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Expert Advice: ”Would chiropractic be beneficial to my young football player?

This is a common question we receive, particularly this time of year and the answer is: 100-percent yes.

Studies have demonstrated that chiropractic care has been found to be beneficial in performance enhancement and injury prevention in all sports. However, it truly shines in caring for football players.

The demands of football are quite different than most sports, in that, while it requires athletic prowess from most positions on the field, it also requires that a large percentage of these players absorb physical contact on consecutive plays throughout the course of a game. Players routinely undergo applied forces measuring hundreds of pounds per second.

Where there has been increased concern in recent years across football leagues of all levels and ages is the amount of head and neck trauma associated with these forces. While there have been improvements in helmets and equipment along with increased education efforts among coaches and players, these risks are obviously inherent to the sport, and the risk will never be fully removed. However, there are simple strategies to ensure high levels of performance and function, particularly in the head, neck and spine.

It is vital that a player not only engage an opposing player with proper tackling technique and proper positioning of the head and neck, but regular and routine neck and spine maintenance is a must.

Along with appropriate neck strengthening and flexibility protocols, regular chiropractic care will allow players of all ages to maintain spine joint integrity and normal spinal motion during such rigorous play, which will promote proper spinal positioning, structure and function. One needs to not look further than the NFL to see that chiropractic is an important piece of a player’s regular health and performance regimen.

Current statistics indicate that 32 NFL teams have a team chiropractor. According to The Journal of Chiropractic Economics, during the regular NFL season, which lasts approximately 120 days, each player will receive an average of 30 to 50 chiropractic treatments each week. It is estimated that NFL chiropractors will give 16,000 to 27,000 per season, not including mini-camps and pre-season for routine maintenance, treatment of injury and injury prevention.

There is obviously high value placed on providing chiropractic care to the best in the world. I believe it becomes increasingly important to the amateur player whose bodies are still undergoing development changes in structure and nervous system function. Maintaining optimum structure and integrity of the spine is of utmost importance, no matter what level the player may participate, because player development, health and safety is the No. 1 priority.

 

Chiropractic Successful for Neck Pain

Owasso chiropractic neck pain treatmentAccording to The American Academy of Pain Medicine, more people in the US suffer with chronic pain than diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer combined. In addition, neck pain is the third most documented type of pain, beat out only by back pain and headache.

As a result, many patients come to our Owasso office looking for neck pain care, and Dr. Justin Ashlock has helped many of them find relief. This is a smart decision, as some studies have shown that over 90% of neck pain patients get relief with chiropractic.

Studies Confirm Chiropractic's Positive Effects

A study published in The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy involved 64 men and women who were suffering with neck pain. Roughly half were placed in an experimental group and the other half were designated to a comparison group. Both were given chiropractic adjustments of the neck as well as a home exercise plan, whereas the experimental group also received adjustments of the thoracic spine.

Information was gathered before treatment began and one week post-treatment. The authors found that 94% of the experimental group reported "significantly greater improvements" in regard to pain and disability in their neck symptoms. Just 35% of the patients who received neck adjustments showed the same level of improvement, showing that thinking about the entire spine is a critical part of restoring the body's normal function.

One more study posted in Physical Therapy involved 60 adults who were dealing with neck pain. Each person was randomly assigned to one of two groups--thoracic spine thrust manipulation or non-thrust manipulation--with examinations occurring two and four days after the treatments.

Researchers discovered that the study participants who received the thrust manipulations (the same manipulations that provided such positive results in the first report) "experienced greater reductions in disability" than the patients who received the non-thrust adjustments. Their pain was lower as well, which shows that this type of technique offers many benefits.

Chiropractic Even Offers Benefits After Failed Neck Surgery

Another study also found the same type of positive results after thoracic adjustments in a woman who had a failed neck surgery. This particular case involved a 46-year-old patient who had recently had neck surgery but still reported neck pain, headaches, pain in her elbow, and muscle fatigue.

The woman documented decreased pain in her neck and reduced headache intensity, right after the first chiropractic adjustments. After six weeks of care, which involved chiropractic, exercise, and patient education, the patient still rated her pain at a zero on a scale of 1 to 10. Her neck disability reduced as well, with a rating score that represented that it was a "great deal better."

It is studies like these that prove the effectiveness of chiropractic techniques, even if you've already attempted medical procedures that didn't provide relief. So, if you are suffering with neck pain and would like to find a solution that has a high success rate, try chiropractic. It may just be the help you're looking for.

