Health-E-News April 2011
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Chiropractic on the Dr. Oz Show
Dr. Oz set up the chiropractic segment by emphasizing the prevalence of back pain in the general population and how many common daily activities can put the spine at risk for pain/injury.
An Apple a Day Does Extend Life
"An apple a day, keeps sickness away" is a twist on an old phrase. Now it appears that there is further research that apples are extremely good for you. Scientists are reporting the first evidence that consumption of an antioxidant substance in apples extends the average life span of test animals by 10%.
The researchers found that apple polyphenols not only prolonged the average life span of fruit flies, but also helped preserve their ability to walk, climb and move about. In addition, apple polyphenols reversed levels of various biochemical substances found in older fruit flies, which are markers for age-related deterioration and approaching death.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry - February 14, 2011;59:2097-2106.
Chiropractic helps those in the 'most dangerous female sport in the US'
In a 2009 report, the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury (NCCSI) Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C., declared cheerleading the "most dangerous female sport in the United States." This is based on injury data they obtained from 1982-2008 that showed approximately two-thirds of severe school sports injuries over the past 25 years were from cheerleading.
But while injuries have made cheerleading the most dangerous sport for young American women, experts say that the risk and severity of injury can be kept to a minimum with chiropractic care. Chiropractors identify injuries early and properly manage them before they progress to something more serious. With cheerleading calling for ever-higher degrees of athleticism, chiropractors say they are able to provide a unique understanding of the rigorous training and physical toll that the sport has on the body, unlike any other type of physician.
"Doctors of chiropractic are the only healthcare professionals who specialize in the process of correcting spinal misalignments with adjustments," said Dr. Steve Goninan. "These adjustments re-energize the nervous system, reduce biomechanical stress, optimize the athlete's agility without the athlete having to overcome the side effects of drugs or irreversible surgeries.
Dr. Enrico Esposito, a chiropractor who has treated various cheerleaders in Alabama, said it is the younger cheerleaders who tend to suffer from repetitive motion injuries like patellar tendonitis, ankle sprains, stress fractures, hip strains, and inflammation around the hips. There are also low-back injuries that can become chronic without proper care. But chiropractic care for younger cheerleaders can help reduce the risk of even more serious injuries in the future, he said.
For many cheerleaders who go on to professional teams, chiropractic care becomes even more critical to maintain healthy joints and a spine, said Dr. Jay Greenstein, chiropractor for the Washington Redskins cheerleaders.
"What's interesting about cheerleaders is that they are true athletes; they endure a tremendous amount of physical stress," he said. "They practice hard, there is a lot of demands on them when it comes to performance and they are doing chronic repetitive motions that put significant strain on their bodies, so they are perfect candidates for chiropractic care."
If a cheerleader does end up getting hurt, he said, with chiropractic care there are always plenty of solutions. "The goal is to decrease pain that can be done naturally through chiropractic care and also improving overall function, which also is a huge component of what chiropractors do," says Dr. Jay Greenstein.
Low Vitamin D Ups Risk of Allergies in Kids
Low vitamin D increases the likelihood that children will develop allergies, according to a paper published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Researchers looked at the serum vitamin D levels in blood samples from more than 3,100 children and adolescents and 3,400 adults.
No association between vitamin D levels and allergies was observed in adults. But for children and adolescents, low vitamin D levels correlated with sensitivity to 11 of the 17 allergens tested, including both environmental allergens and food allergens. For example, children who had vitamin D deficiency were 2.4 times more likely to have a peanut allergy than were children with sufficient levels of vitamin D.
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology - February 17, 2011;Epub.
Work-Related Low Back Pain Chiropractic Patients Less Likely to Suffer Reoccurrence
People with work-related low-back pain (LBP) are less likely to suffer disability recurrence if they are cared for by a chiropractor, compared with a physical therapist or physician. These findings are from a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Researchers used workers' compensation data to follow 894 patients with work-related LBP for one year.
The study concludes that "in work-related nonspecific LBP, the use of health maintenance care provided by physical therapist or physician services was associated with a higher disability recurrence than in chiropractic services or no treatment."
JOEM - March 14, 2011;Epub.
Secret to Whole Body Health
Take a moment to look at your body. Quickly glance at your arms, hands, hips, legs and feet. Do you realize that you have approximately 640 muscles that are responsible for moving the 206 bones in your body? How do you get these muscles to move those bones? It has to do with the way the spinal cord and the nerves send information out to the body. It might surprise you to know that many common ailments that we experience, like headaches, lower back pain and shoulder pain, can have links to the muscles, bones and spinal nerves.
The spine is made up of 29 vertebrae that are divided up by specific regions of the body: cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacrum. Think of the spine as a protective housing for your spinal cord that lives in the center of the vertebrae. At every level of the spine, nerves branch off of the spinal cord, move past the vertebrae and outward to supply the different parts of the body.
