Sitting Tied to Increased Disability Risk

Sitting Tied to Increased Disability Risk

Sitting Tied to Increased Disability Risk- Chiropractic NewsSitting is the new smoking, and here's another reason why: a new study shows that every hour you spend sitting during the day increases your likelihood of suffering from a disability.

Researchers publishing in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health analyzed the health records of 2,285 adults over the age of 60 who wore accelerometers to track their daily physical activity levels. Their disability levels were calculated based on their capacity to complete Activities of Daily Living (ADL). The average adult spent 9 hours per a day sitting during their waking hours, even after adjusting for moderate physical activity levels, socioeconomic status, and health concerns. The researchers discovered that each waking hour of sitting resulted in a 46% increase in the risk of ADL disability. The results add to earlier research linking sitting to an elevated risk of diabetes, early death, and heart disease.

"These findings support programs encouraging older adults to decrease sedentary behavior regardless of their engagement in moderate or vigorous activity," the researchers concluded.

But it's not just older adults who are victim to the negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

Recent research suggest that nearly 80% of Americans fail to meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity levels, putting them at risk for a variety of diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, and obesity.

Even increasing your activity level by 20 minutes a day can make a difference in the health of obese patients,another recent study showed. Chiropractors can advise you on building a safe, effective exercise program to prevent and reduce chronic pain.
Sedentary time in US older adult associated with disability in activities of daily living independent of physical activity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 2014.

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Chiropractic Effective for Neck Pain in Seniors, Study Finds

Chiropractic Effective for Neck Pain in Seniors, Study Finds

Chiropractic News: Chiropractic Effective for Neck Pain in Seniors , Study FindsA recent study shows that not only are neck adjustments safe for the elderly, they're extremely effective for neck pain when combined with exercise. Although earlier studies have shown the benefits of chiropractic for neck pain, there have been no randomized clinical trials on the treatment specifically for the elderly.

The study, published in The Spine Journal, included 241 patients over the age of 65 years who suffered from persistent neck pain. Patients were randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups:  spinal manipulation therapy delivered by a chiropractor, plus home exercise (SMT+HE); supervised exercise plus home exercise (SRE+HE); or  home exercise alone (HE).

After 12 weeks of treatment, over 60% of chiropractic patients had at least a 75% improvement in pain, compared to approximately 25% of patients in the SRE+HE group, and nearly 20% of the HE only group. These significant differences were less pronounced at the one year follow-up however.

Still, the researchers pointed out that any decrease in pain greater than 50% is considered a clinically meaningful and substantial change for neck pain. Additionally the chiropractic patients had greater reductions in medication usage. They wrote that the "lack of serious adverse events, tolerability, and high adherence to care suggest the combination of SMT with home exercise is an effective treatment in seniors with chronic NP."

Chiropractic care included a diversified, thrust technique, mobilization, and a low-velocity type of joint oscillation, for a maximum of 20 sessions. The force and type of SMT was individualized, and adjunct therapy included heat and ice therapy, massage, and assisted stretching. Home exercise consisted of simple exercises for balance, coordination, and flexibility taught by a chiropractor or exercise therapist. Supervised exercise consisted of 20, one-hour sessions monitored by an exercise therapist.
Neck pain affects an estimated 20% of adults over the age of 70. Unfortunately, many elderly patients suffer from coexisting conditions, and because of the possibility of drug interference, cannot use prescription painkillers. Others may wish to use drug-free treatments out of personal preference. This makes conservative treatments like chiropractic care all the more important for the management of neck pain in the elderly.
Maiers M, et al. Spinal manipulative therapy and exercise for seniors with chronic neck pain. The Spine Journal 2013; doi10.1016/j.spinee.2013.10.035.

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Back Pain May Make Knee Problems Worse, Study Suggests

Back Pain May Make Knee Problems Worse, Study Suggests

Back Pain May Make Knee Problems Worse, Study SuggestsIf you've got knee pain with an occasional aching back, recent research suggests you may want to take care of that back pain sooner rather than later. A new study found that patients with back pain undergoing knee replacement surgery had poorer outcomes two years after surgery compared to patients without back pain.

The study showed that patients with low back pain had Oxford Knee Scores that were 5 points lower on average compared to those without back pain, and they also scored 6 points lower for overall physical health. Patients with low back pain were also more likely to require revision surgery.

In contrast, other musculoskeletal disorders, like hip and ankle problems, did not affect post-surgery outcomes. The researchers did not know whether this difference was because back pain was more disabling than hip and ankle problems, or because patients with back pain have a higher sensitivity to pain. They suggested that patients who are candidates for knee surgery be informed that their chances of full recovery are lower if they also suffer from back pain.

