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Immune System Research

A healthy immune system is vital to staying alive and thriving.  Low immune system function means increased sickness and decreased ability to stay healthy and well.  Without a properly functioning immune system, it’s harder to fight off sickness, recover from sickness, or stay free of illnesses.  There is a strong link between immune system function and the central nervous system, comprised of the brain and spinal cord.  For this reason, chiropractic is a very effective way to strengthen the immune system and improve overall health and wellness.

The Connection Between the Central Nervous System and the Immune System

All the cells in the body are connected through the central nervous system.  Each cell affects our immune system health.  Improving the immune system can not only help fight off viruses such as colds or bacterial infections, but it can also improve symptoms of more serious conditions such as HIV, inflammatory arthritis, cancer, and more, leading to more optimal health and improved quality of life.  People who suffer from immunodeficiency will be more susceptible to infections, such as sinus infections, ear infections, bronchitis, or colds.  Inflammation of the internal organs causes autoimmune disorders or other conditions like Type I diabetes.  Improving the condition of the central nervous system is a great way to strengthen the immune system and decrease symptoms of immunodeficiency or occurrences of sickness.

Solutions for Better Immune System Health

Facing constant sickness can be draining, and it is necessary to search for a solution to improve your immune system health.  Increasing antibody levels is a solution for boosting the immune system strength.  Increased antibodies in the body can aid in fighting off sickness by increasing the body’s ability to fight off bacteria and viruses.  Removing spinal subluxations and correcting misalignments through chiropractic adjustments is a safe and natural way to increase antibodies […]

HIV

CHIROPRACTIC HIV AND AIDS

The goal of chiropractic care is to free patients from vertebral subluxations, a serious interference to life and health. Releasing subluxations permits the body to work more efficiently.

Research studies are increasingly revealing that the addressing of “subluxations” has a beneficial effect on many levels of one’s health.
The immune system function is one of the most exciting areas of study in chiropractic. More and more research is pointing to an immune system enhancing effect from spinal adjustments.

AIDS/HIV Research

Chronic Hyperemesis in two siblings with AIDS. Fallon, J Int’l Chiropractic Association Review Summer 2002.

Two male siblings ages 4 and 6 with “HIV infections” and “full-blown AIDS.”

Both boys suffered from severe Hyperemesis (vomiting) associated with a hyperactive gag reflex and were on a liquid diet: the six-year-old by mouth and the 4-year-old by gastric tube. The 6-year-old had a viral load of 1,200 and was on a therapy regime of antiviral drugs. His 4-year-old brother, with a viral load of 1,000,000 was on a cocktail of HIV medications (after the monotherapy failed).

The 4-year-old had a history of chronic ear infections and the 6-year-old had severe learning disabilities. Both boys needed a walker or bilateral canes. The older boy had uncontrollable dribbling.

Spinal examination of the 4-year-old revealed subluxations at occiput/atlas, C1, C4, T4, T9 and Tl2. Spinal examination of the 6-year-old revealed subluxations at C1, T1, and T8 and AS of the right ileum.

Adjustments of the subluxated segments were begun; each boy was initially seen 2 times a week for three weeks.

Within three weeks of initial care the older boy could walk better, he was able to use only one cane instead of two, he ate solid food for the first time since birth, his chronic drooling stopped as did his gagging and vomiting. However, if he went longer than 30 days […]

Headache Research

Every day people suffer from headaches, and they can be experienced by young and old alike. In some cases, the headaches can be so pervasive that they cause missed school days or missed days of work. It is estimated that over 37 million people suffer from severe headaches in the United States. Of the adolescents checked, 75% suffer from debilitating headaches that are severe enough to cause them to miss school or special events.

