New Research Sheds Light on Chiropractic and Anxiety
Research Reveals Chiropractic May Alleviate Suffering ATLANTA, Georgia – 2020
Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on patients with anxiety reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing these patients. The literature included supports the role of chiropractic in those suffering from anxiety and related health challenges and calls for more research in this area.
“Research indicates that minor shifts in the structure of the spine may impact brain function, suggesting that these structural shifts may be a factor in a number of disorders including anxiety. Structural shifts may lead to nerve obstruction and could possibly result in a host of health problems related to mental health” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public healthresearcher and editor of the journal that published the study. Other chiropractic researchers have reported on similar results and reviews of the scientific research reveal numerous other studies that have shown a similar connection.
Research has shown not only that the brain relies on normal structural integrity and joint movement, but that complex neurochemical communication and pathways involved in helping humans to “feel good” are tied into spinal biomechanics and their related neurological pathways.
“It makes perfect sense once you understand the neurological connections between the spine, the brain and how we feel good” stated McCoy. “The seat of human emotion is the Limbic System and we know that this system extends all the way down the spinal cord. By removing obstructions there, things like anxiety and well-being are affected.”
For decades mental health specialists have strived to find an answer for patients suffering from a multitude of anxiety related disorders. We now know many naturally occurring brain and spinal cord chemicals play a role in emotions, anxiety and pain reduction, leading to an increased sense of wellbeing.
This research describes five patients with anxiety including two women and three men. In addition to anxiety, they all complained of symptoms including headache, neck pain, back pain, high cholesterol, hypertension, and overall decreased immune system function. They all had hopes of reducing their stress and anxiety levels.
The chiropractor examined each of them and found structural shifts along the spine. Other testing and an anxiety assessment confirmed findings. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following chiropractic adjustments, the patients reported improvement in their symptoms. Each showed a reduction in anxiety, reported better immune function, increased energy, better mood, better sleep, and decrease in stress.
The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.
Dr. Pulver's Notes:
Do we treat anxiety in our office? Definitely no. We do, however, address structural shifts of the spine that can negatively impact the function of the nerves branching off from the spine. What's been great to see in practice is how powerful the body can be in responding in a healthy way when given the proper input from the nerves to the rest of the body.
On December 2nd, 2019, we officially opened for business in our new location at 907 Honea Egypt Road, Magnolia, Texas. We are excited for the move. We are now in a much better place for continued growth and expansion in Montgomery County. What is nice about our new location is that it is only 3.5 miles from our original location on FM 1488 Rd, but also has easy accessibility for new patients in Magnolia, Conroe, Tomball, and the Woodforest and Montgomery areas.
At Foundation Chiropractic, our focus is on Foundational Chiropractic Care, or Foundational Correction. Foundational Correction looks to address underlying structural issues (Structural Shift) of the spine and nerve system that can create an environment for Secondary Conditions. Secondary Conditions can include the following:
We'd love to meet you and have a Complimentary Consultation in our office. You can schedule by emailing email@example.com or calling 832-458-3004.
Dr. Evan Pulver
October 22, 2019
Notes from Dr. Evan Pulver:
If we start to sound like a broken record, I apologize! The reality is that ear infections seem to be chronic and rampant in our kids. While Foundational Chiropractic does not diagnose or treat ear infections, structural shifts in the upper neck of kids can influence the proper drainage of the ears. If you'd like to consult with our office, please call 832-458-3004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustments on children are gentle, specific, and effective in reducing vertebral subluxation (shifts in the spine).
Ear Infection – FACTS
An ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by bacteria, that occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum. Anyone can get an ear infection, but children get them more often than adults. Five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday. In fact, ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their child to a doctor. The scientific name for an ear infection is otitis media (OM).
Eustachian tubes are smaller and more level in children than they are in adults. This makes it difficult for fluid to drain out of the ear, even under normal conditions. If the eustachian tubes are swollen or blocked with mucus due to a cold or other respiratory illness, fluid may not be able to drain.
Numerous case studies and some clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and the various problems related to ear infections.
These types of structural problems in the upper part of the neck cause a back-up of the lymphatics and problems with the tubes draining the middle ear. By removing the structural imbalance chiropractic helps these fluids drain, and improves nerve supply and range of motion.
Abnormal position or movement of the spinal vertebra can develop and this can lead to nerve interference. It is this interference, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
With everything we know about the dangers of antibiotic abuse and over the counter remedies being used on children, chiropractic intervention makes perfect sense in the case of childhood ear infections. In fact, chiropractic is the treatment of choice for dealing with the structural and neurological aspects of ear infections.
October 15, 2019
Dr. Evan Pulver
Owner, Foundation Chiropractic
Your social network. I'm not talking about your Facebook friends and Instagram followers. Your real life friends. Your coworkers. Fellow church and synagogue members. Did you know that they will have an influence on your health? While you are still responsible for what you eat and drink, what you inhale (or don't inhale), and how much you get off your backside, the circle of people around you will also alter your health status.
