Fibromyalgia Pain Management Update

ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

Nearly 600 scientific papers related to fibromyalgia have been published in 2013, yet fibromyalgia remains a complex issue with a weak understanding of its etiology, diagnosis, effective palliative management or cure.

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December 16, 2013
How Much Drinking Water is too Much?

ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

The question of how much drinking water is needed for good health is a complicated one. The proper amount of fluid required varies depending upon a number of factors.

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December 6, 2013
Improving Low Back Pain and Sciatica with Weight Reduction

ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

Several important studies published during the past year reinforce the association between chronic low back pain, acute low back pain and sciatica to comorbidities like obesity.

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February 28, 2013
Prolotherapy, Where Does It Stand Today?

Dwain M. Daniel, D.C.

Prolotherapy is a somewhat controversial intervention for a variety of musculoskeletal complaints. The treatment consists of a series of injections of an irritant, usually a dextrose based compound, into painful soft tissues. In theory the injection begins a controlled inflammatory response. This in turn causes connective tissue growth and collagen tissue formation resulting in a more stable, less painful joint or strengthened tendons or ligaments.

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April 19, 2010
Medical Research Supports Chiropractic Maintenance Care

ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

Two research studies generated by the medical profession this year add evidence in support of the value of chiropractic maintenance care.

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April 19, 2011
Weather Changes, Atmospheric Pressure and Joint Pain

ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

It is common to have patients comment that they feel increased pain and stiffness accompanying changes in the weather. Some claim to be virtual weather stations with accuracy surpassing the local meteorologist. But is there any science to support these comments? The answer is “yes”.

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July 14, 2010
Hypertension and Nutrition

Dwain M. Daniel, D.C.

A recent study found that approximately 10% of hypertensive patients have a genetic defect which responds to a low dose of riboflavin (1.6mg) by providing a double digit lowering of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

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June 4, 2012
ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

The latest research suggests an increase in the prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in both children and adults.

ChiroACCESS - 4/12/2012

ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is on track to become the third leading cause of death by 2020. For those millions that have already developed COPD, chiropractors have several opportunities to assist in preventing and controlling the symptoms related to this disease.


ChiroACCESS - 4/3/2012


Idiopathic Juvenile Scoliosis & Surgery
ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

The current scientific evidence does not support the medical necessity for the surgical intervention of idiopathic juvenile scoliosis, yet these procedures continue to be performed and often reimbursed by the insurance industry.

ChiroACCESS - 3/29/2012

ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

Coffee has been characterized as the “leading worldwide beverage” and it is estimated that 1.4 billion cups are consumed daily. With many of the concerns about the adverse effects of coffee having been laid to rest with past research, the picture we currently have regarding caffeinated coffee consumption and health is much clearer. Overall there is good news for coffee drinkers.

ChiroACCESS - 3/22/2012

ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

As U.S. public continues to set new levels for sedentary lifestyle and obesity, we have the strongest evidence in human history of the critical role of exercise in supporting human health.

ChiroACCESS - 2/21/2012

Breakthrough in Alzheimer’s and Dementia?
ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

Coconut oil, once thought to be harmful due to elevating cholesterol levels, actually has numerous positive influences on human health.

ChiroACCESS - 2/3/2012

Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better. When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m about three inches taller and everything’s in place. And as long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.”
- Tom Brady
ChiroAcessEditorial Staff

For the first time, lumbar spine osteophyte formation has been linked to levels of carotenoids and vitamin E.

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The Power of Blueberries
ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

With each passing year, research provides evidence that many natural foods make profound but previously unknown contributions to prevention, treatment and promoting human health. Although the blueberry is small it has the potential to provide huge health benefits. The basic science and clinical science published this year underscores their importance.


ChiroACCESS - 12/14/12

Chiropractic Effectiveness with Headache
ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

Headache is one of the most common conditions seen in chiropractic offices. Over the last decade headache represented 13% of chiropractic patient’s presenting complaints. A new Dutch study of chronic tension type headache (CTTH) compared treatment from medical providers in general practice (GP) to chiropractic. That study concluded that “Manual therapy is more effective than usual GP care in the short- and longer term in reducing symptoms of CTTH.”

ChiroACCESS - 6/9/2011

Adult and Youth Smoking Predicts Low Back Pain
ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

Research from the last year continues to link smoking with numerous types of musculoskeletal pathologies that are commonly seen in chiropractic practice. These studies punctuate the high association between smoking and low back pain especially with individuals that begin smoking in their teens.


ChiroACCESS - 3/31/2011

Evidence Supporting Interferential Electrotherapy
ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

Subsequent to the development of the gate theory of pain by Melzack and Wall in 1965 followed a new and more positive perspective on the potential value of electrotherapy. There are many devices in use today and the more common include interferential, diathermy, ultrasound, laser, and magnetic therapy. The Job Analysis of Chiropractic suggests that 77% of the chiropractic profession uses electrical stimulation in their patient care. Knowledge of the research supporting the effectiveness of these interventions becomes extremely important in order to deliver the best patient care.

ChiroACCESS - 4/13/2011

Chiropractic Management of Migraine Headache
ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

Just as puzzles are completed piece by piece, the evidence for the positive effects of chiropractic care for migraines is slowly filling in and revealing a clearer picture. That picture depicts a more meaningful role for chiropractic care in both the prevention and treatment of migraine headache.

ChiroACCESS - 2/16/2011

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: 2010 Update
ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

Health risks associated with cell phones and other radiofrequency electromagnetic fields are not as debated as was the case a few years ago. Each year the adverse effects associated with cell phone use becomes clearer. There are over 4.6 billion cell phones in use today and that number is rapidly growing. Much of the increase finds cell phones in the hands of the children and adolescents who, because their nervous systems are not fully developed, are most vulnerable to brain tumors.

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ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

The October 2010 issue of The Spine Journal includes a new review of the scientific evidence supporting spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) for low back pain. The results were quite favorable and reflect a growing body of evidence supporting SMT over medications and other conservative options. SMT research demonstrates “equivalent or superior improvement in pain and function when compared with other commonly used interventions, such as physical modalities, medication, education, or exercise, for short, intermediate, and long-term follow-up.” The authors conclude by recommending that other health care providers consider SMT as a viable option if self care or education fails to provide pain relief.

ChiroACCESS - 10/27/2010


ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

One of the arguments used by critics of chiropractic is that the positive outcomes reported for infantile colic are a result of the natural course of a self limiting condition. As the infant ages at a point the crying decreases and ultimately resolves. A September 2010 Danish retrospective study of 276 infants with infantile colic provides evidence that the reduction of crying under chiropractic care is not solely a result of aging. Due to the severe design limitations of retrospective studies we are not able to say with any certainty that the positive results were due to chiropractic management. We are able to question the validity of the assumption that it is only the aging of the infant that is responsible for the positive outcomes.
ChiroACCESS - 10/21/2010

Children’s Cough: How Effective are Medications?
ChiroACCESS Editorial Staff

Upper respiratory infectious are the most common condition in the world and for decades over the counter (OTC) medications have been produced and sold for the relief of the associated symptoms. Because these medications are OTC the FDA has not exercised strict control although in 2007 the FDA did recommend that they not be used for children under six. When we look at the evidence a consistent message emerges relative to the effectiveness of OTC medications for adult and children’s coughs. That message is that they are not effective and could potentially cause harm. There are, however, other more natural approaches that appear to be somewhat effective in relieving the associated symptoms of upper respiratory infections.
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