Does Back Pain shrink your Brain?

Everyone knows that pain in their back can negatively effect their golf game, but can it also effect their Scrabble score? Recent research has shown that chronic pain can actually change the size, shape, and activity of different areas in the brain. Chronic back pain has been linked with decreased brain size and abnormal brain function, but until now it has been unclear whether these changes can be reversed…

How much TV increases risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease?

On July 25, 2011, in Alternative Medicine, Wellness, by Kelly Golob DC

A large meta-analysis study by the Journal of the American Medical Association last month has firmly linked our nation’s true pastime to two of our nation’s largest medical challenges today. On average, Americans spend 2.7 hours of their day passing their time by watching television. Currently, 25.8 million Americans have diabetes, 79 million are pre-diabetic, and almost one in every three US deaths is related to cardiovascular disease….

Can Whole Body Vibration Training Prevent Ankle Injuries?

On June 11, 2011, in Alternative Medicine, How to prevent injuries, Rehab Exercises, by Kelly Golob DC

Ankle instability can result from many common ankle and foot injuries, for example an ankle sprain or a broken foot.  This functional instability can be caused by a lengthening and loosening of the ligaments that support the ankle or also by a loss of muscle coordination (balance and proprioception) following the initial injury.  Both of […]

Can Fish Oil Decrease Back Pain?

Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, have become one of the trendiest supplements on the market. Part of this reason is because there has been a plethora of research into the wide variety of benefits this essential nutrient offers.  Omega-3 fatty acids are important throughout our lifespan and potential effects range from […]

Can mushrooms and green tea combined prevent breast cancer?

On June 3, 2011, in Alternative Medicine, Wellness, by Kelly Golob DC

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women around the world.  The rate of breast cancer has been increasing in developed and developing countries world-wide, and as such there has been much research for new breast cancer treatments and prevention strategies.  One prevention strategy that is not new, but has been attracting […]

Wii-hab? Can video games improve your balance?

On May 27, 2011, in Alternative Medicine, Exercise, Rehab Exercises, Wellness, by Kelly Golob DC

Wii-hab, or Wii-habilitation, is a new therapy technique that utilizes the Nintendo Wii and Wii balance board for rehabilitation.  This technique is becoming popular because of its ability to keep patients motivated and enjoying their rehab experience.  One of the most common challenges in the rehabilitation filed is getting patients to actually do their exercises.  […]

Is Chiropractic Care Effective for Migraine Headaches?

On May 23, 2011, in Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic, How to Prevent Headaches, by Kelly Golob DC

The estimated cost of migraines in the United States is over 17 billion dollars annually and produces much disability.  The effect of manipulation in the treatment of migraines was examined in 127 patients in a randomized control trial that consisted of a 2 month data collection period, 2 months of treatment followed by another 2 […]

Is Carpal Tunnel Coming From Your Neck?

On May 18, 2011, in Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic, Wellness, by Kelly Golob DC

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), caused by compression of the median nerve, is a notorious condition that affects many people, causing numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the wrist and hand.  CTS is also a very expensive condition to treat and over their lifetime an average patient suffering with CTS loses about $30,000 in medical expenses […]

Is Rock Climbing Good for Your Back?

Recently many “alternative” exercises and sports have become popular in the rehab world, such as yoga, qigong, and pilates to name a few.  However, not many people think of rock climbing when they think of rehab.  Despite this, therapeutic rock climbing has been suggested to increase muscle strength and offer psychological effects to patients undergoing […]

Low-Level Laser Therapy or Chiropractic Adjustments for Neck Pain?

Chiropractic adjustments have proven to be one of the most effective treatments for many types of neck pain.  Recently much interest has been generated by the new technique “low level laser therapy” aka “cold laser” for treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries.  But these two therapies have never been compared to each other for […]