June 2021 Health Newsletter

     Let the summer heat wave begin! I love summer and all things that come with it! Long days in the sun, Fireflies (Lightning Bugs) in the evening, and tall glasses of ice-cold lemonade! We hope that winning a grill might help build more summer memories for you and your family and friends! So, we will continue with the "Flippin", Awesome, Grill give-away! Yes, it is fun to give away a grill, but we really want to give the gift of health. Our purpose is to promote optimal health through natural, chiropractic care! In order to make strides towards having our entire community under chiropractic care, we need your help!!! We are asking you for referrals, video testimonies, google reviews, opportunities to speak for your place of worship, work or social groups. In return, we will enter you several times into the grill give-away! If you would like to play along, ask any of our team for details! 

     In other exciting news, we are proud to announce a new service in the office. For many years, patients would come to us with nerve pain, and although Chiropractic is effective in treating nerve pain that starts at the spine, we struggled having a solution for nerve pain that starts in the extremities. This kind of nerve pain is known as Peripheral Neuropathy, and is a debilitating progressive condition that severely degrades the quality of life for many people. We are proud to announce that we are going to implement a program that was created by a physician who is board certified in Peripheral Neuropathy through the American College of Physical Medicine. The program has been used in hundreds of clinics nationwide and tens of thousands of patients have had great success in treatment! If you would like to find out if this program is a fit for you, current patients will enjoy priority scheduling ahead of general appointments for the public. Just give a call and let our front desk team member know that you are interested and we will get you scheduled. 

Finally, I want to say how excited I am that mask mandates and restrictions are changing in such a way that we are being allowed to serve our community through screenings, lectures and massage programs. I would like to thank Ashley Academy for inviting us to participate in their Teacher Appreciation Celebration. I think we all know what a tremendously, stressful load our teachers have carried this past year, and I am honored to have been able to provide even a few short moments of relaxation! If you know a school that is wrapping up their year and would like us to come and provide stress relief massages, just let any member of our team know and we will see how best we can serve!

In Health ,

Dr. Jessica Katz

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Current Articles

» Research Supports The Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care for Chronic Headaches
» Chiropractic Miracles
» Slow and Steady Is the Best Way to Lose Weight
» A Little Exercise, A Longer Life
» Dangers of Energy Drinks

Research Supports The Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care for Chronic Headaches  

Research is catching up to what chiropractors and satisfied headache patients have known for decades: there's a positive correlation between chiropractic care and relief from chronic headaches. And the research confirms multiple positive benefits that include reduced headache intensity, duration and frequency.

4 Major Research Studies

The first major waves came from a 2012 migraine study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. While small (10 patients), there was a 100% success rate in reducing migraine headache pain by implementing a combination of neck massage and chiropractic care on the neck. Eight of the 10 patients reported that their pain was cut in at least half.

Four years later, a larger study on cervicogenic headaches—headache pain that originates from the neck— supported the 2012 study. Researchers followed 110 patients and the effects a neck and spinal adjustments had on headache intensity, frequency, duration and more. Patients reported improvement in all three measures within a week.

In 2018, an even larger study on 256 cervicogenic headache patients was conducted. This particular study set out to determine not so much if chiropractic was beneficial, but rather the impact of chiropractic care on headaches based on how many treatment sessions patients underwent.

Researchers discovered what’s called a linear dose-response, meaning the numbers got steadily better for those who underwent the most sessions. Patients reported improvements similar to the aforementioned studies, along with reduced medication use.

The only thing data doesn’t show yet is where the Goldilocks zone of chiropractic care is for headaches. In other words, what is the ideal range of chiropractic treatments required to provide relief.

And then in October 2020, the European Journal of Pain published a meta-analysis on seven studies evaluating how spinal manipulation therapy impacted cervicogenic headaches. Once again, chiropractic care came through for providing pain relief, reducing the number of and intensity.

Why Chiropractic Works for Headaches

Simply put, chiropractors utilize techniques that specifically target headache-inducing spinal fixations, muscle spasms and neurologic malfunctioning, allowing your body to restore normal spinal joint function, relax muscles, increase blood flow, calm inflammation and restore normal nerve function.

