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Epidural Injections and Pain Management

Posted on February 12, 2017 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (2)

On Epidural Injections for Pain... 

So I have Been taking care of a wonderful gentleman which we will name Mr. Muscle, This gentleman did weightlifting for a few decades and was still going at it until about 3 months ago.

4 weeks prior to coming to my office he had rapid neurological complications and lost feeling of his legs, feet and hands. Due to this he came in using a walker which he had a hard time grasping due to not only the loss of feeling, but loss of strength in all his limbs. To walk, he dragged both of his feel as he tried to feel his way through the floor.

Mind you, 4 weeks prior this gentleman was at the gym doing some powerlifting and living life fully!

Upon taking a thorough history, exams and x-rays, we found his spine to be a phase 4 spinal degeneration. This means that he lost over 80% of disk space, and that his bones had become so degenerated he had advanced, severe spurs going into the nerves that connect to his limbs, his organs and his spinal cord.

Due to the rapid progression of his condition, I immediately referred him out for an MRI to dismiss any other major pathologies. As I told him this, he asked to please provide him with a chiropractic adjustment as he had full faith chiropractic could be of help. Mr. Muscle has been referred to me by a Dr. in Tampa whom we had some miraculous changes with about 5 years ago.

I provided gentle chiropractic care with the force I use on children until the MRI center and his insurance company jumped over all the red tape to get the MRI done. In a period of 1 week he came in without a walker. It has been 6 weeks and Mr. Muscle is back at the gym, gently and with modifications strengthening his body again. He has regained strength in his limbs, has more feeling in his hands and is doing much better.

On Epidurals...

For quite a few years, Mr. Muscle's doctors provided epidural shots to his spine for pain relief. Even two weeks before coming to our office he received a routine epidural shot to his neck! And had another one scheduled 2 weeks after!

PAIN is your body safety mechanism. It is a form of your body preventing you form causing more damage! To mute out your body's communication (which is what cortisone, epidurals and pain pills do) is to ignore the root cause of the problem and lay out the ground for future severe damage and complications to your spine and health! To disconnect from Pain via medications, injections or surgery is to disconnect yourself from the Innate Intelligence that runs, and protects your body!

CHIROPRACTIC's purpose is to find neurological disconnects causing problems such as pain, organ malfunction, and taking away your vitality day by day!

If you or someone you know, has gotten a cortisone shot, an epidural, is taking pain medication or muscle relaxants to relieve pain and try to function day by day, PLEASE do them a favor and send them our way! We may be able to help. Not only can we help provide relief, but we can help restore Health and gain aThriving Life! When reconnecting the Healing Power Within you cam Expect Miracles!

Back to School Tips

Posted on August 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (1)


“You can build a home and it can burn down. You can marry and divorce or become a widow(er). You can create a wonderful life and loose it all, but one thing no one can ever take away from you is Your Education. With “IT” you can re-build your life all over again!" -CM


It is my mission to reconnect people to a Greater Expression of Health and Vitality by Clearing and Expanding Energy Flow in the Nervous System. Another great Passion is to Educate our community at a Global Level on ways to Live a Powerful Life! A Catalyst for Transformation and Growth is our Education. As one of my favorite women once said, “You can build a home and it can burn down. You can marry the perfect man and divorce or become a widow. You can create a wonderful life and loose it all, but one thing no one can ever take away from you is Your Education. With “IT” you can build it all again!"

With that in mind, I have asked a couple of wonderful educators and influencers in the future of our children for “Back to School Tips” so that we start to prepare for a successful new school year. It is my Pleasure and Honor to share the first few tips from a Beautiful Woman whom first impacted my daughter’s life as a school counselor. Susana Ginory is beautiful woman inside and out with. With a glowing smile and profound blue sky eyes Susana Ginory is a Successful Mother, Wife and Educational Leader in our community. As I wore to her and asked her for tips to help our back to school journey be a good one, here is what she had to share:

 

1. Parents are a Child's First Teacher, therefore discipline naturally begins at home. Remember that children emulate everything we do. Be a good role-model, talk to them when they have made a bad choice and help them come up with ways they could have handled the situation differently. Don't feel bad about setting ground rules and consequences for their behavior at home and at school. Remember to give them positive reinforcement too for doing the right thing. Children thrive with boundaries. If they are allowed to do whatever they want, then that's exactly what they will do both at home and at school.

