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Chiropractic Care and Back Related Leg Pain

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If you’re experiencing leg pain related to back problems a new study has shown that chiropractic attention combined with exercise will exhibit the most short-term relief. Generally patients experiencing these symptoms are treated with medication, injections, and surgery. Gert Bronfort, a researcher with the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program at the University of Minnesota told Reuters health, “Spinal manipulation combined with home exercise may be worth practicing for those with back related leg pain that has lasted more than four weeks.”

“This combination resulted in advantages in pain reduction, disability, global improvement, satisfaction, medication use and general physical health status after 12 weeks.” Nine months after the study and treatment ended, patients who underwent chiropractic therapy were still doing better than groups who did not participate in terms of overall improvement, satisfaction, and use of medications. Bronfort added that four out of five people will experience lower back pain in their lifetime and up to forty percent of them will develop leg pain as a cause of their back pains.

The study consisted of 192 adults with back pain that had been progressing to their legs for at least four weeks. Half of these patients were instructed to do specific home exercises and pain management techniques. They also met with a chiropractor for 12 weeks, up to 20 times for 10 to 20 minutes of spinal manipulation. The other half were asked to visit a chiropractor, exercise therapist, or personal trainer during the first 12 weeks but, without spinal manipulation. Both halves of the patients were asked to rate their pain at the beginning of the study as well as after 12 weeks of their designated treatments. The results came as followed: 37% of the spinal manipulation group felt their pain was reduced by at least three quarters, compared to 19% of those who did not receive spinal manipulation.

If you or a family member is experiencing back related leg pain and are interested in spinal manipulation to relieve pain, feel free to contact the chiropractors of Lavanga Chiropractic.

Chiropractic Care Reduces Health Care Costs

It’s important to take into consideration the cost of medical care when seeking treatment.  Medical costs can add-up quickly—which is why you should consider if you are getting the best treatment for your money.  Evidence suggests that chiropractic care provides results and is cost-effective.

Reports show that chiropractic care offers patients with a cheaper alternative to medical treatment.  Health insurance companies are increasingly including chiropractic care as a covered benefit.  According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), chiropractic care is also a tax-deductible medical expense.  Researchers analyzed the medical spending of over 12,000 adults with spine conditions and discovered: “People who use alternative therapies have lower annual health-care costs compared to patients receiving traditional treatments.  Chiropractic care contributed significantly to reduced costs since chiropractic accounted for 75% of alternative therapy use.”

Chiropractic care can also save you from spending money at the pharmacy.  You can avoid the cost of pain relievers by seeking a long-lasting treatment method.  A chiropractic physician will focus on fixing the problem/injury rather than prescribing medication to temporarily relieve you of pain.  For example, prescription medication to relieve back or neck pain can be very expensive and even addictive.  By seeing a chiropractic physician you can avoid the costs as well as the risks associated with pain medication.  Chiropractic care also avoids the costs associated with surgeries and procedures.

To find out more information about chiropractic care, contact the Lavanga Group today!

Chiropractor Adjustments Shown to Reverse Heart Disease

A recent case study revealed a stabilization of a 54 year old man’s lipid panel after six months of chiropractic adjustments with no other treatments underwent at the time. Initially, the patient complained of high cholesterol and was combating this with a total of ten different medications. The patient also had a previous history of heart attack and angioplasty.

Natural health experts have been speaking out on this topic and according to Dr. Nate Blume, “Research is revealing that minor disturbances to spinal alignment and function may be a factor in a number of disorders. These spinal disturbances lead to nerve interference and can result in a host of disorders because the body’s homeostatic mechanism is thrown off.”

Essentially, damaging the neurological structures in the spine can lead to distress on the functioning of the body, in this case cardiovascular stress. If you can locate the cause of cardiovascular disease and take the necessary steps in reducing those risks it will be a much more effective strategy than medications. One such risk, such as the one in this case study, is vertebral subluxations, which result in structural and neurological intrusion to the spine and nervous system. The theory is once those spinal distortions are corrected by chiropractor adjustments, the body is more capable of balancing its physiology.

