Archive for the 2008

Headaches and Posture

Have you ever glanced at your reflection in a storefront window or mirror as you walked by and noticed your posture? Scary, isn’t it? We all know that we should stand up straight, but we soon forget when as we fall back into our daily routine.Poor posture is often due to years of standing slouched, [..]

Fibromyalgia and Sleep Deprivation

The link between fibromyalgia (FM) and sleep is well-established. Some experts feel FM is caused by a lack of deep sleep, which usually takes about four hours of continuous sleep to achieve. Over time, the inability to fully relax due to the lack of deep sleep results in a gradual tightening of the muscles, which [..]

Non-Surgical Treatment for CTS

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is very common condition with symptoms that can vary from periodic tingling in the fingers to a debilitating disorder that can stop activities at home and work. The cause is usually gradual due to repeated movements, especially fast-paced motions such as prolonged practicing of a musical instrument, typing, various hobbies (knitting [..]

Low Back Pain (…or is it?)

Have you ever had leg pain and immediately blamed your lower back? Many patients (and unfortunately, many doctors) conclude such pain to be "sciatica" or a "pinched nerve." When this diagnosis is wrong, it can lead to an inappropriate type of treatment which can delay more appropriate care, or worse, may result in death due [..]

Did You Know This About Low Back Pain?

If you have low back pain (LBP), you are certainly not alone. Almost everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with their work, daily activities, and/or recreation. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on LBP-related treatments and it is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to [..]

Headaches and Management Options

Headaches are one of the more common conditions that enter the offices of primary care doctors, including chiropractors. The standard medical treatment revolves around the use of medications and/or injections. The standard chiropractic treatment approach includes manual therapies that may include spinal manipulation or adjustments, manual or mechanical cervical traction, mobilization techniques, trigger point therapy, [..]

Could It Be Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia (FM) affects at least 6 million Americans (1) and is the third most prevalent rheumatologic disorder (after osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis) representing 5% of family practice office visits and 20% of rheumatology visits. Approximately 90% of FM patients are women between the ages of 40 and 60 years, with an average age of 49. [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Is Very Common

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a very common problem and one of the leading causes of work-related injuries. This is partially due to the advancement in technology coupled with the dramatic increase in the pace of work performance in recent decades (1). The carpal tunnel is a small space in the wrist made up of [..]

Alternative to Back Surgery?

A study published in 2008 has results that will make you wonder whether back surgery is always necessary In the study, researchers followed 102 patients with disk herniations confirmed by MRI and sciatic/leg pain while they waited to see a spinal surgeon. The patients had also previously tried four weeks of medications (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [..]

Surprising Fibromyalgia Solution?

It seems a month doesn't go by when yet another scientific study is published proving the benefits of exercise for fibromyalgia patients. For example, a 2008 study by Finnish researchers looked at 26 women who were postmenopausal with fibromyalgia symptoms such as widespread pain and fatigue. In the study, the participants either completed a supervised [..]