If he claims to cure cancer, you know you should run. But when else should you look elsewhere?
BY CINDY KUZMA April 10, 2017
Chiropractors have the rep as the doctors who crack your back—but is that all they do?
Spinal manipulation, also called chiropractic adjustment, is indeed one of the primary treatments chiropractic doctors use, says Robert Hayden, D.C., Ph.D., a chiropractor in Griffin, Georgia, and a spokesman for the American Chiropractic Association.
With this technique, the pros use their hands or a small instrument to apply a rapid, controlled force to a joint or your back. That results in the audible “pop” you may hear, though nothing’s actually breaking—it’s just the release of a bubble of gas from between your joints. The manipulation might feel like anything from a gentle stretch to a more intense pressure on a joint or your back.
But their domain is actually broader and more complex than you may think. Chiropractors deal with the neuromuscular system—which encompasses your muscles and the nerves that control them. Conditions that affect that system, from back pain to sports injuries to headaches, fall within their scope.
The goal of a chiropractor’s treatment is to correct your body’s structural alignment and improve how it functions. If something’s off with your alignment, they believe it can damage tissue and contribute to a wide range of health problems. So increasing your range of motion in your spine and joints is key to restoring your wellbeing, says Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D., of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
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By Teresa Carr
April 11, 2017
When you wrench your back, your first impulse may be to rummage through the medicine cabinet for an over-the-counter pain drug or even ask your doctor to prescribe a strong opioid painkiller such as Percocet or Vicodin.
But an analysis published April 11 in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that spinal manipulation can ease your backache and get you moving again without the risk of medication side effects.
A new Consumer Reports survey of more than 3,500 back-pain sufferers reached similar conclusions: Nearly 90 percent of people who tried spinal manipulation found it helpful.
Spinal manipulation involves a healthcare provider applying controlled forces to the spine to improve alignment and allow the muscles and joints to move more easily. While it’s usually done by a chiropractor, some doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) and physical therapists also use the technique.
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by Christina Heiser
Fact: Joint pain is incredibly frustrating—especially when your aching hip, knee, or shoulder makes even the smallest of movements excruciating or uncomfortable. There’s a long list of possible reasons for achy joints, ranging from the easily-fixed to the more complicated. Below are some of the most common, along with tips for reducing the level of pain you’re in.
You Like To Run—A LOT
Training for another race and noticing a nagging knee? You may be pounding your way to pain. “As a practitioner, I see a lot of people who exercise for fun—particularly runners—with knee pain,” says Robert Hayden, D.C., Ph.D., a chiropractor in Griffin, Georgia.
Hitting the pavement hard can put a whole lot of stress on your knee joints. Running on hard concrete surfaces can be especially damaging to cartilage over time, says Carol Michaels, fitness expert and owner of Recovery Fitness in West, Orange New Jersey. (Cartilage is the flexible tissue in your joints that helps prevent friction between the bones when you move.)
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Nearly everyone gets it. Here's how to treat it—and extinguish it—forever.
By ARI NOTIS
It all starts with a pang at the base of your spine. Maybe you were squatting too much weight at the gym. Maybe you were moving your sofa. Or maybe it was something that grew out two decades of hunching over your desk at work. Whatever the case, you’ve got it: the dreaded lower back pain.
You certainly wouldn’t be alone. Today, in fact, some form of back pain is the number two reason that drives Americans to seek health care—right behind the common cold. According to Dr. Samuel K. Cho, MD, associate professor of orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, up to 80 percent of patients suffer from some form of back pain during their lifetime. Likewise, the NIH reported that “one-quarter of adults have at least one day of lower back pain in a three month period.” And it’s not just old fogies throwing out their backs, either. According to data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the number of emergency room admittances for back pain is similar for both the 18–44-year-old age group and the 45–64-year-old one.
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Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
Sometimes my GRIP articles spring forth from questions people ask or issues brought up during conversation. Yesterday, my last two patients hobbled in with foot injuries. As soon as I got through taping up the second one, I had my inspiration.
We are experiencing global warming – the real one that we call “spring.” Many people are getting outside to do yard work and exercise, maybe releasing all that pent-up energy from the cold weather months. Athletic injuries are on the way.
It is very easy to turn an ankle to the inside when walking, jogging, or turning. The bony architecture of the foot is such that the inside of the ankle (where the arch is) is more stable than the outside. Consequently, 85% of ankle sprains happen on the outside aspect of the ankle. These are called “inversion sprains” because in this position, the ankle is said to be inverted as it turns inward. This is the most common injury among joggers.
MEGAN THIELKING @meggophone APRIL 4, 2017
Seizing on the opioid epidemic as a chance to expand their reach, naturopaths and chiropractors are aggressively lobbying Congress and state governments to elevate the role of alternative therapies in treating chronic pain. They’ve scored several victories in recent months, and hope the Trump administration will give them a further boost.
Their most powerful argument: We don’t prescribe addictive pain pills.
Shunning pharmaceuticals, they treat pain with everything from acupuncture to massage to castor oil ointments. They offer herbal supplements and homeopathic pills.
There’s little rigorous scientific research to back up such treatments. Yet patients often say they feel relief. And providers say their alternative approaches are vitally needed at a time when more than 30,000 people a year die of opioid overdose in the US alone — and half of those deaths involve a prescription painkiller, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.