Chiropractic Treatment: Low Back Pain and Spinal Care

A few decades ago, the chiropractic profession practiced in a relative absence of good scientific data concerning its main therapeutic tool, spinal manipulation.

The success of this profession and this treatment with patient care was empirically based. The evidence basis of spinal manipulation, however, has changed dramatically in recent years with a large number of well done clinical trials that have filled the information void.

No other back pain treatment has been subjected to such examination…when numerous clinical trials are considered together, the evidence in favor of chiropractic manipulation is overwhelming.

Analysis of the volume of research available on the topic of spinal manipulation and low back pain can be surprising to many health care providers who do not practice this specialty. The volume of research on spinal manipulation for acute low back pain is greater than for any other single treatment used for this condition. Currently, there are approximately 50 clinical trials of which about 35 are controlled randomized trials examining spinal manipulation for low back pain. This is approximately 4 to 5 times the trials that have examined the validity of NSAIDs (like Motrin, Alieve, etc) for this patient population.

The majority of the clinical trials on spinal manipulation for acute low back pain have found this treatment to be beneficial, outperforming the comparative or control treatments which have included virtually all other commonly used therapies.

The bottom line is that spinal manipulation words to relieve low back pain!

Manipulation has consistently outperformed any other therapy, compared to ultrasound only, traction only, exercise, bedrest and medications.

In most cases, it has provided benefits with range of motion, cost-effectiveness, decrease in lost productivity, patient satisfaction and pain relief.

Undisputed Benefits of Spinal Manipulation

The evidence basis of spinal manipulation has changed dramatically in recent years with a large number of well done clinical trials filling the information void.

The majority of the clinical trials on spinal manipulation performed by chiropractors for acute low back pain have found this treatment to be beneficial, outperforming the comparative or control treatments which have included virtually all other commonly used therapies.

If you have low back pain, then you should strongly consider spinal manipulation as a form of treatment. It is low risk, and the results are quick and often painless. As licensed chiropractors, we understand the significant value of manipulation, and can assure you of its benefits. (NSAIDS are drugs like Motrin and Alieve, to name just two).

Time to FIX the Pain and Stiff Movement!

If you are looking for pain relief, then look no further. We are here to help you.

In a few sessions, you could be experiencing pain relief, feeling significantly better and moving effortlessly. Imagine the feeling of smooth motion in all your joints, without a single restriction or stumbling block.

That’s exactly what we do for you. As your preferred chiropractor, we make every effort to present you with the fastest solutions to pain relief and improved motion, but remember, spinal manipulation is a significant part of long term supportive chiropractic care.

In fact, patients who participate in long term supportive care when studied take far less medication, do not take ambulance trips to the ER for acute back episodes, and the overall low cost to treat, and the ability to maintain work schedules is an an enormous personal and societal benefit.

Call or email us to schedule an appointment today! We look forward to assisting you with low back pain, and are always here to answer any questions. Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful day!

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Functional Health: Lyme Disease

If diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease are delayed, the chances of developing further complications, like peripheral neuropathy, increase greatly.

This has been called the great imitator. Unfortunately, patients who suffer through Lyme Disease oftentimes end up with neurologic disorders that mimic a whole host of neurologic conditions, including the development of peripheral neuropathy.

This illness is endemic in some parts of United States especially including the Northeast United States, and other wooded areas. It is especially prevalent upon the island of Nantucket where I spend a lot of time.

I have seen patients on the island with a variety of neurologic symptoms, as well as arthritic symptoms. Prior to the understanding that the Lyme Disease bacteria was causing these symptoms patients were often discounted as having psychiatric conditions.

Now, we know better. Mostly. I still see occasions where clinicians are slow to consider a Lyme diagnosis.

This can be practically dangerous is if the patient is suffering from neurological signs and symptoms. Some of these include tingling, numbness, burning, or shooting pains.

Sometimes, patients develop Bell’s palsy, a facial nerve paralysis.

It is also very important to understand that the classic presentation of an insect bite and a “bulls eye” rash does not always occur.

I’ve seen several cases, with an initial presentation of headache fatigue and flulike symptoms usually accompanied by significant fever.

Too often, I have seen it misdiagnosed as the flu.

It is very important to establish a diagnosis early. If diagnosis and treatment are delayed, the chances of developing further complications increase greatly.

