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Benefits of Combining Chiropractic Care and Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine which involves the insertion of thin needles into the acupuncture points of the body. It is an ancient Chinese therapy that dates back thousands of years, and has seen a revival in the last few decades.

While it may not sound comfortable, inserting tiny needles at strategic points of the patient’s body helps to release pent up energy and thereby relieve pain, stress and illness. Like chiropractic therapy, acupuncture is a holistic remedy based on the premise that chronic pain and various injuries can be treated by methods other than surgery or drugs.

While chiropractic care and acupuncture are both administered through different techniques and have their own benefits, they can work synergistically and when combined, bring added relief and comfort to the patient.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Modern medicine has acknowledged acupuncture as an effective curative therapy. The needles inserted into the body cause the nervous system to release healing and pain-relieving chemicals into brain, spinal cord and muscles.

Acupuncture is used in the treatment of a range of conditions, including muscular and neurological disorders such as lower back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, osteoarthritis and tendinitis, gastric disorders such as diarrhea, gastritis, spactic colon and constipation, as well as respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma.

It is also helpful in relieving migraines and arthritic pain, soothing dental pain, reducing nausea, and remedying problems with the reproductive and urinary organs.

Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic care works similarly to acupuncture, by means of chiropractic adjustments to fix spinal and neuromuscular conditions.

Under chiropractic, the spinal cord is regarded as the central channel through which all respiratory and pain impulses pass, and when the cord is misaligned due to injury, muscle tension or stress, the body fails to work properly, which results in pain and discomfort. To alleviate spinal conditions, chiropractic care is administered to realign joints and muscles through a series of natural, physiotherapeutic treatments.

A range of soft tissue manipulation techniques are used to achieve a variety of local responses. Chiropractic is useful for treating inflammation, soothing pain, improving joint mechanism and flexibility, and reducing muscle spasms too.

Can Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care Work Together?

For patients receiving advanced chiropractic care, a course of acupuncture treatment that works hand-in-hand with the chiropractic treatment can provide added healing benefits. The two remedies approach the condition from multiple angles, promoting better healing at a faster pace.

Acupuncture can relieve the potency of pain signals, loosen the muscles and stimulate blood flow to quicken healing, which in turn aids the chiropractor in performing therapeutic alignments to the patient’s spine, muscles and joints. Both treatments can be used compatibly, each enhancing the healing effects of the other without the need for drugs.

Benefits of Combining Acupuncture with Chiropractic Treatment

For many conditions, a combination of these therapies can bring about rapid and health-boosting effects. A lot of patients suffering from various illnesses, injuries and medical conditions have reported that receiving acupuncture along with chiropractic care has been more helpful than taking medicines and receiving standard chiropractic therapy.

Here are some of the main health benefits that a combination of the two treatments can offer:

Chiropractic treatment that integrates acupuncture therapy can help people suffering from lifestyle-related issues like lower back pain, high stress levels, depression and anxiety.

  • The combination of chiropractic therapy and acupuncture is a powerful remedial treatment that soothes out tension and stress and reinvigorates the body’s mechanisms, including immune function.
  • Along with chiropractic, acupuncture alleviates pain, regulates indigestion and combats digestive problems. Some studies have found that the two treatments can also help relieve indigestion and heartburn in pregnant women.
  • Acupuncture paired with chiropractic methods can help soothe nausea and dry mouth caused by neck and head radiation, and counteract other side effects of radiation in cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.
  • When they are properly combined, chiropractic and acupuncture treatments can effectively correct imbalances, boost natural healing, improve flexibility and energy levels, and restore the body to its prior state of health.

Acupuncture and chiropractic treatment have a very impactful clinical relationship with one another. By stimulating the acupuncture points of patients undergoing advanced chiropractic care or seeking better health, a dual healing effect can be set in motion, which will result in better aligned spinal cord and ligaments as well as bolstered body functions.

When combined, these two therapies help in hastening recovery time, while simultaneously taking care of the patient’s overall body health and wellness and regulating the functioning of the nervous system from the inside out. Considering that all body processes are regulated and controlled by the nervous system, they effectively help to ensure better general health.

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11 Compelling Reasons To Vist A Chiropractor After An Auto Accident

Research indicates that auto accidents result in chronic injuries causing lasting damage to the spine only because the condition is not explicitly visible at the time of the accident. The role of an emergency room often remains restricted to fixing severe injuries and fails to address the medical conditions that are not clearly visible at the time of an accident. There are many reasons that make chiropractic care essential following an auto accident.

