A recent study was
published that helps to remind us of the importance of proper nutrition
to maintain health. This 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 (1). This genetic defect is very
prevalent in some populations, such as in Mexico, where 32% of the
population are thought to possess it. Other nutritional approaches to
lowering blood pressure have demonstrated encouraging responses but
require additional study to confirm their value. Considering the low
cost, low risk and that 43% of the population has uncontrolled
hypertension , even with pharmacological intervention (2), should make a
nutritional approach to controlling hypertension appealing to the
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Whiplash is an injury done to the
cervical spine, and is caused by a jerking motion of the head. When the head is
thrown backward or forward, whiplash can occur. You can get whiplash in other
ways besides accidents, such as by playing sports or even from a sudden sneeze.
Whiplash is a painful injury, and many times people have to go to a
chiropractor service for whiplash to get help. A chiropractor can put the spine
back in alignment so that the rest of the body can heal.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
If you have had problems after an
accident such as headaches, head and neck pain, stiff neck or muscle spasms,
you could have whiplash. You will be able to recognize these signs quite easily
and you will find in a case of whiplash, you have restricted head motion. You
can’t turn your head all the way in the directions you want, so this is one
reason you should seek a chiropractor service for whiplash. You can also have
equilibrium problems and a loss of hearing and you may experience ringing in
the ears which are all signs of whiplash.
If you are feeling lightheaded and
excessively tired or even find yourself blacking out, it is a for sure sign you
have most likely hurt your neck. If you are experiencing any nerve pain or
nerve inflammation in the area of your neck you should get checked as well.
Cold hands and feet are often a symptom, so is numbness in the arms, hands,
shoulders, feet or legs. Periods of unexplained depression and anxiety could be
a factor as well as irritability. You will find it hard to concentrate and may
have a poor memory, another sign of whiplash is the pain between the shoulders;
there may be low back pain, tremors, and rapid heartbeat.
If you have these problems, you need
to contact a chiropractor service for whiplash. The chiropractor will work with
you in a variety of ways, and they will align the spine to help with the
restricted head motion. This can help you to get your balance back and
hopefully the hearing will get better with less ringing in the ears. With the
alignment, it should cure some of the eyestrain and you won’t want to sleep the
pain away. The numbness should go away, the pain should ease and nerve
inflammation should get better.
to your family doctor with low back and leg pain and ask about seeing a
chiropractor. "Oh, no," says the doctor," they'll try to pop it
back into place which will not only be painful, but make matters much
worse." Is this true? What is the chiropractic approach to treating a
is conservative care, which means it is non-surgical and drugless. In treating
low back "slipped discs", most spine experts agree that conservative
care should be tried before surgery is considered, except in severe cases.
care has a long history of successfully providing conservative care for disc
conditions - and no, chiropractors don't try to "pop a disc back in
is a "slipped" disc?
The disc is a circle of cartilage between each vertebra in the spine that acts
as both a shock absorber and a shock distributor. If you jump up and down,
imagine what would happen to the stack of bony vertebra that make up the spine
without the cushioning of the discs. Move your back side to side. Again, you
can visualize the give and take of the discs between the vertebrae. Without
discs, the spine simply could not function.
don't really "slip". Instead, they bulge, herniate, or rupture.
Saying a disc has "slipped" does suggest that something has
"slipped out" and is not where it's supposed to be, which is what
happens in disc injuries.
are made up of concentric circles or rings of fibrous material with a tough
gelatinous center. When cracks or fissures occur in the fibrous rings, the
gelatinous material in the center can begin to push out. A number of different
factors may cause the disc to "slip".
chiropractors diagnose what went wrong?
What has happened to our poor accountant who now is experiencing acute back and
leg pain? Apparently the cracks and fissures in his disc, the dehydration, the
poor mechanics, the lifting - and perhaps even the sneeze - has caused the disc
to slip just enough to press against the nerve that exits next to the disc.
This has caused inflammation of the nerve, which can then cause pain along the
path of the nerve into the leg.
does the chiropractor determine whether this is a "slipped disc"?
Careful history taking, vital signs, and orthopedic and neurological testing
are standards of practice in chiropractic offices. Are the reflexes intact? Is
there loss of muscle strength or signs of muscle wasting? Is there loss of
sensation along an area supplied by a particular nerve? These are vital
questions that the orthopaedic and neurological exam can help answer.
utilize other diagnostic procedures that are unique to chiropractic and
establish the foundation for a program of care. Chiropractors look carefully at
posture and perform a postural analysis of the patient. They use techniques
such as motion and static palpation to determine exact areas of restrictions in
spinal joint motion. They palpate muscles and perform muscle testing, as well
as perform tests for pelvic balance and determine whether there is a
of the low back are taken, or the chiropractor might send the patient to an
x-ray facility for these films. Depending on the findings, the chiropractor may
call for an MRI or other imaging study of the back.