May 17th, 2013
Several academic organizations and government organizations recognize and support Chiropractic.
University of Minnesota has a great page about Chiropractic.
Most often, people go to chiropractors the first time for relief from back pain. But chiropractors treat a broad range of complaints, from back and neck pain to headaches, arthritis and more. Moreover, people don’t need to have a specific complaint to benefit from a visit. Chiropractors also focus on on-going preventive and wellness care. Chiropractic care is effective for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
The article goes into depth about the benefits of Chiropractic and who can benefit from Chiropractic. Be sure to check it out and send it to those who have questions about Chiropractic.
May 10th, 2013
Trigeminal Neuralgia is a severe condition in which a large nerve in your head becomes irritated and can cause severe pain. It is a devastating problem, and fortunately Chiropractic adjustments to the neck have been shown to help.
A 58 year-old female who had been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia six years prior by a neurologist, sought Chiropractic care. She had been taking anticonvulsive medication to control the painful attacks which occurred above her right eye, but when they were no longer effective, she felt it was time to try something new.
She began a course of corrective Chiropractic care, and after nine weeks she reported improvement in symptomatic complaints and had not experienced an attack of trigeminal neuralgia.
May 3rd, 2013
Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions – and even our own body chemistry – simply by changing body positions.
Chiropractors are concerned about overall posture and adjustments help you maintain proper posture. Watch this video to discover how your posture can affect your body.
April 26th, 2013
The shape of an older person’s spine may predict their future need for home assistance or admission to a nursing home, according to a new study.
The study included more than 800 people aged 65 and older in Japan, who had their spinal posture assessed. It was found that seniors with an increase in the curve in their thoracic spine (area between your shoulders), suffered from the greatest degree of disability.
Over four and a half years, about 16 percent of the participants became dependent on help for basic daily activities. Those with the greatest curve in the thoracic spine were about three and a half times more likely to become dependent on help for basic daily activities than those with the least spinal inclination.
Chiropractic adjustments keep your spinal joints moving freely, allowing you to sit up properly and keep a flexible spine well into your senior years. Being adjusted is the perfect way to ensure spinal flexibility and vibrant senior years!
April 22nd, 2013
A brisk walk may be just as good as a run for keeping the the heart healthy.
Researchers studied 33,060 runners who were participating in the National Runners’ Health Study and 15,045 walkers enrolled in the National Walkers’ Health Study over six years. All the participants were between the ages of 18 to 80, with most in their 40s and 50s. The exercises answered questionnaires about their physical activity, and the researchers calculated how much energy they expended based on the distance the volunteers reported walking or running. They also recorded any doctor-diagnosed heart conditions.
Although walking isn’t as intense as running, the study authors say both target the same muscle groups, which could explain why their results in improving heart health are so similar. The results suggest that the type of exercise may not be as important as how much people walk or run.
April 8th, 2013
History has shown us that Chiropractic is widely recognized in the athletic arena. Professional sports teams understand the importance of retaining a team Chiropractor who can attend to players on the sidelines during games. The list of examples is endless (golf pros, MMA fighters, hockey players, extreme snowboarders, etc.). Whether an athlete is on a team or participating in an individual sport, Chiropractic has probably played a role in their athletic development. There is a staggering amount of evidence and research that supports the effectiveness of Chiropractic, but it is even more telling to note just how many athletes depend on chiropractors to keep them in the game.
The 2010 Winter Olympics were proud to be the first to fully integrate Chiropractic into host medical services. Even with this recent success, Chiropractic doctors were already working directly with sports teams and Olympic athletes decades before the Vancouver Games.
Of course, not all of us are pro athletes, but many of us still receive the benefit of Chiropractic care. Approximately 80% of all people will experience a spine or spine related problem and that’s not just the high performance types. The one thing we do have in common is that we all have a back, something all chiropractors understand very well.
March 30th, 2013
It turns out that strengthening bone to avoid fractures starts at a very young age.
