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February 2010 Health Newsletter

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» Study Shows Chiropractic Care Helps Patient Suffering from Tourette Syndrome (TS
» Study Shows Chiropractic Care Aids Asthmatics
» Chiropractic Care Offers Benefits Beyond Easing Neck and Back Pain
» Indiana Colts Dwight Freeney Using Chiropractic To Heal Ankle
» Patients in Medicare Demonstration Project Give Chiropractors High Marks
» Chiropractors Get Involved with Haiti Relief Mission
» Green Tea Assists Mood In Elderly

Study Shows Chiropractic Care Helps Patient Suffering from Tourette Syndrome (TS

 Patient Sees Reduction in Motor and Vocal Tics

 Chiropractic care is often thought of by the public only in terms of relief from back and neck pain, but doctors of chiropractic have long espoused the health benefits received by patients for a wide variety of ailments.

 “There are certainly no guarantees with any course of care,” said Dr. James Baranski, D.C., a Ventura-based chiropractor who strives to keep current with the latest research and developments in health and wellness.   “And every case depends on the specific factors associated with that case.  But we see, from time to time, individual case studies that give rise to hope for many.” 

 Dr. Baranski cited a recent case study involving a 20-year old female suffering from Tourette syndrome symptoms since the age of three.  The young woman exhibited uncontrollable throat-clearing and blowing of air through her nose.  She also experienced muscle contractions in her face, rapid eye-blinking, and whole body shaking.  Frequent and severe headaches also were a problem.

 “Tourette syndrome is characterized by unwanted, irresistible movements of body parts and vocalizations, called motor and vocal tics,” said Dr. Baranski.  

 This particular patient and her family wanted to avoid traditional treatment for Tourette—pharmaceutical intervention. She presented herself for chiropractic examination, which determined the presence of vertebral subluxations.

 “A subluxation is a misalignment of the spine that disturbs normal nervous system function,” said Dr. Baranski.  “Many chiropractors, including myself, have special, non-intrusive technology that allows them to conduct thermal and Surface Electromyography (sEMG) tests to assist in locating where such conditions exist.”

 According to the case study, which was reported in a recent issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, "due to the unknown etiology of motor and vocal tics in TS, the mechanism of how the corrections of vertebral subluxations through chiropractic adjustments can decrease the occurrence of these tics is difficult to propose.  Knowing that TS is a condition arising from supraspinal structures, and in the case of this patient, are brought on by stress, a general mechanism can be established with reasonable backing."

 The patient was placed in chiropractic care for a total of 32 visits over a one-year period.  She reported significant decreases in the length and severity of her motor and vocal tics, as well as a reduction in the headaches she had been experiencing.

 “This is just one case study,” Dr. Baranski emphasized, “and more studies are needed before any absolute conclusions can be drawn.  But as chiropractors, we believe that the nervous system is the master-controller of the systems and functions of the human body.  It stands to reason, then, that improvement in nervous system function, which is what we do as chiropractors, can have a beneficial effect on overall health.”  

 Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Baranski, whose office is located at 4601 Telephone Road, Ste. 110, Ventura, CA 93003 (telephone 805-642-4061).



Author: Dr. Matthew McCoy, D.C., MPH
Source: Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health. Oct. 10, 2009
Copyright: Dr. Matthew McCoy, D.C., MPH 2009

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Study Shows Chiropractic Care Aids Asthmatics

