Chiropractic Effective for Scoliosis

Chiropractic Effective for Scoliosis

chiroxrayA 2011 study revealed that a multimodal chiropractic treatment can significantly ease the pain and disability of adult scoliosis. This is one of the first studies on the effects of chiropractic and exercise on adult scoliosis, and showed promising results.
In the study, 28 patients with adult scoliosis participated in a chiropractic rehabilitation program for two years. The program included exercise and weight-bearing activities designed to correct spinal misalignment.

Exercise was facilitated by a chiropractor for six months, and then patients were assigned at-home exercises for the remaining duration of the study. After six months of treatment, patients saw their disability scores cuts in half and experienced a 40% reduction in pain. The majority of patients' spines became less abnormally curved.

This improved spinal alignment made it easier for patients to breath normally -- something that often becomes difficult with scoliosis.
Degenerative adult scoliosis causes the spine to become progressively more curved; eventually the spine can begin to compress nerve roots, causing pain. Gentle chiropractic adjustments and exercise can ease the compression of nerves while promoting proper spinal alignment.

Morningstar, MW. Outcomes for adult scoliosis patients receiving chiropractic rehabilitation: a 24-month retrospective analysis. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 2011;10:179-184.
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Losing sleep to fibromyalgia

Losing sleep to fibromyalgia

Sleep. It's something many fibromyalgia patients have a difficult relationship with. It seems like it's seldom there when you need and the lack of it manages to impact every aspect of your life. Fatigue, insomnia, and sleep disturbances are just some of the symptoms that can be debilitating for people with fibromyalgia. Those symptoms may be a result of restless-leg syndrome (RLS.) according to new research that links the syndrome with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia and RLS share certain similar features like occurring predominantly among females, clustering within families, and causing leg movements during sleep. Researchers sought to explore the potential link between the conditions by determining the presence of sleep disturbances and RLS among 172 patients with fibromyalgia. Those patients were compared with 63 people without chronic pain or fibromyalgia. Participants completed a diagnostic interview to determine whether they had restless-leg syndrome. In order to be diagnosed with RLS, participants had to meet all the following criteria:  uncomfortable sensations while sitting or lying down, discomfort that improves with walking, and discomfort that worsens at night and while resting.

Participants with fibromyalgia were ten times more likely to have RLS than participants without fibromyalgia. While all fibromyalgia patients suffered from sleep disturbances and fatigue, those with restless-leg syndrome scored worse on a sleep-quality questionnaire. Researchers pointed out that treating the symptoms of RLS may significantly improve sleep quality for many fibromyalgia patients.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you don't have to live a life plagued by sleepless nights and fatigue. Numerous medical studies have shown that chiropractic can alleviate the pain of fibromyalgia, helping you restore restful sleep and live a healthier life.

Viola-Saltzman M, et al."High prevalence of restless legs syndrome among patients with fibromyalgia: A controlled cross-sectional study". Journal  Clinical Sleep Medicine 6 (2010): 423-427.
Walsh, Nancy. "Fibromyalgia Linked with Restless Legs". Medpage Today. October 15, 2011. Accessed November 9, 2011.
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Acupuncture better than drug for sciatica

Acupuncture better than drug for sciatica

Acupuncture could be better than a common drug for treating sciatica pain, a recent small studysuggests. After three treatments, 57% of acupuncture patients were cured compared to just 27% of patients taking a common pain killer and 20% receiving alkaloid injections.

Researchers from China divided 90 sciatica patients into three groups receiving one of three treatments: warming acupuncture, tablets of a common drug called Nimesulide, or  injections of a plant-based alkaloid used as a natural anti-shock treatment. The researchers then measured patients initial pain thresholds. Acute and chronic pain tends to lower your overall pain threshold, or the level of pain you can tolerate.

As expected, the sciatica patients had lower pain thresholds compared to 300 healthy participants tested. Over time though, as patients began to recover with treatment, their pain thresholds crept upwards. Patients in the acupuncture group experienced more significant improvements; their pain threshold increased by 1.65 mA compared to 0.5 mA for the drug and 0.72 mA for the injection group.
Researchers pointed out that acupuncture could release chemicals that alter neurotransmitters to block the transmission of pain.

They also suggested that the burning moxa used in warming acupuncture could dilate capillaries in the affected area and improve circulation to strengthen the analgesic effects of acupuncture.  Though previous research has suggested that acupuncture can relieve back and neck pain, this study suggests it could also be beneficial for patients with sciatica.
Chen M, Wang P, Cheng G, et al. The warming acupuncture for treatment of sciatica in 30 cases. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 2009; 29 (1): 50-3.
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Can exercise make you smarter?

Can exercise make you smarter?

