Chiropractic: Active or Static Stretching for Neck Pain?1/14/19

Among a group of 24 sedentary workers with neck pain, researchers found that both active and passive stretching resulted in similar improvements in range of motion, pain threshold, and perceived disability. Doctors of chiropractic commonly incorporate these types of stretches into their treatment plans for patients with neck issues. 

Chiropractic: Sleep Troubles May Predict Chronic Widespread Pain. 12/17/18
Over the course of an 18-year study, researchers observed that participants who developed problems with initiating sleep, maintaining sleep, early awakening, and non-restorative sleep had about double the risk for developing chronic widespread pain. Past research has uncovered a two-way relationship between poor sleep and musculoskeletal pain, underscoring the importance of seeking care to manage conditions like neck pain and back pain as soon as possible—rather than delaying treatment—in order to reduce the risk of disturbed sleep and subsequent chronic widespread pain in the future. 

Chiropractic: A Frozen Shoulder Causes More Than Pain. 12/24/18
Adhesive capsulitis (AC), also known as frozen shoulder, is described as a painful restriction of the shoulder’s range of motion and about 3% of adults will develop the condition in their lifetime. In this study, researchers examined 148 adults, half of whom had AC, and identified a strong association between pain, anxiety, and sleep disturbance among those with frozen shoulder. The findings suggest that anxiety and disturbed sleep are common among patients with frozen shoulder and that conservative treatment, such as chiropractic care, aimed at reducing pain and improving range of motion may also improve sleep quality and anxiety levels in patients with the condition.

Chiropractic: Deep Neck Muscle Training for Neck Pain. 1/7/19

The deep neck muscles, which help maintain cervical posture, are often weak or deconditioned in patients with neck pain. In this study, researchers observed that neck pain patients who engaged in deep cervical flexor training experienced improved neuromuscular coordination and head/neck posture—changes not seen in a control group that did not perform such exercises. Doctors of chiropractic commonly train patients with neck pain to perform deep neck muscle exercises as part of the treatment process. 

Chiropractic: Manipulation & Exercise Helps Seniors with Neck and Back Pain. 12/10/18
Back pain and neck pain are common causes of disability among older adults. In this study, researchers observed that among a group of 182 seniors with back pain or neck pain, those who participated in a twelve-week treatment program that involved a combination of spinal manipulative therapy and rehabilitative exercise experienced significant improvements in disability. 

Chiropractic: Diabetes-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. 12/31/19

According to a new paper published in the European Journal of Rheumatology, patients with diabetes mellitus have an elevated risk for a number of musculoskeletal conditions, including: limited joint mobility syndrome, frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis, Dupuytren’s contracture, carpal tunnel syndrome, stiff hand syndrome, flexor tenosynovitis, Charcot osteoarthropathy, gouty arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic amyotrophy, diabetic muscle infarction, diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, and osteoporosis. Doctors of chiropractic commonly treat many of these conditions, often in conjunction with a patient’s medical provider, when appropriate. 

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