Health-E-News April 2015
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Highly Effective Solutions For Sciatica
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is leg pain caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back. The problem begins in nerve roots located on either side of the lower spine, that then course through the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of each leg from the buttock down to the foot. The leg pain, "is often worse than the back pain," says William A. Abdu, MD, medical director of the Spine Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Usually felt in one leg, the sensation "can be intolerable," says Birgit Ruppert, a physical therapist at the Spine Center. "Some people liken it to the nerve pain you experience if you have a toothache."
Why it happens
The most common cause is a herniated disk: When a disk develops a tear or crack and bulges into the spinal canal, it can pinch the sciatic nerve. Here's what can help:
According to a 2010 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, sixty percent of people with sciatica who didn't get relief from other therapies and then tried Chiropractic experienced the same degree of pain relief as patients who eventually required surgery. The 120 people in the study saw a Chiropractor about 3 times a week for 4 weeks, and then continued weekly visits, tapering off treatment as they felt better.
In people who responded to Chiropractic care, benefits lasted up to a year. "Spinal adjustments may create a response in the nervous system that relieves pain and restores normal mobility to the injured area," says study researcher Gordon McMorland, DC, of National Spine Care in Calgary, Alberta. "It also reduces inflammation, creating an environment that promotes the body's natural healing mechanisms." Other known therapies that work include:
- Hot and Cold packs
If you are suffering from back pain, there is no need. Call us today and discover how Chiropractic has helped thousands of others.
Being fit is linked to a 68% lower risk of cardiovascular disease death
It’s no surprise that being physically fit helps protect against heart disease, but a person’s level of fitness might also have a profound effect on cancer outcomes long before a diagnosis.
According to a new study in JAMA Oncology, men who were very fit in middle age were 32% less likely to die from cancer after being diagnosed after age 65 than men who weren’t fit in midlife.
“It’s pretty remarkable that a fitness estimate 10-15 years before your actual cancer diagnosis can predict how long you’re going to live after you develop cancer,” says Dr. Susan Lakoski, one of the study’s authors and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Vermont, Burlington. The protective benefits of exercise didn’t stop there. Of the men who eventually were diagnosed with lung, prostate and colorectal cancer by age 65 or older, being very fit in midlife was associated with a 32% reduced risk of cancer-related death and a 68% lower risk of cardiovascular death compared to men who had low fitness in midlife.