Chiropractors can provide safe, non-invasive treatments for both back and knee pain. Research has suggested that chiropractic care and targeted exercises are effective for relieving knee arthritis and a number of problems causing back pain.
Boyle JK, et al. Influence of low back pain on total arthroplasty outcome. Knee 2013.
Piper, L. Low back pain hinder knee replacement surgery. medwireNews.

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Painkillers Pose Risks in Pregnancy

Painkillers Pose Risks in Pregnancy

Risks of Narcotics in PregnancyA new study suggests that over 14% of women are prescribed narcotics at some point in their pregnancy, despite the fact that the drugs may be associated with an elevated risk of birth defects.
Prescription rates of opioid painkillers (narcotics) have grown dramatically in the past decade.

Between 1991 and 2001, more than 200 million prescriptions for narcotics like Vicodin and Oxycotin were administered, according to the National Institute of Health. This boom in opioid painkillers does not exclude pregnant women, according to a study published online in the journalAnesthesiology.
Lead author of the study, Brian Batemen, MD, MSc, explained that the safety of using opioids in pregnancy remains "unclear" and that more data is needed to asses the effects that opioids have on unborn babies.

Earlier research from the US (conducted in 1959-1965) and later studies from Sweden and Norway did not find an increased risk of birth defects from opioid prescriptions. However, more recent research raises questions about those initial findings. The 1997-2005 US National Birth Defects Prevention Study discovered that codeine and other opioids may increase the risk of some birth defects including atrial and ventricular septal defects, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, spina bifida, and gastrochisis. Long-term use of opioids may lead to neonatal dependency and withdrawal symptoms in the first few days of a newborn's life.

Bateman found that the most common reasons for opioid prescriptions in pregnant women were back pain (37%), abdominal pain, migraine, joint pain, and fibromyalgia. Instead of taking unknown risks of opioids, many pregnant women experience relief of their musculoskeletal symptoms through drug-free treatments like chiropractic. Studies suggest that chiropractic can significantly reduceback pain and pelvic pain during pregnancy.
American Society of Anesthesiologists. (2014, February 14). More than 14 percent of pregnant women prescribed opioids, study says. Medical News Today. Retrieved from

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Alarming Number of Whiplash Patients Still Disabled

Alarming Number of Whiplash Patients Still Disabled

Alarming Number of Whiplash Patients Still Disabled  If you've been injured in a car accident, you may wonder "How soon can I expect to return to work and my normal life?" While the answer to that question is highly individualized, a new study suggests that patients with whiplash-associated disorder may have slower return-to-work rates compared to people with other musculoskeletal injuries.

A study published in the journal BMC Public Health found that only 44% of whiplash patients had returned to work after two years, compared to 57% of patients with other musculoskeletal disorders.

An estimated 19-60% of patients with whiplash still experience symptoms six months after the injury, and up to half of WAD patients fail to return to work within a year. Researchers from Denmark sought to see whether these high rates of chronicity affected return-to-work rates in whiplash patients. The study included 104 adults with whiplash and 3,204 individuals with other musculoskeletal disorders like back pain. All the participants had been listed for sick leave for at least eight weeks prior to the start of the study. The researchers conducted follow-ups at 26 weeks, one year, two years, and three years after the patients were initially listed for sick leave.

Whiplash Study Results:
Patients with other musculoskeletal disorders returned to work sooner than those with whiplash-associated disorder.
Return to Work Whiplash Other Musculoskeletal Disorders
Week 26 18% 43%
1 year 34% 51%
2 years 44% 57%
3 years 43% 57%
With 56% of whiplash patients still on sick leave after two years, the results from this study are higher than what has been found in earlier studies. For instance, a 2001 study showed that only 12% of whiplash patients hadn't resumed their normal activities or were only back to modified job functions a year after the initial injuries. This difference may have been due to the fact the newer Danish study included a cohort of long-term sick-listed patients who already had a higher risk of chronicity, whereas the 2001 study analyzed a broader group of patients within two days after visiting the emergency room for whiplash. Still, the research shows that individuals with chronic whiplash symptoms, the risk of long-term work disability is great.

"These findings suggest that an active rehabilitation is important to sick-listed individuals with WAD at an early stage of the process," the researchers wrote. Active rehabilitation, such as chiropractic care and exercise therapies, can improve patients' chance of recovery.

Biering-Sørensen, et al. The return-to-work process of individuals sick-listed because of whiplash-associated disorder: a three-year follow-up study in a Danish cohort of
long-term sickness absentees. BMC Public Health 2014; 14:113 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-113.
Kasch H, Bach FW, Jensen TS: Handicap after acute whiplash injury: a 1-year prospective study of risk factors. Neurology 2001, 56:16371643.