Headache Variations

We have all suffered from headaches, and the majority of them are minor and caused by stress, strained muscles in the neck, or being in a certain position for too long. When these types of headaches occur, a chiropractic adjustment and some stretching can usually get rid of the discomfort quite quickly. But what if you are plagued by more severe headaches, such as ones that are so severe they cause nausea, blurry vision, and extreme pain? About 5% of serious headaches are caused by another underlying physical issue, whereas with the remaining 95% of headaches, the headache itself is the primary complaint. When the pain is severe, people will look for any option to control it and some will go to their doctor and take pain medications to quickly allay the symptoms. Others will seek alternative health care providers to assist them with a more permanent and long-term solution.

Chiropractic Care as a Solution

Numerous case studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments can help relieve the pain or headaches, and with continued treatment can help to lessen the frequency and severity of these headaches. One of the studies showed that children who were treated for vertebral subluxations using the Pierce Results System saw improvement after just 6 adjustments. Other studies supported these findings and they found that correcting any abnormalities in the spine allowed […]

Fibromyalgia Research

Many people in the world have to deal with fibromyalgia and its painful symptoms. There’s no specific cause that’s linked to whether or not an individual will experience fibromyalgia symptoms, but it’s often related to a traumatic experience or significant surgery.

Those suffering from fibromyalgia may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Mood disorders
  • Chronic pain across entire body
  • Fatigue
  • Memory impairment
  • Irregular bowel movements
  • Sleep apnea
  • And more

Everyone who deals with fibromyalgia and its symptoms has various methods of managing or reducing the pain or intensity of the symptoms. Medication is usually the go-to option for many, but it may not always be the most effective solution. Thankfully, there are other alternatives.

Many overlook the healing and pain management benefits of Lithia Springs chiropractic care. Once someone understands the purpose of chiropractic care, it often becomes a regular part of their routine for managing pain and dealing with other health symptoms they are experiencing. It’s also a common measure that many take for proactively improving their overall health and wellness.

Managing Pain with Medication Doesn’t Get to the Root of the Pain

Medication may be an important component to managing pain for a lot of people. In extreme situations, medication is useful when you’re in a pinch to reduce the pain. However, the issue with medication is that it’s only a temporary solution. It doesn’t actually heal an individual or provide actual recovery from the source of the symptoms or pain. It just masks the symptoms and makes you feel better without actually improving the function of your body.

Chiropractic Care Helps Alleviate Nerve Interference

Dr. Ronnie Bolar at Vital Life Chiropractic helps people suffering from fibromyalgia pain deal with the source of the symptoms with fibromyalgia, rather than recommending medication to temporarily mask the pain. Lithia Springs chiropractic care is so effective […]

Ear Infections Research

Statistics show that ear infections are the number one cause of childhood doctor visits. Additionally, five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their first birthday. Kids up to age 6 are the most likely to get ear infections, with the likelihood peaking around age 2. It is estimated that about 80% of ear infections will go away on their own within a few days, yet medical doctors are still regularly prescribing antibiotics to treat these infections, many of which are viral and are not affected by antibiotics. Thankfully, most doctors nowadays support “watchful waiting” with most ear infections, meaning they wait 1-2 days before prescribing an antibiotic to see if symptoms lessen on their own.

Research has proven that chiropractic is a more effective way to treat ear infections than medication, warm compresses, and any other at-home treatment. Whether a child has one singular ear infection in their lifetime or chronic ear infections over the course of many years, chiropractic care offers a natural, drug-free, safe, and effective solution to ear infections. And unlike medication or tubes, chiropractic seeks to get to the root of the problem and provide an actual solution to the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms.

Why Do Kids Get Ear Infections?

Ear infections, medically known as otitis media, occur due to a problem with the Eustachian tubes and are either viral or bacterial in nature. The Eustachian tubes are the pathway responsible for connecting the back of the throat to the middle ear, and they are responsible for balancing the pressure inside the ear with the exterior pressure. An ear infection occurs when the Eustachian tube is blocked, often by mucus during a cold, and fluid pools nearby, creating an ideal […]

Digestive Problems

RESEARCHERS DISCOVER POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN CROHN’S DISEASE AND SPINAL PROBLEMS

According to a recent study, researchers in Japan say there is a possible link between Crohn’s disease and interference to the nervous system from spinal misalignments.