You've probably seen it at HEB or a restaurant around The Woodlands. A family that just looks FIT. Or a family that is... on the other end of the health spectrum. It's controlled very little by their genetic makeup. Our health habits have a large part to do with who we hang around with and how they take care of their health. Do they smoke? You're more likely to smoke. Drink excessively? Probably you too. Don't know the difference between a barbell and a dumbbell? You might be leaders of the Small Muscle Club together.
A 2007 study revealed that a person's chance of becoming obese increased by 57% percent if their friends became obese, 40% if a sibling became obese, and 37% if a spouse became obese. Don't shoot the messenger! I'm not saying to bail on friendships based on weight. In fact, close friendships extend life! But let's assume the opposite is true, that when friends lose weight, you too lose weight. Be the friend that is choosing a healthier lifestyle and influence your circle in a positive way. For those in leadership positions, you can also use your power to create healthier environments, such as taking soda out of vending machines in schools or taking breaks in the day to move. These small steps help create a healthier community.
One great way to be proactive with your health is to start with a complete Foundational Chiropractic Exam. During an exam, we review your health history, current health status, your goals, and how our care can support those. Whether it's a nagging injury, low back pain, headaches, neck pain, or increasing your mobility to lose weight and make healthy choices, we'd love to help you on your journey. Call 832-458-3004 or email email@example.com to schedule your complimentary consultation today!
Migraines – FACTS
Migraine is the second most common type of headache, affecting both children and adults. Women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines. Migraines also run in families.
They have a mild onset and then gradually get worse. Symptoms often associated with a migraine can include headache, nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and noise, and an aura.
An aura is the feeling right before the migraine starts and can last up to an hour, which 25% of patients will experience. Some common triggers for migraines are stress, hormonal changes, lack of sleep, lack of food, weather changes, bright lights, loud sounds, alcohol, and certain foods or drinks.
Migraines develop when there are changes in blood flow in the brain, which causes pain in or around the head. It occurs when the 5th cranial nerve is stimulated; which sends pain signals from the eyes, scalp, forehead, and jaw to the brain. This will lead to a release of substances that cause painful irritation in the blood vessels of the brain, brainstem, and the surrounding tissues. This irritation is responsible for the throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.
Migraines over time can become chronic. Chronic migraines occur 15 or more days per month for more than three months. Even though migraines are not life threatening, they can have a major impact on one’s productivity and quality of life.
Management can include medication and methods to eliminate triggers. Other recommended treatments include exercise, yoga, relaxation, stress relief, and nutritional counseling.
The nervous system controls blood flow in the body including to and from the head. Structural spinal shifts can occur that lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. Correction of these subluxations can normalize nerve function and improve blood flow thereby helping with migraines.
If you or someone you know in The Woodlands/Magnolia or Montgomery County suffers with migraines and feels like they've tried everything, please reach out to us. We'd love to see if we can help, and a Complimentary Consultation is the best place to start.
For men and women in The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, Magnolia, and surrounding areas, finding relief from chronic migraine headaches can be a challenge. For those looking for a non-pharmaceutical solution to their problems, Foundation Chiropractic is available for a complimentary consultation to discuss your options. Call 832-458-3004 to set up a time to speak with Dr. Evan Pulver. It's a conversation, not a commitment to care or an examination. We hope you find this press release of help for you or someone you know. Have a great day!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Research on Migraines & Chronic Pain
Research Shows Chiropractic May Ease Suffering
ATLANTA, Georgia – July 1, 2019
Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in helping patients with chronic pain. The research reports on a 23-year-old woman with chronic, daily neck and back pain in addition to migraines for over 10 years.
“Research is revealing that structural shifts in spinal alignment and the nerve obstruction they cause may be a factor in a number of disorders and can result in a host of health problems including migraines.” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. Other chiropractic researchers have reported on similar results in regards to migraines, chronic pain and chiropractic.
McCoy added “Vascular headaches signify a blood flow issue in the brain and the nervous system controls blood flow. If you damage or compress or otherwise interfere with the neurological structures in the spine this can have far reaching implications on the functioning of the body. Through research reports like this we are finding that correcting the structural abnormalities associated with these spinal problems reduces the nerve obstructions and people experience improvement. In this study it was resolution of chronic pain and migraines.”
The patient reported on in this study was a 23-year-old female suffering from chronic migraines and chronic, daily neck and back pain for over 10 years. Her neck and back pain were daily and constant, greatly impacting her daily activities. Daily medications did not help her.
The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts and decreased motion in her neck, mid, low back, and pelvis. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
The woman was adjusted by the chiropractor and she experienced complete resolution of her migraines and chronic pain following care.
