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Migraine headache pain can be excruciating: making accomplishing even the simplest of tasks daunting. The good news is that chiropractors offer all-natural solutions to this often-debilitating condition.

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Dr. Marc Davis

Presented by Dr. Marc Davis, DC, Wellness Expert

Dr. Davis is concerned about the increased prevalence of migraines and the growing number of sufferers who turn to prescription and non-prescription drugs to mitigate their pain: unaware of the potentially dangerous side effects.

Medication for migraines also has a marginal track record, according to numerous researchers. As one major study concluded, “Predictably reliable treatment for most headache types is often lacking” (Headache 2006; 46:212-20).

Not only that, medication may actually worsen headaches over the long term, transforming an acute disorder into a chronic one.

According to German researchers, medication-overuse headache (MOH) accounts for approximately 50 percent of all chronic headaches. The only known strategy to reduce the prevalence of MOH? Prevent its development “by restriction of anti-headache drugs and constant education of patients” (Curr Pain Headache Rep 2005; 9:430-5)

Basic Symptoms

Dr. Davis explains to patients that most migraines begin as a dull ache that develops into a constant, throbbing and pulsating pain felt at the temples, beneath one eye, and the front or back of one side of the head.

Migraines may also be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and noise.

Common Types of Migraine

The two most common forms of migraine are migraine with aura and migraine without aura.

When a migraine headache is preceded by visual changes—such as wavy or jagged lines, dots, or flashing lights—the phenomena is known as an “aura.” Researchers estimate that approximately one-third of migraine sufferers experience an aura prior to headache pain.

Other types of auras include tunnel vision or blind spots in one or both eyes. The National Headache Foundation notes that “Aura can include vision or hearing hallucinations and disruptions in smell (such as strange odors), taste or touch. It can become even more disconcerting or frightening if it involves feelings of numbness, a ‘pins-and-needles’ sensation or even difficulty in recalling words or speaking the correct word. These neurological events may last sixty minutes and will fade as the headache begins.”

The Chiropractic Approach

When spinal bones (vertebrae) become misaligned, it sparks a condition known as vertebral subluxation.

Dr. Davis corrects vertebral subluxation with safe, gentle maneuvers known as chiropractic adjustments.

Carpal tunnel syndrome, earache and low-back pain are among the numerous conditions tied to vertebral subluxation. This common condition is also linked with neck pain and migraine headache.

Migraine

There is a chiropractic approach to treatment of migraine headaches.

 

Research Shows Chiropractic Quells Migraine

Scientific studies show that chiropractic may prevent migraine headaches. For instance, in one analysis involving 127 volunteers suffering from regularly occurring migraine headaches, 83 underwent chiropractic care over a two-month period. The remaining volunteers did not.

At the end of two months, those who received chiropractic care “showed statistically significant improvement in migraine frequency, duration, disability and medication use when compared with the control group” (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2000; 23:91).

A similar analysis of 218 migraine sufferers was equally impressive. After eight weeks of either chiropractic care, the common migraine drug amitriptyline, or a combination of the two treatments, the chiropractic-only group had 40 percent fewer migraines. Researchers concluded that “there was no advantage to combining amitriptyline and spinal manipulation for the treatment of migraine headache.”

What’s more, researchers noted that –unlike drugs—there were no side effects linked to chiropractic.
“It [chiropractic care] should be considered a treatment option for patients with frequent migraine headaches” (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1998; 21:511-19).

Chiropractic care is equally beneficial when migraines are sparked by injury. Take the case of a 23-year-old male patient who fell on his head from a height of ten feet. Following the accident, he began experiencing bipolar-disorder symptoms, sleep disturbances, seizures, neck pain and back pain. The patient also began enduring migraine headaches.

A chiropractic evaluation revealed a vertebral subluxation in the patient’s upper neck (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2004; 27:E5).

After one month of chiropractic care, the patient reported an absence of seizures and manic episodes, along with improved sleep patterns. After four months of care, seizures and manic episodes remained absent and migraine headaches were reduced from three per week to two per month.

And, following seven months of care, the patient reported the complete absence of all symptoms.

