Health-E-News January 2013
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Chiropractic Helps Infantile Colic
Infantile colic is a distressing problem, characterised by excessive crying of infants and it is the most common complaint seen by physicians in the first 16 weeks of a child's life.
The systematic review, which is published December 12, 2012 in the Cochrane Library, assessed six randomised trials involving a total of 325 infants who received Chiropractic treatment or had been part of a control group.
Five of the six studies measured the number of hours colicky babies cried each day and their results suggest that crying was reduced by an average of one hour and 12 minutes per day by this treatment, which was statistically significant.
Professor George Lewith, Professor of Health Research at the University of Southampton, comments: "The majority of the included trials indicate that the parents of infants receiving Chiropractic therapies reported fewer hours crying per day than parents whose infants did not. This difference is statistically significant and important for those families who experience this condition. These studies show that in this small sample there were no adverse effects from using these treatments.
Chiropractic Best Treatment for Athletes with Back Pain
Low-back pain is frequently the source of missed playing time and disability in athletes. While a wide-range of treatment options exist, it can be difficult to discern which therapies will enable you to return to play as safely and as quickly as possible.
A recent study determined which treatment option was the best for athletes with back pain. The researchers analyzed previous studies of low-back pain treatments, including application of cold or heat, ultrasound or laser treatments, traction therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, and lumbar supports or back braces. Acupuncture, massage, exercise therapy, physical therapy, and chiropractic care were also evaluated. The medications studied included steroid medications, non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, opioids, antidepressants, and injection therapy.
Very few of the studied treatment modalities had clear evidence of effectiveness for athletes. Among the most effective treatments were superficial heat, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and skeletal muscle relaxants. Chiropractic spinal adjustments were found to have the strongest evidence of benefit, along with the lowest risk of side effects.
The researchers point out that back pain is a symptom with many causes, including ligament sprains, muscle strains, and soft-tissue contusions. Diagnosis of the cause of the pain must be reached before an appropriate treatment can be selected.
Whether you're recovering from an injury or suffering from non-specific pain, a Chiropractor can help identify and treat the root of your back pain. Studies suggest that Chiropractors can also help with the management of other sports injuries like hernias, shoulder impingement, and neck pain.
Want to Lose Weight - Avoid Fructose
Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.
After drinking a fructose beverage, the brain doesn't register the feeling of being full as it does when simple glucose is consumed, researchers found.
All sugars are not equal - even though they contain the same amount of calories - because they are metabolized differently in the body. Table sugar is sucrose, which is half fructose, half glucose. High-fructose corn syrup is 55 per cent fructose and 45 per cent glucose. Some nutrition experts say this sweetener may pose special risks, but others and the industry reject that claim. And doctors say we eat too much sugar in all forms.
Scans showed that drinking glucose "turns off or suppresses the activity of areas of the brain that are critical for reward and desire for food," said one study leader, Yale University endocrinologist Dr. Robert Sherwin. With fructose, "we don't see those changes," he said. "As a result, the desire to eat continues - it isn't turned off."
What to do? Cook more at home and limit processed foods containing fructose and high-fructose corn syrup, Purnell suggested. "Try to avoid the sugar-sweetened beverages. It doesn't mean you can't ever have them," but control their size and how often they are consumed."