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When patients go to a doctor, they want the best possible diagnosis and treatment. But how does that doctor know exactly what to do in any particular circumstance?

Medical school (of course) is the first part of the answer to this question. Clinical experience is the second part. This combination of formal training and day-to-day practice is what helps a physician to build the expertise and judgment they need to be good at their work.

However, even the very best education and most extensive professional experience cannot prepare a doctor perfectly for any situation. The simple truth is that the human body is so complex that no one physician can possibly know everything about it or about every health condition or potential treatment option. This is one reason that today’s doctors often choose to specialize, consult with each other and pursue continuing education. It’s also one reason why the healthcare community is working to pool its knowledge and develop treatment protocols based on its collective experience about what has worked best for patients in the past. This systematic approach is called “Evidence-Based Medicine”.

Evidence-based medicine has been described as “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.” Such evidence is based on randomized controlled trials to ensure an unbiased and entirely objective analysis of each study. The aim of evidence-based medicine (EBM) is to provide both quantitative and qualitative assistance in the clinician’s decision making process.

Proponents of the EBM approach realize that no system is perfect for all cases. They know that patient preferences and values can play an important part. They know, too, that not every patient is going to fit into the definitions described by a randomized controlled trial. Individual pathology and physiology may differ and not every patient will respond to the same treatment.

Trisha Greenhalgh and epidemiologist Anna Donald extended and clarified the EBM definition. They wrote that evidence-based medicine is, “the use of mathematical estimates of the risk of benefit and harm, derived from high-quality research on population samples, to inform clinical decision-making in the diagnosis, investigation or management of individual patients.”

One of the key objectives of EBM is to help make medical decision-making more objective in order to achieve better results for each individual patient.

The concept of evidence-based medicine has gained wide acceptance in most parts of the healthcare community. However, it does also have its practical limitations.

  • The results upon which EBM is based may not prove relevant in all situations. This is because much of the quantitative research produced by EBM depends on randomized controlled trials (RCTs).
  • Not every medical problem has been thoroughly investigated, making the body of evidence incomplete.
  • Certain groups remain under-researched, and thus generalizing from RCT findings becomes imperfect at best.
  • Research topics are strongly controlled by the sponsor’s interests. After all, RCTs are expensive and are rarely, if ever, conducted on methodologies that possess little or no profit incentive. In other words, traditional, alternative and holistic approaches remain largely under-represented.
  • There is always a delay—sometimes substantial—between the time an RCT is conducted and the actual publication of its findings.
  • There is also a delay between the publication of RCT results and the proper application of those results.
  • Some corporations have stifled the publication of RCT findings when the results proved detrimental to the public view of one or more of their products. This becomes particularly problematic when a former employee of the corporation in question becomes an editor at the peer-reviewed journal which would carry those research findings. Such corporate intervention jeopardizes not only the integrity of the body of scientific evidence, but also jeopardizes the health of the patients which EBM is supposed to benefit.

While evidence-based medicine certainly presents its share of challenges, it’s the best hope we have today for applying our growing body of healthcare experience to individual cases. As researchers and clinicians continue to collect data and make it more widely available and easier to access, EBM will offer more opportunities for physicians to treat their patients based on the best, most up-to-date information.

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When it comes to surgery, any good doctor will tell you that success is never guaranteed and there are always risks. But how does back surgery stack up compared to other treatments for back pain? The Mayo Clinic recommends caution before choosing back surgery. Their website warns, “Spine surgeons hold differing opinions about when to operate, what type of surgery to perform, and whether—for some spine conditions—surgery is warranted at all.” Always get a second opinion from a spine specialist.

One 2013 study in Washington State, published in the journal Spine, highlighted an interesting correlation between the number of back surgeries performed and the type of doctor first visited. The study found that of those injured workers who saw a surgeon first, 42.7% chose surgery (a relatively expensive and risky option) as a solution. Of those injured workers who first saw a chiropractor, the rate of surgeries dropped to 1.5%. In other words, those who visited a chiropractor first found that surgery was less likely to be necessary.