Prevent Migraine

The chiropractic approach to ending migraines focuses on prevention. Along with spinal manipulations to ward off subluxations, the following strategies are often suggested:

Reduce Stress

According to researchers, “stress has repeatedly been shown to trigger acute migraine attacks” (Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol 2003; 53:432-9).

Manage stress by incorporating relaxation-inducing techniques into your daily routine, such as aerobic exercise, T’ai Chi, yoga, biofeedback, meditation, prayer or breathing exercises.

Engage in Aerobic Exercise

According to researchers in Switzerland, cardiovascular-friendly exercise may keep migraines at bay (Curr Sports Med Rep 2006; 5:29-33).

Results were clearly impressive when 40 migraine sufferers without aura exercised on a treadmill for six weeks. In every case, exercise had beneficial effects on all migraine symptoms. What’s more, it increased endorphin levels—the “feel good” hormone known to block pain (Cephalalgia 2003; 23:972-6).

Consider Dietary Supplements

Numerous studies show that vitamins and minerals may also help stave off migraine headache.

B-complex vitamins in particular may be beneficial. For instance, in one analysis, 400 mg per day of riboflavin (vitamin ) slashed the incidence of migraine headache among participants by a whopping 50 percent. “The effect of riboflavin on migraine began at one month but was maximal at three months.” Migraine attacks, when they did occur, were also shorter in duration (J Fam Pract 2006; 55:62).

The same publication also showed that magnesium reduced the frequency of migraine headache by 41.6 percent. Relief began after nine to 12 weeks of 600 mg per day.

Although controversial due to possible side-effects, research indicates that the herbs feverfew and butterbur prevent migraines.

Note: Always check with your doctor of chiropractic before beginning any dietary supplements regime.

Get Plenty of Sleep

The relationship between headache and sleep is well documented. That’s why doctors of chiropractic urge patients to get plenty of Zzzzzs every night!

In a study of 1,283 migraine sufferers, sleep complaints were common and associated with headache. “Migraines were triggered by sleep disturbance in 50 percent of patients,” with 71 percent reporting headaches severe enough to wake them from a sound sleep (Headache 2005; 45:904-10).

Beware of Food Triggers

A number of dietary factors can spark migraine headaches, including:

  • Alcohol and caffeine withdrawal
  • Skipping meals
  • Dehydration
  • Sulfites in red wine
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Aspartame (NutraSweet®)
  • Processed meat products
  • Yeast-containing bakery products
  • Meat tenderizers

Optimal Health University™ is a professional service of PreventiCare Publishing®. The information and recommendations are appropriate in most instances. They are not, however, a substitute for consultation with a health-care provider such as Dr. Davis. Copyright, 2016.

Dr. Marc Davis adjusts patients at Davis Family Chiropractic, a thriving wellness-oriented office located next to Fred Meyer in Fisher’s Landing. For FREE monthly tips and community events like us on Facebook or become a member of our website www.davisfamilychiro.com.

To schedule a time to meet with Dr. Davis, or to get information about having him speak at your club, church group or workplace, call (360) 823-2225. Mention “LacamasMagazine” and “Free Scan” to get your Computerized Back and Neck Scan (regularly $210) for FREE (limited time offer).

There is little to debate about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids anymore. The American Heart Association has confirmed that omega-3 fatty acids promote heart health in healthy people as well as those with cardiovascular disease. By allowing oxygen flow into our cells. In addition to lowering blood pressure, omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to decrease the risk of abnormal heartbeats and triglyceride levels, A recent European study, published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association, has provided further evidence for the benefits of omega-3s. The study suggests that patients with existing coronary artery disease who supplemented with fish oil after a stent placement have a reduced risk of heart problems. In the double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, the patients who received a blood-thinning medication with omega-3 fatty acids produced less clot-promoting thrombin and had larger pores, which makes existing clots easier to degrade, than those only receiving the blood-thinning medication.

A clear explanation of how omega-3 fatty acids affect blood clots has not been verified; however, doctors suspect it is due to their antioxidant properties. I suspect it is also due to the fact that omega 3 oils also decrease the stickiness of the platelets. It is important to note that they do not take away the body’s ability to form clots, which is crucial in order to heal wounds; rather, they simply boost the body’s ability to break the clot up.