2. Set a Routine before the Actual Routine. Help your child start getting back into their back to school bedtime a few days prior to the first day of school. This will help ease their transition back into their school day. Young children need at least 9-10 hours of sleep in order for them to feel rested and ready to learn!

 

3. Create a Visual Routine Reminder. Make school a priority and mornings a routine so that they know exactly what to do when without needing constant reminders. Create a visual for them so you don't have to keep repeating yourself. Review what the morning will be like to help them get back into their school schedule. Children need to arrive to school on time everyday in order to feel a strong sense of belonging and security. You can go to http://www.attendanceworks.org/about/what-can-i-do/parents/ for more parent tips.


Thank you Mrs. Ginory for your commitment to the betterment of the future for our children!


Knowledge is Health and HEALTH Builds WEALTH!

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

In 2012, 41 percent of adults (ages 19-64) reported that they had medical debt or trouble paying medical bills. Of those who reported difficulties paying medical bills or paying off medical debt, 42 percent (32 million people) said they received a lower credit rating as result of unpaid medical bills. (Source: The Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey 2012, April 2013.)

 

Do you realize that your daily choices on nutrition, exercise, preventive care, and natural health care can have a profound impact on your Health and Pocket? What are you doing to increase your Health Power and Financial Impact of it?

 

Every day Americans wake up and do a quick breakfast or NO breakfast at all as they rush off to run in the hamster wheel (work).

Day by day people clock in, and clock out 9-5, to a routine of fast food on the way home or a quick microwaveable meal full of chemicals that extend shelf life, yet decrease nutritional value when metabolized. This routine, decreasing the efficacy of providing the body with proper material for the building blocks of life within our bodies.

It is important to consider planning for these five important aspects:

Nutrition

Exercise

Rest

Fun

Natural Supportive Health Care

 

Families and individuals consider planning in many aspects which people consider important to their future. Things people take time to plan for are such things as Education, Savings to buy a home, budgeting to purchase a vehicle, wedding planning, retirement and more. Well, without Health all of the previously mentioned are null!

 

Here is why planning in each of the 5 areas is important:

Nutrition - FOOD is FUEL! People are too casual about their meals. When busy, or tired, many reach out for the first thing that may seem like food. That fast food can deplete your energy and expose you to disease or even cancer causing chemicals! Plan your meals and your body will thank you and your pocket too! Eating the wrong foods can be causing you pain, arthritis, and lowering your immune system!

Exercise - The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a clear, colorless fluid containing white blood cells that helps rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. Exercise not only strengthens your muscles but stimulates the pumping of millions of lymph vessels to cleansing your body and detoxifying it. Exercise also increases blood flow with nutrients and enhances oxygenation into each cell, tissue and organ. Remember that stretching is also an important phase of exercise.

Rest - Rest in an important factor in the rebuilding of tissue. Improper rest results in a weaker body. Also research has shown that decreased sleep may be correlated with Alzheimer's disease and even atrophy of the brain. Lack of sleep is also attributed for increase risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Fun - A Healthy balance between work, responsibility and fun is required for better health. Not enough fun can result in feelings of irritability, sadness, sleeping too much or not enough, weight loss, weight gain, or in straight-up negative thinking. When involved in recreational sports, travel and time with loved ones our bodies release endorphins which enhance the immune system and decrease the negative effects of stress. Taking the time to schedule a vacation or two in the year. Time for fun is much needed and under estimated!

 

Natural Supportive Health Care - Oil change, tire balancing and rotation, change wiper blades, coolant flushing, these are a few of the many routine maintenance procedures we go through with our car to enhance and prolong its performance. How about our bodies? A vehicle owner keeps the vehicle an average of 5 years, yet the average lifespan for men is 68 years for males and 73 years for females. So where does this maintenance plan come into effect in our bodies? Believe it or not, there are many things that should be considered necessary to just like a vehicle enhance and prolong the quality and performance of your Life Vehicle, your Body!Chiropractic, acupuncture, a nutritionist and many more should be part of this maintenance plan.

