately, there are natural treatments available to relieve migraines without the negative effects of medication. A new study suggests that massage and chiropractic adjustments could provide substantial relief from migraines.
Researchers found that chiropractic treatments reduced patients’ migraine pain by an average of 68%. The treatment administered as part of the study involved stretching, gentle massage, and chiropractic adjustments of the neck and upper back. The treatment itself provided fast-acting relief. Just one hour after receiving the treatment, patients were asked to rate their pain level on a scale of 1 to 10. The average patient’s pain scores dropped from 5 to 0.5 as a result of the treatment. There were no significant side effects reported by the participants.
Further research must be conducted to fully understand the varying causes of migraines. This study adds to previous research by showing that chiropractic treatments can be an effective treatment for some migraine patients.
|Posted on 9 September, 2019 at 5:35||comments (0)|
When many people think of chiropractic, they imagine a doctor that takes care of the back. But chiropractors also successfully treat a variety other conditions, including headache.
Often, the cause of headaches originates in the spine. For migraines, when the vertebrae in the spine are misaligned (subluxation), this can irritate or compress nerves that travel to the brain through the spine. This can cause chemical imbalances in the brain that trigger migraine. Chiropractors carefully adjust the spine to its normal position, relieving the pressure on inflamed nerves and allowing them to heal.
Similarly, many other types of headaches are linked to misalignment of the spine. Disorders in the neck following a neck injury can lead to cervicogenic headaches and muscle tension and spasms in the neck can trigger tension headaches. Chiropractic adjustment gently realigns the neck area of the spine to its proper alignment.
Through this process, chiropractic addresses the root of head pain instead of simply treating the symptoms. Although chiropractic may not solve every headache, scientific research has demonstrated that is a powerful, safe treatment for a number of cases.