Friday, February 26, 2010

Advil Vs. Tylenol, What’s the Difference?

We’ve all heard someone ask "Does anyone have any Advil?". Sometimes people mention a specific over-the-counter pain reliever regardless of what they intend to use it for. However, there are differences between these medications which means that some work better than others for different conditions.

Aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin)
Aspirin is used to treat headaches, minor body aches and pains, and to reduce inflammation from strains and sprains. Aspirin works in two main ways. First, by it inhibiting an enzyme that helps produce compounds called “Prostaglandins“. These are compounds that, among other things, sensitize our nerves to pain signals. Secondly, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by preventing platelets in the blood stream from “sticking” together. The negative side effects of aspirin can include stomach upset, heartburn, and even upper abdominal pain. It's also counter indicated for hemophiliacs because of it's anticoagulant properties and should not be given to children with a fever due to its link to Reye's syndrome (a potentially fatal disease). An added benefit to aspirin is it’s use in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes, due to it’s anticoagulant properties.

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
Chemically, ibuprofen is very similar to aspirin and functions in a similar way, inhibiting the production of prostaglandins. It just does so with slightly different chemical reactions. So why would you use ibuprofen instead of aspirin? In lower doses, ibuprofen seems to irritate the esophagus and stomach lining less than aspirin or naproxen. Therefore, if you have ulcers or acid reflux disease, ibuprofen is probably the best choice for reducing inflammation from conditions like strains and sprains or arthritis.

Naproxen (Aleve, Midol Extended Relief)
Although mainly used for headaches, naproxen is also an effective anti-inflammatory agent. For arthritis, strains and sprains, sunburns, and other aches and pains resulting from inflammation, naproxen seems to be the best choice. Some studies also show that naproxen works better than aspirin in relieving the pain of menstrual cramps. Another benefit to naproxen is it’s ability to provide 8 to 12 hours of pain relief compared to the 4 to 8 hours given by a similar dose of ibuprofen.

Acetaminophen or Paracetamol (Tylenol)
Although acetaminophen effectively lowers fevers and soothes headaches, it does not act as an anti-inflammatory. This means that it won't help those aches and pains from arthritis or last weekends touch football game. However, acetaminophen does have the additional benefit of being “easier” on the esophagus and stomach. This is of course important for headache sufferers that also suffer from GERD, stomach ulcers, and nausea. Acetaminophen is also safer for hemophiliacs and children because of it’s inability to act as an anti-inflammatory agent, resulting in less risk of bleeding or Reye‘s Syndrome. One warning about the use of acetaminophen, the “overdose” amount is fairly close to the typical dosage used for pain relief so some physicians consider it more dangerous than aspirin, as it is easier to overdose unintentionally.

You didn’t think I would forget about the most effective pain reliever of all, did you? Chiropractic is especially effective at relieving pain from arthritis, sprains and strains, and headaches. While over the counter pain relievers can give temporary relief to the symptoms of your problem (pain), we can fix the cause of your problem. Call our office today!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Chiropractic Care Included in 2010 Olympic Vancouver Winter Games at On-Site Polyclinic

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, will include chiropractic care inside the Olympic Village Polyclinic. The polyclinic is a 10,000-square-foot multi-disciplinary facility that includes comprehensive health care and medical services including emergency medicine (available 24 hours); primary care and sports medicine; a full range of therapy services; dentistry; an eye clinic; imaging; a diagnostic laboratory; and a full spectrum of consultant specialists. Essentially, most health-care needs for athletes or officials residing at the village will be provided at the polyclinic. For life/limb-threatening conditions, Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) is a short distance away.

While doctors of chiropractic (D.C.s) have historically been included on the Olympic medical staff, the upcoming events mark the first time that D.C.’s from the host country will be treating athletes and officials from around the world directly inside the Polyclinic.

“This is an historic event not only for the chiropractic profession, but also the athletes who will now have access to the care that will help them prepare their bodies for competition,” states Michael Reed, D.C., MS, DACBSP, and Team USA Medical Director (USOC). “These athletes train hard and endure significant physical demands. Sports-focused D.C.s, along with other members of the sports medicine team, are specially skilled to assist them in reaching peak performance.”