Fish oil is making its way to the forefront of preventative treatments, and not just for their well-studied effects on heart health. Studies have linked fish oil supplements to a decreased risk of postpartum depression, age-related macular degeneration, Alzheimers, muscular degeneration in cancer patients, and the list continues. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats that cannot be produced by our bodies and are therefore one of the nutrients that we must get from our diet. I use 1 tbs of Lemon flavored cod liver oil (3300mg Omega 3) with every patient. I believe that prevention has a 100% cure rate and fish oil is one part of my prevention program.

Cynthia Bye, ND
http://www.cynthiabye.com

 

Omega-3

Research continues to show benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils, Frankincense has extraordinary health benefits.* In addition to its notoriety in the New Testament, the Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used its resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin. This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today. It’s soothing and beautifying properties are used to rejuvenate skin and reduce the appearance of imperfections. As the king of oils, Frankincense is known to support healthy cellular function.* When inhaled or diffused, this essential oil promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

Essential Oil

Frankincense has many health benefits

Application:
Aromatic, Topical, Internal, Neat

Extraction Method:
Steam distillation

Aromatic Description:
Warm, spicy, clean

Main Chemical Components:
α-pinene , limonene, α-thujene

Plant Part:
Resin from Boswellia carterii, frereana, and sacra

Primary Benefits of Frankincense

  • Supports healthy cellular function*
  • Promotes feelings of relaxation
  • Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections

Uses

Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening for a warming and soothing effect.

Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.

Can be applied to the bottoms of feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.

Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to support healthy cellular function.*

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

To learn more, visit www.doterra.com

 

Recent studies have shown a link between hearing loss and dementia. Patients with moderate to severe hearing loss are most at risk for developing degenerative cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. A study to look at the effects of Brain Fitness software was conducted on participants with a wide range of hearing abilities, and the results were impressive.

Participants were randomly assigned to one of two training groups, the Posit Science’s Brain Fitness group and the control group. Those assigned to the Brain Fitness group ranged in age from 55 to 70 and were instructed to use the program on their personal computers for one hour each day, five days a week, for a total of eight weeks. Training covered six separate modules that studied the link between memory and perception in different situations, focusing primarily on the consonant-vowel transition, a notoriously vulnerable area of speech.

At the start of the program the transition times were extended, and then gradually shortened as listener performance improved. Participants in this group showed improvements in neural timing, short-term memory and processing speed, particularly in noisy situations, while the control group displayed no change in hearing or cognitive functioning. Those in the Brain Fitness group were enthusiastic over their experience, and reported noticeable improvements in both their ability to hear and to focus on conversations. With such encouraging results, audiologists should consider auditory training techniques to help manage hearing loss in their patients.

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Hearing devices provide an invaluable benefit to millions of Americans suffering from hearing loss, but even they have their limits. Following conversations in noisy environments is an ongoing challenge for a number of reasons, including deficits in central auditory processing and cognitive function.

Participating in brain exercises is one way for these patients to help improve their listening experience.

Daily brain exercises, in conjunction with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, can help fend off or delay Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Just fifteen minutes of rigorous brain exercise a day is enough to keep the brain active.

About Fuel Medical

Fuel Medical provides a wide variety of practice management and growth services to multi-specialty and single speciality practices. To learn more about them, visit www.fuelmedical.com

Sandalwood is a name given to a class of fragrant woods that, unlike other aromatic woods, can retain their fragrance for decades. Both the wood and oil have been highly valued for centuries and Sandalwood has a documented history of many applications. It was traditionally used as an incense in religious ceremonies and for enhancing meditation, and the Egyptians used sandalwood for embalming. Sandalwood is very beneficial to the skin; it can help reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes and it promotes a healthy, smooth complexion. Sandalwood has a sweet, woody aroma that can enhance mood and is frequently used in meditation for its grounding effects.

Plant Part:
WoodSandalwood

Extraction Method:
Steam distillation

Aromatic Description:

Woody, dry, sweet

Main Chemical Components:

Alpha santalol

Primary Benefits:

  • Promotes healthy, smooth skin
  • Reduces the appearance of scars and blemishes
  • Enhances mood
  • Frequently used in meditation for its grounding and uplifting properties

What Are Essential Oils?

