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We believe all of the properties and actions of the human frame We are controlled, co-coordinated and restored by the central nervous system, the first system developed in the fetus. As a top Chiropractor, Dr. Sue Mullen adjusts the spine to free the stress and tension throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems and allow the body to heal naturally under its own power.  Contact us today at (510) 356-4048 in Berkeley, CA. Learn more at: http://thegoodlifechiropractic.com
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Chiropractic Care Effective for Tension Headaches 

Chiropractic Care Effective for Tension Headaches  | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

Author: Michael Melton

 

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.

 

  1. Tension headaches. Cleveland Clinic. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/
  2. Espi-Lopez G et al. (February 29, 2016). Do manual therapy techniques have a positive effect on quality of life in people with tension-type headache? A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

I have helped many patients suffering from tension headaches through my many years as a chiropractor. Remember, chiropractic is all about getting the spinal vertebrae into place so that the body's nervous system can send and receive messages.  In this way the body can get back into balance and relieve the tension causing headaches. It just makes sense.  We are here to help.

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Minneesota Twins Pitcher Kyle Gibson Now Well-Adjusted with Chiropractic

Minneesota Twins Pitcher Kyle Gibson Now Well-Adjusted with Chiropractic | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

 

by Paul Bernardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press

 

Despite taking the loss in his season debut in Baltimore, Minnesota Twins Pitcher Kyle Gibson reports results from his twice-weekly chiropractic sessions this spring.

 

“Toward the beginning of spring training my back started getting sore again,” Gibson said. “Going twice a week helped get things moving in the right direction.”

 

Now that he feels his lower-back problems are under control, Gibson plans to scale back to a single visit per homestand. That way he won’t have to find somebody to visit on the road, while also limiting those realignment sessions to perhaps two per month.

 

“It has made a big difference in my hips and just everything,” said Gibson, who set career highs for starts (32) and innings (194 2/3) last season. “My skeletal system was basically allowing my muscular system to stay tight and not function properly. That caused some nerve irritation.”

 

While May features the classic “drop and drive” delivery, Gibson is from the “tall and fall” school that should, in theory, produce less strain on a pitcher’s hips and back. That didn’t prove to be the case over Gibson’s first few seasons in the majors, so he finally realized adjustments were needed.

 

“Some of my problem was just that I had some tight hips pulling my pelvis out of line and causing some irritation in the nerve,” Gibson said. “There were certain things I realized I could pitch through. You find ways to get around certain soreness and aches and pains.”

 

If the Twins can get 200 innings out of Gibson and 65 to 75 relief appearances out of May, they won’t just have a better chance to end a postseason drought that has reached five years and counting. They could have additional members of their pitching staff lining up for realignment sessions.

 

“It’s good,” Gibson said, “to feel good again.”

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

Awareness of chiropractic's efficacy is beginning to spread into professional sports. Over the years I have worked with many athletes, professional and amateur, who use their bodies in powerful ways that can pull their spines out of alignment. Chiropractic for athletes and other enthusiasts just makes sense.

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Chiropractic Doctors Typically Have More Education Than MDs (and more surprises!) 

Chiropractic Doctors Typically Have More Education Than MDs (and more surprises!)  | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it
It came as a big surprise when a Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic report found a significant number of Americans think doctors of chiropractic have two years or less of higher education. The "Inaugural Report: Americans' Perceptions of Chiropractic" revealed that most Americans believe doctors of chiropractic are not well-educated when compared to other health care practitioners.

Fact: A Doctor of Chiropractic earns a minimum of seven years of higher education including coursework in clinical patient management. Training is not limited to the spine as chiropractic physicians are also formally educated in clinical examination and diagnosis of the human body, with a focus on conservative health care interventions for the well-being of the whole person. The federal Department of Health and Human Services which oversees Medicare now recognizes the Doctor of Chiropractic at a physician level and continues to review the benefit of expanding services offered by the chiropractic profession.

The chiropractic physician is part of a leading, non-drug oriented health care profession addressing a common route to narcotic pain medication abuse, back pain. According to the National Safety Council, a recent survey concluded 99 percent of physicians prescribe narcotic medications beyond the 3-day recommendation guideline set by the CDC. A separate report from the United States Bone and Joint Initiative reports 72 percent of doctors prescribing opioids do so for back pain and 67 percent for general joint pain covering an estimated 126 million Americans.

While opioid pain medications may initially provide relief for those suffering with back pain, it does not treat the condition. Chiropractic services demonstrate positive effects for those with both acute and chronic back pain with a 4-year study demonstrating decreases of 43 percent in hospital admissions per 1,000, 58.4 percent hospital days per 1,000, 43.2 percent outpatient surgeries and procedures per 1,000, and 51.8 percent pharmaceutical cost reductions compared with normative conventional medical care.

A need for greater awareness on the benefit of chiropractic services and expanding coverage among all health insurers and government programs is desperately needed. The opioid prescription crisis and escalating health care costs require innovative changes with health care policy makers opening greater access to a proven, effective, and highly educated approach to back pain - chiropractic. A time for positive change is now.

Byron R. Folwell, DC

Parkersburg
TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

Americans don't realize the extensive education we Chiropractors have. Far from being mere "joint poppers," we are skilled at addressing pain and inflammation, strengthening the immune system, activating brain pathways that may be normant, and getting the body back into a position to heal itself, rather than using potentially damaging, invasive methods such as drugs or surgery. In this day of health care cost crises, Chiropractic is often overlooked as a vital part of the solution.

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Embrace Healing, Not Just Pain-Killing

Embrace Healing, Not Just Pain-Killing | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

By Dr. Sue Mullen, D.C.


I get baffled and bewildered when patients tell me they have been to a Chiropractor in the past, yet they do not know what a Subluxation is.  Nor do they know what the condition the Chiropractor treated them for.  Sometimes I feel I am doing the job of a thousand Chiropractors.

 

Patients usually believe pain is the reason to see a Chiropractor.  So when the pain stops, they believe they are well, they are healed.  At some point later in their lives they are in front of me with complaints of pain, mostly the same type or area they had seen the Chiropractor for originally.

 

Logically, one may conclude, the same condition, the same problem, has returned.  Were they “well” when they stopped seeing the other Chiropractor?  Out of pain, yes perhaps.  Improved range of motion so now they can look over their shoulder to merge into traffic safely, probably.  Picking up their children or active in their favorite hobbies, yes.  Improved sense of well-being and a feeling of ease throughout their body, likely.  Then they stopped going to the Chiropractor.  Why would you stop when you were feeling your best?  Why?

 

Slowly, ever so slowly, they accommodate to Subluxations, misalignments of the vertebrae that impinge on nerves and compromise the functioning of tissues and organs. They get used to the symptoms and think this is normal: pain, headaches, stomach/digestive disorders, numbness, allergies, etc.  They learn to live with interference to the all-important central nervous system disturbing the electrical signals from the brain to the body and body connection to brain.  Slowly, slowly they adapt to the lack of ease within them.  Slowly, slowly, day after day they hang their head over their computers and cell phones, their children, their books, and their vertebrae “creep” out of normal positions.  Slowly, slowly those vital electrical messages decrease causing Subluxations and degenerative disc disease.  And then they just adapt to Abnormal, thinking this is Normal.  Would you think you were abnormal is you did not have pain?

 

Their previous Chiropractors did not educate them adequately to understand pain is only 10% of what the nervous system expresses.  The nervous system has a BIG job to do, all without our conscious awareness of its Innate power.

 

Subluxations, if untreated, will eventually cause a breakdown within our bodies without us even knowing the damage is happening.  We slowly degrade and think this is normal.  Gradually degeneration happens to the joint, the nerve, the muscle, and organs.  Slowly, slowly, until one day, “out of the blue,” “Doctor, it just happened,” “I woke up with it, maybe it was the way I was sleeping,” “and, “I don’t remember doing anything that would cause me to have this pain.”  Has this ever happened to you, your family or your loved ones?