In this specific case the patient was diagnosed with vertebral subluxations in his neck, pelvis, and sacrum. After having these adjusted lab work showed that his cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides had improved, and he also reported that his mental and physical health had improved.

If you or a family member is suffering from cardiovascular stress feel free to contact Lavanga Chiropractic, you may have vertebral subluxations.

How Chiropractic Helps Improve Circulation

Did you know that regular chiropractic care can improve the body’s circulation?  Many people think of chiropractors as only “back doctors”. Although it is true that chiropractors spend a good part of their day treating neck and back pain, the whole body benefits from regular chiropractic care. One of the body’s systems that may improve with chiropractic care is the circulatory system.

Blood flow to the brain, as most people can imagine, is critically important. Nausea, dizziness, fainting and migraine headaches can be caused by reduced cerebral blood flow (called hypoperfusion). Reduced circulation can damage your brain’s cells, due to the reduction of nutrients and oxygen. Decreased blood flow can also lead to an increased risk of cell death, stroke and dementia. Cerebral hypoperfusion may cause other disorders as well, including hearing, visual and spatial problems.

A recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics has shown that there is an association between vertebral subluxations, neck pain and cerebral hypoperfusion.

The study was performed on 45 people who had chronic upper back pain, neck pain, or both. The study subjects were examined and assessed for neck pain by using a standard scale, the Neck Disability Index (NDI).

Subjects’ brains were then scanned using single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), which creates imaging of the brain’s blood flow. Patients were also examined to determine the number of vertebrae that were out of alignment.

Subjects were consequently put into one of three groups, based on their NDI scores: mild, moderate and severe.

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Chiropractic Care Effectively Treats Headaches

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Do you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines?  Those suffering may benefit from chiropractic care to relieve their pain.  Research shows that chiropractic care is effective in treating patients that suffer from headaches and migraines.

Birmingham chiropractor Dr. Scott Duca found significant success treating patients for headaches by using non-invasive pain management techniques such as chiropractic care.  “Tension headaches can strike without warning, leaving a patient feeling as if their head is trapped in a vice,” said Dr. Duca. “Research shows that tension headaches can be triggered by spasms of the RCPM muscle. These spams can be caused by a loss of the normal cervical curvature in the neck or pressure from a cervical spine misalignment. By correcting the curve and misalignment, we relieve pressure on the muscle and stop the spasms, thereby reducing the likelihood that a patient will develop recurring tension headaches.”

Although chiropractic care cannot eliminate all headaches, regular adjustments do help many patients maintain proper spinal alignment.  This may play a role in reducing the frequency and severity of headaches.  Chiropractic care focuses on healing the underlying causes of pain.

If you are suffering from frequent headaches or migraines, contact Lavanga Chiropractic to schedule an appointment today!

Lack of Sleep Can Impact Body Weight and Metabolism

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New research has been presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society suggesting that losing just a half an hour of sleep can have a long term impact on body weight and metabolism. The study consisted of 522 patients who had recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The participant’s height, weight, and waist circumference were measured and samples of their blood were also taken to analyze insulin sensitivity. The participants were then required to keep weekly sleep diaries, from which their sleep debt was calculated.

Those who had weekday sleep debt were identified to be 72% more likely to be obese, compared with those who had no weekday sleep debt. By the six month follow up the link between sleep debt and obesity and insulin resistance was found to be significant. It was calculated that for every 30 minutes of weekday sleep debt there was an associated 17% increased risk of obesity and 39% increased risk of insulin resistance.

The study suggest that future strategies designed to combat metabolic disease should also consider sleep and other factors affecting metabolic function.

Lead Professor Shahrad Taheri notes that, “Sleep loss is widespread in modern society, but only in the last decade have we realized its metabolic consequences. Our findings suggest that avoiding sleep debt could have positive benefits for waistlines and metabolism and that incorporating sleep into lifestyle interventions for weight loss and diabetes might improve their success.”

If you are experiencing pain from lack of sleep, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today to find out how they can help!

