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Archives for 2012

Chiropractic and Chest Pain (Angina Pectoris)

The term “angina pectoris” refers to chest pain. Angina is classified into three groups: 1. Stable angina (or, “effort angina”); 2. Unstable angina (“crescendo angina”); and 3. Microvascular angina (“syndrome X angina”). The 3rd type is caused by narrowing of the tiny blood vessles supplying the heart muscle and the symptoms vary, making it less [..]

Low Back Pain and Sleep (Part 3)

For the last two months (Part 1 and Part 2), we’ve discussed the importance of sleep and its effect on low back pain (LBP). Last month, we offered 9 ways to improve sleep quality, and this month we will conclude this topic with 11 more. Sleep deprivation has been called, “…an epidemic” by the Centers [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Self-Help Management Options

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most investigated, researched, and talked about disorder when it comes to work-related injuries to the upper extremities because it is often the cause of so much lost work time, disability costs, and the source of financial hardship for many of its sufferers. So, the questions are: Is there a [..]

Fibromyalgia, Sleep and Restless Leg Syndrome

Fibromyalgia (FM) and sleep dysfunction seem to go hand in hand. In fact, most people who have FM complain of problems associated with sleeping. Sleep problems can include difficulty falling asleep with or without waking up one to multiple times a night. Also, the inability to reach “deep sleep” results in waking up feeling un-restored. [..]

Low Back Pain and Sleep (Part 2)

Last month, we discussed the relationship between sleep deprivation and low back pain (LBP) and found that LBP can cause sleep loss AND sleep loss can cause LBP. It’s a two-way street! This month, we will look at ways to improve your sleep quality, which in return, will reduce your LBP. There are many ways [..]

Fibromyalgia and Food

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a disorder that affects each sufferer a little differently. Therefore, promoting a one diet approach for every FM patient doesn’t make a lot of sense. However, according to Dr. Ginevra Liptan, the medical director of the Frida Center for FM in Portland, Oregon, it is clear that what is included in a [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Natural Treatment Options

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition characterized by pain, numbness, and/or tingling in the hand. This includes the palm and the 2nd, 3rd, and half of the 4th finger, usually sparing the thumb. Another indication of CTS is weakness in grip strength such as difficulty opening a jar or even holding a coffee cup. [..]

How Does Chiropractic Help Headaches?

Headaches are one of the most common reasons people seek chiropractic care. Many patients with headaches benefit significantly from adjustments made to the upper cervical region. So, the question is, how does adjusting the neck help headaches? To help answer this question, let’s look at a 2011 study that examined this exact issue… It’s been [..]


Upright posture is a first class lever mechanical system, such as a teeter-totter or seesaw (1, 2). The fulcrum of a first class lever is the place where the force is the greatest: if excessively heavy objects are placed on both ends of the teeter-totter, it will break in the middle, at the fulcrum. In the [..]

Maximum Health and Chiropractic

Traditionally, chiropractic care is most commonly rendered for a finite amount of time, usually until the symptoms that initially drove the patient to seek out care resolve. However, some patients find that periodic chiropractic treatments make them feel better and improve their sense of well-being. Three basic methods of chiropractic care exist: 1) acute care, [..]