Most people think of chiropractic as effective way to treat back pain. While this is true, dozens of medical studies show that chiropractic can alleviate a number of other health conditions, while promoting general health and wellness.
Studies show that chiropractic care can:
Ease the pain of aging in adults with scoliosis, spinal degeneration, and osteoarthritis in the knee, hip, and hands
Heal damaged nerves causing the radiating pain associated with Read more
Resolving back pain may also improve nerve supply to reproductive organs, improving fertility.
At first, it may appear to be coincidental. You are having trouble becoming pregnant and you also have a problem with low back pain. Are they related? Can low back pain actually be a factor? The answer to the first question may be "yes," while the answer to the second question is more along the lines of, "The cause of your infertility may also be the cause your lower back pain."
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Digestive problems? Taking care of the spine might just take care of that bellyache as well!
The lumbar region of the spine, more commonly referred to as the "lower back," is often the source of many health problems we see. This area of the spine serves as the distribution center for your brain's control and regulation of many important organs and tissues. And while the nervous system is very complex and every organ or tissue has multiple nerve supplies, here's a new way of Read more
Sometimes what comes naturally... doesn't.
After a baby's first breath, the next thing it looks for is a breast. It happens quite naturally thousands of times a day. Except when it doesn't. Several such cases have been documented in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics:
ColicA three-week-old girl had colic, flatulence and outbursts of crying for almost three weeks. A chiropractic examination revealed left foot rotation, folded left ear, Read more
Most of us create our own stress. Because deadlines don't produce stress. Debt doesn't produce stress. Traffic doesn't produce stress. And having to speak in public doesn't create stress. What causes these and countless other situations to be stressful is the "story" we make up to surround the deadline, the debt, the traffic and the presentation we have to give.
Your imagination artfully embellishes these stories, making them threatening.
"If I'm late for the meeting I' Read more
There are natural alternatives to traditional HRT.
No subject has raised as much concern among menopausal women in recent years as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). HRT, which consists of estrogen or combined estrogen-progestin therapy, has been widely prescribed for years to relieve the symptoms of menopause and prevent osteoporosis. HRT has been considered helpful in relieving flushing, vaginal dryness and mood swings associated with menopause.
But in 2002, a Read more
We have it made these days, with all of the conveniences our grandparents couldn't even dream of!
But what with cell phones, overnight delivery, drive up windows, microwave ovens, texting and the like, it seems the latest time-saving technology does little more than increase expectations and make us even busier than we were before we had all these modern "conveniences."
How we use time to fulfill our priorities can be a major source of stress.
How you Read more
You're probably familiar with the high-pitched squealing feedback of a megaphone. But there's another kind of feedback that helps keep us alive.
We all know that the brain and the rest of the nervous system orchestrate the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system of the body. Most of these impulses travel down the spinal cord and then out from between each spinal joint to service every part of the body.
Beat the heart! Secrete enzymes! Inhale! Blink! Make Read more
It's exciting to see all the new-found interest in organic foods, pure drinking water, exercise and fitness.
Yet, many of these well-intentioned, health-conscience people are wasting their money.
If you know someone who is shopping organically and reducing their dependence upon processed foods, but not getting regularly adjusted, they may be overlooking a key point.
Let's say you go to your favorite supermarket for your weekly shopping. And because you've wisely Read more
It seems a week doesn't pass that we don't hear something in the media about the dangers of eating, drinking or coming into contact with one substance or another. Even more confusing is that if you wait long enough, someone else comes out with another study extolling its health benefits!
Consider some of things that the "authorities" have flip-flopped about concerning their safety:
Sushi, Red meat, NutraSweet, Sucralose, Saccharin, Dyes, Perfumes, High fat foods, Eggs, Read more
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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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- 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.
- 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.