Research performed in Norway, with results published in the December 2012 edition of European Spine Journal, raised even more questions about the appropriateness or effectiveness of one common type of spine surgery. Two groups of patients were monitored over a 9-year period. Group membership was randomly assigned. One group received lumbar spinal fusion—a surgical procedure. The other group received exercises for coordination and endurance, plus mental training to reduce the amount of worry about further injury from going about their normal daily activities. In other words, this second group received physical and psychological training—no surgery.

In the surgery group, 68% were unable to work afterward, compared with only 42% in the non-surgery group. Of those who had surgery, 44% used medication for pain, while only 17% of those who didn’t have surgery used pain medication. Of the surgery group members, 17% were dissatisfied with the results they received. Of the non-surgery members, only 3% were unhappy with their outcomes. Those without surgery had a greater rate for return to work, less pain medication and greater satisfaction.

An earlier study found that of the 465,000 spinal fusions performed in America during 2011, as many as 50% had insufficient justification. Another study found physical therapy to be just as effective, but far less costly and risky than fusion surgery when attempting to solve the problem of degenerative disc disease.

There are of course situations where back surgery may be absolutely necessary. However, study after study has shown that other methods of treating back pain are far less expensive, less risky and frequently more effective. If you have been advised to have back surgery, it’s always good to get a second or even third opinion from different medical professionals to be sure you do not undergo a surgical procedure that may be best treated more conservatively.

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Half of the top 10 leading causes of death in the US are related in some way to nutrition: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Lifestyle has a great deal to do with how sick or healthy we are, and most medical doctors do not have enough time to learn about their patients’ lifestyle to offer drug-free solutions. Chiropractors, on the other hand, are perfectly trained to assess the whole patient, including not only their physical complaints and characteristics, but their lifestyle as well.

As a way of adding to the range of therapies they can offer to their patients, many chiropractors also specialize in important areas of health care, such as nutrition. A chiropractic nutrition specialist has spent over 300 hours of post-graduate study in learning about how nutrition impacts the body and how to teach their patients about following a healthy diet. The training these chiropractors undertake is usually far more than most physicians get in medical school, where nutrition is simply not an area of focus.

According to an article in American Chiropractor written by S. J. Press, “Chiropractors qualified in the field of nutrition are able to give pertinent advice on vitamin supplementation, dietary intakes, environmental toxicities, homeostasis, and biomechanical reactions of bodily systems.” Chiropractors have always been grounded in the holistic approach to treating patients, and they are aware that eating a healthy diet is just as important in the maintenance of a healthy musculoskeletal system as having a chiropractic adjustment.

The American Clinical Board of Nutrition (ACBN) is responsible for giving diplomate status (DACBN) to post-doctoral candidates (such as Doctors of Chiropractic) who have proven sufficient post-graduate training in nutrition and who pass a two-part examination. The Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (CBCN) operates under the auspices of the American Chiropractic Association and provides teaching, examination and certification for chiropractors in the field of nutrition.

The ACBN notes that it is committed to assuring its members are trained to help alleviate the huge problem we have today with chronic diseases that are so costly to society in terms of lives lost and dollars spent on treatment. “The ACBN, acting as agents of social change, provides the public with the quality assurance that its certificants are held to a higher standard; a standard of excellence that is assessed by quality control measures such as demonstrating yearly academic continuing education in the field of nutrition. While health care professionals may practice nutrition unique to their own professional field, the commonality of basic nutrition binds the ACBN as one. Many of our certificants are the authors of nutrition textbooks, others are professors teaching nutrition, and many are in private practice treating patients.”

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A chiropractic pediatrician (DICCP) performs chiropractic care on children. Because of the rapidly changing bodies of children, a DICCP (Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics) chiropractor is given special training for appropriate treatment at each stage of a child’s development.

