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Faster Work Injury Recovery with Chiropractic

Jacksonville, FL Worker Injury Treatment and RecoveryWhen you're trying to support your family, take care of your household, and pay all of your bills on time, every day at work counts. Work injuries can be a big problem for many folks, and we see many of these types of injuries in our Jacksonville, FL office. Dr. Chanatry appreciates your situation and is here to help.

The advantages of chiropractic for work injuries are well-documented. A 2013 survey involving over 600 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?

According to the participants in this study, two of the primary factors were that they thought they needed a medical 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. Chanatry Can Help Patients Find Relief From Chronic Pain

If you live in Jacksonville, FL and you've been injured at work, we can help. Give our office a call today at (904) 743-6700 for an appointment.

Resources

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

 

Chiropractic Effective for TMJ Pain

Jacksonville, FL TMJ pain recoveryBecause injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Jacksonville, FL patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Chanatry will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease discomfort in the jaw.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With TMJ Pain and Discomfort

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

Another clinical study conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.

This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.

Dr. Chanatry Can Help People Find Relief From TMJ Pain

No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Chanatry now and schedule an appointment to come into our Jacksonville, FL location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!

Studies

  • 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 Adjustments Beneficial at Preventing Sports Injuries

Jacksonville, FL sports injury treatment and chiropracticWe see a large number of sports injuries in our Jacksonville, FL office, and Dr. Chanatry is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that more than 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are injured 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 collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the necessity of preventing these types of common injuries. One way to possible realize that goal, as stated in a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at securing a win. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them playing.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study specifically, every one of the volunteers received medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 session each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one treatment each month for the last three months of the study. The remaining half had no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.

Following 24 matches, specialists noted a lessened amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Additionally, that very group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically decrease the number of leg injuries.

Dr. Chanatry Can Help People Find Relief From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Faster

If you or your child plays sports and you want to ensure more time is spent on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Jacksonville, FL office at (904) 743-6700 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.
 

How Migraines Can Be Relieved by Dry Needling

​Migraine sufferers need to find ways to achieve suboccipital tension release, which refers to the relief of tensed-up muscle tissues behind the neck area. This medical condition is what causes migraines or chronic headaches around the forehead down to the neck. Fortunately, chiropractors and other medical professionals have found that dry needling is an effective treatment.

A 2013 study from the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy confirms that dry needling is more effective against myofascial pain when compared to placebo treatment, meaning it addresses pain and deeper physiological concerns. Patients from this study have also benefited from dry needling for addressing neck pain and headaches. That is why you may want to consider the benefits of dry needling in addressing migraines and other related medical concerns.

The Science Behind Dry Needling and Suboccipital Tension Release

Dry needling is based on acupuncture, a traditional Chinese treatment rooted in understanding pressure points and pain, but chiropractors believe that dry needling has wider applications. This is due to its more scientific origins by medical practitioner Dr. Janet Travell. She developed dry needling to treat debilitating musculoskeletal complications caused by serious injuries and the deterioration of one’s health through aging.

In treating migraines, medical professionals use dry needling to target knotted or hard muscles causing intense myofascial pain. The prolonged penetration of needles facilitates healthy blood flow through the suboccipital muscles and provides headache relief. This means that dry needling can be effective for a full range of minor to severe migraine cases.

It is also important to note that while migraines are identifiable, they are still being studied by many neurological experts because their origins are unknown. However, migraines are often seen in the following patients:

• Women undergoing hormonal changes due to pregnancy or other concerns
• Patients with low blood sugar
• Patients with mental health issues, like depression and anxiety
• Patients undergoing jet lag or other sleep deprivation-related issues
• Individuals who consume too much coffee or alcohol
• Individuals with visual, auditory, olfactory overstimulation triggers (e.g., affected by loud noises and flashing lights)

Dry needling is considered an effective means of treatment, alleviating physiological complications and other related health complications. This means that dry needling can also be considered more cost-effective than other treatments that only provide temporary suboccipital tension release. That is why you should also find the best practitioner for your dry needle treatment.