In addition to neuropathy symptoms, arthritic symptoms can and do often develop.

Establishing the Lyme disease diagnosis early on is essential to successful treatment and shortening recovery time!

If you are looking for pain relief, then look no further. We are here to help you.

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Functional Health: Natural, Long-Term Relief from Asthma IS Possible

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects more than 28 million children and adults.

Sufferers of experience periods of difficulty breathing, mostly due to constriction of the airways, tightening of the muscles around the airways, and irritation within the lungs. Untreated asthma can cause:

    • Loss of school or work
    • Costly emergency room and hospital visits
    • In some cases, death

What Causes Asthma?

For unknown reasons, instances of asthma have increased drastically in recent years. The exact causes of asthma haven’t been determined, but asthma is widely believed to result from:

    • Genetics, or a family history
    • Respiratory infections in young children
    • Exposing young children to certain allergens and viral infections when their immune systems are still developing
    • Exposure to cigarette smoke
    • Carrying too much extra weight

What are the Common Symptoms?

Asthma symptoms can vary in intensity and number of occurrences. Typical symptoms include wheezing, which produces a high-pitched whistle noise when you breathe; chronic cough that lasts more than three weeks at a time; the inability to catch your breath; and tightness in the chest – or a feeling that you can’t expand your chest enough to breathe properly.

The Effects of Stress        

Research is beginning to show – as many medical practitioners have believed for years already – that anxiety, depression, and stress can actually make your symptoms worse. By taking steps to alleviate chronic stress, sufferers can drastically reduce the severity of their asthma episodes. One such way to alleviate chronic stress is to see a chiropractor for treatment of spinal misalignment, a condition that can cause spinal irritation and have a significant impact on general health and stress levels.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

If you can identify the triggers that tend to bring on your attacks, you can greatly reduce your amount and intensity of episodes. Plus, we can help you with your overall level of fitness and maintaining optimum body and chest mechanics, which are often disturbed in asthma and respiratory infections.

Some common triggers include animal dander, dust, pollen, mold, smoke, pollution, and strong fumes from things such as cleaning chemicals, perfumes, etc. You can minimize triggers by taking preventative measures such as changing your bed sheets weekly, regularly replacing the air filter in your home (and springing for air filters that filter out a greater amount of dust mites), limiting exposure to smoke and other strong fumes as much as possible, and keeping your pet away from your sleeping quarters (or, if problems persist, sending the pet to live with a family member).

Chiropractic Care in The Treatment of Asthma

If you or a loved one are suffering from asthma, we can perform a thorough evaluation to determine what could be causing some – or all – of their symptoms related to correctable causes…

Many asthma sufferers who undergo chiropractic treatments are able to decrease – and in some cases, eliminate – the use of asthma medications.

You should note, however, that because chiropractic care focuses on restoring optimal function of the spine and nervous system, chiropractic is not a “quick fix” for asthma.

We can help you determine whether spinal misalignment is prolonging or even causing your symptoms… and if so, we will develop a plan for long-term relief.

Please call us to schedule a risks evaluation for yourself, friend, or family member today 781-659-7989!

Lupus – Not a Cookie Cutter Illness

When we hear that someone has lupus, we tend to think of it as one illness…

One illness with a very specific set of symptoms…

In both cases, we would be wrong.

Lupus is a very complex group of illnesses that not only vary by type but also in how they affect individual patients.

No two lupus patients and their symptoms are alike.

The fact is there are several types of lupus[1]:

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) – the most common type of lupus and what most people are thinking of when they say someone has lupus.
  • Life Threatening Lupus – a form of SLE that affects one or more of the patient’s vital organs such as their heart, lungs, kidneys or liver.
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (CLE) – only affects the skin.
  • Drug Induced Lupus – caused by medications. The symptoms are like the symptoms of SLE but will go away once the patient stops taking the particular medication that caused it.
  • Lupus in Overlap with other Connective Tissue Diseases – this is a type of lupus in which the patient has some other disease that affects the joints and tendons as well like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome or Vasculitis.

All of these forms are serious and incurable. Once you have any of these forms, you have it for life. Granted, you will have flares (episodes of active lupus symptoms) and remissions (when you’re symptoms aren’t present or are really mild), but you’re not cured. The symptoms come and go but the illness always remains.