Exercise doesn't just improve your physical health, it may also enhance your cognitive functioning, according to a new study.
Nine women with fibromyalgia participated in a small study of the effects of exercises on working memory. Researchers used a functional MRIs to measure women's brain activity levels while they took a memory test. After these initial tests, the women stopped taking their medications, and actually performed more poorly on the memory tests. But after six weeks of an aerobic exercise program, their cognitive functioning improved significantly to normal levels. The women also experienced reduced levels of pain.

While more research is needed, this study may be the first to link exercise to improved working memory. Research has demonstrated that exercise and tai chi can significantly reduce pain in fibromyalgia patients. This study confirms these findings while pointing to other potential benefits of exercise.
Khatiwada, M., J Vanmeter, B. Wallit. "Effect of aerobic exercise on working memory in fibromyalgia." Presentation abstract for Neuroscience 2011. November 13, 2011. Accessed January 9,  2012.{8334BE29-8911-4991-8C31-32B32DD5E6C8}.
Kelly, Janis. "Exercise Relieves Fibromyalgia Pain, Ups Cognitive Function." Medscape. December 9, 2011. Accessed January 9, 2012.
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Chiropractic Offers Quicker Back Pain Recovery than Medical Care

Chiropractic Offers Quicker Back Pain Recovery than Medical Care

Chiropractic best for back painChiropractic is a proven effective way to help people recover and prevent back pain, but many people still choose to see a medical provider for back problems. According to research published in Spine, the chiropractic is the better choice.

This particular randomized-controlled trial consisted of 107 adult participants who began experiencing low back pain at some time within the previous 12 weeks. Each person received one of three different treatments: manual-thrust manipulation (MTM), mechanical-assisted manipulation (MAM), or usual medical care (UMC). The manipulation groups received a total of eight treatment sessions (two per week for four weeks), and the UMC group engaged in three visits during this same timeframe. Self-reported data regarding both pain and disability were collected at the beginning of the study, immediately post-treatment (at the four week mark), and three and six months later.

Upon the completion of the treatment sessions, or four weeks into the study, MTM patients "showed a statistically significant advantage" in regard to linear regression over both the MAM and UMC group members. Additionally, MTM patients had a higher level of responders when it came to disability factors (76 percent) than when compared to participants in the MAM and UMC groups (50 percent and 48 percent, respectively). They also experienced better results in regard to pain as well, with 94 percent of MTM patients reporting improvement in this area, as compared to 69 percent of MAM and 56 percent of UMC recipients. What does this mean in real-life terms?

Researchers concluded that, "Patients improved with all 3 treatments, however manual manipulation lead to significantly greater reductions in pain and disability at the end of care (4 weeks)." Essentially, all three of these methods may offer some level of relief, but the one with the greatest and quickest amount of self-reported improvement was--hands down--chiropractic care.
Whedon JM, Mackenzie TA, Phillips RB, Lurie JD. Risk of traumatic injury associated with chiropractic spinal manipulation. Spine 2014;Dec 9.
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Chiropractic Provides Relief for Back-Related Leg Pain

Chiropractic Provides Relief for Back-Related Leg Pain

Leg Pain and chiropracticPeople who suffer with leg pain due to issues with their back often experience more time out of work, higher levels of pain, and more extensive (and costly) medical care than those with back pain that doesn't radiate down their lower limbs. While there are many options when it comes to treatment, such as medication and surgery, a group of researchers found that chiropractic can be extremely beneficial to back-related leg pain in the short-term--especially when paired with a home exercise program.

For purposes of this yearlong randomized trial, information regarding 192 male and female participants was collected. To qualify, each person had to be 21 years old or older (the mean age was roughly 57 years), have endured back-related leg pain for a minimum of one month, the severity of their pain was at least a three on a scale of 1 to 10, and they were on a prescription medication plan within the 30 days preceding the study.

The subjects were split into two equal groups: those that participated in spinal manipulation therapy in addition to home exercise and advice, and those that engaged in home exercise and advice alone. Demographic and clinical data were collected at the 12 week mark, when therapy sessions were complete, as well as 40 weeks post-treatment (52 weeks into the study), to determine what effect each level of treatment had on the subjects and what, if any, differences occurred between the effectiveness of these two different treatment methods.

After twelve weeks of treatment, individuals in the group receiving both spinal manipulation therapy and home exercise and advice reported improvement in their leg pain, with 37 percent experiencing a 75 percent reduction, compared with only 19 percent of the group that engaged in home exercise alone achieving the same level of relief. Additionally, only 56 percent of the dually treated group advised that they were still on medication at the end of the 12 weeks, as opposed to 63 percent for the home exercise group.

The response at the 52 week mark wasn't quite as significant between the two groups, but there were still advantages reported by the group receiving both treatment remedies. Therefore, researchers concluded that, at the very least, chiropractic provides short-term relief for back-related leg pain making it a viable option to consider in these types of circumstances.

Bronfort G, Hondras MA, Schulz CA, et al. Spinal manipulation and home exercise with advice for subacute and chronic back-related leg pain. Annals of Internal Medicine 2014;161:381-391.
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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.