An auto accident can be of different types and can have different effects on the human body. Often, there will be some sort of a Whiplash at the time of the crash, which can cause great damage to our bodies. There could be other injuries as well depending on the type of crash that may cause different types of pains. All of this needs to be taken care of without being ignored.

Whiplash – A Common Auto Accident Injury With Grave Consequences

A whiplash causes serious damage to the nervous system when it goes undiagnosed. A whiplash commonly occurs when the head is pushed forward in force and immediately whipped backwards. What starts with a minor headache, gradually paves the way for loss of mobility, vision defects, and radiating pain.

An emergency chiropractor can adjust the misalignment, alleviate the pain, and reinstate your mobility. Many whiplash injury sufferers fail to seek timely treatment only because there was no apparent structural damage at the time of the accident. It is imperative to see a chiropractor immediately following an accident to determine the severity and symptoms of a whiplash injury. A whiplash injury leads to neck pain, fatigue, shoulder pain, lower back pain, and disturbed sleep. If you experience radiating pain and numbness following an auto accident, you should see an auto accident chiropractor without any further delay.

Chiropractic Benefits For Those Suffering From Pain And Injury

It is not always that people, who have suffered an auto accident, realize the impact of a sustained injury. Getting checked by a chiropractor will ensure that you are thoroughly examined and evaluated for sustained injuries and accordingly treated for long-term relief.

Chiropractors are comprehensively trained in handling a cardiovascular emergency, choking, and CPR. Chiropractors deal with auto accident cases on a daily basis and are fully equipped to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of pain and damage resulting from an auto accident. Getting evaluated by an expert chiropractor can maximize your chances of recovery and restore your optimal functioning at the earliest. Avoid the adverse consequences of an auto accident and feel fit for years by consulting an auto accident chiropractor on time.

Let us now check out the 11 most compelling reasons to see a chiropractor after an accident.

1. Symptoms may not emerge instantly but if they are unattended at the right time, they may affect your mobility at a later stage in life.

2. The external wounds heal eventually with medication but they definitely do not provide long-term relief.

3. An auto accident can result in a bulging disc causing unbearable pain.

4. The connecting nerves can get stretched and irritated and this may lead to instability of the spine.

5. Chances are high that your vertebra is dislocated and it may adversely affect the alignment of the nerves leading to a lot of pain and discomfort.

6. Chiropractic care can heal your muscles and soft tissues and reduces swelling and inflammation in a painless manner.

7. An auto accident can cause unseen damage to the skeletal system which can adversely affect the functioning of your spine, muscles, joints, blood vessels, and nerves.

8. Even if the pain subsides after a while, the impact of the accident can lead to disability or degeneration at a later stage in life.

9. The longer you wait; the difficult it gets to fix the damage.

10. An emergency chiropractor is trained in restructuring the spinal nerves to rehabilitate a life-threatening injury. It is a safe, effective, and painless approach to relieving pain and restoring mobility.

11. Regular chiropractic care can prevent the need of a surgery altogether and save you from future problems.

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Smoking: A Chiropractic Concern

Smoking tends to put tobacco smokers at a greater risk of suffering from diseases like cancer and heart disease among other hazardous effects. Smokers may experience other conditions that affect their day to day well-being like asthma, emphysema and COPD. In fact, tobacco smoking has been found to be a leading cause of many preventable deaths. Notably, surgeons often refuse to carry out spine surgical fusions on patients who smoke owing to high failure rates of up to 20% compared to non-smokers. Even then, quitting smoking is quite difficult.

How Does Smoking Relate to Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care is one of the solutions to quitting smoking and leading a full life. Patients who seek chiropractic care are usually interested in wholesome and better health as opposed to dealing with a particular health concern. Smoking is known to aggravate the development of back pain and rheumatoid arthritis. For tobacco smokers, chiropractic is handy in treating strains and sprains on the extremities and spine that are considered to be some of the negative effects of smoking.
Chiropractors have found that the heavy smokers have larger tears in rotator cuff tendonitis of the shoulder. That is, a prolonged heavy smoking history aggravates the degree of injury. In addition, tobacco smokers are 7.5 times likely to experience tendon tears, non-union fractures, poor blood supply, high infection rates, poor immune response, increased bone death as well as poor union afterjoint replacement.

