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Chronic Tension Headache - Efficacy Of Manipulation & Manual Therapy

Chronic Tension Headache - Efficacy Of Manipulation & Manual Therapy

Chronic muscle tension headaches - we've all experienced them before to one degree or another. The chiropractors at Back In Motion in Beaverton diagnose and treat them on a regular basis. Stress, computer work, cell phone usage, poor posture - these all contribute, typically in combination, to this modern epidemic. Symptoms include tightness and decreased range of motion in the upper cervical spine, point tenderness in the upper trap muscles and suboccipital muscles at the base of the skull, pain that radiates into the temples, and often pain that radiates to the eyeball. These symptoms typically worsen with stress and are most prominent at the end of the work day, especially if that day was spent in front of a computer with infrequent breaks. As common as this condition is, and as frequently as it is treated in the chiropractor's office, what does the research say about the efficacy of manipulation and manual therapy - both relied on heavily by the chiropractors at Back In Motion in Beaverton - in the treatment of muscle tension headaches?

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What's That Popping Sound?

We are all familiar with the popping sound produced when cavitating our joints. Cracking our knuckles, neck, knees, ankles, and feet all produce this wonderful sound with the accompanying sweet relief. No one is more intimately aware of this particular sound and subsequent relief than the chiropractor, in our case the highly skilled and personable chiropractic physicians at Back In Motion Chiropractic & Sports Rehab in Beaverton, Oregon:) We produce hundreds of pops and cracks per day, and our patients experience them many times during their course of care at Back In Motion. As physicians, we are most concerned with the positive effects of joint manipulation, and its overall impact on clinical outcomes and patient well being. However, we rarely stop to think about some of the more esoteric aspects of our clinical techniques like, for instance, the physiology behind the audible pop caused by joint manipulation. So, what exactly is causing that sound?

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Recent Systematic Review Shows Tylenol Ineffective In Treating Low Back Pain

Recent Systematic Review Shows Tylenol Ineffective In Treating Low Back Pain

Everyday we are bombarded with television and print ads extolling the wonders of Tylenol, active ingredient acetaminophen, in the treatment of all types of pain. The typical advertisement scenario is a man or woman grabbing their low back in pain - perhaps a little red highlighting over the area of pain and some dramatic music - followed by their reaching for a bottle of quick-fix. Even more shocking, considering the amount of evidence showing the negative and potentially deadly effects of chronic acetaminophen use, is the scenario showing the the person with obvious chronic, daily low back pain, with the implication that they pop a few pills everyday for a lifetime of pain-free living - although with the fine print caveat to follow the directions on the label and use only as advised by a physician, both of which warn against long-term use because it can kill you. While no therapy comes without some risk, we must always weigh those risks against the potential benefits to make an informed decision both as physicians and patients. So given the well documented risks, what does the evidence say about the benefits of using Tylenol to treat low back pain - the condition most commonly associated with visits to both the medical doctor and chiropractor?

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Back In Motion Now In-Network With Providence, Pacific Source, HealthNet, and ASHN

Back In Motion Now In-Network With Providence, Pacific Source, HealthNet, and ASHN

Back In Motion Chiropractic & Sports Rehab in Beaverton, Oregon is pleased to announce that Drs. Meisenhelder & Scherer are now in-network with Providence, Pacific Source, Health Net, and American Specialty Health Plans. Please note that this coverage currently only applies to chiropractic care. Expanding our network coverage is a continuation of our goal to bring high-level, affordable care to everyone in need in the Beaverton & Portland areas. Combined with our recent partnering with the Cigna health network and ChiroHealth discount medical network, we can now offer our services to a much broader segment of our local community whether fully insured, under-insured, or uninsured.

Please contact our office for more detailed information regarding your specific coverage and to schedule your appointment.

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