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Know anyone that’s had a stroke?

Perhaps your grandfather? Your aunt? Your dad? Your sister?

Perhaps your son?

Like so many other health issues plaguing Western Culture—plights like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer—strokes are on the rise.

And it ain’t just “the geezers” suffering them.

According to Circulation, stroke rates are skyrocketing in younger adults.

The peer-reviewed journal finds that roughly 10% of all strokes occur in persons 18 to 50 years of age. And, as a 2008 study published in the journal Current Diabetes Reports states, the reasons may not be so mysterious. The publications finds the following as main contributing factors:

  • high blood pressure
  • overweight
  • unhealthy cholesterol
  • smoking
  • diabetes

Now, we can all admit that those risk factors seem to be rather prevalent in, at least, a significant minority of the 18-50 population today, right? In truth, some of these health issues are nearing epidemic status in that same demographic.

We’re just not the healthiest of societies, ya know?

OK, so we’re on the same page in that regard.

But what if you’re one of those unlucky souls—young or old—that’s actually suffered a stroke?

And what if you’re now subject to typical residual effects that include diminished fine motor skills? (That is, the ability to control the small movements of hands and fingers, as well as the small muscles of the face, tongue, and feet.)

Chiropractic Care Can Help Heal Residual Stroke Effects

Well, a new case study, one published in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, finds chiropractic care may be a potential option for you.

Researchers observed a 58-year-old man. He came to chiropractic care complaining of hip pain. During an investigation of his case history, researchers discovered he’d suffered a stroke 18 years prior. He’d subsequently suffered residual paralysis and almost total loss of control over fine motor skills, as well as periodic muscle spasms.

The man’s physician suggested these effects were permanent.

Researchers enrolled the participant in 13 months of chiropractic care. During these sessions, doctors addressed vertebral subluxation.

In other words, they focused on realigning spinal bones that were subjected to improper positioning and/or motion, which affect nerve communication between brain and body.

After the 13 months of routine spinal adjustments, researchers found that the man enjoyed significant improvement regarding fine motor skills, while he experienced a significant decrease in muscle spasms.

In fact, the man can now turn the pages of a book, put on and zip up his own jacket, and even exercise on a Pilates machine.

In Conclusion

Bottom line: If you or anyone you know has suffered a stroke and subsequently experiences residual effects, such as diminished fine motor skills or muscle spasms…

You might want to give chiropractic care serious consideration.

Especially if a physician tells you it’s probably a permanent thing.

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Dr. Pete’s 2 cents:

Chiropractic is not meant to cure any condition. 

What regular chiropractic adjustments do is help the body communicate better with itself.  If there is interference to the nerves going to an area, that area will not heal as well or as fast after a stroke and reversely if that interference is removed, that area can then heal better and faster as appears to have been the case in this study.  Of course this is a study with only one individual, but the concept is sound.

Again, chiropractic is not meant to cure any condition, it merely helps your body communicate better with itself by taking pressure off nerves where the nerve pressure is the result of misaligned vertebrae.  Regardless of if you have had a stroke or haven’t had a stroke it is important to take pressure off the your nerves with regular chiropractic adjustments. 

-Dr. Peter Ahlers-Nelson, D.C.

Infertility rates are skyrocketing in the West. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), some 6% of American women age 15-44 are now unable to conceive on their own.

Additionally, a 2015 study, one authored by the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, finds that there’s been a 65% increase in the use of In vitro fertilisation (IVF) since 2003.

Now, many theories exist as to why there’s been such a sharp rise.

I’m not here to discuss such reasons; I’m here to offer another potential antidote.

Chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Care May Help with Infertility

Believe it or not, according to a case study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, chiropractic care may help combat infertility.

The study observed two female participants, one 28, the other 37. Each woman had experienced a motor vehicle accident that included cervical trauma. Both also suffered from neuroendocrine issues (infertility) at the time of examination.

For the study, each woman received regular upper cervical chiropractic care. The care included high-velocity, low-amplitude adjustments according to the Blair Upper Cervical Technique protocol.

In other words, spinal adjustments that focus on misalignment in the neck.

Amazingly, not only did both women enjoy relief from their chronic neck pain, but each woman was then able to conceive, without any additional fertility support.

In Conclusion

What’s this mean for you?

Well, if you’re a woman having difficulty trying to conceive, and you’re leery of a Western Medicine approach to infertility…

Chiropractic care may provide an alternative solution.

So says the research.

This article is posted with express written permission from LongevityTimes.com.

Dr. Pete’s 2 cents:

Regardless if you have infertility problems or not, it is important to get your spine checked on a regular basis for vertebral subluxations as it will help your body just plain work better as it will be able to communicate with itself better.  Chiropractic helps your body more easily make the right chemicals in the right quantities at the right times.  This is why it can help with infertility issues.  But don’t stop getting adjusted because your infertility problems go away or don’t go away.  Get adjusted so your body can just plain work better. 

-Dr. Peter Ahler-Nelson, D.C.

Neck pain…anyone that’s experienced this saga knows it’s not pleasant.

And neck trauma is even worse.

Been in a car accident?

Injured during an athletic event?

Slipped on the pavement and suffered a concussion?

If so, there’s a very good chance you’ve had some lingering neck issues. Perhaps they’re even chronic at this point.

And, there’s also a good chance you’ve reached out to a physical therapist (PT), in your quest to relieve that pain. I mean, you realized a while ago that this thing isn’t going away on its own.

Thus, you sought out external help in the form of PT.

And that’s understandable.

But a new study, one published in the peer-reviewed journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, suggests you have another choice—a more cost-effective choice:

Manual therapy.

