Chiropractic Effective for Dizziness, Study Confirms

Chiropractic Effective for Dizziness, Study Confirms

An estimated 11-28% of adults suffer from chronic dizziness --a never-ending feeling of spinning, unsteadiness, and disorientation. These symptoms are common in patients with headache, neck pain, and whiplash-associated disorders.
Fortunately, a growing body of research suggests that manual therapies like chiropractic can reduce cervicogenic dizziness.

This specific type of dizziness is believed to originate in the cervical spine or neck. The neck plays an important role in the body's postural control: your neck is full of muscle spindles that act as sensory receptors working with a variety of reflexes to stabilize the head, eyes, and posture. Injury or disorders in the neck may disrupt the body's sensory system, resulting in cervical vertigo. Treating disorders in the neck can help restore the body's sensory capabilities to reduce symptoms of dizziness.

recent literature review analyzes the available research on the efficacy of spinal adjustments, soft-tissue mobilization, and other manual therapies for treating dizziness.1
In a 2008 study, researchers compared a specific type of spinal mobilization to a placebo.2Although placebo patients did improve, the patients receiving spinal mobilization experienced additional improvements in decreased dizziness frequency. They also had significantly reduced dizziness severity, disability, and neck pain at both the 6 and 12-week follow-ups.
The literature review also showed that other manual therapies, notably spinal adjustments and soft-tissue mobilization, produced similar improvements in several studies.

In addition to minimizing dizziness symptoms, two studies showed that spinal adjustments were found to improve blood flow in the arteries of the neck, which is believed to produce therapeutic effects.3-4 Another two studies found that spinal adjustments led to measurable improvements in balance.5-6

Some case studies suggested that combining manual therapies with vestibular rehabilitation could prove to be more superior than manual therapy alone. Vestibular rehabilitation can include a variety of mental and physical exercises, occupational therapy, restoring balance sense, and eye training. While cases studies point to promising results with combined treatment, there are still no experimental or observational studies on the combined effects of manual therapies and rehabilitation. The authors recommended that future research examine the potential benefits of combined treatment, and determine the dose requirements of manual therapies for dizziness.
This literature reviews confirms that chiropractic and other manual therapies can reduce cervicogenic dizziness for many patients. Chiropractors can also provide natural treatment for related symptoms of  cervicogenic headache and migraine.
 

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Asthma Patients Find Relief With Chiropractic Care

 

An estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma. With 180,000 deaths attributed to the disease, asthma treatment has a significant financial burden. In the United States alone, asthma medication is estimated to cost between $1 billion and $6 billion per year. While often treated with medication, there are other natural treatments available, such as chiropractic care.

In recent years, manipulative therapy has been used in addition to medication for managing respiratory diseases in adults and children. While many chiropractors report success with such treatments, few studies have examined the overall effectiveness of using manual therapies for respiratory disease treatment.

recent literature review sought to examine the efficacy of chiropractic care for patients with asthma. The study involved randomized controlled trials, case reports, case series, cohort studies, survey studies, commentaries, and systematic reviews. The researchers concluded that chiropractic care may offer an alternative care approach for patients with asthma. However, the authors concluded further randomized controlled clinical trials should be conducted for future investigation of this approach.
Another new literature review focused on the use of manual therapy to treat childhood respiratory disease. That study involved eight clinical trials on the effects of manual therapy on children and teens with respiratory diseases. Five of the studies involved children with asthma, while the others focused on the treatment of children with other respiratory conditions, including recurrent respiratory infections, cystic fibrosis, and bronchiolitis.

Six of the eight studies identified positive results of manual therapy, including reduced anxiety, better lung function, and improved levels of salivary cortisol. The use of manual techniques such as chiropractic, osteopathic medicine, and massage appear to be beneficial for children with respiratory disease.While more research is needed to confirm the results of these initial studies, the findings offer promise for families searching for natural relief of asthma.
recent case study highlights the impact that chiropractic can have for children with asthma. The case study involved a ten-year old boy who found relief from headache and respiratory symptoms under the care of chiropractor.
 

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Blood Tests Show How Chiropractic Heals

 

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If you've noticed that you always feel better after a chiropractic adjustment, there is now scientific documentation of why that is happening.
To verify what occurs physiologically after spinal manipulation, scientists at the University of Spain took 30 graduate students with no symptoms and assigned them to receive cervical adjustments, thoracic adjustments, or no manipulation at all. Blood samples were taken before the manipulation, immediately after it, and two hours later. The scientists sought to understand how hormones change in response to chiropractic adjustments.
What Happened Physiologically?

