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Archive for October 2016

For Neck Pain Sufferers

Similar to back pain, neck pain affects almost all of us at some point in life, and the severity can range from a mild stiffness to complete incapacitation. Osteopathic care offers a non-drug, non-surgical method of treatment that MANY neck pain sufferers utilize and benefit from. The following is a description of what you can expect when treated with an evidence-based Osteopathic approach.

Let’s first discuss the different types of neck pain. One classification system divides neck pain into two main groups: acute and chronic. In the acute group, there is an onset of pain that comes on quickly and resolves in less than three months. Chronic neck pain represents the patients who continue to have neck pain longer than three months.

Studies show that patients experience immediate benefits—including pain reduction and mobility/range of motion (ROM) improvement—following cervical spinal manipulation, especially when administered on the same side as the neck pain. Short and medium-term benefits include pain reduction and ROM improvement when administered bilaterally (on both sides).

Multiple manipulations may be better than unsupervised stretching alone. However, studies show that stretching the neck muscles both before and after manipulation can improve a patient’s outcome. The combination of three-point traction and multiple manipulations can improve pain in the medium and long-term as well.

Other approaches commonly used by Osteopaths that immediately improve pain include mobilization, traction, trigger-point therapy (applying pressure over myofascial trigger points for 90 seconds), cervical pillows, and some modalities that include electric stimulation, ultrasound, low-powered laser, and pulsed electromagnetic field.

Active care or care that can be taught to patients includes exercise intended to improve pain and ROM in the medium and long-term. Exercises that emphasize strength and endurance can also be beneficial. Ongoing light and intensive exercise improves pain in the long-term and intensive exercise is favoured in the medium-term.

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“Don’t Wash Your Hands”

Read on to find out why you may be wasting your time with antibacterial soap, how to help your kids with better food choices and how you can boost your brain power.
Health Alert: FDA Bans Antibacterial Soaps.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a ban on the sale of antibacterial soaps after manufacturers failed to show that antibacterial products were any better than ordinary soap and water at preventing the spread of germs. Experts from the FDA add that other health concerns related to long-term use of the active ingredients in antibacterial products-such as possible effects on the thyroid, estrogen, and testosterone systems-contributed to the decision.
Food and Drug Administration, September 2016
 
Diet: Kids Make Better Food Choices Online Than in School Lunch Lines.
School children appear to choose healthier food when they order their school lunches online and receive encouragement about good nutrition. Compared to a standard lunch-line group, the authors of the study report that kids who ordered their lunch online chose 51% more fruits and 30% more vegetables.
Journal of Economic Psychology, August 2016 
Mental Attitude: Language Learning Boosts Brain Power.
Using electroencephalography (EEG) to probe the brain mechanisms involved in language learning, researchers have discovered that language acquisition enhances brain plasticity and the capacity for learning. In the study, researchers found that the more foreign languages a study participant learned, the faster their brain responded and processed data during learning. The findings suggest that loading the brain with knowledge boosts its ability to acquire more.
Scientific Reports, July 2016 
Diet: Vitamin D May Lower Risk of Asthma Attacks.
Taking a vitamin D supplement along with standard treatment may reduce the risk of severe asthma attacks. Researchers analyzed data from nine studies that assessed how vitamin D supplementation influenced both asthma symptoms and asthma attacks. The review revealed that the risk of hospital admission or emergency room visits due to severe asthma attacks dropped from 6% to 3% with vitamin D supplementation. The research team also found that vitamin D supplementation reduced the need for steroid treatment for asthma attacks. They conclude that further research is needed because it is not clear if vitamin D supplements can reduce risk of severe asthma attacks in all patients or whether this effect is only seen in individuals who have low vitamin D levels to begin with.
European Respiratory Society International Congress, September 2016 
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Fidgeting Might be the Remedy for us Who Sit at a Desk

How many times have you fidgeted and told to sit still? Well, in times like these where we sit for an average of 8-10 hours a day. Whether at work or at home in front of the television, we become immobiliSed by our own devices. And that is bad for our health, particularly our cardiovascular system.

 

A new study in The American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology found that fidgeting in the lower extremities increases blood flow to the legs.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/14/well/move/why-fidgeting-is-good-medicine.html

 

Because sitting for long periods has become the norm, we are subjecting ourselves to increased risks of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Fidgeting… while being annoying to those around us has health benefits that cannot ignored. So go ahead and tap your feet if you can’t get out of your seat.

 

Thank you,

 

The Crams

 

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