The research was published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research and grew out of a previous study involving more than 3,000 patients with allergic diseases and over 1,000 non-allergic patients. It focused on the relationship between immune function, spinal displacements called vertebral subluxations, and how reducing those displacements resulted in improvement, and in some cases complete remission, of symptoms of Crohn’s disease.

Crohn’s disease causes inflammation in the small intestine but it can affect any part of the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus. The inflammation causes pain and makes the intestines empty frequently, resulting in diarrhea.

There are many theories about what causes Crohn’s disease but none has been proven. The most popular theory is that the body’s immune system reacts to a virus or a bacterium by causing ongoing inflammation in the intestine.

Treatment for Crohn’s disease includes corticosteroids to control inflammation but while these drugs are considered the most effective for active Crohn’s disease, they can cause serious side effects, including greater susceptibility to infection. Immune suppressing drugs are also used to treat Crohn’s disease.

According to Dr. Yasuhiko Takeda, a chiropractor and lead author of the study: “This is why it is so important to develop other means of dealing with this terrible disease. If we can find treatments that enhance the function of the immune and nervous systems perhaps we can help millions of people with this disease without the harmful side effects of drugs.”

Beginning in 1992, the focus of Takeda’s research has been on the relationship between subluxation, allergic disease, asthma, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel disorder and ulcerative colitis. He became […]

Colic Research

 

The word “colic” can instill fear in parents of new babies as it is associated with inconsolable crying for long periods of time even after being fed, changed, and rocked.  If you are a parent of a colicky infant, know that you are not alone.  On average, 25% of babies experience symptoms of colic.  While no specific cause of colic is known, it is thought to be caused from abdominal pain or gastrointestinal issues.  A colicky baby will often tense their abs, flex their legs, and clench their fists as they cry.  While this can be physically and emotionally hard on parents of a colicky infant, know that chiropractic care has been shown to be effective in relieving symptoms of colic.

Methods for Managing Colic

Not many treatments are available for colic as it is known to be a self-resolving problem that usually corrects itself when an infant is about 3 months old, although some cases can last longer.  Some parents will turn to prescription medication, diet change, or different holding positions in an effort to bring about relief for an infant suffering from colic.  However, not all methods work, and medications can come with the risk of harmful side effects and only relieve symptoms for a small period of time. Chiropractic care has been shown to be a natural and safe method for managing colic symptoms without the risk of side effects.  Additionally, chiropractic care seeks to treat the root cause of colic instead of masking symptoms for short time.  In a study conducted of 50 infants with colic, half of the group received chiropractic care while the other half received prescription medication.  Nine infants on prescription medication had to be released from the study because their symptoms were only worsening instead of improving.  However, infants receiving chiropractic care showed […]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Today just about everyone can be affected, but particularly people involved in occupations or leisure activities that require repetitive use of the hands and wrists (i.e., office, skilled labor jobs, tennis, golf or even knitting). Medical doctors commonly prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, which prove ineffective in most patients and cause adverse side effects in others.

The double crush syndrome is a compression neuropathy characterized by affecting two areas along the same nerve, one usually distant from the other. A growing number of researchers have suggested a correlation between some peripheral neuropathies like carpal tunnel syndrome and cervical nerve root compression another. The nerve is “crushed” or irritated in the spine, “priming” the more distal areas of the nerve for dysfunction when that part is stressed by the second “crush”).

Autonomic dysfunction in idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome Verghese J, Galanopoulou AS, Herskovitz S, Muscle Nerve 2000 Aug;23(8):1209-13

This is the study of 76 patients with CTS (in 139 limbs). Autonomic symptoms were reported in 76 limbs (47 patients). Of these, 59% consisted of swelling of the fingers, 39% dry palms, 33% Raynaud’s phenomenon, and 32% blanching of the hand. Sympathetic skin response (SSR) had a sensitivity/specificity ratio of 34/89% in CTS with autonomic symptoms. The presence of autonomic disturbances was significantly associated with female gender but not age, duration of disease, or clinical severity in a binary logistic regression model.