 

I get frustrated.  I long for the time when all citizens support the health of their spines and nervous systems by getting regular, ongoing chiropractic care.  I long for patients to completely understand: Your Central Nervous is the Master System of Your Body, so take care of it because it is the only one you have.  If you don’t take care of it, where are you going to live?

 

Let’s Keep The Power On!  Get Adjusted!

 

Dr. Sue Mullen, DC is a chiropractor of over twenty years’ experience, with specializations in trauma and extremity care. She practices at her Berkeley, CA clinic, The Good Life Chiropractic.

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

We have been trained by allopathic medicine to focus on symptoms, such as pain. But health means normal functioning has been restored, not just that symptoms have disappeared. Pain often disappears long before a patient's body has healed itself to its best capacity. As a chiropractor, I treat the cause (Subluxation), not just symptoms. Give your body the time it needs to heal itself!  

 

The following article is my first blog post. Enjoy! --Dr. Sue Mullen

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Alas, Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science

Alas, Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it
Why do people complain? Not to torture others with their negativity, surely. When most of us indulge in a bit of a moan, the idea is to "vent." By getting our emotions out, we reason, we'll feel better.

But science suggests there are a few serious flaws in that reasoning. One, not only does expressing negativity tend not to make us feel better, it's also catching, making listeners feel worse. "People don't break wind in elevators more than they have to. Venting anger is...similar to emotional farting in a closed area. It sounds like a good idea, but it's dead wrong," psychologist Jeffrey Lohr, who has studied venting, memorably explained.

OK, so complaining is bad for your mood and the mood of your friends and colleagues, but that's not all that's wrong with frequent negativity. Apparently, it's also bad for your brain and your health. Yes, really.

On Psych Pedia, Steven Parton, an author and student of human nature, explains how complaining not only alters your brain for the worse but also has serious negative repercussions for your mental health. In fact, he goes so far as to say complaining can literally kill you. Here are three of the ways he claims that complaining harms your health:

1. "Synapses that fire together wire together."
This is one of the first lessons neuroscience students learn, according to Parton. "Throughout your brain there is a collection of synapses separated by empty space called the synaptic cleft. Whenever you have a thought, one synapse shoots a chemical across the cleft to another synapse, thus building a bridge over which an electric signal can cross, carrying along its charge the relevant information you're thinking about," Parton explains.

"Here's the kicker," he continues. "Every time this electrical charge is triggered, the synapses grow closer together in order to decrease the distance the electrical charge has to cross.... The brain is rewiring its own circuitry, physically changing itself, to make it easier and more likely that the proper synapses will share the chemical link and thus spark together--in essence, making it easier for the thought to trigger."    

So let's boil that down--having a thought makes it easier for you to have that thought again. That's not good news for the perpetually gloomy (though happily, it seems gratitude, can work the opposite way, building up your positivity muscles). It gets worse, too. Not only do repeated negative thoughts make it easier to think yet more negative thoughts, they also make it more likely that negative thoughts will occur to you just randomly walking down the street. (Another way to put this is that being consistently negative starts to push your personality towards the negative).

Parton explains how these closer synapses result in a generally more pessimistic outlook: "Through repetition of thought, you've brought the pair of synapses that represent your [negative] proclivities closer and closer together, and when the moment arises for you to form a thought...the thought that wins is the one that has less distance to travel, the one that will create a bridge between synapses fastest." Gloom soon outraces positivity.

2. You are whom you hang out with.
Not only does hanging out with your own negative thoughts rewire your brain for negativity, hanging out with negative people does much the same. Why?

"When we see someone experiencing an emotion (be it anger, sadness, happiness, etc), our brain 'tries out' that same emotion to imagine what the other person is going through. And it does this by attempting to fire the same synapses in your own brain so that you can attempt to relate to the emotion you're observing. This is basically empathy. It is how we get the mob mentality.... It is our shared bliss at music festivals," Parton writes. "But it is also your night at the bar with your friends who love love love to constantly bitch."

The takeaway lesson is, if you want to strengthen your capacity for positivity and weaken your reflex for gloom, "surround yourself with happy people who rewire your brain towards love." If you're looking to deflect others' negativity, here are a few tips.

3. Stress is terrible for your body, too.
All of which sounds like a good argument for staying away from negativity to protect your mental health, but Parton insists that quitting the complaining habit is essential for your physical health, too. "When your brain is firing off these synapses of anger, you're weakening your immune system; you're raising your blood pressure, increasing your risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes, and a plethora of other negative ailments," he says.

The culprit is the stress hormone cortisol. When you're negative, you release it, and elevated levels of the stuff, "interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease.... The list goes on and on," says Parton. 
TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

In Chiropractic theory, we know that the three main causes of subluxation are the three T’s: Toxins, Trauma, and Thoughts.

 

The following article regards harmful Thoughts, specifically complaining. Turns out, complaining is bad for our health.

 

But what can we do instead of complaining? Here are three ideas for you:

  • Frame the circumstances a challenge and ask to brainstorm positive solutions.
  • Identify the silver lining.
  • Don’t only focus on the trouble spots but look at all the positive in your life. Practice gratitude.

Many a time, the grass seems greener elsewhere. Many a time we take the good things for granted. We are all guilty of this.

When was the last time you looked, really looked, at all the miracles and luxuries in your life?

 

Make a new habit of talking from a positive angle on what is happening in your  life.

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Plan for Safe Spring Gardening 

Plan for Safe Spring Gardening  | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

by Dr. Moshe Laub, DC

 

Prevention of common gardening injuries with a few tips and only a handful of changes can allow those with chronic injuries to return to their favorite hobby, reports West Hartford Chiropractic LLC. Patients at this center are surprised to find out about the changes they can make to prevent injuries and strain while spring cleaning. Chiropractors acknowledge gardening to be a significant cause of back and neck pain and patients would do well to educate themselves on how to garden safely.

Many chiropractors see patients come in with leaf raking injuries. Over 28,000 people annually are medically treated for back, neck and shoulder injuries related to disposal of leaves. Avoid leaf raking injuries by choosing the right size rake for your size, warm-up prior to the activity with stretches and windmills, switch hands from time to time, and use your legs to bend and lift. The experience of low back and mid back pain is a common complaint that may not always originate in the lower back. Thoracolumbar Syndrome, nicknamed “The Great Mimicker”, results from stress on the spine and referred pain from nerve compression. Chiropractors have the experience to identify and address the source of such pain.

“Chiropractic treatments are an effective and gentle option for addressing spring gardening back injuries,” said Dr. Moshe Laub. “As an experienced chiropractor, I look to educate patients on how best to avoid back injuries while gardening and manage current conditions. Many people are simply unaware of the stress that gardening can place on the body, in particular when poor body mechanics and movements are used. Patients are surprised to feel the difference that a few physical and behavioral adjustments can make to how they feel after gardening. In addition, making changes to certain activities during Spring Cleaning, such as knowing how to avoid leaf raking injuries, help patients maintain better alignment and reduce the chance of unnecessary injury. If patients require chiropractic adjustments to address gardening injuries, many are amazed at their body’s response and often experience an increase in range of motion paired with a decrease in pain. We strive to educate individuals on how to avoid potential gardening injuries with the right tools and moves.”

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:
Planning ahead for safe spring gardening is a great way to avoid reaggravating old injuries or suffering new ones. The key is a combination of ergonomics, correct tools, drinking water, adequate rest periods, and chiropractic. I am happy to consult with you to help you make your spring gardening safe and enjoyable.

