Is weight lifting harming your spine?

Is weight lifting harming your spine?

Injury from weightliftingA popular training technique, the squat lift, may be putting undue stress on your spine, according to research presented to the North American Spine Society.

Trainers and coaches have long blamed spinal fractures on incorrect lifting form. But even athletes with "textbook form" could be harming their spines.

Researchers recruited twenty male athletes in their 20s and took several x-rays of them in various positions. They noticed that the sacrum- the part of your spine connecting your hip bones- sloped to an unhealthy degree when an athlete performed a back or front squat. This unnatural slope makes athletes highly susceptible to spinal fractures or damage. The risk is especially high for teenagers or young people whose spines are still maturing.

Although they haven't yet gone so far as to recommend that athletes stop doing the squat lift, doctors did recommend that athletes be extremely cautious when performing the activity. Despite the fact that the squat lift is effective in building muscle, it can lead to a lifetime of low-back pain and degenerative disc problems. Many chiropractors and physical therapists specialize in sports medicine and can help advise you on safe-lifting techniques.

Fauber, John. "Training Technique Stresses Athletes' Spines." Medpage Today. November 2, 2011. Accessed November 16, 2011
McClellan John, et al. "The effects of two different types of squat exercises on radiography of the lumbar spine". North American Spine Society. November 2011.

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Chronic Pain? Check Your Vitamin D Levels

Chronic Pain? Check Your Vitamin D Levels

vitamindBeing in constant and chronic pain may send you in search of "traditional" treatment methods like heat, ice, rest, and sometimes even pain medication. However, research recently published in the Journal of Parental and Enteral Nutrition reveals that the answer to relief may actually rest in your diet--specifically your vitamin D intake.

Vitamin D and Pain: The Connection

A group of five medical experts (comprised of doctors, registered nurses, and dieticians) conducted a cross-sectional study on just over 400 patients at an inpatient acute rehabilitation unit in Mission Viejo, California. Each person in the study was assessed in regard to their levels of pain, as well as the level of vitamin D in his or her body.
What they discovered is that the lower the individual's levels of vitamin D, the greater the amount of pain they felt. Conversely, people with higher amount of vitamin D in their system tended to experience less nonspecific musculoskeletal pain.

The Pain-Free Solution

Therefore, the solution to becoming pain-free may involve getting an adequate amount of this key nutrient in your diet. This can be achieved by taking supplements that contain the recommended amount of vitamin D which, according to the US Department of Health, is 600 IU (international units) for people 70 years and under.

If you're 71 or older, then your suggested dose is slightly higher at 800 IU. Additionally, people with certain autoimmune diseases and other conditions, like osteomalacia, cystic fibrosis, and atopic eczema, may need a higher dose yet.

You can also increase your levels of vitamin D by choosing foods like fortified cereals and orange juice, milk, cheese, lean meats, fish, beans, and eggs. All of these contain higher levels of vitamin D, making them essential to your pain relief. You can also get more vitamin D in your body by spending 15 minutes daily in the direct sun.

Adding vitamin D to your diet, in addition to receiving regular chiropractic care, may mean the difference between living in pain and living pain-free. And that is a big difference.

Matossian-Motley DL, Drake DA, Samimi JS, et al. Association between serum 25(OH)D level and nonspecific musculoskeletal pain in acute rehabilitation unit patients. Journal of Parental and Enteral Nutrition 2014;Oct:doi: 10.1177/0148607114555909.

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Is Texting Hurting Your Neck?

Is Texting Hurting Your Neck?


On average, how many minutes a day do you think you spend on your smartphone texting, checking your email, playing games, or searching one of your many downloaded apps? Ten? Twenty? Sixty? More?

A recent study from the Journal of Behavioral Addictions that has found that young woman typically spend 10 hours daily engaged with their cell phones. No, that isn't a typo. They spend roughly tenhours.

Whether you're spending this much time texting or conducting any other business on your phone or not, the impact on your neck after even a few minutes can cause you a tremendous amount of issues. Issues that you feel today, as well as years down the road.

The Effects of Texting on Your Neck

Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, the Chief of Spine Surgery with New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, has studied this effect and found that the force of having your head tilted forward for long periods of time has damaging results on the cervical area of your spine (your neck region). And the more your head is tilted forward, the greater the effects.

