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Tumwater Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Tumwater headache care by Dr. HarrellWe know how difficult long-term headache pain can be. Dr. Harrell and our staff have worked with many men and women in our Tumwater chiropractic office, and we've had great success in helping people reduce their headache pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research paper confirms what we see in our office. In this report, the authors started with 110 individuals who were suffering with headache pain that originated in the cervical spine. 58 of these patients were given a series of neck adjustments; 52 were given some stretches and exercises. The treatment period for both groups was four weeks.

The paper found that the individuals who received cervical and thoracic spinal adjustments "experienced significantly greater reductions in headache intensity, disability, headache frequency, headache duration, and medication intake as compared to the group that received mobilization and exercise."

The investigation also found that these outcomes were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat headache, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. Harrell a call today at our Tumwater office at (360) 489-0635. We're here to help get you out of pain.

Reference

Dunning JR, Butts R, Mourad F, Young I, et al. Upper cervical and upper thoracic manipulation versus mobilization and exercise in patients with cervicogenic headache: a multi-center randomized clinical trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016;17(1):64.

 

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

In our Tumwater office, Dr. Harrell has helped several people heal from back problems. If you are dealing with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to decrease the pain. You should understand that research shows that chiropractic is usually a much healthier alternative than drugs when it comes to alleviating this particular type of pain.

In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine experts included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for at least 48 hours. Each one was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received sham chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 individuals served as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.

All of the subjects who received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control patients who had no actual care. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic adjustments had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.

Chiropractic: Natural Healing

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without undesirable side effects. For instance, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's purpose designed to resolve the source of the problem, not just treat the signs and symptoms.

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Make an appointment in our Tumwater office with Dr. Harrell today at (360) 489-0635. We'll help ease your back problems in a healthy way!

References

von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blind randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine 2013;38(7):540-548.

 

Headache and Car Accidents

Headache is a common symptom after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Harrell sees frequently in our Tumwater office. The key to recovering from headache caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's caused by an auto injury, though, typically begins as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a collision, the neck muscles can be damaged, which results in swelling and pain. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another frequent cause of headache after a crash that we see in our Tumwater office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very common after a crash, and it's important to get therapy for this type of problem to avoid the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those brought about by car crashes. Your chiropractic doctor will help reduce the irritation and strain in your neck, which will help relieve the headache pain.

Let us help you recover from headache. Dr. Harrell has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (360) 489-0635 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headaches

Tumwater Headache Treatment by Dr. HarrellMany people experience headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headache, and ones that Dr. Harrell and the staff here in our Tumwater chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Shows Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature verifies our findings: A 2016 study from Spain managed a group of 76 men and women with chronic tension headaches. The participants were divided into four treatment groups: 19 patients were treated with suboccipital inhibition (the doctor presses on the tight tissues at the top of the spine); 19 with chiropractic adjustments; 19 with both adjustments and suboccipital inhibition; and 19 received no treatment.

The authors reported that the spinal adjustments were helpful at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when spinal adjustments were combined with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get stressed, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, leading to pain. Chiropractic works by removing these strains and restoring the normal nerve function to the area.

We're Here to Help Patients Find Relief From Tension Headaches

If you live in Tumwater and are suffering from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Harrell today at (360) 489-0635 for an appointment or more information.

Reference

Espi-Lopez GV, Rodriguez-Blanco C, Oliva-Pascual-Vaca A, et al. Do manual therapy techniques have a positive effect on quality of life in people with tension-type headache? A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine 2016; February 29.

 

Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Tumwater chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the concept of enabling your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate wellness. For Dr. Harrell, this means working to reestablish your body's normal functioning to avoid the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We find that most of our Tumwater patients are relieved to find a natural approach for their health problems.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people reduce or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescription medications are oftentimes issued to patients who have back pain. This is such a significant problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the benefits when administered for back pain.

Some of the most well-known narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data offered by the AAN cite the fact that approximately half of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still taking them five years later. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and healing, particularly if an narcotic addiction arises.

Contrast that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the advantages are clear. While a drug might be helpful at briefly relieving the symptoms of a health problem, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't fix your injured spine; it will only mask the pain.

Dr. Harrell will first examine you to get to the origin of your back problems and then work with you to correct the problem -- without risky drugs.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Tumwater office a call at (360) 489-0635 to make an appointment with Dr. Harrell.

