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Chiropractic: Safe for Everyone

Anchorage, AK Chiropractic for familiesWe see a large number of people in our Anchorage, AK office, and Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray has helped many people eliminate a range of health challenges. Even so, the primary worry that seems to prevent a lot of folks from seeking care is whether or not chiropractic is safe. Luckily, according to three separate studies (out of countless on the subject), the answer to this concern is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"

Chiropractic is Safe, According to Australian Study

The first research paper(1) was published in Spine and included 183 adults. Each individual reported suffering from some kind of back pain, and half of the individuals received real chiropractic adjustments while the other half were given two sham chiropractic treatment sessions. Information was obtained after each real or fake adjustment to determine if any unpleasant negative effects occurred as a result of the real chiropractic adjustments.

The doctors reported that nobody reported any serious unfavorable adverse reactions in any way after getting one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some people did report that they had a headache (9 percent) or muscle stiffness (about 1 out of 3) post-treatment, but the effects were not of a serious nature.

Large US Survey Confirms that Chiropractic is Safe

A second research study(2), also released in the important medical journal, Spine, was conducted in an effort to establish the safety of chiropractic. The test group was much larger -- 20,000 people. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all patients.

Once again, the researchers discovered no serious adverse side effects. The experts calculated the risk of total adverse reactions to be approximately six out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. And, just as with the first study, some individuals did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (16 out of every 1,000 treatment consultations and 15 out of every 1,000 treatment sessions) or a headache (4 out of every 100), and this caused the researchers to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."

Chiropractic Adjustments are Safe for Children

The third research paper(3) is different from the first two pieces of research, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for kids. In this article, researchers investigated results reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic adjustments.

Out of 5,438 chiropractic visits made for the young children, chiropractors answering the survey reported only three cases where there were negative side effects. When parents were surveyed, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Additionally, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."

Based on these three studies (and many more!), chiropractic care has been judged safe and effective for everyone. To discover what chiropractic can do for you, call our Anchorage, AK clinic and make an appointment today at (907) 563-7700.

References

  1. Walker BF, Hebert JJ, Stomski NJ, Clarke BR, Bowden RS, Losco B, French SD. Outcomes of usual chiropractic. The OUCH randomized controlled trial of adverse events. Spine 2013;38(20):1723-9.
  2. Thiel HW1, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock JC. Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey. Spine 2007;32(21):2375-8.
  3. Alcantara J, Ohm J, Kunz D. The safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic: a survey of chiropractors and parents in a practice-based research network. Explore NY 2009;5(5): 290-5.
 

Chiropractic Gets You Back to Work Faster

Anchorage, AK Worker Injury Treatment and RecoveryWhen you're trying to sustain your family, take care of your household, and pay all of your bills on time, every day at your job counts. Work injuries can be a serious problem for many folks, and we see many of these types of injuries in our Anchorage, AK office. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray understands your situation and is here to help.

The benefits of chiropractic for work injuries are well-established. A 2013 survey involving 651 adults who were troubled with either back or neck pain found that the people who didn't see a chiropractor missed work at twice the rate of those who were seeing a chiropractor.

So, why don't more people use Chiropractic Care?

According to the respondents in this report, two of the primary factors were that they thought they needed a referral for chiropractic care (which is typically no longer true) and they overestimated the costs associated with chiropractic treatment sessions by almost 70 percent.

The truth is, chiropractic patients actually spend less on care than medical patients, plus they are less likely to use drugs for their symptoms.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray Can Help People Find Relief From Chronic Pain

If you live in Anchorage, AK and you've been injured at work, we can help. Give our office a call today at (907) 563-7700 for an appointment.

References

"Thousands of Minnesotans with Back and Neck Pain Don't Seek Treatment." (2013, June 12). ChiroCare.

 

TMJ Pain Eased by Chiropractic

Anchorage, AK TMJ pain recoverySince trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Anchorage, AK patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease pain in the jaw.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With TMJ Pain and Discomfort

For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 participants with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.