Tips for Choosing the Best Dry Needling Specialist

To help you find the best dry needling treatment to address your migraines and more, here are some of the defining qualities to look for in a practitioner:

• They Can Help You Assess and Improve Your Physical Performance

Dry needling can help improve your body’s movement to enhance your sports performance and other rigorous physical activities. Ask a dry needling expert to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of your physical condition and what trigger points can be addressed through dry needling.

• They Understand Pain's Role in Related Medical Conditions

Although you can treat migraines through suboccipital tension release, pain alleviation alone should not be the only factor to look into when experiencing physical pain. Find a dry needling expert who can provide you with a comprehensive understanding of your health and how dry needling can address other related medical concerns.

Find the Best Dry Needling Specialist Today!

Dry needling is an effective means to treat migraines. You just need to find the best expert to ensure that your health and well-being are of utmost importance. Review the points we mentioned and find the best dry needling expert today!

Experience Suboccipital Tension Relief in Jacksonville, FL

Our team of medical professionals can provide you with dry needling services for addressing neck pain and headaches in Jacksonville. Our resident expert, Dr. Chanatry, can provide you with the answers you need to know about dry needling. To be pain-free and physically reinvigorated, book your treatment with us today!

 

5 Consequences of Leaving TMJ Untreated

​The human body often goes through periods of slight pain and discomfort. Sometimes, it's due to its own natural adjustments or aging. Other times, it’s caused by excessive use or wrong movements. One of the worst areas that a person can experience pain is in the head. Head pain can make doing even the most mundane daily tasks a massive inconvenience.

Think of a time when you had to study with a headache, or eat something while your mouth hurt. Most bodily activities involve the head, which means that any discomfort there can deter daily activities in extreme proportions. One common and very irritating pain that people can develop is in the jaw. Humans eat and speak through the jaw, and things like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) disorder can disrupt daily life.

How Do You Know If You Have TMJ Disorder?

The TMJ is a joint that allows your jaw to move and function properly. It has a range of motion, and when this is agitated or stressed, the jaw can lock up and be extremely painful. Any popping or scraping sounds when opening and closing your mouth are not a good sign, and a dentist can perform scans to identify what caused it.

To test for TMJ disorder, dentists may use an imaging machine called a Cone Beam CT (CBCT) to give a 3-dimensional view of the skull and the TMJ. This scan can show erosion of the bone and narrowing of the pathways that allow the joint to move correctly.

The Consequences of Not Treating a TMJ Disorder

Your temporomandibular joint is essential in ensuring that your jaw moves correctly, and neglecting treatment for this will worsen it over time. Some consequences of leaving this condition to languish are:

1. Joint damage and inflammation of the surrounding muscles
2. Worn teeth, costing hundreds of dollars in dental repair or reconstruction
3. Worsening pain, due to increased muscle contraction which makes moving your head and facial muscles a chore
4. Sleep disorders, as sleeping with the pain will make it difficult to get a good night’s rest
5. Ear ringing and difficulties in hearing

TMJ disorder can affect your daily life in many ways, as this can cause problems with mood, sleep, and eating. In general, pain affects the way humans live, as discomfort is hard to handle. One great way to treat TMJ disorders naturally is through needle treatments to relieve the pain.

Dry Needling for TMJ Disorders

Dry needling is a modern needle treatment based on acupuncture, during which needles are inserted directly into muscle knots. Dry needling can effectively relieve discomfort experienced in many areas of the body, including the cranial area.

Dry needling for TMJ disorders can restore vitality in the jaw due to relieving the pain and tension directly in that area. The human body naturally has trigger points that communicate with nerve endings to register pain. A certified dry needling practitioner can identify what points need to be pinned by a dry needle to effectively release the TMJ pain.

Professional Dry Needling Can Help

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from TMJ disorder, dry needling can help. Dr. Chanatry is a certified dry needling practitioner specializing in pain relief for all areas of the body. Get the pain relief you need and get on track to a faster recovery. Book your appointment today.

 

Chiropractic Helps Shoulder Pain

Jacksonville, FL shoulder pain treatment and recoveryAccording to research, approximately 5 percent of the population will suffer from painful problems like frozen shoulder syndrome at some time in their lives. That makes shoulder-related pain a common problem and one that Dr. Chanatry sees in our Jacksonville, FL clinic on a regular basis.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Shoulder Pain

Generally speaking, this condition 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 alleviate the discomfort, so too can chiropractic adjustments.

