Category Archives: Chiropractic

Chiropractic Improves Neck Pain in Seniors

Neck pain is a considerable healthcare problem for individuals of all ages. About 20% of individuals 70 years of age and older experience neck pain at least once a month. Neck pain is also associated with other health complaints and poorer self-rated health. A new study investigated the effectiveness of chiropractic care (consisting of manipulation, mobilization, light soft… Read More »

Chiropractic Manual Therapy and Hip Osteoarthritis

Hip osteoarthritis (OA) is a common joint disease and when symptomatic can have significant impact on regular daily activities. Recently, hip OA has been linked to higher mortality rates. Non-surgical interventions with documented effectiveness become essential for patients who do not need, or choose not to have surgery. A recent study investigated the effectiveness of a patient education… Read More »

Manual therapy for ankle sprains

Ankle sprains often occur when running, walking on uneven ground, or jumping. Usually, people are told to rest, elevate the foot, apply ice, and use an elastic wrap to reduce swelling. This treatment is typically followed by exercises that can be performed at home. Although the pain and swelling usually improve quickly, more than 70% of people who… Read More »

Chiropractic and brain – pain and relaxation

Research on chiropractic adjustments has been conducted extensively worldwide, and its efficacy on musculoskeletal symptoms has been well documented. Previous studies have documented potential relationships between spinal dysfunction and the autonomic nervous system and that chiropractic treatment affects the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) regulates the functions of our internal organs (the viscera) such as the… Read More »

Chiropractic and routine obstetric care

Musculoskeletal pain in pregnant women is common and is frequently viewed as short-lived and temporary.  Most women report either low back pain (LBP) or pelvic pain (PP) during pregnancy and up to 40% of patients report pain during the 18 months after delivery.  A study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that including chiropractic interventions with… Read More »

Chiropractic and better brain function?

Patients with subclinical neck pain have altered brain activation patterns (cerebellum). The cerebellum’s best-known functions are in coordinating motor activities and learning new motor skills (such as learning to ride a bike). A recent study has found that chiropractic treatment of the neck in a group of subclinical neck pain patients leads to a pattern of brain activity from… Read More »

Recovered from back pain?

Trunk neuromuscular alterations have been found in those with chronic low back pain, but are responses altered in those deemed recovered following an injury? Coordinated trunk muscle responses are deemed important for normal spinal function, but there are no studies of temporal patterns early after a low back injury. Recent research found that despite the perception of readiness to… Read More »

Chiropractic and neck and arm pain

Symptomatic compression of a cervical nerve root (otherwise known as a ‘pinched nerve’) occurs in approximately 83.2 of every 100000 persons and is caused by disk herniations, and degenerative spinal conditions most typically.  The C6 and C7 nerve roots are most frequently involved, often resulting in severe pain and disability.  Typically, patients with this type of compression often have neck pain with… Read More »

Optimizing pain relief during pregnancy with chiropractic and massage

An article in the August 2013 issue of the Canadian Family Physician (Official Journal of the College of Family Physicians of Canada) discusses the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic and massage therapy for pain relief during pregnancy.  As pregnant women move into their second and third trimesters, their centers of mass shift forward, causing a change in spinal… Read More »

Chiropractic and Immediate Pain Relief

A new study suggests that spinal manipulation evokes statistically significant short-term increases in pressure pain thresholds in segmentally related myofascial tissues in young adults Decreased pressure sensitivity (increased PPT score) was observed at all time intervals beyond baseline within neurologically linked infraspinatus muscle after real, but not sham, manipulation The peak antinociceptive effect was measured as a 36%… Read More »