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|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.
|Posted on 30 August, 2019 at 0:45||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.
|Posted on 5 August, 2019 at 5:00||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.