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The Effectiveness of Lumbar Belts for Low Back Pain

The Effectiveness of Lumbar Belts for Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is a very common condition that many attempt to self-manage prior to seeking treatment at their local chiropractic office. One approach that an individual with LBP may reach for, especially if it helps keep them working, is a low back belt or brace. A 2008 systematic review concluded that lumbar belt [..]

Cervical Versus Lumbar Intervertebral Discs

Cervical Versus Lumbar Intervertebral Discs

The Anatomical, Clinical,and Management Distinctions The Cervical Disc isNOT a Mini Lumbar Disc Most of what is understood and taught about the intervertebral discs was ascertained by studying the lumbar discs. The “era of the intervertebral disc” began in 1934 when William Jason Mixter and Joseph Seaton Barr read their paper, Rupture of the Intervertebral [..]

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

The bone you feel when you put your hand on your hip is called the greater trochanter, and it serves as an important attachment point for several muscles that move the hip in multiple directions. Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) is a general term that has been used to describe multiple disorders that cause lateral [..]

Mechanical Wrist Traction for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Mechanical Wrist Traction for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Treatment guidelines for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) encourage patients to utilize non-surgical options before consulting with a surgeon, of which chiropractic care is an excellent choice. To manage the patient with carpal tunnel syndrome, a doctor of chiropractic will take a multimodal approach—that is, they will combine several therapies in order to achieve an optimal [..]

The Headache, Neck Pain, and Jaw Pain Trio

The Headache, Neck Pain, and Jaw Pain Trio

Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) is a painful and disabling condition that affects the joints, muscles, and nerves of the jaw. Those who suffer with TMD experience challenges with opening their mouth, which can make eating solid food impossible or even semi-solid or soft foods challenging. Patients with TMD often experience sharp pain when yawning, and even [..]

Music and the Brain

Music and the Brain

Music can have a variety of effects on an individual from altering their mood to triggering a memory. But did you know that music can also play a role in protecting the brain and helping it function? In 2020, the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) gathered a panel of experts to examine the latest [..]

Myofascial Release for Low Back Pain

Myofascial Release for Low Back Pain

Through their initial chiropractic college instruction, as well as continuing education and post-graduate training/certification, doctors of chiropractic are equipped with a variety of techniques and therapies to manage musculoskeletal conditions, including low back pain (LBP).  Studies have found that a common contributory cause of LBP is dysfunction of the thoracolumbar fascia (TLF). The purpose of [..]

Chiropractic Care for Low Back and Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Chiropractic Care for Low Back and Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Low back and/or pelvic pain in pregnancy is extremely common. A study published in the journal Spine in 1996 indicated that 76% of women reported back pain at some time during pregnancy (1). A study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2002 indicated that 35.5% of pregnant women [..]

Managing Dizziness By Addressing Cervical Dysfunction

Managing Dizziness By Addressing Cervical Dysfunction

For the elderly adult, falls can result in severe injury and a loss of independence. One major cause for serious falls in the older population is dizziness. While there are many causes of dizziness, one that is often overlooked is dysfunction in the cervical spine that affects proprioception, or the ability to know where parts [..]

HIIT for Improving Shoulder Function

HIIT for Improving Shoulder Function

To restore function following a shoulder injury or surgery, it’s important for the patient to perform rehabilitative exercises.  While there are many classic exercises that are considered “standard” in rehab post-injury/surgery shoulder conditions, new research suggests that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may be more effective. High-intensity interval training is an exercise concept that is characterized [..]

Vitamin D and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Vitamin D and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is most often associated with repetitive movements and inflammation that impedes the function of the median nerve as it passes through the wrist, but recent studies have identified vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for CTS, as well as more severe CTS-associated symptoms. Vitamin D plays many roles in the [..]

Chiropractic Care for the Post-Lumbar Fusion Patient

Chiropractic Care for the Post-Lumbar Fusion Patient

Between 1993 and 2013, the number of lumbar fusion surgeries for low back pain and related spinal conditions increased significantly from 61,000 per year to 450,000 per year! Unfortunately, up to 61% of patients who undergo back surgery will continue to experience chronic low back pain. Many of these patients will opt for non-surgical care [..]