Inflammation and Pain Relief Occur with Massage Therapy


About 18  million Americans have a therapeutic massage every year. This makes it the fifth most commonly used alternative medicine treatment behind such others as Scottsdale chiropractor treatment. There have been several research studies showing massage’s therapeutic benefits for both short and long-term back and neck pain.

Most people who participate in sports have enjoyed a therapeutic massage to assist with pain relief and muscle recovery. It can recuperate aching, tired muscles so they don’t hurt so dramatically the next days. There is now scientific proof showing that massage works on a cellular level.

A new study out of McMaster University  Ontario was published recently in Science and Translational Medicine. The research showed that massage therapies were able to promote mitochondrial growth in skeletal muscle and dropped inflammation substantially.

The study was quite in-depth and included 11 volunteers undergoing muscle biopsies of their quadriceps (ouch). The men exercised on a stationary bike until they were exhausted and then had a leg massage. The actual leg massaged was chosen randomly. Biopsies were done before exercising and then ten minutes after the massage and then 2 1/2 hours later again (three biopsies = ouch again).

The muscle biopsy was looked at on a cellular level and showed that there was heightened mitochondrial growth and the samples showed decreased numbers of inflammatory cytokines and protein molecules. The researcher’s conclusion was that massage therapy led to pain relief and that it could have similar effect as anti-inflammatory medications in how it worked.

This project actually involved scientific evidence showing how massage works besides just subjectively. There has been a large push by insurance companies to lean on evidence-based medicine when deciding on coverage. There has already been significant research showing chiropractic treatment health benefits for Arizona pain management.

Because of this research, insurance companies are mostly covering chiropractic treatments in the US. So a study like this which shows a cellular and biologically beneficial effect of massage will hopefully help add to the level of evidence based medicine and push insurance companies into coverage.

If you are in pain and looking for help, Preferred Pain Center can help. The Arizona pain clinic offers pain management, chiropractic, Phoenix physical therapy, and massage and acupuncture. Call (602) 507-6550 Today!

Should I Undergo Spine Surgery For Painful Spinal Stenosis?


In the US, the most common reason for low back spine surgery in those over  65 is lumbar spinal stenosis. What is it? Spinal stenosis consists of a narrowing of the space available for the dural sac (what’s left of the spinal cord) and the nerve roots that come off. Usually, there is a lot of room for these structures coming out at each spinal level.

As people get older, arthritis develops. This comes with the possibility for soft tissue and bony overgrowth around the spinal joints. This may start to encroach on the space available for the dural sac and nerve roots. If it gets bad enough, folks may start having buttock, back, and leg pain. This becomes a structural problem. Thankfully, most individuals with spinal stenosis do not end up in excruciating pain.

Resulting symptoms can result from this overgrowth leading to decreased blood flow or inflamed nerve roots. This may result in several spinal levels being compressed and having symptoms. The symptoms vary between patients depending on the area of pinching and the individual’s reaction. In spite of  this, lumbar spinal stenosis is the most predominant reason for back surgery in those over the age of 65.

Should surgery be performed if pain exists? This question has been looked at for many years especially since spinal stenosis is a quality of life decision. It’s not a fatal condition, and treatment should typically be guided by patient symptoms. If the symptoms get worse in spite of nonoperative treatment for 3-6 months at an Arizona pain center, a decompressive laminectomy surgery procedure can be considered. Some evidence has shown effectiveness for this procedure.

A recent review in Spine looked at several studies to determine the results of laminectomies for stenosis. The outcomes showed that in indviduals who had failed conservative treatment for 3 to 6 months (such as with a Phoenix chiropractor), surgery helped with pain, function,  and quality of life more than nonsurgical measures. It did not, though, statistically help walking ability.

These benefits were noted to reduce over time but not diminish completely, even up to a decade. These results were established regardless of obesity, advancing age, lung issues, multiple levels, or other medical issues. Concomitant medical problems do increase the complication risks, so they should be weighed against the pros in deciding whether to have the laminectomy.

The results were the same among almost all the studies reviewed, including if not the person had one vertebra slipped on another, known as spondylolisthesis. The main point is it’s a quality of life decision, and considerable conservative treatment should be tried first.

The small risks of surgery should not be ignored in the  population over 65. At that point of failed nonsurgical treatment such as with Arizona pain doctors, however, numerous studies now support the decision for a decompression surgery.

Chiropractic Treatment In The 21st Century


With each new year Phoenix chiropractors therapy in the US gains in popularity. Insurance carriers continue to recognize the benefits and are paying for it more often. Over 11% of the US people are  fact  currently under the care of a chiropractic doctor.

The question first of all that needs to be answered is what is it exactly that chiropractors Phoenix AZ do that is so helpful and along with that is there significant literature to back up chiropractor therapy? The answer to the literature aspect is a definitive yes. There is a lot of research to back up the benefits of chiropractic therapy for acute low back pain and also somewhat for neck pain.

There is substantial research to show that acute low back pain is helped substantially with  chiropractors phoenix treatment including spinal adjustments along with physical therapy. With neck pain there is research to back this up as well but it is not nearly as strong.

Chiropractic in the current era may involve several different styles of treatment including PT/rehab, acupuncture, massage,  electrical stimulation, spinal adjustments, and spinal decompression treatment. Along with these treatments, the usage of laser and ultrasound  for pain relief has increased also. Decades ago chiropractic treatment was actually fairly simple. It simply meant receiving spinal manipulations. In the last few decades there has been increased chiropractic education. This has added on PT to the regimens along with spinal decompression treatment.

The Institute of Medicine published a study recently which laid out a plan for improving phoenix pain management in the 21st-century. One or the biggest  components of the plan was to move arizona pain management towards a more comprehensive model. This would entail having patients received treatments of physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and traditional az pain doctor treatments.

One of the initial and most important additions into comprehensive pain management involves alternative treatments such as chiropractor phoenix az. Mixing alternative treatments with conventional ones is one of the newer facets of pain doctor arizona management in America. It provides for better outcomes and more pain relief to individuals.

For example, individuals may receive pain relief from chiropractic phoenix AZ adjustments along with spinal decompression treatment and also potentially some injections into the facet joints by the az pain management doctor. In light of this, chiropractic therapy plays a huge role in the new improved comprehensive pain management in America.

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