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Brain Health and Exercise

While reading The Runner’s Brain to help with my half marathon training, I discovered some fantastic advice for every non-runner out there.

Getting active helps your brain. A study (1) completed in 2013 of seniors in their 70’s and 80’s with mild cognitive impairment, compared memory changes after 6 months of practicing different exercise activities.

The brisk walkers/jogging group had improvements in spatial memory and memory recall along with various language improvements. The weight lifters improved with spatial memory; and the group that did light stretching and toning lost some cognitive ground.

Why?

Cardiovascular exercise improves memory by triggering a brain growth protein that improves the health of current neurons and encourages the brain to make more.

How much exercise do I need?people walking, running and biking on a path in a park

Conveniently another study (2) answered that question, you want a minimum of 3 hours a week of sustained cardiovascular activity. Considering the American Heart Association recommends 30 mins of moderate intensity activity 5 days a week, add in a 6th day and you hit the 3 hour mark for the week. Brain and Heart health in a single activity.

There are plenty of places here in Nashua to get in those 30 minutes. Mine Falls offers shaded trails to enjoy the outdoors when it’s hot outside. Not far away there are the trails at Beaver Brook. Indoor options include many of the area gyms, all you need is access to a treadmill. The Nashua Senior Center has a fitness room available to members.

If you find that aches and pains are getting in the way of exercise, you might have a neurostructural shift. Focusing on Neurostructural Integration, Catalyst Chiropractic can help determine if you have a shift and create a specific plan to help improve your function so you can exercise and enjoy more of life’s activities.
Where are your favorite places to take a walk?

1) Alison Chan, Jennifer C Davis, Lindsey S. Nagamatsu, et al., “Physical Activity Improves Verbal and Spatial Memory in Older Adults with Probable Mild Cognitive Impairment: A 6-Month Randomized Controlled Trail,” Journal of Aging Research 2013 (2013), doi:110.1155/2013/861893
2) F.H. Gage, T. Shubert, H. van Praag, and C. Zhao, “Exercise Enhances Learning and Hippocampal Neurogenesis in Aged Mice,” The Journal of Neuroscience 25, no. 38 (2005), 8680-8685

Research: Infertility, Pregnancy and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

human-skeleton-163715_1280Resolution of Infertility, Healthy Pregnancy and Delivery in a Patient Previously Diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: A Case Report and Selective Review of Literature

This article was published in 2012.  The selective review of the literature covers 15 peer reviewed articles regarding infertility and chiropractic.  Many different chiropractic techniques are covered in these articles.

In this specific case report, a 29 year old woman was diagnosed by her medical doctor with PCOS after 6 months of being unable to conceive.  She had no other pain or symptomatic complaints.

The exam included static EMG, paraspinal rolling thermography and heart rate variability, along with physical exams that reveled subluxations in the neck, mid-back, low back and pelvis.  The patient was adjusted using diversified technique.  After 2 months of care the patient was told by their medical doctor that they were pregnant.  According to the doctors estimations, conception likely occurred between visits 2 and 5.  At the time of writing the paper, the patient has a 10 month old daughter via an all-natural(no interventions or medications) labor and delivery.

Dr Johanna’s Comments:  Generally infertility is defined as being unable to conceive after 1 year of trying, so while this patient was unable to get pregnant after 6 months, it is not stated if they were considered to be infertile.  PCOS affects approximately 6.6% of reproductive age women and can cause irregular periods which would increase the difficulty of conceiving.  The CDC recommends that those with irregular cycles who have not conceived after 6 months to consult with an infertility specialist.

I previously summarized an article about a women with a 20 year history of no menstrual cycle starting to have a regular cycle under chiropractic care.  What is not in the literature but I’ve heard anecdotes about in offices is when the husband is infertile or has low fertility and conceives with his wife while under chiropractic care.  Infertility is a challenging problem and the treatment is often invasive and expensive.  While 15 case reports is not nearly enough to create a recommendation of care, consulting with a chiropractor to see if you have any structural shifts that could be compromising your nervous system and function may be of benefit.

