Sports Injuries and Back Pain
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and sports are one approach many people choose to use to get their exercise. For people with back pain, sports can still be a viable option if they pay attention to their back. For others who participate in sports, knowing the type of strain various sports place on the back may help prevent a back injury.
This article gives specific information about sports injuries and back pain.
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Have a tooth ache and thus can’t visit the dentist? Delicately chewing on a clove can minimize tooth problems also gum inflammation for around 2 hrs straight, state UCLA scientists. Health specialists talk about a herbal substance in cloves named eugenol, an efficient, one hundred percent all-natural anaesthetic. Good point: dropping a ¼ teaspoon of grounded cloves on food on a daily basis can preserve ones heart. Health specialists say this uncomplicated practice helps stabilize blood sugar level, in addition reduced creation of artery obstructing cholesterol after as little as 3 weeks.
Paul R. Mahler Jr DC
Exercise is an element found in almost every back and neck pain
treatment plan. Proper exercise can improve flexibility, increase
strength, reduce existing pain and prevent future occurrences. It can
be used successfully alone in certain cases or in conjunction with
other treatments. However, exercise isn’t easy and it’s important for
back pain patients to do the right kind of exercises given their
specific back conditions.
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Scoliosis is not a disease it is a descriptive term that refers to an abnormal spinal curve. All spines have curves these are normal in the neck, upper back and lower back it is normal to find anterior to posterior curves. Humans need these spinal curves to help the upper body maintain proper balance and alignment over the pelvis. Scoliotic curves are a right to left translation not an anterior to posterior translation and this leads to weakness and instability in the spine.
Who is at risk?
Scoliosis affects 2% of women and 0.5% of men in the general population. Scoliosis may be caused through several mechanisms, including congenital spine deformities, genetic conditions, neuromuscular problems and limb length inequality. Additional causes of scoliosis include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and tumors. Over 80% of scoliosis cases are idiopathic, which meaning we do not know the cause. Most idiopathic scoliosis cases are found in otherwise healthy people.
Idiopathic scoliosis is found in three categories based on age. The first is infantile found in children ages 3 and under. The next type is juvenile scoliosis found in 3-9 years old. Finally we have adolescent scoliosis found in10-18 years old. Not often but in very rare case scoliosis can occur in adult hood due to trauma. The most common form of scoliosis, representing approximately 80% of idiopathic scoliosis cases, is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS), which develops in young adults around the onset of puberty. Adolescent scoliosis is often due to a rapid growth cycle in which the bones grow faster than the soft connective tissue, tendons and ligaments, and leads to an imbalance from one side to another.
People with a family history of spinal deformity are at greater risk for developing scoliosis and early detection is essential. If a scolioses curve is discovered before the growth plates close in a persons early twenties there is high likely hood of partial or complete correction.
About Scoliosis: Symptoms
The warning signs of scoliosis are shoulders are different heights, one shoulder-blade is more prominent than the other, head is not centered directly above the pelvis, appearance of a raised, prominent hip, rib cages are at different heights, uneven waist, changes in look or texture of skin overlying the spine, and leaning of entire body to one side. These can all be signs but don mean you have scoliosis you should see your chiropractor for a complete evaluation and remember that x-ray is the best way to diagnose scoliosis.
A standard exam that is often used by chiropractor is called the Adam’s Forward Bend Test. Most children should be tested in the fifth or sixth grade. For this test, the patient is asked to lean forward with his or her feet together and bend 90 degrees at the waist. The examiner can then easily view from this angle any asymmetry of the trunk or any abnormal spinal curvatures. It should be noted that this is a simple screening test scoliosis is usually confirmed with an x-ray of the spine. The curve is then measured by the Cobb Method and is discussed in terms of degrees. Generally speaking, a curve is considered significant if it is greater than 25 to 30 degrees. Curves exceeding 45 to 50 degrees are considered severe and often require more aggressive treatment or surgical intervention. The chiropractor may also conduct exams to test reflexes, motor and sensory functions, and breathing ability. After a diagnosis is made, your doctor will suggest a treatment plan.
Once scoliosis has been diagnosed there are several factors to take into account when discussing treatment. Spinal maturity, is the patient’s spine still growing and changing? Degree and extent of curvature, how severe is the curve and how does it affect the patient’s lifestyle? Location of curve, according to the Scoliosis Research Society, thoracic (upper spine) curves are more likely to progress than thoracolumbar (middle spine) or lumbar (lower spine) curves. Potential for progression, patients who have large curves prior to their adolescent growth spurts are more likely to experience curve progression.
