Would You Like To Be A Team USA Chiropractor?

The U.S. Olympic Committee's Sports Medicine staff relies on many volunteers from numerous health care professions including chiropractic

Have we forgotten about the 33 Principles of Chiropractic

Should they be followed just as R.W. Stephensen wrote in his 1927 book “The Chiropractic Textbook”, or have they become cumbersome, repetitive, and contradictory to contemporary scientific knowledge?

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Major Disease

The Mediterranean diet has a reputation for being a model of healthy eating and contributing to better health and quality of life

Giant List of Celebrity and Athlete Testimonials

Chiropractic Testimonials by Athletes and Celebrities

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What is the Risk of Vertebrobasilar Stroke and Chiropractic Care?

A study from the European Spine Journal found no evidence of excess risk of VBA stroke associated chiropractic care compared to primary care. The study was published in April 2009 edition and found the patients most likely came to the chiropractor or primary care physician with headache or neck pain because they were already had a VBA dissection.


Here is a summary of the study from NCBI:

Objective

To investigate associations between chiropractic visits and vertebrobasilar artery (VBA) stroke and to contrast this with primary care physician (PCP) visits and VBA stroke.

Methods

Cases included eligible incident VBA strokes admitted to Ontario hospitals from April 1, 1993 to March 31, 2002. Four controls were age and gender matched to each case. Case and control exposures to chiropractors and PCPs were determined from health billing records in the year before the stroke date. In the case-crossover analysis, cases acted as their own controls.

Results

There were 818 VBA strokes hospitalized in a population of more than 100 million person-years. In those aged less than 45 years, cases were about three times more likely to see a chiropractor or a PCP before their stroke than controls. Results were similar in the case control and case crossover analyses. There was no increased association between chiropractic visits and VBA stroke in those older than 45 years. Positive associations were found between PCP visits and VBA stroke in all age groups. Practitioner visits billed for headache and neck complaints were highly associated with subsequent VBA stroke.

Conclusion

VBA stroke is a very rare event in the population. The increased risks of VBA stroke associated with chiropractic and PCP visits is likely due to patients with headache and neck pain from VBA dissection seeking care before their stroke. We found no evidence of excess risk of VBA stroke associated chiropractic care compared to primary care.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Link Between Vitamin D & Dementia Risk Confirmed


Vitamin D has been heralded as a wonder vitamin for many conditions and a new study may back it up for dementia and Alzheimer's.



The Vitamin D Council suggests Vitamin D may be helpful in preventing the following

  • Can help prevent osteoporosis
  • Decrease risk of fracture in elderly
  • Activates the innate immune system
  • Treating or preventing autism
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Preventing cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Heart Disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Preventing influenza
A new study by Dr David Llewellyn of the University of Exeter Medical school found that people who had low levels of Vitamin D in their system were twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  Dr Llewellyn said: "We expected to find an association between low Vitamin D levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, but the results were surprising." The study has found that blood levels of Vitamin D above 50 nmol/L are associated with good brain health.

Although a lack of Vitamin D may not cause the disease, people with high levels of Vitamin D in their body also have a lower risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, depression, weight gain, and others.

That is why prevention may be the best medicine. During the summer months, we need to get outside and get 15-20 minutes of sunshine per day without sunscreen. In the winter, especially in the northern states, the sun's rays that hit the skin and produce Vitamin D are blocked by the atmosphere. That is why in those winter's months, it is recommended that everyone take a Vitamin D supplement. Ask your local chiropractor which Vitamin D supplements are the best.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Does a Blood Test Show a Chiropractic Adjustment Heals Beyond Correcting the Subluxation?

A new article in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy April 2014 shows that spinal manipulation causes an increase in neurotensin, oxytocin, and cortisol immediately after the adjustment.  The study took 30 asymptomatic volunteers and put them into lumber, thoracic, and cervical manipulation groups. Each group had blood drawn before, immediately after, and then 2 hour after a spinal adjustment. The neurotensin and oxytocin were increased in all three groups, and the cortisol was increased with cervical manipulation.

What are the Effects of Neurotensin, Oxytocin, and Cortisol?