 

Each week I’m going to share a new research journal article regarding chiropractic.  Many of these are case studies with benefits most people would not typically associate with chiropractic.  If you want to read the full text, feel free to swing by the office.

Information provided is for education and information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.  Consult a chiropractor or other healthcare provider regarding any opinion or recommendation with respect to your condition or symptoms.  Case studies are not designed to recommend a treatment for a condition but to state what has happened with a patient while under chiropractic care.

Research: 15 years of Chiropractic Care and Fibromyalgia

human-skeleton-163715_1280Management of Post Traumatic Fibromyalgia in a Female Undergoing Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care for 15 Years

This is an interesting case as it reports on regular chiropractic care of a patient from age 36 to 51.  15 years of care following a car accident.

 

The woman started chiropractic care for symptoms related to a car accident.  After a twelve weeks plan, her pain was minimal and she reported improvements in walking.  She was released from care.  Five weeks later she returned with many of the symptoms as her initial complaint, two weeks into care the pain persisted but she had some relief.  She was referred to an orthopedic physician and for the next 3 months was managed medically.  Returning to chiropractic care, she had many of the same complaints as her initial ones along with depression, mood and sleep disturbances, migraine headaches and chronic fatigue.  It was suggested she visit with a rheumatologist, who performed a variety of laboratory and physical tests before diagnosing the patient with post traumatic fibromyalgia.

The patient was placed on a long term chiropractic care plan that began with 3 visits a week, regular re-assessments and the frequency of visits reduced as the patient felt better.  The study included a graph that showed the over all reduction in pain levels, numbers of migraines and chronic fatigue over the course of the 15 years.

Dr Johanna’s Comments:  What drew my attention to this article is that is discussed long term chiropractic care, rather than a short term care plan.  The patient was able to take advantage of chiropractic care to help manage fibromyalgia symptoms.  While under long term care, the patient was able to return to work, within a year after the initial car accident.  While the paper does not specifically say this, I suspect the patient also had more life enjoyment as well.

Each week I’m going to share a new research journal article regarding chiropractic.  Many of these are case studies with benefits most people would not typically associate with chiropractic.  If you want to read the full text, feel free to swing by the office.

Information provided is for education and information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.  Consult a chiropractor or other healthcare provider regarding any opinion or recommendation with respect to your condition or symptoms.  Case studies are not designed to recommend a treatment for a condition but to state what has happened with a patient while under chiropractic care.

Research: Care of a 9 year old with Diabetes and Hypothyroidism

human-skeleton-163715_1280Chiropractic Care in a Nine Year Old Female with Vertebral Subluxations, Diabetes & Hypothroidism

This paper was published in 2008.  A 9 year old girl started chiropractic care with the goal of wellness.  During her history it was revealed that the girl had type 1 diabetes, diagnosed in 2001 and hypothroidism in 2006. With the diabetes, the girl would experience hypoglycemic episodes as frequently as once a week.

The exam revealed evidence of structural abnormalities and restrictions in spinal motion.

The girl was adjusted 3 times a week for 2 weeks before reducing adjustment frequency.  Recommendations regarding diet were made including increase intake of water, fruit and vegetables.

After 52 visits during an update of the girls medical history, the mother reported stabilization of levels of glucose as well as a reduction in the amount of insulin needed to control glycemia.  There was a decrease in frequency of hypoglycemic episodes to once a month and improved sleep.

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that can be manged by medicine but has no cure.  This case study demonstrates the results of one patient while under chiropractic care.  In 2011 there was a similar case with a 4 year child and improvement of their A1C.  More researched is needed to determine if there is a connection between chiropractic care and improvement of type 1 diabetes management.

Each week I’m going to share a new research journal article regarding chiropractic.  Many of these are case studies with benefits most people would not typically associate with chiropractic.  If you want to read the full text, feel free to swing by the office.

Information provided is for education and information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.  Consult a chiropractor or other healthcare provider regarding any opinion or recommendation with respect to your condition or symptoms.  Case studies are not designed to recommend a treatment for a condition but to state what has happened with a patient while under chiropractic care.

