Health-E-News October 2011
empowering you to optimal health
This month's newsletter is all about the benefits of receiving Chiropractic care. Every month there is literally more and more research showing the benefits of receiving Chiropractic care. If you would like to read more, ask us, and be sure to see our web site.
Chiropractic Fundamental Part of Sidney Crosby's Recovery
As stated by Dr. Ted Carrick, its like "Christmas" for Sidney Crosby (an early Christmas). Sidney Crosby, one of the most elite NHL hockey players, has been battling crippling symptoms from repeated concussions. He has been treated by doctors and has shown great progress. However his recovery seemed to stop around the 80-90% mark and then the symptoms would reoccur. What was missing? Functional Neurology. Sidney's health care team asked Dr. Ted Carrick, a Chiropractor and leading expert in Brain injury, to offer his expertise.
Since beginning care with Dr. Carrick, Sidney's progress has improved leaps and bounds. They are now predicting that there will be a full recovery and Sidney will probably be back in action by January, thanks to his health care team and Dr. Ted Carrick.
Here's the interview on YouTube.
People Love Chiropractic!
A new reader survey published in the September issue of Consumer Reports finds that three of four adults use some form of alternative therapy for general health. Readers rated prescription drugs as helping the most for the majority of 12 health problems, but chiropractic, deep-tissue massage, and yoga, dominated the lists of helpful alternative treatments for discomfort from conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis.
The survey also suggests that meditation, deep-breathing exercises, and yoga, are being used to treat a range of conditions including anxiety, headache and migraine, depression, and insomnia.
Some of the key findings showed that:
- Yoga did about as well as meditation for insomnia (21 percent and 24 percent) but it significantly outperformed meditation for headaches and migraine and especially for back pain. For back pain, yoga, deep-tissue massage and Pilates all rated about the same as prescription medication. Chiropractic therapy outperformed all other treatments.
- Although only 2 percent of cold, flu or allergy sufferers sought chiropractic care, more than 40 percent said it helped significantly.
Chiropractic works, the public has experienced it!
Research Shows Receiving Chiropractic Adjustments Every 2 Weeks Has Long Term Benefits
Not only are Chiropractic adjustments effective at eliminating low back pain (LBP), but ongoing maintenance care results in better long-term outcomes. These findings are from a study published in the journal Spine.
The prospective, blinded, placebo-controlled study tracked 60 patients, with chronic, nonspecific LBP lasting at least 6 months.
According to the article, patients "were randomized to receive either (1) 12 treatments of sham adjustments over a 1-month period, (2) 12 treatments, consisting of adjustments over a 1-month period, but no treatments for the subsequent 9 months, or (3) 12 treatments over a 1-month period, along with "maintenance spinal manipulation" every 2 weeks for the following 9 months. To determine any difference among therapies, we measured pain and disability scores, generic health status, and back-specific patient satisfaction at baseline and at 1-, 4-, 7-, and 10-month intervals."
Results revealed that "patients in second and third groups experienced significantly lower pain and disability scores than first group at the end of 1-month period. However, only the third group that was given Chiropractic adjustments during the follow-up period showed more improvement in pain and disability scores at the 10-month evaluation."
The study's authors conclude: Chiropractic adjustments are effective for the treatment of chronic nonspecific LBP. To obtain long-term benefit, this study suggests regular Chiropractic care every 2 weeks after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.
Spine - August 15, 2011;36:1427-1437.
Cervical Adjustments Help Alleviate Tennis Elbow
Chiropractic spinal adjustments have been shown to improve pain and function in patients with lateral epicondylalgia (LE). But it remains controversial as to whether cervical or thoracic adjustments are more effective for this common condition.
To investigate, researchers evaluated 18 patients with LE. According to the report, "Participants were randomized to receive either a cervical or thoracic spine manipulation. Pressure pain threshold over the lateral epicondyle of both elbows pain-free grip strength on the affected arm and maximum grip force on the unaffected side were assessed preintervention and 5 minutes postintervention by an examiner blind to group assignment."
"Cervical spine manipulation produced greater changes in PPT than thoracic spine manipulation in patients with LE," concludes the study. "No differences between groups were identified for pain-free grip."
JMPT - September, 2011;34:432-440.
Chiropractic Care Helps Veterans With Neck Pain
Chiropractic care is beneficial for veterans suffering from neck pain. These findings are from an analysis of 54 veterans with a chief complaint of neck pain who received chiropractic care through a Veterans Health Administration medical center.
After an average of 8.7 Chiropractic treatments, 67% of veterans receiving Chiropractic care noticed significant improvement in their neck pain.
JMPT - September 12, 2011;Epub.
Chiropractic Care Alleviates Neck Pain Of Fighter Pilots
Fighter pilots often suffer from neck pain as a result of the high g forces they experience during combat.
An 18-question survey was used to determine type and effectiveness of various strategies used by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fast jet (FJ) aircrew in self-referral and management of flight-related neck pain.
The questionnaire was given to 86 eligible RAAF aircrew to determine aircrew demographics, their incidence of flight-related neck pain, and their self-referral strategies to manage these neck injuries. The results are quite dramatic: Ninety-five percent of the respondents experienced flight-related neck pain.
The most commonly sought treatment modalities were on-base medical and physiotherapy services. Many respondents reported using on-base treatment and ancillary services such as chiropractic care.
The pilots reported that chiropractic care was the most effective treatment for alleviating their neck pain.
Studies like this explain why Retired Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead are active supporters of Chiropractic.
Military Medicine 2011 (Jan); 176 (1): 106 - 109
Chiropractic Care For Horses
Expert horse trainer, competitive rider, and the performance editor for the publication Horse Journal, John Strassburger, wrote an article in the August 23, 2011 issue of Horse Journal explaining why he believes in chiropractic for himself and his horses.
In the article, Strassburger begins by saying, "I've been meaning to write about why I'm a big fan of chiropractic treatment for horses and for humans for a while." He notes that he has been under chiropractic care for some time and goes to see his chiropractor every 4 to 8 weeks. He also has an equine chiropractor come to see his horses every 4 to 6 weeks. He reports, "Our horses have been her (Suzanne, his equine chiropractor) patients for about three years."
In the article, Strassburger offers his testimony of how chiropractic has helped by stating, "I truly believe, based on my observations of my own body and those of well more than a dozen horses, that using chiropractic treatment is an example of how traditional and non-traditional medicine (including chiropractic) should be complementary. Every horse Suzanne has worked on has felt better and, thus, performed better, and I can think of four horses with whom it's caused tremendous improvement."
In the course of writing the article, he also explains his own story with chiropractic by saying, "I've fallen off dozens and dozens of times over the last 45 years, and many of those falls have wrenched my neck. The only thing Western medicine has to offer is a wide range of inflammation-reducing and pain-relieving drugs. Again, from experience, I know that those drugs certainly do have their uses, but I don't really care to live on them. But a visit to my chiropractor never fails to relieve the pain in my neck—and it's my neck that's the reason why I'm going again this afternoon."
John Strassburger completes his article with the story of a horse named Bill, a 2-year-old warm blood gelding. Strassburger was having trouble training Bill as the horse would rear backwards with certain maneuvers suggesting that Bill was experiencing neck pain. Strassburger had the equine chiropractor work on the horse and the results were dramatic. The horse can now perform many of the maneuvers that Strassburger was trying to teach him. Strassburger reports, "Bill's now had two treatments, and—I swear—he's almost like a different horse. He's far more relaxed and confident (he hasn't reared back on the crossties since his first treatment) and he's now longeing, in tack, at all three gaits."