Category: chiropractic care

Inspired by Denise

f the M.R.I. scan that the neurosurgeon was pointing to was, as it appeared to me, a map of South America, the tumor in the brain of my wife, Denise, was the size of Brazil. Enormous, imposing, bulging all its borders, not to be denied.

Amazing Story of Healing the Tumor in the BrainIt was early October. Denise had not been herself for months. A cheerful and enthusiastic woman, dedicated to her family, her friends, her work, she had become distant, lethargic. Often fatigued, her interests and activities had diminished. Her co-workers had called asking if she was all right, her sisters had taken note, her friends could not understand the changes in her. I thought that she was tired, possibly depressed. I thought that maybe she was in a rut, that patience and empathy was needed.

What was needed was surgery. After a fall at home from which she couldn’t rise we went to the emergency room where the questions, the examinations and an M.R.I. turned up what was wrong: Denise had a meningioma growing in the membrane between her brain and her skull. It had probably been growing for years and was now seven centimeters, of a size and weight that was affecting her vision, her functions, her balance, her personality.

Denise was in the hospital for six weeks. She remained valiant and determined through three brain surgeries and intense physical and occupational therapy. She never faltered. She started therapy as soon as she could, from light bedside therapy, to participation from a wheelchair, through working with a walker, to walking with a cane. I observed one afternoon and was mightily impressed with Denise’s determination to get up and down the training steps, to swing in and out of the car door simulation, to work at it until she was too tired to continue. She wanted to give her all, as she has done since I’ve known her. Denise wanted to return to the people, the interests, the very life that she enjoyed and was missing.

Full story of Denise at The New York Times

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Wake-up call: Are you making these five ergonomics mistakes?

Five Ergonomic MistakesAt some point, you’ve probably been given advice for making your workstation “more ergonomic.” Friends and colleagues tell you to raise your monitor a little here, nudge your keyboard a little there, and maybe even purchase one of those fancy (read: expensive) chairs.

Ideally, we’d all be hearing such advice from certified ergonomics professionals. In the real world, however, most of us will likely never speak to such experts, much less have the luxury of an ergo evaluation.

If you’re reading this article, you’re already taking a long stride in the right direction. Get comfy while we reveal some of the most common, detrimental ergonomics-related mistakes. And look out for our complete guide to setting up your own ergonomic workstation later this week.

Mistake No. 1: Ignoring ergonomics

“Walk into any Starbucks and you’ll find the problem,” says Alan Hedge, a professor at Cornell University, who has been teaching, researching, and speaking about ergonomics for more than 30 years.

As he points out, we slouch, strain, and adapt to poor setups without considering the long-term effects on our bodies. Though some corporate employees benefit from an in-house ergo program, those who work from home (or a secondary spot, like a cafe), are especially likely to ignore ergonomics.

Full story of ergonomic mistakes at Cnet.com

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Houston Chiropractor Maintains Interactive Website to Help Patients

Chiropractor Maintains Interactive Website for PatientsA Houston chiropractor is using the power of the Internet to boost his ability to help his patients. Dr. Terry Smedstad of Woodway Wellness Family Chiropractic maintains a variety of extra resources and services through the clinic’s official website, myhoustonchiro.com — including a blog, a resources page, an appointment scheduling portal, and detailed information about the clinic’s chiropractic services. “People today rely on the Web to help them find quick answers to nagging problems, including back pain and health concerns,” says Dr. Smedstad. “This site helps our patients understand their available treatment options.”

The Houston chiropractor states that he regards patient education as a critical aspect of chiropractic care. To that end, he tries to provide visitors to the clinic’s website with clear, useful descriptions of the various symptoms he treats and the treatment protocols he uses. He cites back pain, a fairly common complaint, with many possible causes, as an example.

“Sufferers from back pain can definitely benefit from blog articles on the underlying conditions that can cause this discomfort, and from information of spinal decompression, manual adjustments and other techniques that correct those underlying conditions,” Dr. Smedstad says. The Houston chiropractor notes that recent blog articles have addressed such diverse topics as shoulder pain and how to exercise for wellness.

Full story of chiropractor and interactive website at Market Watch

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Chiropractic Techniques Help to Lower Blood Pressure?

Chiropractic Techniques Help to Lower Blood PressureHigh blood pressure is one of the many symptoms stemming from nerve interference in the neck. Chiropractic patients can experience a significant drop in blood pressure – even after just one adjustment!

The University of Chicago’s Hypertension Centre’s Dr. George Bakris reported back in 2007 that he and his team were astonished by the effects of chiropractic care on patients with high blood pressure. This followed a study, during which Dr. Bakris and his team monitored 25 patients in the early stages of hypertension who received an upper cervical (upper neck) adjustment from a Doctor of Chiropractic, against 25 patients who received a placebo adjustment.

None of the patients took blood pressure medication for eight weeks; their blood pressure was measured at the start of this study period and again at the end.  X-rays were also taken before and after the adjustment to indicate a measurable difference in the position of the vertebrae.

Full story of chiropractor to lower blood pressure at Fitness Goop

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Chiropractic Benefits Include Solutions for Stress Relief Says Lexington Chiropractor

Chiropractic Care Helps Relieve StressLynch Chiropractic Center in Lexington, KY is raising awareness about the benefits of chiropractic care for stress relief. While chiropractic’s benefits for pain management and injury rehabilitation are well known, chiropractor Dr. Kevin Lynch says that the treatment is also beneficial for managing stress. Dr. Lynch recommends combining chiropractic care with deep tissue massage, exercise rehabilitation and nutritional detoxification for maximum stress relief.

Lexington chiropractor Dr. Kevin Lynch is working to help patients better manage stress through natural, drug-free treatments. “Today’s high stress world is literally killing many of our patients — and they don’t even realize it,” said Dr. Lynch. “Individuals who are under constant stress are at increased risk for chronic health problems, including heart disease. Many have poor eating and sleeping habits as they constantly rush from one thing to the next. It’s no surprise that our patients feel overwhelmed, exhausted and just plain worn out.”

Dr. Lynch says that chiropractic care, along with natural treatments, helps manage stress by bringing balance back to the body. When the body is under stress, the brain signals the adrenal glands to produce hormones, including cortisol and epinephrine. These hormones trigger the body’s “flight or fight” response.

Full story of chiropractic care and stress relief at The Wall Street Journal

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Chiropractic medicine may help pain

Chiropractic Care Helps PainIn cases where traditional medicine isn’t sufficient to address muscular or skeletal pain, many people turn to chiropractic medicine.

Chiropractors predominantly manipulate the spine to correct misalignments such as scoliosis, and symptoms such as neck pain and lower back pain.

Phil Pietala of CoreWellness Chiropractic and Natural Medicine in Houghton said his chiropractic patients will typically come in for a 20-minute session, which can include manual adjusting as well as whole body vibration and microcurrent therapy.

How often a patient comes in will vary. In the case of an acute lower back problem, they might come in four or five times within two weeks, Pietala said. However, his average is about once a month.

“A lot of times we’ll leave it up to the patient,” he said. “As soon as we’re done with their condition or their goals or met, then we’ll discontinue care until they want to start again.”

Full story of chiropractic medicine at Mining Gazette

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