Spinal Manipulation May Help Women Cope with Common, Female Woes

Spinal Manipulation May Help Women Cope with Common, Female Woes

We’d hazard a guess that there isn’t a woman in America who enjoys going through premenstrual syndrome every month. After all, who wants to experience abdominal pain, edema, fatigue, mood swings, headaches, sleepless nights and more? We can’t single out one person. And to top it all off, many women also find that the over-the-counter medications and do-it-yourself solutions simply don’t work. There is a bright spot though. Spinal manipulation is very effective at reducing or eliminating symptoms of premenstrual syndrome for a number of ladies. The reason is simple. A woman’s reproductive organs and menstrual cycle are impacted by nerves located in the spinal cord. For instance, nerves in the sacrum and thoracic region control vaginal muscles, ligaments, pain sensors and secretions. Other nerves in the spine contribute to lower back pain, hormone level fluctuations, edema, energy loss, insomnia and headaches. And thanks to several premenstrual syndrome related studies, we can prove our assertions too. In March 2013, the Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association published a study that explored how the menstrual cycle impacts ligament laxity. When ligaments are lax, other parts of the body (e.g. bones) are likely to shift, thereby causing at least temporary nerve irritation. Understandably, irritated nerves in the areas that control the female reproductive system are apt to bring on, or exacerbate, symptoms commonly associated with premenstrual syndrome. Oftentimes, using spinal manipulation is the ideal way to soothe aggravated nerves. And it should be noted that over the years, there have been other PMS studies that support our claims. Examples include research previously published in the Clinical Journal of Pain, Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapy, American Journal of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation and the Epidemiologic Reviews. Keeping all of that in mind, women with a history of premenstrual syndrome related problems should consider contacting a chiropractor. Depending on the individual’s overall health history, spinal manipulation may provide long sought after relief from cyclical woes. Image courtesy of Stockimages /...

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Chiropractic Care for Veterans: Battling Pain with Spinal Manipulation

Chiropractic Care for Veterans: Battling Pain with Spinal Manipulation

Last year, in a widely publicized move, the National Institutes of Health decided to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs on a joint project. The project was designed to look at the growing problem of opioid use among military men and women with chronic pain. In the process, they were to focus on non-pharmaceutical, alternative therapies. Chiropractic care was, and continues to be, one of the items up for consideration. Chiropractic Care is a Proven Pain Reliever Chiropractic care has long been proven to help people with chronic back pain. As such, an increasing number of military men and women are now asking their insurance providers and primary care physicians for chiropractic referrals. There have even been studies supporting the treatment’s value. For example, it 2012 researchers proved that chiropractic care helps military personnel diagnosed with degenerative disk disease. Consequently, many primary care physicians are responding favorably to military members’ requests for chiropractic care referrals. Military Personnel Have Options The insurance industry’s response, however, has been a mixed bag. As it stands now, neither TRICARE nor CHAMPVA will pay for chiropractic care but that hasn’t stopped Veterans, active-duty personnel and their families from seeking help. They’re simply paying for chiropractic care in other ways. For example, it may be possible for Veterans and active-duty personnel to use the following payment methods: Private Pay (e.g. Cash, Check, Debit and Credit) Long-term Care and Private Insurances Health Credit Cards and In-house Financing Veterans and active-duty personnel seeking confirmation of which payment options are accepted in their respective areas should consider reviewing their policies and speaking with area chiropractors. After careful policy review, professional consultation and the presentation of indisputable proof that chiropractic care works, it may be possible to change insurance providers’ minds. Some Veterans, active service personnel and their families may also want to consider becoming advocates for chiropractic care. It is widely hoped that advocacy efforts will cause insurance companies to change their position and reimburse service personnel for their medical expenditures. To learn more about chiropractic care and how it may benefit military men and women, please click here. Image courtesy of Cooldesign/...

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Should Spinal Manipulation Be Used to Treat GERD?

Should Spinal Manipulation Be Used to Treat GERD?

Up until recently, GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease was one of the last things that someone would ask a chiropractor about. However, studies completed within the last few years have revealed that there is a connection between the all too common digestive disease and the human spine. One of the ground-breaking studies appeared in a back issue of Neurogastroenterology & Motility magazine. It pointed out that spinal nerves are impacted by unresolved GERD, which has led some to speculate that spinal manipulation may help people living with the disease. Doctors have long believed that undue pressure on the abdomen is one of the leading causes of GERD. That’s why the disease is often linked to conditions like obesity, weight gain and pregnancy. They all put pressure on to the abdomen. However, injuries to certain areas of the spine have the ability to do the same. This has been indirectly noted in cases where people complain of abdominal pain related to health problems like spinal tuberculosis and thoracic disc prolapse. In many cases, it is the thoracic spine and its related nerves that are to blame. It is a section of the spinal column that runs from the area near a person’s shoulder blades to the start of the lower back. So in theory, spinal manipulation and other chiropractic treatments may help relive abdominal pressure, thereby reducing incidents of GERD. Of course more research will need to be conducted in this area to be sure. In the meantime, patients who have not found relief using traditional forms of GERD treatments may want to consider giving chiropractors a chance. They can assess the person’s body to determine if there is a problem with the thoracic spine and provide treatment, if applicable. They may also be able to ease spinal nerve sensitivity, which has already been scientifically connected to the disease courtesy of the study that we mentioned earlier. To learn more about spinal manipulation and its impact on the abdomen, please reach out to a Indianapolis chiropractor listed here. Image courtesy of cooldesign/...

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The Benefits of Spinal Manipulation

The Benefits of Spinal Manipulation

There are numerous benefits to having routine spinal manipulation performed on your body by a Noblesville chiropractor. Spinal manipulation typically involves a sudden and controlled force to a certain spinal joint. According to an article on Science Daily, “Spinal manipulation is a technique that involves the application of various types of thrusts to the lumbar spine (lower back) or cervical spine (neck) to reduce back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal conditions.” By learning more about this practice, deciding if the treatment is right for you should be achievable. Elimination of Back Pain Much back pain is a result of spine misalignment and constriction. Periodic spinal manipulation can eliminate this back pain, which typically occurs in the lower back. As A Combination Therapy Manipulation of the spine is typically most effective when combined with stretching and regular physical activity. This is because it works in synergy as a treatment and prevention method. The spine tends to become misaligned and stressed when a person does not exercise or stretch regularly. In fact, for athletes, spinal manipulation acts as a great method for improving performance and reducing recovery time. Make sure that you are consuming a balanced diet as well. How Does Spinal Manipulation Work There are generally two schools of thought when it comes to spinal manipulation. One prefers a gentler approach while the other focuses on the “thrust” technique, which applies a large amount of force to certain areas of the back. The treatment can be performed with hands or a medical device. The amount of force typically depends on the manipulation technique that is being used. Image courtesy of Praisaeng /...

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