A human head weighs somewhere around 11 pounds. Therefore, when you are standing or sitting with good posture (which is defined as head sitting squarely on your shoulders with your shoulders down and back), there is around 11 pounds of force straight downward on your cervical spine.

Now, if you lean forward just slightly, creating a 15 degree angle in your neck, that amount of pressure more than doubles, increasing to 27 pounds. In essence, it is like your head now weighs 27 pounds which, as you can imagine, would put an extreme amount of pressure on your neck while trying to hold it up.

Bend your head forward a little more and it gets even worse. For instance, Dr. Hansraj found that a 30 degree forward tilt raises the pressure to roughly 40 pounds, and a 45 degree bend means that your neck is trying to deal with just under 50 pounds of pressure. No wonder your neck hurts!
Texting and neck pain
Being aware of this fact is the first step to correcting the issue. The second step involves spending less time on your smartphone, and raising it to eye level when you do need to access it. Of course, regular chiropractic adjustments can help put your neck back in place too, but remember that it is always better and easier to prevent an issue than it is to treat it.

Roberts JA, Yaya LHP, Manolis C. The invisible addiction: cell-phone activities and addiction among male and female college students. Journal of Behavioral Addiction 2014;
Hansraj, KK. Assessment of stresses in the cervical spine caused by posture and position of the head. Surgical Technology International, 25; 277-279. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 2014; 1 (-1): 1 DOI: 10.1556/JBA.3.2014.015
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Chiropractic Care for Kids with Migraines, Neck Pain, and Vertigo

Chiropractic Care for Kids with Migraines, Neck Pain, and Vertigo


Kids and chiropractiicMany people know chiropractic care is an effective treatment for adults, but did you know it can also be a powerful pediatric treatment? A recent study demonstrates just how much chiropractic care can benefit children and adolescents.

One twelve year-old boy suffered from vertigo, neck pain, and migraines so much that he was forced to miss over half of his school days for the past several years. In this study, the boy began visiting a chiropractor 3-4 times a week and later, once a month.

After the first week, the boy stopped experiencing migraines and neck pain completely. At first, his vertigo attacks decreased in severity and frequency and eventually, the vertigo attacks stopped occurring at all. With significantly reduced pain, the boy was able to attend school more frequently. His number of absences decreased by 75%, drastically improving his ability to stay involved in school.

This case study offers hope for adolescents and children suffering from vertigo, migraines, and neck pain. Chiropractic care is a safe, effective treatment on its own or as an addition to conventional treatment.

Kelly, D., Holt, K; Resolution of Vertigo, Migraines and Neck Pain in a 12 Year Old Boy Receiving Chiropractic Care A Case Study. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic; 2010. 4:150-153. 

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What Causes Sciatica?

What Causes Sciatica?

chiropractic and sciaticaSciatica is frequently the result of spinal conditions that lead to irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, and runs from the lower back through the upper buttocks and down to the toes. Compression or irritation of the sciatica nerve can cause low-back pain with radiating pain in the back of the legs.

Sciatica is often a result of disc herniation. Spinal discs are soft cushions between the vertebra of the spine. Disc herniation is the process in which an injury or spinal degeneration causes the disc to move outside of its normal boundary. This bulging disc pinches the sciatica nerve triggering pain.

Although disc herniation is a common source sciatic pain, several other mechanisms can cause pain. In a recent study, researchers used new, state-of-the-art imaging techniques to illustrate sources of sciatic pain other than disc herniation.

Additional causes of sciatica:Tumors and cysts: Various tumors and cysts can compress nerves in the lumbar spine region, causing pain.

Injury:  Fractures of the pelvis or sacroiliac joint can lead to lesions that place pressure on the nerves in the lumbar spinal plexus, or the group of nerves in the lumbar spine /low-back region. A hamstring injury can also lead to inflammation of the tendons and compress the adjacent sciatica nerve.

Infection: Though less common, infections can lead to abscesses, causing sciatic pain. These infections can occur in association with post-surgical complications, inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, gastro-intestinal pathologies like Crohn's disease or infections in the pelvis region.
Gynecological pathologies:
Gynecological conditions like ovarian cysts, ectopic endometriosis, or pregnancy can lead to sciatic pain, typically on the right side. Patients with sciatica due to ectopic endometriosis are typically in their reproductive years and have periodic flare-ups of sciatica known as cyclic sciatica.

