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Low Back Pain and Directional Preference for Exercises..

Date: January 29, 2020 | Time: 12:00pm

Several studies have found that a treatment approach that combines specific exercises with spinal manipulation, mobilization, and nutrition is often ideal for reducing pain and improving function in patients with low back pain. But how does your doctor of chiropractic know which low back exercises to recommend and which to avoid? The answer: it depends. Because each patient is unique (age, health status, fitness), it's clear that exercise prescriptions need to be individually tailored to be safe and to avoid injury..... <view entire article>

Myofascial Trigger Points and Headaches..

Date: January 28, 2020 | Time: 12:00pm

A myofascial trigger point (TP) is a hyper-irritable area in skeletal muscle that is commonly detected by palpating (feeling with the fingers). Although more sophisticated ways exist for locating TPs-ultrasound, microdialysis, electromyography, infrared thermography, and MRI-palpation remains the most utilized due to its simplicity, efficiency, and low cost. For patients with migraine and tension-type headaches, TPs are commonly found at the base of the skull/upper neck, paraspinal neck muscles, the upper trapezius, and/or the levator scapulae musculature. In one study that.... <view entire article>

Manual Therapy vs. Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome..

Date: January 27, 2020 | Time: 12:00pm

When people suspect they have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), it's typical that their first thought is that their condition will require surgery and a lengthy recovery. While surgery may be warranted in emergency situations, treatment guidelines encourage patients to seek non-surgical options first. So how do non-surgical approaches like manual therapy interventions -provided in a chiropractic setting-compare with surgery to treat CTS? In 2018, a team of European researchers reviewed data from ten studies that compared the effectiveness of surgery vs..... <view entire article>

Non-Surgical Care for Rotator Cuff Tears..

Date: January 26, 2020 | Time: 12:00pm

While the anatomy of the shoulder allows for a wide range of motion and movement, it comes at the cost of a less stable joint, especially for those who routinely perform activities that require lifting the arms. This is likely why shoulder pain is one of the leading reasons patients seek chiropractic care, trailing behind low back and neck pain. The most common cause of shoulder pain is from tearing of the rotator cuff muscles (RCMs), particularly muscles that rotate.... <view entire article>

Chiropractic Care for Whiplash Injuries..

Date: January 25, 2020 | Time: 12:00pm

Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) describes a constellation of symptoms that can arise following a motor vehicle collision (MVC), sports collision, or slip and fall. The typical initial treatment approach for WAD is non-surgical care, but what does the research say is the best non-surgical approach? To start, most (if not all) studies on WAD center around the concept of preventing chronicity of WAD. In other words, the GOAL of care is to restore function and get the patient back to their.... <view entire article>

Sleep and Chiropractic Care..

Date: January 24, 2020 | Time: 12:00pm

The American Sleep Association reports that 50-70 million adults in the United States (US) have a sleep disorder. Poor sleep is associated with several adverse health outcomes, including an elevated risk for musculoskeletal pain. Though the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, the current research suggests the relationship between musculoskeletal pain and sleep disturbance is bi-directional. That is, individuals with a sleep disorder are more likely to develop a pain condition and people with pain are more likely to have trouble.... <view entire article>