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March 2016 Health Newsletter


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» Spinal Decompression Therapy
» The Cortisol Curve
» Omega-3 Fatty Acids
» Back Pain Facts & Statistics
» Clinical Studies on the Effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy
» DTS Spinal Decompression
» DTS Spinal Decompression
» Back Surgery May Backfire on Patients in Pain
» Choose Chiropractic First For Chronic Pain
» Nighttime Needs To Be Nighttime

Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal Decompression Therapy

If you have lasting back pain and other related symptoms, you know how disruptive to your life it can be. You may be unable to think of little else except finding relief. Some people turn to spinal decompression therapy -- either surgical or nonsurgical. Here's what you need to know to help decide whether it might be right for you.

What Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression?

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieveback pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.

To read the full article, please visit:  http://www.webmd.com/back-pain

Author: WebMD
Source: http://www.webmd.com
Copyright: WebMD, LLC. 2016


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The Cortisol Curve

The Cortisol Curve

Cortisol has a bad reputation.

Commonly known as the “stress hormone,” it’s produced, in part, by the adrenal glands when we’re under pressure and perceive a threat. The pituitary gland determines how much hormone the adrenals should release to help us fight or flee.

This alarm system works beautifully — until it doesn’t.

In today’s fast-paced culture, many of us are overworked, under-rested, and under pressure from too many obligations, and the alarm never stops.

It’s this state of chronic agitation that triggers cortisol function to run amok, contributing to a host of problems: insomnia, excess belly fat, anxiety, and extreme fatigue, to name just a few.

It’s no wonder cortisol has gotten a lot of bad press in the health media.

Yet without it we’re helpless.

To read the full article, please visit: https://experiencelife.com

To help maintain healthy cortisol levels visit the following links:

 

Author: Elizabeth Millard
Source: Experiencelife.com
Copyright: ExperienceLife 2016


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Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. They are necessary for human health, but the body can't make them. You have to get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other seafoods including algae and krill, some plants, and nut oils. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, as well as normal growth and development. They have also become popular because they may reduce the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon) at least 2 times a week.

To read the full article, please visit:
www.umm.edu/health
To learn more about Omega-3 Fatty Acids, or to order the supplement, please visit:
http://www.accutrition.com/pure-encapsulations-efa-essentials-120-softgels.html

Author: University of Maryland Medical Center
Source: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Copyright: University of Maryland Medical Center 2015


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Back Pain Facts & Statistics

Back Pain Facts & Statistics

Although chiropractors care for more than just back pain, many patients visit chiropractors looking for relief from this pervasive condition.  In fact, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.

A few interesting facts about back pain:
  • Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
  • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.  In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
  • Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
  • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.
  • Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.
For the full article, please visit: ACAToday.org

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: American Chiropractic Association
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2016


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Clinical Studies on the Effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy

Clinical Studies on the Effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy

"Eighty-six percent of ruptured intervertebral disc (RID) patients achieved 'good' (50- 89% improvement) to 'excellent' (90-100% improvement) results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain were relieved." "Of the facet arthrosis patients, 75% obtained 'good' to 'excellent' results with decompression."

-C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, and Vera Borgmeyer, RN, MA. Decompression, Reduction, and Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine: A Cost-Effective Treatment for Lumbosacral Pain. American Journal of Pain Management Vol. 7 No. 2 April 1997

"Serial MRI of 20 patients treated with the decompression table shows in our study up to 90% reduction of subligamentous nucleus herniation in 10 of 14. Some rehydration occurs detected by T2 and proton density signal increase. Torn annulus repair is seen in all."

-Eyerman, Edward MD. Simple pelvic traction gives inconsistent relief to herniated lumbar disc sufferers. Journal of Neuroimaging. Paper presented to the American Society of Neuroimaging, Orlando, Florida 2-26-98.

 

For the full article, please visit:www.lancasterspinalhealth.com

For more information on Spinal Decompression Therapy, please  visit: www.southjerseyspinaldecompression.com

Author: C. Norman Shealy; Eyerman, Edward
Source: www.lancasterspinalhealth.com
Copyright: www.lancasterspinalhealth.com 2015


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DTS Spinal Decompression

 

How Does DTS Spinal Decompression Work?

DTS Spinal Decompression provides relief to severe back and neck pain sufferers by gently reducing the pressure within spinal discs. The bones of the spine are slowly and methodically separated using the state-of-the-art DTS Spinal Decompression Unit. As the vertebrae are separated pressure is slowly reduced within the disc (intradiscal pressure) until a vacuum is formed. This vacuum “sucks” the gelatinous center of the disc back inside thereby reducing the disc bulge or disc herniation. Significant disc bulge reduction removes pressure off the spinal nerves and drastically reduces pain and disability. This “sucking” vacuum also pulls much-needed oxygen, nutrients and fluid into injured and degenerated discs allowing the healing to begin.

The treatment motion is computer controlled to provide gentle and painless decompression of the injured spinal discs. Advanced DTS decompression techniques separate slowly and cycle between brief moments of pulling and relaxing (oscillation). This reduces protective muscle spasm that contributed to the poor success rate of outdated “traction” techniques. The DTS unit also incorporates advanced angulated elongation methods to target specific discs of the spine (for example: L5/S1 at the base of the spine). “Angulated Elongation” refers to the angle at which the healing decompression force is applied. This allows the treatment to rely less on brute force (separating multiple levels with high force) and more on finesse (using less decompressive force to focus on a single spinal segment) to rehabilitate individual spinal discs.

