Comox Valley Chiropractor – Tips for your Health

Health tips from your Comox Valley Chiropractor

Easing Chronic Muscle Pain – What works? April 29, 2009

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Myofascial Pain Syndrome can be defined as chronic muscle pain. This pain originates around certain points of pain and sensitivity in your muscles called trigger points. A recent study was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that sought to identify and review the most common treatments for myofascial pain syndrome.

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This study identified many different types of treatment used, and some of them are as follows:

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  • Spray and Stretch – vapo-coolant spray followed by muscle stretch
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Ischemic Compression – compressing the trigger point in the muscle
  • Occipital Release Exercises – a form of massage and mobilization for the occiput (base of skull)
  • Strain/Counter-strain – stretching a muscle and then having the patient contract that muscle
  • Myofascial Release – compressing and tensioning the trigger point while stretching the muscle through its full range
  • Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments
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Immediate (after treatment) benefits were demonstrated with the chiropractic adjustments, spray and stretch, compression, massage and strain/counter-strain. The authors therefore concluded that there is moderately strong evidence to support the use of these manual therapies for the treatment of trigger point pain. These treatments, however, didn’t show as strong benefits as long term solutions.

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Recommendations for other types of treatment for trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome can be drawn from this review.  They are as follows:

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  • There is strong evidence that laser therapy is effective.
  • There is moderately strong evidence that electrical therapy is effective on a short term basis.
  • There is moderately strong evidence that acupuncture is effective for up to 3 months after treatment.
  • There is limited evidence for modalities such as muscle stimulation, interferential current, an other such stims.
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Dr. Debbie Wright is a practicing Comox Valley Chiropractor.

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Acupuncture and Heartburn April 23, 2008

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A study published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics in 2007 demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating refractory heartburn.

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Reflux is a common chronic problem that affects 44% of American adults. Currently, the most common treatment is daily use of proton pump inhibitor medication. When these drugs don’t work, the usual practice is to double the dosage even though this is shown to work in only 25% of people.

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This study looked into the effects of adding acupuncture to regular medication, versus doubling the dosage. 30 adults underwent the 6 week trial, and the results showed patients in the acupuncture group showing a significant decrease in symptoms and reflux episodes, while the double dose medication group showed to no significant improvements.

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This study is only the first to document this effect, and so more studies are needed to verify the results. It should be noted that the acupuncture done in this study was performed based on true traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture points and procedures, by a registered TCM practitioner.

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With these preliminary results, and the many side effects accompanying medication, acupuncture may be a valid choice for patients dealing with recurring reflux disease. With so few side effects, and significant relief possible, it’s worth a try!

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Acupuncture Covered Under MSP March 31, 2008

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As of April 1st, 2008, the BC government will officially allow registered acupuncturists to be covered under its Premium Assistance program. Those who make less than $28,000 per year are eligible to have $23 covered for 10 visits, to be shared between chiropractors, naturopaths, physiotherapists, massage therapists, non-surgical podiatrists and now acupuncturists.

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From personal experience, I can attest to nothing but the best results from acupuncture treatment. In addition, many patients I have referred have received great benefits ranging from help with chronic pain, insomnia and dizziness.

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This Comox Valley chiropractic clinic is a happy to endorse such educated practitioners.

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