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices.

To learn more, visit www.doterra.com or call 503.308.9161 and speak to a Wellness Advocate.

Many studies show about 50 percent of people over 50 do not sleep well. Many are taking sleep aids like Tylenol PM that have an antihistamine like Benadryl in them. The Benadryl makes you drowsy and the Tylenol helps with muscle and joint pain that can wake you. They are Band-Aids on your symptoms of insomnia and joint pain. They do not treat why you have insomnia or joint pain. Now a new study published in JAMA shows a connection to dementia and some over the counter sleep aids. Benadryl falls under the category of drugs called Anticholinergics.

“In a recent report published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found convincing evidence that frequent and long-term use of anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl increases the risk of dementia.

Anticholinergics block the action of the acetylcholine, an excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. Acetylcholine has a wide variety of known functions, including learning and memory. Anticholinergic drugs–which include some antihistamines (like Benadryl), tricyclic antidepressants, drugs for Parkinson’s and meds for overactive bladders, are widely used by older adults. ”

As a Naturopathic physician our job is to try to find out why you have a symptom. There are many reasons for insomnia. High night time cortisol, blood sugar swings during the night, pain, low serotonin, low melatonin to name a few. Make no mistake all pharmaceuticals have side effects, some side effects, as in this case don’t show up until the drug has been on the market for a long time.

My goal with my patients is to do a full review of system from head to toe and start connecting the dots and identifying the cause of their symptoms. Remember your body is good at balance, as a result you do not get a symptom until you have had a long term imbalance and the body can no longer keep up.

Best in Health.

Cynthia Bye, ND, FABNO
Board Certified in Naturopathic Oncology
www.cynthiabye.com.


 

by Dr. Marc Davis, Wellness Expert

As you step out of bed to begin a new day, your breath is suddenly taken away by a dual sensation of sharp pain and tenderness directly beneath your heel.  Does this sound familiar? If so, you aren’t alone.

This annoying and disabling foot condition, which is aggravated by running or walking (especially upon walking), is known as plantar fasciitis: an inflammation in the band of connective tissue along the sole of the foot.

Each year, an estimated two million people develop plantar fasciitis.  The good news is that it’s avoidable and may be alleviated with chiropractic care.

Dr Davis uses a multifaceted strategy to ward off this common foot complaint.  Why more than one approach? Because scientific research indicates that no single technique is effective in all instances (Clin Poditr Med Durg 2001;18:225-31).

 

Education

Doctors of chiropractic believe in empowering patients with knowledge by teaching them about the anatomy behind their complaints.

Before developing a care plan, Dr Davis explains that the plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous band that fans out over the sole of the foot – ending just before the toes.  It works like a rubber band, maintaining the foot’s complex arch system necessary for stability and locomotion.

Plantar fasciitis doesn’t usually result from a single event.  Rather, it develops slowly from repetitive trauma.

Postural Alignment

Dr Davis focuses on holistic healing, which stresses averting health problems rather than masking symptoms with drugs.  Doctors of chiropractic view the body as a whole, connected unit: each part affects the others.

This holistic approach to wellness centers on spinal health, specifically detecting and correcting a common disorder called vertebral subluxation.  Vertebral subluxations are areas in the spine where movement is restricted or vertebrae (bones) are slightly out of alignment.

Even the slightest misalignment can wreak havoc on the entire body.  For example, vertebral subluxations often trigger misalignments in the hip joints, causing one hip to rest slightly higher than the other.  In turn, a disproportionate amount of force is directed on one knee and foot – sparking a plethora of musculoskeletal disorders, including plantar fasciitis.

Asymmetry of bones may also spur impaired postural stability, producing more pain and further misalignment.  In one study, researchers noted that patients with severe low back pain consistently scored lower on stability tests than healthy controls.  They concluded that “impaired postural stability seems to be one factor in multidimensional symptomatology of patients with chronic low back trouble” (Spine 1998;23:2081-9.)