Smoking and Back Pain – How do People Who Smoke Have a Higher Prevalence of Back Pain?

Research findings have established that there is a high prevalence of back pain among people who smoke.

Approximately 20 per cent of adult Americans are tobacco smokers. An estimate 22 million adult Americans experience back pain every year with those experiencing three-month prevalence in this group being 17 percent.

One of the theories that explain the link between smoking and back pain suggests that smoking limits the flow of blood to vertebral bodies and discs leading to early degeneration.

How Do Chiropractic Treatment Help Patients Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is usually difficult. Many patients who seek chiropractic care are usually ready to abandon the habit. This is especially common among those who realize that smoking is a cause for their unbearable back pain.

So how exactly does chiropractic treatment help patients to quit smoking?

Chiropractors usually use a combination of remedies such as acupuncture/laser, homeopathic/nutrition packages as well as detox foot baths. In addition, patients are educated on the costs of tobacco in addition to counseling those who are addicted to break away from the habit. Ultimately, chiropractic care involves modification of health behaviors to provide a relaxed and therapeutic environment to help patients break the habit.

The Success Rate of the Treatment

Various researches have attempted to document the success rate of chiropractic procedures on cessation of smoking. Chiropractic doctors have been able to offer patients personalized care that has been a motivation for some to quit. A study to determine the success rate was conducted among 210 chiropractic patients that also use tobacco was conducted in two phases namely intervention development and feasibility.

The results of the study revealed that 7.1% of the patients abstained from smoking for 7 days. By the sixth week and 14.1% abstained after a 6-month follow up.22.4% abstained after the 12th month of assessment. 7.1% of the patients recorded prolonged abstinence within the 6th month of follow-up while another 9.6% experienced prolonged abstinence after 12 months. Based on these research findings, it can be concluded that chiropractic care can be prescribed to those who desire to quit smoking because it produces great results.

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How can Chiropractic Lower Blood Pressure?

Unfortunately, millions of people around the world suffer from high blood pressure. High blood pressure in itself is not a disease, but the symptom of a disease that is known as essential hypertension.

Essential hypertension is caused when blood pushes through the arteries during circulation and is represented by two numbers. The top number is called systolic, which represents the pressure that is experienced inside the arteries as the heart beats. The lower number,, known as diastolic, represents the pressure in the arteries between beats.

Diagnosis of High Blood Pressure and Hypertension

Ultimately, hypertension is dangerous as it can cause heart attack, stroke, heart failure or even kidney disease. The acceptable blood pressure levels should be 120/80 or lower. Therefore, anything between 120-139/80-89 is referred to as prehypertension levels while 140-159/90-99 represents stage 1 of hypertension. Furthermore, any numbers ranging from 160/100 is considered stage 2 of hypertension and levels starting at 180/110 or higher, is a crisis that requires emergency care.

Treatment of Hypertension

The goal of hypertension treatment is to lower high blood pressure so as to protect other vital organs like the heart, kidneys and brain. The treatment of hypertension may be multi-pronged to include medication, diet changes and even exercises. Consequently, high blood pressure medication is recommended to lower pressure to less than 150/90 for those who are older than 60.

What Effect Does Chiropractic Have on High Blood Pressure?

Chiropractic is a philosophy that is founded on the belief that the body should seek to gain proper balance naturally because all systems are designed to work together. It also believes that proper structure is important for proper functioning of the body. That is, when any part of the structure is impaired then functionality is affected adversely.

With this background, the big question then is can chiropractic lower blood pressure? Recent studies have shown that chiropractic can make a remarkable contribution in the diagnosis as well as treatment of high blood pressure through various techniques like manipulating the face, cranium and the total body.

So what effect does chiropractic adjustment have on regulation of blood pressure? According to a study that was conducted on patients with high blood pressure by the Hypertension Center at the University of Chicago, there is sufficient evidence that chiropractic adjustments can help lower blood pressure. The change in blood pressure that was noted was equivalent to two medications of blood pressure.

Chiropractic Adjustment and Lowered Blood Pressure

A study was conducted over eight weeks analyzing 25 patients who were in the in early stages of high blood pressure. The study concluded with all patients having a significant drop in their blood pressure. X-rays revealed that the actual readjustments resulted in the realignment of the Atlas vertebra with the spine. However, another 25 patients underwent placebo-treatment and did not have their Atlas vertebra aligned.

