Health-E-News December 2011
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Rebuilding Sidney Crosby's brain
A little-known treatment by Dr. Carrick, a Canadian-born Chiropractor, is the key to Sidney Crosby's comeback.
Dr. Carrick started is a Chiropractor, and has developed an encyclopedic understanding of the brain. Dr Carrick is a self-made man: he invented his discipline, and then founded an educational institution, the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies. He lectures and practices around the world, and today, 2,700 individuals in the world are board-certified to practice Chiropractic neurology.
The method used by Carrick and his colleagues is notably different from the current "rest and wait" approach endorsed by an international consensus group, which recommends patients refrain from any physical or mental activities until all symptoms have disappeared.
The treatment and recovery of Sidney highlights an important idea in health care - if the traditional approach doesn't work, it's time to try something else. During the first eight month's of Sidney's treatment, the medical community followed the "gold standard" of rest and limit physical activity. Then once he saw Dr. Carrick, he began a more aggressive, proactive form of treatment.
After Dr Carrick determine Crosby was ready to return, he sent him home to his team, to his fans, to the same rink where less than a year ago. In this way, nothing has changed: he is still the one hockey player everyone watches.
Chiropractic Significantly Improves Scoliosis
Chiropractic care, including adjustments and exercises, may significantly improve scoliosis, according to a new report.
The study included 28 patients with scoliosis. According to the report, "The average beginning primary Cobb angle was 44'". Patients received the same chiropractic rehabilitation program for approximately 6 months. At the end of active treatment, improvements were recorded in Cobb angle, pain scores, spirometry, and disability rating. All radiographic findings were maintained at 24-month follow-up."
Findings showed that patients "reported improvements in pain, Cobb angle, and disability immediately following the conclusion of treatment and 24 months later."
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine - September 2011;10:179-184.
Chiropractic Ends Migraines In Woman Suffering for Forty Years
Chiropractic care may relieve migraines, even in patients who have suffered from the disorder for decades, suggests a new report.
The article followed the case of a 52-year-old woman who had suffered from migraines for 40 years.
Specifically, "the average frequency of episodes before treatment was 1 per month, and her migraines often included an aura. The pain was moderate, was located on the right side, was pulsating, and lasted for approximately 15 hours. The numeric pain scale for an average episode was 8 out of a possible 10. The aura involved nausea, photophobia, and visual disturbances including black dots in the visual field lasting for approximately 10 minutes."
The patient received chiropractic adjustments. Her migraines completely ceased.
"At 6-month follow-up, the patient had not had a single migraine episode in this period. The patient was certain that there had been no other lifestyle changes that could have contributed to her improvement."
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine - September 2011;10:189-193.
Chiropractic Adjustments Help Manage Autism
Chiropractic adjustments may help manage autism, according to an analysis conducted by investigators at the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association in Media, PA and Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward,CA.
The researchers scanned eight medical databases for studies on chiropractic care for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). They identified five studies that met their strict inclusion criteria. After sifting through the research, they determined that chiropractic care may alleviate ASD.
"We encourage further research for definitive studies on Chiropractic's effectiveness for ASD. However, given the ineffectiveness of pharmaceutical agents, a trial of Chiropractic care for sufferers of autism is prudent and warranted," conclude the study's authors.
"At the heart of the core symptoms of ASD (i.e., impaired social interactions, deficits in communication and repetitive or restricted behavioral patterns) is abnormal sensory processing," explain the researchers. "Preliminary studies indicate that the chiropractic adjustment may attenuate sensorimotor integration based on somatosensory evoked potentials studies."
Explore - November 2011;7:384-90.
Chiropractic Helps Veterans With Low Back Pain
Low-back pain (LBP) is extremely common among veterans. Now a new report finds that chiropractic care offers clinically significant improvement for veterans with LBP.
Investigators pooled data on 171 veterans with LBP who received chiropractic care over an average of 8.7 visits. Improvement was gauged using the Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) and the Back Bournemouth Questionnaire (BBQ). A minimum clinically important difference (MCID) was set as 30% improvement from baseline.
Results revealed that, for the NRS, the mean raw score improvement was 2.2 points, representing 37.4% change from baseline; 103 (60.2%) patients met or exceeded the MCID. For the BBQ, the mean raw score improvement was 13.6 points, representing 34.6% change from baseline; 92 patients (53.8%) met or exceeded the MCID.
"For this sample of veterans with LBP, the mean percentages of clinical improvement were statistically significant and clinically meaningful for both the NRS and BBQ."
Journal of Rehabilitation and Research Development - November 2011;48:927-34.