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Healthy News February 2024

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The great sacroiliac joint debate: does it cause pain or not? We will not get deep into that; however, our Sitka back and leg pain sufferers may experience pain in the sacroiliac joint. Some medical approaches today fuse the sacroiliac joints, inject them, etc. (1,2,3) In the conservative world, a review of how manual therapy might reduce and/or alleviate sacroiliac joint pain documented that manual therapy – though just which technique of manual therapy is best was not well defined in all the studies they reviewed – statistically significantly improved disability due to sacroiliac joint dysfunction syndrome. (4) There is always room for additional research! Another study juxtaposed the effect of manual therapy, exercise, and a combination of those two on sacroiliac pain dysfunction. All of the groups were shown to have experienced a significant reduction in sacroiliac-associated pain. The researchers stated in their conclusion that manual therapy was effective in the long term for sacroiliac joint pain decrease and that adding specific exercise to the sacroiliac joint manipulation treatment elevated the effectiveness. (5) If we find sacroiliac pain to be of concern in your back pain condition, let’s ponder Sitka chiropractic non-surgical manual therapy and maybe a little exercise to address it!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr.  Michael McMurray on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management that incorporates exercise.

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Exercise is praised for its benefit for heart health, benefit which appears after some time of exercise say weeks or months. Researchers are sharing that even single or short-term exercise sessions produce benefit! They tested this and discovered that short-term exercise-induced protection provided immediate cardiac protection (like decreasing the magnitude of cardiac/vascular damage due to long-term ischemia) cheaply and easily. (6) We know that our exercise-adverse Sitka chiropractic patients will like this! Just one exercise session may offer benefit. That’s the first step! And more advantages of exercise for low back pain sufferers are detailed. A rehab exercise program for normal and overweight patients documented improvement in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein as well as improvement in cardiovascular risk and lumbar muscle. (7) Are you ready to add exercise?

In this month of hearts (Happy belated Valentine’s Day), take care of your heart and spine! Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is honored to be your Sitka chiropractic partner in this project. See you soon!

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