IBS and Chiropractic

IBS and Chiropractic
Through collaboration with Loren Marks, DC, DACBN, a New York chiropractor, Dr. Mullin believes that IBS patients can benefit from chiropractic care through stress reduction and the effect of manipulation on the nervous system. In Dr. Mullin’s experience, “IBS patients do better [when treated] in a more holistic model.”   
 
Chiropractors are likely to encounter IBS patients seeking treatment for other symptoms. According to a recent study, compared with a control group, IBS patients had a 40-to-80-percent higher chance of suffering from migraines, fibromyalgia, and depression5—conditions that send many patients to CAM providers.
 
Chiropractic’s holistic approach to care—assessing the patient’s structural, biochemical and emotional state—can help IBS patients look beyond suppression of symptoms toward modulating the main contributing factors, explains Dr. Marks. A certified clinical nutritionist, he has many tools in his arsenal—from natural restoration of gastrointestinal flora to hormone testing, which helps identify chronic-stress sufferers. “The key is to identify the cause(s) of the patient’s condition,” he says.
 
Dr. Moses, who also believes in nutritional support for stress relief—magnesium, B complex vitamins and pantothenic acid—says IBS patients report “feeling more relaxed and functioning better” after receiving spinal adjustments.
 
 
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Tips to Maintain Good Posture

Tips to Maintain Good Posture

We often hear that good posture is essential for good health. We recognize poor posture when we see it formed as a result of bad habits carried out over years and evident in many adults. But only few people have a real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.

Why is good posture important? Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities. Correct posture:
• Helps us keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain. • Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury. • Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue. • Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain.

Several factors contribute to poor posture-most commonly, stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles, and high-heeled shoes. In addition, decreased flexibility, a poor work environment, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standing habits can also contribute to poor body positioning.

How do I sit properly?
• Keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest, if they don’t reach the floor. • Don’t cross your legs. Your ankles should be in front of your knees. • Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat. • Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips. • Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your low- and mid-back or use a back support. • Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground. • Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time.

How do I stand properly?
• Bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet. • Keep your knees slightly bent. • Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart. • Let your arms hang naturally down the sides of the body. • Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backward. • Tuck your stomach in. • Keep your head level-your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side. • Shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other, if you have to stand for a long time.

What is the proper lying position? • Find the mattress that is right for you. While a firm mattress is generally recommended, some people find that softer mattresses reduce their back pain. Your comfort is important. • Sleep with a pillow. Special pillows are available to help with postural problems resulting from a poor sleeping position. • Avoid sleeping on your stomach. • Sleeping on your side or back is more often helpful for back pain. • If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs. • If you sleep on your back, keep a pillow under your knees.

Your doctor of chiropractic can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. He or she can also assist you with choosing proper postures during your activities, helping reduce your risk of injury.

ACA – Tips to Maintain Good Posture.

Drugs that “GOBBLE” Vitamins

 

Drug-induced Nutrient Depletions

These are just three of the most common medications on the market today. This is a list of their side-effects on nutrient depletions. 

Aspirin – B6, B2, Vitamins C & D, Folic Acid, Iron and Potassium 

Birth Control Pill – B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Vitamin C, Calcium, Folic Acid, Magnesium and Zinc  

Antacid – B1, Vitamin A, Copper, Folic Acid, Iron, Phosphorus

According to the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, every prescription drug ever made will cause specific nutrient depletions. That means drugs like Ritalin, Prozac, Adderall, Strattera will cause nutrient depletions that may in fact have the same side-effects you are medicating.

http://www.resultsproject.net/Causes.pdf

Some of the depletions on this link, may be traced back to your medications.