 

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For headache sufferers, Chiropractic care may put smile back on your face

For headache sufferers, Chiropractic care may put smile back on your face | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it
Submitted by Dr. Michael Dalton
More than 15 million Americans suffer from persistent recurring headaches with no obvious cause. Chiropractic care may be able to put a smile back on your face.

Numerous studies have found that chiropractic care helps a variety of headaches. Tension headaches are one of the most common types of headaches. Recent studies show that many of these originate in the neck where the cervical vertebrae are located.

A medical doctor doing research at Syracuse University said, "We've been able to put together a scientific explanation for how neck structure causes headaches... It's true that chiropractors have been saying this for years... They were right about headaches."

A recently published controlled trial concluded "Spinal manipulation has a significant positive effect in cases of cervicogenic (originating from the neck) headache." They found that chiropractic care reduced the number of headache hours by a whopping 69 percent and reduced the intensity of the remaining headaches. If you suffer from headaches this is welcoming news!

Migraine headaches, perhaps the most severe headaches, also respond to chiropractic care. In one study, 74.7 percent of migraine patients were greatly improved under chiropractic care and the success rate was maintained two years after the care ended.

Then there was the Parker trial funded by the Australian government that found chiropractic care effective for migraine. A follow-up study of the Parker trial concluded, "The trial clearly established that chiropractic care was an effective treatment for migraine."

Chiropractic care is not just for backaches. If you suffer with headaches by all means get a spinal check up. Chiropractic care may be able to put a smile back on your face.
TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

I successfully treat many headache patients in my office. There is no need for you or anyone you love to suffer with headaches. I suffered for over fifteen years myself with headaches.  I thought that was normal.  Then I met my first Chiropractor.  This changed my life and that is the reason I am now a Chiropractor.  Contact me for more information.

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How Chiropractic Can Ease The Opioid Epidemic

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by Dr. R. Todd Shaver

 

It is no secret that America has a drug problem, but you may be surprised to learn about the particular drug problem which we will discuss here. In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs” intending to achieve the "prevention of new addicts, and the rehabilitation of those who are addicted." Toward that end, we’ve since spent a trillion dollars in the war against purveyors of illicit drugs. However, rather than focusing exclusively on illegal drug cartels, statistics suggest that attention must also be directed toward the white-coat/pharmaceutical cartel which dominates American health care; legal prescription opioid drugs now account for more deaths each year than cocaine and heroin deaths combined.
 
Common names for prescription opioid drugs include Percocet, OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Fentanyl. Addiction to these prescription opioid drugs has become so common that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration categorize the problem as an epidemic and a public health crisis. Although the United States represents less than 5 percent of the world’s population, we consume 80 percent of the global opioid supply, including 99 percent of the world’s Hydrocodone.
 
The New England Journal of Medicine reports that the annual number of deaths from opioid overdose exceeds the number of deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents. The CDC links these opioid-related deaths with the rise in opioid prescriptions over the past several years; in fact, the number of annual opioid prescriptions in the United States is enough to supply every American adult with a bottle of pills. In addition to opioid addiction and overdose-related deaths, common complications of opioid use include drowsiness, increased risk of falls and fractures, constipation and nausea. The World Psychology journal reports that opioid use is associated with a 92 percent increased risk of committing murder. Yikes!
 
In addition to widespread use for acute pain, the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that “opioids are also now prescribed more frequently to treat chronic conditions including musculoskeletal pain of the spine and extremities.” The British Medical Journal (BMJ) reports that “opioid prescription for low back pain has increased” and that “more than half of regular opioid users report back pain.” Despite this pervasive use, opioid drugs do not reduce out-of-work time for injured workers and they do not seem to improve functional outcomes for patients with acute pain. Regarding opioid use for chronic pain, the BMJ reports that there is very little research on the long-term benefit of such treatment, but there is “growing evidence of harm associated with” use of opioids for chronic pain. In fact, opioid use has been associated with worse clinical outcomes in musculoskeletal conditions. Opioids may actually cause increased pain (hyperalgesia) in some patients after several months of use.

In response to the opioid crisis, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has resolved to “attack the problem from every angle.” HHS asserts that using nonpharmocologic approaches to pain treatment is an “urgent priority.” Well, welcome to the party, HHS … I’m sorry you’re late … but I’m so happy that you’ve finally arrived. Chiropractic physicians have always offered nonpharmocologic approaches to health care. According to Consumer Reports, chiropractors are the highest-rated health care practitioners for low-back pain treatment and ranked above physical therapists and medical physicians of any specialty. In fact, chiropractic outperformed all other back pain treatments, including prescription drugs, massage, yoga, Pilates and over-the-counter medications.
 
Other health care organizations are also catching on. The Annals of Internal Medicine in 2007 published guidelines issued jointly by The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society recommending that spinal manipulation should be used for back pain patients who do not improve with self-care options (such as rest and ice). The centerpiece in chiropractic care of the spine is known as the spinal adjustment or spinal manipulation.
 
The Joint Commission accredits all major hospital systems in the United States and certifies more than 20,000 American health care organizations and programs. In 2015, the Joint Commission updated its pain management standard to include chiropractic services.  Likewise, as of 2016, the Oregon Health Plan will prioritize chiropractic and other nonpharmocologic approaches over pain medication for back pain patients.
 
Chiropractic physicians offer conservative, integrative and effective treatment strategies that help many people reduce their reliance on addictive pain medication and return to more normal activity. This common-sense approach is also catching on with the general public as more than 33.6 million Americans sought chiropractic services in 2014. Chiropractic services have also been shown to be more cost-effective; opting for a conservative approach at the onset of pain can be cost saving for individual patients and for the health care system. Dr. Anthony Hamm, president of the American Chiropractic Association, summarizes, “Chiropractic physicians are well positioned to play a vital role in the conservative management of acute and chronic pain.
 
Dr. R. Todd Shaver is a chiropractic physician at Shaver Chiropractic & Natural Medicine. As a distinguished fellow of chiropractic biophysics, Dr. Shaver utilizes spinal adjustment and other chiropractic physical medicine procedures to address injury and pain and to promote wellness. 

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

In the face of an epidemic of deaths in the United States caused by legal prescription painkillers, mainstream medicine is beginning to embrace natural pain remedies such as chiropractic.

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Health clinics for poor offer chiropractic care to reduce addiction to painkillers

Health clinics for poor offer chiropractic care to reduce addiction to painkillers | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

The difficulty in reducing the epidemic addiction to painkillers while still trying to relieve patients’ pain is felt most by doctors such as Michael Spearman. He’s an internist at Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers, federally subsidized health clinics in north St. Louis that care for those with public health insurance or no insurance.

 

The three clinics see 30,000 patients a year, and nearly 40 percent — 11,700 — are taking prescription painkillers.

 

Trauma and barriers to health care that are more common among the poor leave many patients suffering from painful, complex and chronic conditions, Spearman said. Other than writing a prescription for a narcotic or sending them to surgery, he has little at his disposal to help.

 

His patients can’t travel to or pay for nondrug treatments such as physical therapy, acupuncture, electrical stimulation or chiropractic care, which is not covered by Medicaid. They can’t get more imaging tests to better diagnose problems.

 

Yet he’s faced with the fact that every day in the U.S., 44 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers, and many more are becoming addicted, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

“It is frustrating,” Spearman said. “We have patients who have pain you can’t make go away.”

 

Desperate for options, administrators at Myrtle Hilliard contacted Logan University chiropractic college, and a unique partnership formed to provide chiropractic care at little or no cost to patients.

After one year, the care has been so successful it inspired another system of subsidized health clinics — Family Care Health Centers in south St. Louis — to start a similar collaboration with Logan.

“Every single one of us who works here sees a patient touched by the opioid or heroin addiction every week,” said Dr. Mattie White, a family medicine doctor at the Family Care Health Center in the Carondelet neighborhood. “We are trying to figure out what we can do that is best for our patients, and our best hope for the future.”

