Did You Know …

Did You Know…

· Hair and bone marrow are the two fastest growing tissues in your body.

· Americans eat about 18 acres of pizza a day.

· You breathe in about seven quarts of air every minute.

· Like fingerprints, every person has a unique “tongue” print.

· Your skull is made up of 29 bones, each hand has 27 bones, the foot 25.

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Fairport, NY 14450
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Non Medication Pain Management

Moving Non-Pharmaceutical Pain Management from Pinch Hitter to Starting Line-Up

Published on May 18, 2018

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To understand how pain is typically managed in America, think of it as a baseball team. The physician is the manager, making up the lineup. The starters are pharmaceuticals, particularly opioids. Other forms of pain management, such as spinal manipulation, acupuncture, behavioral therapy, etc. have essentially been relegated to pinch hitters, called in off the bench if the starters aren’t performing. But they’re not ordinarily considered everyday players.

Fortunately, that viewpoint is starting to change, partially driven by the rampant opioid crisisfacing the U.S., which was responsible for more than 42,000 deaths in 2016 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Results of a clinical trialpublished in the March 8, 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) already found that the use of opioid vs. non-opioid medication therapy for patients with moderate to severe chronic back, hip or knee osteoarthritis pain “did not result in significantly better pain-related function over 12 months.”

New Team Rotation

Now a new article in the March 28, 2018 issueof JAMA describes the formation of a new Pain Management Collaboratory. This joint project between the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, and Veteran’s Administration (VA) is using $81 million in grants to create a six-year, evidence-based study of non-drug approaches to pain management at VA hospitals around the country.

What sets this initiative apart is that spinal manipulation/chiropractic, behavioral therapy and the other pain management strategies being studied by the Pain Management Collaboratory are not being treated as bench players, or “Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM),” to use the industry vernacular. Instead, they are taking a front-line, starting role – i.e., being considered as a first choice for patients suffering from many forms of pain.

This could very well be a watershed moment in our approach to pain management. One that we have been building to for a while. Chiropractic in particular has an established body of evidence demonstrating its effectiveness in pain management. In fact, there is more evidence for the efficacy of chiropractic carethan there is for the drug-based treatments that most physicians are taught to favor.

New Team Guidelines

The American College of Physicians, after a review of more than 150 studies, concluded that physicians should consider spinal manipulationand other non-drug therapies as their first optionfor treating acute, subacute and chronic lower back pain. Note: 94 percent of all spinal manipulations in the U.S. are performed by a doctor of chiropractic.

The Joint Commissionand America’s Health Insurance Plans(AHIP) have issued similar guidance on the role of non-pharmacologic options in pain management, while the CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Institute of Medicine, among other organizations, have also called for early use of non-pharmacologic approaches to pain and pain management.

In baseball or any other sport, good managers know how to gauge their athletes’ performance on a daily basis in order to put the best team on the field. The time is right to take chiropractic and other non-drug pain management strategies off the bench and insert them into the starting lineup.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Spinal Health Care Class

Our next Spinal Health Care Class is Thursday May 30 at 6:15 P.M. This class is about 45 minutes in length, reviews what you can do to avoid back and neck problems, how to get better quicker, preventive measures, spinal function and physiology, exercises for a stronger back and neck, and a question and answer segment. This is free of charge, all are welcome, please call the office and let us know you will be attending!

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Drink More Water For Better Health

Drink More Water To Improve Your Health

Most people are in the low range of fluid consumption and are not hydrating properly. Everyone generally drinks at mealtime, but in between meals many people do not drink anything. You need to consistently drink water throughout the day. There are many formulas for how much to drink, but don’t worry about the details just drink! When you get up in the morning one of the first things to do is drink a glass of water. Here are a few reasons to drink more water:

• Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids: Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

• Water Helps Energize Muscles: Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well.

• Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good: Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss.

• Water Helps Your Kidneys: Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate.

• Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function: Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Memorial Day Traditions

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Chiropractic And Headaches

How Does Chiropractic Work For Headaches?

Headaches are one of the most common complaints that we see at our office. Although there are many causes of headaches we have found that many different types of headaches originate from mechanical problems in the neck. Some headaches such as migraine and cluster headaches are related to vascular problems. These often include nausea and/or vomiting and can be quite disabling and require rest in a dark, quiet place sometimes for a half or a whole day. Other headaches can be categorized as "tension" headaches. These usually result from tightness in the muscles in the neck and upper back caused from stress, work, lack of sleep, sinusitis, trauma such as whiplash, and others. Pain can be felt in the upper neck or the back of the head as well as in the frontal, sinus region, top or sides of the head. It can vary from a throbbing pain to an ache to just a constant pain.

