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Healthy News February 2024

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There is debate about whether the sacroiliac joint causes pain, but we will not go deep into that; however, our La Grande 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 relieve sacroiliac joint pain revealed that manual therapy – though just which technique of manual therapy is best was not clear 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 contrasted the effect of manual therapy, exercise, and a combination of those two on sacroiliac pain dysfunction. All 3 groups were shown to have had a significant reduction in sacroiliac-associated pain. The researchers stated in their conclusion that manual therapy was effective over the long term for sacroiliac joint pain reduction and that adding specific exercise to the sacroiliac joint manipulation treatment elevated the effectiveness. (5) If we discover through our examination that sacroiliac pain is of concern in your back pain condition, let’s discuss La Grande chiropractic non-surgical manual therapy and maybe a little exercise to deal with 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 commended for its benefit for heart health, benefit which appears after a few weeks or month of exercise. Researchers are sharing that even single or short-term exercise sessions produce benefit! They verified this and discovered that short-term exercise-induced protection offered immediate cardiac protection (like reducing the magnitude of cardiac/vascular damage due to long-term ischemia) at low cost and in a simple way. (6) We know that our exercise-adverse La Grande chiropractic patients will like this! Just one exercise session may offer benefit. That’s the first step! And more bonuses of exercise for low back pain sufferers are reported. 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) Time to add exercise?

In this month of hearts (Happy belated Valentine’s Day), take care of your heart and spine! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is honored to be your La Grande chiropractic partner in this endeavor. See you soon!

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