Does Spinal Manipulation Affect Brain Function?

Individuals with chronic low back pain are known to exhibit abnormal brain function in areas of the brain associated with regulating emotions and pain, as well as processing cognitive tasks involving memory formation. In a recent experiment, researchers observed that patients with chronic low back pain experienced improved function in these areas of the brain…

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Back and Neck Pain Linked to Workplace Absenteeism.

An analysis of data from a study that included 1,471 adults found that back pain- and neck pain-related difficulties with walking, standing, or sitting account for up to 43% of all days of missed work. Past studies have demonstrated that prolonged sitting, physical inactivity, and poor ergonomics are risk factors for work-related back and neck…

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Chiropractic Care Benefits Those with Osteoarthritis.

For patients with osteoarthritis that affects the spine, hips, or extremities, a recent study found that soft tissue therapy, spinal manipulation, and other common chiropractic treatments are effective for reducing pain and improving joint function. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, February 2022

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Sleep Quality and Low Back Pain.

Among a group of 215 patients with low back pain, researchers observed an association between poor sleep quality and higher pain intensity six months later. On the other hand, participants with higher pain intensity at the start of the study were more likely to have poor sleep 24 weeks later. The findings support the concept…

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Mobilization Decreases Pain in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients.

For patients with moderate-to severe knee osteoarthritis, a new study found that mobilization therapy—a form of treatment provided by doctors of chiropractic—is effective for improving function, reducing pain, and lowering pain sensitivity. European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation and Medicine, January 2022

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Musculoskeletal Complaints Common in Nurses.

Questionnaires completed by 550 nurses revealed that 88.1% experienced work-related musculoskeletal pain in the previous twelve months, with the low back, shoulders, and neck as the most affected areas. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, February 2022

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Is Standing Better for Guitar Players?

Examinations of 25 guitar players revealed that compared with standing, playing while sitting results in greater tilt of the torso, increased abduction of the right shoulder, higher flexion of the left shoulder, and a higher radial deviation of the left wrist, which may increase the risk for musculoskeletal pain in these areas. PLOS ONE, January…

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Myofascial Treatment Aids Microcirculation.

Impaired blood flow to the smallest blood vessels in the circulatory system is commonly observed in patients with musculoskeletal disorders and is associated with pain intensity, pain duration, and disability. With the aid of laser-doppler flowmetry and videofluoroscopic imaging, investigators observed that myofascial treatment—a therapy performed by doctors of chiropractic—results in an immediate improvement in…

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Try Chiropractic First.

A recent study found that patients with spinal pain who see a doctor of chiropractic as their first treatment choice are less likely to fill an opioid prescription, receive a spinal injection, or see a specialist within the next six months than those who initially consult with a medical physician. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, January…

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