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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.                

How a disc degenerates

Many of our patients have been taught the analogy of our discs being a “jelly doughnut” by Dr. Steve.  He found the perfect visual to show exactly what he means!

Here’s a cool video about how a disc degenerates.

Walking Diminishes LBP Risk

 

A Spine Journal study found: “Walking for more than 3 days per week for over 30 min at a time significantly decreased the risk of developing low back pain (21-35%). The risk decreased further with increasing walking days and duration.”

Pretty cool that something as simple as walking can help with pain! Our body was made to be up right and walking. Walking can also help with bone health, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. So get out and go for a walk, its good for your health. Better yet grab your spouse or significant other hold hands and go for a walk together.

Park SM et al. Walking more than 90 minutes/week was associated with a lower risk of self-reported low back pain in persons over 50 years of age: A cross-sectional study using the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Spine J. 2018 Nov

Gut Immune Cells Cut Inflammation in Multiple Sclerosis

Another great reason to take care of our of second “brain”. Fascinating to see how important the gut microbiome is to our overall health!

More and more research is showing that inflammation in your gut can effect your body. The gut/brain connection is real and should be taken into account when you are sick and not feeling as good as you should. The old adage you are what you eat seem to be right more and more.

Source: http://bit.ly/2TuKrAG

Ten tips for better sleep

Who has time for sleep when life is so busy?  Have a cup of coffee and you’re ready to go, right? The lack of sleep has a negative impact on one’s health. It has been shown to increase inflammation as well is impairing focus, fat loss, insulin signaling, testosterone production, and cardiovascular health.

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Above are some simple tips that could help you. The link below goes into each recommendation into great depth.  It’s worth reading.

The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype--and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More

This book is also a great resource for helping you figure out your sleep profile. 

https://examine.com/nutrition/ten-tips-for-better-sleep/

Spinal Manipulation Is The Treatment Of Choice For Pregnancy Related LBP

I had quite a few pregnant females come for treatment of their lower back pain.  They did not know chiropractic could help them with there pain!

Did you know:

Spinal manipulation is a safe and effective tool for pregnancy-related low back pain (P-LBP). Multiple studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of manipulation for this population.  Evidence-based recommendations for OB/Gyn’s include referral for chiropractic spinal manipulation.

 

Some facts about lower back pain during pregnancy.

  • Researchers estimate that between 45-76% of pregnant women will experience low back pain at some stage of their pregnancy. (1-7) Up to 33% rate their pain as severe. (6)
  • Pregnancy-related low back pain (P-LBP) leads to lower quality of life, restricted activity, and disability – with almost 25% of pregnant women taking sick leave for LBP. (2,)
  • The recurrence rate for pregnancy-related low back pain is 85-90%. 
  • Consequently, almost 1 in 5 women who report P-LBP during a first pregnancy will avoid future pregnancies due to fear of returning symptoms. 

 

 

References

1. Wu WH, Meijer OG, Uegaki K, Mens JM, van Diee¨n JH, Wuisman PI, et al. Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain (PPP), I: terminology, clinical presentation, and prevalence. Eur Spine J 2004;13:575–89.
2. Pierce H, Homer C, Dahlen H, King J. Pregnancy related low back and/or pelvic girdle pain: listening to Australian women. Abstract presented at the XI International Forum for Low Back Pain Research in Primary Care, Melbourne, Australia, 15–18 March 2011.
3. Diakow P.R.P., Gadsby T.A., Gadsby J.B., Gleddie J.G., Leprich D.J., Scales A.M. Back pain during pregnancy and labor. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1991;14(2):116–118.
4. Berg G., Hammer M., Moller-Nielsen J., Linden U., Thorblad J. Low back pain in pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 1988;71:71–75.
5. Mogren IM, Pohjanen AI. Low back pain and pelvic pain during pregnancy: prevalence and risk factors. Spine . 2005 Apr 15;30(8);983-91.
6. Hall J, Cleland J, Palmer J. The Effects of Manual Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Exercise on Peripartum Posterior Pelvic Pain: Two Case Reports. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 2005;13(2): 94-102
7. Weis CA, et al. Prevalence of Low Back Pain, Pelvic Girdle Pain, and Combination Pain in a Pregnant Ontario Population. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2018