Chiropractors use gentle and safe maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments to correct the misalignments of the bones that induce vertebral subluxations.  A wealth of research supports this all natural approach, which helps restore motion and relieve pain without side effects.  In an investigation of two patients suffering from foot pain, podiatrists observed that “chiropractic manipulation of the lumbar spine resulted in alleviation of the lower extremity symptoms.” (J Am Posiatr Med Assoc 1991;81:150-4.)

In addition to adjusting the joints of the spine, chiropractors often adjust the joints of the foot and ankle in patients suffering from plantar fasciitis – as the condition is associated with restricted movement for the foot and ankle.

Physiotherapy

As proponents of holistic health care, doctors of chiropractic caution patients to use medication and surgery only when absolutely necessary.  Drugs and invasive surgery are accompanied by a host of side effects, which may spur serious health problems.  Instead, in addition to chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors often employ physiotherapy techniques to alleviate the pain of plantar fasciitis.  Physiotherapy remedies may include cross-friction massage, ultrasound, ice and heat.

Stretch & Strengthen

To speed healing, doctors of chiropractic teach patients stretches that increase flexibility in the plantar fascia, Achilles’ tendon and calf muscles.  Stretching several times during the day is most effective – especially before exercise and upon rising from bed.

Activity Restrictions

Your doctor of chiropractic may advise you to rest and refrain from activities that place pressure on the feet.

But your doctor will also emphasize that continuing to exercise is important for a healthy immune system.  Rather that impact sports, switch to swimming or water aerobics to maintain cardiovascular fitness while you recover.  Stationary bicycles and elliptical trainers are also non impact.

Shoes

Chiropractors also instruct patients about the link between shoes and plantar fasciitis.  In a normal, walking stride, two to three times the body’s weight lands on the heel as it hits the ground.  The more shoes wear, the less shock they absorb – and the more traumas they transfer to the foot.  This lack of cushioning accelerates the onset of plantar fasciitis.

So can improper construction.  A tri-athlete developed plantar fasciitis due, in part, to a defective running show.  Specifically, the right shoes heel as glued at an inward angle, causing it to tilt differently that the left (J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2000;30:21-8).

Shoes, like care shocks, need regular inspections and replacement.  Sneakers that are worn several times a week should be replaced after three to six months – or about 500 miles.  Other factors, such as walking on hard surfaces and obesity, hasten this decline.

Arch Supports

The plantar fascia works to maintain the foot’s three arches, which aid in locomotion and provide support and stability.  While a long plantar fascia creates a long arch, a short one results in a short arch.  That’s why a doctor of chiropractic may recommend arch supports or custom made orthotics to achieve optimum foot health.

Heel Cups

In addition to suggesting arch supports, chiropractors may also prescribe heel cups.  Heel cups are constructed from a hard plastic or rubber material.  They slip into the rear part of the shoe, cradling the heel bone and preventing the protective fat pad at the base of the heel from spreading out during heel strike.

Children also at Risk

Plantar fasciitis isn’t just for grown ups: An increasing number of children are suffering from the condition.  New research reveals that foot and ankle maladies are the second most common musculoskeletal disorder in children younger than 10 years of age.  One study, performed at the Boston Children’s Hospital in the Sports’ Medicine Clinic, cited plantar fasciitis as one of the leading foot complain in youngsters (Med Sci Sports Exerc 1999;31:S470-86).

Proactive Prevention

If you suspect that you have a plantar fasciitis, consult a doctor of chiropractic immediately, it’s essential to rule out other foot problems that could mimic similar pain.

Optimal Health University™ is a professional service of PreventiCare Publishing®. The information and recommendations are appropriate in most instances. They are not, however, a substitute for consultation with a health-care provider such as Dr. Davis. Copyright, 2013.

Dr. Marc Davis adjusts patients at Davis Family Chiropractic, a thriving wellness-oriented office located next to Fred Meyer in Fisher’s Landing. For FREE monthly tips and community events subscribe to Dr. Davis’ blog “Life Naturally” by going to www.davisfamilychiro.com and clicking on “Blog”. To schedule a time to meet with Dr. Davis, or to get information about having him speak at your club, church group or workplace, call (360) 823-2225. Mention “LacamasMagazine” and “Free Scan” to get your Computerized Back and Neck Scan (regularly $210) for FREE (limited time offer).

