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Preventing Migraines with Chiropractic

San Angelo natural migraine treatment by Dr. WallaceWith the Migraine Research Foundation reporting that migraines affect 38 million adults and children in the U.S. (more than diabetes and asthma put together), it's no surprise that Dr. Wallace sees a lot of headache sufferers in our San Angelo office. Although some people try to relieve migraine pain with drugs, chiropractic is a great, all-natural choice that often produces positive results.

For instance, one study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics involved 127 people ranging in age from 10 to 70-years-old who suffered 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 study began, during the duration of the sessions (which was two months), and two months post-treatment.

What the investigators discovered is that chiropractic reduced the frequency, duration, and disability of the migraine pain when compared with the control group who didn't receive chiropractic. Even better, this enabled them to take less medication for the pain, providing them an all-natural answer for a chronic condition.

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

If you have migraine headache pain and are looking for relief, call Dr. Wallace today and request an appointment in our San Angelo 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

 

Chiropractic Helps with Knee Pain

San Angelo natural knee knee pain treatmentKnee pain is a common problem for patients in our San Angelo chiropractic office, and Dr. Drew G. Wallace has successfully provided many of these men and women relief. This is largely because chiropractic care has been found to help with many types of knee pain.

For instance, some patients feel pain in and around the knee tissues due to degenerative arthritis. Research has confirmed that this condition responds very well to chiropractic--and rather quickly, too. In fact, one paper published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association found that people with osteoarthritis in their knees felt considerable pain relief and improved function after just two weeks of chiropractic care.

If your knee pain is as a result of a medial meniscus tear, chiropractic could likely help with that as well. One case found that combining chiropractic with soft tissue therapy, rest, ice, and compression on the affected knee helped lower the intensity of the pain.

Of course, sometimes a knee replacement surgery is necessary in order to correct the issue, and if that's the case, chiropractic care can also help improve the outcome. How?

Research has found that patients with low back pain frequently have less positive outcomes after knee surgery. Therefore, dealing with your back pain through chiropractic before having a total knee arthroplasty can help with your post-surgery recovery.

No matter what your knee issue, Dr. Drew G. Wallace can likely help. Call our San Angelo location today and find out what we can do for you!

Studies

  • Pollard H et al. (2008, December). The effect of a manual therapy knee protocol on osteoarthritic knee pain: a randomised controlled trial. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;52(4):229-42
    Boyle J et al. (2014, March). Influence of low back pain on total knee arthroplasty outcome. Knee;21(2):410-4
  • Jarosz B & Ames R. (2010, December). Chiropractic management of a medial meniscus tear in a patient with tibiofemoral degeneration: a case report. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;9(4):200-8
 

San Angelo Chiropractic Beats Massage for Cervicogenic Headaches

We see a large number of people with headaches in our San Angelo office, and Dr. Drew G. Wallace has been able to help many of them. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that 50 percent of all adults deal with some sort of headache problems, so this certainly isn’t a surprise. One of the most prevalent varieties of headaches which our patients struggle with is cervicogenic headache which, fortunately, chiropractic can commonly help.

Cervicogenic Headaches Explained

A cervicogenic headache is one that originates from issues in the cervical spine. It can easily be because of an issue with either the spine itself (in particular, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it can be triggered by a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine creates compression or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can give you headache pain.

How do you find out if the headache you are struggling with is a cervicogenic headache? Other than obtaining a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is sometimes combined with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

How Chiropractic Helps with Cervicogenic Headaches

Since cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever problem is causing them is corrected, it is crucial to receive treatment instead of just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective solution, and one that provides a great deal of pain relief.

In one study released in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists followed 80 people who had frequent cervicogenic headaches. Half got chiropractic care and the other fifty percent underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was evaluated 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was found that chiropractic offered the best effects.

Specifically, this study revealed that chiropractic adjustments provided patients enhanced pain relief and reduced the frequency of headaches that occurred. On top of that, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Drew G. Wallace 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 Aids Sprained Ankle Recovery

San Angelo natural ankle sprain treatment​We see a number of patients in our San Angelo office with ankle sprains but Dr. Drew G. Wallace has had a lot of success helping them heal more quickly. Why are ankle sprains so common and how can chiropractic help?

According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), an estimated 25,000 people in the US sprain their ankles daily. As a matter of fact, these injuries make up nearly half of all sports injuries, causing people to spend time away from the activities they enjoy most.

Like most any injury, there are many causes of ankle sprains. The most frequent is inversion, or when the ankle rolls inward. This injury can occur due to one forceful movement, or it can develop over a period of time, and exercises that increase the risk for this type of ankle sprain include running and jumping. You're also at risk if you have previous ankle injuries, poor posture or balance, weak muscles, and reduced range of motion. How can Dr. Drew G. Wallace help?

