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I write about the benefits of chiropractic as well as cutting-edge research and helpful topics related to chiropractic care. I believe that every chiropractic doctor should be a life-long student and many of the topics I write about here are inspired by my personal reading and studying.

 

Dr. Zach Chudy

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By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Feb 2 2015 08:57PM

The human Foot is designed to absorb a lot of impact, After all, the foot bears all the weight and is responsible for balance. The human foot contains a quarter of the bones in the body - 26 to be exact, more than 100 muscles, ligaments, adn three arches. The medial or arch on the inside of the fott gets the most attention and some support from shoes. The other two however have already collapsed by the time you start to notice the inner arch is falling, this is referred to as over pronation.


The feet are very important as they can affect the entire body, first the foot pronates (loses the arch), then the knee internally rotates, followed by the hips and pelvis rotating, which can cause back pain. Knee, back and hip pain can all be caused by your feet by simply altering your body's mechanics from the ground up.


What causes the arch to flatten out? This can be due to many factors such as:


Genetics: Age, weight, height and, gender. some people are born with flat arches, others develop them over time.


Shoes: No shoe on the market that I have seen supports a three arches. There are some decent shoes that have some support for the inside arch. Getting a good insert or, better yet, orthotic is the best way to support these arches.


Sports/Activities: Weight-bearing sports or activities can greatly accelerate this process. Anyone working in construction, checkout, hairstylist, retail sales, or on their feet all day are at risk for overpronation. Past and present injuries also speed up the process of overpronation and its effects on the body.


Some things you can do to help stop this process:


Getting adjusted: Knees, feet and ankles, as well as the low back


Orthotics: or really good inserts that support all arches. Orthotics are expensive, but do last longer and offer more support. We sell custom-made orthotics, adjustment, measurement, and in office fitting for only $100.


Exercises: Using an exercise band or resistance while performing dorsiflexion: lifting your foot up towards your knee; Plantar flexion: poiting your foot downward, away from the knee; and inversion and eversion exercises. Also inversion and Eversion exercises. Start simple; just a few at a time and work your way up.

By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Jan 20 2015 11:21PM

Back pain is one of the most common health problems in America. Chiropractors are often thought of as back doctors, and in a recent study this was reinforced. According to this study, published i the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, back pain can be caused by a herniated disc, and when that is the case, chiropractic care can offer relief for this type of condition.


The study took 148 people between ages 18-65 with pain in their low backs and legs due to disc herniation (as determined by MRI). Some were chronic cases, others more recently developed. The patients received regular adjustments and data was collected initially and then at two weeks, one month, three months, six months and one year.


Data was collected using the Oswestry questionnaire to determine pain intensity and the degree of disability experienced by patients. After tow weeks, about 70% of the participants reported feeling better or even much better, and at one month 80% reported feeling better.


At one year, 88% of patients still reported improvement in their back pain. This study shows that chiropractic care can have a positive effect on herniated discs as well as pain radiating down the legs. As usual, more research needs to be conducted and on larger sample sizes, but this study is very promising.


Sources:


Leeman S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, et al. Outcomes of acute and chroic patietns with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observatonal cohor study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3);155-163.


2. http://www.chirohosting.com/blog/top-14-chiropractic-studies-of-2014/

By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Jan 13 2015 03:13PM

In 2014, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic and Manual Therapies followed over 100 expectant mothers who were experiencing pain in their low back or hips.


The women were given treatment plans based on the severity of their symptoms. At one week, 53% had a reduction in pain; at one month, 70% had reduced pain levels; and at three months, 85% of the women experienced reduced pain and reported being happy with the results.


Againat six months, 90% reported reduced back pain, and even out to one year 88% reported positive effects.


Another study on chiropractic care during pregnancy found that chiropractic can decrease labor times by 24% for first-time mothers and 39% for mothers who have had one or more children.


In our experience chiropractic care also helps immensely for breastfeeding mothers who experience back pain when nursing their baby.


Birth is also a very traumatic experience for the baby even if everything goes well. Your baby has constant pressure pushing down on their head and neck for several hours at the least - the baby's skull bones even start to take on a cone shape! If forceps or a c-section is needed there is more force and twisting on the baby's neck.


It can be very beneficial to take your baby to see a chiropractor. Kids usually respond very quickly to adjustments. Chiropractic care can help with feeding and sleeping problems, colic, bed wetting, and torticollis.



Sources:


Peterson CK, Muhlemann D, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 2014;22(1):15.


Fallon J "effect of chiropractic treatment on pregnancy and labor: a comprehensive study" proceedings of the world federation of chiropractic 1991: pp. 24-31.

By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Aug 28 2014 03:41AM

Chiropractic Care for Medicare Patients
Chiropractic Care for Medicare Patients

Two recent studies on chiropractic care for patients over 55 show that chiropractic is the best solution for chronic neck and low-back pain! This is something that our older chiropractic patients have been attesting to for years but we are excited to see that research strongly agrees.


In the first study on chronic neck pain, 241 people over the age of 65 were assessed periodically over the course of a year. The three test groups included:


1. Individuals recieving chiropractic care and practicing home exercises to combat their chronic pain.


2. Individuals receiving supervised exercises and practicing home exercises.


3. Individuals practicing home exercises only


After just 12 weeks of treatment the first group reported a 10% greater decrease in pain than the third group and a 5% greater decrease than the second group. As the year progressed, chiropractic plus home exercise was found to be the superior treatment for both the short term and long term.


The second study was for chronic low-back pain in people over 55 years of age. It was the first ever radomoized clinical trial of chiropractic for geriatric patients. The test groups included individuals receiving two different types of chiropractic treatment and individuals instead receiving conservative medical care (consisting of medication). All three groups practiced the same home exercises.


Patients were evaluated at 3, 6, 12, and 24 weeks. The results were positive for chiropractic and both chiropractic techniques achieved the same levels of improvement. Moreover, both exceeded the progress achieved by the group receiving medical care in the areas of pain and functional assessment.


These results have been achieved before in studies involving chiropractic. However, these were the first studies ever published on patients over the age of 55. Also, no serious side effects were found from chiropractic adjustments as compared to medications.


Forbes Magazine recently published an opinion piece stating that Medicare should stop paying for chiropractic care for its recipients. It even went so far as to call chiropractic care (when paid for by Medicare) "wasteful government spending." These studies show otherwise. In addition, chiropractic care makes up only


.006% of the Medicare budget. Meanwhile, over $200million Medicare dollars were spent on improper billing for spinal fusion surgery (in cases when the surgery was eventually deemed unnecessary because more conservative care, such as chiropractic, would have been effective but was not employed first).


Zach Chudy

Waukesha Chiropractor

Chudy Chiropractic Clinic


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