Doctor and Technology Offer a Breath of Fresh Air  Dr. Curtis Fedorchuk, a chiropractor from Dahlonaga, Georgia armed with technology that has been used by NASA, has made remarkable inroads in the battle against asthma. Fedorchuk's research was recently published in The Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Researchand detailed the wonderful transformation of his star patient — a 7-year old girl who had suffered from severe asthma and chronic cough for almost her entire life.  Before encountering Dr. Fedorchuk, this little girl was using multiple oral medications and inhalers that totaled 24 inhalations per day — yet her symptoms persisted. Her parents were not only shouldering the financial burden of their daughter's care, but the hours of lost sleep caused by asthma attacks impacted the entire family. Concerned about the volume of medications that their daughter was consuming, the parents sought help from Dr. Fedorchuk.  Following an examination using the Insight Discovery Subluxation Station (the diagnostic tool that has not only benefited the Space program, but has been used by chiropractors treating Super Bowl champions and Olympic gold medalists), the young girl began receiving chiropractic adjustments. By nightfall after her first adjustment, the little girl's coughing ceased. Over the next three weeks (while visiting Dr. Fedorchuk for adjustments 2-3 times per week), the little girl's mom reported no attacks, an increase in activity levels, and a decrease in the need to use an inhaler. After 4 weeks, she was no longer using the inhalers. Her teachers noticed the change in the child's demeanor, while swimming and running became part of her everyday life. Subsequent tests showed an increase in lung capacity and the little girl's visits to the chiropractor became less frequent. Within 10 months of from the onset of care, Dr. Fedorchuk's young patient was no longer using any medications — only carrying Albuterol in the event of an emergency. Childhood asthma is a prevalent in the United States with nine million people under the age of 18 suffering from this debilitating lung ailment, four times as many as 20 years ago.  For some, this leads to a lifetime of suffering or, for those less fortunate, death. There are approximately 5,000 deaths annually in the U.S. that are linked to asthma.   The use of technology identifies areas of disturbance in the nervous system that could be caused by stress, trauma or toxins. Asthmatics have more frequent incidents of misalignment of the upper and lower thoracic region, which is the area of the shoulders and below.  That condition can lead to dysponesis — best described as a short circuit effect between the brain and muscles — which in turn causes abnormal tonic muscle activity. Shoulder tension triggers a decrease in lung volume, which increases the likelihood of respiratory ailments. The patient simply has less air to breathe. Since dysponesis can lead to asthma, we can now help prevent or manage the disease by treating its underlying cause.   Today's medical treatment of asthma remains largely pharmacological. Despite the increase in prescription drug usage, the prevalence of asthma increased 75% from 1980-1994. Direct health care costs for asthma-related illnesses in the U.S. amount to more than $11.5 billion annually — with over $5 billion of that figure being directed towards prescription drugs. Aside from the obvious physical benefits this little girl derived from her chiropractic adjustments, one can't dismiss the financial ramifications during this time of economic woe. Her need for medication decreased along with her medical bills. With all that in mind, you might say that chiropractic care for asthmatics is a breath of fresh air.   Curtis Fedorchuk, "Correction of Subluxation and Reduction of Dysponesis in a 7 Year-Old Child Suffering From Chronic Cough and Asthma: A Case Report," Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, November 26, 2007.

Author: Curtis Fedorchuk
Source: Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, November 26, 2007.
Copyright: Curtis Fedorchuk 2007

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Chiropractic Care Offers Benefits Beyond Easing Neck and Back Pain

 "Resolution of Headaches in a 13 Year-Old Following Restoration of Cervical Curvature Utilizing Chiropractic Biophysics:  A Case Report"


13-year old boy was headache sufferer for four years

            According to a case study published late last fall in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, a course of chiropractic care was successful in completely eliminating headaches a 13-year old male patient had been experiencing at least five hours a day for four years.

            Headaches are a common disorder affecting two-thirds of the world's population, but we are still in the dark about all the causal factors and, in many instances, the most effective treatment options, which often depend on the mechanics of the specific type of headache presented.  Experts have recognized 14 distinct types of headache.

            This particular case study concerns what is known as a cervicogenic headache, likely caused by poor joint function impacting the cervical spine and causing a malfunction of the nervous system.  This type of headache presents symptoms such as "recurrent moderate to severe headaches arising from the neck . . . ."  The cervical spine most often shows reduced range of motion, which causes pain spikes with certain movements of the head and neck.