For example, a study released in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 patients with frozen shoulder who received chiropractic care. The length of care ranged from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.

The authors found that almost all of the study participants fared very well with chiropractic care. Here are the results:

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 participant reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so studies like this demonstrate just how effective chiropractic care can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and increasing quality of life.

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Shoulder Pain

Let Dr. Chanatry help you relieve your pain by contacting our Jacksonville, FL 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

 

Chiropractic Better for Sciatica Than Surgery

Dr. Chanatry works with many sciatica patients here in our Jacksonville, FL office, and many of these patients were worried that they might require surgery to treat their pain. The latest research reveals that a large number of people don't need surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at solving sciatic nerve pain.

A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians looked at 80 patients 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 was given chiropractic care.

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

Put another way, chiropractic delivered the same positive benefits as surgery without having to go through the higher amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that type of treatment method. Plus, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.

Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Jacksonville, FL and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Chanatry a call today at (904) 743-6700. We'll help determine the source 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.
 

Jacksonville, FL Back Pain and Pregnancy Care

Jacksonville, FL pregnancy and back pain and chiropractic

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

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Pregnancy

In our busy Jacksonville, FL chiropractic office, it isn't uncommon for pregnant women to reach out to Dr. Chanatry for help relieving their back pain.

One piece of research published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies involved 115 women who were pregnant (most of which were in their third trimester) and reported 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. Positive effects were 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 effectively 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. Chanatry Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Back Pain During Pregnancy

Furthermore, it makes your time spent carrying your child more pleasant. When you're not distracted with pain, 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.

We're here in Jacksonville, FL to help you have a healthy, pain-free pregnancy. Give us a call today at (904) 743-6700 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.

 

Jacksonville, FL Neck Pain and Headache Care

Jacksonville, FL neck pain and headache treatmentHeadache and neck pain are common problems that affect millions of people around the world. If you are dealing with this type of issue, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic is an excellent way to not only treat these common problems, but also help prevent future episodes.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in Jacksonville, FL have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Dr. Chanatry. Our experience is supported by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-invasive, non-drug treatments are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

The review looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was advisable before turning to drugs or more invasive treatments.

Earlier studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

We Can Help Clients Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're troubled with neck pain or headaches, Dr. Chanatry and our staff are here to help you recover. Give our Jacksonville, FL office a call today at (904) 743-6700 for an appointment today.

Reference

Varatharajan S, Ferguson B, Chrobak K, et al. Are non-invasive interventions effective for the management of headaches associated with neck pain? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. European Spine Journal 2016; February 6:1-29.

 

Migraines Helped by Chiropractic

Jacksonville, FL natural migraine treatment by Dr. ChanatryWith the Migraine Research Foundation reporting that migraines affect 38 million adults and children in the United States (more than diabetes and asthma put together), it's not surprising that Dr. Chanatry treats a lot of migraine patients in our Jacksonville, FL office. Although some people try to relieve migraine pain with drugs, chiropractic care is a great, all-natural choice that consistently provides positive results.

Research Supports Chiropractic Care Helps With Migraines

For example, one study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics involved 127 people ranging in age from 10 to 70-years-old who struggled with regular (at least monthly) migraines. Each subject received up to 16 chiropractic sessions. The subjects noted that their headache frequency, duration, and disability two months before the treatments began, during the duration of the sessions (which was two months), and two months post-treatment.

What the authors discovered is that spinal manipulation therapy reduced the frequency, duration, and disability of the migraine pain when compared with the control patients who didn't receive chiropractic. Furthermore, this enabled them to take less medication for the pain, offering them an all-natural answer for a chronic problem.

Another paper found that a combination of chiropractic and neck massage reduced migraine pain almost 68%.

If you have migraine headaches and are looking for help, call Dr. Chanatry today and request an appointment in our Jacksonville, FL chiropractic office. We'll do what we can to help you become pain-free!

Research Papers

Migraine Fact Sheet. Migraine Research Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html on November 2, 2015
Noudeh Y et al. (2012). Reduction of current migraine headache pain following neck massage and spinal manipulation. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork;5(1):5-13
Tuchin P et al. (2000, February). A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;23(2):91-5