Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain
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Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain

The Evidence Continues to Grow The American opiate crisis and its resulting heroin/fentanyl addiction epidemic began in 1980 when the prestigious medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine, indicated that “less than one percent” of patients given opiate drugs for pain became addicted (1). Sadly, this statistic was not based on valid scientific data....

Pregnancy and Low Back Pain – Part 3
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Pregnancy and Low Back Pain – Part 3

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the many aspects of pregnancy that contribute to low back pain (LBP) including hormonal, chemical, biomechanical, and psychological changes that occur throughout pregnancy. In Part 2, we looked at the results of several studies showing that chiropractic care can help reduce low back pain (LBP) both during...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Splints
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Splints

Wrist splints are often a beneficial form of CTS self-care, as they can assist in relieving the pressure within the carpal tunnel by restricting wrist flexion and extension. Because we cannot control the position of our wrist during sleep and the pressure on the nerve worsens the more it bends forwards or backwards, splints are...

Hip Pain and Iliotibial Band Syndrome
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Hip Pain and Iliotibial Band Syndrome

WHAT IS IT? Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common causes of hip and/or knee pain among athletes. The pain is caused from swelling or inflammation of a muscle group (including the tensor fascia lata or TFL, gluteus medius, and minimus muscles), the tendons that attach muscles to the knee or hip,...

Chiropractic Care vs. Medication for Neck Pain
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Chiropractic Care vs. Medication for Neck Pain

Neck pain can arise from a multitude of causes, from trauma like sports injuries and car accidents to just sleeping in an awkward position. It can also arise from non-traumatic causes like stress, anxiety, or depression. In the past, we’ve noted how forward head posture can increase the risk of neck pain and headaches. Suffice...

Whiplash Injuries and Neck Strain
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Whiplash Injuries and Neck Strain

The terms “whiplash” and “neck strain” are often used interchangeably, though there’s debate about whether this is appropriate. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between these two common descriptions of neck pain… The term “strain” technically means a stretch injury to a muscle and/or the tendon that attaches muscle to bone. The terms...

Women with Back Pain… The Silent Majority? Part 2
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Women with Back Pain… The Silent Majority? Part 2

Last month, we discussed four factors that increase a woman’s risk for back pain: a wider pelvis (resulting in greater pelvic instability due to knock-knee effect); breast size, mass, and weight; hormone levels and variability during menstruation and menopause; and adolescent growth spurts that can trigger idiopathic scoliosis three-times more commonly in women than men....

The Kinetic Chain
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The Kinetic Chain

The Foot, The Leg, The Pelvis, And Back Pain Foot problems are a common cause of low back pain. Inequality of the length of the legs is a common cause of low back pain. A pelvis that is not level is a common cause of low back pain. The biomechanics of the low back are...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises

There are nine tendons that pass through the carpal tunnel at the wrist that connect the forearm muscles to the palm-side of the fingers. These tendons are encased in sheaths, and friction and heat can build-up inside these sheaths, leading to swelling, pressure, and pain (especially during fast, repetitive tasks). As the swelling increases and...

Shoulder Pain
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Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can arise from a multitude of places—from joints, muscles, tendons, and bursa in and around the shoulder region as well as from more distant locations like the neck, upper back, or even referred pain from the gall bladder. The onset of shoulder pain is highly variable as it can arise without an obvious...