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Chiropractic Care & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Healing Hands Assuage Chronic Fatigue

It is difficult to diagnose and there is no acknowledged cure in medicine. It is known as chronic fatigue syndrome, and for some sufferers getting out of bed is a triumph. It doesn’t seem like something that would involve chiropractic care, but, believe it or not, there are documented cases where patients proclaim they are energized after chiropractic adjustments.

As its name suggests, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) means that you always feel tired. You might call it dead tired, because there is no drug or surgery that is known to be a remedy. Others dismiss it as laziness or lethargy and that often leaves the person who has it feeling guilty or somehow at fault. Then, even after it is diagnosed, the solution is often up to the patient, with appropriate counsel of the health care provider, to “manage” your activities. There are apparently random periods when the patient feels better. Naturally, the patient wants to take advantage of them and live like an active “normal” person, even if briefly. There is even a temptation to overdo it and “get stuff done” while you have the energy to do it.headache

This is known as “push and crash,” because the former usually leads to the latter among those diagnosed with CFS. And the crash might make it worse than it has ever been before.

To understand how chiropractic care might help people with CFS (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis) you might take a closer look at the so-called “contributing factors” that mainstream medicine recognizes as opening the door for full-blown CFS. They include chronic headaches, arthritis pain, restless leg syndrome, allergies and stress. These often combine to rob you of the healing properties of sleep. Of course, pain issues are often resolved or assuaged by chiropractic care, so it is logical that relieving any of the aforementioned without medication and its side effects could make a difference.

We all have those days of fatigue and listlessness, but we can somehow jump start ourselves to get important things done or to make sure we are there for the people we love. Sufferers of CFS may even be able to temporarily push beyond the constraints of CFS for something important in their lives, but the crash might be extremely devastating.

There is only one natural treatment for CFS and that is in the healing hands of a chiropractor. Is it a cure? A recent report in Chiropractic Now put it this was:

“Although chiropractors do not know the cause of this ailment either, the chiropractic approach to helping the body to help itself is often a welcome and winning approach to helping those who suffer from this condition.”

 

Why Website Words Seem Familiar

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The Common Denominator of Chiropractic Searching

If you do much online research on chiropractic care, you are bound to see an amazing amount of repetition on practitioners’ websites. We’re talking word-for-word by the hundreds, and though this might be technically defined as plagiarism, nobody seems to complain too much.

That is because much of the purloined parlance is within the industry, so to speak. Quoting information that educates the public on the advantages of chiropractic care and mainstream studies that cite its many advantages, seems to be shared material for chiropractic practices all over the country. Plus it is proven and factual.

Aside from informational pages on these websites, you’ll also see this wholesale misappropriation of wordage in blogs on sites promoting everything from nutrition to acupuncture. Bloggers should know better, since they are usually professional writers and copywriters, but, then again, why not repeat someone else’s writing if you can’t state it any better?

Look at it this way. If it was your writing showing up on websites all over the country, you might actually feel complimented because so many people in the field preferred your words over their own.

WhiplashChiropractors are not alone. This seems to be particularly pervasive in the healing arts, including medical doctors, dentists and even healthcare financial advisors. Their websites are replete with hundreds of words lifted from elsewhere, and it is almost impossible to trace their origin.  

We’ve found numerous websites that are sharing writing without attribution, but we doubt anyone is going to mind all that much, because what’s good for one is apparently good for all— as long as the author doesn’t complain.

Take, for example, the following 65 words (part of several hundred but we don’t need to devote that many words to make the point):

In the United States, chiropractic is often considered a complementary health approach. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which included a comprehensive survey of the use of complementary health approaches by Americans, about 8 percent of adults (more than 18 million) and nearly 3 percent of children (more than 2 million) had received chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation in the past 12 months…

Even though this survey is pretty much outdated more than a decade later, we found the above passage unchanged on 54 different sites all over the country and once in the UK. Most were chiropractic sites, but it was also on sites promoting pain therapy, yoga, cancer treatment, Chinese martial arts, holistic nursing, massage therapy, a suburban newspaper and even Wikipedia (the subject was therapeutic touch).

 

Diversity Among Chiropractors

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Not All Chiropractors Are the Same

There have been some simple stereotypes associated with chiropractors over a history of almost 125 years, but there are now as many as 150 techniques recognized by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

“Much like the medical profession, there are many different styles of practice,” says Dr. Brad Butler, Chief of Staff at the Oakland Spine & Rehabilitation Centers in Oakland and Wayne, NJ. “A traditional chiropractor typically uses just spinal manipulation or some basic modalities. Then there are chiropractors who follow more of a model of spinal ‘correction,’ which is to use additional techniques to bring the patient’s spine back to a normal structural state.”

Finally, there are chiropractic rehabilitation offices like Oakland Spine with multiple techniques and disciplines. These may include advanced technologies and modalities such as physical therapy, massage therapy and acupuncture.

“This is the model we utilize because I feel it’s giving the patient the overall best opportunity to heal and recover from more chronic and advanced spinal conditions,” Dr. Butler adds.