With all these variables, it can be tough to know if you have lupus or something else.

If have at least four of these symptoms, you need to see a doctor immediately for testing and diagnosis:[2]

  • Chest pain when you take a deep breath or if you cough up blood
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Numbness, tingling, vision problems
  • Seizures
  • Vision problems
  • Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Fever for no apparent reason
  • A general feeling of discomfort and ill feeling
  • Hair loss
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Sensitivity to sunlight
  • A rash over your cheeks and nose
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Many of these symptoms may be caused by the damage done to the peripheral nervous system or peripheral neuropathy. Because of the effects of lupus on the nervous system, a good place to start for diagnosis and treatment would be a physician well versed in diagnosing and treating nerve diseases and damage, like your local NeuropathyDR® clinician.

Exactly Why Are Lupus and Peripheral Neuropathy So Serious?

Because the peripheral nervous system can be affected, every system of the body that is regulated by the peripheral nervous system can be damaged.

That means the nerves that control involuntary body functions like heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and perspiration. Your body many not be able to regulate your heart rate or your blood pressure, you might not be able to properly digest your food, or your kidneys can be damaged and you could develop urinary problems. A little less than 5% of patients develop cranial neuropathy (damage to the nerves in the brain) leading to headaches, vision problems, depression, and even personality disorders.

As if that weren’t enough, this disease can cause serious problems with inflammation. That can lead to:

  • Inflammation of the sac around the heart
  • Diseases of the heart valves
  • Inflammation of the actual heart muscle
  • Inflammation of the tissue around the lungs or pleurisy

Now, imagine having any of these issues and having peripheral neuropathy, too…

Your peripheral nerves aren’t functioning properly and can’t send the proper signals to your brain to let you know you have a problem.

You can see why this could be very serious.

If you have at least four of the above symptoms, call your doctor or your local NeuropathyDR® clinician today. Early intervention is one of the best ways to minimize the damage caused by lupus and peripheral neuropathy. While your there is no cure, a combination of medication and the highly specialized treatment protocol available to you through your NeuropathyDR® clinician to minimize nerve damage can make your life bearable and your symptoms manageable

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Chiropractic Treatment: Low Back Pain and Spinal Care

A few decades ago, the chiropractic profession practiced in a relative absence of good scientific data concerning its main therapeutic tool, spinal manipulation.

The success of this profession and this treatment with patient care was empirically based. The evidence basis of spinal manipulation, however, has changed dramatically in recent years with a large number of well done clinical trials that have filled the information void.

No other back pain treatment has been subjected to such examination…when numerous clinical trials are considered together, the evidence in favor of chiropractic manipulation is overwhelming.

Analysis of the volume of research available on the topic of spinal manipulation and low back pain can be surprising to many health care providers who do not practice this specialty. The volume of research on spinal manipulation for acute low back pain is greater than for any other single treatment used for this condition.

The majority of the clinical trials on spinal manipulation for acute low back pain have found this treatment to be beneficial, outperforming the comparative or control treatments which have included virtually all other commonly used therapies.

The bottom line is that spinal manipulation words to relieve low back pain!

Manipulation has consistently outperformed any other therapy, compared to ultrasound only, traction only, exercise, bedrest and medications.

In most cases, it has provided benefits with range of motion, cost-effectiveness, decrease in lost productivity, patient satisfaction and pain relief.

Undisputed Benefits of Spinal Manipulation

The evidence basis of spinal manipulation has changed dramatically in recent years with a large number of well done clinical trials filling the information void.

The majority of the clinical trials on spinal manipulation performed by chiropractors for acute low back pain have found this treatment to be beneficial, outperforming the comparative or control treatments which have included virtually all other commonly used therapies.

If you have low back pain, then you should strongly consider spinal manipulation as a form of treatment. It is low risk, and the results are quick and often painless. As licensed chiropractors, we understand the significant value of manipulation, and can assure you of its benefits. (NSAIDS are drugs like Motrin and Alieve, to name just two).

Time to FIX the Pain and Stiff Movement!

If you are looking for pain relief, then look no further. We are here to help you.

Please call us to schedule an evaluation at 781-659-7989 today!