Furthermore, as the nerves branch off from the spine, certain ones move out farther and farther, going all the way to the hands and feet. While a nerve is traveling, it must repeatedly pass by or around different bones. It stands to reason that the position of the bones is important. If the bones are not in correct position, or "out of alignment," the nerves will be compromised.
An easy way to remember how the body works is that the vertebrae, spinal cord and nerves affect everything from your toes all the way up to your nose. As an example, migraines and other headaches can be caused when the spinal vertebrae in the neck region are misaligned. This causes pressure on the nerves as they branch off of the spinal cord and move through the vertebrae out to the muscles of the neck and head. This compromised nerve flow also affects the circulation of blood to and from the area. All of these factors play an important role in headaches.
If our vertebrae are in good, proper alignment over time, then the spinal cord and nerves function without any interference. The simple idea of keeping the spine lined up as much as possible will keep our body healthy.
Regular chiropractic care, massage, acupuncture, exercise and a nutritious diet are all important facets of good spinal health. The key here is to realize that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Regular practices of spinal health will not only keep you feeling great, but also will help protect you in the future from many problems that could arise, including neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, tennis / golfer's elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, hip pain, sciatica, knee pain, and ankle and foot pain. Your chiropractor can tell you more about the importance of the spine and its connection to whole-body health.
Top soccer star credits Chiropractic for recovery
2010 was a difficult year for soccer player Mark Molesley, of the AFC Bournemouth team in England. As his teammates progressed towards the top of the rankings in their NPower League One, the London-born midfielder had to cheer from the stands as he recovered from an injury that has sidelined him since October 2009.
It was back then that he started having pain in his foot, which -- according to Molesley -- "started off feeling like nothing other than a muscle pull but has developed into a nightmare. I was running in training one day and I felt a sensation like my foot had 'locked'."
He played the next game drugged up with painkillers but afterwards couldn't put weight on the foot at all. When the pain remained a few weeks later, the club physiotherapist ordered an x-ray, which revealed a number of stress fractures in his foot. He underwent an injection under general anesthetic into the joint around his navicular bone but it didn't help.
Even after six weeks in an "air boot" and talonavicular joint cleansing surgery, the problem persisted and he eventually had the injured bone removed and a screw inserted in its place. "For the third time, I was on crutches and in the air boot and didn't come out of that until mid-July," he recounted. "It was a case of learning to walk properly again after that and strengthening my foot, my leg, etc., post surgery."
As with most professional athletes, the most difficult part of Molesley's injury was uncertainty over when, or even if he would return to action. "The physiological side of things is definitely the hardest thing," he admitted. "Luckily I've got a fantastic family around me though, who have been great through all of this. When I first got injured, it coincided with the birth of my baby girl, which helped boost my spirits and get everything in perspective too. I've learnt a lot about myself during the injury layoff too for sure. My teammates and my manager have been fantastic through this tough time for me. I obviously haven't been seeing my teammates much, but when I have they always have nice things to say. Eddie Howe (the AFC Bournemouth Manager) has been especially good, checking on my progress and not putting any pressure on me in terms of setting a comeback date. He had some bad injuries during his career, so I think he appreciates what I'm going through. He also knows me well as an individual and how to treat me."
Over the summer, Molesley's club physiotherapist Steve Hard recommended that he visit the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic's (AECC) multi-purpose Clinic in Boscombe, England. "They have a specialist sports injuries rehabilitation centre," Molesley explained. "I go there twice a week and gain from one-on-one attention while I'm there, which is great. My chiropractor Andrew Vitiello (Clinical Tutor) and intern student Jon Arnar Magnusson have helped me do the basics, like getting back on bike to cycle, building my strength and regaining my balance. The progress I've made with them is phenomenal.
"I have a history of back problems, which the AECC has also helped to address. As a result of surgery, walking on crutches, etc., my back had been feeling stiff and in pain. I had chiropractic treatment at the AECC to address this and it's worked wonders for me.
He added: "The clinical staff at the AECC are very hands on and also very methodical. Everything they do is for a reason and they are always keeping a close eye on my progress. They've covered every possible aspect to help my recovery, from looking at kicking technique to re-building muscles, even sending me to their in-house physiologist to deal with the issues that surround a lengthy spell on the sidelines. I'm indebted to the work that everyone at the AECC has done for me and I'd like to say a massive thanks to them."
So, when does Molesley expect to be playing again? "I'm not putting a date on my return," he replied. "I'm just taking everything a week at a time. I'm feeling good and hopefully my injury nightmare will be behind me sooner rather than later. It's been hard for me watching on over the last year, seeing the club doing so well without me. I'm obviously delighted they've done as well as they have, but of course there's a part of me that hurts because I haven't been involved. Watching them certainly spurs you on to want to get back out there though. I know I have to play as well as ever to regain my place in the side and that will be a massive challenge in itself when I'm fit."
In November, Molesley showed his gratitude by being the official starter of the AECC's annual 10K Charity Road Race, the AECC DASH BACK.