After all the test and exams are assessed there are four treatment options for scoliosis: (1) observation, (2) orthopedic bracing, (3) surgery, (4) chiropractic care
Chiropractic Care:Spine Treatment
Chiropractic care is non-invasive Treatment for scoliosis. This means that when undergoing treatment you do not have to take any prescription drugs or go through a surgical procedure. The process is all natural and drug free. This is because the main principle of chiropractic is to focus on the body’s own natural healing abilities. Chiropractic treatment deals with the adjustment of the spine and according to the research conducted by the National Scoliosis Foundation, chiropractic adjustment has been found to be a good alternative treatment for those who suffering from scoliosis. Chiropractic treatment for scoliosis may involve several procedures depending on the severity of the condition. These treatments may include spinal manipulation, active exercise methods, and postural counseling.
So how can chiropractic treatment help you with your scoliosis? Chiropractic care does not only treat the current problems that are associated with scoliosis but it can also help in alleviating and controlling the symptoms that comes with it. Scoliosis patients who have been treated with chiropractic care have reported to have reduction in the size of the curves, measured using the Cobb Method. This does not happen overnight. Chiropractic care for scoliosis requires multiple visits in order for the patient to experience its full benefits. A chiropractor can also monitor your progress to ensure that you are doing the right thing and to see if the treatment yields favorable results. A chiropractor will recommend you to check with another medical specialist if he or she thinks that is the best course of action for you regarding your condition.By: Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC Mahler Family Chiropractic Center 1144 wyoming Ave. Kingston, PA. 18704 http://mahler-chiropractic.com May be reproduced in whole only. We can treat scoliosis and back pain including sciatica, disc, herniation, slipped disc, stenosis, and much more.
By Dr. Paul Mahler
Is chiropractic care appropriate for my child? This s a question asked by many parents I the US. And often the short answer is yes. Chiropractic care for children has been found to be both safe and affective when administered by a trained doctor of chiropractic. Lets tackle the first question. How safe is chiropractic for my child? Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of health care. A baby’s spine is very supple during the first few months of life and there are Chiropractic techniques that apply only a slight pressure, up to 6 oz. Of pressure, to make spinal adjustments. Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless and will not hurt your child. Chiropractors do not perform any invasive procedures (such as surgery). These are some of the reasons why malpractice insurance rates for chiropractors are only a fraction of what other physicians pay and why more than 30 million Americans choose chiropractic care for their children and themselves. Chiropractic treatments have been shown to be Safe for Children. In a literature research study conducted the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) concluded the risk of injury as a result of chiropractic adjustments was low for adults and even lower for the pediatric patient. After reviewing 31 years of medical literature only one questionable report of injury to a child following chiropractic care was found. This ICPA study concluded “the potential risk to children is so low it can not be accurately estimated”. The above safety rate of chiropractic care for children should be compared to the adverse reaction rate of medicines. The next question to be answered is, how can chiropractic care benefit my child? To answer that question we will look at just three of the most common reasons chiropractors see children. It is important to remember that there are many other issues that may be addressed by a chiropractor. This is due to the fact that the chiropractor is not only affecting the musculoskeletal system but also the nervous system. The nervous system in turn affects every system in the body from digestion to the immune system. Chiropractors Treat the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and by improving their function they improve the function of many of the related systems. This is an indirect effect. Lets look at three of these conditions. In the January 2003 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), the results of a study on lower back pain in children was conducted. The journal article notes that about 50% of children suffer from lower back pain at one time or another. It also notes that about 15% of children experience frequent or continual pain. The study was conducted on 54 children between the ages of 4 and 18 in the cities of Calgary, Alberta, and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In the study the children with lower back pain received chiropractic care from a variety of volunteer chiropractors in Canada. The children were tracked regularly during the study to monitor their progress. Results were obtained in several ways including responses from the patients themselves on how they felt their progress was coming. Results of the study showed improvement over the follow-up period was observed in 46% to 92% of the children for various criteria. In a period of 30 days 82% of the children reported that they were “much improved.”
The researchers conclusions were, “Patients responded favorably to chiropractic management, and there were no reported complications.”
Another common area where parents seek chiropractic care for the children is in cases of asthma. One-third of Asthmatic Children In Canadian Province Use Non-Medical Care. Reuters Health Information printed an article in the Journal of the AMA. It was a report of a survey that showed many children with asthma were seeking complementary medicine for their asthma. The parents of 117 pediatric asthma patients were surveyed by Dr. Sheldon Spier, of Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary and thirty percent reported using complementary medicine to help manage their children’s symptoms. Among these the most commonly used were herbal medications, chiropractic care, and homeopathy.
Several studies are listed on the ICPA web site ( www.icpa4kids.org ) discussing the benefits of chiropractic for children with asthma. In summary these studies showed 76.5% of patients with bronchial asthma said they benefited from chiropractic treatment, peak flow rate and vital capacity increased after the third treatment, and significantly lower quality of life impairment rating scores were reported for 90.1% of children after 60 days of chiropractic care. During this 60 day period the average number of asthma attacks decreased an average of 44.9%, and asthma medication usage was decreased an average of 66.5%. Among parents of asthmatic children who had received chiropractic treatment, 92% considered this treatment beneficial.
