Headache Relief

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A new study of female office workers found: “a strong association between trapezius muscle tenderness and the level of intensity and the number of days with a headache.”

Are you suffering from headaches? This trapezius stretch might help. #HeadacheRelief #TrapeziusStretch #Chiropractic

Lidegaard M et al. Association Between Trapezius Muscle Tenderness and Tension- Type Headache in Female Office Workers: A Cross-sectional Study. JMPT Volume 41, Issue 6, Pages 483–487

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American Medical Association – Increase Chiropractic Benefits

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A new study study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that although chiropractic & acupuncture were recommended over pharmacologic options for treating low back pain, the treatments were not covered by all insurance plans.

The authors recommended expansion of insurance benefits to “improve comprehensive, multimodal coverage of best-practice treatments for chronic low back pain.”

Do you know a healthcare decision maker? Please share this American Chiropractic Association infographic to explain why ALL insurance plans should cover chiropractic care.

#ChiropracticBenefits

Heyward J, Jones CM, Compton WM, et al. Coverage of Nonpharmacologic Treatments for Low Back Pain Among US Public and Private Insurers. JAMA Network
Open. 2018;1(6):e183044.

American Medical Association Says “Increase Chiropractic Benefits”

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A new study study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that although chiropractic & acupuncture were recommended over pharmacologic options for treating low back pain, the treatments were not covered by all insurance plans.

The authors recommended expansion of insurance benefits to “improve comprehensive, multimodal coverage of best-practice treatments for chronic low back pain.”

Do you know a healthcare decision maker? Please share this American Chiropractic Association infographic to explain why ALL insurance plans should cover chiropractic care.

#ChiropracticBenefits

Heyward J, Jones CM, Compton WM, et al. Coverage of Nonpharmacologic Treatments for Low Back Pain Among US Public and Private Insurers. JAMA Network
Open. 2018;1(6):e183044.

Suffering from Dizziness?

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Your brain processes 3 different inputs to establish your sense of balance: your inner ear, your eyes, and tiny pressure sensors that line the inside of the joints of your upper neck. Dizziness or “vertigo” arises when one or more of these balance systems malfunctions by sending the wrong information to your brain. A new studyhas confirmed that chiropractic care, exercise, and acupuncture can help those dizzy spells. So, if you or someone you know suffers from dizziness, call our office today!

#Dizziness #CervicogenicVertigo #ChiropracticTreatment

Carpal Tunnel Strikes Women More Often

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A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control found that women were more than 3x more likely to develop work-related carpal tunnel syndrome compared to men.

Want to learn more? Check out this short video about how carpal tunnel syndrome develops and what you can do to solve it.

#CarpalTunnelSyndrome #AboutMyCondition #ChiropracticCare

Jackson R et al. Rates of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in a State Workers’ Compensation Information System, by Industry and Occupation — California, 2007–2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2018 Oct 5;67(39):1094-1097.

Chiropractic Care and Back Pain Study

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A new JAMA study of 750 active duty US military personnel with acute low back pain compared the effectiveness of standard care alone (medication, physical therapy, pain management) vs. a collaborative care plan that included chiropractic manipulation:

“Chiropractic care, when added to usual medical care, resulted in improvements in low back pain intensity and disability. This trial provides additional support for the inclusion of chiropractic care as a component of multidisciplinary health care for low back pain, as currently recommended in existing guidelines.”

In the study, chiropractic co-managed patients reported:

 

  • significantly lower pain intensity
  • significantly less symptom “bothersomeness”
  • significantly better perceived improvement
  • significantly greater satisfaction with care
  • significantly less pain medication use no serious treatment-related adverse events

 

If you or someone you know suffers from back pain. Call out office today to be treated like a pro!

DeQuervain’s Disease

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Tendons are strong, fibrous bands of tissue connecting muscles to bones. Some tendons are covered by a protective, lubricated insulation called a “synovial sheath.” The two tendons on the thumb-side of your wrist that extend and abduct your thumb into a “hitchhiker” position are covered by a sheath. Normally, these tendons move freely within this covering, much like a sword sliding through a sheath. If these tendons and sheaths are forced to repetitively rub against the bones of your wrist, they can become painfully swollen. This condition is called De Quervain’s tenosynovitis.

The pain of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis may begin abruptly, but more commonly starts gradually and increases over time. The pain is provoked by movements of your thumb or wrist. In more severe cases, you may notice swelling on the outside of your wrist. Some patients complain of “catching” or a slight “squeaking” sound while moving their wrist.

Activities like gardening, knitting, cooking, playing a musical instrument, carpentry, walking a pet on a leash, texting, video gaming and sports like golf, volleyball, fly fishing and racquet sports are known triggers. The condition was once known as “Washer woman’s sprain,” since wringing out wet clothes can trigger the problem. Lifting infants or children by placing your outstretched finger and thumb beneath their armpit has led to the nicknames of “Mommy thumb” or “Baby wrist.”

The condition strikes women much more frequently than men. It typically affects middle- age adults and is more slightly common in African-Americans, patients with diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis may be at higher risk for this problem.

Many patients will experience resolution of their symptoms through conservative care, like the type provided in our office. You should avoid lifting, grasping and pinching movements, especially when your wrist is bent toward either side. You may need to find alternate ways to lift children and perform work, sport and leisure activities. Video game players and those who text should take frequent breaks and try to hold their wrists straighter. Avoid wearing tight wristbands. Applying ice to your wrist for 10 minutes every hour or performing an “ice massage” (freeze a paper cup filled with water, tear off the bottom to expose the ice, massage over the tendons in a figure-eight pattern for 6-10 minutes, taking breaks as needed) can provide relief.

Patients who have severe pain or swelling are less likely to respond to conservative care. These patients may require a cortisone injection to relieve their pain, however, surgery is rarely necessary. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, give our office a call.