Spinal Bone Spur Treatment – Do Alternative Therapies Work?

Bone spur treatmentSpinal bone spur treatment can take a variety of forms, from simple stretches to prescription analgesic pain patches. Similar to treating many other common conditions, the mainstream medical community generally agrees on a group of therapies that have been tried, tested, and studied to the point that they are considered safe and effective for patients suffering from spinal bone spur symptoms. Read more

Alternative Therapies for Cervical Spinal Stenosis

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Clearly some yoga positions are not ideal alternative therapies for neck pain.

Conservative treatments for neck pain are standard practice for most patients prior to surgery but what if you want to treat cervical spinal stenosis without surgery using alternative therapies? Is there any evidence to support the use of acupuncture, acupressure, energy therapy, or reflexology? How about yoga for spinal stenosis? When your neck pain is causing you to consider surgery talk to your doctor about the alternatives, they may even be able to refer you to a local therapist. Read more

Bone Spur Treatment – Managing Symptoms While Traveling

Bone spur treatmentTraveling can be stressful enough, and that’s only compounded when you’re trying to maintain your spinal bone spur treatment plan while on the go. If you’re driving out of town for work, you might not be able to concentrate if the neck pain or back pain from your bone spurs is bothering you. And if you’re taking a family vacation, nothing derails a good time like the tingling or muscle weakness that could be a result of nerve compression.

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Neck Pain Relief for Children

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Chiropractic treatment may be useful for neck pain relief in children.

Seeing your child in pain is one of the most difficult things in the world but what are your options for neck pain relief in children? When neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, and other health issues arise in kids it can be difficult to work out the cause, especially if a younger child is unable to really tell you where it hurts and what kind of pain they have. Often, the same treatments helpful for neck pain relief in adults are good for kids too but sometimes treatments differ so make sure you know what to do if your kid has neck pain. Read more

Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Triggered by Gut Bacteria?

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Could probiotics help reduce symptoms of neck pain and RA?

What does your gut have to do with neck pain? New research suggests a link between Rheumatoid Arthritis and bacteria in the digestive tract. Could gut flora be an environmental trigger for patients with a genetic predisposition for the autoimmune joint disease? Mayo Clinic researchers seem to think so. Read more

Chronic Neck Pain – Could Vitamin B6 Supplements Help?

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Could popping B6 pills help your neck pain?

A new study has linked chronic inflammation to low vitamin B6 levels, so could some simple dietary changes help your neck pain? Although some inflammation is normal and, indeed, helpful, at the time of acute injury once this becomes chronic it can create all manner of problems for cardiovascular health, musculoskeletal health, type 2 diabetes, and even cognitive health.

More research needs doing but, perhaps, it’s a good idea to create a ‘neck pain diet’ including vitamin B6-rich foods to lower inflammation. Read more

Does Chiropractic Care Increase Stroke Risk?

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Is your head spinning with thoughts about chiropractic adjustment, arterial dissection, and stroke?

Some people are terrified of getting chiropractic adjustments for neck pain as they have heard horror stories about arteries being dissected or torn and how chiropractic techniques can cause strokes. Is there any merit to these claims or are they simply urban myths? The complicated studies carried out into the association between chiropractic and stroke make it difficult to assess your level of risk and in some cases it seems that the dissection could be the cause of neck pain that prompts that visit to the chiro in the first place. Read more

Neck Pain Relief Device Recalled – ShoulderFlex Massager Poses Risk of Strangulation.

The FDA recalled a neck pain relief device recently after reports that the neck massager posed a serious risk of death or injury. The ShoulderFlex Massager was recalled by its manufacturer back in August 2011 but the Food and Drug Administration is concerned that many of those who bought the device remain unaware of its potential risks, including the risk of strangulation when using the device for neck pain or back pain whilst lying down. Read more

Stiff Neck Pain Treatment Using Muscle Relaxants

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Muscle relaxants may help where massage, heat therapy, and NSAIDs have failed.

Physicians increasingly prescribe muscle relaxants for chronic neck pain, but have they informed you of the potential side-effects of these drugs, or considered all possible causes of your neck pain before handing over a hastily scribbled prescription?

In this post we’ll take a quick look at some of the more commonly prescribed muscle relaxants for neck pain and back pain, discuss their uses, side-effects, and possible interactions, and offer brief guidance on staying safe when using muscle relaxants for chronic pain. Read more

Chronic Neck Pain – Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Using Mindfulness Training

chronic neck pain relief mindfulness training for rheumatoid arthritisCoping with chronic neck pain may be made easier with mindfulness training if we generalize the results of a recent pilot study into the use of the therapy for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The randomized study found that group-therapy using mindfulness techniques helped patients manage daily symptoms of chronic joint pain more effectively and reduced feelings of stress in comparison to the control group. What does ‘mindfulness’ mean though, and how can you incorporate it into your neck painmanagement regime? Read more