Finally lets look at Chiropractic Adjustments for Children with Acute Otitis Media. A study published in the March 29, 2004 edition of The Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, (JVSR), showed chiropractic adjustments had a positive effect on children with acute ear infections. In the study 21 children were examined and all of these children showed acute inflammation in the inner ear with a red and bulging tympanic membrane and a mean oral temperature of over 100 degrees F.
The study noted that after chiropractic adjustments, tympanic membrane returned to normal in 95% of the children and was accompanied by a normal oral temperature.
In conclusion there is scientific based evidence to suggest that chiropractic care for children is both safe and effective for children. Chiropractic care is both less invasive and safe. For more information contact your local chiropractor or visit our website at www.mahler-chiropratic.com
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Often it is asked, how can chiropractic help my special needs child? Chiropractic directly influences the functioning of the nervous system, and it is this connection that often helps children with special needs.The central nervous system acts as the master control system for the entire body, but this is a simplistic and basic answer. Since the central nervous system connects the brain to the rest of the body it is partially responsible for the way we interpret the world and what information we take in. We will see why this is so important later in the article. Due to recent developments in the fields of chiropractic and chiropractic neurology are leading to better explanations to this link and this is creating better implement it in a clinical stetting. With modern instrumentation and research techniques there is new information coming out on a regular basis.
What is this new information? First we must understand Sensory Processing Disorders or SPD. What are Sensory Processing Disorders? Sensory Processing Disorders are “a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from the brain’s inability to integrate everyday sensory information revived from the five senses: touch, vision, sound, smell and taste.” (Buerger, Monika DC, Pathways, Issue 19, pg 19) SPD is also includes the two lesser known senses, the vestibular and proprioception systems. The vestibular system located in the lower part of the brain called the cerebellum and the upper spinal-cord called the cervical spine and is the master regulator of all incoming sensory information ( Buerger, Monika DC, Pathways, Issue 19, pg 19). It is at this point that we start to see the development of the link between chiropractic care and SPD and it is through these links that individualized treatment can be developed thorough testing of all of these sensory systems. Once the sensory systems involved determined they can then be addressed directly and indirectly.
Sensory deficient are defined as ether hypo or hyper sensitive. Children who are hypersensitive are bombarded by sensory information and will often appear withdrawn from society because the constant bombardment of sensory input makes their brains uncomfortable (Buerger, Monika DC, Pathways, Issue 19, pg 19). This is due to the fact that the brain is unable to filter out much of the incoming information from that set of senses. The Brain will usually only let a fraction of the sensory information enter the conscious mind while the rest of the input is processed by the subconscious mind or disregarded all together. A child who is hyposensitive will seek out sensory experiences to stimulate their brains due to lack of sensory input (Buerger, Monika DC, Pathways, Issue 19, pg 19). There are many other symptoms depending on which sensory pathways are involved and to which degree but this can be sorted out using a complete history and a thorough examination. After the information from the exam and history is obtained it is possible to implement a treatment protocol which customized to that child’s needs.
Sensory Processing Disorders is often misdiagnosed in children as ADD, ADHD, and other neuro-developmental disorders (Buerger, Monika DC, Pathways, Issue 19, pg 19). To complicate maters Sensory Processing Disorders can also co-exist with many of these conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injury as well as others and can persist if untreated into adult hood and follow the child for the rest of there lives. The medical approach is to diagnose these children with conditions such as ADHD and then prescribe psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin (Buerger, Monika DC, Pathways, winter 2005, pg 3). It is important that parents educate themselves on the side effects of these medications and realize that if the child is misdiagnosed many of these medications may have the opposite effect.
So how is the chiropractic approach different? “In 2004, Dr. Melillo published a textbook titled Neuro-behavioral Disorders of Childhood – An Evolutionary Perspective, which describes what he believes to be the primary neuro-physiologic mechanism that produces many of the most common neuro-behavioral disorders. Applying this neuro-physiologic mechanism to chiropractic, he focuses on three main areas: sensory/motor systems, biomechanical/nutritional, and neuropsychological, with the main concept revolving around hemispheric balance.” (Claudia Anrig, DC. http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=51097&no_paginate=true&p_friendly=true&no_b=true) From the chiropractic perspective postural imbalances caused by vertebral misalignment and nervous system involvement (subluxations) are sought out and treated. This treatment removes the effect on the neurological system from a structural stand point allowing for improved neurological function. This is accomplished trough standard chiropractic modes of treatment. The nervous system if further address through addressing the sensory deficiency and directly retraining these systems to mature and function correctly. Finally some of the nutritional components are considered such as hypo or hyper glycemia and the effects that sugar and other allergens may have on the system.
This is by no means a complete understanding of how chiropractic may affect sensory processing disorders and the treatments are often very individualized for each set of circumstances. After reading this article it should start to become obvious way a chiropractor might be a great addition to the team used to treat and improve the quality of life for your child. This is a brief understanding of how the chiropractic field can bring a novel new approach to children with SPD as well as other nuro-sensory disorders such as ADD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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