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Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota headache care by Robert C Slater, DCWe know how difficult persistent headache pain can be. Robert C Slater, DC and our staff have worked with many men and women in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota chiropractic practice, and we've had great success in helping patients eliminate their headache pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research study confirms what we see in our office. In this report, the authors started with 110 patients who were suffering with headache pain that originated in the cervical spine. 58 of these patients were given a series of neck adjustments; 52 were given some stretches and exercises. The treatment period for both groups was four weeks.

The paper found that the patients who received cervical and thoracic spinal adjustments "experienced significantly greater reductions in headache intensity, disability, headache frequency, headache duration, and medication intake as compared to the group that received mobilization and exercise."

The study also found that these outcomes were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat chronic headache pain, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Robert C Slater, DC a call today at our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office at (651) 699-3366. We're here to help get you out of pain.

Research

Dunning JR, Butts R, Mourad F, Young I, et al. Upper cervical and upper thoracic manipulation versus mobilization and exercise in patients with cervicogenic headache: a multi-center randomized clinical trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016;17(1):64.

 

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota practice, Robert C Slater, DC has helped several patients heal from back pain. If you are struggling with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to reduce the pain. You should understand that research shows that chiropractic is often a much healthier alternative than drugs when it comes to alleviating this common type of problem.

In a 2013 report published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had suffered back pain for at least two days. Each one was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 individuals, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic treatments and the real drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.

Both of the groups that received some form of real treatment, whether through chiropractic or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no actual treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the subjects who received chiropractic had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug.

Chiropractic: Natural Healing

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without unwanted side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's designed to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the signs and symptoms.

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office with Robert C Slater, DC today at (651) 699-3366. We'll help improve your back problems in a healthy way!

References

von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blind randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine 2013;38(7):540-548.

 

Sports Injuries and Chiropractic: Leg Injury

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota-sports-therapyWhen performing sports activities that require a lot of lower body motion, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's common to suffer some type of injury to your lower extremities. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many players have found themselves out of commission. Robert C Slater, DC has seen all of these problems in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota patients. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help prevent some of these injuries from occurring and research proves it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Robert C Slater, DC keeps current with all of the recent scientific research, and in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules football players. Roughly one-half were placed in a control group and the others were put in a therapy group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant engaging in care once a week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before decreasing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.

The authors noted that there was a "significant" difference in the number of lower limb strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they noticed that the subjects who received chiropractic also had fewer weeks of missed practice and games as a result of non-contact knee injuries. This led them to determine that sports chiropractic treatment should be added to "the current best practice management."

Every major sports organization in the United States and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their athletes, because they know that chiropractic really works. If you live near our office in Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota and would like to see if Robert C Slater, DC can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (651) 699-3366 for an appointment.

Robert C Slater, DC Can Help You Find Comfort From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're struggling with severe pain, Robert C Slater, DC and our staff are here to help you feel better. Give our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office a call today at (651) 699-3366 for an appointment today.

Reference

Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(64).

 

Faster Sciatica Healing with Chiropractic Care

In our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota practice, it's common for us to see people struggling with sciatica, and Robert C Slater, DC has helped many of them recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so beneficial to those who suffer with this condition? First, it shortens their recovery time and a Norwegian research study confirms it.

In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, researchers looked at 44 patients who had abrupt low back pain that was clinically diagnosed as acute sciatica. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.

The researchers found that all but two patients returned to work after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. What's more, the average period of time that the individuals spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."

Given the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 170,450 days of work were lost in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is almost 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only could that increase work productivity, but it could also reduce costs to businesses and employees from lost work.

If you live in Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota and you suffer with sciatic pain, Robert C Slater, DC is here to help. Give us a call at (651) 699-3366 and we'll work with you to find the root cause of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to health.

Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30(2):135-139.

 

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota Neck Pain and Headache Care

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota neck pain and headache treatmentNeck and headache pain are common problems that affect millions of men and women around the world. If you are suffering from this type of condition, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic is an excellent way to not only treat these common issues, but also help prevent future episodes.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota have been helped by the chiropractic care of Robert C Slater, DC. Our success is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-invasive, non-drug treatments are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

The study looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was advisable before resorting to drugs or more invasive treatments.

Previous scientific studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

We Can Help People Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're troubled with neck pain or headaches, Robert C Slater, DC and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office a call today at (651) 699-3366 for an appointment today.

