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This is the time of year for heat and more heat as the days and the nights seem to stay hot in June.  The dry heat blast out the door from the cool air conditioning can be a shock to the system.  Remember to stay hydrated and carry extra water when you travel, even locally.  A car breakdown can get hot in a few minutes if you wait for a tow truck or other help to arrive.

Many patients are unaware that we have a therapy available known by different names called Laser Therapy, Red Light Laser, or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).  Our two instruments for LLLT are Dynatronic Brand Lasers which come with light pads to treat larger areas and a hand held device called a probe.  Both devices produce three different frequencies of red light which have a different physiological effect on tissue in the area of treatment.  There is also an expanded area of treatment with something called scatter where the light is reflected to nearby tissue.  Cold Laser increases microcirculation, bringing more blood to an area of injury, bruising, or even neuropathy to help your body heal.  The second significant impact of Laser Therapy is the stimulation of the cells Mitochondria to produce ATP, adenosine tri-phosphate, the bodies energy source to make cells function and can increase that function with the Red Light Therapy.  This can reduce swelling or may cause increased cellular activity in general.  The manufacturer recommends five treatments in a two week period to test the effectiveness in a given clinical situation.  Although the Laser Therapy creates warmth in the treatment area as an indicator of increased cellular activity, it is a light producing devise, not a thermal or heat therapy.  As our goal is to get you better as fast as we can, most patient's respond well to the adjustments alone and do not require the additional Laser Therapy and the additional cost of that care.  If you are interested in more information, ask Jan or myself on your next visit. 

When people forget or miss an appointment without notifying us in a timely manner, we are unable to schedule someone on the waiting list to allow them to get the care they need, so two patients are not getting the care they need. We will be charging a $30 missed appointment charge if you miss or cancel an appointment without a 24 hour notice.  We have not wanted to enforce this policy but the number of missed appointments is increasing and people are not getting proper care.

We are working hard to keep everyone safe and Coronavirus free in our office.  We try to be available at your scheduled time and limit the opportunity to have you near any other patients as you move through the office.  Thank you for telling others about us.  Don't forget to tell anyone interested in coming to us for care that they can learn about us from our www.tempechiro.net website which shows the office and the instruments we use.

We hope you enjoy the research articles.

Current Articles

» Research Supports The Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care for Chronic Headaches
» Slow and Steady Is the Best Way to Lose Weight
» Dangers of Energy Drinks

Research Supports The Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care for Chronic Headaches

Research is catching up to what chiropractors and satisfied headache patients have known for decades: there's a positive correlation between chiropractic care and relief from chronic headaches. And the research confirms multiple positive benefits that include reduced headache intensity, duration and frequency.

4 Major Research Studies

The first major waves came from a 2012 migraine study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. While small (10 patients), there was a 100% success rate in reducing migraine headache pain by implementing a combination of neck massage and chiropractic care on the neck. Eight of the 10 patients reported that their pain was cut in at least half.

Four years later, a larger study on cervicogenic headaches—headache pain that originates from the neck— supported the 2012 study. Researchers followed 110 patients and the effects a neck and spinal adjustments had on headache intensity, frequency, duration and more. Patients reported improvement in all three measures within a week.

In 2018, an even larger study on 256 cervicogenic headache patients was conducted. This particular study set out to determine not so much if chiropractic was beneficial, but rather the impact of chiropractic care on headaches based on how many treatment sessions patients underwent.

Researchers discovered what’s called a linear dose-response, meaning the numbers got steadily better for those who underwent the most sessions. Patients reported improvements similar to the aforementioned studies, along with reduced medication use.

The only thing data doesn’t show yet is where the Goldilocks zone of chiropractic care is for headaches. In other words, what is the ideal range of chiropractic treatments required to provide relief.

And then in October 2020, the European Journal of Pain published a meta-analysis on seven studies evaluating how spinal manipulation therapy impacted cervicogenic headaches. Once again, chiropractic care came through for providing pain relief, reducing the number of and intensity.

Why Chiropractic Works for Headaches

Simply put, chiropractors utilize techniques that specifically target headache-inducing spinal fixations, muscle spasms and neurologic malfunctioning, allowing your body to restore normal spinal joint function, relax muscles, increase blood flow, calm inflammation and restore normal nerve function.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ejp.1632

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Slow and Steady Is the Best Way to Lose Weight

We all know about the story of the tortoise and the hare and how steady and consistent pacing wins the race.  Well it turns out that applies to long-term weight loss as well. Individuals who lose small amounts of weight over a consistent period of time show more sustained overall weight loss than those who crash diet.

Successful Dieters Lose Consistent Amounts of Weight Weekly

Researchers out of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA examined data on 183 overweight and obese adults who were participating in a weight loss program. The program offered meal replacement and structure for calorie monitoring and exercise. Over the course of the two-year program, the most successful dieters were those who showed a steady, consistent weight loss in the first three months, as opposed to those participants who had more variable weight loss on a week-to-week basis.

According to psychology researchers at Drexel, some participants go into the program trying to lose as much weight as possible right way. However, despite showing big losses one week, they are typically hungry and anxious and unable to sustain the diet program for more than a week or so. Frustrated, they regain some of the weight, get upset and try to lose as much as they can again, creating a cycles of losing and gaining.

Those dieters who set more modest goals typically were able to sustain their calorie and exercise goals over a prolonged period of time, leading to greater weight loss and improved health.

Consistent Behavior May Be the Key to Success

The study further showed that participants who were emotional eaters, binge eaters, or preoccupied with food at the beginning of the program tended to have greater weight loss variability and generally lost less weight overall. This suggests that effectively losing weight may have more to do with steady consistent behavior than changing one’s relationship with food.

While sometimes the best you can do is get back on track, it may be better in the long run to set modest, attainable goals rather than try to completely change beliefs and ideologies in the pursuit of improved health.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Obesity. September 2017. Volume 25, Issue 9, Pages 1461–1640.

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Dangers of Energy Drinks

According to a new study, consuming enough energy drink can lead to certain concerning characteristics in heart function and blood pressure outside of those seen solely from caffeine.  Energy drinks are extremely popular with hundreds of versions currently available for sale. Unfortunately, these beverages have become associated with emergency-room visits and even death. While the makers of energy drinks claim that the products pose no more dangers than those related to caffeine, the evidence does not necessarily reflect this assertion. Caffeine in certain doses is considered normal by the FDA. For example, approximately 400 mg of caffeine can be found in about five cups of coffee. While the dangers of energy drinks are usually related to their caffeine content, it is the other ingredients which may pose the risk. The physical changes in a group of subjects (both male and female) were observed after the subjects had consumed an energy drink and a caffeinated beverage that lacked the other types of ingredients energy drinks are known for. These additional ingredients include 4 ounces of sugar, taurine, B vitamins, and other contents found in brand-name energy drinks like Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, and Monster. The results showed certain concerning cardiovascular changes including an increase in blood pressure after the consumption of energy drinks. Be smart and play it safe. If you choose to consume energy drinks, do so in moderation and ensure you do not suffer from any sort of cardiovascular conditions or issues or other health ailments that could result in a visit to the emergency room or worse.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of the American Heart Association, online April 26, 2017.

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