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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, 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.

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