TorticollisWithin the realm of chiropractic medicine itself, there are five basic or common techniques. They might be generally defined thusly:

  1. The simplest hands-on technique is typically confined to adjusting the low back or pelvis. It is a fundamental phase of chiropractic education and students learn it early in schooling and training. Targeted are stiffness and pain, as well as increasing mobility.
  2. Another technique involves using a hand-held instrument that transmits a gentle impulse into sections of the spine. There is very little discomfort in this process, known as the activator technique, and it is used to alleviate lower back pain and even for headaches and migraines.
  3. Decompression manipulation is a technique commonly used in chiropractic clinics and preferred for treating herniated discs, sprains to the facet joints between discs, and scoliosis. The treatment is described as a gentle stretching motion on an adjustable table.
  4. Speaking of adjustable tables, the drop-table technique relies on a padded table with platforms that drop slightly in sequence with thrusts of the chiropractor making adjustments to both the spine and extremities.
  5. Finally there is the diversified technique that, like the drop-table technique, is used on both the spine and extremities. These are very precise manual applications,  that are effective at restoring normal alignment and movement of the spine.

There is great diversity in training and schooling. For example, there are 10 post-graduate programs or specialties endorsed by the ACA and offering diplomate certification for chiropractors:

  • Chiropractic Pediatrics
  • Chiropractic Physical and Therapeutic Rehabilitation
  • Chiropractic Acupuncture
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Diagnosis and Internal Disorders
  • Nutrition
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Occupational Health
  • Sports Physician

 

Can I PREVENT Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common cause for chronic pain (pain that lasts three or more months) and afflicts 4% of the general population in the United States! FM commonly affects the muscles and soft tissues – not the joints (like arthritis); however, many FM sufferers are mistakenly diagnosed with arthritis, so it may take years before they get an accurate diagnosis. There are NO known accurate diagnostic tests for FM, which is another reason for a delayed diagnosis.

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Fibromyalgia in Men?

HeadacheManFibromyalgia (FM) can’t occur in men because it’s a woman’s disease, right? In fact, if a man claims to have FM, then he is simply lying (probably just trying to get out of working and/or on disability), right? Unfortunately, that's what MANY people (and even some doctors) believe!

Though it is true that FM is primarily a women’s disease, actually nine times more likely, it does INDEED affect men. FM affects 2-4% of the population (an estimated 5 million adults) in the United States (US) with as few as 10% of victims being men. But, that’s still 500,000 men in the US alone, and that doesn’t include an estimated 20% that go undiagnosed (mostly because “men are men”)! The onset, like that for women, can occur, “…out of the blue.” Case studies show a man (or woman), can be highly engaged in an active lifestyle that may include golfing, bowling, or working on a hobby car, when suddenly and for no apparent reason, intense chronic pain can arise and, “…take over the life” of this previously very healthy, vibrant, active man.

We’ve all learned that FM is diagnosed primarily by excluding other disorders after running many tests including x-rays, various scans, lab tests, and more. When all the tests come back negative, the diagnosis of FM is even then only sometimes entertained. The word, “SOMETIMES” should be strongly emphasized as MANY doctors, as well as the general public, STILL have a hard time wrapping their heads around the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. This happens even more when a male patient presents with the FM cluster of symptoms. A male patient may attend a FM support group and be the only man in the room. The National Fibromyalgia Association has only one male board member who reportedly was not initially welcomed! This particular male reported that a neurologist refused to see him, as he did not support the diagnosis and openingly accused him of trying to get disability payments. He stated that it was particularly challenging to find professional care as well as community support. Even his best friend, a doctor, told him that men couldn’t get FM!

The cause of FM remains elusive. Why do so few men compared to women suffer from FM? Though certain types of viral infections, trauma after car accidents, and emotional stress have all been reported to trigger FM, it can also strike without warning. According to Dr. Muhammad B. Yunus, MD (professor of medicine at U. of Illinois, College of Medicine), FM is characterized by an imbalance of brain chemicals described as, “…a neurochemical disease.” He found that FM patients have higher than average levels of substance P (a neurotransmitter that signals pain), and lower levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that inhibits pain). Genetics and hormones (particularly estrogen, which is higher in women) also play a role both with causing the disease and with the gender discrepancy found in FM. Estrogen has also been found to reduce pain thresholds, a problem associated with FM, thus making women more susceptible to the disease. Like in women, men can have similar complications including (but not limited to) chronic fatigue, difficulty sleeping, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, restless leg syndrome, and memory and concentration problems. But, it has been reported that men with FM usually have less wide-spread or, “…hurt all over” pain and may not suffer from as much fatigue, but in some cases, can still be more disabled from FM than women. Depression and suicidal thoughts are reportedly common in men with FM. Prompt diagnosis and treatment continues to be the recommended course in order to obtain ideal management results!

As chiropractors we can offer management, treatment, exercise training, dietary consultation, and coordinate care.

If you, a friend or family member requires care for Fibromyalgia, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services!