When compared, patients who received actual adjustment experienced an average of 14 mm Hg drop in their systolic blood pressure with their diastolic blood pressure averaging 8 mm Hg drop. Furthermore, these patients did not take any blood pressure medication during the period of study. Based on the findings of the study, it is evident that chiropractic offers high blood pressure patients relief that they would otherwise receive from a combination of at least two medications. What’s more? The procedure does not have any related complications or side effects.

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Relieve Stress with Chiropractic Care

Advances in technology are meant to make our lives easier and more productive. However, as people become more adapt to living a multi-faceted life, stress seems to be an ever-present concern. Consequently, billions of people around the world suffer from the negative impact of stress on their health.

Stress can be:

  • Physical e.g. an auto accident, repetitive exposure to loud noises
  • Chemical e.g. hormonal imbalances, drug or substance abuse
  • Emotional e.g. death, broken relationships, competitive business environment

Stress is eating you … Lliterally 

Stress, whether perceived or physical, triggers a flight or fight response in your body. This response affects almost all parts of the body (systemic reaction).

As a result, the sympathetic nervous system is stimulated in times of stress which triggers various physical reactions such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, focused vision and more acute hearing. All these responses are useful for self-preservation when faced with a threat. However, prolonged responses (caused by chronic stress) can lead to serious health problems including:

  • Damaged muscle tissue
  • High blood pressure
  • Infertility
  • Diabetes
  • Slow healing of injured tissues
  • Insomnia
  • Bowel problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Healthy and Balanced Spine – Key to Stress Management

The spine is the core of the nervous system. In turn, the nervous system controls and coordinates all body processes. It is responsible for the proper functioning of all systems within the body. The nervous system is also responsible for your body’s response to stress. Therefore, in order for your body to function properly, your nervous system must function properly. A balanced nervous system is the most direct way to correct an illness.

Chiropractic Adjustments for Stress Relaxation

Chiropractors are not psychologists whose job is to help make your life less stressful. Rather, they work with the spine primarily to help ensure that your body develops a much healthier response to the stresses you’re exposed to in life.

One of the effects of chronic stress is prolonged muscle contraction and tension. This creates pressure on the bones including those that make up the spine. This pressure can result in subluxations (spinal column misalignment). Consequently, the vertebrae (the bones that make up the spinal column) presses on the nerves causing what is called nerve irritation.

Ultimately, chiropractic adjustments help to relieve the tension in the muscles, especially those around the spinal column. This brings your body back to a more relaxed and balanced state, relieving nerve irritation and improving blood circulation. The changes resulting from the adjustment trigger the brain to turn off the flight or fight response, thus beginning the healing process.

What to Expect?

Overall, a chiropractic session is quite simple. The session often begins with your chiropractor asking a series of questions to determine the particular issues your dealing with. Next, you will be examined to determine what is contributing to the discomfort and what can be done to alleviate it.

Thirdly, you’ll be required to lie on a table and instructed on the position to take by the chiropractor. Afterwards, the chiropractor applies pressure to manipulate the spinal column. You may be given a set of exercises to perform on your own to maintain the health of your spine. You may also be provided with a treatment plan to ensure lifestyle changes that provide lifetime healing.

Benefits of chiropractic adjustments

It is important to remember that chiropractic adjustments will not take the cause of stress away. However, they will help to alleviate the effects of chronic stress on your body. Chiropractic care is based on the notion that the body is self-healing when given the opportunity.

Regular chiropractic adjustments help to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Relieve pain
  • Improve bowel function
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve posture
  • Encourage healing throughout the body

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Chiropractic Care for Oxidative Stress and DNA repair

Chiropractic care is transcending beyond the realms of muscles and joints, down to a cellular level, right to DNA. Wait, what? This is the very question that may have just popped into your head. It is common knowledge that advanced chiropractic care gives highly effective results by regular adjustments and manipulations. However, recent studies suggest that chiropractic care promotes DNA repair and reduces oxidative stress as well.

Past few years have seen more and more people turning towards chiropractic care due to its ability to accurately determine the root cause of various pains in the body. It appoints different techniques and tools to eliminate the detected pain, without resulting in any side effects. But how does it affect at a cellular level? What does reducing oxidative level mean and how does it benefit any person? Read on to know more.