On Tuesday, the CDC issued the first national guidelines for prescribing painkillers, warning doctors to try other options before prescribing opioids for chronic pain (pain that continues for more than three months or past time of normal healing).

 

At Myrtle Hilliard, patients are lining up in droves for the chiropractic services and reporting promising results, said chief executive officer Angela Clabon. Initial data after the first year shows that 80 percent of patients receiving the care decreased their reliance on pain medications.

 

“Many patients are struggling with back problems and all kinds of issues and are highly medicated,” Clabon said.

 

“We thought we could help them get off their medications and improve their quality of life, and that’s exactly what’s happened.”

 

FERTILE GROUND

 

Since 1999, federal data shows the amount of painkillers prescribed and sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled.

In 2012, the CDC reports, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain relievers — enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. The state of Missouri ranked 14th in the number of painkiller prescriptions that year, with 95 prescriptions per 100 people.

 

The greater availability has been accompanied by alarming increases, not only in deaths due to painkiller abuse, but also inpatient and emergency room visits — a 137 percent increase in Missouri alone — over the past 10 years.

 

Addiction to painkillers is fueling the sale of a much cheaper street opioid: heroin. More than 10,000 people died from heroin-related overdoses in 2012, a rate that had more than quadrupled since 2002. Nearly half of heroin users were addicted to prescription pain relievers, according to the CDC.

 

Governors, mayors, county executives and physicians groups are working together to raise awareness, prioritize substance abuse treatment, and explore prevention programs and treatment options.

 

The latest federal data show prescribing rates have leveled off, and painkiller deaths have declined for the first time in decades. The biggest drops have come in states that have instituted monitoring programs that prevent patients from getting prescriptions from multiple doctors; and measures such as regulating pain clinics and requiring physician training.

 

At each of the clinic sites, a doctor of chiropractic oversees Logan students in caring for patients. For Logan, it’s an opportunity for students to receive their clinical training by treating patients with complex problems in a comprehensive health clinic; and make a big impact on the health of residents.

 

“It’s not profitable, but it is a win-win,” Wiese said. “It gives us some of the best clinical teaching opportunities, and at the same time we get to give back to the community in a way we couldn’t otherwise do.”

 

About two years ago, severe arthritis sidelined Alicia Rockel, 53, of St. Louis, after owning a cleaning company for 25 years. The pain worsened, and she could not stand or sit in one position for more than five minutes.

 

Family Care Health Center providers feared prescribing her narcotics, she said, because she’s suffered addiction in the past. They referred her to chiropractic care, and she’s gotten better without drugs.

 

“Before I was not able to drive even to the corner grocery store without screaming in pain, and now I can drive to my brother’s house in Ballwin. I can vacuum my whole house without stopping and do the dishes without stopping,” Rockel said. “It’s given me my life back.”

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

It is heartbreaking how many people in the United States are addicted to painkillers all because they lack either knowledge about or access to chiropractic care. Please educate friends and family with painful conditions about how chiropractic can help.

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The Natural Force in Each One of Us is the Greatest Force in Getting Well

The Natural Force in Each One of Us is the Greatest Force in Getting Well | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

"The natural force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well."

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Support the natural healing force within you!

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Your Brain Needs Spinal Movement! Chiropractic Can Help.

Your Brain Needs Spinal Movement! Chiropractic Can Help. | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it
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Folks, spinal movement is so very important for the health of your brain. Chiropractic gets your spine moving. What are you waiting for? Your brain will thank you!

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8 Ways Trusting Your Gut Can Change Your Life

8 Ways Trusting Your Gut Can Change Your Life | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

by Laura McDonald
As a health coach and trainer, my mantra for every class I teach, every exercise video I film, and every private client I work with is: “Listen to your body.” Why? Because no one knows us better than we know ourselves. Listening to our bodies is also listening to our souls, trusting our guts, and raising our consciousnesses.

Here are eight ways you can start changing your life today by listening to your body.

1. Prevent injuries.

Most of us have aches and pains from time to time. In order to help prevent injuries (or further aggravate an existing injury) it’s important to stay tuned in to the physical self.

Tip: Whenever working out or doing any type of physical activity (gardening, hiking, household chores, etc.) stay tuned in to your body and how it feels. If you have an existing injury, take it seriously. Bottom line: If it hurts or doesn’t feel right, stop.

2. Tuning in and acknowledging the positive moments that pop up throughout the day will help you give and attract more positive energy.

Tip: Take a moment to bask in your victories, whether it’s special time with your child, a big break at work or a delicious dinner with a loved one, being aware and grateful will help you circulate the flow of positive energy.

3. Help your heart.

Most heart attacks begin with subtle symptoms — lightheadedness, nausea/vomiting, sweating, shortness of breath, pain in the back, shoulders and jaw. Many people try to tough it out and ignore these important signs.

Tip: Take a moment to educate yourself about the warning signals. It just might save your life.

4. Trust your instincts.

When faced with decisions, relevant and random thoughts can swirl around in our heads, making it hard to distinguish the mindless chatter from our gut-driven instincts.

Tip: Grab a pad and pencil and doodle. Jot down the pros and cons. Give yourself time to sit with your thoughts for a bit. If it brings you joy or pleasure, tune in and listen. If it makes you feel stressed out, uncomfortable or anxious, put it aside. Trust your instincts and be happy and secure and with the decisions you make.

5. Ease stress and anxiety.

The flight or flight triggers in modern life have never been greater. While we rely on this rush of endorphins to get through hairy situations, staying in a constant state of heightened stress is damaging both physically and mentally.

Tip: Tune into your body's signals: elevated heart rate, heavy breathing and racing thoughts are just a few signs that it’s time to step back, take a deep breath and cut yourself some slack. Give yourself permission to take a break and do something relaxing for yourself.

6. Lighten up.

Am I really hungry or just bored? Do I really need another piece of cake or did it just taste so damn good I think I want more? Am I thirsty because I didn’t drink enough water throughout the day? How will I feel after I eat the cheeseburger deluxe versus the kale salad with grilled chicken?

Tip: THINK before you eat. Choose wisely. Slow down. Chew. Relax. Eat at the table. Give thanks for your meal. Put your fork down between bites. Breathe.

6. Deepen your spirituality.

It's easy to distract ourselves from feeling by filling the space around us with visuals, noise (computers, tv, texting, talking), and/or material things, all robbing us of a deeper connection with ourselves and ultimately with others.

Tip: Set aside at least an hour a day without digital distractions. Read, meditate, stretch, breathe, let go, think. All of these practices will help deepen your spirituality.

7. Feel better.

Get real with how you feel. Are you tired all the time? Are you sluggish? Do you need to move your body? Are you craving fresh air, sunshine, raw veggies, water, a massage? Chances are good that there are a few adjustments you can make today that will have you feeling better ASAP.

Tip: Think about what your body is craving right now. Ex: More water, a healthy snack, grabbing a quick walk, an earlier bedtime, a simple meditation, stretching, etc. Take these cravings seriously and try putting a few of them into effect today.

8. Love yourself.

I get so caught up in doing and caring for everyone around me that I shove myself to the bottom of the list. This approach catches up with us sooner or later and we can end up feeling burned out, disgruntled and lacking in self-love.

Tip: Plan some “me” time. Do something that makes you feel loved and cared for, that makes you feel good. Be patient and gentle with yourself. Honor and respect the loving person you are by loving yourself.

Bottom line: We are phenomenal, unique beings with our brains, bodies and souls responding to every stimulus every second of every day. I believe one of the greatest gifts we can bestow upon ourselves is to cultivate and listen to this communication with the physical and spiritual self.

I may preach it but I still have to remind myself to practice it.

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

Chiropractic helps the body communicate with itself. Wellness is about communication with self on every level, and that starts with listening to self. Here are some helpful tips to remind you how.

