Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sticking with chiropractic

An article in the February 2011 issue of the journal Spine, titled Does maintained spinal manipulation therapy for chronic non-specific low back pain result in better long term outcome?, offers evidece for chiropractic mainenance care.

This study showed that chronic LBP patients who received maintenance care over a 10-month period of time following their initial treatment had better results regarding post-treatment pain and disability levels than patients who stopped treatment after 1 month of care. The maintenance care patients also had improved lumbar mobility and better perceptions of their general health than their no maintenance counterparts.
In this day of instant gratification, it is sometimes hard to wait for results. In this study, both groups experienced improvement after that first month, but the level of improvement was maintained with continued care. The group that ceased treatment after one month reverted back to their initial pain level by the tenth month.

It is important to note that this study did not include the use of therapeutic exercises. In previous studies, manipulation with exercise has been shown to have better outcomes than manipulation alone. Exercise is a necessary complonent in th etreatment of lower back pain.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

October is National Chiropractic Health Month

October is National Chiropractic Health Month. Why?  To raise the awareness of the role chiropractic can play in your healthy lifestyle.
Yes, most of us know that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation and soft tissue techniques, can be very helpful with musculoskeletal injuries such as lower back pain, neck pain, muscle tension headache, ankle sprains, shoulder pain, and just about any body part where there is a joint and muscle. However, did you know that many people have experienced improvement of respiratory and digestive complaints when they undergoe chiropractic care?  Spinal manipulation can have an effect on your autonomic nervous system, which can control the blood supply to the various organs in your body, and thereby help optimize the function of that organ. This effect on the autonomic nervous system's control of small blood vessels may be one way in which chiropractic can help with migraine headaches, or even the effects of anxiety, which may cause chest pain ( for which cardiac issues must be ruled out first).
We can also help you be more healthy by offering counsel regarding exercise and nutrition. Chiropractic is not just for the spine (although it is very effective for spinal conditions like back and neck pain). Try chiropractic for the health of it.