What most people don’t realize is that mechanical dysfunction of the vertebrae of the neck will cause increased muscle tension as well as irritate the delicate nerves that control blood flow into the head. Improving the movement or alignment of the bones in the neck can relieve the pressure and irritation that results in headaches. How do we get misalignments or dysfunction in the joints of the neck? This can be due to trauma such as falls or car accidents. Repetitive stress such as hours of work on a computer, poor posture or stress can also take a toll over time. In many patients it is a combination of activities that took place often years before which has led to chronic and recurring headaches. The examination evaluates these issues as well as attempts to rule out other more serious causes, which can occur but are more rare.

A thorough evaluation will be performed so headache patients can be properly managed. Treatment approaches include: adjustments, soft tissue therapy (trigger point stimulation, myofascial work), posture correction exercises and other exercises, education about job modifications, co-management with other health care providers, if medication or injection therapy is needed.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Sciatica Relief

Effective Solutions For Sciatica Pain

Sciatica is leg pain caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back. Although the pangs begin in nerve roots located on either side of the lower spine, they then course through the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of each leg from the buttock down to the foot. The leg agony, called radiculopathy, "is often worse than the back pain," says William A. Abdu, MD, medical director of the Spine Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Usually felt in one leg, the sensation "can be intolerable," says Birgit Ruppert, a physical therapist at the Spine Center. "Some people liken it to the nerve pain you experience if you have a toothache."

The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disk: When a disk develops a tear or crack and bulges into the spinal canal, it can pinch the sciatic nerve.

Chiropractic Care

Sixty percent of people with sciatica who didn’t get relief from other therapies and then tried spinal manipulation experienced the same degree of pain relief as patients who eventually had surgery, found a 2010 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. The 120 people in the study saw a chiropractor about 3 times a week for 4 weeks and then continued weekly visits, tapering off treatment as they felt better. In people who responded to chiropractic care, benefits lasted up to a year. "Spinal manipulation may create a response in the nervous system that relieves pain and restores normal mobility to the injured area," says study researcher Gordon McMorland, DC, of National Spine Care in Calgary, Alberta. "It also reduces inflammation, creating an environment that promotes the body’s natural healing mechanisms."

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries

Often we hear of professional athletes suffering a traumatic, possibly career ending, injury. The public debate on whether or not they can resume play can go on for weeks. However, it isn’t only the professionals that sustain injuries while practicing the sport they love. Weekend warriors, amateur athletes and those living active lives also run the risk of getting hurt. Most of the time, with a proper warm up, awareness to form and appropriate equipment, athletes of all are able to play safely. Yet, injuries can happen when you least expect it due to an accident or even an underlying condition that may necessitate treatment.

How Do Sports Injuries Happen?

Sports and exercise are great ways to keep healthy, but there are often risks involved. Most often, excessive training, inappropriate training methods or perilous exercise equipment can be a cause of injury, but structural abnormalities and muscle imbalances/weakness can also be culprits leading to injury, including the ankles, knees, elbows, shoulder or spine.

Commonly, sports injuries are caused by traumatic force to a joint in motion causing hyperextension or hyperflexion. Such injury, and others, may cause significant pain and debilitation taking you away from the sports that you enjoy. Chiropractors, as musculoskeletal experts, can help prevent and manage sports-related injuries.

Chiropractic Treatment for Sports Injuries

Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose and manage sports-related injuries. In fact, through a comprehensive history and physical examination, chiropractors can help determine the cause of pain and dysfunction as well as recommend an appropriate plan of management. Conservative care offered by chiropractors, dependent on the injury and mechanism, may include joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue therapies, adjunct modalities, rehabilitation and individualized exercises and lifestyle advice to restore proper function, enhance healing of damaged tissue and reduce pain. Chiropractors can also help, in partnership, determine the best strategy to return to play.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Did You Know …

Did You Know…

· In a Harvard study of 47,000 middle age men, those who ate 10 or more weekly servings of tomato based foods cut their prostate cancer risk by

45 percent.

· The human brain is insensitive to pain. The suffering of a headache doesn’t come from the organ itself but from the nerves and muscles lining it.

· When you were a baby, your heart weighed less than an ounce. It will grow to weigh about a pound. Yet this muscle that is only the size of your

fist will pump 2,000 gallons of blood each day.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724