Research: Improvement of Sensory Processing Disorder in Young Boy

human-skeleton-163715_1280Improvement in a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care & Dietary Changes

A 4 and a half year old boy who had been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder a year prior was brought to a chiropractic office for an examination.

The exam revealed motion restrictions, muscles spasms and tenderness in the spinal regions.  Along with the musculoskeletal findings, the boy also had 2 retained primitive reflexes.

The boy was checked and adjusted for subluxations 10 times over the course of 10 weeks.  He was put on a gluten-free, casein-free and refined sugar-free diet.  During the 10 weeks there were a couple of times when the child was given treats without the parents knowledge.

During the course of care the was a dramatic decrease in sensory stimulating behaviors, physical outbursts and behavioral outbursts.  There was also a dramatic increase in attention span and ability to focus.  The boy started to read for the first time after the 8th adjustment.

Each week I’m going to share a new research journal article regarding chiropractic.  Many of these are case studies with benefits most people would not typically associate with chiropractic.  If you want to read the full text, feel free to swing by the office.

Information provided is for education and information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.  Consult a chiropractor or other healthcare provider regarding any opinion or recommendation with respect to your condition or symptoms.  Case studies are not designed to recommend a treatment for a condition but to state what has happened with a patient while under chiropractic care.

Research: Improvement of Symptoms associated with Myasthenia Gravis

human-skeleton-163715_1280Chiropractic Management of a Patient with Myasthenia Gravis and Vertebral Subluxations

63 year old male myasthenia gravis(confirmed by a medical doctor),  presented to a chiropractic office with the following complaints: dysphagia, nausea, digestive problems. weakness of eye muscles, difficultly breathing, myopia, diplopia and headaches.  He was taking Mestinon 3-4 times a day for his symptoms and under care of a medical doctor.

His exam revealed the following: abnormal posture, spinal motion restrictions, muscles spasms and tenderness along areas of the spine.  Xrays of his spine showed has a loss of his cervical curve(straight neck), and degeneration in at the C5/C6 and C6/C7 levels.  The lumbar spine(low back) and pelvis also had spinal and pelvic abnormalities.

After 2 weeks of care the patient noticed improvements and over the course of a year all complaints resolved except for an occasional flare ups of weakness in his left eyelid.  He was monitored by a medical doctor and weaned off his medication.  Along with the health improvements he was able to return to working full time.

Each week I’m going to start sharing a new research journal article regarding chiropractic.  Many of these are case studies of benefits most people would not typically associate with chiropractic.  If you want to read the full text, feel free to swing by the office.

Information provided is for education and information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.  Consult a chiropractor or other healthcare provider regarding any opinion or recommendation with respect to your condition or symptoms.  Case studies are not designed to recommend a treatment for a condition but to state what has happened with a patient while under chiropractic care.

Research: Resolution of Secondary Amenorrhea

human-skeleton-163715_1280Each week I’m going to start sharing a new research journal article regarding chiropractic.  Many of these are case studies of benefits most people would not typically associate with chiropractic.  If you want to read the full text, feel free to swing by the office.

Resolution of Secondary Amenorrhea of 20 years in a Woman Undergoing Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care.

Along with the secondary amenorrhea, the patient had low and mid back pain, and headaches.  The patient was evaluated for structural abnormalities of the neck and low back spine, including xrays. After the second adjustment the patient experienced the start of their menstrual cycle and during the time frame reported in the study had 7 cycles during 8 months of care. Prior to chiropractic care, the patient had been under care with a medical doctor. Patient also had improvements in her pain complaints.  Other factors that could have effected the positive result were recommendations to walk daily, anti-inflammatory diet and daily spinal stretching. While the placebo effect can not be ruled out, the discussion included 3 cases of resolution of amenorrhea while under subluxation based chiropractic care.

Information provided is for education and information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.  Consult a chiropractor or other healthcare provider regarding any opinion or recommendation with respect to your condition or symptoms.  Case studies are not designed to recommend a treatment for a condition but to state what has happened with a patient while under chiropractic care.