Two most common reasons people seek chiropractic care are neck and low back pain. The reason? It works!!

In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.  — Korthals-de Bos et...

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The Power of Ginger

Ginger is an herb with a complex chemical structure and proven efficacy in treating certain medical conditions. So why don’t we know more about it and use it more often? Millions of people in other parts of the world have been using ginger for more than 200 centuries — it is a common additive and medicinal herb in Chinese and Indian cultures and is readily available. Over the last 20 years, studies have shown the usefulness of ginger in treating any number of conditions. Research suggests that ginger has anti-nausea anti-vomiting,...

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Is Your Cell Phone Causing Pain?

Your smartphone can be a real pain in the neck.  Here’s why and what you should do about it. Chances are you’re reading this while leaning over a table or slumped back in a chair. Your head is tilted forward; your shoulders are curved.If you’re on a mobile device, your arms are bent by your side and your back hunch is even more profound. The position you’re in is probably causing you pain, whether you’re aware of it yet or not. Don’t worry, physical therapists have a diagnosis for the headaches, neck cricks and...

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Oregon Lower Back Pain Guidelines: Try Chiropractic First

New guidelines recommend chiropractic as only non-drug intervention for first four weeks of care. The new State of Oregon Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for the Evaluation and Management of Low Back Pain recommends spinal manipulation as the only non-pharmacological treatment for acute lower back pain.  And as we’ve mentioned on our previous posts, pain-killers can do more than kill pain.  Read on. The amended guidelines, have been adopted by the Oregon Health Authority where changed when The Oregon Chiropractic Association (OCA)...

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Smoking Causes Hearing Loss

Researchers have known the dangers of smoking tobacco for decades. Of course we know smoking cigarettes contributes to lung cancer, throat cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, heart ailments, allergies and other breathing disorders. Yet, with all the solid, statistical data in place, one out of five Americans still puff away daily. A published report on AudiologyOnline from Western Michigan University, authored by Dr. Bharti Katbamna, indicates a strong link between smoking and hearing loss – yet another reason to kick the habit. The Stats...

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Maximizing the Quality of Life for Seniors

Over the next 30 years, the number of individuals age 65 and older will reach 70 million in theUnited Statesalone, and those 85 and older will comprise the fastest-growing segment of the population. As our elderly population increases, it becomes more important than ever for clinicians to recommend appropriate exercise programs that can improve health, functional capacity, independence and quality of life. This position statement by the American College of Sports Medicine presents five major topics regarding the influence of exercise and...

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