The study’s authors called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population of patients.
Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research
ANXIETY, DEPRESSION & CHIROPRACTIC
If not you, you know someone with depression and/or anxiety. Either here in The Woodlands or Montgomery County, from your family, your co-workers, or acquaintances at church or school groups, it is an illness that you may not always see. But there is hope for those suffering. This case study looks at a 30-year old female who lessened her dependence on medication for her anxiety and depression. We hope you are able to share this information with someone. Please reach out to us with any questions or to schedule a complimentary consultation at our office in The Woodlands.
Dr. Evan Pulver
New Research Sheds Light on Anxiety, Depression & Chiropractic – Help for Those Suffering
ATLANTA GEORGIA – November 9, 2018
Recent research reporting on improvement in a 30 year old woman undergoing chiropractic care reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing people with anxiety, depression and their related symptoms. The research, reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, includes a review of the scientific literature supporting the role of chiropractic in mental health related challenges.
“Research is revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system, brain and mental health” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. “Basic science research shows that the proper development and function of the brain relies on proper structure and movement of the spine from an early age.”
Research has shown not only that the developing brain relies on normal structural integrity and joint movement, but that complex neurochemical communication and pathways involved in helping humans to “feel good” are tied into spinal biomechanics and their related neurological pathways.
“It makes perfect sense once you understand the neurological connections between the spine, the brain and how we feel good" stated McCoy. “The seat of human emotion is the Limbic System and we know that this system extends all the way down the spinal cord. By normalizing interference there, things like anxiety and a sense of well-being are affected.”
Even beyond anxiety and depression, researchers believe that the increase in the diagnosis of such disorders as ADHD, pervasive developmental disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder and other mental health issues, have their root in a “perfect storm” of abnormal spinal development. For decades mental health specialists have strived to find an answer for patients suffering from a multitude of anxiety related disorders. We now know many naturally occurring brain and spinal cord substances play a role in both emotions, anxiety and pain reduction, leading to an increased sense of well being.
The patient reported on in this study was a 30-year-old woman suffering with a clinical diagnosis of depression and anxiety for over 8 years. She was experiencing panic attacks, had no energy, couldn't sleep and was on multiple medications to no avail.
The woman was examined by the chiropractor who took x-rays and found a loss of the normal curve in the neck, forward head posture and structural shifts in her spine. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. Nerve testing confirmed obstruction of the nerves. Following chiropractic care her depression and anxiety resolved, she was happy, had an increase in energy, her sleep improved and she was able to stop all medications for anxiety and depression.
The study’s authors call for more research on the effects of chiropractic in mental health challenges.
At Foundation Chiropractic in The Woodlands, TX, our focus is looking for structural shifts (subluxation) of the spine that can alter health. This case study looks at a man with rheumatoid arthritis undergoing structural chiropractic care. We were not surprised to see that he reported a 90% relief following care, which is common in our office! If you or someone you know are suffering with arthritis, rheumatoid or other, please consider a Complimentary Consultation in our office to see if we are a good fit for you.
Dr. Evan Pulver
New Research on Rheumatoid Arthritis & Chronic Pain– Chiropractic Alleviates Suffering
ATLANTA GEORGIA – March 18, 2019
Recent research reporting on a 59 year old man who was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in caring for people with these conditions. The research, reported in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research includes a review of the literature on chiropractic and the care of these types of conditions.
“Research is revealing that structural shifts of the spine secondary to vertebral subluxation can be improved following chiropractic care” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. McCoy continued “This case adds to the body of scientific literature suggesting that chiropractic should play an important role in managing people with structural spinal distortions.”
Abnormal spinal alignment and posture are associated with poor general health, physical function, emotional function, social function, and bodily pain. Normal spinal alignment and movement provides shock absorption and leverage, which protect the spinal cord and nerves from the forces of gravity and other daily traumas one may encounter.
McCoy stated “Abnormal spinal alignment and posture also increase stress and strain to the nerve and blood supply of the spinal cord. This can seriously affect the nervous system.” It is a rare phenomenon for resolution of these abnormalities in the absence of intervention. However, there is literature that supports the effectiveness of chiropractic to restore a healthy spinal alignment and motion according to the research, thereby lowering the risk of chronic pain, degeneration and poor health.
The 59 year old man reported on in this study was diagnosed by his medical doctors with rheumatoid arthritis. He suffered from neck pain, headaches, ringing in his ears, foot pain, low back pain, and pain in his elbows, hands, hips, knees, legs, and feet bilaterally in addition to swollen joints. His history showed he was hit from the side in a motor vehicle accident 15 years prior, which is when the headaches and neck pain started and the joint pain in the rest of the body intensified. In the last 15 years that he has been under the care of his rheumatologist for his RA he has been treated with anti-inflammatory medications, prednisone shots, prescription pain killers, and muscle relaxers. He also had epidural steroid injections in his back two different times for pain.
