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New Research Sheds Light on Chiropractic and Frozen Shoulder
Research Reveals Chiropractic May Help
ATLANTA, Georgia – September 1, 2020
Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on a female with frozen shoulder due to a fall showed that chiropractic may play an important role in managing these patients and calls for more research in this area.
“Research indicates that shifts in the structure of the spine may impact function, suggesting that these structural shifts may be a factor in a number of disorders, like frozen shoulder.” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.
McCoy stated, “It’s simple when you think about it because nerves from the neck control the muscles of the neck, upper back, and shoulder and the result of adjustments to the neck yielded dramatic improvement with little residual shoulder pain in this case.”
This study describes a 69-year-old female with frozen shoulder due to a fall, fracturing her right arm. She also had decreased range of motion in the neck and shoulder pain. She was not healing as expected, so additional imaging showed degeneration, confirmed the fracture, and showed mild muscle wasting. The pain was so great, she stopped using the arm to avoid the pain.
The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her neck, shoulder, arm, upper back, low back, and pelvis. X-rays and other testing confirmed these 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, she had improved neck, shoulder, and arm range of motion. The shoulder pain decreased, and she was able to raise her arm unassisted. She was able to write in her journal, do some arts and crafts, get in and out the pool, and reach behind her back for the first time since the fracture. She reported increased energy, improved sleep, and better overall wellbeing.
The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.
Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research
Dr Pulver's Notes:
While many patients may not think of chiropractic care when it comes to shoulder issues, it is an issue I see in the office several times per week. For some, it is a frozen shoulder diagnosis with surgery recommended. Others, it may be weightlifting issues that have led to the shoulder feeling off. No matter the issue, if there is nerve irritation or obstruction coming from a structural shift in the neck, that will change how the neck and shoulder move, how the nerves communicate to the muscles, and the range of motion of the area. If you are having shoulder issues, please consider a consultation to see if our office would make a good part of your care team!
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!
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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.”
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.
David Ash, Football, and Head Injuries
Written by Dr. Evan Pulver
Longhorn fans woke up this morning to find that UT quarterback David Ash is leaving the game of football after his concussion in week 1 against North Texas. In days past, this may have drawn criticism of Ash’s toughness or ability to play at the Division I level. But the days of shaking it off and the “no pain, no gain” mentality is diminishing as players and their families are realizing the long-term health impacts of these injuries. The NFL and NHL are now donating funds to research Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), as they are hot issues in the news and with the former players of those sports.
As a former (backup) quarterback and now as a foundational chiropractor, seeing these issues on my newsfeed with such a high frequency and being asked about these issues made me want to put down some information in writing.
Here are some ideas to consider regarding head injuries:
The G-force (1 G is equal to the force of earth’s gravity) of many big hits in the NFL are measured at over 150 G’s. That puts a force of approximately 30-60 G’s on the helmet of the receiving player. To give you some comparison, check out these G’s:
Walking- 1 G
Shuttle Launch- 3 G’s
F-16 fighter jet roll- 9 G’s
Concussion- 100 G’s
Big time NFL hit- 150 G’s
RISK OF CONCUSSION:
The risk of receiving a concussion increases after having one. The risk for long-term neurological damage also increases with each subsequent concussion. If you or your child has had a concussion, you will need to be on alert for the symptoms of additional injuries. After missing the 2013 season due to concussion, it was unfortunate to see David Ash suffer another in game 1 of this year. He was given medical clearance to play, but the risks were still there.
A rear end collision of 8 MPH results in a 5 G force on the occupant’s head. 20 MPH results in a 12 G force. A frontal impact of 40 MPH places a force of 46 G on the occupant. In one study done on primates, a 5-G force to the heads of the primates resulted in a 50% probability of brain stem injury, cerebral concussion, and cranial nerve stretch.
The hits seen on Friday nights in Texas or on the college/professional level can be compared to a series of car wrecks. The forces are the similar or greater. The difference is that with a car accident, ambulances are called and trips to the urgent care are made. With hits in football or other contact sports, it’s usually shaken off so the athlete can be in the next play.
THE UPPER CERVICAL SPINE:
The forces required to cause a concussion are not isolated to the skull. These forces are also transferred to the spine. The most vulnerable point of injury to the spine is the uppermost bone in your neck, the atlas or C-1 vertebra. This critical bone has much more freedom of movement than the other bones of your spine. It is held in place by soft tissues- muscles, tendons, ligaments- rather than bony structures as are the other vertebrae. This creates a susceptible point for injury or foundational shifting of the spine away from normal. While concussions make the news for their serious health implications, the damage to the neck and spine have long-term implications. In studies of motor vehicle victims suffering soft tissue injuries, 62% still had significant injuries 12.5 years later. Have you ever heard someone use the phrase, “It’s just an old football injury”?
ARE YOUR KIDS AT RISK?
Do you have children playing competitive sports? While their heroes playing on Sunday afternoons may risk their brains and necks to win games and earn their paychecks, your child does not have to.
Tips for your child:
1. If your child is playing a contact sport, make sure they are not putting themselves at excessive risk. Taking plays off or sitting out of practice is OK if they have a hard fall or collision. If the coach disagrees, have them call me.
2. Taking Omega-3 supplements is good for everyone, and it is especially good for neurological development. Think of adding a high quality supplement to your child’s diet and increasing their intake of wild caught fatty fish.
3. Have your child checked for Foundational Shifts of the spine. Displacement of the spinal vertebrae further stresses the nervous system, and proper foundational alignment will help with injury recovery and prevention.
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July 22, 2014 by Dr. Evan Pulver
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