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Risk Factors for Spinal Degeneration

Risk Factors for Spinal Degeneration | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

As we age, the discs in our spine start to naturally break down due to normal, everyday living . This is commonly referred to as disc degeneration and can result in pain in the neck and/or back area–pain that is felt by almost half of the population 40 years of age or older . For those over 80, this rate doubles to a whopping 80 percent, which makes understanding what factors promote this particular condition critical to raising the quality of life as we enter our later years. Fortunately, recent research provides some very important information in this area.


Disc Degeneration Risk Factors Revealed In Recent Study

On November 9, 2015, a study conducted by health experts from Mie University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan, Osaka University (also in Japan), and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois was published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. In this research, these experts followed 197 individuals living in Miyagawa, Japan who were over the age of 65 for a 10-year period, measuring their disc height at two year intervals to determine what factors, if any, contributed to their spinal discs degenerating at a faster rate.


What they discovered was that, over the time span of the study, the participants’ disc height gradually reduced an average of 5.8 percent, with roughly 55 percent experiencing degeneration in one or two of their discs. Furthermore, there were three factors that they identified that increased the likelihood of disc degeneration. They were: 1) being female, 2) having radiographic knee osteoarthritis, and 3) the presence of low back pain when the study began.


Based on these results, women should take extra care to protect the discs in their spinal column, potentially saving themselves from experiencing neck or back pain later in life. Some options for doing this include maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding repeated lifting of heavy objects, and not smoking as studies have found that smokers tend to experience disc degeneration at greater rates than non-smokers .


Chiropractic can help with the other two factors.

For instance, in one study published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, researchers looked at 43 different individuals between the ages of 47 and 70 who were experiencing osteoarthritic knee pain. Some participants received treatment three times a week for two weeks and others served as a control. The subjects who engaged in treatment reported more positive results than those who did not, citing that, after the treatments they experienced fewer osteoarthritic symptoms, had greater knee mobility, and felt that it was easier to “perform general activities.” And this was after just two weeks of care.


Chiropractic can also help lower back pain, further reducing the likelihood that your discs will degenerate at a faster rate when you age. That makes this specific remedy beneficial both now and well into the future–ultimately raising your quality of life.


Akeda K, Yamada T, Inoue N, et al. Risk factors for lumbar intervertebral disc height narrowing: a population-based longitudinal study in the elderly. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2015;16(1):344.
Fogelholm RR, Alho AV. Smoking and intervertebral disc degeneration. Medical Hypotheses; 56(4):537-9.
Pollard H, Ward G, Hoskins W, Hardy K. The effect of a manual therapy knee protocol on osteoarthritic knee pain: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Associations 2008;52(4):229-42.

Written by: Christina DeBusk

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

By maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting regular chiropractic adjustments, you can reduce your risk of disc degeneration and enjoy your life more--and more of your life. 

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8 Reasons Why Chiropractic is the Best Treatment for Auto Injuries

8 Reasons Why Chiropractic is the Best Treatment for Auto Injuries | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

By Michael Melton

Millions of people are injured in car crashes each year in the US, and many of these “minor” collisions result in long-term symptoms and disability. In fact, research shows that a significant number of people have pain from a crash even 10-15 years later.

Chiropractic is one of the best ways to treat and heal from these types of injuries. Chiropractic works by restoring the normal function of your spine, allowing the tissues to heal and become pain-free.

If you’ve been in a car crash, here’s how chiropractic can help you:

1. Chiropractic Reduces Inflammation

During an auto collision, the ligaments and muscles that make up your spine can be stretched or experience micro-tears. X-rays or MRI scans usually aren’t sophisticated enough to diagnose these kinds of injuries, but this tissue damage causes the area to become inflamed. Many times, an auto injury patient won’t feel much discomfort immediately after the crash, but they wake up the next morning to a stiff and painful neck. This is caused by the body’s inflammation response to these micro-lesions.

A 2010 study found that chiropractic adjustments actually helps the body release anti-inflammatory Interleukin 6 (IL-6), an important substance created by your body that’s used to help heal acute injuries.

2. Chiropractic Restores Motion

Another problem with inflammation is that the tissues become immobile, which can slow healing to the area. Ligaments of the spine don’t get many nutrients or blood supply normally, and this becomes even more difficult when inflamed and injured.

During a chiropractic adjustment, the joints of your spine are mobilized, which helps increase blood flow and healing nutrients to the area.

3. Chiropractic Reduces Scar Tissue

Your body heals ligament, tendon, and muscle injuries by creating scar tissue. Scar tissue in an injured area is made up of the same kind of cells as the original tissue, but it’s laid down rapidly and randomly as a temporary “patch” on top of the damaged area.

If you get scar tissue in a large muscle, it can be uncomfortable for a while until you stretch it out, but it most likely won’t cause any long-term problems. Scar tissue in the ligaments of your neck or back, however, can be much more debilitating, since we can’t stretch it out ourselves. Your chiropractor focuses the adjustments on these specific vertebral joints that are fixated, effectively stretching them and breaking up the scar tissue in the joint.

4. Chiropractic Relieves Localized Pain

Over the last 20 years, countless studies have demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments are a safe and effective way to reduce pain. In fact, a 2013 study found that 94% of patients experienced neck pain relief with manipulation!

5. Chiropractic Reduces Pain in Your Whole Body

Many auto injury patients develop more widespread pain after a crash, especially if the original injury wasn’t treated promptly. A 2014 study reported that people who received a chiropractic adjustment had increased levels of pain-reducing hormones in their bloodstream.

6. Chiropractic Relieves Stress

A car crash is a very stressful life event, especially if you’re in pain. When your body is exposed to trauma, it goes into a flight or fight response, which can result in anxiety, depression, and stress. A 2011 study used PET scans to look at the brains of people who received chiropractic adjustments for neck pain. They found that those patients had reduced brain activity in the parts of the brain responsible for pain processing and stress reactions. They also had significantly lower levels of cortisol, indicating reduced stress. Participants also reported lower pain scores and a better quality of life after treatment. Reducing your overall level of stress is important, because, left untreated, stress can also slow recovery time and increase your risk of developing chronic pain.

7. Chiropractic Works!

Researchers have recognized that chiropractic is a great way to help people recover from auto injuries for many decades. In 1996, British researchers found that 93% of auto injury patients with neck pain experienced dramatic improvement with chiropractic care.

In 2015, an Ontario, Canada government group agreed that spinal manipulation, combined with staying active and continuing to work, are the most important factors in recovering quickly from car crash injuries.

8. Early Chiropractic Care Prevents Chronic Pain

Research from 2000 and 2003 found that auto injury patients who got early treatment focused on mobilizing the injured area recovered faster and had fewer residual symptoms from the crash. Chiropractic does this: a chiropractic adjustment gets the joints in your spine moving the way they’re supposed to, helping to prevent chronic pain.


If you’ve been injured in a car crash, you don’t have to suffer from chronic pain. Chiropractic is a great way to help your body heal from all kinds of injuries.

References

Roy RA, Boucher JP, Comtois AS. Inflammatory response following a short-term course of chiropractic treatment in subjects with and without chronic low back pain. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2010;9(3):107-14.
Masaracchio M, et al. Short-term combined effects of thoracic spine thrust manipulation and cervical spine nonthrust manipulation in individuals with mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2013;43(3):118-27.
Plaza-Manzano, G, et al. Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation. Journal Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44(4):231-9.
Ogura T, Tashiro M, Masud M, Watanuki S, et al. Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain. Alternative Therapies 2011;17(6):12-7.
Woodward MN, Cook JCH, Gargan MF, Bannister GC. Chiropractic treatment of chronic ‘whiplash’ injuries. Injury: International Journal of the Care of the Injured 1996;27(9):643-645.
Wong JJ, Côté P, Shearer HM, Carroll LJ, Yu H, Varatharajan S, Southerst D, van der Velde G, Jacobs C, Taylor-Vaisey A. Clinical practice guidelines for the management of conditions related to traffic collisions: a systematic review by the OPTIMa Collaboration. Disability & Rehabilitation 2015;37(6):471-89.
Rosenfeld M, Gunnarsson R, Borenstein P. Early intervention in whiplash-associated disorders: a comparison of two treatment protocols. Spine 2000; 25(14): :1782-7.
Rosenfeld M, Seferiadis A, Carlsson J,and Gunnarsson R. Active intervention in patients with whiplash-associated disorders. Spine 2003; 28(22):2491-8.

