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Chiropractic Effective for TMJ Pain

Arlington TMJ pain recoveryBecause injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Arlington patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Ernst will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the jaw.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With TMJ Pain and Discomfort

For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.

Another research paper conducted a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.

This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.

Dr. Ernst Can Help People Find Relief From TMJ Pain

No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Ernst now and schedule an appointment to come into our Arlington office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!

Resources

  • Gonzalez-Iglesias J et al. (2013, November). Mobilization with movement, thoracic spine manipulation, and dry needling for the management of temporomandibular disorder: a prospective case series. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice;29(8):586-95
  • Brantingham J et al. (2013, March-April). Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;36(3):143-201
  • Oral Care. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders-tmd on November 2, 2015
 

Studies Show Chiropractic Care Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

Arlington sports injury treatment and chiropracticWe encounter a large number of sports injuries in our Arlington clinic, and Dr. Ernst is usually able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt each year while participating in sports-related activities, according to statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the importance of preventing these types of common injuries. One approach to possible realize that goal, according to a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's odds of winning. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them playing.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study specifically, every one of the volunteers received medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one treatment each month for the last three months of the study. The other group had no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic care.

After twenty-four matches, researchers reported a diminished number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Furthermore, that very group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic ought to be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively lessen the amount of leg injuries.

Dr. Ernst Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Quicker

If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to make sure greater time is spent on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Arlington office at (360) 659-8464 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.
 

Arlington Spinal Decompression Therapy

Arlington non-surgical spinal decompressionDr. Ernst sees many back pain patients in our busy Arlington chiropractic office. Many of our patients have some form of spinal issue that is causing them pain and discomfort. Fortunately, Dr. Ernst finds that spinal decompression therapy is an effective way to help these folks.

What is Spinal Decompression and How Can it Help Me?

Non-surgical spinal decompression is a treatment approach that takes all of the positive benefits that one normally gets from chiropractic, traction, physiotherapy, exercise therapy, and myofascial release and combines them all into one.

The objective of decompression is to keep you out of the operating room, and that is exactly what it's accomplished for a number of people, as it has a reported 85% success rate.

Some of the problems spinal decompression helps with include generalized back pain, sciatic nerve pain, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, compression fractures, and joint pain.

Spinal decompression works by reversing the effects of wear, tear, and gravity that compresses the intervertebral discs in your neck and back. The video below shows how it works to eliminate pressure on your back and helps reduce pain and disability.

Dr. Ernst Can Help People Find Relief From Chronic Back Pain

If you live in Arlington and you're struggling with back issues, spinal decompression treatment might be the solution. Call Dr. Ernst today at (360) 659-8464 for a consultation or appointment.

 

Shoulder Pain Treatment with Chiropractic

Arlington shoulder pain treatment and recoveryAccording to experts, about 2-5 percent of the population will suffer from painful problems like frozen shoulder syndrome at some point in their lives. That makes shoulder pain a common problem and one that Dr. Ernst sees in our Arlington practice on a regular basis.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Shoulder Pain

Usually, this condition is more prevalent for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and it tends to affect women more often than men. While ice, heat, and gentle stretching can often times help alleviate the discomfort, so too can chiropractic adjustments.

For example, a study released in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 people with frozen shoulder who were given chiropractic care. The length of care ranged from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.

The authors found that nearly all of the patients fared very well with chiropractic care. The study found:

8 of the subjects reported 50-75 percent improvement
25 indicated improvement ranging from 75- 90 percent
1 participant had complete resolution of their frozen shoulder pain

Only one participant reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so studies like this show just how effective chiropractic can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and improving quality of life.

We Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Shoulder Pain

Let Dr. Ernst help you relieve your pain by contacting our Arlington office and scheduling your appointment today.

Resources

Murphy F et al. (2012, December). Chiropractic management of frozen shoulder syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;11(4):267-272

 

Avoid Sciatica Surgery With Chiropractic

Dr. Ernst works with countless sciatica patients here in our Arlington office, and quite a few of these patients were nervous that they might need surgery to alleviate their pain. The latest research indicates that a large number of people don't require surgery for this common problem, and that chiropractic is more effective at resolving sciatic nerve pain.

A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists examined 80 patients with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.

Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.

Both groups improved; however, no obvious difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. Additionally, about sixty percent of the participating patients who could not find relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."

In other words, chiropractic offered the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to undergo the greater amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated with that type of treatment choice. Plus, you also don't run the risks associated with surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.

Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Arlington and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Ernst a call today at (360) 659-8464. We'll help identify the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.

References

  • McMorland, G et al. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2010;33(8):576-584.
  • Solberg TK, Nygaard OP, Sjaavik K, Hofoss D, Ingebrigtsen T. The risk of "getting worse" after lumbar microdiscectomy. European Spine Journal 2005;14(1):49-54.
 

Arlington Back Pain and Pregnancy Care

Arlington chiropractor

While many women automatically assume that carrying a child and severe pain in the lower back go hand in hand, they are often surprised when they discover that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, chiropractic adjustments can often help alleviate persistant back pain for pregnant women by as much as 85%.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Pregnancy

We've worked with many pregnant women suffering from back pain in our Arlington office.