What is Oxidative Stress?

Constant stress on a cellular level causes oxidative damage within the body, which in turn lead to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and even cancer. Oxidative stress is a result of body’s own metabolic waste that produces free radicals. If there is a significant build up of free radicals within the body or when they cause an imbalance, inflammatory reactions occur leading to diseases. Furthermore, oxidative stress has an impact on aging process of the body. Advanced care chiropractic works on reducing this effect through various techniques and adjustments.

Oxidative stress induces damage to the DNA and hinders DNA repair. The latter protects genes from getting damaged by eliminating any lesions that have been caused by internal or external factors. Several environmental factors and external risks such as being exposed to smoke directly contribute to oxidative stress. In short, oxidative stress is not good for us. This is where chiropractic care suggests that it can help.

How Chiropractic Care Reduces Oxidative Stress and Repairs DNA

Corrective chiropractic techniques include spinal adjustments and manipulations to fix vertebral subluxations. It helps the body deal with and adapt to any kind of stress in an effective manner. It can be said that stress relaxation chiropractic care has provided relief to many people. Studies were conducted to see what it could do beyond that.

Any kind of chemical, physical or even emotional stress directly affects the function of our central nervous system. Research has theorized that such stress can affect DNA repair and affect oxidative stress on a cellular level. To determine the effect of natural health chiropractic techniques and methods on DNA repair, hormonal testing was done, paraspinal skin temperatures were evaluated and paraspinal SEMG potentials were measured.

However, the most concrete results were obtained from studying the levels of Serum thiols. They are primary antioxidants that aid in measuring the health status of any person. When they are quantified, they can predict the redox state of PARP and an individual’s DNA repair capacity. Serum thiols provide an estimate of longevity, mortality and presence of active disease.

Conducted tests provided a surrogate estimate of DNA repair enzyme activity. It is something that is associated with aging and lifespan of a being. Analyzing serum thiol levels in patients receiving chiropractic care have indicated reduced oxidative stress and an enhancement in DNA repair. This further promotes natural hormonal repair.

Patients under regular chiropractic care and those with no symptoms of disease demonstrated higher mean serum thiol levels than those with active disease. When compared to those with no chiropractic treatment at all, the levels of some values that showed great variance, suggesting that chiropractic care indeed made a difference. In fact, people who received regular chiropractic care for over two years showed reestablishment of a normal physiological state, regardless of age, sex, or nutritional habits.

In short, chiropractic care not only reduces any kind of pain and stress on a muscular and joint level but also reduces the chances of various diseases by working at a cellular level. All the more reason to book your next chiropractic appointment if you are looking for hormonal or DNA repair or suffer from stress!

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How Can Chiropractic Care Ease Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to the pain that is caused due to the compression of a nerve, which is becoming a growing complaint among people of all age groups. Contrary to popular belief, however, sciatica is actually a symptom and not the condition itself.
There are a number of cases due to which this nerve compression may occur, the most common of which are slipped discs, childbirth, misalignment of vertebrae, constipation, improper posture and diabetes. Let’s take a look at sciatica in greater detail, to understand why it occurs and how it can be treated, for both short and long term relief.

Symptoms and Causes of Sciatica

One of the most common causes of sciatica is Piriformis Syndrome. The piriformis muscle connects the lower part of the spine to the thighbone, and is responsible for hip rotation. The sciatic nerve runs right below this muscle, which makes it vulnerable to injury from a fall, arthritis and even a difference in the length of the legs.

When an injury is caused to the piriformis muscle it may spasm and pinch the sciatic nerve, leading to pain and inflammation. The pain in a patient suffering from sciatica typically originates in the lower back region and buttock area, and goes down to one or both legs. This pain may vary in intensity from moderate to high, as well as in frequency, i.e. constant, occasional or regular.

Sciatica is often referred to as referred pain, neuralgia or neuropathy. The pain is often described as dull, sharp, needle-like and similar to electric shocks. It may also cause numbness or a burning sensation. While physical therapy forms an integral part of the treatment and care of sciatica patients, it is equally important to seek the advice of a professional chiropractor and to incorporate chiropractic care during the treatment.