Functional Health: The Dangers of Self-Diagnosis and Treatment

Ever heard the phrase “The man who represents himself has a fool for a client?”

While that old adage is applied to the legal profession, the same can be said about patients who attempt to diagnose and treat their own illnesses and injuries. Especially when their symptoms indicate they’re dealing with something that could be serious.

The internet has made it easy for us to research our own health issues and become educated patients (which, mind you, is a very good thing), but it has also made it easy to misdiagnose and inaccurately treat those medical conditions.

That may not be dangerous with a common cold, but you could be doing your body irreparable harm by not consulting a specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment. By researching and treating on your own, you’re wasting valuable time and resources.

The delay in obtaining medical treatment could make a small problem much, much worse. Once that window for early treatment is gone, you can never get it back.  Treating on your own is an excellent example of being penny wise and pound foolish.

You Need to Seek Professional Care!

You may save a little money up front, but it’s going to cost you more in the long run when your health care provider has to play catch up and try to fix the harm done by delaying proper treatment.

Early treatment provided by a specialist familiar with your health condition will make it much easier for your body to repair itself and lessen your chance of developing further complications.

Before you try to diagnose and treat yourself, we hope you’ll consider the potential harm you could doing to your body.  And make the right choice – seek professional diagnosis and treatment.  Time is of the essence in repairing and protection your nerves.

Please take care and you can always call us at 781-659-7989 for information about our treatment centers and if you’d like to schedule and appointment!

Functional Health: Calcium and Your Health

Calcium is an element which is essential to life and health.

Like potassium and chloride, too much or too little of this key element can literally kill us! Your body has some aging mechanisms built in to keep calcium levels in our blood nearly constant. So much so that, if we consume too little, our parathyroid glands send hormone messengers that break down bone to release more usable calcium.

Calcium is necessary for proper heartbeat and normal nerve function. A disturbance in blood calcium can cause fatal arrhythmia of our heart, and “tetany”, which is a severe disabling contraction of our muscles!

Now, if you live in the USA, you probably have been lead to believe that dairy consumption is the only way to get adequate calcium. You might even have been told that calcium consumption alone can prevent or treat osteoporosis.

Neither of these assumptions, by themselves, are true.

For example, John Robbins was one of the first to point out in the ’90s that in cultures where daily physical activity and plant-based diets are the norm, osteoporosis was virtually non-existent. These cultures do NOT consume any dairy at all.

Instead, they eat lots of vegetables, nuts, and lean protein like fish, using animal products sparingly. This diet is far healthier than the typical sugar, fat, and soda consumption of the average modern diet!

These cultures also have higher levels of active Vitamin D, secondary to sunlight exposure. Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium in our gut, and among many other things, helps us build stronger bones, ward off infections, and a whole host of diseases.

Calcium is a key player in your health! Unless you have a disease which requires careful monitoring, eating healthy and getting enough vitamin D and exercise are probably all we need.

Most of the time, large amounts of calcium supplementation may actually be dangerous, and could actually contribute to other disease risks.

In nature, calcium often occurs with magnesium. Effective supplementation delivers calcium and magnesium in near-equal concentrations.

Magnesium is another crucial nutrient—in fact, the most commonly deficient in the so-called modern diet. Next, we’ll explore this in detail!

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Chiropractic Treatment: Chronic Pain Management

Unfortunately, no one medication or therapy is usually the answer once chronic pain has set in.

With narcotics, each successive dose becomes less effective than the previous, setting up the pathway for overdose and abuse.

I recently read a rather frightening statistic that stated that deaths due to narcotic medications are at an all time high.

Unfortunately, this trend will not be reversed unless different steps are taken to manage the vast numbers of chronic pain patients in the world who suffer.

We’ve spoken extensively in the past about the two most common forms of pain. Most of us are very familiar with acute pain that is the pain of a cut, bruise, or even childbirth.

Fortunately, acute pain is relatively short-lived, and not imprinted firmly upon our nervous systems.

Chronic pain however has a way of becoming deeply embedded and tripped very easily, setting up deep circuits within the brain and nervous system, which can be difficult to change.

Unfortunately, no one medication or therapy is usually the answer once chronic pain has set in. With narcotics, each successive dose becomes less effective than the previous, setting up the pathway for overdose and abuse.

