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Can Organs Be “Adjusted”?

Chiropractic manipulation of the spine is well documented, and evidence strongly supports its benefits for many musculoskeletal conditions of the neck, midback, low back, pelvis, and extremities. Less evidence has been published about visceral manipulation. So what are there benefits of visceral manipulation, if any?A 2013 study reported that females with lower urinary tract symptoms [..]

Chiropractic Adjusting for Cervical Disc Herniation and Compressive Neuropathology

The most common cause of cervical nerve root compression (compressive neuropathology) is degenerative joint disease with stenosis and narrowing of the intervertebral foramen narrowing. The second most common cause is cervical disc herniation (1).Cervical disc herniations with compressive neuropathology are commonly seen in asymptomatic populations (2, 3, 4). In a study published in 1996, 63% [..]

Whiplash – Can We Predict Long-Term Problems?

Whiplash (or the rapid acceleration forwards followed by deceleration or sudden stopping of the moving head during the whiplash event) occurs at a speed that is so fast, we can’t prepare for it. In other words, by the time it takes us to voluntarily contract a muscle to guard ourselves against injury, that rapid forward/backwards [..]

Fibromyalgia Wholistic Care

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a very challenging condition to both diagnose and treat since there are different clinical signs and symptoms unique to each patient's case. Therefore, the diagnosis is made by excluding other possibilities. To make matters even more challenging, there are “primary” and “secondary” types of FM, or those who develop FM for no [..]

CTS “Facts” (cont.)

Last month, we covered what Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is, its symptoms, causes, who is at risk, and how it's diagnosed. This month, we’ll center our focus on CTS treatment.How is CTS treated? For the best success, treatment should begin as early as possible. Unfortunately, most people wait a long time before they get to [..]

What Kind of Headache Do I Have?

Headaches come in several different sizes, shapes, and colors, so to speak. In fact, if you search “headache classification,” you will find the IHS (International Headache Society) 152-page manual (PDF) lists MANY different types of headaches! Last month, we discussed migraine headaches. This month, we’ll talk about the other headache types. So WHY is this [..]

Can Chiropractic Help the Post-Surgical Patient?

Low back pain (LBP) accounts for over 3 million emergency department visits per year in the United States alone. Worldwide, LBP affects approximately 84% of the general population, so eventually almost EVERYONE will have lower back pain that requires treatment! There is evidence dating back to the early Roman and Greek eras that indicates back [..]

Cancer and Nutrition – Part 3

In Part 1, we discussed dietary approaches for the cancer patient and started the discussion of the use of dietary supplementation to optimize healing for the cancer patient with the understanding that these approaches DO NOT replace appropriate conventional cancer treatments but rather, enhance the health of the cancer patient during the treatment process. This [..]

Radiography, Chiropractors and X-rays, Pathology, Degeneration, Anomalies, and Biomechanics

The birth of chiropractic as a profession occurred in the year 1895 when Daniel David Palmer (1845-1913) adjusted the spine of a deaf man, William Harvey Lillard. Daniel David Palmer established the Palmer School in Davenport, Iowa, in 1896.Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen was a German physicist (1845-1923). In 1895, at age 50, he produced and detected x-rays (Rontgen rays). [..]

Whiplash – Rest or Treatment?

Whiplash—or WAD (whiplash associated disorders)—is an injury caused by the rapid movement of the neck and head. This is the net result of the “classic” motor vehicle collision, though other injury models (like slips and falls) can result in similar injuries. Previously, we listed basic facts, of which one was that patients had better results [..]