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

Car accidents are all too common in our hectic lives. Unfortunately, people who seek emergency care are often scanned for broken bones and  sent home for pain pills. Chiropractic seems to be one of the few healing disciplines that recognizes the problem of soft tissue injury. If un-cared-for, soft tissue injury sustained in even a "minor" car accident can cause problems for years.


Bottom line: get chiropractic care IMMEDIATELY after sustaining a car accident. 

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Did You Know Doctors of Chiropractic and Doctors of Medicine Have Similar Training?

Did You Know Doctors of Chiropractic and Doctors of Medicine Have Similar Training? | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it
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Chiropractors' training is at least as rigorous as that of a medical doctor. Consider choosing a chiropractor as your primary care practitioner.

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5 Tips for Fighting Cold Weather Pain

5  Tips for Fighting Cold Weather Pain | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

 

By Marissa Luck 

 

If a drop in temperature makes your pain levels soar, you’re not alone: many people with chronic pain conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia find that their symptoms worsen during the winter.


We don’t know exactly why cold weather exacerbates pain but one leading theory blames changes in barometric pressure. As the cold sets in, reduced air pressure causes the tissues within the joints to expand, causing an already inflamed joint to become even more swollen and painful.


Although the link between cold weather and chronic pain is still not fully understood, doctors have developed ways to cope with increased pain in the winter.

Here are five easy tips for fighting cold weather pain:

1. Exercise

Rainy, snowy weather may discourage you from getting outside to exercise but that can actually increase your pain and stiffness. Regular physical activity can help you maintain flexible, functioning joints and muscles. Exercise can also improve your mood.

2. Boost Your Mood

Some theories argue that dreary weather results in mood changes that make you more susceptible to pain. Addressing feelings of anxiety and depression could help ameliorate pain.

3. Stay hydrated

Without the warm weather, many people just don’t feel as thirsty and forget to drink enough water. That can prevent the body from properly processing waste, making you feel more achy. Try carrying a water bottle and limiting your caffeine intake.

4. Heat Therapy

Beyond bundling up and staying warm, you can use heating pads to soothe sore muscles and joints.

5. Visit Your Chiropractor

Chiropractic adjustments can keep your spine and joint functioning well throughout the winter months. Studies show that chiropractic can alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine, headache, as well as chronic neck and back pain.

 

2011 study suggested that chiropractic adjustments can ease stress hormones, which may help with mood changes tied to cold weather.1 Your chiropractor can also provide recommendations on using heat and exercise therapies for relieving pain.

 

Finally, remember that cold weather doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Contact our office to see how we can make your winter as pain-free as possible.

 Reference

1. Ogura, Takeshi and Manabu Tashiro, Mehedi,Shoichi Watanuki, Katsuhiko Shibuya, Keiichiro Yamaguchi, Masatoshi Itoh, Hiroshi Fukuda, Kazuhiko Yanai. Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain. Alternative Therapies. 2011; 17 (6): 12-17.

 

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

Many of us suffer extra pain when cold weather hits. Since we not "out of the woods" yet this winter, below are some tips for living a chiropractic lifestyle.


I also recommend Cold Laser therapy for pain and inflammation. We offer Cold Laser therapy here at The Good Life Chiropractic. 


Additionally, this article recommends a heating pad.  I recommend only moist heat.  Heating pads dry out cells which may cause more soreness and stiffness.  Instead use a hot water bottle or a pack you can warm up in the microwave being careful not to burn your skin.

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Chiropractic vs. Injections for Disc Herniation

Chiropractic vs. Injections for Disc Herniation | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it
A new study shows chiropractic is as effective as epidural steroid injections for lumbar disc herniation, but with less side effects and cost.




Epidural steroid injections are frequently used to treat disc herniations and other conditions causing low-back pain. Unfortunately, the injections only provide temporary relief, and come with the potential for adverse effects like dizziness, headache, and weakening of the spinal bones and muscles.

To see whether patients could avoid these risks, a new study compared the efficacy of epidural injections to chiropractic adjustments in 102 patients with lumbar disc herniation. Of the chiropractic patients, 76% reported feeling “better” or “much better” after treatment, compared to 62.5% of the injection patients. Chiropractic patients also had better improvements in pain; 60% of chiropractic patients had significant reductions in pain, compared to 53% of injection patients.

Additionally chiropractic patients had lower medical costs, with an average savings of 23%.

Patients with lumbar disc herniation don’t have to be stuck with the side effects and costs of epidural steroid injections. A doctor of chiropractic can help you find safe, effective relief.

Reference

Peterson, CK, et al. Symptomatic Magnetic Resonance Imaging-confirmed lumbar disk herniation patients: a comparative effectiveness prospective observational study of 2 age- and sex-matched cohorts treated with either high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulative therapy or imaging-guided lumbar nerve root injections. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013; doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.04.005.

Written by: Marissa Luck on July 9, 2013.
TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

Know someone who is suffering from disc herniation? Chiropractic offers healing without all the risks, vs. injections which only mask symptoms and come with risks. I welcome patients with disc herniation. I will take good care of you with chiropractic!

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Can fish oil prevent schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders?

Can fish oil prevent schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders? | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

Written by Peter Lam


In what is to be believed the first study of its kind, new research has revealed the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may be effective for reducing the risk of psychosis.


Fish oil contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help our physical wellbeing. But can they also assist our mental health?


The study was published in Nature Communications and details how a 12-week intervention with omega-3 supplements substantially reduced the long-term risk of developing psychotic disorders.


The use of fish oil has long been in the public eye and has been heralded by some as an essential component of our physical wellbeing, but can it also improve our mental health?


Fish oil contains the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic (EPA), docosahexaenoic (DHA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which are essential components of the cell membranes in our body which provide a foundation for the production of hormones. …


This study follows on from the research team's previous work in 2010, in which they first focused on how omega-3 affects the development of psychotic disorders.


Study author Prof. Paul Amminger, from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and colleagues analyzed participants aged 13-25 years old who were deemed at risk of developing psychosis and schizophrenia.

A total of 81 individuals took part in the randomized and double-blind trial; 41 were assigned to take a 3-month daily course of fish oil, with the remaining group taking a placebo.


After the 3-month intervention period, all participants were monitored for another 12 months. At this point, 76 of the 81 participants had successfully completed the study, and it was found only two of the 41 individuals in the group taking fish oil had transitioned to a psychotic disorder.


In contrast, the figure for the placebo group was much higher, with 11 of the 40 participants going on to develop a psychotic disorder.

Only 10% developed a psychotic disorder within 7 years


Now 7 years from the original study, results revealed the majority of the individuals who undertook the fish oil still did not show signs of a psychotic disorder.


Only four of the 41 from the group who had taken fish oil for 3 months had gone on to develop a psychotic disorder since. Again, the figure was much higher for the placebo group, where 16 of the 40 developed a psychotic disorder.

 

Speaking to the The Guardian, Prof. Amminger hopes the study may offer an alternative treatment for psychotic disorders. He says:

"Schizophrenia is a major cause of disability, but early treatment has been linked to better outcomes. Our study gives hope that there may be alternatives to antipsychotic medication."