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Chiropractic Miracles  

While there are many philosophies and beliefs in regards to chiropractic care and exactly how everything works and what conditions chiropractic care can affect, there are also those clinical results experienced by chiropractic patients daily that are plain and simple, chiropractic miracles. Rather than get into the specifics of how chiropractic works and why, we’d simply like to share a case study published in a recent issue of the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. In this study, a 7-year old girl presents to a chiropractor after having suffered from cyclic vomiting syndrome for the previous 4 1/2 years. She additionally had a 2-month history of headaches and stomachaches. After receiving a thorough chiropractic evaluation, she was treated with a safe, low-force chiropractic procedure to her upper neck region. According to the case study, her symptoms improved within an hour of treatment. Chiropractic care has helped millions of people not only get out of pain, but similar to this case study, resolve their medical mysteries, so-to-speak, and experience their own chiropractic miracles. We encourage those who are suffering from pain and other health problems to contact their local chiropractor today for a consultation to see if chiropractic care can be their miracle too!

Source:Journal of Chiropractic Medicine Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 179-183 (December 2010
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Slow and Steady Is the Best Way to Lose Weight  

We all know about the story of the tortoise and the hare and how steady and consistent pacing wins the race.  Well it turns out that applies to long-term weight loss as well. Individuals who lose small amounts of weight over a consistent period of time show more sustained overall weight loss than those who crash diet.

Successful Dieters Lose Consistent Amounts of Weight Weekly

Researchers out of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA examined data on 183 overweight and obese adults who were participating in a weight loss program. The program offered meal replacement and structure for calorie monitoring and exercise. Over the course of the two-year program, the most successful dieters were those who showed a steady, consistent weight loss in the first three months, as opposed to those participants who had more variable weight loss on a week-to-week basis.

According to psychology researchers at Drexel, some participants go into the program trying to lose as much weight as possible right way. However, despite showing big losses one week, they are typically hungry and anxious and unable to sustain the diet program for more than a week or so. Frustrated, they regain some of the weight, get upset and try to lose as much as they can again, creating a cycles of losing and gaining.

Those dieters who set more modest goals typically were able to sustain their calorie and exercise goals over a prolonged period of time, leading to greater weight loss and improved health.

Consistent Behavior May Be the Key to Success

The study further showed that participants who were emotional eaters, binge eaters, or preoccupied with food at the beginning of the program tended to have greater weight loss variability and generally lost less weight overall. This suggests that effectively losing weight may have more to do with steady consistent behavior than changing one’s relationship with food.

While sometimes the best you can do is get back on track, it may be better in the long run to set modest, attainable goals rather than try to completely change beliefs and ideologies in the pursuit of improved health.

Source:Obesity. September 2017. Volume 25, Issue 9, Pages 1461–1640.
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A Little Exercise, A Longer Life  

Individuals partaking in even just a small amount of low-intensity exercise are significantly less likely to die prematurely than their sedentary counterparts, according to researchers.  The findings come from examining data from 10 previous studies of more than 36,000 older subjects.  The evidence is becoming more clear – stop moving, and the risk of death increases significantly.  Being sedentary 10 hours a day increased death during the close to 7-year study by 48%.  Those that pushed their sedentary lifestyle to 12 hours a day nearly tripled their risk of death during this time frame.  The good news is that researchers found that literally any level of physical activity level was beneficial.  Thus, you don’t need to run a marathon or even run to reap the benefits.  Simply get up, get out and just move!

Source:BMJ 2019;366:l5051
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Dangers of Energy Drinks  

According to a new study, consuming enough energy drink can lead to certain concerning characteristics in heart function and blood pressure outside of those seen solely from caffeine.  Energy drinks are extremely popular with hundreds of versions currently available for sale. Unfortunately, these beverages have become associated with emergency-room visits and even death. While the makers of energy drinks claim that the products pose no more dangers than those related to caffeine, the evidence does not necessarily reflect this assertion. Caffeine in certain doses is considered normal by the FDA. For example, approximately 400 mg of caffeine can be found in about five cups of coffee. While the dangers of energy drinks are usually related to their caffeine content, it is the other ingredients which may pose the risk. The physical changes in a group of subjects (both male and female) were observed after the subjects had consumed an energy drink and a caffeinated beverage that lacked the other types of ingredients energy drinks are known for. These additional ingredients include 4 ounces of sugar, taurine, B vitamins, and other contents found in brand-name energy drinks like Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, and Monster. The results showed certain concerning cardiovascular changes including an increase in blood pressure after the consumption of energy drinks. Be smart and play it safe. If you choose to consume energy drinks, do so in moderation and ensure you do not suffer from any sort of cardiovascular conditions or issues or other health ailments that could result in a visit to the emergency room or worse.

Source:Journal of the American Heart Association, online April 26, 2017.
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