In the next few weeks, I will briefly touch up on these five subjects. The goal is to provide you with tools and ideas so that one step at a time you can improve the quality of your health and add Quality of Life to your Years! Make sure to follow our blog and email us with any questions or topics you would like to see covered. 

 

For a detailed spinal and health evaluation, you may set up an appointment with Dr. Jennifer Hastings at her office in Cooper City, FL by calling (954) 533-2614.




December 2014: Patient Appreciation

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

As we come to the end of the year, our office takes time to reflect upon what was accomplised this last year. It's a time to remember the patients, and express our gratitude for each and every one. We are grateful that you understand the value of the health care we provide. We are grateful that you have impacted our lives just as much as we may have done for you. And we are grateful for all of the patients that have referred their loved ones to experience Chiropractic for themselves.

To give a little something back, we are holding a party in your honor, each day Christmas week (12/22, 12/24 and 12/26). Enjoy the music, food, and raffle prizes galore. On Monday 12/22 we will be hosting Free 5 minute chair massages to our patients as they wait to be adjusted.

This will also start our raffle ticket earning for a BIG MYSTERY ITEM to be raffled in February! You can start earning tickets now but for only a limited time.

Here are the many ways to enter…

 

SPECIAL WAYS TO WIN ONLY ON 12/22 THROUGH 12/26/14

  • Get Adjusted - 1 Entree
  • Sign up & bring a snack item for the party - 1 Entree
  • Switch your automatic payment method to a check direct debit - 2 Entries
  • Purchase Cervical traction or Exercise ball - 3 Entries
  • Help us set up a workshop - 5 Entries
  • Purchase pre-paid massage - 10 Entries!
  • Refer a new patient (Must have appointment this week) - 20 Entries!!

 

So come on by, and enjoy YOUR party. And to everyone, have a happy holiday, and a blessed new year.

Love,

All of the staff at Cafe of Life Chiropractic


November 2014: National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Can Alzheimer’s Disease Be Prevented?
For the full article click HERE.

AD is an epidemic, affecting over 5 million Americans and nearly 40 million people worldwide. AD afflicts 1 in 8 people aged 65 years or older and nearly half of those 85 years and older. [2] The reason for the staggering prevalence is simply that we’re living longer. “The major risk factor for AD is advanced age,” noted Small. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, life expectancy in 1900 in the United States was around 47 years; in 2013, it’s nearly 80 years.

How is it being treated now?

“The goal is to protect the healthy brain rather than repair a damaged brain,” Small commented, “and to develop disease-modifying drugs,” noting that, unfortunately, currently available medications are primarily symptomatic. Still, drugs like donepezil, memantine, and rivastigmine do benefit patients and can slow clinical progression. “If you take patients off of the drug too early they will get worse faster,” said Small. Medications that clear amyloid from the brain are thought to be a potential disease-modifying approach, one that has received a great deal of research attention. However, this work has yet to pan out. Studies are also underway looking at various other preventive strategies in AD, including anti-tau and anti-inflammatory treatments, cholesterol-lowering drugs, and an insulin nasal spray, developed as a result of the association between diabetes and AD.

What actually works?

Exercise: Of all lifestyle approaches that might contribute to AD prevention, the strongest evidence exists for exercise. Active animals have larger hippocampi, while older people who walk regularly — even as little as 15 minutes a day — have a lower risk for AD. People who routinely exercise exhibit better cognitive abilities and actually have larger brains. Regular exercise also results in lower PiB and FDDNP binding in the brain, reduced CSF tau, and increased CSF amyloid, all markers of decreased AD risk.

Mental Stimulation: Read, write, and do a crossword: Mentally stimulating activities and certain brain-training programs are in the long term associated with lower brain amyloid levels and a decreased risk for AD, as are graduating from college or engaging in life-long learning. [18,19] However as Small pointed out, data such as these are caveated by the chicken or egg conundrum: “Are people with good brain genes more often going onto college, or is it the mental enrichment that [is effective]?” wondered Small. “I think it’s probably a combination.”