Training for a DICCP involves completing a 3-year, board certification program administered by the International Chiropractic Association (ICA) Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. This program includes more than 360 classroom hours of instruction.

First-year topics include classes in pre-natal care, birth, post-partum care, neonate normals, neonate abnormals, school age adolescents and case correlations.

The core of chiropractic work involves manual adjustment of the spine to properly align the vertebrae and to allow the body to heal itself naturally. However, because an infant’s spine is different from that of a school-age child, which is different from that of an adolescent, a chiropractic adjustment at each stage of a child’s development is different. Understanding the distinctions helps to ensure that chiropractic care is safe and effective for children of any age and that young people have access to proven healthcare options that don’t involve drugs or surgery.

The chiropractic pediatrician will see infants in their first year in order to assess them for possible spinal trauma during birth and to give them a head start on health for the rest of their lives. Detecting and treating problems early in an infant’s development can prevent the need for more drastic measures when the child reaches school age or adolescence.

For instance, conditions like scoliosis can be corrected and the suffering of a child reduced or eliminated altogether. Left untreated, such conditions can grow worse with time and may lead to more serious health problems or repeated injuries later in life. World-famous Jamaican track star Usain Bolt is just one example of someone who, with early chiropractic care, could have avoided a great deal of pain and suffering caused by his abnormally curved spine.

Although all chiropractors are trained in pediatrics, the DICCP’s professional specialization requires additional rigor. Coursework can include the following:

  • Pediatric neurology
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Pediatric radiology
  • Pediatric sports injuries
  • Pediatric nutrition
  • Craniosacral/Myofascial
  • Nutritional approach to autoimmune challenges
  • Advanced techniques for infants and pregnant women
  • Caring for special needs children
  • Pediatric trauma and emergency medical procedures

This additional training allows chiropractic pediatricians to take care of children at every stage of their development, no matter what challenges beset them.

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Swedish massage is perhaps the most widely known and frequently requested full-body massage technique. The interesting thing is that the name “Swedish massage” itself is only used in countries that speak English or Dutch, and also in Hungary. In fact, the name is not used in Sweden. In most parts of the world, this technique is called “classic massage.”

The term “Swedish massage” is a bit of a misnomer for another reason as well—the technique is not thought to have originated in Sweden or even to have been created by a Swede! Many books on massage wrongly attribute the technique to Per Henrik Ling, an early 19th century Swedish physical therapist and an instructor of medical gymnastics. The confusion may have originated with the name “Swedish Gymnastic Movement System”, a set of techniques that Ling himself actually did create.

Swedish or classic massage involves long fluid movements of the hands across the body combined with circular motions, as well as other techniques such as kneading, chopping and vibration. It helps to improve circulation and to soften muscle tissue, making it perfect for relaxation. Swedish massage methods can be particularly useful when used before more intense techniques, like deep tissue massage. This helps to warm up the body and prepare it for more forceful methods.

The five basic movements of Swedish or classic massage are

  • Effleurage—characterized by long, sliding or gliding motions of the hands from the neck to the sacrum at the base of the spine, and along other parts of the entire body. This gentle technique helps greatly with relaxation.
  • Petrissage—a kneading motion where muscles are tenderly rolled and compressed. This helps to restore circulation deep within the muscles—circulation that has been restricted by tension.
  • Tapotement—this is very much like a karate chop. This tapping action can be particularly helpful on tense, twitching or cramped muscles.
  • Friction—with thumb pads or fingertips, the massage therapist applies greater pressure, especially near joints and alongside the spine. This helps to get rid of knots in the muscles, allowing greater flexibility.
  • Vibration/shaking—this involves shaking, rocking or trembling movements of a limb in order to loosen the body as a whole and to decrease overall tension.

Besides being a popular aid that promotes relaxation, Swedish massage can alleviate joint stiffness and reduce pain. This massage technique has also been effective in helping patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, leading to improved function in as little as eight weeks.