One possible limitation of the study is the relatively small sample group utilized by the researchers. Due to this, further analysis into subgroups was restricted.


Despite the substantial rise of fish oil in recent times, use of the supplement still attracts controversy with many health care professionals skeptical of its medical benefits. However, Medical News Today recently reported how fish oil may reduce seizure frequency for epilepsy patients.


The study concludes by saying fish oil "may offer a viable longer-term prevention strategy with minimal associated risk in young people at ultra-high risk of psychosis."

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

A number of recent studies published in reputable scientific journals suggest that psychoses are driven by systemic inflammation.

 

Since a healthy Omega 3/Omega 6 fatty acid ratio in our body prevents inflammation, we would expect that balance is critical for a healthy psychological state. This too is backed up by recent scientific studies.

 

Healthy Omega 3 acids are found in many wild-caught fish, such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and anchovies.  Farmed fish is usually feed non-organic and genetically modified soy and corn. Therefore, the fish cannot produce the essential fats we need. Most people don't eat nearly the amount of Omega 3's they need, and use too many unhealthy oils, high fructose corn syrup, and other sugars, high in unhealthy Omega 6 acids.  How is your Omega 3 / 6 balance?

 

Individuals should be tested for the appropriate ratio via a pin-prick essential fatty acid test. This can be done in our office in five minutes. Results will be emailed directly to you confidentially. Dr Mullen is happy to take the time to review the results with you and make appropriate recommendations.

 

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Chiropractic Care Beneficial for Dizziness and Balance Issues

Chiropractic Care Beneficial for Dizziness and Balance Issues | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

As we get older, many of us begin to develop problems with dizziness and balance. Some research shows that as many as 30% of older adults experience these symptoms. This is a serious public health issue, as problems with balance can make us more susceptible to falls.

A new study examined data from the 2008 National Health Interview Survey, looking specifically at those respondents who were suffering from dizziness and balance issues. They found that 35% of patients of the patients reporting these symptoms were over 65. The authors then analyze the survey data to see what kind of professional help the patients sought and how successful it was. They found:

Only 4.7% of patients visited a chiropractor for assistance, but they had the highest success rate: these individuals, “were very likely to report that it had helped.”


84% of patients sought help from a general physician, but the success rate for treatment was the lowest in this group.
“For those respondents aged 65 years and older, and for those reporting the cause of their balance and dizziness were trauma or neurological or musculoskeletal issues,” the success rate was even higher.
The authors speculate that most dizziness and balance problems in older people are caused by neck dysfunction; this is known as cervicogenic dizziness, and is common after an injury or auto collision. Chiropractic helps restore the normal function of the spine after these types of injuries, and can help relieve dizziness and improve balance.

Chiropractic is a superior treatment for dizziness and balance problems in older patients, as it doesn’t involve the risks involved with medications or surgery.

Ndetan H, Hawk C, Sekhon VK, Chiusano M. The role of chiropractic care in the treatment of dizziness or balance disorders: analysis of National Health Interview Survey data. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine 2015;Sep 11; pii: 2156587215604974. 

Written by: Michael Melton on September 14, 2015.on January 6, 2016.

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

Balance is so critical for safety, particularly as we get older. Chiropractic has been shown to help.

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Chiropractic Safer than Medical Care for Elderly

Chiropractic Safer than Medical Care for Elderly | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

Researchers wanted to discover whether the relationship between the risk of injury to people 66 years old and older when engaging in chiropractic care was higher than, lower than, or equal to the risk of injury to this same age group after undergoing medical care by their primary care physician. To find their answer, they studied data on Medicare B patients who went to the doctor in 2007 for a neuromusculoskeletal issue, evaluating their risk of injury seven days post-treatment.

They discovered that seniors that received chiropractic care had a 76% lower rate of injury within seven days of treatment when compared to the subjects that met with their primary physician as a result of a neuromusculoskeletal complaint. 


Whedon JM, Mackenzie TA, Phillips RB, Lurie JD. Risk of traumatic injury associated with chiropractic spinal manipulation. Spine 2014;Dec 9.

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

Chiropractic is a great way to take care of yourself as you age. Please recommend an older loved one to see a chiropractor for a safer, healthier life.

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Chiropractic Helps Relieve COPD

Chiropractic Helps Relieve COPD | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

by Michael Melton  

The COPD Foundation reports that more than 24 million people in the U.S. currently suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a disease in which the airways are hindered by some type of issue with the air sacs in the lungs, the walls between the sacs, or the production of an excessive amount of mucus. Ultimately, this makes it harder to breathe, usually resulting in the person spending more time coughing, experiencing tightness in the chest, and having a chronic shortness of breath.

At a minimum, these symptoms can hinder your participation in everyday activities. However, COPD is also the third leading cause of death in the U.S., which makes finding effective treatment remedies critical to helping many people live a longer, healthier life. While there are several different options to consider–ranging from medication to physical activity training to surgery–one systematic review has found that chiropractic care may just provide some relief.

This review was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and it covered six different studies which involved people with COPD who engaged in chiropractic care. The intention of each was to determine what effect, if any, this particular remedy had on the person’s ability to breathe. What researchers found was that five of the six studies reported positive results when it came to the participant’s lung function and exercise performance after engaging in spinal manipulation therapy.

Of course, it also helps to quit smoking as this is the number one cause of COPD. Additionally, air quality matters too so, if possible, try to spend a majority of your time in a clean air environment. And if you work around different pollutants, take proper precautions to protect your lungs while on the job and you may lower your risk of developing this potentially life-threatening condition.

References

COPD Foundation. COPD Statistics Across America. Retrieved from http://www.copdfoundation.org/What-is-COPD/COPD-Facts/Statistics.aspx on January 6, 2016.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. What Is COPD? Updated July 31, 2013. Retrieved from http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/copd/ on January 6, 2016.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Treatment Options. Retrieved from http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/copd/breathing-better/treatment-options.htm on January 6, 2016.

Wearing J, Beaumont S, Forbes D, Brown B, Engel R. The Use of Spinal Manipulative Therapy in the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Review. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2015 (December 24)

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The chiropractic lifestyle involves regular chiropractic care, but also minimizing our exposure to toxins in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the products we use. With chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) being a leading cause of death in the U.S., consider living the chiropractic lifestyle. I'm here to help.

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Beware of Doctors' Scare Tactics!

Beware of Doctors' Scare Tactics! | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

Dr. Don Harte, noted California chiropractic and health activist, offers everyone the most direct health advice he can for the New Year: "Want Health? Don't fall for the scare tactics of your doctor! Pursue health instead!"

Understanding that his advice could be confusing to some, "Scare tactics are so standard in medical practice these days, that they are considered normal in society. Instead of pursuing health, Big Medicine, and its two degenerate siblings, Big Pharma and Big Government have fooled you." Dr. Harte continues, "They have convinced an already over-diagnosed, over-drugged society that doing anything and everything to avoid disease is the same as pursuing health. Imagine -- they sell drugs as 'wellness!'"

"One of the great scams of our time," Dr. Harte says, "is preventative medicine. The problem with preventative medicine is that it prevents health." He says "the whole concept of preventative medicine is a mindset of fear. Diseases that are known to be mild and non-life-threatening are deliberately labeled as dangerous. Some are just falsely pushed as killer diseases through gross manipulation of statistics. A lot of this medical propaganda serves as marketing material for unnecessary and risky vaccinations. The frenzy WILL get worse this year."