Therapy sessions typically last less than 20 minutes and most people feel pain relief with as few as 6-10 treatments. It is important to remember however, that pain subsiding does not infer that your discs and spine are healed, so it's critical that patients stick with the treatment protocol prescribed by their practitioners in order to achieve the full value of the DTS Therapy.

DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is a pain-free alternative that has shown a very high rate of success at reducing and even eliminating back and neck pain altogether. If you suffer from chronic, debilitating, low back or neck pain, you owe it to yourself to call our office today to make an appointment to see if you're a candidate for the DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy.

 

What are Doctors saying about Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy?

"There is a place for surgery, but definitely not at the front line. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy should be a frontline treatment for chronic back pain patients suffering from bulging, herniated, or degenerative disc disease, and facet syndrome.

As a surgeon, I only want to do surgery when I absolutely have to. Spinal Decompression Therapy gives my patients a more conservative treatment option that can eliminate the need for surgery altogether, and that's a very good thing. Spinal Decompression Therapy also gives me a treatment option for those patients who have had surgery and have a relapse or experience a return of pain following surgery. It allows me to offer patients a key, non-surgical weapon in the war on back pain.”

Bernard Zeliger DO, FACOS, FAOAO, FICS

Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon

Founding Dean and Provost of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo, CA

"As an interventional pain physician, I feel that Spinal Decompression Therapy has filled a void in our continuum of treatment for those patients suffering from back and neck pain associated with disc pathology. The majority of the other procedure I perform, such as injections and nerve blocks, treat the pain due to tissue and nerve irritation, which only reduce the patients' pain. My enthusiasm for Spinal decompression Therapy stems from the fact that it is the only therapy that scientifically attempts to heal and "rejuvenate" the discs. My personal experience with this non-invasive therapy is that qualified patients will show improvement within the first few treatments."

Juan J. Gargiulo MD -Southampton, NY East End Pain Management

"Neurologists like myself have long known that we should do everything possible to help our patients avoid back surgery. Now with Spinal decompression Therapy we finally have a very effective way to treat back pain without surgery. The vast majority of even our worst cases experience significant, long-lasting relief if they complete the entire treatment regimen. Anyone who says this is experimental doesn't know what they're talking about."

Orlando Maldonado MD -Bradenton, FL

"We have treated thousands of patients who have experienced long term, pain free healing because of decompression therapy. With non-surgical decompression we offer real modification of the patient's disc disease processes and rehabilitation of the neuropathic and mechanical symptoms, rather than just offering palliative care. I use it for myself and it is worth its weight in gold."

Phil Fisher DO, PhD -Barboursville, WV

 

Author: Wellness Chiro
Source: WellnessChiro.com
Copyright: Wellness Chiro 2015


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DTS Spinal Decompression

DTS Spinal Decompression

 

DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is a new highly advanced procedure that is the leading non-surgical alternative to medication, steroid injections, and surgery for treatment of neck and back pain.� DTS therapy is a proactive and pain-free treatment that has shown a very high rate of success for the treatment of herniated discs, disc bulges, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis and sciatica.� As reported by C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, in the American Journal of Pain Management, "Eighty-six percent of ruptured intervertebral disc (RID) patients achieved 'good' (50-89% improvement) to 'excellent' (90-100% improvement) results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain were relieved." "Of the facet arthrosis patients, 75% obtained 'good' to 'excellent' results with decompression." If you suffer from neck or back pain, you owe it to yourself to consider DTS - Spinal Decompression Therapy. Call our office at (609) 654-4299 to schedule a free consultation to see if DTS Spinal Decompression can help you. Read more ...

Click here to watch the DTS video found on our homepage.



Author: Evergreen Marketing Group, Inc.
Source: Encore Medical
Copyright: Evergreen Marketing Group, Inc. 2009


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Back Surgery May Backfire on Patients in Pain

Author: Linda Carroll
Source: www.nbcnews.com
Copyright: NBC News 2010


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Choose Chiropractic First For Chronic Pain

According to new proposed guidelines for opioids and chronic pain set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC is recommending conservative forms of pain management for those suffering from chronic pain as an initial treatment option, such as chiropractic care. The side effects associated with opioid usage for chronic pain can be severe and at times even deadly. Thus, the CDC is now advising physicians to first recommend conservative care in the treatment of chronic pain. Fortunately, chronic pain associated with the back, neck, spine and extremities can often times can be managed very successfully through safe, natural chiropractic care when delivered by a licensed doctor of chiropractic. If you are suffering from chronic pain, we urge you to call your local doctor of chiropractic today and schedule a no-obligation consultation to see if chiropractic care may be able to help, without all the negative side effects associated with drugs and surgery.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Proposed 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, online 12/9/15
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Nighttime Needs To Be Nighttime

Artificial nighttime light may be a significant contributor to obesity, according to new research. In the study, researchers found that nighttime light along with lack of exercise and poor diet accounted for approximately 73 percent of the variation in rates of obesity and excess weight among women and 68 percent among men. Another very recent study found those using tablets for 30 minutes prior to attempting sleep were not only less tired, but their electrical brain activity was also modified. Researchers believe artificial light later in the evening contributes to both unhealthy weight gain and lack of tiredness by suppressing melatonin a hormone essential in regulating sleep cycles as it anticipates the daily onset of darkness. Using artificial light later in the day when your body begins preparing for sleep confuses the body and as shown by new research, is associated with negative consequences including both unhealthy weight gain and difficulty in getting to sleep. If youre experiencing unwelcomed weight gain and difficulty in getting and staying asleep, try cutting out all computer work and exposure to bright lights at least 1-2 hours prior to bedtime.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: International Journal of Obesity, online 2/23/16. Sleep Medicine, online 3/1/16.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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