Archive for the 2009

Does Chiropractic Work? - What Do Insurance Companies Say?

If chiropractic care helps patients get better faster and costs the patient and/or insurance company less, shouldn’t EVERY low back pain (LBP) patient FIRST see a chiropractor before any other type of doctor? That is in fact, what should be done, based on a 2009 report!On October 20, 2009, a report was delivered on the impact on [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – What, Why, How?

WHAT? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most common of the peripheral nerve conditions and occurs when the median nerve is compressed or pinched at the wrist. The resulting symptoms include numbness/pain in the wrist, fingers (index, third, and forth), multiple sleep interruptions due to hand/finger numbness requiring frequent shaking and flicking, difficulty in gripping [..]

Fibromyalgia – Coping Strategies, "What Can I Do?"

Fibromyalgia (FM) is one of the most common conditions associated with chronic pain affecting up to 5% of the population. It is characterized by pain in the muscles and joints and is associated with generalized, whole body muscle stiffness, body aches, sleep disruption, and headaches. Stress is often a component of FM. Women are 2-3 [..]

Chiropractic Manipulation and Headaches

Headaches are a common complaint in patients presenting for professional care, including chiropractic management. Patients with headaches seek chiropractic care because they find manipulation or adjustments applied to the cervical spine and upper back region are highly effective in reducing the intensity, frequency, and duration of their headache pain. This is because the cervical spine / [..]

Whiplash: Body, Mind and Spirit – What is the Connection?

The term "whiplash" refers to an injury to the neck muscles, the muscle attachments (tendons), ligaments, and sometimes the disks that lie between the vertebral bodies of the spine. In a rear-end collision, the cause of whiplash occurs from a sudden, rapid acceleration of the body and neck as the car is pushed forward. In [..]

Spondylolisthesis - What Is That?

Abigail was competing in a gymnastics tournament last year and during one of her floor routines, noticed a sharp pain in her low back after performing a series of back hand springs. She said she landed crooked on the last one which resulted in immediate pain in the middle of the low back at the [..]

Fibromyalgia – Can Chiropractic Help… Who Says?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is one of the most commonly diagnosed soft tissue conditions in most branches of healthcare, including chiropractic. A paper was published in 2009 with the primary purpose to review the existing literature / published research to determine what aspects of chiropractic treatment are the most commonly used to treat FM patients and to [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – What Does Research Show?

So often we hear, "…well if it’s so good, show me the proof!" Even though the chiropractic case management of CTS has been well-established for many years, we still hear skepticism from patients, MDs, insurers, employers, and others about its efficacy. Let’s take a look at the evidence that supports the benefits of chiropractic for [..]

Neck Pain and Chiropractic Treatment

A 42-year-old female patient presented with neck pain that had been present for two months. The pain came on gradually and without a specific cause. Her vocation is answering the phone for a busy mail order shoe store. She works 40 hours a week, 5 days per week. Her neck pain worsens with work, especially [..]

Chiropractic Treatment of Whiplash

Whiplash is basically an injury to the muscles, the muscle attachments (tendons), ligaments, and sometimes the nerves that exit the cervical spine. The degree of injury is highly variable and depends on many factors, some of which include gender/body size (slender-necked woman are especially at risk), awareness of the impending collision, head position at time [..]