For full-body health, Swedish or classic massage can be performed in tandem with other drug-free methods such as chiropractic adjustments, not only to repair the body, but also as part of a  broader health maintenance regimen.

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Your spine requires plenty of water and nutrients to stay healthy and perform at its best, just like the rest of your body. The problem is, your spine is not able to absorb the water and nutrients it needs in the same way as other parts of the body, nor is it able to eliminate the wastes from metabolism. In a person’s early teens, the spinal discs lose the nutritional supply coming from blood, and the elimination system atrophies. Subsequently, the spine is only able to receive water and nutrients through osmosis and a process called imbibition. This last method occurs when the motion between vertebral discs acts as a pump to move fluids in and out of the discs. Thus, the health of your spine depends on movement. The sedentary lifestyles of most Americans (and especially senior citizens) make this problem worse.

As a person gets older and grows less active, the loss of spinal water can lead to disc degeneration and the eventual loss of motion between vertebral discs. Once this mobility is lost, further degeneration occurs more rapidly and the cycle of dehydration, shrinking, chronic pain and disease accelerates.

Proper hydration is essential for nutrient delivery, lubrication and waste elimination. Normal vertebral discs are 88% water, and because discs lose some of their water during the day, rehydration also proves essential for maintaining the height of each disc. Each sleep cycle will restore most of the daily water loss, but not all of it.

If a person begins to become dehydrated, the body will look to retrieve water from places like the spinal vertebrae first. So drinking abundant amounts of water throughout the day remains an important way of maintaining your spinal health.

Contrary to what has been reported by some in the media, certain aspects of spinal disc damage can in fact be repaired. Appropriate chiropractic care and spinal decompression therapy, along with exercise, nutrition and hydration programs, can often relieve pain and restore function WITHOUT the need for drugs or complex surgery.

Unlike other parts of the body that have abundant blood flow, spinal discs are slower to heal. This means that, while many chiropractic and spinal decompression patients find relief from their pain relatively quickly, it typically takes longer for the discs themselves to recover.

Of course, they say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To keep your spine healthy, stay active, drink plenty of fluids every day and remember to see your chiropractor regularly.

Deep tissue massage is one of many types of manual therapy focused on the body’s soft tissues that has been shown to  promote healing and relaxation. While the two may sound similar, deep tissue massage is not to be confused with “deep pressure” massage, which typically employs strong pressure uniformly across the entire body. Some other massage techniques, such as Shiatsu, work with the body’s meridians and pressure points in order to restore energy equilibrium in a manner similar to acupuncture. However, the deep tissue method is more focused on resolving specific pain and tension a person has in one part of their body.

Massage uses techniques to manipulate superficial layers as well as deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Massage therapists use a variety of techniques that involve applying pressure with the fingers, other parts of the hands, elbows, forearms, and instruments to perform the needed manipulation.

As the name suggests, the focus of deep tissue massage is the tissue that is located beneath the top layer of muscles, which is not generally reached by conventional massage. The purpose of the deep tissue method is to reduce extreme tension found in those deep muscles and the surrounding connective tissue that can cause chronic pain and put the musculoskeletal system out of alignment.

Anyone who is experiencing chronic muscle pain may be able to benefit from deep tissue massage. It is particularly useful for people whose work or hobbies involve strenuous physical activities and for people who have suffered injuries that require rehabilitation. Because of the intense methods used, deep tissue massage cannot and should not be applied across the entire body.

A deep tissue massage session often begins by warming up the body with a technique called kneading. This technique is used to prepare the body for the more intense massage that is to come. Without this preparation, injury is more likely. This method of massage can never be too deep, but it can be performed too quickly.

Oil is applied to allow the practitioner’s hands to glide easily across the person’s skin. Using the broad surface of the forearm, plus palms and fingers, the therapist can induce greater relaxation. By working slowly, the massage therapist is able to work the body in layers, applying greater and greater pressure with the forearm and elbow to reach the deeper tissues.

