Exercise: Try Dancing.2/25/19
Seniors who want to improve their fitness levels should consider dancing. In a small study involving thirty sedentary women over age 65, those who danced for an hour three times a week experienced similar improvements with respect to aerobic fitness, lower body muscle strength, and static balance as those who walked three hours a week.
Chiropractic: Osteoarthritis of the Hip? 3/4/19
Hip osteoarthritis (OA) is among the most common degenerative joint diseases, and it is associated with chronic pain, reduced mobility, and stiffness in the region surrounding the hip joint. A systematic review of data from twelve studies found that a combination of manual therapy and patient education is effective at improving pain, hip range of motion, and physical function in patients with hip OA. Doctors of chiropractic commonly use such treatments when managing patients with osteoarthritis of the hip.
Chiropractic: What Onset Is Associated with Cervical Radiculopathy?3/11/19
Cervical radiculopathy is a condition characterized by pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck that goes down one or both arms. Questionnaires completed by 122 cervical radiculopathy patients found that one third recalled their symptoms started following a specific physical activity or trauma while the remainder said their cervical radiculopathy began without an inciting event. This study illustrates the reality that in most cases, patients cannot isolate a specific cause for their presenting complaint. Often, the cause is cumulative in nature, making the determination of causation difficult to impossible. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to assess and treat patients that present with radiating arm pain, regardless of causation.
Chiropractic: Low Back Pain Linked to Depression.2/4/19
Among a group of 152 older adults, researchers found that those with a history of back pain scored higher on assessments used to measure depression. The findings suggest that low back pain may be a potential risk for increased depression in older adults and managing a patient’s back pain may provide mental health benefits.
Chiropractic: Seniors with Chronic Back Pain… 2/11/19
New research suggests that older adults with chronic back pain often have other musculoskeletal pain conditions. Among a group of 839 seniors with persistent back pain, 93% had pain in at least one additional area and 69% had pain in two or more additional sites. The researchers add that they have identified an association between the number of body sites in which an individual had musculoskeletal pain and both greater back pain intensity and an elevated risk for falling.
Chiropractic: Spinal Degeneration Linked to Jaw Disorders.2/18/19
In a study that involved 120 patients with a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), researchers found that participants with neck pain exhibited a higher number of active trigger points in the masticatory and cervical muscles, greater forward head posture, and more severe degenerative changes in the cervical spine than TMD patients without neck pain. The findings reveal the role of cervical spine health and posture in relation to TMD. Doctors of chiropractic are well versed in the treatment of the cervical degeneration, posture, trigger points, and jaw disorders.