Curcumin

Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric, and is also found in limited amounts in ginger. It is an anti-inflammatory molecule, and similar to fish oil, it seems to be a metabolic syndrome band-aid. It has poor bioavailability and black pepper greatly enhances absorption. Summary Curcumin is the yellow pigment associated with the curry spice,…

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Rounded shoulders: Ways to fix ‘mom posture’

Mon 24 July 2017 By Jon Johnson Reviewed by Gregory Minnis, DPT The term rounded shoulders is used to describe a resting shoulder position that has moved forward from the body’s ideal alignment. Rounded shoulders, sometimes known as ‘mom posture,’ are part of overall bad posture, and they can get worse if left untreated. There…

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Upper Neck Problemes In Women With Chronic Migraine Headaches

In this study, they used a test that I perform in my office on headache patients.  Its called the Flexion Rotation Test.  What I do, is to have you lay on your back, and I gently flex your chin to your chest.  Then I turn the head both ways to see if there is any…

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National clinical guidelines for non-surgical treatment of patients with recent onset neck pain or pinched nerves

For treatment of neck pain and pinched nerves, these guidelines suggest different types of supervised exercise and manual therapy; combinations of exercise and manual therapy before medicine for neck pain; acupuncture for neck pain but not pinched nerves; traction for pinched nerves; and oral NSAID (oral or topical) and Tramadol after careful consideration for neck pain and…

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Rx for Pain Patients Who Are Obese: Recommend the Mediterranean Diet

Written by Robert Bonakdar MD, FAAFP, FACN We often see pain patients in our clinic who are obese. Many of them did not start their pain journey this way, and there is emerging evidence that pain, in addition to changing activity, can also change dietary patterns. In addition, the stress of chronic pain combined with…

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Tai Chi and Neck Exercises Help Chronic Pain In The Neck

A study in the Journal of Pain found that Tai Chi and regular neck exercises both worked equally well in helping patients with chronic neck pain and helping to improve quality of life. J Pain. 2016 Sep;17(9):1013-27. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2016.06.004. Epub 2016 Jun 23. Lauche R Abstract This study aimed to test the efficacy of Tai Chi for…

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People With Chronic Neck Pain Walk With a Stiffer Spine

In the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, I read an article that made a correlation between neck pain and the stiffness of one’s spine while walking. The authors concluded, “Reduced rotation of the trunk during gait may have long term consequences on spinal health.” Sometimes my patients ask why I address the spine when…

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What Therapies Are Effective For Neck Pain From Whiplash?

This study suggests that mobilization, manipulation, and clinical massage are effective interventions for the management of neck pain. All of these therapies are offered at my office for the treatment of whiplash. Spine J. 2016 Dec;16(12):1598-1630. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2015.08.024. Epub 2015 Dec 17. Are manual therapies, passive physical modalities, or acupuncture effective for the management of…

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Cost-effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy, supervised exercise, and home exercise for older adults with chronic neck pain.

Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is one of the modalities that chiropractors use for treating patients with neck and back problems.  A recent article, showed that SMT along with  home based exercises and advice was more cost effective than supervised exercises and home exercises for older adults with neck pain. [Read more]

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Does Neck Pain Cause Headaches?

Headaches can arise from many different causes. A partial list includes stress, lack of sleep, allergies, neck trauma (particularly sports injuries and car accidents), and more. In some cases, the cause may be unknown. A unique common denominator of headaches has to do with cervical spine anatomy, in particular the upper part of the neck.…

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