Eat Right and Relax: Stress is a known contributor to cognitive impairment and decline. Animal work by Sapolsky and others [21] has linked stress states with memory impairment and decreased brain size; specifically, glucocorticoids released during stress appear to impair neuronal plasticity and lead to dendritic atrophy, particularly in the hippocampus. A 2012 study in rats [22] found that stress hormones impair prefrontal cortical functioning, affecting mental flexibility and attention.

What else can you try?

Chiropractic: Our chiropractic care focuses on the health of the central nervous system. The human brain is major organ in the central nervous system. Doctors of chiropractic are specifically educated and trained to identify and treat problems with the nerves of the human body. When your central nervous system is healthy, all systems of the body work properly. A condition called a subluxation can impair or damage nerves throughout your body. We are able to precisely identify and remove subluxations. This restores the health of your nerves and the normal function of the systems within your body those nerves control.

For an evaluation, contact our office HERE or call us at (954)533-2614.
For the full article, click HERE.

October 2014: Bone and Joint Health Awareness Week

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week
(Full website HERE)

An annual global event, Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week is held October 12-20 with activities focused on disorders including arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma. The events and projects organized by individuals and organizations worldwide are designed to raise awareness of prevention, disease management and treatments as well as advances in a number of areas.

You will find activities to do and ways to become better informed below. But before that, take a look at some facts:

o Nearly half the American population over the age of 18 - about 48 percent - are affected by musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions, according to The Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States. (1)

o Bone and joint conditions are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability worldwide affecting hundreds of millions of people.(2)

o Musculoskeletal conditions include back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, osteoporosis and childhood conditions.

o Unless actions are taken now, the global prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions is predicted to increase greatly due to increasing life expectancy, changes in risk factors and availability of appropriate prevention measures.

o Musculoskeletal conditions can lead to significant disability plus diminished productivity and quality of life. Treatment and lost wage costs associated with musculoskeletal diseases in the U.S. alone was estimated at $950 billion in 2004 to 2006 - equal to 7.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

o Research funding is currently less than 2 percent of the National Institutes of Health annual budget, despite the high costs associated with these conditions.

o Since 2011, when "Baby Boomers" became beneficiaries of Medicare, the economic and societal cost of bone and joint health began to escalate and is expected to continue for decades.

Now is the time to raise awareness - and the reason for Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week.

In addition to activities throughout the week, there are five special days during Health National Awareness Week.

October 12 - World Arthritis Day

October 16 - World Spine Day

October 17 - World Trauma Day

October 19 - World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day

October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day

(1) United States Bone and Joint Initiative: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2011 (2) Burden of Major Musculoskeletal Conditions, Woolf & Pfleger, WHO Bulletin 2003; 81: 646-56

So what can you do to help?

Chiropractic is the key to helping fix bone and joint problems. It is important that you begin with addressing structural abnormalities and even more importantly, the Subluxations (nerve pinching and damage caused from misaligned vertebre). In addition to the visit to your chiropractor, there are some foods that help support joint health.

(see full article HERE)

Foods & Nutrients That Fuel Joint Health

Dr. Theodosakis, M.D.

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The warmer weather is officially here, which means it`s time to get outdoors and enjoy one of your favorite activities, whether that`s taking an outdoor yoga class, jogging through your local park, walking your dogs, or engaging in morning swimming or water aerobics sessions.

During these active months, the last thing any of us want to worry about is discomfort from natural wear and tear on joints, which most adults experience. Luckily, renowned joint health expert Dr. Theodosakis, M.D., known to his patients as “Dr. Theo,” states that there is a special connection between food and joint health. “We now know that certain foods can actually help ease and promote joint comfort.”