Knots of tension can be treated in a number of ways. One method is to use heavy pressure with the thumb directly on the tense muscle and simply hold a constant pressure for two to three breaths to help the knot relax. Another method involves rotating the thumb in small circles while maintaining high pressure. This helps increase the blood circulation into the tight muscle to help it receive the nourishment it needs for faster healing.

Once the area of focus has been worked on, lighter, finishing strokes help to integrate the focus area with the rest of the body. These help provide the client with a sense of calm and relaxation.

Deep tissue massage clients may experience a day or two of soreness in the area of the massage, but this should shortly be replaced by greater relaxation and relief from the pain of chronically tight muscles.

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Chiropractic care often involves the use of diagnostic imaging so that your chiropractor can choose the most effective form of treatment for your condition. A chiropractor who is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR) is a certified specialist in diagnostic imaging who can order and interpret advanced imaging such as a CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds.

There are approximately 150 certified DACBR specialists in the US today. Most chiropractors are general chiropractors. However, like MDs, chiropractors can choose to specialize in a particular discipline after completing their undergraduate studies. Post-graduate training in diagnostic imaging is available for chiropractors, after which they must pass a board-certified examination. A DACBR has passed an examination given by the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR) and must fulfill the continuing education requirements to maintain their DACBR designation.

According to J. Todd Knudsen, DC, DACBR, president of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology (ACCR), you’re likely to encounter a DACBR in a variety of clinical and educational settings. In addition to performing and interpreting the results of advanced diagnostic imaging as a member of a larger healthcare team, DACBRs may also own and direct chiropractic clinics or specialized imaging centers. They may also teach in chiropractic or other colleges.

Knudsen explains, “The main difference between chiropractic radiology and medical radiology is in the areas of emphasis. Chiropractic radiologists are more like neuromusculoskeletal radiologists, and most medical radiologists are generalists. Another obvious difference is the fact that we are chiropractors and they are medical doctors.”

Becoming a DACBR involves 300 to 400 hours of training in the performance and interpretation of plain film radiography, with some additional training in advanced diagnostic imaging to better understand the reports provided by a medical radiologist. In all, a chiropractic radiologist will complete about 4,000 hours of training during their 3 to 4 year full-time residency.

In addition to the undergraduate courses that all chiropractors take in pathology, bone x-ray, soft tissue x-ray, CT, MRI, and sonography, those who wish to pursue a DACBR must take additional graduate training in bone pathology, radiation health safety, genitourinary imaging, chest imaging, gastrointestinal imaging and MRI.

Although a DACBR can read and interpret any sort of imaging, they specialize in imaging for the musculoskeletal system. The final reports are written in the same manner as that used by medical radiologists. Gary A. Longmuir, MAppSc, DC, DACBR, owner and director of Diagnostic X-Ray Consultation Services in Phoenix, AZ, says “I’d be hard-pressed to find differences between us and regular medical radiologists. It’s an integrated practice in which I interpret CT/MRI bone and joint radiology or musculoskeletal radiology, reading not just for chiropractors or DOs, but also for some MDs or even the occasional veterinarian in the area.”

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Physiotherapy has been a part of chiropractic care since its early days in the 1880s. Chiropractic founder D.D. Palmer taught a type of massage with “magnetic manipulation” that applied physiological therapeutics to chiropractic care. Today’s Chiropractic Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation (DACRB) Specialist is a chiropractor who, as the title suggests, has had extensive postgraduate training in physiologic therapeutics and rehabilitation to better treat injuries that may have resulted from auto-, workplace- or sports-related injuries.