To look up nutrient depletions by your drugs click this link:

http://www.resultsproject.net/depletions_by_drugs_reference.html

 

Aspirin – Nutrient Depletion and its Symptoms 

B2 – red eyes, skin lesions, dizziness, hair loss, inability to sleep, sensitivity to light, poor digestion, anemia, nerve disease  

B6 – anemia, seizures, headaches, nausea, dry & flaky skin, sore tongue, cracks on mouth, vomiting 

Vit. C – poor wound healing, bleeding gums, easily bruised, nosebleeds, lack of energy, susceptibility to infection, scurvy  

Vit. D – In Infants: irreversible bone deformities, In children: rickets, delayed tooth development, weak muscles, softened skull, In adults: osteoporosis, osteomalcia, hypocalcemia  

Calcium – muscle spasms, rickets, osteoporosis & osteomalcia  

Folic Acid – Anemia, irritability, weakness, sleep disturbances, pallor, sore & reddened tongue  

Iron – Anemia, dry coarse hair, dysphasia, dizziness, fatigue, hair loss, cracked lips or tongue, nervousness and slowed mental response.  

Potassium – Dry skin, acne, chills, diarrhea, impaired cognitive function, muscle spasms, arrhythmia, edema, glucose intolerance, insomnia, elevated cholesterol, decreased blood pressure

“You can’t treat one symptom with a medication that will in turn cause 10 more symptoms and ever get ahead. If you are not using integrative medical nutrient therapy with all of your medications, you can expect the symptoms to outnumber the treatment.”

Reg McDaniel, MD.

Sources: Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, by R. Pelton et al.: Physician’s Desk Reference

Chiropractic treatment found to be more effective in reducing pain compared to physical therapy

CHIROPRACTIC HELP OR EXERCISE…

THAT IS THE QUESTION

A question often arises for people considering a visit to a Chiropractor for

assistance with a sports injury or a life discomfort.

And that question is this: Do I really need Chiropractic help, or will a well

designed exercise and stretching program bring the relief that I’m looking to

find?

An investigation recently sought an answer to that question regarding a

common type of problem involving pain in the back region. Persons with

spinal disc problems experiencing a pain that often traveled down to the

lower leg were invited to participate in a study aimed at investigating levels of

relief.

The study involved a widely-used Chiropractic technique known as flexion-

distraction. Flexion refers to the stretching of the affected area and distraction

involves hand-pumping motions delivered by the chiropractor to

decompress a region of the spine. The technique is delivered with the patient

lying face down on a specialized bench that facilitates stretching and is available

in many Chiropractic offices.

The 235 persons involved were divided into two study groups. One group

received Chiropractic treatment in the form of flexion-distraction. The second

group participated in an exercise-physical therapy program. The progress

of all subjects was followed for one year with questionnaires to assess levels of

pain and dysfunction.

While both groups reported improvements, subjects who received

Chiropractic care had significantly lower pain scores than those who received

physical therapy. These results brought the authors to the following conclusion:

Chiropractic treatment was found to be more effective in reducing pain

for one year when compared to the physical therapy.

SOURCE:

 

http://www.chiropracticresearchreview.com/crr/article.php?id=1436&MERCURYSID=423ef230537c947a32aa5d3d21fda59e

 

CHIROPRACTOR PROVIDES INJURED ATHLETE WITH LIFE-CHANGING RECOVERY!

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With more and more teens participating in sports these days, the chances for an accident

or injury to the neck, spinal column, and back are higher than ever. In few other

sports than pole vaulting, is the possibility for a life-changing injury possible with every

attempted leap toward the sky.

One dramatic case of a 17-year-old pole vaulter who fell on his head from a height of

10 feet did have a very happy conclusion as a result of Chiropractic intervention.

However, before he sought the help of a Chiropractor who put his body back in working

order, his life was anything but pleasant.

The athlete was competing in a high school track meet when the accident occurred.

Immediately after the fall on his head from about 10 feet above ground he noticed the

onset of neck pain that was focused at the base of his skull. His condition only worsened

from that point in time.

Soon he began suffering from back pains, which he described as unbearable, everyday

occurrences. He also reported daily headaches with severe migraines occurring approximately

3 days per week. Several days after the accident, he began experiencing blackouts

— some time later were identified as petit mal seizures. These increased until he had

them 4 times per day.

Within 6 months he was experiencing depression, loss of appetite, lethargy, lack of

concern for himself and erratic sleeping patterns. As time went on, he even had a bout

with illegal drugs and rehabilitation. These symptoms continued for 6 long years. During

this time period, he and his parents consulted with approximately 24 medical practitioners.

Prescribed medications and treatments all failed.