Throughout the years, chiropractic has become a mainstay in the care of world-class athletes, leading to a growing number of D.C.s included in the Olympic Games. Countless athletes attribute the care they receive from their chiropractors -- working along-side other health care professionals – as a key to properly preparing their bodies to perform optimally.

Chiropractic care has experienced several major moments in Olympic history, dating back to Leroy Perry, D.C., who provided chiropractic care to athletes representing Antigua during the 1976 Games in Montreal, Canada. During the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, NY, George Goodheart, D.C., became the first official chiropractor appointed to the U.S. team. With each subsequent Olympic Games and Pan American Games, the U.S. teams -- along with a growing number of other national teams -- have included at least one doctor of chiropractic on their medical staff, culminating with the 2010 Winter Games incorporation of chiropractic care inside the Polyclinic.

“Inclusion inside the Polyclinic is another major milestone for the chiropractic profession, and we are grateful to the Host City of Vancouver, the head of Medical Services at the Polyclinic, Jack Taunton, M.D., and to Robert Armitage, D.C., who helped make this possible,” concludes recently promoted USOC Director of Sports Medicine Clinics, Bill Moreau, D.C., DACBSP.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We've added another great service to our office!

Because of poor diets, high stress, and environmental toxins (like the air we breath), we tend to to accumulate and store excessive quantities of waste products such as diacetic, lactic, pyruvic, uric, carbonic, acetic, butyric and heptic acids.

These acid wastes can negatively affect our joints, muscles, organs, and glands causing both minor and major health problems. The IonCleanse Detoxifying footbath creates a "bath" of negative ions that pass through the skin to neutralize these tissue acid wastes.

Call our office at 303-463-0722 and schedule a detox session today!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Colic And Chiropractic

Colic is defined as: Inconsolable crying in an infant for as least three hours a day, at least three days a week, for at least three weeks.

Quite a definition huh?

A colicky baby typically presents with a loud piercing cry, flexed legs, tensed abdominal muscles, and clenched fingers. It typically starts around three weeks of age and lasts until around three months, but sometimes lasts for as long as six months.

Approximately 10-20% of babies are affected by colic. Medical doctors diagnose colic based on the previously mentioned "Rule of 3" and after ruling out diseases that may make a baby cry uncontrollably.

Parents of infants with colic report significantly higher stress levels than parents whose babies don't have colic. The stress and frustration of trying to soothe a colicky baby may interfere with mother-baby bonding and can increase the risk of postpartum depression. Chiropractic care has shown some of the best results, with 94% of colicky babies demonstrating improvement with gentle, non-forceful, chiropractic adjustments.

Research on chiropractic care and colic has shown significant benefits over other treatments such as dietary changes, medication, and infant positioning. A randomized clinical trial published in 1999 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that "Spinal adjustments are effective in relieving infantile colic". For this study the researchers randomly assigned infants diagnosed with colic into two groups. One group received chiropractic care for two weeks and the other group was given the anti-gas medication dimethicone for two weeks. The babies in the chiropractic group showed a 67% decrease in crying while the babies on medication showed a 38% decrease in crying.

Another study with 316 children also showed significant improvement in colic in response to chiropractic care. This prospective study used diaries from mothers of colicky babies to track the amount of crying. The three month long study showed a "satisfactory result of spinal manipulative therapy in 94% of the cases". The improvements occurred after an average of only three adjustments over the course of two weeks.

How would a vertebra in an infant become misaligned? If you have ever seen a baby being born, you’ve seen how traumatic it can be. Often times the neck must be twisted (for lack of a better term) to free the shoulders so infant can exit the birth canal.

Babies have no other way to tell you something is wrong, other than crying, so be aware of what your babies are telling you. Chiropractic adjustments for children and infants are specific, gentle, and safe. If you have children, of any age, please set up an appointment to have them checked to see if they need an adjustment.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Chiropractic Defined in 100 Words (or less!)

Aches and pains are signs your body isn’t working correctly.

Your brain, spinal cord and your nerves control how your body works. Physical, chemical or emotional stresses produce a defensive environment. When this happens, muscles contract, locking spinal joints that pinch and irritate your nerves. This spinal stress sets the stage for disease and ill health. A thorough examination helps us find your problems. We then apply a precise force to your tight spinal joints so your body can correct itself.

Health can then return with repeated visits. This is why chiropractic care has helped millions get well.