One piece of research published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies involved 115 women who were pregnant (most of which were in their third trimester) and reported pain in their lower back region, pelvic area, or both. Data was gathered prior to the study, as well as one week, one month, three months, and one year after treatment commenced. At each follow-up, the participants were asked to rate their level of pain based on a 7-point scale to determine whether it was better, worse, or stayed the same. The results?

52% reported that their pain was better after one week of chiropractic treatment. After one month, that amount jumped up to 70 percent, climbing even more to 85 percent showing improvement at the three month mark. Improvement was still reported at six months post-treatment, which was generally after delivery, and continued to the final data collection one year after treatment commenced.

There are also many additional benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy. Not only does it effectively ease back pain, but it does it in a completely natural and non-invasive way. This means that you don't have to worry about taking any drugs or undergoing any type of treatment that could potentially harm your unborn child.

Dr. Ernst Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Back Pain During Pregnancy

Furthermore, it makes your time spent carrying your child more pleasant. When you're not sidetracked with aches and pains, you can enjoy the experience even more as you prepare your home and your life for all of the fun and exciting changes that lie ahead.

We're here in Arlington to help you have a healthy, pain-free pregnancy. Give us a call today at (360) 659-8464 to make an appointment.

Peterson CK, Muhlemann D, & Humphreys BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2014;22(15):doi:10.1186/2045-709X-22-15.

 

Arlington Neck Pain and Headache Care

Arlington neck pain and headache treatmentHeadache and neck pain are common problems that affect millions of men and women around the world. If you suffer from this type of issue, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic is an excellent way to not only treat these common problems, but also help prevent future episodes.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, people with neck and headache pain in Arlington have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Dr. Ernst. Our success is supported by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-surgical, non-drug solutions are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

The review looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was recommended before resorting to drugs or more invasive treatments.

Earlier studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

We Can Help People Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're struggling with neck pain or headaches, Dr. Ernst and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Arlington office a call today at (360) 659-8464 for an appointment today.

Reference

Varatharajan S, Ferguson B, Chrobak K, et al. Are non-invasive interventions effective for the management of headaches associated with neck pain? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. European Spine Journal 2016; February 6:1-29.

 

Preventing Migraines with Chiropractic

Arlington natural migraine treatment by Dr. ErnstWith the Migraine Research Foundation reporting that migraines affect 38 million people in the United States (more than asthma and diabetes put together), it's not surprising that Dr. Ernst sees a lot of headache sufferers in our Arlington office. While some folks choose to relieve migraine pain with drugs, chiropractic care is a terrific, all-natural approach that often provides positive results.

Research Shows Chiropractic Care Helps With Migraines

For example, 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 patients 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 adjustments reduced the frequency, duration, and disability of the migraine pain when compared with the control group who didn't receive chiropractic. In addition, this enabled them to take less medication for the pain, offering them an all-natural solution for a chronic problem.

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

If you have migraine headache pain and are looking for help, call Dr. Ernst today and request an appointment in our Arlington chiropractic office. We'll do what we can to help you become pain-free!

Studies

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

 

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Arlington WA Massage therapyMassage has been used for many thousands of years as a natural pain relief solution. We use massage therapy in our Arlington office, as it works great in conjunction with the chiropractic care that Dr. Ernst provides. Massage treatment does much more than just feel great. It also offers many benefits as well. Some are physical and others are psychological, and here are medically documented benefits:

  • Pain relief (back, neck, shoulder, legs, arm, and headache pain)
  • Enhanced range of motion and mobility
  • Better cardiovascular function
  • Improved immune system function
  • Enhanced sports performance
  • Reduced depression or anxiety
  • Higher levels of energy
  • Lower levels of fatigue
  • Reduced insomnia
  • Easier labor and delivery for expecting mothers
  • Fewer stretch marks
  • Reduced scar tissue

We Can Help Clients Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches with Massage Therapy

Advantages like these have been seen to be extremely helpful for individuals who suffer with chronic conditions such as arthritis and asthma. Therapeutic massage has also proven advantageous for burn injury patients, people with high blood pressure, and women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome. Even preterm infants have shown benefits with massage therapy as they have increased levels of weight gain.

To learn more about the massage therapy services we offer in Arlington, give our office a call today at (360) 659-8464.

 

Knee Pain Treatment with Chiropractic

Arlington natural knee knee pain treatmentKnee pain is a frequent issue for people in our Arlington chiropractic practice, and Dr. Ernst 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 people encounter pain in and around the knee area due to degenerative arthritis. Research has confirmed that this ailment responds very well to chiropractic--and rather quickly, too. In fact, one paper published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association found that men and women with osteoarthritis in their knees felt significant 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 study 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 fix the issue, and if that's the case, chiropractic can also help improve the outcome. How?

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Knee Injuries

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

No matter what your knee issue, Dr. Ernst can likely help. Call our Arlington location today and find out what we can do for you!

Sources

  • 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