A DACRB practitioner uses a combination of active and passive therapies that involve not only chiropractic adjustments, but coping strategies patients can use to lessen the fear of pain, and reduce anxiety and depression. After an accident or injury, a patient is likely to have musculoskeletal imbalances, even after healing is pretty much complete. The goal of a DACRB specialist is to restore balance, strength and muscle tone to the musculoskeletal system through therapies and targeted exercises to ensure stability and help prevent a reoccurrence of the problem. This is particularly important for athletes, who need to know the correct way to stretch and strengthen their muscles to avoid injury and improve performance.

A program of chiropractic rehabilitation is particularly useful if you have had an accident or suffer from chronic back pain. These types of cases require extra effort to address the strength and range of motion that has been lost, which is what usually contributes to the development of muscle imbalances and subsequently causes pain. A DACRB provides not only physical therapy, but patient education so that the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments will last longer and your recovery time from injury will be shorter.

To receive DACRB certification, a Doctor of Chiropractic has to complete a three-year program involving 300 hours of postgraduate training in physiotherapy and rehabilitation, after which he or she is given an oral and practical exam. There is also a written requirement that must be completed, which involves presenting a case study that must be accepted for publication by a peer reviewed journal.

A DACRB specialist will design a structured rehabilitation program to improve your particular condition.  In many cases, this will include specific sets of exercises you can do at home. You will also be taught the correct way to stretch so that you can avoid further injury to your soft tissues. These will help to restore coordination, balance and posture, will speed healing, and will make your future chiropractic adjustments more effective.

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If you suffer from back pain and are more than 10 pounds above your ideal weight, losing that weight may significantly reduce the amount of pain you are experiencing. According to Dr. Andre Panagos, co-director of The Spine Center at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, “Although research on weight loss and back pain is minimal, in my clinic, every single person who loses a significant amount of weight finds their pain to be significantly improved.”

The muscles, tendons and ligaments that work to keep the spine upright and aligned can be put under a great deal more stress when there is more weight for them to support. Even simple everyday tasks such as reaching over to put an item on your pantry shelf can be harder on your back when those supporting muscles have extra weight to maneuver. Losing weight reduces the extra strain on your spinal muscles.

Although no studies have conclusively shown that being overweight is the cause of back pain, being overweight or obese can contribute to back pain in a couple of ways. First, for those who are overweight, short periods of exercise often cause fatigue, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, which can discourage people from exercising. This can indirectly cause pain in the back because inactivity and lack of exercise are major contributors to back pain. Insufficient exercise leaves your back muscles, stiff, weak and out of condition. Second, excess weight, particularly around the stomach, pulls the pelvis forward and causes an excess curvature in the vertebrae of the lower back, causing pain and stress on the muscles and supporting structures of the back.

Another way in which excess weight can contribute to back pain is by the development of sciatica or piriformis syndrome caused by a herniated disc. When vertebral discs have to carry an excess load, they can become herniated. Imagine each vertebral disc as a small water balloon. The more weight that presses down on it, the more it bulges, sometimes tearing and losing fluid. This can cause the space between the vertebrae to narrow, leading to possible nerve compression.

Extra body weight can also cause arthritis of the spine. The American Obesity Association advises that weight loss can lower the risk of osteoarthritis, as those with a body mass index (BMI) more than 25 are at greater risk of the disease.

If you are overweight, consider starting a low-impact exercise program to slowly and gently lose weight. Walking, swimming, or other forms of water exercise can be a way of exercising that will not stress your muscles, tendons and ligaments while giving you the physical activity you need to get you started on the road to weight loss. Studies have shown that sticking with a regular exercise program can help to reduce episodes of back pain and prevent or lessen any future episodes.

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As the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years of age, lower back pain is the second most common reason why people visit their doctor. An estimated 60% to 80% of the adult population suffers from low back pain at some point in life, and traditional medical treatments are usually not effective in the long-term. However, there are alternative ways of dealing with lower back pain that have been proven to be more successful and that do not involve drugs or invasive surgery. These include chiropractic care, massage therapy and—interestingly enough—yoga.