Reference

Varatharajan S, Ferguson B, Chrobak K, et al. Are non-invasive interventions effective for the management of headaches associated with neck pain? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. European Spine Journal 2016; February 6:1-29.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota Headache Treatment by Robert C Slater, DCMany people suffer with headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headaches, and ones that Robert C Slater, DC and the staff here in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Proves Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms our findings: A 2016 study from Spain treated a group of 76 men and women with chronic tension headaches. The participants were divided into four treatment groups: 19 patients were treated with suboccipital inhibition (the doctor presses on the tight tissues at the top of the spine); 19 with chiropractic adjustments; 19 with both adjustments and suboccipital inhibition; and 19 received no treatment.

The authors found that the spinal adjustments were helpful at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were coupled with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get stressed, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, causing pain. Chiropractic works by getting rid of these strains and restoring the normal nerve function to the tissues.

We're Here to Help Patients Find Comfort From Tension Headaches

If you live in Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota and are suffering from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Robert C Slater, DC today at (651) 699-3366 for an appointment or more information.

Source

Espi-Lopez GV, Rodriguez-Blanco C, Oliva-Pascual-Vaca A, et al. Do manual therapy techniques have a positive effect on quality of life in people with tension-type headache? A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine 2016; February 29.

 

Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the philosophy of aiding your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote overall health. For Robert C Slater, DC, this means working to reestablish your body's healthy performance to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We notice that most of our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health conditions.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people reduce or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Medications are frequently supplied to individuals who have back problems. This is such a significant crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the benefits when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most common narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Statistics presented by the AAN cite the fact that roughly 50% of the patients taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still taking them five years later. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and healing, especially if an opiate dependency occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which engages natural healing and the benefits are obvious. While a pill might be useful at briefly suppressing the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a real solution to the problem. Drugs can't fix your injured spine; it will only conceal the pain.

Robert C Slater, DC will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to eliminate the spinal interference -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office a call at (651) 699-3366 to make an appointment with Robert C Slater, DC.

References

  • Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
  • What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids
 

Studies Show Chiropractic Care Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

We see a large number of sports injuries in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office, and Robert C Slater, DC is usually able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults injured every year while engaged in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the necessity of minimizing these sorts of common injuries. One way to possible realize that goal, as stated in a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's chance at winning. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could reduce these injuries and help keep them playing.

For this study in particular, all of the players got medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also received chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 session each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one treatment a month for the last 3 months of the study. The remaining half were given no chiropractic intervention at all and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.

Following twenty-four matches, scientists noticed a reduced number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Additionally, that same group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to dramatically reduce the number of leg injuries.

If you or your child plays sports and you would like to ensure more time is spent on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office at (651) 699-3366 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.
 

Shoulder Pain Treatment with Chiropractic

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota shoulder pain treatment and recoveryAccording to research, roughly 5 percent of the population will suffer from painful disorders like frozen shoulder syndrome at some time in their lives. That makes shoulder pain a common problem and one that Robert C Slater, DC sees in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office on a regular basis.

In general, this condition is more common for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and it tends to affect women more often than men. While ice, heat, and gentle stretching can often times help relieve the pain, so too can chiropractic.

For instance, one study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 patients with frozen shoulder who received chiropractic care. The length of care varied from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.

The authors found that almost all of the study participants fared very well with chiropractic care. Here are the results:

• 8 of the subjects reported 50-75 percent improvement
• 25 indicated improvement ranging from 75- 90 percent
• 1 participant had complete resolution of their frozen shoulder pain

Only one participant reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so studies like this show just how effective chiropractic care can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and improving quality of life.

Let Robert C Slater, DC help you relieve your suffering by contacting our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office and scheduling your appointment today.

Resources

Murphy F et al. (2012, December). Chiropractic management of frozen shoulder syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;11(4):267-272

 

Chiropractic More Effective for Sciatica Than Surgery

Robert C Slater, DC works with countless sciatica patients here in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office, and many of these patients were concerned that they might need surgery to relieve their pain. The latest research shows that a large number of people don't need surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.

A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers examined 80 patients with sciatica who were referred for this operation.

Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group was to receive surgical microdiscectomy and the second group was given chiropractic care.

Both groups got better; however, no noticeable difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between either group. Furthermore, roughly 60% of the participating patients who could not find assistance from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."

Put another way, chiropractic provided the same positive benefits as surgery without having to go through the greater levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often associated with that particular treatment method. Additionally, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, which includes nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.

Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Robert C Slater, DC a call today at (651) 699-3366. We'll help identify the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.

References

  • McMorland, G et al. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2010;33(8):576-584.
  • Solberg TK, Nygaard OP, Sjaavik K, Hofoss D, Ingebrigtsen T. The risk of "getting worse" after lumbar microdiscectomy. European Spine Journal 2005;14(1):49-54.