Dr. Theo sat down with the Wellness Advisor to share these joint healthy diet essentials from his latest book, The Arthritis Cure:

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are a major help in fighting free radicals, which may be damaging to joints and can contribute to joint discomfort. Antioxidants include vitamin A (or beta carotene and other carotenoids), vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium. An easy way to remember these is the acronym ACES. Foods that contain any of the four ACES are powerful weapons for combating free radicals. Choice foods for each include:

Vitamin C – Fruits such as grapefruit, papaya, oranges, mangoes, raspberries, pineapples and tomatoes, as well as vegetables such as asparagus, red peppers, and broccoli

Vitamin E – Avocados, whole-grain breads and cereals, sunflower seeds and peanut butter

Selenium – Salmon , Brazil nuts, oatmeal and brown rice

Fatty Acids

Certain fatty acids are protective by nature and can reduce swelling and discomfort in joints. The most common types of fatty acids are omega-3s. Excellent dietary sources include coldwater fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and herring, as well as green vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

Supplements

For an extra boost in joint health, a glucosamine-based dietary supplement can help. Glucosamine is nature’s basic building block for maintaining joint cartilage and can help counteract some of the effects wear and tear has on the joints, rejuvenating comfort and mobility. In addition, glucosamine is a good choice because it’s supported by scientific studies and can bring relief safely and naturally. Look for trusted brands that offer at least 1,500 mg of glucosamine. To get the best results, studies have shown that consistency is important.

With this healthy, joint-friendly lifestyle, you can continue doing the activities you love.


September 2014: Self-Improvement Month

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a little word of encouragment, written by Guy Finley. Full article HERE.

 

Choose to Rise Above Yourself
By Guy Finley

 

Here is a great spiritual secret: the only time we ever “fail” at anything in our lives is when we mistakenly walk away from what has challenged us before we’ve allowed it to teach us its secret ways.

 

Imagine we want to learn a new skill; for fun, let’s say we’d like to run the high hurdles (a lot like life, isn’t it?). Perhaps we buy an instruction book; maybe go watch runners compete at the track. A good beginning, but eventually we must learn by doing; we must leap for ourselves. Our first attempts to sail over the hurdle usually fail. More than likely, we crash! And we know we missed the mark because we’re on the ground. So, we pick ourselves up. We try again. Maybe we try running at a different speed, or we work to better time our jump. And we progress because each time we come up short, we make changes. We have realized that part of what it takes to succeed requires that we let go of what hasn’t worked in our approach.

 

Here’s the point: the same laws that help us learn how to clear hurdles on a track (or anywhere else in life) also hold true when it comes to rising above ourselves. Making the leap to the Higher Life our heart longs for begins with coming to recognize and release the parts of us that now hold us down.

 

Let’s take an example: whenever we fall into a familiar dark state or recurring state of stress, we need to welcome these moments for what they can teach us about ourselves. Clearly, our aching in such moments is evidence that our past responses to similar crises are inadequate. That we are still crashing into these old hurdles proves that our past responses no longer serve us. We must let them go, because they can take us no higher. This is why the Wise ones see any crisis in life as a “close encounter of the truthful kind.” Which brings us to the main lesson:

 

We will never realize what heights we can reach in life until we stop blaming reality for what happens to us as we go through it. This deliberate break with the “blame game” is the first leap — especially as it pertains to crashing twice into the same place in life. Despite appearances, our pain is not because life has set the hurdle too high; no, we only “fall” into fear and judging ourselves when we fail to learn the lesson in the pain — which is something we are empowered to do. Once the lesson is learned, where’s the hurdle or our hurt? Behind us! Discovering the truth of ourselves has taken us above and beyond that former barrier. Let’s review:

 

A crisis only becomes a breaking point when we fail to use it as a turning point. And a “turning point” is just that: rather than fall into old resentments or regrets, instead of returning to that defensive mindset that believes blaming others is the same as changing ourselves — an action that changes nothing except what we lash out at — we learn to look in a whole new direction for correction.

 

Now we are learning what it means to use those times when we “fall” as a window of opportunity: to see that we have gone as high as we can with what we know; and then, right there we quietly let go of “who” we have been up to that point. Our wish and our inner work to actualize it sows for us the seeds of a Higher Life. And for our interior work is born in us a new level of self, one that never collapses before a crisis because it knows it lives in a world where nothing has to fall that chooses to rise.


August 2014: Vaccine SAFETY Awareness Month

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (2)

As the summer's end draws near, we must look at the upcoming season's change and what that means in the medical community - Flu vaccine time.

 

People often don't think twice about getting them every fall, but do you know what you're actually putting in your body?