Diagnosis of Sciatica through Chiropractic

The first step for the proper treatment and care of any condition is to make the correct diagnosis. When it comes to the chiropractic treatment of sciatica, the chiropractor must first determine the cause, which involves extensive research into the medical history of the patient, as well as a thorough neurological and physical examination.

There are a number of tests that can help diagnose a sciatica patient correctly. These include X-rays, MRIs, CT Scans etc. These tests may help by ruling out many other possible causes for the pain, before the chiropractor can safely diagnose a sciatica patient.

Sciatica Care and Chiropractic Treatment

The human body is designed to heal itself, and chiropractic treatment helps the body perform its self-healing function efficiently by stimulating the affected area. It is common knowledge that by restricting the movement of the spine, its performance is reduced and this leads to pain.

Chiropractic therapy simply uses regular stimulation to relieve sciatic pain, without the use of drugs or surgery. The course of chiropractic therapy is determined by the cause of the sciatic pain. There are many different kinds of chiropractic treatments that may be used, such as ultrasound, adjustment of the spine, cold therapies and TENS.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to create heat within the deep tissues. It brings about better circulation, and therefore reduces cramps and spasms in the afflicted muscles. It also helps to reduce swelling, pain and the stiffness that comes with injuries or nerve damage.

Spinal Adjustment

Spinal manipulation is an important aspect of chiropractic care. It is useful in helping to release the movement of the spine, which causes cramps and spasms when it is restricted. It also helps to re-align the vertebrae in the spinal column, which in turn helps to reduce the irritable nerves that cause muscle spasms, pain, inflammation and the many other symptoms related to sciatica pain.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (T.E.N.S.)

T.E.N.S. is a muscle stimulating device that typically comes in a small, portable, battery-powered pack. These devices allow you to vary the intensity of the electrical current, which helps relieve acute pain and reduce spasms in the muscles. While some T.E.N.S. devices are portable, chiropractors and other therapists use bigger machines for treatment.

Cold Therapy

Cold therapy is one of the most basic ways to control sciatic pain and reduce the spasms and inflammation associated with it. This treatment involves the use of ice packs on the affected areas, and is often used in conjunction with other forms of chiropractic care for all-round relief.

The right chiropractic treatment, when coupled with physical therapy and/or medication where needed, can help manage sciatic pain efficiently and effectively. If you’ve been facing this debilitating pain, get in touch with a good chiropractor for a diagnosis and plan of treatment as soon as you can!

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The Growth & Rising Demand for Chiropractic Treatment

Despite what is commonly believed, about a third of all American adults employ some form of alternative medicine or methods in preventive care as well as treating chronic or acute pains and illnesses. Chiropractic, in particular, has seen huge growth in the last few years, with demand increasing on a daily basis.

More patients are now willing turn to chiropractic practitioners, the sector plays a greater role in the healthcare system, and its contribution to the economy is also growing by leaps and bounds. Let’s take a look at some of the changes associated with this boom:

Inclusion in Private Health Insurance

According to a 2007 survey, alternative medicine comprised 11.2 percent of total out-of-pocket healthcare spending alone. However, the Affordable Care Act (or ACA; also known as Obamacare) mandates that licensed care providers, especially those who practice alternative therapies (like naturopaths, massage therapies, chiropractors and acupuncturists) are not discriminated against by insurers when it comes to reimbursements.

However, the rider here is the coverage that health insurers can give or limit, depending on adequate evidence provided and its medical necessity. Given that nearly 80 percent of Americans suffer from back pain, the number of people going to chiropractors for pain relief is definitely going to grow. Statistics state that the rate of back surgeries is about 40 percent higher in the U.S. than in other developed countries!

Back pain ranks as the third most expensive health condition in the United States, costing the government about $100 billion annually. Of the entire $77 billion Medicare budget, $496 million alone is spent on chiropractic services through Medicare. With the ACA bringing in the uninsured populace, a dramatic change is now unfolding as nearly 90 percent of the states have chosen their respective proposed benchmark plans, and 45 states cover chiropractic care as an essential benefit.

So besides the Medicare and Medicaid plans, chiropractic care is now included in most health insurance plans, even in the workers’ compensation and Blue Cross Shield plans for federal employees.

Pain-Afflicted Population

Chiropractic medicine in the United States has shown a growth of patient base of more than twenty million and today is a multibillion dollar industry. This is because many people are not satisfied with taking pain killers that do not offer long term relief.