Dr. Marc Davis

DAVIS FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, PLLC
www.davisfamilychiro.com
“For a Lifetime of Standing Tall!”
2415 SE 165TH Avenue, Suite 103
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 823-2225

 

Presented by Marc Davis, DC

Many people consider visiting a chiropractor only after suffering years of unnecessary pain.  However, Dr. Davis knows that focusing on prevention is key to long- term well-being.  That means adopting a proactive approach to health.  Just as you schedule regular dental cleanings to prevent tooth and gum decay, it’s essential to arrange consistent chiropractic checkups to stave off spinal decay and related ailments.

What is chiropractic preventive wellness care?

Referred to as proactive care, spinal hygiene, maintenance care, preventive care, wellness or preventive wellness care, this revolutionary chiropractic program rests on the philosophy that long-term well-being stems from eradicating underlying causes of future conditions- stopping them before they start.

Who tries Chiropractic preventive care?

Dr. Davis finds that patients embark on wellness care programs in one of two circumstances. 

Today’s savvy health-care consumers are enlightened about the benefits of preventive care and the dangers of painkillers and other medication.  The health-care tide is turning as many individuals shift their attitude about health care from one of “damage control” to one centering on prevention.  This renaissance in the way we regard health care has sparked a growing number of forward-thinking, pain-free people to seek out chiropractic wellness care.

A second group of people discover the benefits of wellness care after receiving chiropractic care for pain relief.  When their pain subsides, they transition into a wellness care plan.

Why should I continue chiropractic care after my injury is resolved?

Not only is spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) effective, but ongoing maintenance care results in better long-term outcomes.  These findings are from a new study published in the journal Spine.

The prospective, blinded, placebo-controlled study tracked 60 patients, with chronic, nonspecific low-back pain lasting at least six months.

According to the article, patients “were randomized to receive either (1) 12 treatments of sham SMT over a 1 month period, (2) 12 treatments, consisting of SMT over a 1 month period, but no treatments for the subsequent 9 months, or (3) 12 treatments over a 1 month period, along with “maintenance spinal manipulation” every 2 weeks for the following 9 months.  To determine any difference among therapies, we measured pain and disability scores, generic health status, and back-specific patient satisfaction at baseline and at 1-, 4-, 7-, and 10-month intervals.”

Results revealed that “patients in second and third groups experienced significantly lower pain and disability scores than first group at the end of 1 month period.  However, only the third group that was given spinal manipulations (SM) during the follow up period showed more improvement in pain and disability scores at the 10 month evaluation.”

The study’s authors conclude: “SMT is effective for the treatment of chronic nonspecific LBP.  To obtain long-term benefit, this study suggests maintenance SM after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.” (Spine 2011;36:1427-37.)

What happens during a wellness care visit?

A preventive chiropractic checkup typically includes a posture analysis and a spinal examination to detect areas in the spine where movement is restricted or spinal bones (vertebrae) are slightly out of place.

These dysfunctional spinal segments are called vertebral subluxations.  Dr.  Davis corrects these areas with gentle and effective maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments (also known as spinal manipulative therapy or SMT).

Because wellness visits are focused on prevention rather than pain relief, the doctor takes time to educate patients about factors influencing long-term disease prevention, with a holistic-whole person-emphasis.  Therefore, this visit incorporates late-breaking research information on topics like ergonomics, nutrition, stress reduction, the side effects of medication, environmental toxins, exercise and how emotional outlook affects the body.  The goal is to identify and remove any risk factors before they trigger disease.

Why should I schedule a chiropractic checkup when I’m not in pain?

Symptoms are not the “early warning signs” many individuals consider them to be.

Symptoms like pain or restricted movement usually do not appear until late in a disease process – often when it is too late for the malady to be reversed.

By maintaining a subluxation free spine, preventive checkups correct the underlying trigger of conditions like back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome and jaw pain.

Chiropractic wellness care also hold more sinister maladies at bay.  For instance, scientific studies show that unrestricted joints have better range of motion – making them less likely to be depleted of joint fluid and cartilage.  By keeping joints mobile, chiropractic helps prevent conditions like osteoarthritis before the advent of joint degeneration – and long before symptoms emerge.