It appears that autonomic disturbances are common (55%) in CTS, occurring with increasing severity of electrophysiologic findings.

Conservative chiropractic care of cervicobrachialgia Glick DM, Chiropr Res J, 1989; 1(3):49-52 Cervicobrachialgia, also known as “brachial neuritis” or “brachial neuralgia” involves neck and arm pain that can be described as “sharp,” “stabbing,” or “aching,” with acute sudden onset. The pain is in the shoulder blade, the side of the neck and may continue through the upper arm.

This […]

Blood Pressure

Latest findings show Chiropractic can help reduce blood pressure

More than 3.6 million Australians over the age of 25 have high blood pressure or are on medication for the condition, but findings recently released by the Chiropractors’ association of Australia indicate there is a non-drug alternative that can lower abnormal blood pressure in healthy bodies by 7.8% – 13%.

The latest findings published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics Vol, 24,No.2,by Dr Gary Knutson DC., show chiropractic adjustments to the upper neck can lower systolic blood pressure almost immediately.

According to Dr Laurie Tassell, National Spokesperson for the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, a chiropractic pilot study involving 80 people found there is a relationship between the upper neck vertebrae and the body’s natural blood pressure control reflexes.

“With gentle chiropractic adjustment to the upper neck, blood pressure can be lowered, with good results measured for older patients in particular,” he said.

Traditionally the causes of blood pressure, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, have been linked to excess weight, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, dietary salt intake and nutrition patterns with low intake of fruit and vegetables and a high intake of saturated fat.

Data from the 1999-2000 study of general practice activity in Australia shows that high blood pressure is the most common problem managed by general practitioners, accounting for 6% of all problems managed.

“This is where the results of our finding are significant, because chiropractic spinal adjustments may be able to reduce a patient’s blood pressure and in conjunction with visits to their local GP, the level of prescribed drugs may be significantly reduced,” said Dr Tassell.

A report by the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study found that in 1999-2000, more than 3.6million Australians over the age of 25 had high blood pressure, which equates to 31% of men and […]

Back Pain

Chronic spinal pain – a randomized clinical trial comparing medication, acupuncture and spinal manipulation. Giles LGF, Muller R. Spine 2003;28:1490-1503.

Three groups of patients with back pain were given a nine week course of care using medicine, acupuncture or chiropractic care. The results showed a significantly higher number of satisfied chiropractic patients. The 40 medical patients were given two anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) and the pain killer Celebrex T, Viox T or paracetamol. 18 dropped out early because the drugs either didn’t help or caused side effects. Of the 22 who completed the study only two found relief. Out of 32 patients who tried acupuncture 10 dropped out early because they weren’t being helped. Of the rest 3 reported pain relief.

Out of 33 chiropractic patients eight dropped out because they weren’t being helped. Of the rest nine reported pain relief. Is low back pain part of a general health pattern or is it a separate and distinctive entity?A critical literature review of co-morbidity with low back pain.

Hestbaek L, Leboeuf-Yde C, Manniche CJ Manipulative Physiol Ther May 2003 . Vol 26 . No. 4

This review paper (literature search) goal is to see if there is co-morbidity or other health problems in people with persistent lower back pain. Twenty-three papers were reviewed. All “showed positive associations to all disorders investigated (headache/migraine, respiratory disorders, cardiovascular disease, general health, and others) with the exception of diabetes.”

The conclusion states: “The literature leaves no doubt that diseases cluster in some individuals and that low back pain is part of this pattern. However, the nature of the relationship between low back pain and other disorders is still unclear.” Unfortunately the authors did not investigate whether the most important findings chiropractors could locate, the vertebral subluxation complex, was a factor. The presence of VSC may clarify the relationship between lower back […]

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