Defining Manual Therapy

What is manual therapy, also known as “manipulative therapy”?

According to School of Manual Therapy Utrecht (MTU), manual therapy is “a specific type of passive manual joint mobilization.” It involves three forms of therapy: manipulation; mobilization; and massage.

The manipulation branch is…

Chiropractic care.

Manual Therapy As Effective As PT for Neck Pain

Now, back to the study.

Researchers from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands set out to investigate manual therapy’s effectiveness, in relation to PT, for chronic neck pain.

Scientists studied 181 individuals, aged 18-70. All suffered from chronic neck pain. The trial lasted one year. It saw one half of the participants received regular physical therapy for their neck pain, while the other half received regular manual therapy sessions.

Outcomes were measured using industry-standard surveys, including the Neck Disability Index and the Numeric Rating Scale for Pain. Outcomes were measured at three, seven, 13, 26, and 52 weeks.

Researchers found no significant overall difference between the two groups at the one-year mark.

None.

What’s this Mean?

In a nutshell, this means manual therapy is every bit as effective for chronic neck pain as is physical therapy.

For less money.

And manual therapy begins with…

Chiropractic care.

This article is posted with express written permission from LongevityTimes.com.

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Dr. Pete’s two cents:

Chiropractic or PT?  That is the question right?  I don’t see it as one or the other necessary.  Chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis always and sometimes you need to add PT in particular situations, massage, acupuncture, etc.  I have seen clients I have been adjusting on a regular basis helped quite a bit by a little PT.  Now they still need to get adjusted, but having stronger muscles (especially the muscles that move the vertebrae), means they may not have to get adjusted as often.  Don’t eliminate your adjustments because you are going to a PT and don’t think the PT that dabbles in “manipulating” your spine will do as good a job as someone like myself that only adjusts the spine.  Many times, it’s not one or the other.  We all just do different things.  A PT does different things than a dentist, massage therapist, or a chiropractor.  That is all.

-Dr. Peter Ahlers-Nelson, D.C.

Are you an athlete?

If so, stay tuned…

Not an athlete but still quite physically active?

You’ll also want to stay tuned.

Do a little yoga or cycling?

Yeah, this article can help you, too.

Here’s the thing: Any athlete—or anyone actively participating in a sport or workout program—understands there’s always a risk of injury.

Always.

Those of us that have competed at the very top level of our sport, on “the world’s stage,” dread physical injury, as it renders all that work, all that time, all those hopes and dreams, utterly meaningless.

Those of us that participate in less intense environments fear injury for it often causes separation from our valued social circle.

And the concern with those of us that simply “exercise” once in awhile is that an injury will disrupt our routine and cause us fitness gains.

Chiropractic Care Can Prevent Some Sports Injuries

Well, an intriguing study—one seemingly lost in the viscera of online media since 2009—finds that chiropractic care can indeed prevent sport injury.

Researchers from Australia’s Macquarie University set out to investigate the preventative effect chiropractic care might have on back, hamstring, and lower limb injuries in semi-elite athletes.

The team observed 59 male Australian Rules football players, who were chosen to participate according to specific injury requirements. The researchers established an intervention group of 28 men, along with a control group of 29 men. Both groups received the current best practice medical and sports science management.

However, the intervention group also received sports chiropractic intervention. Treatment for members of this group was established on an individual basis, including manipulation and/or mobilization, as well as soft tissue therapies to the spine and extremity.

The trial consisted of one treatment per week for six weeks, one treatment every two weeks for the next three months, and one treatment per month for the remainder of the season (three months).

The Findings

What the Australian scientists found is that the intervention group—the one receiving chiropractic care—enjoyed a trend toward lower limb injury prevention, including a significant reduction in muscles strains and weeks missed because of non-contact knee injuries.

In Summary

What’s this mean for you?

According to the research, if you’re a semi-elite athlete chiropractic care can aid you in the prevention of lower limb injuries.

In fact, the research suggests that chiropractic care may aid anyone participating in sport or exercise with lower body injury prevention.

So, find time to fit in the chiropractic care between games, practices, and or injuries.

This article is posted with express written permission from LongevityTimes.com.

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A passionate debate has arisen in the chiropractic community: Which is the better alignment method, manual or mechanical?

Truth be told, certain chiropractors still practice one way or the other.

Now, perhaps you, yourself, have a preferred method. I know my chiropractor boasts clients that insist the mechanical method be used for the entire adjustment.

I, myself, am a manual guy. I both love and appreciate the sheer artistry exhibited by a gifted and meticulous chiropractor.

And I’m fortunate enough to have one of those guys in my life.

But what does empirical research say about the matter?

Manual vs. Mechanical: What Science Says

Well, a recent study indeed sheds light on the topic.

Swiss researchers set out to investigate whether or not manual alignment is more effective than mechanical. In the randomized, controlled trial, those researchers observed 54 patients. They followed the group over a six-month period. Each participant suffered from acute or chronic neck pain. He/she received three treatments, with four days between each session.

The researchers used a variety of measuring tools. These included industry standards like the Visual Analogue Pain Rating Scale (VAS) and the European Quality of Life-5 Dimension surveys (EQ-5D).

The Swiss team found that both methods are effective, in equal measure.

The ongoing study appears in the peer-reviewed journal Trials.

In Summary

So, what does all this mean to you?

Yes, you may prefer, say, manual over mechanical adjustment. However, this study concludes that citing your preferred method as “better” is probably not wise. 🙂

It also finds that you can trust both methods for your chiropractic needs.

This article is printed with permission from LongevityTimes.com.