It’s especially important to ward off arthritis before pain appears, because the severity of degeneration to the spine is not necessarily associated with pain.  In one study, 180 patients with neck pain completed questionnaires and a disability assessment.  They also underwent X-ray imaging to determine the extent of degeneration in the spine of their necks (cervical spines).

Results revealed no statistically significant difference in pain severity or disability between the patients with–and without—cervical degeneration.

“According to the findings, the number of levels of cervical degeneration and the severity of degeneration in the discs [and joint of the spine] are not related to the levels of pain and disability.” (Spine 2003;27:129-33.)

I have heard that chiropractic care may prevent problems not directly related to the spine.  Is that true?

Yes.  Exciting new scientific evidence indicates that people who follow a chiropractic wellness plan enjoy a better overall quality of life.  Wellness care patients often report a reduced occurrence of colds, allergies and other ailments.  Many professional athletes adhere to a chiropractic preventive care program because they say it enhances their performance.  Bolstered energy, sharpened mental functioning, decreased fatigue, more restful sleep and diminished stress are other benefits mentioned by preventive care patients.

And, research indicates that chiropractic wellness care may prevent a myriad of diseases not typically related to the spine.  These include breathing problems, hypertension, and multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, hearing problems, infertility, intestinal disorders, asthma, ear infections and infantile colic.  And that’s just for starters!

Is wellness care expensive?

As with all aspects of health, the old adage that “a stitch in time saves nine” applies to chiropractic care.  Savvy health-care consumers know that recurring chiropractic checkups ward off expensive and disabling conditions down the road.

By keeping you free of pain and disability, wellness care eliminates the need for costly medication and surgery, saving you money in the long run.

While health is priceless, we understand that cost is a concern for some.  This chiropractic office works with patients to develop creative, affordable individual and family payment plans to fit any budget.  Before assuming that your family cannot manage the expense of wellness care, please ask us about these opportunities – you’ll be surprised how reasonable they are!

How frequent are regular wellness checkups?

The frequency of preventative checkups depends on a host of factors.  Only your doctor of chiropractic can determine the optimal incidence for your wellness care visits.

At what point should I talk to the doctor about wellness care options?

It is never too early to start planning for preventive care.  Even if you are still under a pain management care plan, ask the doctor today about when you can transition to a wellness care plan, and what types of programs are available.

Optimal Health University™ is a professional service of PreventiCare Publishing®. The information and recommendations are appropriate in most instances. They are not, however, a substitute for consultation with a health-care provider such as Dr. Davis. Copyright, 2012.

Dr. Marc Davis adjusts patients at Davis Family Chiropractic, a thriving wellness-oriented office located next to Fred Meyer in Fisher’s Landing. For FREE monthly tips and community events subscribe to Dr. Davis’ blog “Health Naturally” by going to www.davisfamilychiro.com and clicking on “Blog”.  To schedule a time to meet with Dr. Davis call (360) 823-2225. Mention “LacamasMagazine” and “Free Scan” to get your free computerized Back and Neck Scan (regularly $210).

 

Locally Owned will highlight local businesses in the Camas, Washougal/East County area. Many of us prefer to support our friends and neighbors; these articles will help you get to know them a little bit better.

In this edition, we visit a Camas stalwart for nearly a decade – Lacamas Medical Group. Nestled on the corner of 3rd Street and 2nd Street, Lacamas Medical Group or LMG has been treating small emergencies and been a family doctor to many of us. I was able to sit down and have a conversation with founder and clinician, Scott Jonason, PA-C.

SS: Where do you see Primary Care today?
Jonason: I have been a clinician for over 18 years now. For the first time, there is a focus on primary care. As a medical society, we have come to realize that we can save lives…and money through preventive medicine. By understanding our patients and uncovering problems early and by intervening early, we are able to lessen the effects of chronic disease. Chronic disease is such a large component of illness and cost in our healthcare challenges.

SS: Tell me a little about Lacamas Medical Group.
Jonason: We started from the ground up in 2003. We began right out of the gate with EMR (electronic medical records) which was unusual for new clinics at the time. We started with and have maintained an Open Access model to scheduling. That means we don’t fill our time slots solid, we force gaps so that we have room to see patients when they need to be seen. That is better for them and better for continuity of care so that they are having to seek treatment elsewhere. This model works for helping patients with Same Day or Urgent Care needs.

