The Wellness Blog

Guide to Sleeping Positions

People spend roughly one-third of their lives sleeping. A good night’s sleep is a substantial factor in the quality of your overall health, and inadequate sleep can wreak havoc on you mentally and physically. The position you sleep in can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. So, what’s the best position for sleeping? The answer varies depending on individual health concerns such as back pain, neck pain, and acid reflux, to name a few. It also depends on which position is the most comfortable for you. Above all, you should avoid sleeping in any position that causes

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Study: Manual Therapy Changes Processing of Pain

A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in October 2014 used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to evaluate how the brain reacts to spinal manipulation used by chiropractors. Brain scans revealed that spinal manipulation and other types of manual therapy have an immediate effect on functional connectivity between regions of the brain that are responsible for processing pain. Previous research has established a connection between neurophysical changes in regional brain communication and manual therapy. Many patients seek chiropractic care for pain relief, and multiple studies testify that chiropractic treatment relieves pain in neck pain patients, lower back pain patients,

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The Future of Health Care & Chiropractic Care

Last week four of our Tuck Chiropractic Doctors participated in the Virginia Health Care Conference that was centered on the future of healthcare. The theme was a timely and pertinent one, and one that Dr. Tuck, Dr. LaBarbera, Dr. Rathmann and Dr. Matthis were all excited about: “Transformation in the Health Care Industry: Accelerating Value and Innovation.” The perception and outlook on healthcare is often laced with pessimism and discouragement. This conference did an excellent job highlighting the promise and progress on the horizon. It was an honor for our team to be part of this pivotal healthcare conference and

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Study: Chiropractic Increases Soccer Players' Kicking Speed

A pilot study published in January 2015 in the journal Chiropractic and Manual Therapies found that lumbar spine manipulation and sacroiliac joint manipulation resulted in increased kicking speed and range of motion. The study was conducted on 40 South African soccer players without previous injuries. Researchers Kyle Colin Deutschmann, Andrew Douglas Jones, and Charmaine Maria Korporaal of the Durban University of Technology selected subjects with similar physicality (height, weight, etc.) and clinical signs of lumbar spine or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. The players were separated into four groups and given lumbar spine manipulation, sacroiliac joint (SI joint) manipulation, both lumbar and

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American Chiropractic Association: Conservative Care First for Lower Back Pain

Last month the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) called for doctors and patients to consider conservative care in the treatment of lower back pain. The press release cited two recent studies on the effectiveness of the widely recommended drug acetaminophen in treating spinal pain. One study by researchers in Australia, published in British Medical Journal in March 2015, reviewed all available research on the use of the over-the-counter medication, acetaminophen (also known as Tylenol or paracetamol) as a treatment for neck pain, lower back pain, and hip or knee osteoarthritis. Studies that qualified for analysis involved the use of acetaminophen or

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5 Ways Good Posture Benefits Your Health and Happiness

The American Chiropractic Association celebrates Correct Posture Month in May each year. Good posture is essential to maintaining the musculoskeletal balance of our bodies, which prevents harm to joints, ligaments, bones, and muscles. Proper posture can also help prevent muscle fatigue by allowing the muscles to use energy in the most efficient way possible. That’s not all! Research shows that posture can impact your overall health and happiness in several other important ways. 1) Good posture can improve your self-esteem. A study conducted by a team of researchers in New Zealand and published in the journal Health Psychology found that

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Knee Osteoarthritis and Chiropractic

A growing body of research on the effects of Sitting Disease has linked excessive sitting to a number of diseases, including colon cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, as well as greater rates of disability later in life and even premature death Sitting can also have negative effects on the structures of your body, including the upper and lower back, neck, and hip muscles and joints, as well as spinal discs. Even regular exercise doesn’t reduce the danger caused by hours of sitting every day, according to a study conducted by the University of Queensland in 2009. Daily hours

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Blood Pressure, Hypertension & Chiropractors

Chiropractic may have a positive impact on hypertension Really!! High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) affects 1 in 4 Americans.*  You or someone you know probably has it. Now, am I suggesting that Chiropractic is a cure for high blood pressure/hypertension?  No, no at all.  Should you stop taking your medication and go to the Chiropractor for your hypertension problem?  Definitely not.  However, recent research out of the University of Chicago suggests that Chiropractic adjustments to a specific area of the neck can lower specific types of  blood pressure an average of 14 mm/hg systolic (the top number) and 8 mm/hg diastolic

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Runners Can See Improvement with Chiropractic Care

When most people think of the term “chiropractic”, they automatically associate it with “low back pain”. However, the range that chiropractic care covers is far greater than this. Think of the last time you went for a jog, or even a fast paced walk. Consider the strain that you put on your knees, your ankles, and your feet. The most common complaint that you hear from runners is plantar fasciitis and, while there’s no instantaneous cure for it, chiropractic can do wonders for an ailment such as this. Plantar fasciitis is a manifestation of the tendon being pulled, whether it

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Headaches in the Back of the Head

Tuck Chiropractic Clinic specializes in comprehensive treatment for neck pain, low back pain, headaches, sciatica, and many other ailments. Chiropractic is effective for relieving pain and restoring proper function to the entire body. Headaches in the back of the head are one of the more debilitating conditions we treat at Tuck Chiropractic Clinic. The bad news is that these headaches are often caused by long-term postural difficulties. These postural habits are difficult to break and these headaches are tough to manage on your own. Typically, medications are minimally effective and these headaches quickly begin to ruin a patient’s life. The

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