A report published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics set out to determine chiropractic's role when it comes to ankle sprain recovery. The authors recruited 33 individuals between the ages of 18 and 45 who had a history of ankle inversion sprains, who were reporting tenderness and/or pain, and had not re-injured the area in the previous six weeks.

Eighteen of the participants were assigned to receive rehabilitation and the remaining 15 patients received chiropractic adjustments in addition to rehab. Each individual had five full weeks of treatment, with the rehab group receiving therapy seven days a week and the rehab plus chiropractic group receiving treatment six out of the seven days.

The authors found that the people who participated in both rehabilitation and chiropractic fared the best at the 4-week mark when it came to pain and joint restriction. Additionally, no undesirable effects were reported, showing that this treatment option is safe.

If you're near our location in San Angelo and you're struggling with an ankle injury, give us a call. We'll do what we can to keep you up and running...literally!

Articles

  • American College of Sports Medicine. (n.d.). Ankle sprains and the athlete. Retrieved from https://www.acsm.org/docs/current-comments/anklesprainstemp.pdf
  • Lubbe, D et al. (2015, January). Manipulative therapy and rehabilitation for recurrent ankle sprain with functional instability: a short-term, assessor-blind, parallel-group randomized trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 38(1), 22-34, doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2014.10.001
 

Chiropractic Offers Long Term Benefits for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

San Angelo natural fibromyalgia treatmentIf you are struggling with fibromyalgia, you are not alone, as Dr. Drew G. Wallace sees many people with this particular problem in our San Angelo chiropractic practice. Actually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly two percent of all adults in the US have fibromyalgia. Fortunately, chiropractic is one treatment option that can provide positive results.

In a paper released in mid-2015, 215 women and men 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 treatment plan for three months and the second group receiving the same approach plus chiropractic care (specifically, to the upper neck tissues) for the same length of time.

The individuals who received chiropractic care in addition to the multi-disciplinary therapy approach reported greater benefits in all areas (pain, sleep, depression, and anxiety) at 12 weeks post-treatment when compared to the study participants who received multi-modal treatment without chiropractic care. Additionally, those positive outcomes were long-lasting as the individuals reported continued improvement one full year later.

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

You don't have to suffer! To see what Dr. Drew G. Wallace can do for your fibromyalgia, call our San Angelo chiropractic office today.

Sources

  • 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 Effective for Herniated Disc Pain

San Angelo chiropractic disc herniation treatmentUnfortunately, quite a few of our San Angelo patients are familiar with the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Drew G. Wallace has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of scientific studies have confirmed that chiropractic care can help patients recover from this kind of condition.

Research on Chiropractic and Disc Herniations

In one study, specialists from Switzerland selected 148 patients who were coping with pain in their lower back and legs due to a herniated disc (which was confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI). Each person then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the location of his or her disc problem.

Results were collected after the initial treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to determine what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic offers when it comes to resolving this particular condition. Among the information obtained was the person's self-reported changes in both low back and leg pain.

Investigators found that, overall, the study participants reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the patients claimed that their pain "improved" within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.

Even those people who were defined as "chronic" still claimed an improvement in pain at a rate of 89 percent one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive result that was found in the following case study.

Case Study Shows that Chiropractic Benefits Chronic Disc Herniation Symptoms

In this study, a 26-year-old male had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the low back, left leg, and left groin area, along with left foot drop and muscle weakness. He had endured these problems for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his disc herniation was confirmed via MRI.

After receiving chiropractic, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." Furthermore, the patient was still experiencing relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.

Studies like these show how useful chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and treating the symptoms they cause. So, if you are suffering from back pain caused by a herniated disc and wish to find some relief, chiropractic might be an effective solution.

Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our San Angelo office a call today at (325) 949-7878 for a consultation or appointment.

References

  • Leemann S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, Anklin B, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3):155-163.
  • Polkinghorn BS, Colloca CJ. Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation using activator methods chiropractic technique. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1998;21(3):187-196.
 

Chiropractic Beneficial for Carpal Tunnel

San Angelo natural carpal tunnel treatmentDr. Drew G. Wallace sees a lot of patients troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy San Angelo chiropractic practice. While some people think that the source of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a condition that stems from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.

A recent study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy evaluated 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon studying the subjects' neck range of motion, the researchers discovered that the women had reduced cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.

Furthermore, they also discovered that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less mobility in the neck, the greater the level of pain.

This study is extremely important, as you cannot successfully address a condition until you fully understand its source. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel symptoms is in the neck, this means that natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgical procedures.

If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our San Angelo location and ask how Dr. Drew G. Wallace can help you get relief!

Sources

De-la-Llave-Rincon A et al. (2011, May). Women with carpal tunnel syndrome show restricted cervical range of motion. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy;41(5):305-10.
Simon H. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. University of Maryland Medical Center. Updated May 6, 2012. Retrieved from https://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/carpal-tunnel-syndrome on November 2, 2015.