Our office is in Owasso and Dr. Justin Ashlock can help you recover from neck pain. Give us a call today at (918) 272-0444.

References

  • AAPM facts and figures on pain. The American Academy of Pain Medicine.
  • Masaracchio M, Cleland JA, Hellman M, Hagins M. Short-term combined effects of thoracic spine thrust manipulation and cervical spine nonthrust manipulation in individuals with mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2013;43(3):118-127.
  • Cleland JA, Glynn P, Whitman JM, Eberhart SL, MacDonald C, Childs JD. Short-term effects of thrust versus nonthrust mobilization/manipulation directed at the thoracic spine in patients with neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Physical Therapy 2007;87(4):431-440.
  • Salvatori R, Rowe RH, Osborne R, Beneciuk JM. Use of thoracic spine thrust manipulation for neck pain and headache in a patient following multiple-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a case report. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44(6):440-449.
 

Expert Advice: ”Should I see a Chiropractor during pregnancy?”

pregnancy & chiropractic owasso OKAbsolutely, yes. The No. 1 reason expecting women seek out Chiropractic care during pregnancy is to overcome the discomfort associated with carrying the baby. A woman’s body undergoes countless hormonal and biological changes throughout pregnancy and enormous change in posture and mechanics of the spine and pelvic region.

Obviously, it is dangerous to the developing fetus to mask pain with prescription or over-the-counter medications. Chiropractic treatment adjusts the cause of pain associated with dysfunction and misalignments of spinal joints that become tender and sore due to the enormous amount of mechanical stress that is being applied to a woman’s body. The spinal adjustments restore proper motion and alignment and allows the body to accommodate the mechanical stresses of a woman’s daily routine. Studies state that that 75 to 84 percent of women seeing a Chiropractor reported a significant relief of back pain.

The most overlooked benefits of seeing a Chiropractor during pregnancy, aside from increased comfort during pregnancy, is a shorter and more comfortable delivery. While discomfort during delivery is largely unavoidable, a recent hospital study stated that of women who sought out Chiropractic care during pregnancy, there was a 50-percent decrease for need of pain-relieving drugs during delivery. Further, a new study released by a Harvard-trained OB-GYN states that in women who sought Chiropractic care during pregnancy, there was a 24-percent shorter labor and delivery time for first-time mothers and a 39-percent decrease in labor and delivery times for women who have delivered two or more children.

Lastly, if a mother has never seen a chiropractor, there is usually some concern surrounding the safety to the fetus during a Chiropractic adjustment. In our office, we use gentle and specific techniques, assuring that the baby is well protected. He or she is safely cushioned within the amniotic fluid, and no pressure is applied to the abdomen. Also, with the amount of relaxin hormone released in a woman’s body allows for a simple and painless adjustment.

Justin Ashlock, DC

 

Expert Advice: ”I suffer with horrible migraines on at least a weekly basis. Will chiropractic care help?”

Headache treatment in Owasso, OKOf all the patients we’ve taken care of over the years, headaches have been one of the top complaints.

Statistically, nearly 37 million people in the U.S. suffer from severe headaches, 5 million on a daily basis. Those who suffer from severe headaches consume nearly two times the amount of prescription medication as those who have no headaches. Still, nearly one-third of them claim severe disability, which explains why headaches are a common cause of missed work in our country.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, severe headache sufferers in control groups receiving chiropractic care showed significant improvement in the frequency, severity, and duration of headaches. There was also a significant reduction in the amount of medications consumed.

This study mirrors results obtained in our office, as well. Our approach is to find any areas of the spine — typically in the neck and upper back region — where the bones have misaligned to the degree that nerves have become irritated and are not allowing the brain and body to communicate clearly.

When utilizing gentle adjusting techniques, the motion to these vertebra is restored, which allows the pressure to come off the nerves, thereby, allowing clear communication from brain to body, followed by a reduction in symptoms. This means a higher quality of life and less dependency on medication to get through the day.

I would highly encourage anyone with these chronic headache patterns to visit a chiropractor for evaluation. The odds are definitely in your favor!

Justin Ashlock, DC

Ashlock Chiropractic

 

Should I see a Chiropractor after an auto accident?