"Chiropractic is founded upon the fact that the body is capable of healing itself," according to Dr. Harte. "Chiropractic springs from a philosophy of empowerment." He contrasts this with Medicine. "The philosophy of Medicine is, clearly, a philosophy of fear. It is through this fear that they create the huge market for their vaccines, which sells their inaccurate and probably dangerous diagnostic procedures, like mammography, which puts and keeps millions on lifetime prescriptions to allegedly prevent heart attacks and strokes. They have, falsely, painted a substance that the body actually makes itself, cholesterol, as some sort of chemical killing monster. Their drugs to bring down cholesterol levels, the statins, causing far more problems than they prevent." He goes on: "But in this climate of Medicine-induced fear, logic and the facts of basic biology are thrown out of the window."

Dr. Harte notes, "The scare tactics of Big Medicine often take shape in the bigotry of those who automatically hate those with differing, more natural views of health and disease." He advises, "If you truly desire better health in the New Year, reject medical scare tactics. Respect you own body's innate capacity to heal, to function normally. Empower that capacity by liberating your own nervous system through regular, wellness chiropractic care. The only true healing is from the inside-out."

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:
Dr Harte makes an impressive stand for wholeness vs a drug fix.
Folks, please carefully consider the option of allowing your body to heal from within, as opposed to taking a synthetic source to "fix" what the body already knows how to do.  
And, yes, there are times pharmaceuticals are appropriate.  Buyer Beware!
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How Do I Know Which Foods are Actually Healthy?

How Do I Know Which Foods are Actually Healthy? | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

By Dr. Michael Noonan, Special to the BDN
Posted Dec. 18, 2015, at 7:20 a.m.
As we mature, there are few things more important than a healthy diet. But dietary advice is a moving target. Earlier this year, the U.S. government reversed yet another major recommendation. It now states cholesterol is no longer a “nutrient of concern” after decades of warning us it was a major contributor to heart disease.

Many of my patients are giving up on nutritional advice altogether, just going with what tastes good or the “everything in moderation” theory. If the “experts” are consistently wrong, who really knows what is a healthy diet?

There are basic wellness-based principles of nutrition I was taught in chiropractic school more than 30 years ago and provide a much better understanding of the topic. A diet based on these principles avoids the constantly shifting advice of “first it’s good for you, then it isn’t.”

The first principle of nutrition is simple: Foods are healthiest in their natural state. Put another way, the more you process a food, the more you reduce its nutritional value. If a food is highly processed, it will become harmful. Think of sugar, which is vital to our bodies in its natural form and is present in many foods. But when it is processed and highly purified, it becomes toxic, leading to diabetes, obesity and many other health problems.

Remember hydrogenated fats? The medical profession used to recommend them as a “heart healthy” fat. But they are made under unnatural conditions including exposure to chemicals, high heat and pressure. In my nutrition classes in chiropractic school, we were advised to avoid these fats, based on the principle that the processing likely makes them unhealthy. That turned out to be good advice; studies done years later showed hydrogenated fats to be unhealthy, even a major contributor to heart disease. The medical profession had to reverse their recommendation and is now pushing for these fats to be illegal.

This is the difference between the “reductionist” approach to nutrition, used by modern medical science and the holistic approach favored by wellness practitioners. The reductionist approach sees food as a relatively simple mix of fuel — sugar and carbs — and isolated nutrients. Any nutritional value lost in the processing of a food can be added back in later in the form of vitamins — highly processed versions of the nutrients made in a factory.

The holistic approach to nutrition it is based on the idea that while foods do have different health-promoting nutrients — the vitamin C in citrus fruits prevents scurvy; liver is rich in iron, to build up blood; and fish tend to be rich in healthy fats — if you try to isolate these nutrients too much, the value is lost. There is more value in an intact, whole food than in any highly refined, concentrated vitamin pill. The healthiest foods are those that retain their nutrients, which means minimal cooking, freezing and additions such as flavorings and preservatives. This is why I recommend avoiding low-fat foods — they are a processed food, with a lot less nutritional value than the original, intact versions.

Even the most basic processing can change foods dramatically. Consider that breakfast favorite, a glass of orange juice. A large glass of orange juice could have up to 50 grams of sugar. Compare that to eating an orange, which has about 12 grams. How many oranges would you eat for breakfast? Typically not more than one. So the simple act of juicing changes the nutrient balance of your breakfast tremendously — there is much less fiber and a lot more sugar. And if the juice is frozen and reconstituted, there is so little vitamin C left they add more back in to restore the levels. You are much better off to stick to the unprocessed whole orange than a glass of fresh squeezed juice, let alone the frozen stuff.

This does not mean you have to eat everything raw and unprocessed. But I agree with the idea that at least some food from every meal should be. I also recommend choosing the less processed versions of your common foods. Fresh vegetables will deliver more nutrition than frozen; canned veggies have even less value. Vegetable juices have the least — they are highly processed. Choose whole fruit over fruit juices. And avoid the “TV dinners” — you are much better off buying the individual ingredients and making your own meal.

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

Remember, if it is in a bag, box, or can, avoid it. You don't have to worry about the reductionist nutrition studies that keep changing their minds about what is healthy. If you just stick to eating unprocessed foods you'll do well! By the way, I am available for nutrition consultation.

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One-Pot Creamy Spinach Lentils

One-Pot Creamy Spinach Lentils | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it
ONE-POT CREAMY SPINACH LENTILS
Author: Pinch of Yum inspired from Jamie Oliver's Food Escapes cookbook. Serves: 4-6  
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoons butter or oil
  • half a yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups uncooked lentils, rinsed
  • 2 medium Yukon potatoes, chopped (about 1 cup total)
  • 4 cups chicken broth (plan to add a few more cups as needed while cooking)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • a few sprigs fresh parsley
  • a few springs fresh thyme
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 3-4 cups packed fresh baby spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste (be generous with the salt!)
  • olive oil and red wine vinegar for topping
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery. Saute for 10 minutes until the vegetables are nice and roasty and fragrant. Add the wine slowly - it should give a little sizzle and get all the browned bits off the bottom.
  2. Add the lentils, potatoes, and broth. Tie the bay leaf, parsley, and thyme together and toss in the pot (the reason for tying is so you can easily remove them at the end - I actually wrapped mine up in a stalk of celery so it would be contained a bit better). Simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, adding more broth as necessary so the lentils are just barely covered in liquid. When the lentils and potatoes are soft, gently mash the potatoes against the side of the pot with the back of the wooden spoon to make the mixture creamy.
  3. Remove the tied herbs; add the half and half and spinach. Stir to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper (season, taste, adjust, repeat). Serve each serving with a drizzle of good olive oil and a splash of red wine vinegar, per Jamie Oliver's (and my) recommendation.
NOTES
The cooking length for the lentils (and the amount of liquid you need) will partially depend on how old your lentils are. Mine have been around for a while... so they took about 6-7 cups of broth over about 45 minutes of cooking time. Just play it by ear and do what feels right if it looks like it needs more liquid and more time.


TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

For this cold-weather recipe, I recommend canola oil. You can lighten it up by using coconut milk or low-fat yogurt rather than half-and-half. For lower carbs, you might try substituting turnips or rutabagas for the potatoes. Have fun finding your favorite way to fight off winter chills!

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Beware of Carpal Tunnel from Texting

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The average teenager sends more than 3,000 text messages a month, or 10 messages an hour, when they’re not in school or sleeping. It’s easy to see how carpal tunnel syndrome, which is normally rare for teens, is becoming more common in the under-20 set. If you experience symptoms such as tingling in your hands and decreased sensation and strength, it’s time to cut back, take frequent breaks, stretch your wrists and see your doctor if it persists.

TheGoodLifeChiropractic's insight:

Please watch to make sure you and your family members are not texting too much. Talk to them about symptoms, such as tingling in the hands, neck and upper back or shoulders. Prevention is the best cure. Chiropractic adjustments of hands, arm, and spine can also help.  There is actually a term for this new condition created by too much technology - it is called Tech Neck!  Very preventable and very treatable by your Chiropractor.

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