Archive for the 2008

Alternative to Back Surgery?

A study published in 2008 has results that will make you wonder whether back surgery is always necessary In the study, researchers followed 102 patients with disk herniations confirmed by MRI and sciatic/leg pain while they waited to see a spinal surgeon. The patients had also previously tried four weeks of medications (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [..]

Okay, What Really Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Research has shown certain work practices and risk factors, such as being overweight, can elevate your risk for developing carpal tunnel symptoms.A doctor of chiropractic will often look to the spine when a patient has nerve pain. Many people with carpal tunnel syndrome have a history of a whiplash injury or other neck trauma. But [..]

Surprising Fibromyalgia Solution?

It seems a month doesn't go by when yet another scientific study is published proving the benefits of exercise for fibromyalgia patients. For example, a 2008 study by Finnish researchers looked at 26 women who were postmenopausal with fibromyalgia symptoms such as widespread pain and fatigue. In the study, the participants either completed a supervised [..]

Cervicogenic Headache - Results of Electrical Nerve Stimulation vs. Manipulation

A 2007 study (1) compared alternative treatments for patients suffering from cervicogenic headaches, or headaches related to/caused by dysfunction in the neck. Patients with such headaches will typically experience neck pain and limited cervical mobility. They may also be a history of a neck injury, such as a whiplash or head trauma. The study involved [..]

Minimizing Your Risk for Whiplash

While it is hard prevent someone from crashing their car into yours, there are some things you can do to minimize you risk for a serious whiplash injury if and when a collision occurs.The first preventive measure is making sure your seat is upright and the head rest touches the top of your head. If [..]

Do You Need a Low Back X-Ray?

Most chiropractic patients with low back pain have x-rays taken of their lumbar spine following a comprehensive examination. Since x-rays do carry a very small risk of tissue damage, this risk needs to be outweighed by the benefits that could be gained by taking such films. So, how are x-rays used in a chiropractic office?First, [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Getting Well

In many cases, the body can naturally recover from disease and injury. Although doctors have their place, it is really the wisdom of the body that does the heavy lifting. Chiropractic doctors especially recognize this healing capacity: the body needs no help, just no interference. Scientists commonly call this homeostasis and when diseases heal over [..]

Can Taking Supplements Help Your Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complex disease that requires a comprehensive approach. Often, the spine is neglected and chiropractic care is, therefore, underutilized. This seems surprising since so many patients have spinal pain and chiropractic care is one of the most proven treatments for this condition. Chiropractic care for the fibromyalgia patient may also incorporate a structured [..]

Can Chiropractic Really Help Headaches?

Adults may experience many different kinds of headaches. A primary headache is a headache that is not a part of another disease process. Secondary headaches can come from a poor eyeglass prescription, diabetes, the flu, or even a brain tumor. The most common primary headaches are tension-type, migraine, and cervicogenic (from the neck).Tension type headaches [..]

The Neck is Your Life Line

The nervous system is the master control network for your body, directing virtually every function and action from monitoring your life needs to precisely responding to threats to your health.Each system—from your cardiovascular system to your digestive and immune systems—is directed through nerve impulses originating in your brain or spinal cord that travel through its [..]