The rapidly growing older population, with their increasing mechanical and structural problems, also raises demand in the chiropractic profession. Today, the older age group has substantial disposable income which they use to invest in their own health. They look for cost effective ways to prevent injury, thus pushing for effective and efficient medical and chiropractic services.

It’s not just the ageing population either – sedentary and stressful lives lead to back pain among the younger populace too, especially lower back pain. Sports injuries or accidents also cause people to seek out chiropractic care. Moreover, with a higher disposable income, people are buying new kinds of electronic gadgets, whose long use can cause a lot of problems related to the wrists, lower back and neck.

Competition and Effectiveness in Chiropractic Care

The US already has around 75,000 chiropractors and this segment is expected to grow by over 15%, to attend to the needs of the ageing population. Studies have shown that chiropractic treatment (as compared to traditional healthcare or surgery) helps saves an average of 45-55 percent in total costs. Still, chiropractors face stiff competition at every turn, even though the practice has now been incorporated into the Meaningful Use of HER (Electronic Health Record) subsidies.

Despite new non-invasive techniques and smart diagnosis, chiropractors often lack the networking already established among medical professionals. However, with new age social media marketing techniques, nearly 70 percent of chiropractors are now using digital marketing through websites, Facebook, etc. as well as organizing community events for better community outreach.

The more effective and proficient use of their techniques and word-of-mouth advertising is definitely winning over more of the population. Chiropractors are becoming much more appealing to the health-conscious American, given that they do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, opting instead for low-cost preventive methods.

The Road is Paved with Good Health

Over the years, chiropractors have gained immense exposure and are today equipped with a thorough understanding of various technologies and marketing methods too. A majority of them have been successful in spreading their reputation with the use of their digital voice and effectively employing social media to work for them.

The future of the chiropractic practice looks promising. The forecast is that this industry will grow to $13.9 billion over the next few years, supported by the aging of baby boomers and the promise of better and more advanced health reforms, which will bring in many of those uninsured into the insurance coverage and more footfalls into the chiropractor’s clinic.

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Chiropractic versus Osteopathy

“What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?” – This is a question that practitioners of both kinds of therapy are frequently asked. Many people want to know how the two forms of alternative medicine, both focusing on the muscular tissue of the body, differ from one another.

The Basic Difference – Osteopathy vs. Chiropractic

Essentially, the two treatments differ in their primary area of focus:

  • Chiropractic focuses specifically on the body’s joints, muscles, and primarily the spine.
  • Osteopathy, on the other hand, concentrates on physically manipulating the bones and muscle tissue to treat a variety of medical conditions.

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a natural, effective and drug-free healthcare practice. Today, it is one of the largest and fastest growing medical professions in the world.
Chiropractic care focuses on the connection between the patient’s nervous system (the spinal cord, the nerves and the brain) and the spine, and how this relationship impacts the preservation and restoration of the person’s health and fitness.

  • Chiropractors aim to detect and cure a range of conditions related to abnormal spine positioning and movement.
  • They conduct a detailed examination to analyze to extent of the injury or disease, and then apply the required amount of directed and controlled pressure to restore the spinal function.
  • Chiropractors insist on a steady diet, regular exercise and overall balanced lifestyle to sustain proper spinal and nervous system functioning.
  • Chiropractic is not essentially a scientific treatment or cure; rather, it is a form of curative or therapeutic medicine designed to facilitate joint and spinal function.

Osteopathy

Osteopathy focuses primarily on the neuromusculoskeletal system of the body to treat a variety of conditions, primarily lower back pain, but also other ailments like limb pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica and shoulder pain. The underlying objective is to improve general body health and overall wellbeing.

  • Osteopaths use a range of methods to facilitate body function, coordination and function, as well as reduce pain and regulate muscle tone.
  • Osteopathy also treats strain and stress associated with pregnancy and the postnatal symptoms of mothers and infants.
  • Osteopathy can also be used to effectively cure conditions like colic, irregular sleep and reflux.

To sum it up, the main difference between these curative medicines is that chiropractic facilitates body health to ensure prevention of diseases, while osteopathy treats the medical symptoms.

Who to Consult—Chiropractor or Osteopath?

On the surface and at a superficial glance, both professions focus on using natural and drug-free methods to cure common medical conditions, specifically neck pain, back pain, lifting injuries, sports injuries, etc. However, both types of medicines have their own philosophy regarding how to work with the patient in the most efficient way, to relieve their disease or ailment.