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11 Natural Headache Cures You Need to Know

11 Natural Headache Cures You Need to Know

11 Natural Headache Cures You Need to KnowInstead of depending on pain medications to get you through the day, try one of these drug-free headache treatments for relief.
  1. Chiropractic Adjustments:Research shows neck adjustments can decrease disability and pain in many patients with cervicogenic headache, and reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.
  2. Ginger: In one study, ginger supplements were found to be as effective as sumatriptan for decreasing the severity of a migraine attack. As an added bonus, the patients taking ginger didn't experience any unwanted side effects.
  3. Butterbur: A review from the American Academy of Neurology concluded that supplements of a flower called butterbur are effective for preventing migraine, whereas non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were only categorized as "probably effective."
  4. Exercise: Women who exercised for 40 minutes three times per week had the same reductions in migraine pain as women taking an anti-seizure medication called topiramate in a 2011 study.
  5. Massage Therapy: Massage therapy can help to relieve neck symptoms in patients with cervicogenic headache, according to one new study. Massage can also ease the tension and stress related to tension-type headaches.
  6. Trigger Point Therapy: This therapy is commonly used by chiropractors and other manual therapists to target trigger points, or hyper-irritable spots of pain in the muscles. One studyfound that trigger point therapy applied to the neck reduced cervicogenic headache pain by 71%.
  7. Lavender Essential Oils: The calming effects of lavender can significantly reduce the intensity of migraine headache attack, according to a 2012 study.
  8. Stop Chewing Gum: Teenagers who quit chewing gum excessively experienced a resolution in their persistent headaches, in one new study
  9. Sex: One German study showed that having sex during a headache episode significantly reduced pain intensity for 70% of adults with migraine and 91% of adults with cluster headaches. 
  10. Acupuncture: This ancient Chinese medicine can significantly reduce chronic pain and migraine. One recent case study also showed the benefits of combining acupuncture with chiropractic care.
  11. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: new study showed that kids with chronic migraine had significant improvements after receiving cognitive behavioral therapy. The study demonstrates the importance of addressing the mental aspects of chronic headache.



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Probiotics May Help You Lose Weight

Probiotics May Help You Lose Weight

A new study adds to the growing list of benefits from probiotics. Researchers from the Universite Lavel in Canada found that taking certain probiotics enhanced weight loss efforts in women.

Confused about which probiotic is best for you? At Charlotte Natural Healing, we use only the best quality supplements. 

According to Science Daily, earlier studies have demonstrated that intestinal flora differs in obese people compared to thin individuals. The reason behind that difference may lie in the fact that obese people are more likely to have a diet high in fat and low in fiber, which encourages certain bacteria instead of others
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In a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers enrolled 125 overweight people to participate in a weight loss program. The study consisted of 12 weeks of focused weight loss efforts followed by a 12 weeks of a weight maintenance program. The participants were randomly assigned to receive either probiotic pills or placebo pills to be taken every day throughout the study.

By the end of the first 12 weeks, the women in the probiotic group had dropped 4.4 kg on average compared to just 2.6 kg lost in the placebo group, (or 9.7 lbs lost compared to 5.7 lbs). In the second half of the study, during the weight maintenance period, the women in the placebo group maintained a stable weight. However the women in the probiotic group lost an additional 5.2 kg (11.46 lbs) per person. They also experienced a decreased concentration of the intestinal bacteria tied to obesity, as well as a drop in the appetite-regulating hormone, leptin.

These changes were not seen in men however. It's possible that the dosage may have been too low or the study period too short to see the effects in men, the authors hypothesized. Still the results of their study show that probiotics may play an important role in the prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes, when used in combination with weight loss efforts like diet and increased physical activity.
The study specifically focused on lactobacillus rhamnosus, a probiotic strain that belongs to Nestle and is only available in European markets. However, the study authors suspect that North American products could have similar results.

Being overweight is known to exacerbate chronic musculoskeletal conditions, which is why many chiropractors advise their patients on safe, natural ways to lose and maintain weight.

Marina Sanchez, Christian Darimont, Vicky Drapeau, Shahram Emady-Azar, Melissa Lepage, Enea Rezzonico, Catherine Ngom-Bru, Bernard Berger, Lionel Philippe, Corinne Ammon-Zuffrey, Patricia Leone, Genevieve Chevrier, Emmanuelle St-Amand, André Marette, Jean Doré, Angelo Tremblay. Effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus CGMCC1.3724 supplementation on weight loss and maintenance in obese men and women. British Journal of Nutrition, 2013; 1 DOI: 10.1017/S0007114513003875.
Université Laval. "Certain probiotics could help women lose weight, study finds." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 January 2014. <>.

