British Chiropractic Association Study Reveals Surprising Pain Trend

It’s widely accepted that men are the more stubborn of the genders. Movies, TV, books, and even jokes shared around the office all portray men as the sex more likely to button their lips when in pain – whether physical or emotional. A new study released by the British Chiropractic Association punches a major hole in this ‘common knowledge.’

The BCA study included over 2,066 adults 16 and older. The results indicate that women experience significant back and neck pain as much as 6-years earlier in life than man. Furthermore, women are more likely to accept that the pain is part and parcel to daily life rather than seeking treatment to resolve it.  

According to the BCA study, woman use over the counter medicines more readily than exploring long-term treatments such as seeking help from a physician or a chiropractor.

Some of the reasons that women experience pain more intensely and earlier than men comes down to some very simple differences in lifestyle. The BCA cites that 32% of women claimed that they experience significant spikes in pain while carrying their purse or handbag. To minimize this effect, doctors recommend switching to a backpack or cross-body style of bag to reduce the strain on one side of your back and neck. If you don’t want to make the style sacrifice, try reducing the amount of goodies you carry with you in your bag.

Doctors also recommend that women be mindful of movement. Half of the participants in the BCA study cited that they feel more pain when in a still position for extended periods of time. To reduce pain associated with sedentary activities, chiropractic professionals recommend getting up and moving every 30-60 minutes.

For even better prevention, include a stretching routine to your daily schedule. Stretching is an easy and effective way to strengthen your joints and build healthy muscle. You also will help increase your flexibility and range of motion, which will help make daily tasks easier. You will also have better nerve conduction, posture, and blood circulation. All of these factors contribute to a healthier spinal system and decreased pain throughout the body.

So, if you are experiencing back and neck pain remember that you don’t have to live with the pain. Simple lifestyle fixes and a visit with a licensed chiropractor can erase your pain and have you feeling great. For more information about chiropractic can ease your pain symptoms, learn more here and contact us at one of our three locations in Amsterdam and Alphen aan de Rijn. 

Chiropractic Care May Alter DNA’s Aging Resulting in Longer Life

Chiropractic care has long been shown to help increase the quality of life of patients by reducing pain, improving posture, and helping organs function efficiently. New research has shown that consistent chiropractic care does more than align the spine to treat and prevent maladies, but it may, in fact, prevent the aging process of DNA – resulting in a longer life. .

 The research focuses on the impact of regular chiropractic care at the genetic level. Specifically, how your chiropractor is making your DNA stronger by increasing the length of the telomeres of your DNA.

What is a Telomere?

You may already know that your DNA is the sequence of proteins that are the blueprint for your entire body. The strands of DNA form chromosomes that are responsible for the production and health of your cells. At the end of each chromosome is a tiny shield that has a single purpose of protecting the chromosome strands.

By protecting the chromosome, the telomere prevents damage, fraying, and adhesion between chromosomes. The protection makes sure that your body’s genetic information isn’t damaged or lost. However,” each time a cell divides, the telomeres get shorter…This shortening process is associated with aging, cancer, and a higher risk of death.”

The telomeres take the brunt of the impact when a cell divide, an essential process in maintaining a healthy body, preventing the loss of genetic information. Without the telomere, your chromosomes would depreciate sooner, and your body would age and deteriorate at a much faster pace.

The Role of Chiropractic in Telomere Length

Chiropractic care treats and repairs abnormal position and movement of the spine and spinal vertebra that can develop and lead to nerve interference called vertebral subluxations. The subluxations reduce nervous system function and blood flow through the spine and inhibit the correct performance of the all bodily functions, including how chromosomes divide.

As the nerve conduction is poor it increases the impact that the telomere has to sustain with every cell division. By improving the cell conduction, it allows the body to function properly. When working properly, the chromosomes can divide efficiently and maintain the length of the telomere shield.

Recent Study Results

While the theory is exciting, it needs more study. A recent study performed with a female chiropractic patient gave hope that chiropractic will help slow the aging process and help your body fight diseases at the genetic level.

In the study, the patient received treatment over the course of 5-months for neck and back pain. While the treatment focused on improving her spinal alignment and reducing pain, the blood tests showed a much more promising result. The test demonstrated “significant improvement in patient telomere length”. The scientists that conducted the research concluded that spinal correction through consistent chiropractic care patients could have lengthened telomeres.

More to Come

After the promising results of this first test, Dr. Curtis Fedorchuk will continue to conduct clinical research on the correlation between chiropractic care and telomere length. The results could indicate a treatment that will mean longer and happier lives for chiropractic patients.  If you are experiencing acute pain or interested in living a healthier (and potentially longer) life, get in touch with us for more information!

Optimize your Diet with Pain Fighting Foods

Suffering from chronic pain is no joke. If you live in constant pain, you know that it drains the vitality from life. Even the simplest tasks seem impossible. But did you know that you can use your diet to fight back?