References

  • Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
  • What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids
 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

We treat many car accident cases in in our Tumwater office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. Chiropractic is a great way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. Let's look at how thoracic outlet syndrome is caused by a crash and how Dr. Harrell can help you.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves that pass through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These nerves and blood vessels don't have a lot of space, so they travel under and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a crash, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If damaged, the muscles become inflamed and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which limits motion and puts pressure on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or pins and needles in the shoulder, elbow and even the hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Tumwater Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Harrell will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Harrell has been helping patients in Tumwater since 2009, so we know what you're living with. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Harrell will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (360) 489-0635 to make an appointment.

 

Preventing Leg Injuries with Chiropractic

Tumwater-sports-therapyWhen playing sports activities that require a lot of lower body movement, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not at all uncommon to suffer some type of injury to your lower extremities. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many players have found themselves out of commission. Dr. Harrell has seen all of these problems in our Tumwater patients. Fortunately, chiropractic can help prevent some of these injuries from occurring and research proves it.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Dr. Harrell keeps up-to-date with all of the recent scientific research, and in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers. Roughly one-half were placed in a control group and the other half were put in a treatment group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant engaging in care once a week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before decreasing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.

The authors noted that there was a "significant" difference in the number of leg strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they noticed that the subjects who engaged in chiropractic also had fewer weeks of missed practice and games as a result of non-contact knee injuries. This led them to conclude that sports chiropractic intervention should be added to "the current best practice management."

Every major sports organization in the US and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their athletes, because they know that chiropractic works. If you live near our practice in Tumwater and would like to see if Dr. Harrell can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (360) 489-0635 for an appointment.

Dr. Harrell Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're struggling with severe pain, Dr. Harrell and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Tumwater office a call today at (360) 489-0635 for an appointment today.

Reference

Hoskins W, Pollard H. 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 2010;11(64).

 

Faster Sciatica Recovery with Chiropractic

In our Tumwater office, it's common for us to see patients struggling with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Harrell has helped many of these people improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so useful to those who suffer with this condition? For starters, it shortens their healing time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.

In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, researchers looked at 44 patients who presented with abrupt low back pain that was identified as acute sciatica. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.

The researchers discovered that all but two patients went back to work after receiving chiropractic adjustments, which is a 95% success rate. What's more, the average period of time that the individuals spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."

Given the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 170,450 days of work were missed in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is about 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only could that increase productivity, but it would also reduce costs to businesses and employees from lost work.

If you live in Tumwater and you suffer from sciatica pain, Dr. Harrell is here to help. Give us a call at (360) 489-0635 and we'll work with you to find the root cause of your sciatica and get you back on the road to health.

Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30(2):135-139.

 

Tumwater Neck Pain and Headache Care

Tumwater neck pain and headache treatmentHeadache and neck pain are common problems that affect millions of people around the world. If you are suffering from this type of problem, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic is the best way to not only treat these common issues, 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 Tumwater have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Dr. Harrell. Our success is backed up 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 study looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was recommended before resorting to drugs or more invasive procedures.

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

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're suffering from neck pain or headaches, Dr. Harrell and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Tumwater office a call today at (360) 489-0635 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.

 

Tumwater Chiropractic Care for Headache

Tumwater neck pain and headache treatment

There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or headaches that originate in your neck.

Dr. Harrell sees a lot of people in our Tumwater office who are struggling with frequent headaches. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments can often help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50%, and research confirms it.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the prior three months. The goal was to see how effective chiropractic was for this type of head pain, as well as to determine the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve a positive effect.

The individuals were split into four separate groups, so that each group was similar in age, gender, number of cervicogenic headaches, and their intensity. Of the four groups, two engaged in chiropractic treatments and two received light massage. Furthermore, one group assigned to each treatment received eight sessions and the other group received twice that amount.

Each person was assessed based on head pain, neck pain, and disability prior to the study and 12 and 24 weeks after treatment was complete. The authors found that those who received chiropractic as opposed to massage reported fewer headaches at the conclusion of the study. Furthermore, improvements were maintained when checked six months after treatment ended.

Furthermore, patients who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic care had lower drug usage 24 weeks post-study.

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Head Pain

Dr. Harrell has helped many people who were suffering from headaches in our Tumwater office. Call us today at (360) 489-0635 for more information or for an appointment.

Reference

Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.