Other causes
Piriformis syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed due to disorders or injury of the piriformis muscle. (This is a large muscle in the gluteal region.) Patients with piriformis syndrome experience pain in their buttocks with prolonged sitting.

Additional causes of sciatica include pelvic, gynecological, and urological cancers. Rather than severe radiating pain, these patients experience weakness or swelling.

Understanding the origin of your pain can assist doctors in providing effective sciatica treatment. A doctor of chiropractic can identify the source of your sciatica to provide effective treatment.

Ailianou A, Fitsiori A, Syrogiannopoulo A, et al. Review of the principal extra spinal pathologies cause of sciatica and new approach by MRI. The British Journal of Radiology 2012. E-published ahead of print. doi: 10.1259/bjr/84443179.

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Improving Health with Vitamin D Supplementation

Improving Health with Vitamin D Supplementation



vitamindIn a recent summary on the proven benefits of vitamin D, the author offers plenty of evidence for the advice to get "sensible sun exposure along with vitamin D supplementation."

As the author explains, the body responds to sunlight by producing vitamin D. The vitamin is in reality, a hormone that can also be taken in from diet and/or supplementation. Once it is converted in the liver to its active form (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D), it works with receptors in the small intestine, which increases absorption of calcium and phosphate. This is crucial for bone health.

The author goes on to point out that virtually all tissue in the body has vitamin D receptors and this is why a deficiency in vitamin D is linked to a number of health issues including preeclampsia, increased risk of c-section, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, types 1 and 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia, cancers and infectious diseases. The author recommends supplementing 2000 IU (international units) per day for adults and 1000 IU per day for children and that this, along with a safe amount of sun exposure, is essential in maximizing health (1).

Remember that sunscreen or sun-block lotions prevent vitamin D from being produced in the skin.  A doctor of chiropractic can evaluate your overall health and advise you on proper diet and supplementation as well as give you tips on getting a little sunlight in a safe manner.

Holick MF, Vitamin D: A D-Lightful Solution for Health. Journal of Investigative Medicine. 2011 Mar 16.

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Chiropractic Effective for SI Joint Pain

Chiropractic Effective for SI Joint Pain


A new study confirms that chiropractic care is an effective, safe way to treat sacroiliac joint pain.

The sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, is located at the base of the spine where the sacrum and pelvis connect to one another. SI joint pain can have a number of causes. Leg length discrepancies, pain or altered function of the hip, leg, and knee, and pregnancy are all common causes of SI joint pain.In pregnancy, the body produces hormones that cause the ligaments to relax. This can allow excessive movement in the SI joint, causing the bones to rub against each other.

In this new study, researchers performed a single chiropractic session on 32 women with SI joint syndrome. The patients reported immediate relief and experienced significant reduction of pain after both 48 hours and one month after treatment.

This adds to research demonstrating that chiropractic is a powerful, drug-free way to treat musculoskeletal pain.
Kamali, Fahimeh and Esmaeil Shokri. The effect of two manipulative therapy techniques and their outcome in patients with sacroiliac joint syndrome.
Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2012;16:29-35.


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Chiropractic Beats Physical Therapy for Back Pain

Chiropractic Beats Physical Therapy for Back Pain

Chiropractic Helps Patients Avoid Back Surgery, Study Shows
Many people are sent to physical therapists for back pain, but a recent study finds that chiropractic patients have better results.
Numerous studies have shown that chiropractic can be an effective treatment for patients with low back pain. Now a new report has looked further into the effectiveness of chiropractic by comparing it to physical therapy treatment, and, more significantly, studying the long-term benefits of chiropractic as measured by the annual number of office visits.

Most studies that look at long-term effects of treatment simply look at self-reported outcomes: level of pain and disability. This study took a different approach. By examining how much care patients sought after the initial study period, they could determine the effect each treatment method had on future health care consumption:

"Care seeking behavior by patients with low back pain is most commonly associated with increased pain and disability, meaning more care is sought when worse symptoms are experienced. The amount of health care utilized may therefore be used as a measure of patient health status, and thus may be compared between groups of patients to determine effectiveness of certain therapies."
The authors started with 191 patients with low back pain. 107 patients received chiropractic care and 84 patients received active exercise therapy  from physical therapists. All patients received treatment 2 to 4 times per week for four weeks. The study subjects were then followed for one year to assess outcomes.