Another research study carried out an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar results. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.

This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray Can Help People Find Comfort From TMJ Pain

No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray now and schedule an appointment to come into our Anchorage, AK office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!

Resources

  • Gonzalez-Iglesias J et al. (2013, November). Mobilization with movement, thoracic spine manipulation, and dry needling for the management of temporomandibular disorder: a prospective case series. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice;29(8):586-95
  • Brantingham J et al. (2013, March-April). Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;36(3):143-201
  • Oral Care. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders-tmd on November 2, 2015
 

Studies Show Chiropractic Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

Anchorage, AK sports injury treatment and chiropracticWe encounter a lot of sports injuries in our Anchorage, AK clinic, and Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray is often able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and below are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults hurt every year while participating in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the importance of minimizing these sorts of common injuries. One way to possible achieve that goal, as stated in a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of securing a win. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them in the game.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study specifically, all of the volunteers was given medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one session a month for the remaining three months of the study. The other half had no chiropractic intervention at all and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic.

After twenty-four matches, scientists noted a diminished number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Moreover, that very group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to effectively lessen the amount of leg injuries.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Faster

If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to make sure greater time is spent on the field versus on the bench, call our Anchorage, AK office at (907) 563-7700 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.
 

Chiropractic Helps Shoulder Pain

Anchorage, AK shoulder pain treatment and recoveryAccording to research, around 2-5 percent of the population will experience painful problems like frozen shoulder syndrome at some time in their lives. That makes shoulder pain a common problem and one that Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray sees in our Anchorage, AK practice on a regular basis.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Shoulder Pain

Generally speaking, this issue is more common for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and it tends to affect women more often than men. While ice, heat, and gentle stretches can often times help relieve the pain, so too can chiropractic care.

For instance, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 people with frozen shoulder who were given chiropractic care. The duration of care varied from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.

The authors found that nearly all of the study participants fared extremely well with chiropractic care. The authors found:

8 of the subjects reported 50-75 percent improvement
25 indicated improvement ranging from 75- 90 percent
1 participant had complete resolution of their frozen shoulder pain

Only one patient reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so reports like this demonstrate just how beneficial chiropractic can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and increasing quality of life.

We Can Help People Find Relief From Shoulder Pain

Let Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray help you decrease your suffering by contacting our Anchorage, AK office and scheduling your appointment today.

Resources

Murphy F et al. (2012, December). Chiropractic management of frozen shoulder syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;11(4):267-272

 

Avoid Sciatica Surgery With Chiropractic

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray works with many sciatica patients here in our Anchorage, AK office, and many of these patients were worried that they might need surgery to eliminate their pain. The most recent research indicates that a large number of people don't require surgery for this widespread problem, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.

A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists looked at 80 women and men with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.

Forty patients were then randomly sorted into one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.

Both groups improved; however, no apparent difference in outcome was reported one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Furthermore, roughly 60 percent of the participating patients who could not find relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."

Put another way, chiropractic offered the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to endure the greater amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often affiliated with that specific treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.

Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Anchorage, AK and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray a call today at (907) 563-7700. We'll help identify the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.

References

  • McMorland, G et al. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2010;33(8):576-584.
  • Solberg TK, Nygaard OP, Sjaavik K, Hofoss D, Ingebrigtsen T. The risk of "getting worse" after lumbar microdiscectomy. European Spine Journal 2005;14(1):49-54.
 

Anchorage, AK Back Pain and Pregnancy Care

Anchorage, AK chiropractor

While many women automatically assume that pregnancy and back pain go hand in hand, they are often pleasantly surprised when they discover that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, chiropractic can often help reduce persistant back pain for pregnant women by as much as 85%.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Pregnancy

In our busy Anchorage, AK chiropractic office, it isn't uncommon for pregnant women to reach out to Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray for help relieving their back pain.