Osteopathy is based on the relationship between the structure and functioning of the body. Osteopaths treat a wide portfolio of medical conditions, muscular or joint pain as well as the well being of other parts of the body. They analyze the patient’s specific medical condition as well as their overall body health and their lifestyle, diet, work type, sports and exercise, so it helps to visit them if you’re looking to improve your general health.

On the other hand, the chiropractic advantage is that it works on the premise that the human body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism. Patients suffering from spinal, joint, tendon, ligament or muscular pain are recommended to visit a chiropractor. If you suffer from recurrent or chronic pain in your joints, ailments caused by bad posture, spinal misalignments or injuries sustained in an accident/fall or other mishap, effective chiropractic care could be the better choice for you.

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Carpal Tunnel Chiropractic

How Does a Chiropractor Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Do you feel numbness, tingling or weakness in your fingers, especially your thumb and index finger? Are you involved in work involving the use of your wrists and hands with repetitive motions, like typing, mechanical tasks, hairdressing, kitchen work, pottery, or house painting?

If the answer was yes to either of the above questions, then you could be suffering from or may in the future be affected by an ailment known as CTS or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. CTS can affect people of any gender and age, especially for those whose hands and wrists are placed under a lot of pressure every day.

What is Carpel Tunnel Syndrome?

There are eight carpal bones at the wrist, connected by the carpel tunnel – a band of fibrous tissue, which is instrumental in the operation of your wrist movement via the tendons, nerves and blood vessels. Due to repetitive work without relaxation, stress is placed on the nerves and arteries, thus causing damage to the carpel tunnel.

Often, fluid retention and compression at this site also leads to CTS. Pain is known to affect people late at night or early in the morning, depending on sleeping habits. Of all the options available for CTS treatment, chiropractic works among the best, since it targets the root cause of the problem instead of just the symptoms.

Causes and Symptoms of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Let’s look at some of the common causes and symptoms of CTS, so you can better understand how chiropractic techniques can help you deal with it.

Factors leading to CTS can include:

  • Occupational causes involving hand and arm movement, heavy work like drilling, repetitive tasks like typing, washing dishes, hairdressing, gym activities, etc.
  • Associated causes:
    • Diabetes
    • Obesity
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Narrow diameter carpal tunnel
    • Misaligned wrist bones due to injury or misalignment of the upper spine

The main symptoms of CTS include:

  • Pain on the palm side of the wrist
  • Followed by numbness in the thumb, index, middle finger and even to the radial side of the ring finger
  • Weakness and decline in grasping or gripping strength

How Well Can CTS Be Treated with Chiropractic?

After being diagnosed with CTS, basic treatments include physiotherapy, oral or locally injected steroids, splints to the wrists while sleeping, and finally surgical release of the transverse carpal ligament. There are other treatments like ultrasound, chiropractic techniques, yoga and even laser therapy.

Carpal tunnel chiropractic treatments have shown good results, and typically include:

  • Generic treatments by the Chiropractor
    • Advice on different methods of resting the arm and wrist, and ergonomic equipment for your specific work
    • How and when to apply cold compresses to the affected parts
    • Specific exercises to be performed to help relax the stressed parts
    • Monitoring the use of a brace or splint for support
  • Specific treatments involving other factors
    • Chiropractic adjustments to correct the improper alignment of the spine
    • Ultrasound therapy, focusing sound waves to relax muscles, eliminate pain and reduce inflammation
    • After realignment, exercises and wrist supports to prevent further injury

Chiropractic benefits for CTS include:

  • Alternative to Drugs – Heavy medication that alleviates pain in the short term is avoided and helps patients avoid painkiller abuse.
  • Pain Management – Personal chiropractic care helps patients learn specific exercises that alleviate pain and gently encourage recovery. Empowering patients suffering from CTS also helps them control how and when they do repetitive jobs in the future.
  • Less Invasive Treatments – Holistic and alternative therapies like electric stimulation, ultrasound therapy, electro-acupuncture, wearing of braces, specific exercises, etc. are used instead of invasive surgery.

Working with a chiropractor to alleviate your CTS pain can help you become more confident and in better control of your daily activities, to avoid future injury due to incorrect posture or hand/wrist position while you work. Don’t let the crippling movement and depression hamper you from doing what you love!

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