Researches tracked four chemicals in the blood plasma: neurotensin, oxytocin, cortisol, and orexin A. Neurotensin is thought to play a role in neutralizing pain induced from stress. It interacts with the serotonin neurons of the brain, those ones that keep you calm and cool as a cucumber when times get rough. Neurotensin also affects the activity of the oxytocin cells in the brain.

Oxytocin is the hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. When levels are high, you want to bond with the people around you. Oxytocin levels are high when moms are giving birth, breastfeeding their babies, and when you kiss your loved ones. It's anti-inflammatory, and its levels increase the trust you feel from others.
Cortisol acts to decrease local edema and pain by blocking early stages of inflammation. High levels also promote wound healing. Studies show that an increase of cortisol is a good painkiller. Orexin-A is a neuropeptide that is associated with pain control.
How Spinal Manipulation Changed Hormones

After the spinal manipulation, the levels of cortisol, neurotensin, and oxytocin rose. This tells you that the manipulation can cause definite increases in these neurotransmitters and hormones. The body interpreted the chiropractic manipulation as a mechanical force on the tissues that caused them to synthesize the neuropeptides.
They also found that cervical manipulation increased levels of neuropeptides higher than thoracic manipulations.
What this whole study tells us is that you are getting more than just a better range of motion when you get a spinal manipulation. You're getting positive effects on the entire nervous system that are making widespread changes in your entire body. You're getting pain control in an instant from educated human touch.
And now it can't be disputed. Chiropractic works and now we know why it's better than pain-killing drugs with side effects.

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Blood Tests Show How Chiropractic Heals

 

Posted in chiropracticChiropractic News
If you've noticed that you always feel better after a chiropractic adjustment, there is now scientific documentation of why that is happening.
To verify what occurs physiologically after spinal manipulation, scientists at the University of Spain took 30 graduate students with no symptoms and assigned them to receive cervical adjustments, thoracic adjustments, or no manipulation at all. Blood samples were taken before the manipulation, immediately after it, and two hours later. The scientists sought to understand how hormones change in response to chiropractic adjustments.

What Happened Physiologically?
Researches tracked four chemicals in the blood plasma: neurotensin, oxytocin, cortisol, and orexin A. Neurotensin is thought to play a role in neutralizing pain induced from stress. It interacts with the serotonin neurons of the brain, those ones that keep you calm and cool as a cucumber when times get rough. Neurotensin also affects the activity of the oxytocin cells in the brain.
Oxytocin is the hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. When levels are high, you want to bond with the people around you. Oxytocin levels are high when moms are giving birth, breastfeeding their babies, and when you kiss your loved ones. It's anti-inflammatory, and its levels increase the trust you feel from others.
Cortisol acts to decrease local edema and pain by blocking early stages of inflammation. High levels also promote wound healing. Studies show that an increase of cortisol is a good painkiller. Orexin-A is a neuropeptide that is associated with pain control.

How Spinal Manipulation Changed Hormones
After the spinal manipulation, the levels of cortisol, neurotensin, and oxytocin rose. This tells you that the manipulation can cause definite increases in these neurotransmitters and hormones. The body interpreted the chiropractic manipulation as a mechanical force on the tissues that caused them to synthesize the neuropeptides.
They also found that cervical manipulation increased levels of neuropeptides higher than thoracic manipulations.
What this whole study tells us is that you are getting more than just a better range of motion when you get a spinal manipulation. You're getting positive effects on the entire nervous system that are making widespread changes in your entire body. You're getting pain control in an instant from educated human touch.
And now it can't be disputed. Chiropractic works and now we know why it's better than pain-killing drugs with side effects.

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Back Pain Requires Custom Approach

Back Pain Requires Custom Approach

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Not all back pain is the same, so the treatment for back pain shouldn't be the same either. That may seem like common sense but now scientists are beginning to understand the truth behind that idea. A study published in the UK demonstrates the benefits of targeted treatment for patients with back pain.

Researchers divided back pain patients into two groups those that would receive targeted treatment and those that would receive non-targeted treatment. Those participants in the targeted-care group were evaluated based on risk level. They were given different levels of physiological and psychological treatment depending on their level of risk.

Patients with targeted treatment showed significant improvements that those without targeted care did not. Those improvements included: less days of work due to back pain, better physical and emotional functioning, higher quality of life, and reduced disability from back pain. They experienced economic benefits as well; targeted-care patients saved money on health bills by avoiding types of treatment or doctors visits that weren't necessary for their condition.
Without prognostic screening to create targeted treatment, researchers concluded that "many medium-risk and high-risk patients are potentially being denied access to more sophisticated treatments that are likely to improve their clinical outcomes." Talk to your chiropractor about receiving targeted treatment to address your back pain.
Hill JC, Whitehurst DG, Lewis M, Brayn S, et al. Comparison of stratified primary care management for low back pain with current best practice (STarT Back): a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet  2011;378(9802):1560-71.