A research study published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies involved 115 women who were pregnant (most of which were in their third trimester) and presented with pain in their low back, pelvic area, or both. Data was gathered prior to the study, as well as one week, one month, three months, and one year after treatment commenced. At each subsequent point in time, the participants were asked to rate their level of pain based on a 7-point scale to determine whether it was better, worse, or stayed the same. The results?

More than half reported that their pain was better after one week of chiropractic treatment. After one month, that amount jumped up to 70 percent, climbing even more to 85 percent showing improvement at the three month mark. Improvement was still reported at six months post-treatment, which was generally after delivery, and continued to the final data collection one year after treatment commenced.

There are also many additional advantages of chiropractic care during pregnancy. Not only does it efficiently relieve back pain, but it does it in a completely natural and non-invasive way. This means that you don't have to worry about taking any medications or undergoing any type of treatment that could potentially harm your unborn child.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Back Pain During Pregnancy

Additionally, it makes your time spent carrying your baby more pleasant. When you're not sidetracked with aches and pains, you can enjoy the experience even more as you prepare your home and your life for all of the fun and exciting changes that lie ahead.

You don't have to suffer from back pain during pregnancy. We're here in Anchorage, AK to help with natural chiropractic care. Give us a call today at (907) 563-7700 to make an appointment.

Peterson CK, Muhlemann D, & Humphreys BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2014;22(15):doi:10.1186/2045-709X-22-15.

 

Anchorage, AK Auto Injury and Long-Term Pain

Anchorage, AK auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Anchorage, AK and you've been in a car crash, you have to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic injuries.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We deal with a lot of auto injury sufferers in our Anchorage, AK office, and many of these folks are suffering from chronic pain caused by an old accident. As a matter of fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end crashes lead to pain and disability even ten years after the initial injury.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray is here to help you avoid developing chronic pain by helping to restore the healthy function of your spine soon after a motor vehicle accident.

The most common causes of chronic pain are reduced mobility of your spinal column and the development of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be harmed during a crash, and chiropractic works by minimizing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're near our Anchorage, AK office, and you've been hurt in a collision, don't wait to get care. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray is here for you. Give us a call today at (907) 563-7700 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Anchorage, AK Chiropractic Auto Accident Treatment

Anchorage, AK auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie GrayEvery year, there are millions of car crashes in the world, and a significant number of men and women get hurt in a crash. While most accidents are "minor," chronic neck and back pain are still frequent health issues. The good news is that chiropractic care is a great way to address these kinds of injuries.

We have helped many auto injury patients in our Anchorage, AK office, and Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray has been treating people with these types of problems since 2009. During a collision, your body is exposed to powerful forces that it simply wasn't built to handle. These forces put strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can result in injury to the ligaments that hold your spine together. A crash can result in a wide variety of pain symptoms.

A ligament sprain in the neck can cause pain, swelling, and radicular symptoms in the arm and hand. Chiropractic works well for these types of problems, because chiropractic concentrates on restoring the healthy function and mobility of the injured areas.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray Can Help Patients Recover From an Auto Accident

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray, your Anchorage, AK chiropractor, can assist by lowering irritation in the injured area and can help decrease the formation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.

You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Discover more about how we can help you get well or call Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray today at (907) 563-7700.

 

Anchorage, AK TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Anchorage, AK TMJ Treatment by Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie GrayJaw pain is a fairly common condition reported by many people after a car wreck, and it can be confusing for some doctors to diagnose the root of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the original injury.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are frequently stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause problems in other parts of your body.

For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or pins and needles in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray sees this very commonly in our Anchorage, AK office.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Injury

Research indicates that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray will work to return your spine back to health, alleviating the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.

If you reside in Anchorage, AK and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 2009, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (907) 563-7700 for an appointment or consultation.

Ciancaglini R, Testa M, Radaelli G. Association of neck pain with symptoms of temporomandibular dysfunction in the general adult population. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 1999;31:17-22.

Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Pribicevic M, Robb A, et al. Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a system review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013;36(3):143-201.