The man was examined by the chiropractor who took x-rays and found structural shifts in his upper neck. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following chiropractic care the patient stated his headaches and neck pain were gone, his posture was better, he was able to stop taking his medication and he rated his percentage of relief to be 90% and classified his improvement as “Excellent.”
Did you know that Foundation Chiropractic in The Woodlands serves women in all stages of pregnancy? If you are experiencing low back pain, sciatica, tension, or have trouble sleeping due to aches and pains, please give our office a call to set up your complimentary consultation. I've been honored to serve several women throughout their pregnancy in our office located at FM 1488 and Kuykendahl. I am also Webster Certified, which is a pregnancy specific approach to addressing the structural problems that go along with pregnancy. I'd love the opportunity to meet you if you live in The Woodlands, Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Woodforest, or the surrounding areas. Thanks!
-Dr. Evan Pulver
PRESS RELEASE: New Research on Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy – Chiropractic Plays an Important Role
ATLANTA GEORGIA – April 18, 2019
Recent research reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic on a pregnant woman reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in helping pregnant women with pelvic pain.
“Research is revealing that chiropractic care can play a crucial role during pregnancy, labor and delivery” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.
“It makes a lot of sense when you think about it” stated Dr. McCoy. “Increased mobility and/or asymmetry of the pelvic joints make the pelvic area vulnerable to pain during pregnancy. Alterations in the skeletal biomechanics result in mechanical stress leading to vertebral subluxations. Chiropractors find and correct these subluxations. We need to take advantage of this.”
As pointed out in the paper, chiropractic can play a beneficial role during pregnancy and in cases where the mother is experiencing some type of obstruction of her pelvis and related musculature that is interfering with how the pelvis accommodates the growing uterus.
“The goal is for the mother to be checked prior to the time of delivery so that these problems can be corrected beforehand” remarked Dr. McCoy adding “While this is a single case study, coupled with numerous other case studies and some larger clinical studies that have shown similar outcomes, it’s time that health care providers started taking it seriously.”
The patient reported on in this study was a 28-year-old female presenting to the chiropractor at 20 weeks gestation with pelvic pain. She experienced the same symptom during her first pregnancy after suffering a fall. The pain was getting worse and she was having difficulty with standing and walking.
The woman was examined by the chiropractor who found structural shifts in her neck and pelvis. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. Tests were also performed to verify that her nervous system function had decreased.
After the third visit, she reported complete resolution and full mobility for the duration of the rest of her pregnancy. The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic during pregnancy in women with pelvic pain.
New Research Sheds Light on Hearing & Ear Infections – Research Shows Chiropractic Can Help
ATLANTA GEORGIA – September 21, 2018
Recent research reporting on improvement in a young boy undergoing chiropractic care reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing children with hearing loss and ear infections. The research, reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic, includes a review of the literature supporting the role of chiropractic in children suffering from ear infections and hearing loss and calls for more research in this area. The boy in the study had already undergone several rounds of antibiotics, three rounds of surgery and had his adenoids removed. All of those interventions had failed to help him.
“Numerous case studies and some clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between structural shifts in the spine, the nervous system and the various problems related to infections and hearing loss” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. “These types of structural problems in the neck obstruct the nervous system and by removing the obstruction chiropractic helps improve nerve supply.”
With everything we know about the spine and nervous system, chiropractic intervention makes perfect sense in the case of a child who has chronic ear infections along with hearing loss.
“In fact, chiropractic is the management of choice for dealing with the structural and neurological aspects of these types of problems” remarked McCoy, adding “This child was experiencing significant disruption in quality of life as a result of his chronic infections and hearing loss and the medical interventions did not help. It wasn’t until the chiropractic intervention that the child improved dramatically and in a very short time.”
The patient reported on in the study was a 9½-year-old boy with chronic ear infections since the age of two. His lymph nodes were swollen and he had frequent fevers and difficulty sleeping. Traditional medical interventions were not helping. In the 7 years prior to chiropractic care he had been treated repeatedly with antibiotics, butterfly tube surgery three times and his adenoids were removed. Despite these failures his otolaryngologist recommended a fourth surgery on his ears. He could not concentrate on his schoolwork and had frequent absences from school.
The chiropractor examined the child and found forward head syndrome, decreased spinal range of motion, spinal pain, and muscle spasm. Most significantly he had structural spinal shifts in his upper neck. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following chiropractic care the subluxations reduced, his hearing improved, his ear infections and fevers stopped and the fluid in his ears was gone. He no longer needed tubes inserted in his ears, his sleep improved and school absences decreased.
The authors call for more research on the chiropractic care of children suffering from ear infections.
Dr. Evan Pulver