Owasso OK Chiropractors​Absolutely, yes. Auto collisions are an incredibly common event. In fact, statistics indicate that it’s not a question of “if you’ll be in a car wreck,” it’s really a matter of “when you’ll be in a car wreck.” Car wrecks not only result in a very bad day and property damage, but injuries sustained can also cause a variety of health-related concerns for all those involved in the collision.

Typically, after a car accident, the driver or passenger(s) will complain of symptoms such as neck and back stiffness; difficulty looking up, down or side to side; or headaches, visual disturbances or numbness and tingling to the extremities. These symptoms indicate that the soft-tissues around the spine – like muscles, discs and ligaments, as well as the joints of the spine – have been damaged, causing misalignments in the vertebrae.

The body will undergo stages of healing, which include swelling, spasm and muscle guarding, and symptoms will vary person-to-person. Some express mild discomfort, and some experience debilitating discomfort. In either case, bumper damage doesn’t correlate directly to the damage to the spine, but the amount of g-forces applied to the body inside of the car is of greatest concern, causing a sudden “whipping” of the head and neck, commonly called “whiplash.”

The most important fact is that research indicates it is important that injuries sustained in auto accidents must be rehabilitated. It has been shown that regardless of whether the pain sensation was mild or severe, X-rays may show disc degeneration already advancing in as little as three months due to a lack of proper motion and spinal function. This lack of function is also linked to a loss of proper spinal curvature.

A study in the American Journal of Geriatrics indicates that this decrease in proper curvature as it relates to the neck and upper back, correlates to a 14- to 15-year decrease in life-expectancy. In numerous cases, increases in neurological deficit and spinal problems caused by these injuries have been reported up to eight years after the accident occurred.

It is critical to be examined by a Chiropractor as soon as possible following an accident. A chiropractor will seek to restore proper motion to the spine, assist in allowing the body to achieve proper motion and alignment, and allow the body to heal quickly and properly, thereby avoiding potential problems that may linger in the future.

Please call our office located in Owasso, OK for an appointment or any questions you may have, (918) 272-0444. 

 

Meet Your Local Business Owner: Justin Ashlock

What does your business specialize in?

Owasso, OK ChiropractorTreating a multitude of heath conditions through a gentle and specific spinal adjustment, which has a positive influence in optimizing the nervous system. It allows the body to maximize its potential to heal and operate at its fullest potential; from pediatrics to seniors, amateur and professional athletes.

How did you become interested in your specialty?

After obtaining my degree in Health and Human Performance and Sports Medicine, I became a strength and conditioning coach in professional baseball. Being a “gym-rat,” I dabbled in bodybuilding in my spare time. My interest in Chiropractic was initiated by a low back injury I sustained while training in the gym. I saw a chiropractor specifically for the injury but began to notice positive changes in other areas, such as allergies, sinuses, breathing, and sleep. The more I learned about the potential of the body to heal itself from the “inside-out” lead me to enroll in Chiropractic school, as opposed to medical school. As it turns out, my injury lead to my calling.

How do you make your business unique?

Quality service is what makes us unique. We strive to connect with each patient. You will always be met by a smiling face. We know you by name and love you like family. We are efficient, which means little wait time and do what needs to be done to produce results — no more, no less. We won’t waste our patient’s precious time. We have found over the years people are less interested in what you know and just want to know that you care. At the end of the day, results are what matter. That’s what the patients want — properly applied adjustments with compassion.

What is something special about you most people don’t know?

I was an athlete my entire life. Baseball is my first love. In recent years, baseball has taken a backseat to golf. I can tell you, I was much better at baseball. I have a special place in my heart for young people who pour out their energy into their sport. I love taking care of young athletes. Chiropractic would have made a tremendous difference in my athletic career had I been exposed. Providing Chiropractic to the young athletes has become my mission. Athletes need to know what it means to “feel good on the field.” I believe a large part of my purpose is to bring young people this message.

Please call our office located in Owasso, OK for an appointment or any questions you may have, (918) 272-0444. 

 

Chiropractic Treatment of Migraine Headache

Owasso natural migraine treatment by Dr. Justin AshlockWith the Migraine Research Foundation reporting that migraines affect 38 million adults and children in the U.S. (more than asthma and diabetes put together), it's no surprise that Dr. Justin Ashlock sees a lot of migraine patients in our Owasso office. Although some people try to relieve migraine pain with medications, chiropractic care is a terrific, all-natural approach that often produces positive results.

