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Americans Spend Billions on Alternative Medicine
Americans spent 33.9 billion out-of-pocket on complementary and alternative medicine in 2007 alone, U.S. health officials report. CAM includes medical practices and products, such as herbal supplements, meditation, chiropractic and acupuncture, which are not part of conventional medicine. The bottom line is that Americans spend a lot of money on CAM products, classes or materials or practitioner visits, Dr. Josephine P. Briggs, director of the U.S. Nationa ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation Won't Cause Chest Injuries, Study Contends
Chest compressions during chiropractic spinal manipulation result in little or no risk of chest injury, according to new research. The study, published in the May 13 online edition of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics , measured and examined the force of chest compressions ranging from typical to extremely rigorous and found all to be well under the threshold for injury. Results from this preliminary study showed that maximum chest ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Study Questions Chiropractic's Impact on Back Pain
For the millions of Americans with chronic low back pain, a silver bullet to alleviate the condition has yet to be identified, a new study suggests. Reviewing 26 studies comparing spinal manipulative therapy SMT to other treatments such as medication, exercise or physical therapy, researchers from the Netherlands found that SMT appears to be no better or worse than other options at relieving back pain long-term. The analyses indicated that SMT -- which inv ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Many Health-Care Workers Have Turned to Alternative Medicine
Three out of every four U.S. health-care workers use some form of complementary or alternative medicine or practice to help stay healthy, a new report shows. What s more, doctors, nurses and their assistants, health technicians, and healthcare administrators were actually more likely than the general public to use any number of wide-ranging alternative medicine options, including massage, yoga, acupuncture, Pilates or herbal medicines. No one has really do ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Yoga, Stretching Classes Outdo Self-Care for Back Pain: Study
Yoga instruction and conventional stretching classes are equally good at relieving discomfort from chronic moderate lower-back pain, new research suggests. Both are also better than trying to manage pain on your own by following the exercise, lifestyle and flare-up advice provided in self-help books, the study found. For a person with garden-variety back pain who is willing to move their body, the bottom-line is that a beginner s yoga class geared for back ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Yoga Gets Women With Back Pain Moving: Study
Another study finds that yoga classes can improve back function among people with chronic or recurrent lower back pain. While the British researchers found that yoga could help people move about and perform tasks, the ancient practice did not appear to reduce back pain itself. The finding comes on the heels of similar results from a U.S. investigation published last week by University of Washington researchers in the Archives of Internal Medicine . That st ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Spinal Manipulation, Home Exercise May Ease Neck Pain
Spinal manipulation and home exercise are more effective at relieving neck pain in the long term than medications, according to new research. People undergoing spinal manipulation therapy for neck pain also reported greater satisfaction than people receiving medication or doing home exercises. We found that there are some viable treatment options for neck pain, said Gert Bronfort, vice president of research at the Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies a ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Science Reveals How Owls Avoid Stroke While Rotating Heads
What a hoot Scientists say they ve discovered how owls can almost fully rotate their heads without damaging the blood vessels in their necks or cutting off the blood supply to their brains. Owls have four major bone structure and blood vessel adaptations that prevent injury when they rotate their head. Humans lack these adaptations, which helps explain why people are more vulnerable to neck injuries, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers. Until now, b ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Men's Share of Housework May Depend on Career Choice
How much time a man spends doing housework is related to the type of job he has, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data collected from 1981 to 2009 and found that married or cohabiting men who worked in traditionally female jobs -- such as teaching, child care or nursing -- spent more time doing housework than those in traditionally male jobs. In addition, the wives and partners of these men spent less time doing housework than the wives and partn ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Yoga Big on West Coast, Chiropractors Popular in Midwest
Folks on the West Coast are faithful followers of yoga and meditation. Midwesterners turn to chiropractors or osteopathic doctors for their aches and pains. And nearly one in every five Americans uses herbal supplements like ginseng, Echinacea, ginkgo biloba and St. John s Wort. Those are just some of the findings of a new federal government report on complementary and alternative medicine trends in the United States. The report, derived from national heal ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Could Chiropractic Manipulation of Your Neck Trigger a Stroke?
Getting your neck adjusted by a chiropractor or osteopathic doctor may be associated with an increased risk of stroke, according to a scientific statement released Thursday by the American Heart Association. The energetic thrusts and rotations sometimes used in neck manipulation may cause a small tear in the artery walls in the neck, a condition called cervical artery dissection, the statement noted. A tear in the artery wall can result in a stroke if a bl ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests
Almost one-fifth of Americans do daily battle with crippling, chronic pain, a large new survey reveals, with the elderly and women struggling the most. The poll of roughly 35,000 American households provides the first snapshot of the pain landscape in the United States, the survey authors said. The bottom line Significant and debilitating pain that endures for three months or more is now a common feature in the lives of an estimated 39 million Americans. I ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17