Chiropractic Reduces High Blood Pressure
SOURCE: Journal of Human Hypertension 2007 (May); 21 (5): 347–352
Bakris G, Dickholtz M, Meyer PM, Kravitz G, Avery E, Miller M, Brown J, Woodfield C, Bell B
Department of Preventive Medicine, Rush University Hypertension Center, Chicago, IL, USA
The Chiropractic and Blood Pressure Page reviews numerous studies that found that upper cervical adjusting reduces high blood pressure.
The study that received the most attention was done at Rush University in Chicago, and published in the Journal of Human Hypertension. This randomized trial assigned patients to either 2 blood pressure medicines, or to care from chiropractors who applied upper cervical specific adjusting. The results? Researchers found that restoration of Atlas alignment was associated with marked and sustained reductions in BP similar to the use of two-drug combination therapy. (more…)
Patients with nonspecific musculoskeletal disorders may vary in their responses to treatment. Fot that reason, a recent, large prospective study in JMPT set out to identify the predictors for improvement or worsening of symptoms when cervical spine manipulation was indicated.
Data was collected from 28,807 treatment consultations (19,722 patients) and 13,873 follow-up treatments. The presenting symptoms of “neck pain”, “shoulder, arm pain”, “reduced neck, shoulder, arm movement, or stiffness”, “headache”, and “upper, mid back pain” all emerged in the final model as significant predictors for immediate improvement. The presence of any 4 of these predictors raised the probability of an immediate improvement in presenting symptoms after treatment from 70% to approximately 95%. (more…)
As The Twig Is Bent… So Grows The Tree
We’ve all heard that old bromide.
Even after years of published articles, decrying the detrimental effects of backpack overloading on the pediatric spine,children are still routinely required to carry more than the recommended upper limit of 10% of their body weight in schoolbooks. (more…)
Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Care
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome that occurs predominantly in women and is marked by generalized pain, multiple defined tender points, fatigue, disturbed and nonrestorative sleep, and numerous other somatic complaints.
Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia
To meet the fibromyalgia criteria for medical diagnosis, patients must experience:
Early Life Infections and the Immune System
There is a growing body of literature suggesting that early (infant) antibiotic use (and perhaps vaccination) is associated with increased incidence of adolescent diseases like asthma, and other atopic diseases like hay fever and eczema.
The general consensus seems to be that the Immune System is strengthened by fighting early mild infections, and that surpressing them artificially, with antibiotics and certain vaccines, leaves the child more prone to atopy later in life. At least that’s what the statistics seems to point to. (more…)