The best alternative is to first jump on any new injury or illness with pain as soon as possible. It is vital with any new condition or injury to reduce pain quickly, and as much as possible with non-drug methods.

This is why seeking therapy soon after injury or onset of a condition can produce much better long-term treatment results!

This is also the time to use powerful non-drug treatment methods, including physical therapy modalities such as massage and manual therapy, and various forms of electric neurostimulation–and even laser therapy.

The most important take away from this discussion is to use every non-drug tool available as soon after the onset of injury or illness as possible.

This helps explain why our treatments can be so very powerful in helping avoid drug dependence.

In summary, anything you can learn to do to better manage your chronic pain with non-drug methods will lead to a far better long term outcome!

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Chiropractic Treatment and The Immune System

In today’s age of health and fitness, more and more kids are involved in sporting activities. Although being part of a football, soccer, or Little League team is an important rite of passage for many kids, parents and their children could be overlooking the importance of proper nutrition and body conditioning needed for preventing injuries on and off the playing field.

“The majority, if not all, sports are good, provided that the child prepares appropriately,” says Dr. Carl Heigl, president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness. “Without proper preparation, playing any sport can turn into a bad experience. There are structural and physical developmental issues that need to be taken into consideration before children undertake certain sports.”

Highly competitive sports such as football, gymnastics and wrestling follow rigorous training schedules that can be potentially dangerous to an adolescent or teenager.

The best advice for parents who have young athletes in the family is to help them prepare their bodies and to learn to protect themselves from sports-related injuries before they happen.

“Proper warm up, stretching and weight-lifting exercises are essential for kids involved in sports, but many kids learn improper stretching or weight-lifting techniques, making them more susceptible to injury,” says Dr. Steve Horwitz, an ACA member from Silver Spring, Maryland, and former member of the U.S. Summer Olympics medical team. “Parents need to work with their kids and make sure they receive the proper sports training.”

“Young athletes should begin with a slow jog to warm up the legs and arms and stretch all the major muscle groups,” says Dr. Horwitz. “Kids involved in football, baseball, gymnastics and swimming should develop a routine that includes strengthening exercises for the abdomen, the low-back muscles, arms and shoulders.”

Proper nutrition and hydration are also extremely vital. “A student athlete may need to drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water for proper absorption. Breakfast should be the most important meal of the day. Also, eating a healthy meal before and after practice or a game allows for proper replenishment and refuels the body,” adds Dr. Horwitz.

Young athletes today often think they are invincible. The following tips can help ensure your child does not miss a step when it comes to proper fitness, stretching, training and rest that the body needs to engage in sporting activities.

Encourage your child to:

  • Wear the proper equipment
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Avoid high-fat foods
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Drink water
  • Drink milk
  • Avoid sugar-loaded, caffeinated and carbonated drinks
  • Follow a warm-up routine
  • Take vitamins daily
  • Avoid trendy supplements
  • Get plenty of rest—Sluggishness, irritability and loss of interest could indicate that your child is fatigued.

Chiropractic Care Can Help…

Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system and can provide advice on sports training, nutrition and injury prevention to young athletes.

Please call us at 781-659-7989 to schedule an evaluation today!

 

General Health: Getting Healthy Again!

One of the biggest things we see in our work with our chronically ill patients is that once their symptoms start to subside, they are gradually able to resume more activity.

In some patients, this can be an incredible challenge after years of illness, stress, and sometimes the other side effects of treatments. But, There is good news! By applying specific timed steps, many patients do far better than they ever imagined.

Here’s 3 simple tips to make it go easier.

Start easy! We always teach our patients the importance of pacing, doing less than you think you actually can. Take extra special care of rest needs. Its’ OK, and even advisable, to rest during the day, even if you don’t nap. Trying to take on too much too soon can cause frustrating setbacks in your recovery process. Baby steps are key in this phase of your recovery.

Watch what you put into your head! Shut off the TV. Grab a good book instead, or simply meditate in a comfortable spot. Focus on health generating thoughts and mind pictures. Stress can be a hindrance to recovery, so try to find ways to reduce the stress in your life, at least for the immediate future.

Finally, enlist the help of your coaches, doctors and friends along your journey back to health. ASK for help and guidance. You don’t need to do this alone, and shouldn’t. A good support group goes a long way towards helping you on the road to recovery.

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