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June 2023 Healthy News from New Roads Chiropractic Center Benefit of Chiropractic for Neck Pain Relief and of Breathing and Physical Exercise

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Chronic neck pain is quite common today with lifestyle matters like cellphone use, stress, and teleworking. A meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials published regarding the effectiveness of manual manipulative therapy reported that it has been explained as and demonstrated to be a safe, less painful, and common way to reduce chronic neck pain and related neck disabilities. (1) And a paper that just came out on June 1, 2023, stated that long-standing neck pain treated with manual therapy was statistically significant at improving and reducing heart rate variability consistent with reduced sympathetic tone (a good outcome!) and patient-perceived pain. (2) Sympathetic tone is the ‘fight or flight’ response to stressful (like long-standing, chronic neck pain) or hazardous situations and is part of the autonomic nervous system (the system of functions you don’t have to think about controlling like blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, sweating, urination, etc.). These autonomic signals begin in the spinal cord and continue out throughout the body. Calming sympathetic tone can go a long way in managing neck pain. The chiropractic treatment technique we use at New Roads Chiropractic Center termed Cox® Technic spinal manipulation has been well-studied and verified to manage neck pain, too. It has been shown to lessen intradiscal disc pressures which are seen with neck pain. (3) NIH and HRSA funded studies have shown clinician proficiency in learning and delivering proper Cox® protocols after training. (4,5,6) Further, case studies have been published showing reduction in pain and disability with Cox® Technic like one case of severe neck and arm pain that was alleviated in 15 visits in 10 weeks and another with 10 treatments in 4 weeks. (7,8) Let us calm your nerves and lessen your neck pain! They are all spine related!
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TIP OF THE MONTH: Add Breathing Exercise with Physical Exercise

Do you think about breathing? How about when you are exercising? Most of us don’t. Breathing just takes place without a thought. As described in the above article, breathing is part of the autonomic nervous system that ensures these kinds of functions continue without our thinking. A study studied how chronic neck pain patients breathed and if better breathing exercise could help. 68 chronic neck pain patients were put into one of 2 groups: one with breathing re-education exercise or routine physical therapy. The breathing group demonstrated significant improvement in neck flexibility, extension, endurance, and strength of neck flexors and extensors. (9) Since this breath work seems to help neck pain patients, studies are now in the works for chronic low back pain patients. One that will study how conscious connected breathing may help highlighted how closely related the respiratory system is throughout the body and “bidirectionally related” to emotion, stress, and pain. (10) Another study will have back pain patients do exercise with specific breathing techniques and without and compare outcomes related to pain, disability, anxiety, sleep, quality of life, health status, and more. (11) Breathing more consciously and exercising seems to be an up-and-coming benefit for the treatment plan of chronic back and neck pain adn good additions to New Roads chiropractic care!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen and Cheri Hazen on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as they explained their combined efforts in helping back pain patients realize less pain and improved function with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and breath coaching.

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