SS: What sets Lacamas Medical Group apart from other clinics?
Jonason: We are small enough to provide more personable care and service than larger clinics, yet large enough to offer extended hours, onsite lab and X-ray, as well as having enough varied provider personalities to match patient needs.

SS: LMG has implemented many innovations to improve your patients’ health care experience, tell me about some of those.
Jonason: We are always looking for ways to be more efficient and effective for our patients, always making their care better and not diminished by those changes. One such addition is our in-clinic pharmacy. We are now able to offer several generic medications right in our office, saving them the trip to another location. We have a HIPAA compliant patient portal that offers secure communication between LMG staff and patients – covering everything from lab results to appointment reminders. We recently upgraded to a digital X-ray machine offering a dramatic improvement to the quality of images. This allows us to see things that might have been missed or more difficult to see.

SS: How does Lacamas Medical Group connect with the local community?
Jonason: We are really excited to announce that LMG is going to be a major sponsor of Camas Days this year. Annually, we offer the Camas School District sports physical scholarships to assist young athletes in each of our local schools. LMG is one of the only independent groups that offers free immunization clinics in Clark County, whether they are our patients or not. We have also enjoyed manning First Aid Tents at a variety of area events and schools functions and I have had the honor of being the Camas Football Team Doc for the past three years.

My take: Lacamas Medical Group sets itself apart from much of today’s blurred and sterile turnstile healthcare by offering personable, personalized health care. In my opinion, a bit of a rare find today. Having a more personal relationship between the clinician and the patient allows more access, better knowledge of the patient. This makes it easier to identify and manage both acute and chronic illnesses. In my conversation with Scott, he admitted, “That personal insight has many times helped me catch something early… that might have otherwise easily been missed.” Imagine, a medical provider that knows you well enough to spot subtle changes in you that they recognize something warrants a closer look. Small enough to be personable, large enough be technologically advanced.

Lacamas Medical Group is open Monday through Friday 8am to 7pm, Saturdays 9am to 2pm. Visit www.LacamasMedicalGroup.com or call 360-838-2440.

About the contributor: Seth Sjostrom is a local resident and author. His first release, Blood in the Snow, is now available. For more information on Seth or his books, visit www.wolfprintpublishing.com.

By Cynthia Bye, ND
Lacamas Magazine Contributor

For those that have been with me for a while, you know that I am an advocate of letting yourself or your children have a fever. Remember the body does things for a reason. When we get an invader in the body, the body in its infinite wisdom raises our body temperature to a level that is inhospitable to the invader. The only danger is if the temperature goes too high, or in children it raises too fast. In the case of children where a fever comes on quickly they can have a seizure and the first thing to do is put them in a cold bath and call 911. They will usually come out of it quickly as the cold bath brings down their temperature. My brother used to have these when we were growing up. A good immune response is a fever in the 101-103 range. Most bacteria and virus can not live at that temperature.

There have been many studies showing the side effects of all the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS). We know that aspirin is hard on the gut, and acetaminophen and ibuprophen are toxic to the liver and kidneys.

Now a study about acetaminophen adding to asthma. We have known that there has been a significant increase in childhood asthma since the 1980′s. Many things contribute to this increase, change in diet, more sugar, dyes and preservatives in food, and now we are making the connection to the use of acetaminophen. The most recent studies show that acetaminophen decreases glutathione in the lungs. Glutathione is an enzyme that helps repair oxidative damage that causes inflammation in the lung tissue.

I know I sound like a broken record, but if you have enough pain or inflammation to need a NSAID, you need to treat the cause of the inflammation. The longer I am a physician the more I see that all disease is caused by inflammation. I see this in all my cancer patients. What is inflammation except the immune system reacting to some irritant. So let’s figure out what is irritating the body instead of taking a NSAID to reduce the symptom of inflammation, treat what is causing it. If you have a fever the irritant is a invader, if you have joint pain or allergies you most likely have a food allergy or bad digestion. Treat cause not symptoms.

Take medication only when you have to, and then work on why you have to take the medication so you can get off of it.