Physical activity, such as the exercise children get in school gym classes, is important for fighting obesity, but the latest research suggests it may help to keep bones strong as well.
Researchers found that children in the group that exercised daily reported 72 fractures, while those who didn’t recorded 143 fractures. Those who were physically active for 40 minutes a day also showed higher bone density in the spine compared with those who did not exercise as much. Bone density is an indication of bone strength, and the denser bone density is early in life, the stronger bones remain decades later, when natural thinning of bones weakens the skeleton and increases the risk of fractures and breaks.
The results confirm previous findings on the benefits for bone of regular exercise. One study found that compared with sedentary women, those who are the most active have the highest bone density and lowest risk of the bone-thinning disorder osteoporosis. Bones become more porous and brittle with age, as cells responsible for building bone become less active and can no longer keep up with the cells that destroy and remove old bone cells. Physical activity can shift this balance toward maintaining a healthy amount of bone growth, say experts.
So while fractures aren’t typically a problem for young children (unless they have a major fall), it’s never too early to start protecting against the future risk of bone problems. “With the current knowledge, we ought to recommend training in young years as a strategy to prevent fragility fractures at old ages,” the authors wrote in the study. Just one more reason for children to trade in the TV for a few laps around the track.
March 20th, 2013
Giraffes and humans have at least 2 things in common: they both have 7 bones (vertebrae) in their neck, and they both benefit from receive Chiropractic care.
A 2-yr-old male giraffe, suffering from severe mid-neck torticollis received a series of Chiropractic adjustments to help restore proper neck mobility.
Laser therapy and cervical range of motion exercises were also used to reduce cervical muscle tightness. The combined application of these therapies produced marked clinical improvement.
March 18th, 2013
Dwelling on negative events can increase levels of inflammation in the body, a new Ohio University study finds. Researchers discovered that when study participants were asked to ruminate on a stressful incident, their levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of tissue inflammation, rose. The study is the first time to directly measure this effect in the body.
The study showed that those people who focused on a stressful even, the levels of the inflammatory marker continued to rise for at least one hour. Compared to people who thought of more relaxing events, the marker returned to starting levels.
More and more, chronic inflammation is being associated with various disorders and conditions. The immune system plays an important role in various cardiovascular disorders such as heart disease, as well as cancer, dementia and autoimmune diseases.
So you really are what you think! To help yourself heal, focus on positive thoughts daily.
March 9th, 2013
More of us are struggling with energy issues, experts say; they point to the weak economy, which has us working harder and plugging in longer, and the belief that we can have it all (so what if we’re up till midnight making it happen?).
“I’m seeing so many women who think of themselves as machines that can run nonstop, and they’re living with this deep fatigue,” says psychologist Michelle Segar, associate director of the Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls at the University of Michigan. “Just like houseplants need water, our energy reserves need regular replenishing.”
To the rescue: strategies that will keep you humming along – and, happily, don’t take much effort.
- Don’t delay the day. It’s so tempting to hit snooze when your alarm goes off in the morning. Problem is, “by falling back asleep, you could be interrupting the hormone cycle, which can make it harder to get going,” Dodell says. Better to just set your alarm for 15 minutes later -and keep your clock across the room so you can’t reach out and silence it.
- Let in light. First thing in the morning, open the shades in your windows to allow as much light into your house as possible.
- Ease into things. Get up 15 minutes before the kids so you can shower and get dressed. And, yes, avoid the siren call of e-mail: “Facing an onslaught of to-dos can be a big drain if you haven’t cleared your mind first.”
- Get moving. Not an a.m. exerciser? Rethink your idea of a workout. In a University of Georgia study, people who did a low-intensity aerobic activity (think a leisurely walk) three times a week had a greater reduction in fatigue levels than folks who did higher intensity workouts (like a faster-paced walk with hills) for the same amount of time.
- Get Adjusted. Chiropractic adjustments keep your nerve system clear and working optimally. As a result, your body will be able to adapt to the stresses of life.
Additional ideas can be found here.