Neurotensin 

  • Has analgesic effects helping to reduce pain
  • Produces a spectrum of pharmacological effects resembling those of anti-psychotic drugs 
  • Modulates the activity in the small intestine
  • Blocks production of stomach acid
Oxytocin

  • A primary neuromodulator in the brain
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves wound healing
  • Increases trust and reduces fear in social interactions


Cortisol

  • Activates anti-stress pathways
  • Activates anti-inflammatory pathways

The effects of a spinal adjustment go beyond just correcting a subluxation, restoring motion, improving function, and reducing  hypertonicity of a spinal segment and surrounding muscles and tissues. There are positive body wide effects that have immediate and long lasting health changes and benefits. The immediate and long term health benefits that a spinal adjustment provides, especially with pain relief and reducing inflammation, are amazing and truly shows the power of chiropractic.


Reference
 Plaza-Manzano, G., et al. Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation. Journal Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44(4):231-9. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2014.4996.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Why It's Important To Spread The Chiropractic Message?

The Good & The Bad of Chiropractic In The News

A quick search of some of the most visited news websites for chiropractic articles left me wondering who is getting the chiropractic message to the general public better, the media or chiropractors?

Below is a small sample of the good and bad about chiropractic I found on these websites. Let me just say that for many it was hard to find a good article, ie.. BBC, NY Times, and Washington Post, but fairly easy to find numerous bad articles about chiropractic. Even the articles that were on the favorable side gave a caution about getting your neck adjusted by a chiropractor.

I believe that chiropractors themselves need to start getting the word out more through the media that chiropractic is safe and effective. If you have a feel good story about the power of chiropractic, write a letter to your local newspaper or TV outlet, send them an email, or call and tell them. The media prints what they hear. They love death and dying stories, but they also love triumph type stories. "Chiropractor relieves migraines from woman who suffered for 20 years." They love that kind of stuff.

The best way to spread the chiropractic message, without the drug companies money, is word of mouth. Get out there and tell the world about chiropractic, and we may finally be able to see and read more of the good stories on these news websites.


The Bad
Does Chiropractic Treatment Work? When Should It Be Used? Harmful? http://abcnews.go.com/Health/TreatingPain/story?id=4047332
The truth about chiropractors http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/04/25/truth-about-chiropractors/
How safe are the vigorous neck manipulations done by chiropractors? http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/how-safe-are-the-vigorous-neck-manipulations-done-by-chiropractors/2014/01/06/26870726-5cf7-11e3-bc56-c6ca94801fac_story.html
Spine manipulation for neck pain 'inadvisable' http://www.bbc.com/news/health-18356045
The Claim: Manipulating Your Neck Could Lead to a Stroke http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/health/26real.html?_r=0
Opinion: Alternative healing or quackery? http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/18/health/alternative-medicine-offit/index.html?iref=storysearch
Chiropractor accused of rape still allowed to practice http://www.cbsnews.com/news/chiropractor-accused-of-rape-still-allowed-to-practice/

The Good
For Neck Pain, Chiropractic & Exercise Are Better Than Drugs http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/for-neck-pain-chiropractic-and-exercise-are-better-than-drugs/?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%222%22%3A%22RI%3A15%22%7D
Back pain: Will chiropractic treatment help? http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/back-pain/SA00080.html?iref=allsearch
Best Ways To Prevent Back Pain http://www.cbsnews.com/news/best-ways-to-prevent-back-pain/
Could a Neck Adjustment Lower Your Blood Pressure? http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=4520614&page=1
How can chiropractors benefit your health? http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/05/02/how-can-chiropractors-benefit-your-health/

CHIROPRACTIC: TECHNOLOGY OR QUACKERY?


CHIROPRACTIC: TECHNOLOGY OR QUACKERY?


Exclusive: Phil Elmore shares results of his experiences with both types of doctors
Published: 7/30/2014
Reposted with permission from PHIL ELMORE and WND.com


With a sudden, alarming crunch, I felt something give way in my lower back. “OK,” said Dr. Hadley. “That’s it.”

“That’s it?” I asked him.

“That’s it,” he said again.

Curiously, the pain in my lower back, which had been interfering with each step I took, was immediately lessened. While it isn’t entirely gone, it’s safe to say that something significant has changed. The reduction in pain, coupled with the fast response, would seem to justify the rather undignified 20 minutes or so that I’d spent wearing “community shorts” provided to me in the office. (“You wash the ‘community shorts,’ right?” I asked, and was reassured that of course they do.)