A study performed by researchers from Manchester and York Universities and published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that those who participated in weekly yoga sessions showed significant improvement when performing everyday physical tasks such as walking, bending and getting dressed. Lead author of the study, Professor David Torgelson, who is the director of the York Trial Unit at the University of York, said, “In the past when you had back pain, you were told to lie down until it passed. These days the main advice is to keep your back active. It seems yoga has more beneficial effects than usual care including other forms of exercise, although we have not carried out a direct comparison.”

A total of 156 patients with chronic lower back pain took one 75-minute yoga class once a week for 12 weeks in addition to seeing their regular physician, while 157 patients saw their physician only. Even nine months later, those who had taken the yoga classes were better able to perform everyday tasks than the group who had only had conventional medical treatment.

Another study of 228 people that was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (a different journal than the one above) also found that regular yoga sessions improved function and reduced pain better than conventional medical care.

In both studies, the patients who were approved to participate all had non-specific back pain, which means that their pain was not diagnosed as being caused by a specific underlying condition such as a slipped disc, spinal stenosis, sciatica, etc.

There are a few reasons why yoga may be beneficial for lower back pain. First of all, yoga is a practice that both strengthens and stretches the muscles. A qualified yoga teacher will know which are the most beneficial poses for you to practice based on your body’s condition and ability. For instance, tight hamstrings can tilt your pelvis to an angle that does not provide sufficient support to your back. Gentle yoga stretches in this area can help to realign the pelvis, taking pressure off your lower back. At the same time, certain yoga poses strengthen the core muscles of the trunk, which are the most important in giving proper support and flexibility to the upper body as it moves, again taking pressure off the back.

Before beginning any yoga class to treat your lower back pain, be sure to consult with your doctor to rule out any underlying problems that may be causing your pain. You should also let your yoga instructor know about your back pain so that he or she can choose the appropriate poses for you and adapt any poses so that they do not exacerbate the problem. As these studies have shown, engaging in yoga practice on a regular basis can help to relieve back pain and get you moving again.

The best treatment for illness is to give your body the tools to avoid becoming ill in the first place. Preventing a disease or condition is much easier and less costly than treating it once it has developed. And regular chiropractic care can be a very useful tool in your toolkit to help keep you healthy. Like health insurance, chiropractic care is there for you when you are suffering, but even better than health insurance, it can also help keep you from needing treatments that involve drugs (with their potential side effects) and invasive surgeries down the road.

Chiropractors believe that an optimally working body has the ability to heal itself. Chronic stress, trauma, lack of sleep and unhealthy, inactive lifestyles interfere with the body’s natural healing ability. Any of these conditions can cause spinal subluxations that restrict movement, cause pain and create a nervous system that doesn’t function as it should. When messages from the nervous system are not efficiently sent and received, it can compound your health problem until it gets to the point where drugs or surgery are required.

A chiropractor can correct whatever spinal subluxations are interfering with the smooth operation of your nervous system when they first appear. A body that is in proper alignment is far less likely to become injured. With the increased strength and range of motion that chiropractic care provides, you are able to move in a way that prevents accidents and falls. Your body also has a better capacity to heal itself due to proper nerve signaling and increased blood flow.

Doctors of Chiropractic are not only experts at treating your musculoskeletal system, they can also provide you with important information to help keep you well. This includes advice on a suitable diet, nutritional supplements, specific exercises you can do at home and other useful tips and techniques to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle that is more likely to keep you free from pain and help you avoid costly medical treatments. Chiropractic care is holistic and patient-centered, and treatments are designed specifically to meet your individual needs. In cases where traditional medical services are indicated, your chiropractor will refer you to your family MD or an appropriate specialist.

Just as you keep your car maintained with regular check-ups and oil changes to keep it running smoothly and keep it out of the repair shop, so should you treat your body. According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Wellness begins on day one of chiropractic care.” You and your chiropractor can determine an appropriate schedule for regular treatments so you can achieve the all the preventive health benefits that chiropractic care has to offer.

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