Finally, the young man sought the help of a chiropractor. An examination was performed

and the patient was found to be suffering from a subluxation (a minor misalignment

of the vertebra) to the upper neck. The chiropractor immediately began a course of

adjustments to correct the subluxation and to reduce pressure on nerves in the area.

The results were nothing short of life-changing for the young man. After one month of

care he reported an absence of seizures, reduced depression and improved sleep patterns.

After 4 months, migraine headaches were reduced to only about 2 per month. Within 7

months, all of the symptoms were completely gone. One final follow-up 18 months later

showed all symptoms remained gone. How different could 6 years of this young athlete’s

life have been had he visited a chiropractor immediately after he had the accident!

Source: http://www.chiropracticresearch.org/NEWSchiropractic_life.html

Chiropractic integration into emergency rooms

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A CHIROPRACTOR IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM COULD BE

THE RIGHT DOCTOR AT THE RIGHT TIME

People who accidentally find themselves in the unfortunate situation of needing

hospital emergency room services may soon have a greater likelihood of

discovering that the services of a chiropractor will be available to them. For

some, this could be the most fortunate part about their ER visit.

This trend toward chiropractors working in the ER setting is gaining support

in the state of New York. How it develops there, and how medical doctors and

patients alike receive it, could have an influence on how quickly the idea

spreads to other areas of the country.

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to think of many ways that Chiropractic

services could benefit a person in the ER. Car accident victims, persons who

experience falls in the home, sports injuries and even simple twists and sprain

sufferers could often be handled more quickly and efficiently with the special

expertise that Chiropractic training would bring to the table in both diagnosis

and treatment.

How the idea of chiropractors in the ER spreads across the country may

depend to some degree on how it is promoted and accepted in New York.

Currently, the head of the New York State Chiropractic Association is leading a

campaign to initiate wide-scale inclusion of services into state hospitals. Doing

so involves educating chiropractors and medical doctors alike to the benefits of

working cooperatively to provide patient services.

Chiropractic integration into emergency rooms in New York City is moving

forward in one very busy hospital setting. The newly slated Emergency

Department Director at the hospital established an on-call program within

weeks of taking over on her new job. She declared that, “adding chiropractors

to the ED [Emergency Department] was the best change I had witnessed in all

my years as an ED physician.”

SOURCE:

 

http://www.chiroweb.com/archives/24/26/03.html

CHIROPRACTIC MAKES PEOPLE FASTER

WHEN IT COMES TO REACTION,

CHIROPRACTIC MAKES PEOPLE FASTER

A trained athlete must bring many skills to the game. These included excellent

conditioning, coordination, speed, quickness, and knowledge of the game. All of these

items are likely worked on over and over again in the course of one’s training to

participate in a contest. One item maybe overlooked in this process that could be vital

to success is reaction time. A person’s ability to react quickly in the heat of a contest

could have everything to do with whether or not he or his team wins.

Now comes very good news that Chiropractic adjustments can have a positive effect

on this much needed ability. Not only does the potential for improved reactions apply

to the playing field, but it could be a valuable skill to have in other areas of life as well.

The New Zealand School of Chiropractic recently conducted a very interesting

study to test the effects of Chiropractic adjustments on reaction time. In this study two

groups were used to check reaction times. One group received upper cervical (neck)

adjustments, while the other group was a control group for comparison and only

received a short period of rest.

The results showed a marked improvement for the group that received an

adjustment over the group that got nothing but rest. The group that got only rest did

show an average decrease in reaction time of 58 milli-seconds, which represented an 8

percent quicker reaction time. The group that received the Chiropractic adjustment

showed a decrease in reaction time of 97 milli-seconds representing a 14.8 percent

quicker reaction time.

The implications are far reaching. Imagine the benefit to the athlete who depends

on reaction times in order to perform at a competitive level. Imagine also the benefits

of being able to react more quickly to traffic situations or any other crisis life might

dish out.

Today many top-name athletes are regular Chiropractic patients. In addition to

successful recovery from injury, most report the ability to perform better and faster

with Chiropractic care. Now, thanks to this study from New Zealand, there is scientific

proof of what the athletes have been reporting all along.

SOURCE: http://www.chiropracticresearch.org

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