 

Effective Back Pain Treatment

San Angelo back pain treatmentWe see a number of patients with back pain in our San Angelo practice, and Dr. Drew G. Wallace has helped many of them get relief with chiropractic. However, recovering from back problems doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical care, as many people use both types of care with great results.

Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Treatment Work Well with One Another

In a study published by the journal Spine experts1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who were suffering from both acute pain and limited function due to back symptoms. Some of the test subjects engaged in treatment via standard medical care, while the remainder received chiropractic adjustments along with regular medical care, as researchers wanted to determine which group fared better.

The authors found that the patients who received standard medical care along with chiropractic scored "significantly better" than the patients who got medical care alone; 73 percent reported positive benefits in comparison to just 17 percent of the medical care only group who indicated the same amount of improvement. This was true regarding both pain and level of function at two and four weeks.

Therefore, combining these two forms of treatment can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering advantages when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic and medicine can work alongside each other, chiropractic offers some unique advantages over medical therapy.

Where Chiropractic Pulls Ahead

Although it might seem as if each approach plays a 50-50 role, there is one significant benefit that chiropractic care has over medical treatment and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, a study conducted at UCLA2 that was published in the American Journal of Public Health reports that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than people undergoing medical treatment.

According to the experts, the main aspects that patients liked over medical treatment were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't surprising, as chiropractors typically spend much more time consulting with their patients as to how they can better their health on their own, as well as explaining more carefully what to expect from chiropractic.

Chiropractic Care Offers a Holistic Approach

Certainly, the techniques associated with chiropractic are very different than those provided with medical treatment, but a great deal of the distinction is the fact that chiropractic is a holistic approach to health and wellness. Instead of focusing on only relieving the symptoms, chiropractic involves searching for the root cause of your pain, which often means greater improvement as you are addressing the problem at its source.

In addition, while medication is sometimes helpful for treating certain conditions, many health issues respond well to a natural approach like chiropractic. This means fewer negative side effects from drugs and lasting recovery.

You don't have to struggle with back pain or other health issues. Give our San Angelo clinic a call today at (325) 949-7878. We'll do our best to help you get and continue to be free from back pain.

References

  1. Goertz CM, Long CR, Hondras MA, Petri R, Delgado R, Lawrence DJ, Owens EF, Meeker WC. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine 2013;38(8):627-634.
  2. Hertzman-Miller RP1, Morgenstern H, Hurwitz EL, Yu F, Adams AH, Harber P, Kominski GF. Comparing the satisfaction of low back pain patients randomized to receive medical or chiropractic care: results from the UCLA low-back pain study. American Journal of Public Health 2002;92(10):1628-1633.
 

Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

If you suffer from shoulder pain after an auto injury, you're not alone. Dr. Drew G. Wallace sees this type of problem often in our San Angelo office. The key to recovering from shoulder pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

There are at least two ways that you can develop shoulder problems after a crash: by direct trauma to the shoulder or by referred pain from the neck.

Direct trauma can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard surface in the car during the crash, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end collision. With this type of trauma, you'll often be aware of the pain soon after the wreck.

More frequently, Dr. Drew G. Wallace finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a collision, but begins a few days or weeks after the injury. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured muscles or ligaments in your spine can pinch nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've treated many types of shoulder problems in our San Angelo office. This care involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Let us help you recover from shoulder pain. Dr. Drew G. Wallace has helped many people with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to determine the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (325) 949-7878 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Relief from Asthma with Chiropractic

San Angelo asthma care with chiropracticAsthma is a significant issue for many people in San Angelo and for society as a whole, truly, since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that this condition currently affects almost 19 million adults and 7 million kids in the United States. A full-blown asthma attack likely means a emergency room visit. Thankfully, Dr. Drew G. Wallace has helped many people in San Angelo get relief from asthma symptoms.

The scientific literature verifies what we see in our office. For example, a paper published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy evaluated 31 adult asthma patients after getting four weeks of chiropractic adjustments. The researchers reported that the individuals who received chiropractic adjustments had a 34% decrease in asthma symptoms.

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics printed another asthma-based study, except this one involved children. In this article, the 36 patients ranged from 6 to 17 years in age and their asthma was considered either mild or moderate in severity.

After 12 weeks of chiropractic adjustments, as a whole, the patients reported a higher quality of life and a lower level of severity. As a bonus, they also indicated that they relied less on their bronchodilator and these positive effects were still being demonstrated one year after chiropractic care was finished.

So, whether you're 7 or 70, if you have asthma, be sure to contact Dr. Drew G. Wallace in San Angelo and make an appointment today. We'll do what we can to help you breathe easier!

References

  • Asthma. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Bronfort G et al. (2001, July-August). Chronic pediatric asthma and spinal manipulation: a prospective clinical series and randomized clinical pilot study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;24(6):369-77
  • Nielsen N et al. (1995, January). Chronic asthma and chiropractic spinal manipulation: a randomized clinical trial. Clinical and Experimental Allergy;25(1):80-8