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Chiropractic Care vs Drugs for Neck Pain

Chiropractic Care vs Drugs for Neck Pain

 
 
?Neck pain is very common, affecting an estimated 70% of people at some point during their lifetime. While there are many potential treatments available, there is little research regarding their comparative effectiveness. A recent study published in the medical journal The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that chiropractic care is a more effective treatment for neck pain than medication.

The study involved 272 patients with acute or subacute neck pain. They were given one of three treatments: chiropractic care, medication, or exercise under the direction of a medical professional. After 12 weeks of treatment, those who received chiropractic care or exercise therapy experienced the most significant reduction in pain. Participant-rated pain was measured periodically for one year following the treatment.

When compared with patients receiving medication, both chiropractic and exercise therapies more than doubled the likelihood of complete pain relief. Chiropractic and exercise were the most effective treatments in both the short and long term.
Chiropractic patients found that these benefits lasted a year or more, showing that chiropractic care can provide long-term relief of neck pain. The researchers believe the success of chiropractic treatment stems from its ability to address the causes of neck pain, rather than solely treating the symptoms.
Reference
Bronfort G, Evans R, Anderson AV, Svendsen KH, Bracha Y, Grimm RH. Spinal Manipulation, medication, or home exercise with advice for acute and subacute neck pain: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine  2012;156(1):1-10.

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How Chiropractic Can Help During Pregnancy

How Chiropractic Can Help During Pregnancy

 
Pregnancy can be a wonderful time in a woman's life but it can also be the source of significant pain. Conditions like back pain and migraine can make it difficult to sleep and can affect your quality of life. And since you want to protect your baby, you don't want to use drugs if you can avoid them.
Chiropractic is a safe, natural way to manage and treat pain during pregnancy. Research shows that chiropractic adjustments can substantially reduce pain in the low back, pelvis, and hips; ease sciatica; relieve stress; and reduce the frequency of headaches.
During pregnancy, weight gain and changes in posture place stress on your joints and muscles. Hormonal fluctuations can trigger migraine and loosen the ligaments and muscles connecting to your pelvis. All of this can result in pain.

Chiropractic uses gentle adjustments to relieve pressure on any pinched nerves and ease the stress placed on ligaments and joints. Your chiropractor can also advise you in using stretches, improved posture, nutrition, and safe lifting methods to reduce pain.
But chiropractic does more than treat pain, it enables you to maintain optimal wellness in this crucial time. A doctor of chiropractic can help you develop a nutrition and exercise program to improve the health of you and your baby. Plus, studies show that chiropractic adjustments reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones, boost immunity, and more.
To find out more about the benefits of natural prenatal care, contact a chiropractor today.

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Chiropractic Patients Have 90% Reduction in Migraine Frequency

Chiropractic Patients Have 90% Reduction in Migraine Frequency

 
 
Many patients rely on pain medications to manage migraines but did you know those medications may actually be causing you more headaches? A recent study found that medication overuse causes daily headaches in 1 in 50 people.  Fortunately, there are natural treatment options that don't put you at risk for worsening head pain.
Cases studies have suggested that chiropractic is beneficial for migraine treatment in pregnant women and children but a 2000 study was one of the the first randomized, controlled trials assessing the efficacy of chiropractic for migraine.

The study involved 127 participants between the ages of 10 and 70. All had been diagnosed with migraines, and had a minimum of at least one migraine per month. Half of the patients received chiropractic treatments, while the other half served as a control group. Treatment consisted of two months of chiropractic spinal manipulations, with a maximum of 16 treatments. Over the course of the study, participants completed headache diaries noting the frequency, intensity, duration, disability, associated symptoms, and medication use for each migraine.

The treatment group showed statistically significant improvements in average responses for migraine frequency, duration, disability, and medication use when compared to the control group. Twenty-two percent of participants reported more than a 90% reduction of migraines after the 2 months of treatment. The results of this study support previous information that some people report significant improvement in their migraines after chiropractic spinal manipulation.
Given that a high percentage of people with migraines report stress as a major migraine factor, it appears likely that chiropractic care affects physical conditions related to stress, thereby reducing the effects of the migraine.
A more recent study published in 2012 demonstrated that chiropractic care reduced pain severity in migraine patients by an average of 68%. In other words, chiropractic patients had their pain levels drop from an average of 5 to 0.5 on scale of 1 to 10.

