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December 2009 Health Newsletter

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» Study Shows Chiropractic Care Helps Patient Suffering from Tourette Syndrome (TS
» Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation Improves Golf Swing Performance
» Overweight Children At Risk For Spinal Disease
» The ACA Offers "12 Days of Health and Wellness" for Healthy, Happy Season
» Infant Colic and Chiropractic

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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Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation Improves Golf Swing Performance

If you've ever golfed, you'll likely know the importance of a full golf swing. What if something as safe, natural and beneficial as a chiropractic care could improve that golf swing? Well, it appears findings from a new study show just that. For a growing number of athletes, chiropractic care has been the tool they’ve used to increase their overall performance in their particular sport, including golfers. In this most recent study, 43 golfers were assigned to one of two groups - either a program of stretching or a program of stretching combined with chiropractic spinal manipulation.  Average age, handicap and initial swing were comparable between the two groups and various golf maneuvers were evaluated pre and post treatment once per week for 4 weeks. No improvement of full-swing performance was observed with the stretch only group. However, researchers did find improvement in the stretching plus chiropractic spinal manipulation group. While the number of golfers evaluated was limited, the findings are exciting and indicate like so many athletes are claiming that chiropractic care allows them to achieve optimal performance in additional to optimal health.

Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Vol 8, Issue 4; December 2009.
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Overweight Children At Risk For Spinal Disease

Most tend to believe spinal related disease such as disc herniation and degenerative disc disease are diseases reserved for adults and the elderly. However, a new research study now finds these diseases are also present in young children, especially those with weight/obesity issues. "Back pain and degenerative disc disease are yet another problem associated with obesity in children, along with type 2 diabetes," Dr. Judah G. Burns, of The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York City reported at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2009). "Disc herniation and spinal disease are generally thought of as a problem of older people, but we’re seeing it in obese youngsters, too. This is the first study to show an association between increased body mass index and disc abnormalities in children," Burns noted.

If you have a child, overweight or not, and he or she is suffering from back and/or neck discomfort, don’t assume it’s a minor sprain/strain. Contact our office today!

Source: Reuters. December 3, 2009.
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The ACA Offers "12 Days of Health and Wellness" for Healthy, Happy Season

The upcoming holiday season is full of reasons for good cheer, but the added demands of the season can also stress the capacities of our bodies. Research shows that stress and unhealthy behaviors contribute to some of our country's biggest health problems such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. This stress can also build up inside the body and manifest as back pain, neck pain or headaches...making matters even worse. Doctors of chiropractic are experts in spinal adjustment and other manual therapies that can relieve the aches and pains caused by holiday stress. They also provide nutrition counseling, exercise recommendations, ergonomic tips and other advice to promote good health year-round. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in an effort to promote health and wellness this holiday season, offers "12 Days of Health and Wellness," a campaign designed to give consumers tips on ways to manage the holidays more healthfully.  Each day focuses on a different topic such as choosing nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, and stretching after tree-trimming or gift wrapping to help ease back pain. "The holidays are synonymous with frenzied activities, parties, shopping and stress, so it is imperative that people take steps to address these issues in healthier ways," said ACA President Rick McMichael, DC. "It's the perfect time to use ACA's tips to take control of your health and to discover chiropractic's natural approach to wellness. A doctor of chiropractic can customize a wellness program that's right for you."

Look for fact sheets, audio public service announcements and additional links to helpful information at

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: American Chiropractic Association. November 20, 2009.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2009

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Infant Colic and Chiropractic

Results obtained from a recent study indicate chiropractic care may have a positive effect on the long-term sequelae of infantile colic. In the study, researchers evaluated the behavioral and sleep disturbances experienced by two groups of post-colicky toddlers - those who were previously treated with chiropractic care for their infantile colic (117 total) and those who had not received chiropractic as an infant while suffering from infantile colic (111 total). Those toddlers who were treated with chiropractic care for colic were twice as likely to not experience long-term sequelae of infant colic, such as temper tantrums and frequent nocturnal waking than those who were not treated with chiropractic care as colicky infants. In other words, parents of the infants treated with chiropractic care for excessive crying did not report as many difficult behavioral and sleep patterns of their toddlers.

Source: JMPT. Vol. 32, Issue 8; October 2009.
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