Monthly Archives: November 2016

Thunder Bay Chiropractor Says Headaches Are Under Treated

With all the different types of pain relievers available at the corner drug store, you’d think headache sufferers would have a solution to their problem. But, such is not the case, and headaches continue to be a great burden on society, afflicting millions of people and causing economic and social losses, in addition to personal pain. What’s more, it seems this common problem is often under-diagnosed .
A recent study from England (Br J Gen Pract ; 58(547):102) has highlighted this widespread issue. The researchers studied over 91,000 adult patients who had recently reported a headache. Amazingly, seventy percent of these patients were not given a diagnosis.
It’s important to diagnose the cause of a headache. The spine is often overlooked as having the potential for causing a headache. Too often, headaches are thought to have their cause in the head. While this is where the pain is most prominent (as opposed to the neck), neck symptoms such as muscle tension, knots and painful tissues also contribute to the pain picture. If your neck mobility is also reduced, this can also be a indicator that the neck could be the source of the head pain.
When bad neck posture is present, this can manifest as a forward head posture. Patients who have had previous whiplash injuries can often show this type of posture. Sprains of the small vertebral joints can be enough to produce head pain and need to be addressed. When the headache is thought to originate in the neck, it is called “cervicogenic.”
Neck problems have also been implicated in certain cases of tension-type, as well as migraine headaches, but how this occurs exactly is still being investigated.
Whatever their cause, headaches have a devastating impact on our quality of life and need to be effectively treated. Chiropractic care has been shown in several studies to reduce headache pain and is an important non-drug option for patients. While drug treatments can be quite effective for some patients, one also has to consider long-term side effects when considering this management approach.
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Canadian Chiropractic Association to attend the national Opioid Conference and Summit

The federal government has taken a critically important step forward in recognizing the value of chiropractic care.

The CCA was invited as one of Canada’s leading primary care professions to the national Opioid Conference and Summit on November 18 and 19, 2016.

Opioids have quickly emerged as one of the primary means for managing acute and chronic non‐cancer pain in primary care settings. With an estimated 2,000 Canadians dying annually from prescription opioids, it is clear that we are facing a national crisis.

“Solutions must be compassionate and collaborative, and address both the immediate crisis of overdose and death as well as their root causes.”

The CCA has engaged in months of advocacy with the federal government and other health professions to build awareness that available evidence points to back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions are a leading reason for opioid prescribing. The key to addressing this crisis is to reduce the pressure to prescribe by increasing utilization of chiropractic care and addressing the underlying causes of musculoskeletal pain.

Football and Young Brains

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A new study published in “Radiology” this week draws a relationship between children playing competitive football and changes in brain tissue. While this seems like common sense, such research will lead to better decision-making on kids and contact sports.

The findings, while subtle, are unmistakable – after only one season of football, kids 8-13 years of age demonstrated observable changes in the microstructure of their white matter. Before and after MRI studies correlated football trauma with the disruption of brain cells, inviting closer scrutiny to learn to minimize the risks, and discussion on how to inform parents about potential harm.

“We’re seeing some associations between the amount of change in the brain and the amount of exposure to head impacts,” said lead researcher Dr. Christopher Whitlow, chief of neuroradiology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. “The more exposure they’ve had, the more change you see.”

Whitlow wasn’t prepared to comment on the ultimate meaning of this data, insinuating that it could turn out to be less consequential than anticipated – but those who see the nerve system as we do would have good reason to doubt that, despite his political correctness.

The scientists were rightly concerned about blows to the head that do not cause a concussion, as none of the 25 subjects in the study suffered an actual concussion. If there is a concussion, precautions are usually taken to allow healing time and avoid further injury. Short of that, with no obvious neurological deficit, these kids go right back out there to get smacked around again.

The researchers concluded that the brains of young football players are still undergoing rapid development, and repeated hits may have a future effect, even without diagnosable brain disease.

Kids are going to want to play contact sports, and mostly, we want them to do it, to give them exercise, leadership and team-building experience. My boys played hockey and football and my daughter was a competitive cheerleader. But we need to protect these young nerve systems.

Hurting your brain is bad, and not hurting it is good.