By adding certain foods to your diet, you can break free from the endless regiment of pills and bolster your exercise regime. Below are 5 pain fighting foods that are easy to add to your diet. Each of these foods helps fight pain by reducing toxins and inflammation that is the cause of a lot of your body’s pain.

Cherries

Tart cherries are the order of the day for your new diet. This common fruit has loads of an antioxidant called anthocyanin. This antioxidant is a naturally occurring compound that has similar effects in the body as aspirin and other common painkillers.

The power of the tart cherries works by blocking inflammation and inhibiting pain enzymes. One sourcestates that you need to eat 45 cherries a day to get the benefit, but according to WebMD, two 12-ounce glasses of natural tart cherry juice per day will help you experience less pain.

Ginger

Ginger is one of those foods that you hear recommended by everyone from doctors to the sweet old lady who lives next door. For hundreds of years, ginger has been a go-to in both Western and Eastern medicine to help treat stomach maladies like nausea and vomiting.

The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger make it a great addition to your diet that has been shown to have similar results as OTC drugs like ibuprofen. Adding ¼ teaspoon to a smoothie or juice a day can help prevent inflammation commonly associated with chronic pain. 

Salmon

If you want to mix things up and add more than just fruits and veggies to your new anti-pain diet,  try a bit of salmon. Salmon and other similar fish are one of the best sources of naturally occurring omega-3’s. Omega 3’s receive frequent praise for their ability to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation in nerves and blood vessels.

You don’t need to have a salmon based diet, a few 3-ounce servings every week will help you get enough of those natural omega-3 fatty acids to help lower your pain.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that is easy to find and is used in a variety of ways. A single teaspoon mixed into a smoothie, salad dressing, or even in soup will add a kick of flavor while helping your body naturally fight inflammation. According to cooks and medical specialists alike, turmeric mixes well with ginger when making curry for a double dose of pain fighting power.

Turmeric has a compound called curcumin that repeatedly shows its effectiveness in reducing pain and inflammation in laboratory tests. Patients with arthritis have reported that use turmeric experience less pain and more mobility.

Chili Peppers

Many folks’ favorite pain-killing (and pain inducing for those without a spice tolerance)  food are chili peppers. The spicy peppers that help clear your sinuses and add a kick to your favorite meals contain the compound capsaicin. Capsaicin is a common ingredient in pain-relieving cremes and studies show that eating peppers will allow your body to fight off building inflammation.

The hotter the pepper, the higher the levels of capsaicin. Don’t set your mouth on fire with peppers that are hotter than you can handle, though. An alternative is adding chili powder to your favorite foods, salsa, or dressings.

For more information about how diet and chiropractic can ease your pain symptoms, learn more here and contact us at one of our three locations in Amsterdam and Alphen aan de Rijn. 

Compete Better- Back Pain Treatment for Athletes

Athletes and Back Pain Chiropractic

Back Pain Treatment for Athletes

Pain is no joke for an athlete. Not only can it hinder your performance, it can altogether prevent you from getting out there and enjoying the sports you love. We’ve long been a proponent of a holistic approach to health and have written before about the benefits of chiropractic care as not only the most cost and time-effective method of healing injuries, but an important approach to preventing injury and improving your athleticism overall. We’d like to highlight the ins and outs of one study in particular concerning treatment options for lower back pain (lumbago) for athletes in particular.

This particular study sought to determine the most effective treatment option for athletes suffering from back pain. The researchers assessed the results of the following common treatments (strap in for a long list):

  • Application of Heat/Cold
  • Ultrasound and Laser Treatments
  • Electrical Nerve Stimulation
  • Back Braces/Lumbar Support
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Steroid and non-steroid anti-inflammatory Medications
  • Muscle Relaxants
  • Opioids
  • Anti-depressants
  • Injection therapy
  • Chiropractic

The results were unsurprising (to us at least!). Chiropractic spinal adjustments showed the most significant benefit and had the lowest risk of side effects. Runners up in the efficacy department was the application of external heat, skeletal muscle relaxants, and non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication.

We’ve long said it. The risks are low, and the benefits are high for non-invasive chiropractic care. If you’re an athlete that’s suffering from back pain, wants to prevent injury, or simply wants to maximize your performance, get in touch with a local chiropractor and feel be the best you!

What happens to your body when you hold your pee

When nature calls, sometimes we don’t answer right away. Maybe you’re in the middle of an email. Maybe you’re on the phone, or you’re driving. We all hold our urine sometimes for various reasons, and while it’s harmless in the short-term, this video explains what happens to your body when you make a habit of doing this over time.

In this video, SciShow explains that over time, holding in urine can lead to bladder infections and other problems:

You might find yourself facing some not-so-fun long-term effects, like urinary retention and increased risk of infection. Urinary retention is the inability to empty your bladder completely. Constantly holding in your pee can weaken your bladder muscles, which can be the cause of urinary retention as you age.

You probably shouldn’t need a good reason to go to the bathroom, but there you go.

Credit: Kristin Wong @ www.lifehacker.com

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