 

How about formaldehyde (think science class, frog persevered in a jar), thiomersal (Mercury, that stuff that never leaves your body), or some Triton X-100 (Same ingredient used to make household detergents, you know, to make this mixture clean)?

 

That's just the beginning. Many harmful and toxic chemicals are found in most common vaccines, but sadly, when you're sitting in the doctor's office they don't usually hand you an ingredient list before the injection.

This is why it's so important to do your own research. To help you get started, here is the list of ingredients for over 50 vaccines from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/b/excipient-table-2.pdf

Most ingredients are complex chemical compositions, but copy into google and you can find their uses as well.

For any questions regarding vaccine safety information, please call us at (954)533-2614.

Awareness Month July 2014, 18-24: Everybody Deserves A Massage Week

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

 

To celebrate "everybody deserves a massage week", starting on July 19th, we will now be offering Saturday massage hours from 10am - 1pm!

 

 

 

 

Our doctor-tailored massages are only available to our chiropractic patients as we intend to provide total wellness starting with the spine first. Once your subluxations have been cleared, a massage can greatly reduce your muscle tension and help keep your adjustments longer.

June 2014: Migraine Awareness

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you suffer from headaches / migraines?

Headaches can range from annoying to debilitating, but in every case, the pain is a symptom that tells you that something is wrong.

So many people suffer from headaches and migraines that it is often perceived to be normal, when that isn't the case.

When we feel any symptoms, it's our body's defense system sending us a warning signal. And if we ignore them, or try to silence them with drugs, the cause of the problem continues to be just that, a problem.

Subluxation, the misalignment of the spine, particularly in the neck, is a leading cause of headaches and migraines.

Chiropractic adjustments remove Subluxation, and many patient's find that with an adjustment their headaches may decrease and even disappear.


The following article is titled "Proof that chiropractic treatment helps migraine sufferers", showing you what are the causes and what are the fixes for headaches/migraines and why you might not always see Chiropractic in that list. You may see the original article HERE.


Seventy-two per cent of migraine sufferers in a clinical trial experienced either 'substantial' or 'noticeable' improvement after a period of chiropractic treatment, defying historical skepticism of chiropractics by some medical practitioners.

The randomised clinical trial was undertaken by Dr Peter Tuchin, a chiropractor for the past 20 years, as part of his recently-completed PhD thesis at Macquarie University.

 

"Around 22 per cent [of patients] had substantial reduction - which means that more than 60 percent of their symptoms reduced during the course of the treatment," Tuchin says. "What makes this a really strong result is that this was a really chronic group - the average length of time they'd had migraines was 18 years. To get a change of that sort of magnitude in a really chronic group was quite amazing.

 

"Another 50 per cent had quite noticeable improvement. They either found that the frequency of the migraines was less, the length of time they had them was less or that they didn't need to use their medications as much. This last result is very significant because some of the migraine medications are very strong drugs which have lots of side effects. Some of the migraine medications also have the problem of giving instant relief to the migraine, but creating another 'rebound migraine' the next day."

 

The trial used 123 migraine sufferers, whittled down from around 1000 who applied after seeing a television program about the research. This group was divided into a treatment group who received chiropractic care, and a control group who were told they were receiving a form of electrical physical therapy.

 

"Both groups kept a record of their migraines for the whole six months, noting down how often they got them, how severe they were, how long they lasted, and if there was anything they could think of that contributed to them," Tuchin explains. "For two months prior to any treatment they just diarised their migraines, followed by two months of treatment and then two months of post-treatment."

 

Despite this study, some medical practitioners still dispute the ability of chiropractic care to help migraine sufferers. However, Tuchin believes this is a fast-diminishing group.

 

"I think the vast majority of medical practitioners are now open to chiropractic, but there's a very small percentage who don't realise what developments we've had, what inroads we've made," Tuchin says.

 

"Chiropractic is not the be all and end all, but for a good percentage of migraine sufferers the neck is a significant contributing factor, and for them chiropractic treatment is really effective. I'm not saying that everybody's going to be cured, but there's very little to lose."

 

May 23-29 is National Chiropractic Care Week. This year the theme is safe drugfree treatment of headaches. It is estimated that 10 to 12 percent of the Australian population suffer from migraines which costs the country $1.5 billion each year.



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