After a pair of X-rays and several other scans, including thermal scans of my neck, upper back and lower back, I spent a few minutes in the waiting area while Dr. Hadley went over the data. A large flat-screen television in the clean, nicely decorated, well-appointed offices was playing what I assume to be a loop of video footage. One of these was one of those bizarre computer-generated YouTube-style videos in which artificial speech synthesizers read dialogue provided. A computer-generated doctor and a computer generated patient discussed chiropractic and whether it is the purview of “quacks.”

Well, is it? I wondered. It was after my brief wait that the doctor pushed back into place whatever was out of place. This was something involving my sacroiliac joint. Medicinenet.com explains that this is “formed by the connection of the sacrum and the right and left iliac bones. The sacrum is the triangular-shaped bone in the lower portion of the spine, below the lumbar spine. … The iliac bones are the two large bones that make up the pelvis. As a result, the SI joints connect the spine to the pelvis.”

So, is chiropractic technology or quackery? In a world where medical technology is more advanced than at any point in modern history, and at a time when advances in computer tech are producing great gains in convenience and lowered cost of peripheral equipment, certainly a modern office like my new chiropractor’s firm is replete with modern technological toys. Massive flat screens connected to a central source of data projected the results of my scans and analyses, which were conducted with handheld sensors and thermal imaging equipment. A sleek, compact X-ray machine stood in one corner of the initial exam room, and the chiropractor himself took the “films” (which were, in fact, immediately projected digitally onto the monitor as he took them). Another screen (and attached computer) was used to analyze what I gather were reference points on my X-rays.

Compare and contrast this to the hour I spent waiting in a my family practice doctor’s office the night before – a visit that resulted in a requisition form for an X-ray (“We don’t do X-rays after 5 p.m.,” they told me) and a prescription for pain-killing patches to be applied to my lower back. Now, my family practice doctor has saved my life a time or two (not to mention helping me through various illnesses associated with cold and flu season, such as bronchitis and walking pneumonia) and, despite the regulatory burdens of Obamacare and the federal government’s other meddling, continues to do a superb job for me. But until this chiropractic visit, I’d never received assistance for chronic pain that was so … immediate.

Where, then, does the technology of chiropractic care exist in comparison to more traditional Western medicine? The Journal of the American Medical Association now recommends chiropractic as a first means of treating back pain. “The JAMA`s recommendation,” writes John Pertzborn, “comes on the heels of a recent study out of the medical journal Spine [in which] sufferers of lower back pain all received standard medical care (SMC), and half of the participants additionally received chiropractic care. The researchers found that in SMC plus chiropractic care patients, 73 percent reported that their pain was completely gone or much better after treatment compared to just 17 percent of the SMC group.”

The benefits of chiropractic are also felt among veterans. Cat Viglienzoni, writing for WCAX, explains that spinal injuries among American veterans are on the rise. “A 2011 study of veterans who sought chiropractic care for neck pain,” she goes on, “found 43 percent of them had less pain, and 33 percent reported improved function. [The number] of veterans seeking [chiropractic] care is [also] up. From 2005 to 2013, the number of VA chiropractic clinics has doubled from 24 to 48, and the number of veterans receiving care at those clinics has gone from less than 4,000 to more than 25,000. But in that same time frame, the number of veterans receiving non-VA chiropractic services increased from a thousand to more than 9,000.”

Other more speculative benefits of chiropractic care include improvement in blood pressure and even alleviation of some forms of hearing loss as well as enhanced athletic performance. “Chiropractic adjustments help ensure that the body functions as efficiently as possible,” asserts Dr. Wayne Fitcher, “which can maximize healing and recovery from all types of injuries. Anyone who engages in athletics can benefit from regular chiropractic checkups to ensure that their spine is balanced and free from structural stress. When the spinal column is brought into balance and alignment, the body’s nervous system and body biomechanics (posture) are maximized.”

Despite these gains and even against repeated demonstrations of real benefit to those suffering chronic pain (not to mention pain from injury), chiropractic care seems always to be the Rodney Dangerfield of medical professionals, doomed to get “no respect.” But medical technology can be and most certainly should be free of politicking and agenda-driven editorializing. What is the application of medical tech, after all, if not the use of the scientific method to measure symptoms, diagnose probable causes, and prescribe effective treatments? This is the very definition of technology’s amorality: It is neither good, nor bad – neither quackery nor hard science – unless and until it is applied honestly and objectively, with an eye toward real, reproducible results.

To repeat Dr. Hadley, “That’s it.”

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