            The initial chiropractic examination of the patient involved in this case study noted problems with posture and range of motion, along with "subluxations" in the thoracic and cervical spine.

                A subluxation is a misalignment of the spine that disturbs normal nervous system function.  Many chiropractors  have special, non-intrusive technology that allows them to conduct thermal and Surface Electromyography (sEMG) tests to assist in locating where such conditions exist.  Because we know that the nervous system is the master controller of almost all bodily functions," Dr. Doe continued, "we are not surprised when improvement of nervous system function contributes greatly to normal bodily function in a wide variety of areas."

            After just six weeks of chiropractic care, the patient's posture and range of motion improved significantly.  More important to the young man, he was headache free for the first time in four years.

                There are certainly no guarantees with any course of care and every case depends on the specific factors associated with that case.  More research is needed, but we see, from time to time, individual case studies that give rise to hope for many.

Author: Curtis Fedorchuck, D.C., and Greg Wheeler, D.C.
Source: J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, November 30, 2009
Copyright: Curtis Fedorchuck, D.C., and Greg Wheeler, D.C. 2009

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Indiana Colts Dwight Freeney Using Chiropractic To Heal Ankle

Dwight Freeney's ankle injury is a major story leading into this weekend's superbowl. Though the Colts have kept their cards close to the chest on the whole matter, some details have leaked as to what they are doing to treat the issue. We do know that the Colts are very active with their treatments and Freeney is using some methods that have helped him in the past. The main one is Dr. Leon Mellman, Freeney's Chiropractor, is making sure not only his ankle is getting the proper care, but is also monitoring how his newly guarded walk is effecting the rest of his body. Most notably how his lower back could be adversely affected due to his newly acquired limp. Freeney's injury is being treated as any other low ankle sprain would be in the NFL with some minor tweaks. Although he was seen in a boot very recently, he spoke openly about keeping the motion in the ankle joint to promote healing. Very recently this became common place in joint surgeries; where immediately following the surgery, the joint is put into passive motion to prevent adhesion buildup and promote a quicker recovery. Freeney was spotted walking the beach without his boot on, most likely advised by team doctors for the same reason: a quicker recovery.

Author: John Cybulski
Source: February 4, 2010.
Copyright: Houston Sports Medicine Examiner. 2010

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Patients in Medicare Demonstration Project Give Chiropractors High Marks

According to long-awaited results from a congressionally mandated pilot project testing the feasibility of expanding chiropractic services in the Medicare program, patients have a high rate of satisfaction with the care they receive from doctors of chiropractic.

When asked to rate their satisfaction on a 10-point scale, 87 percent of patients in the study gave their doctor of chiropractic a level of 8 or higher. What's more, 56 percent of those patients rated their chiropractor with a perfect 10.

Contributing to that satisfaction was the attention given to patients' needs and the accessibility of chiropractic care. Patients reported that doctors of chiropractic listened to them carefully and spent sufficient time with them. Some 95 percent said they had to wait no longer than one week for appointments.

"Doctors of chiropractic everywhere should feel pride in these patient satisfaction results and in being part of a profession that still sees the great need for spending time with patients and truly listening to them," said Dr. Rick McMichael, president of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). "It's clear that patients deeply value the time their chiropractic providers spend with them and the expert care that DCs offer."

The pilot, known as a "demonstration project" in Congress, was conducted from April 2005 to March 2007 throughout the states of Maine and New Mexico, and also in Scott County, Iowa, 26 counties comprising the Chicago metropolitan area, and 17 counties in central Virginia.

Current chiropractic coverage under Medicare is limited to spinal manipulation. Under the demonstration project, however, chiropractic care was expanded to include diagnostic and other services, such as X-rays, examinations, physical therapy and rehabilitation services.

