Social media… Everyone seems to be doing it yet some industries seem more suited to the benefits of social media than others. Although at times we tend to think of the medical industry only when we need care, it is perfectly suited for social media, connecting health care professionals with their patients in a new way that is here to stay. And while social media helps health care professionals stay in contact with their current patients, the farther-reaching effects include new business, referrals and even increased traffic to websites like this one, where patients and consumers can find great information in a quickly changing world. [Read more…]
An in-depth and very interesting article published by the New York Times, “Can the Nervous System Be Hacked?”, shares the efforts of neurosurgeon and Feinstein Institute president, Kevin Tracey to uncover the link between the nervous system and the immune system. More specifically, his work led to the hypothesis that electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve can alleviate harmful inflammation. Incredibly, Tracey believes that bioelectrics or electrical nerve stimulation will eventually be able to replace the drug industry. [Read more…]
For many stroke survivors, post-stroke depression is a very real and difficult problem. In fact, approximately one-third of stroke sufferers are affected by post-stroke depression. However, just as there continues to be progress on the prevention and treatment of strokes, there are advances in treatment for post-stroke depression, including options that are drug-free, a welcome option for many regarding improved or restored quality of life.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, depression is characterized by a feeling of hopelessness that interferes with functioning and quality of life. In the case of stroke survivors, depression can be the result of changes in the brain that are a direct result of injury to the brain during the stroke or depression can come about as a normal psychological response to losses suffered in the stroke, such as motor control. (strokeassociation.org) If depression is left untreated, it can impede progress of recovery and rehabilitation, negatively impacting quality of life. Symptoms of post-stroke depression vary by person in terms of frequency, severity and duration, but there are things that loved ones can watch for to help them recognize if someone is experiencing post-stroke depression.
- Persistent sad, anxious or empty feelings
- Sleep disturbances
- Change in eating patterns
- Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness or worthlessness
- Social withdrawal
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering details
- Aches, pains or headaches that do not ease with treatment
- Suicidal thoughts
Treatments for post-stroke depression vary as widely as symptoms do. In the past, traditional treatments for depression have largely been through drug therapies. Unfortunately, with these types of drugs, side effects are common and in many cases undesirable as well. Sleeplessness, fatigue and drowsiness, nausea, constipation and dry mouth are a few of the common side effects. However, treatment through the expanding field of Chiropractic Neurology is becoming more and more desirable for patients as it is drug-free and non-invasive.
Chiropractic Neurology is brain-based care that addresses the brain and central nervous system together. The nervous system, or the master control center for the body runs every organ, tissue and cell in our body. There is a constant feedback system relaying messages to the brain and it is vital to keep this system functioning properly for overall well being. By examining the joints, and especially the joints in the spine, your Chiropractic neurologist can ensure a healthier nervous system, staving off depression, pain and many other conditions that post-stroke patients encounter. Chiropractic neurology works with the plasticity of the brain, or our brain’s ability to heal itself through the regeneration of pathways that restore our bodies optimal health. Chiropractic neurology is suitable for patients of all ages and recent studies have shown that this type of therapy is one of the most powerful tools for rehabilitation. [Read more…]
Placing emphasis on our health is imperative to our well-being. Today it seems that everywhere we turn, we are being bombarded with advice and the resources to gain knowledge are endless so it is hard to really know what advice to follow. Do a search on the internet for healthy lifestyle, for example, and you will see about 220 million web pages returned containing everything from foods to avoid to how to rid the body of cellulite to ads for the local grocery store. It is a daunting number, to say the least. [Read more…]
Almost everyone knows someone with High Blood Pressure. In fact, in the United States, almost 78 million (or one out of every three) adults have high blood pressure. While most are aware that high blood pressure can cause a whole host of health problems from heart attack to stroke, fewer people consider what affect high blood pressure has on our brain. [Read more…]
Headaches. As adults nearly everyone has experienced one at one time or another but did you know that nearly 90 percent of school age children also experience headaches? Whether brought on by lack of sleep, stress, allergies or other environmental factors or something more serious such as migraine pain, the occasional headache is usually nothing to worry about. So when should you be concerned that your child may need to see a doctor if he or she is experiencing headaches? [Read more…]
Chiropractic neurology is gaining popularity in the treatment of many conditions, from vertigo to headaches, pain management and traumatic brain injury to name a few. But did you know that this drug-free, non-invasive treatment is also helping stroke victims? The brain-based therapy that composes chiropractic neurology uses very precise adjustments and instruments to stimulate brain function, essentially restoring the brain to good working order, a blessing for stroke victims. [Read more…]
Chronic pain is the number one medical complaint in the US today, with a staggering 100 million Americans reporting chronic pain. This results in a whopping estimated $600 billion, yes billion, a year in medical treatments and lost work productivity according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. Many of these cases are treated with drugs, and sadly, many times that leads to additional health problems, especially where opiate drugs are prescribed. So imagine how great it would be to lessen or eliminate pain through drug-free and surgery-free means. Would you believe in some cases, it would be as easy and maintaining the optimal nutritional balance in the body? [Read more…]
Imagine living with chronic pain so severe that you have to wear sunglasses 24 hours a day or cannot hug your loved ones or walk more than a few feet without stumbling. Pain that severe is a reality for many and millions more suffer from some form of chronic pain each day. In fact, it is perhaps the most costly health problem in the U.S. today, and for many, treatment involves physical therapy, drugs or even surgery. Sadly, many chronic pain sufferers still do not get the results they need to live a normal, happy and full life. [Read more…]