The authors found: 38% of the chiropractic care patients and 54% of the physical therapy patients sought care for their back pain during the one-year follow-up. Chiropractic patients had an average of 2.2 visits to a health care provider after the treatment period, while physical therapy patients had an average of 6 visits.

"We hypothesized that there would be no group difference in the average number of visits to any health care provider. The results demonstrated that actually there were significant group differences during the year after trial participation, with a higher number of visits to any health care provider and to a general practitioner in the EP group."

The authors conclude: "Based on one-year follow-up data imputed for complete analysis, participants who received physical therapy (exercise program) during a clinical trial attended a higher number of visits to any health care provider and to general practitioners during the year after care when compared to participants who received chiropractic care (flexion distraction) within the trial."
  1. Cambron JA, Gudavalli MR, McGregor M, et al. Amount of health care and self-care following a randomized clinical trial comparing flexion-distraction with exercise program for chronic low back pain. Chiropractic and Osteopathy 2006:14:19.
  2. Proctor TJ, Mayer TG, Gatchel RJ, McGreary DD: Unremitting health care utilization outcomes of tertiary rehabilitation of patients with chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2004, 86A:62-69.
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Dizziness subsides with chiropractic

Dizziness subsides with chiropractic

 
dizziness and chiropracticA 2011 case study suggests that chiropractic adjustments may alleviate chronic dizziness associated with neck pain.

A 29 year old man had been suffering from cervicogenic dizziness for 10 years. His dizziness developed in his 20s after a lifetime of neck and back pain as a result of an auto accident he'd been in as child. The man had tried a slew of both medical and alternative treatments but nothing seemed to work. That's when he began receiving chiropractic adjustments as part of a case study on chiropractic treatment for dizziness.
The man immediately felt less dizzy after just one adjustment, and continued to improve from there.

After just 2 months of treatment, the young man had substantially less dizziness and pain, better neck range of motion, and an improved quality of life. Since there were no serious side effects, researchers concluded that chiropractic adjustments were a safe, effective treatment for this patient's pain.

Although this was just a case study, it verifies research from another study in which chiropractic care combined with other approaches reduced dizziness in 80% of patients.2
References
  1. Chaibi, Aleksander, and Peter Tuchin. Chiropractic spinal manipulative treatment of cervicogenic dizziness using Gonstead method: a case study. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine.2011;10: 194-8.
  2. Bracher E, Almeida C, Almeida R, Duprat A, Bracher C. A combined approach to the treatment of cervical vertigo. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2000;23(2):96-100.
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Fibromyalgia and Low Vitamin D Levels

Fibromyalgia and Low Vitamin D Levels

Fibromyalgia and vitamin DFibromyalgia patients are at risk of vitamin D deficiency according to a new study from Ireland. In the study, 36% of fibromyalgia patients had deficient levels of vitamin D and 62% had insufficient levels. That meant only 15% of patients were getting adequate levels of the vitamin.

The patients were mostly middle-aged women. Researchers pointed out that the women's vitamin D levels may have been affected by the fact they live in seldom-sunny Ireland. When it is sunny, patients may still choose to stay indoors because of their disability and pain.

Low vitamin D levels can increase the risk of cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children, cancer, and more. Vitamin D helps the body maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. It also allows the body to absorb calcium to strengthen the bones.

Previous research has investigated the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and musculoskeletal pain with conflicting results. In some studies, fibromyalgia patients had low levels of the vitamin but in others their levels were no different than control participants.  In one study vitamin D supplementation appeared to have no specific clinical benefits for fibromyalgia patients.

Still, there does appear to be link between vitamin D deficiency and muscle pain. While more research is needed to understand this link, vitamin D supplements could benefit the overall health of fibromyalgia patients.
Consult with your doctor to learn which vitamins are right for you.

References
Jan A, et al. "Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels in patients with fibromyalgia" BSR 2012; Abstract 231.
Walsh, Nancy. Medpage Today. Vitamin D May be Help in Fibromyalgia. May 3, 2012. Accessed May 10, 2012. http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/BSR/32497.

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Why Chiropractic is the Best Solution for Sciatica Pain


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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

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  1. Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.