The final report to Congress also includes information on the costs of expanding chiropractic services in the demonstration sites. The report indicates that in all but one of the demonstration sites, patients' health care costs were not significantly changed by expanding coverage of chiropractic services.  In contrast, a cost increase was found in the Chicago metropolitan area. Further research into the reasons why the results in Chicago differ from the rest of the demonstration project sites is needed to better understand these findings.

"We already know that Medicare costs in general tend to be higher in Chicago than other similar areas of the country. We must find the underlying cause of the cost difference found in the chiropractic demonstration project and determine whether it had anything at all to do with the expansion of chiropractic services," Dr. McMichael noted.

To further analyze the results of the demonstration project, ACA is creating a taskforce of Medicare experts and researchers who will review the report and develop a response for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

To view the report online, visit

ACA is the largest chiropractic organization in the United States, representing more than 15,000 doctors of chiropractic and students.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: January 26, 2010
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2010

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Chiropractors Get Involved with Haiti Relief Mission

Chiropractor Peter Morgan had just left Haiti after completing a chiropractic mission there when the devastating earthquake struck.

"We just had a calling to go back," said Morgan, a chiropractor on East Boston Post Road for 25 years and founder of Mission-Chiropractic.

Morgan, 55, got together nine chiropractors and returned to the destroyed country on Jan. 20 to give out water and rice and offer chiropractic adjustments to the injured. They also brought five water filtration systems donated by Connecticut-based KX Technologies.

The group stayed with a New Rochelle cabdriver, one of Morgan's patients whose family home was spared, and were shocked when they arrived in Pétionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince.

"There was one house, (then) five houses in rubble, one house, five houses in rubble," Morgan said.

With carloads of supplies, Morgan and the other chiropractors visited a partially collapsed ambulance company that was still trying to operate even as some workers lay dead under rubble.

Morgan adjusted ambulance workers who had back and shoulder pain from lifting debris and patients, and left them with a water filtration system.

They also came upon a makeshift hospital, where doctors were performing amputations and stitching without any drugs.

Minnesota chiropractic student Stephan Moje, who was part of Morgan's group, said that everywhere they went the stench of death was nearly unbearable.

"The most shocking thing for me was the smell," he said. "You needed to cover your mouth with a hankerchief, and you had Tiger balm to put under your nose."

Heather Rooks, a chiropractor from Wilmington, Del., said she could feel people's desperation as they handed out 400 pounds of rice and more than 500 gallons of water to hundreds of people.

She recalled riding in the car and being approached by two brothers. When one saw she had food, his mouth started to quiver with disbelief.

"The little kids came walking up and said, 'We're hungry. We're hungry,' and all I had was an apple," she said. "His face was like I had a block of gold. We gave it to them and said, 'Make sure you share.' The big brother gave it to the little brother, and he took a bite."

Morgan said he was struck by people's graciousness. They joined Haitians in singing hymns and were brought to tears.

"As we were about to leave, they put us in a circle and prayed for us," Morgan said. "It was one of the most touching things that happened in my life."

Morgan is working on getting support from other chiropractors to continue to send help.

"The people were thanking us, and the thing they were saying most of the time was, 'Don't forget us. Please come back. Please help us,' " he recalled.

Source: February 2, 2010.
Copyright: 2010

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Green Tea Assists Mood In Elderly

Japanese researchers have found that elderly men and women who drink 4 or more cups of green tea each day significantly reduce their likelihood of suffering from depression. When compared with those who consumed 1 or less cups of green tea daily, those consuming 4 or more cups were 44 percent less likely to suffer from depression. These effects also did not fade after they factored in social and economic status, gender, diet, history of medical problems, use of antidepressant medications, smoking, and physical activity. According to researchers, it is thought that the amino acid present in green tea, theanine, is thought to have a tranquilizing effect on the brain which may explain the beneficial effect of lowering depression related symptoms. A number of other studies have also shown green tea effective in reducing psychological stress.

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. December 2009.
Copyright: LLC 2010

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