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Case Study Highlights Chiropractic for ADHD

Case Study Highlights Chiropractic for ADHD

 
 
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood condition with symptoms such as impulsivity, hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and distractibility. Treatment options are varied, including medication and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) options. Chiropractic care has been suggested as one potential treatment for ADHD.

There is some preliminary evidence to suggest that chiropractic care could have some positive effect on learning disabilities and ADHD. A recent case study adds this body of evidence by detailing the chiropractic care of a 5-year-old boy diagnosed with ADHD. His parents hoped that chiropractic care could help address signs of ADHD such as acting out, inability to follow instructions, and poor performance at school.
An initial examination revealed trigger points and hypertonicity in the paraspinal muscles, along with  cervical and thoracolumbar facet joint irritation. Treatment included stretching, soft tissue therapy, and spinal manipulation conducted three times per week initially, declining to twice per week and continuing for one year.

Following one year of treatment, subjective improvements were noted in the patient's ability to follow instructions, episodes of acting out, and general performance at school and home. This suggests that chiropractic care could have a potential role in the management of patients with ADHD.  However, the researchers pointed out that these improvements may have resulted from the psychological benefit of having an increased support system during treatment. Additionally, since physical touch has been shown to alter mood and behavior, the hands-on approach of the treatment could have also played a role in its success.
While this case study provides us with an example of the potential impact of chiropractic on kids with ADHD,  the overall evidence on chiropractic for ADHD is sparse. No large-scale trials evaluating chiropractic treatments for ADHD have been conducted, and more research must be done to confirm any effects.

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Chiropractic Beats Epidural Injections for Disc Herniations

Chiropractic Beats Epidural Injections for Disc Herniations

 
Chiropractic adjustments were just as effective as epidural injections for patients with back pain in a new study -- without the risks and at lower cost.
The findings show that chiropractic can significantly reduce pain in patients with lumbar disc herniation, and is less expensive than medical treatment.
Lumbar epidural injections are frequently used for back pain and sciatica in patients with lumbar disc herniation, failed back surgery syndrome, and spinal stenosis. During the procedure, a physician injects a high dose of pain medication, and sometimes steroids, into the area of the lumbar spine around the damaged nerve. This temporarily reduces inflammation and pain.

Although the injections are widely used, controversy lingers due to the lack of a studies with placebo controls, and questions about the effects of steroids versus anesthetic alone. Side effects of steroids include a weakening of muscles and spinal bones around the affected nerve and a disruption of the body's natural hormone balance. It's also unclear whether epidural injections are more effective than other conservative treatments for lumbar disc herniation.
 
While a number of studies have established the efficacy of chiropractic for low-back pain, fewer have tested its comparative effectiveness with other treatments for lumbar disc herniation.
In a new study from the Journal of Manual and Physiological Therapeutics, researchers from Switzerland compared the effects of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and epidural nerve root injections (NRI). The study included 102 with symptomatic, MRI-confirmed lumbar disc herniation who were treated with either SMT or NRI.

After one month of treatment, both groups experienced significant improvements. Of the patients under chiropractic care, 76.5% said they were "much better" or  "better" compared to 62.7% of NRI patients. Sixty percent of chiropractic patients had a significant reduction in pain compared to 53% of NRI patients. These slight differences were not statistically significant.

While none of the chiropractic patients received surgery, three of the NRI patients eventually opted for an operation.
Since the treatments were considered equally effective, the cost analysis became even more important for comparing both treatments, the researchers pointed out.  On average, one month of chiropractic adjustments was less expensive than NRI ($558 vs. $729). Their analysis included only the "minimum cost" of NRIs, and did not take into account other costs that are frequently tacked on like additional consultations with clinicians, multiple injections, or possible surgery. Additionally, treatment cost for chiropractic patients may have been slightly higher than normal since they were required to receive an MRI to be in the study. Many chiropractic patients do not receive MRI because imaging guidelines do not recommend MRIs for patients with lumbar disc herniation in most cases. In contrast, MRIs are typically performed before injections or other more invasive procedures.

Although randomized trials are needed to confirm these results, the authors concluded that, "There were no significant differences in outcomes between the more universally accepted treatment procedure of NRI compared to SMT."
This study suggest that patients can experience substantial relief from chiropractic care without worrying about the side effects of steroids or drugs. It may even save them money, since research suggests that chiropractic patients have lower annual medical costs compared to patients under traditional care.

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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.