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Q: How thick is an average healthy disc?

A: Generally less than 9mm

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An imaging analysis of 240 healthy spines measured the height of the intervertebral disc and compared those measurements against age and gender: “Variation in disc height is determined much more by sex rather than age. The maximum height of the interbody space in the adult lumbar spine was at the L4/5 level (8.9±1.7 mm males, 8.6±1.8 mm females).”

Bach K et al. Morphometric Analysis of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Height: An Imaging Study. World Neurosurg. 2018 Dec 19. pii: S1878-8750(18)32836-5. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.12.014. [Epub ahead of print]

Medical Care Compared to Chiropractic Care Study

Effect of Usual Medical Care Plus Chiropractic Care vs Usual Medical Care Alone on Pain and Disability Among US Service Members With Low Back Pain: A Comparative Effectiveness Clinical Trial.
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The Facts:
a. The authors felt it was important to look at the effect of non-medication approaches to back pain.
b. They sought to see if the addition of chiropractic care to medical care would result in more improvement than using medical care alone.
c. “The intervention period was 6 weeks. Usual medical care included self-care, medications, physical therapy, and pain clinic referral. Chiropractic care included spinal manipulative therapy in the low back and adjacent regions and additional therapeutic procedures such as rehabilitative exercise, cryotherapy, superficial heat, and other manual therapies.”
d. A total of 750 subjects divided evenly (250 at each site) between three different sites.
e. The improvement in pain intensity and disability favored the combination of chiropractic care coupled with usual medical care over medical care alone.
f. “Chiropractic care, when added to UMC, resulted in moderate short-term treatment benefits in both LBP intensity and disability…”
If you or someone you know is suffering from low back pain call Dr. Steve!

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Did you know chiropractic can help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).  Here are some facts: CTS affects between 5%-10% of the population and 66%-75% sufferers are female. (1)

Conservative care (chiropractic and Physical therapy) rivals surgery.  In fact, adjustments can increase the size of the carpal tunnel(3) reducing the compression on the nerve. Steroids injections and opioids may not be useful according to one study. (2)

If you’re suffering from CTS or trying to avoid surgery call Dr. Steve!

 

 

 

Kadow TR et al. Prevalence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in a Hand Surgeon’s Practice. J Hand Microsurg. 2018 Aug;10(2):79-81. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1626688. Epub 2018 Mar 20.

Qiyun S. et al. Comparison of the Short-term and Long-term Effects of Surgery and Nonsurgical Intervention in Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Hand. 2018 Jul 1:1558944718787892. [Epub ahead of print] 

Bueno-Gracia, Elena et al. Dimensional changes of the carpal tunnel and median nerve during manual mobilization of the carpal bones — Anatomical study. Clinical Biomechanics, Volume 59, 56 – 61

Leaky Gut and Inflammation

Do you ever wonder if the food you’re eating could be affecting your health? Everyone knows poor food choices can cause weight gain.  Did you know poor food choices could be effecting more than your weight?

 

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Inside our bellies, we have an extensive intestinal lining covering more than 4,000 square feet of surface area. When working properly, it forms a tight barrier that controls what gets absorbed into the bloodstream. An unhealthy gut lining may have large cracks or holes, allowing partially digested food, toxins, and bugs to penetrate the tissues beneath it. This may trigger inflammation and changes in the gut flora (normal bacteria) that could lead to problems within the digestive tract and beyond. The research world is booming today with studies showing that modifications in the intestinal bacteria and inflammation may play a role in the development of several common chronic diseases.(1)

It’s always a good idea to eat a nutritious, unprocessed diet including foods that help quell inflammation (and avoids foods known to trigger inflammation), which may, at least in theory, help to rebuild the gut lining and bring more balance to the gut flora.

Looking for a program that helps with gut health? Come see doctor Dr. Steve and he could recommend a program that works for you!

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/leaky-gut-what-is-it-and-what-does-it-mean-for-you-2017092212451

Healthy Diet Can Ease Symptoms of Depression

 

From the  study in Psychosomatic Medicine: An analysis of data from almost 46,000 people has found that weight loss, nutrient boosting and fat reduction diets can all reduce the symptoms of depression.”

 

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How cool is that?  Changing your diet can improve your mental health!

What happens if you add exercise to your life style?  Quoting the study again: “Specifically, our results within this study found that when dietary interventions were combined with exercise, a greater improvement in depressive symptoms was experienced by people. Taken together, our data really highlight the central role of eating a healthier diet and taking regular exercise to act as a viable treatment to help people with low mood.”

Now diet and exercise might not fix all of your problems but it is a good place to start.

If you don’t know where to begin, call the office and set an appointment with Dr. Steve! He can help you get started.

Eat right, Exercise and get adjusted to live a long happy life

The effects of dietary improvement on symptoms of depression and anxiety. Psychosomatic Medicine, 2019; 1 DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000673

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190205090511.htm?fbclid=IwAR0MmfSTfuT5t-651LhypenXeL2fQI68kbQsUAE3rDtyG2xJGDeOm2o1Ygo

Leg Exercise is Critical to Brain and Nervous System Health

Leg exercise is critical to brain and nervous system health!

“New research shows that using the legs, particularly in weight-bearing exercise, sends signals to the brain that are vital for the production of healthy neural cells.”

This research supports what we already know, but in a new spin, that sensory input is just as important as motor output.

This research might suggest that those who do not continue to weight-bearing exercise, such as bedridden or chronically ill patients and even the aging population, are at risk for faster decline. “Not only do they lose muscle mass, but their body chemistry is altered at the cellular level and even their nervous system is adversely impacted,” says Dr. Raffaella Adami from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.

Once again a study shows that the more you move the better your brain is!  So if you have pain limiting your exercise or walking call the office. Take care of your body so you can take care of your brain! 

 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180523080214.htm

Chiropractic Can Help Headaches !

 
There is a lot of research coming out that shows the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments. 

This Study shows how effective chiropractic adjustment can be. 
Do manual therapy techniques have a positive effect on quality of life in people with tension-type headache? A randomized controlled trial.

In this study of 76 patients between the ages of 18 and 65 it was found that three different therapy methods were effective at changing different dimensions of quality of life, but combined treatment showed the most change in as little as four weeks!        

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If you’re suffering from headaches please call the office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Steve! You don’t have to live in pain.