Staying Motivated to Quit Eating Junk Food

During the colder months of the year, we often tend to crave comfort foods.  Research refers to this as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  The change in seasons often leads to an increase in appetite due to changes in brain chemistry.  There are a number of ways to help you stay motivated to maintaining a healthy diet.

When you go shopping, avoid putting junk food into your cart.  If you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it.  Instead of putting comfort food into your fridge, swap them for fresh fruits and vegetables.  When trying to avoid junk food, make a plan and stick to it.  Plan meals ahead of time in order to avoid pointless eating.  Remember to eat things that fuel your body.  So, when you need a snack, swap out chips for an apple or celery with peanut butter.  Healthy food can be just as tasty as junk food.  To learn how to make healthy food tasty, look up recipes on line or in magazines.  Remember that in order to stay motivated you have to be able to control yourself when tempted with junk food.  If you are running on a tight schedule, McDonald’s is not the answer—whip up a quick salad with grilled chicken to satisfy your stomach.  Check out this site for 10 ways to help you quit eating junk food for good.

To find out how to stay motivated, contact the Lavanga Group today!

Make Ahead and Freeze Paleo Crock Pot Meals

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Eating Paleo has been linked to healthier lifestyles and improved wellness for quite some time now.  The theory in the Paleolithic (Paleo) diet is, if the cave people ate it, so do you.  Meal prep for Paleo eating is a chore to most; this can lead to “cheating” or worse, giving up on completely.  Here are seven Paleo meals that you can prep ahead of time and freeze then toss into your crock pot the day you want it for dinner!

Back in the days of single income households and milkmen, it was typical for men to go to work while women kept the house and prepared dinner every night.  In today’s America, single income households are far and few between.  Don’t be afraid to use your slow cooker!  Most slow cooker meals utilize high protein, fresh ingredients – in turn, leading to a healthier dinnertime!

Athletes Benefit From Chiropractic Care

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Chiropractor care can help athletes recover from and prevent future sport injuries.  Athletes often seek treatment for back and neck pain, but chiropractic care includes much more than that. It focuses on the relationship between the body’s construction and it’s purpose.  Daniel David Palmer, the founder of the chiropractic profession, observed the human body and found that it has a “natural healing ability.”  This natural process appeals to athletes who prefer a less invasive method of medicine.

Athletes put a tremendous amount of tension on their bodies.  Chiropractic care provides athletes with an alternative to surgery as well as a painkiller-free remedy.  This hands-on healing method can help athletes suffering from headaches as well as help prevent injuries.  Chiropractic physicians are popular among athletes because they understand how the human body works. This is important for athletes who want to try and avoid an injuring from recurring. Chiropractic physicians provide athletes where the plan to heal and prevent future pain.

Chiropractic care involves the idea that the body has the power to heal itself…it just needs a little help from a chiropractic physician! For more information about the benefits provided by chiropractic care, contact The Lavanga Group today!

The Importance of Motivating Students

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Motivation involves setting goals.  To get motivated one must engage in activity, whether physical or mental.  Goals lead to action, which is why it’s important for students to set goals.  Students tend to perform better in school when they are properly motivated.  However, the struggle is getting their attention, especially with all of the technology distractions today. reported the following, “87% of teachers said technology is creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans.  And 64% of teachers (from middle and high schools) say today’s digital technologies do more to distract students than to help them academically.”

To keep students motivated to learn, try the following tips:

  • Create learning activities that relate to the students’ lives.
  • Give them options.  Research shows that students have increased motivation when they “feel some sense of autonomy in the learning process.”
  • Provide challenging activities. “Scaffolding is one instructional technique where the challenge level is gradually raised as students are capable of more complex tasks.”
  • Use role models as examples to help them draw connections.  The positive influences may also help keep them engaged.
  • Watching a peer succeed at a task is a great way for other pupils to learn.
  • Supportive teaching styles can help keep increase student interest, enjoyment, engagement and performance.
  • Teach them how to learn.  If they are struggling, break down the learning process to help keep them motivated.

To learn more about motivation and why it’s important to the learning process, contact the Lavanga Group today!