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

What the investigators 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. In addition, this allowed them to take less medication for the pain, offering them an all-natural solution for a chronic problem.

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

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

Resources

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

 

Owasso Chiropractic and Cervicogenic Headache

We see a considerable number of folks with headaches in our Owasso office, and Dr. Justin Ashlock has been able to aid many of them. Of course, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 50 percent of all adults have difficulties with some kind of headache condition, so this really isn’t shocking. One of the most frequent sorts of headaches which our patients are afflicted by is cervicogenic headache which, fortunately, chiropractic can generally help.

Cervicogenic Headaches Defined

A cervicogenic headache is one that starts from an issue in the cervical spine. It could be attributable to an issue with either the spine itself (specifically, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be attributable to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine produces constriction or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can bring on headache pain.

How do you know if the headache you are feeling is a cervicogenic headache? Aside from obtaining a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a common symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is occasionally associated with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

How Chiropractic Helps

Seeing that cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever problem is generating them is corrected, it is essential to get treatment rather than just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective solution, and one that provides a great deal of headache pain relief.

In one study published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts followed 80 people who had repeated cervicogenic headaches. One-half got chiropractic care and the other half underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was assessed 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was discovered that chiropractic delivered the optimum effects.

In particular, this study found that chiropractic adjustments offered patients better pain relief and diminished the number of headaches that occurred. In addition to that, it also minimized the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Justin Ashlock can do for you and your headache pain, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!

References

  • Haas M, Schneider M, Vavrek D. Illustrating risk difference and number needed to treat from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18(9).
  • World Health Organization. (2012, October). Headache disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/
 

Chiropractic Offers Long Term Benefits for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Owasso natural fibromyalgia treatmentIf you suffer with fibromyalgia, you are not alone, as Dr. Justin Ashlock sees many people with this particular problem in our Owasso chiropractic practice. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly two percent of all adults in the US have fibromyalgia. Thankfully, chiropractic is one treatment option that can provide positive results.

In a study released in mid-2015, 215 adults with fibromyalgia were evaluated based on factors ranging from pain to quality of sleep to the levels of depression symptoms and anxiety they felt. Then they were divided into two groups with one group receiving a multi-modal therapy plan for three months and the second group receiving the same approach with the addition of chiropractic care (specifically, to the upper neck tissues) for the same length of time.

The individuals who received chiropractic adjustments combined with the multi-disciplinary therapy program reported greater benefits in all areas (pain, sleep, depression, and anxiety) at three months post-treatment when compared to the study participants who received multi-modal therapy without chiropractic care. Additionally, those positive results were lasting as the subjects reported continued improvement one full year later.

Fibromyalgia can substantially decrease your quality of life, both mentally and physically. If you're struggling with fibromyalgia, we might be able to help.

You don't have to suffer! To see what Dr. Justin Ashlock can do for your fibromyalgia, call our Owasso chiropractic office today.

Resources

  • Fibromyalgia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/fibromyalgia.htm on November 2, 2015.
  • Moustafa I & Diab A. (2015, July). The addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology International;35(7):1163-74.
 

Chiropractic Found to Be "Safe and Helpful" for Disc Herniation

Owasso non-surgical disc herniation treatmentDr. Justin Ashlock sees many people weekly in our busy Owasso chiropractic office who are searching for relief from the pain and suffering they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical research confirms that chiropractic care is an effective way to treat herniated disc problems.

One particular research project involved 27 people, 8 male and 19 female, who had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirming a disc herniation in either their neck or lower back. The individuals documented that they were experiencing pain, reduced range of motion, and sensory problems bad enough to keep them off work.

During the course of the research period, the subjects were treated using one of two common chiropractic practices: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the men and women who had herniation issues in the lumbar area.

Each individual was seen four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times weekly, and then as needed for the remainder of the study. Depending on the severity of the disc herniation, treatment varied anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being performed at a variety of stages to identify what impact, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

The authors found that 80 percent of the participants enjoyed a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other issues, such as numbness. Additionally, 77 percent of these men and women also showed MRI evidence that their disc herniation was either reduced or resolved completely. This resulted in 78 percent of the study subjects being able to return to their place of work and led the authors to conclude that chiropractic adjustments is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and you're near Dr. Justin Ashlock in Owasso, contact our office today to see what chiropractic can do for you!

Reference
BenEliyahu, DJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: study of 27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc herniations. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1996;19(9):597-606.