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New Study Shows Benefit of Chiropractic Care

A new study concludes that patients receiving a combination of chiropractic manipulative therapy and standard medical care experienced a statistically and clinically significant reduction in their back pain and improved physical functioning when compared to patients receiving standard medical care alone.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

There are numerous benefits to chiropractic care as detailed below by many of the nation’s leading chiropractors and institutions.

The study, published in the most recent issue of Spine, took place from February 2008 to June 2009 at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC) located on the Fort Bliss army base in El Paso, Texas. Participants were 91 active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 years old.

Chiropractor and principal investigator Christine Goertz notes, “While a number of studies have shown spinal manipulation to be effective in treating low back pain in research settings, the appropriate role of chiropractic care in treating low back pain within the health care delivery system, including the military, has not been clearly established. We know very little about the impact of chiropractic manipulative therapy on diverse populations in real-world settings. This study is the first step in filling that gap in our knowledge.”

Dr. Wayne B. Jonas, Samueli Institute president and chief executive officer explains, “It is critical that we explore drug-less approaches to reduce pain. Chiropractic manipulation is an important option to consider for musculoskeletal disorders, which is the most prevalent pain complaint in the military.”

One of the key findings was that 73 percent of participants in the standard medical care plus chiropractic manipulative therapy group rated their improvement as pain completely gone, much better or moderately better, compared to 17 percent in the standard medical care group.

Col. Richard Petri, chief of the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center (IPMC) at WBAMC calls the study “a significant step for recognizing the value of chiropractic care in the military. Continued research in this area will ultimately result in better healthcare delivery systems as well as the improved health of our beneficiaries.”

Dr. Goertz adds: “While these findings are exciting, they need to be confirmed with additional research that replicates this study on a larger scale.”

To that end, Palmer College, the RAND Corporation, and Samueli Institute have received a $7.4 million, four-year grant from the Department of Defense to conduct another clinical trial with a sample size of 750 active-duty military personnel.”

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, headquartered on the Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport, Iowa, is the largest institutional chiropractic research effort in the world and was founded by the discoverer of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, in 1897.

For further information about Phoenix chiropractors, head over to Bluestone Chiropractic, where offices are located throughout the Valley of the Sun.

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How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help Babies Breastfeed

New Report Shows Correlation Between Breastfeeding & Chiroprctic Care

After a young child is provided subluxation care, she improves her ability to take milk from her mother while breastfeeding.

Chiropractic Care for Breastfeeding

Study shows that subluxations on infant baby helped her to accept breast milk from her mother.

A recent article in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health reported the case of an eight week-old baby girl who underwent subluxation based chiropractic care to improve her ability to breastfeed.

According to the article, “The infant received spinal and cranial adjustments and after the third adjustment the patient latched on and breastfed for 20 minutes without any difficulty and she continued to feed normally thereafter.”

Breastfeeding is an innate activity, so inability to do so can be a sign of possible neurological/musculoskeletal impairment. Chiropractor Katie Sleigh explains, “There are several reasons as to why the newborn’s ability to suckle and breastfeed may be compromised. It is estimated that 2.6% of births are complicated by some type of birth trauma. Mechanical forces such as compression, distraction, torsion or a combination of these are sustained during the birth process. These forces can greatly reduce range of motion in the neck and create neurological deficits. This case describes the management of a newborn with breastfeeding difficulties which resolved following the introduction of chiropractic and cranial work. More research is needed to explore this common problem in childhood.”

Despite all the advances of modern birthing procedures, they can still cause trauma and stress to the infant’s cranium and spine. According to a pediatric textbook on manual therapy for children, “When considering injuries and dysfunctions of the spine and its associated structures, the significance of birth trauma is often underestimated, and the resulting symptoms frequently misinterpreted.”

Failing to recognize these biomechanical injuries and their relationship, breastfeeding problems can lead to inadequate treatments. That in turn can cause mothers to get discouraged and many simply stop trying out of frustration.

Chiropractor Jeanne Ohm notes, “In 24 years of practice, it has been my experience that infants presented in our office with breastfeeding difficulties respond favorably with chiropractic care. Providing the mother with effective solutions allowed the mother and child to continue to benefit from this superior practice of bonding and feeding. Among other numerous benefits of chiropractic care for infants, the ability to successfully breastfeed has lifelong consequences for the baby’s future health potential. Including chiropractic care for your newborn may very well be one of the most important choices you make in support of the family wellness lifestyle.”

Some of the most common indicators of difficulty with breastfeeding include inability to latch firmly or sustain sucking; babies that will feed in only one position; and needing to suck 24/7.

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