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Lavender Better Than Placebo for Migraine

Lavender Better Than Placebo for Migraine

Here's a reason to stick some lavender in your Valentine's bouquet: research suggests essentials oils from the flower may help to naturally relieve headaches. A study from the journal European Neurology shows that lavender essential oil significantly reduced the severity of migraine headaches for 72% of cases. In comparison, earlier studies have shown that Tylenol and ibuprofen are only effective for migraine headaches about 50% of the time.
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In a 2012 study, researchers conducted the first-ever placebo-controlled trial on the effects of lavender essential oil for migraine headache. Forty seven participants were randomly assigned to sniff either lavender essential oils or a placebo for 15 minutes. They then recorded their headache severity and symptoms every 30 minutes for the next two hours.  In the group treated with lavender, 71%  of  headache attacks responded entirely or partially to the treatment compared to just  47% in the placebo group.

"Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic, antihypertensive, antimicrobial, analgesic agent as well as a wound healing accelerator," the researchers wrote. They concluded that lavender essential oil may be "an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches." More research is needed to confirm the results of this initial trial.

Lavender is famous for its stress-relieving properties, and research shows that addressing stress is key for preventing and eliminating migraine headache. Chiropractic care is another natural option that has been shown to be beneficial for easing stress hormones and headache.

Please contact us for a variety of natural whole food supplements and herbs for headache and migraine relief.

Prior MJ. A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of acetaminophen for treatment of migraine headache. Headache 2010; (5):819-833.
Rasmussen MJK and Binzer M. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of migraine.Current Medical Research 2001; 17 (1s). 
Roy Rabbie, Sheena Derry, R Andrew Moore, Henry J McQuay. Ibuprofen with or without an antiemetic for acute migraine headaches in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2010 (10): CD008039 DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD008039.pub2
Sasannejad P, et al. Lavender essential oil in the treatment of migraine headache: a placebo-controlled clinical trial. European Neurology 2012; 67(5):288-91. doi: 10.1159/000335249.

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More Young People with Hip Pain

More Young People with Hip Pain

More Young People with Hip PainHip pain is becoming a growing concern among younger and middle-aged patients, especially in teen athletes and weekend warriors.

Pain specialists at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say they are seeing an increasing number of patients, from adolescents to baby boomers, who are suffering from a condition known as femoral acetabular impingement, or FAI.

"FAI has become much more common in the last 10 years, and in younger people these injuries tend to be sports-related," explained Dr. Thomas Ellis, vice chair of the department of Orthopedics and chief of Hip Preservation at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center. "While it can happen in non-athletes and weekend warriors, we commonly see this condition in those who were year-round athletes before and during puberty."

FAI develops in individuals who have bone abnormalities or spurs that cause the ball of the femur to not fit properly in the hip socket. This abnormality makes the hip joint vulnerable to cartilage destruction caused by repetitive motions involving hip flexion, rotation, and adduction. Over time, patients may develop osteoarthritis, as well as painful symptoms in the hip, back, buttocks, and groin. Sports such as soccer, cycling, ballet, and ice hockey frequently result in FAI.

Despite increased awareness of the condition, little is known about its exact etiology.The condition is often misdiagnosed as bursitis, Piriformis syndrome, back pain, hip flexor strain, groin pull, pinched nerve, and even endometriosis. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, patients may require hip replacement surgery.

According to a 2010 study, "chiropractors can play an important role in identifying patients with possible FAI syndrome, and in facilitating the appropriate management of this disorder." Although the abnormality cannot be corrected through conservative treatment, chiropractic care and exercise therapies may help to reduce acute pain.

More research is needed to understand the causes and proper treatment of this debilitating condition.  However, for patients who have hip osteoarthritis, chiropractic care has also been found to be beneficial for reducing symptoms and improving overall function. If you are a young adult with hip pain, chiropractors can also discuss preventive strategies like stretching, cross training, and rest-- so you can enjoy your favorite sport free of pain.

Emary P. Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome: a narrative review for the chiropractor. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association 2010; 54(3): 16476. 
Gliedt, JA. Clinical brief: femoroacetabular impingement syndrome. Topics in Integrative Health Care 2012, Vol. 3(2)   ID: 3.2004 . 
 Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. (2013, December 2). Don't ignore hip pain: Impingement a growing problem among young, active. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 30, 2014 from

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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.