Health Report, September 19th, 2014.

Chiropractic is an approach to health care that uses spinal adjustments to relieve pain.

It is sometimes used for headaches or for pain in the arms and legs, but most often for back or neck pain. Chiropractors take a natural approach to promoting health through lifestyle changes, nutrition, and exercise. Many chiropractors have extra training in physical rehabilitation and specific exercise therapy. Some also use nutritional analysis, herbal therapy, and acupuncture.

The goal of chiropractic treatment is to increase movement in the joints and relax the muscles which allows the body to function and heal from the inside out. Dr. Moss uses many tools to assess what patients need through clinical examination, diagnostic testing, and laboratory testing to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. The purpose of our office is to help as many people as possible in their quest for natural health. If you know someone who needs our help, please talk with a staff member at your first opportunity.

Throughout the month of September, we are celebrating CHIROPRACTIC'S 119th BIRTHDAY!!! Beginning September 1st and continuing through the end of the month, all of our patients are eligible to earn entry tickets for a chance to win awesome prizes, with the grand prize being A LAPTOP! You can earn tickets by doing things like, coming to your appointment, purchasing your supplements, referring a new patient, and many more. The celebration is going out with a bang with a party on Tuesday, September 30th, from 3-6:30 pm. We will draw names at 6:30 for the winners. You do not have to be present to win, but it's more fun to be there when you win!

"Look well to the spine for the cause of disease." - Hippocrates

Volume 11 - Issue 123

Two recently completed surveys bring more good news for the Chiropractic community. One had to do with the overall safety of Chiropractic adjustments to the neck region. The second showed the very positive effects of cervical adjustments in reducing high blood pressure. The results of both studies were published in October 2007.

The first study took place in England with results reported in the scientific medical journal Spine. This national survey took a look at the outcomes of 19,722 Chiropractic patients who had received some form of neck adjustment. The researchers reviewed a total of 50,276 neck adjustments to see if there were any serious side effects from Chiropractic care. They defined serious effects to be those that resulted in the need to be referred to a hospital, or any that caused a worsening of symptoms immediately after treatment, or any that resulted in persistent or significant disability or incapacity.

The researchers arrived at very positive results. “There were no reports of serious adverse events,” they said. Overall, they found cervical neck adjustments to be a safe procedure in the UK when administered by trained and registered Chiropractors.

In the U.S., a study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research showed that Chiropractic adjustments had a profound effect on reducing Stage 1 hyper- tension. (Stage 1 is the first level of elevated blood pressure that causes health concerns.) The goal of the research was to determine if non-surgical procedures to properly align the Atlas (top) vertebra in the neck produced changes in blood pressure and heart rate.

This study compared two groups of subjects who had a history of Stage 1 hypertension with no apparent cause or disease creating this condition. One group of patients received Chiropractic adjustment and the other received “sham intervention” similar to an authentic procedure.

Both groups were examined before and after the procedures, with blood pressure read showed that both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings were significantly reduced for the group who received an actual adjustment to their Atlas vertebra. “This pilot study shows that correction of misalignment of the Atlas vertebra lowers and sustains reductions in blood pressure for at least 8 weeks in people with Stage 1 hypertension.”

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