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February 2012 Health Newsletter


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» Scoliosis in Children
» Back Pain Causes Memory Deficits
» Memory Loss Can Begin In Our Forties
» B Vitamins Good For Memory
» Cancer Rates Decreasing, But Slowly

Scoliosis in Children

 Scoliosis Helped with Chiropractic - A Case Study

In the May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health is a case study documenting the improvement through chiropractic of a 14-year-old girl with idiopathic scoliosis. Scoliosis is described as a lateral curvature of the spine with vertebral rotation. According to the study author, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis affects between 2 to 9 percent of the population.

Hailey sitting treesIdiopathic scoliosis means curvature of the spine from an unknown origin. The results of this can include such problems as back pain, postural problems, self-image issues, and in more severe cases, even breathing difficulties.

In this case, a 14-year-old girl was brought to the chiropractor for evaluation of her adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. It was also reported that her chief complaint was mild mid-back and hip pain made worse by running cross-country at school and sitting in a chair for prolonged periods of time. She also reported that she did not have the same level of stamina as other girls on her cross-country team.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included postural x-rays. The curvature was measured on the x-ray to be 24 degrees on the primary curve and 17 degrees for the secondary curvature. Chiropractic care was initiated at a frequency of twice a week for 2 months then decreasing to weekly for a while before eventually being seen on a monthly basis. During this time the patient was given chiropractic adjustments along with rehabilitative exercises.

After 17 months of care, her scoliosis had improved from angles of 24°/17° down to angles of only 15°/6°. Her breathing improved as did her chest expansion ability. The range of motion for her torso also improved. All the indicators continued to improve on follow-ups over a 4 year period.

In his discussion, the author summed of this case by stating, "Chiropractic rehabilitation, when correctly applied to patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, can have a significant, longstanding effect on the structure of the spine and related symptoms."

Author: May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric
Source: May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric
Copyright: May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric 2011


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Back Pain Causes Memory Deficits
According to research, chronic back pain sufferers experience more than just discomfort, they may also experience significant problems with short-term memory. In this study, the short-term memory of 50 chronic back pain subjects were compared with the short-term memory of 50 pain-free subjects. The results showed chronic back pain subjects had significantly impaired short-term memory as compared with their pain-free counterparts. Researchers believed the short-term memory impairment was due to either the impact that pain and stress had on cognitive function and/or the side effects of steroid treatment that back pain sufferers may have been exposed to. We encourage those with back pain to immediately seek the services of a licensed chiropractor to ensure their back pain does not become chronic and does not begin to affect one’s memory.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Psychosomatic Medicine, February/March 2007.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2007


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Memory Loss Can Begin In Our Forties

A British study has found brain functions including memory can begin declining as early as the mid-forties and possibly earlier. This decline includes memory, reasoning and comprehension abilities. The results come from a 10-year study involving more than 7,000 British government workers. This study comes as a surprise to the medical community as researchers had originally expected to see no decline in cognitive functioning in those 45 to 49. They instead found a modest decline in mental reasoning in both males and females in this age range. As they evaluated older individuals, they found the cognitive declines even greater. Although, one third of those studied between the ages of 45 and 70 showed no loss in cognitive function and thus, not all aging individuals experience reduction in those cognitive abilities tested. Researchers did not include anyone younger than the age of 45 but based on these findings believe brain functions could actually begin declining in those younger than 45 years. Researchers believe that conditions negatively affecting cardiovascular function, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are likely associated with these cognitive deteriorations.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. January 6, 2012.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012


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B Vitamins Good For Memory

While not necessarily giving your average Joe a photographic memory, results from a new Australian study indicate taking folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements over the course of several years may enhance the memory in a number of aging adults. The study examined more than 700 individuals aged 60 to 74 years who showed mild signs of depression. Participants were provided with pills containing either 400 micrograms of folic acid and 100 micrograms of vitamin B12, or a placebo pill containing no B vitamins or active ingredients. Participants were never informed which pills they were receiving. After one year no differences were detected between the two groups in various mental test scores. However, after two years those taking the pills containing the B vitamins began showing larger improvements in their memory test scores. Although more research is needed, this study seems to suggest there may be some cognitive related benefits for certain individuals who take B vitamin supplements longer term.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online December 14, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012


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Cancer Rates Decreasing, But Slowly

It appears that advances in cancer screenings and cancer treatments may be working as a new report indicates deaths from cancers are continuing to drop. According to the most recent American Cancer Society annual report, between 2004 and 2008 cancer death rates dropped 1.6 percent in women and 1.8 percent in men annually. Although the rate drops are small, they are significant and a good sign as rates have continually dropped each year over the last 10 years. As good as this news is, it's still projected that more than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer and close to 600K individuals will die from cancer this year alone within the United States.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Cancer Statistics, 2012; Cancer Facts & Figures 2012. American Cancer Society.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012


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