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How to Be Healthy as a Horse

September 26, 2017
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The Ultimate Heat Illness Prevention Guideline is Here

When summer rolls around, everyone praises the return of longer days filled with sun, heat and humidity. This is all great if you’re sitting on the beach with a cold beverage in hand… but not so great if you’re in full athletic gear, running around a field.

Exertional heat illnesses have become a top-of-mind condition across sports medicine as we step into the muggy months of outdoor sporting events. These don’t just include elite or collegiate athletes either; think of all of the kids playing Little League Baseball or participating in soccer camps. Everyone needs to be taken care of in the hot summer sun, and getting a grasp on how you can best advocate for your athletes’ health and wellbeing during this time is critical now more than ever.

In 2015, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) published a Position Statement on Exertional Heat Illnesses to present best-practice recommendations for the prevention, recognition and treatment of exertional heat illnesses and to describe the relevant physiology of thermoregulation. This document outlines years of research and data that give athletic trainers a solid foundation to understand and prevent heat illness. Drink it all in (pun intended).

5 Types of Heat Illnesses

According to the NATA’s Position Statement, there are five distinct heat illnesses that an athlete can suffer:

  1. Exercise-associated muscle cramps: Involuntary, painful contractions of muscle during or after exercise.
  2. Heat syncope: Dizziness that often occurs in unfit or heat-unacclimatized persons who stand for a long period of time in the heat or during sudden changes in posture in the heat.
  3. Heat exhaustion: The inability to effectively exercise in the heat, secondary to a combination of factors, including cardiovascular insufficiency, hypotension, energy depletion, and central fatigue.
  4. Heat injury: Moderate to severe heat illness characterized by organ and tissue injury resulting from strenuous exercise and environmental heat exposure.
  5. Exertional heat stroke: The most severe heat illness, characterized by neuropsychiatric impairment and a high core body temperature.

Unfortunately, the variety of causes of exertional heat illness has made it difficult to produce experimental evidence of exactly what it takes to prevent them. Regardless, the NATA and its panel of qualified professionals have pulled together their top recommendations to stop all five of these conditions before they start. These tips can be broken down into three categories: acclimation, hydration and education.

Heat Illness Prevention Strategy #1: Acclimation

Just like you wouldn’t ask an athlete to enter a practice or game without warming up, you shouldn’t expect them to start practicing in warm temperatures without adjusting to the heat first. The NATA suggests that developing a pre-season heat acclimation policy should be your first step in heat illness prevention.

“Individuals should be acclimatized to the heat gradually over 7 to 14 days…The first 2–3 weeks of preseason practice typically present the greatest risk of exertional heat illness, particularly in equipment-intensive sports. All possible preventive measures should be used during this time to address this high-risk period” (Casa et al. 2015).

Alongside this policy, a careful medical screening should be administered during pre-season to identify athletes with risk factors. Some of these risk factors include history of heat injuries, and a prior muscle, tendon or ligament injury (Casa et al. 2015).

Heat Illness Prevention Strategy #2: Hydration

According to the NATA’s Position Statement covering Fluid Replacement for Athletes, establishing a pre-exercise hydration, hydration and rehydration protocol for athletes is another key staple in preventing heat illness. Here are the NATA’s recommended considerations when building an efficient hydration strategy:

  • Athlete’s sweat rate
  • Sport dynamics
  • Environmental factors
  • Acclimatization state
  • Exercise duration
  • Exercise intensity
  • Individual preferences (Casa et al. 2000).



Getting ahead of hydration issues can prevent them from happening in the first place. “To ensure proper pre-exercise hydration, the athlete should consume approximately 17 to 20 fl oz of water or a sports drink two to three hours before exercise, and 7 to 10 fl oz of water or a sports drink ten to twenty minutes before exercise” (Casa et al. 2000).

Hydration During Activity

It’s easy for both coaches and athletes to get carried away during practices and games; everyone wants to compete, keep up a strong pace and get the most out of every minute. However, not taking breaks to maintain proper hydration levels is extremely detrimental to the health of each athlete; no matter how much of the event they’ve participated in or the environment in which the event is taking place. Just how much should athletes be hydrating? According to the professionals at the NATA, it depends on the sport.

“A proper hydration protocol considers each sport’s unique features. If rehydration opportunities are frequent (e.g., baseball, football, track and field), the athlete can consume smaller volumes at a convenient pace based on sweat rate and environmental conditions. If rehydration must occur at specific times (e.g., soccer, lacrosse, distance running), the athlete must consume fluids to maximize hydration within the sport’s confines and rules” (Casa et al. 2000).

Risk can also depend on the venue or environment that the athletic event is taking place in. If the game is being held indoors, do the facilities have proper climate controls like air conditioning? If outdoors, what’s the weather going to be like? Some athletic programs might brush this consideration to the side because they live in predominantly colder climates, but Tim Kelly ATC, Head Athletic Trainer and Associate Athletic Director at West Point United States Military Academy, suggests that everyone treat hydration protocol like they’ll be playing in the hottest environment imaginable.

“We prepare just like we live in the deep south during preseason for any of the teams that are working out all summer at West Point,” said Kelly. “We do have a heat plan for all of our athletes, we’re fortunate at West Point that our athletes are in the field a great deal of the time doing military stuff and it’s drilled into them that hydration is an important part of keeping them healthy and maximizing their training opportunities.”

Kelly’s hydration plan involves many factors, but he most notably expresses the importance of having unlimited beverages available to athletes at all time. To check this off your hydration plan checklist, purchasing gear like the Cramer PowerFlo Pro Hydration Unit gives everyone access to safe hydration on the field. Especially convenient when working in multiple locations and changing fields regularly, this unit has a rechargeable battery and zero-maintenance wheels that never go flat. Portability and stability that can’t be beat!

Lastly, closely monitoring potential dehydration symptoms during activity decreases the incidence and severity of heat illness. These signs include:

  • Thirst
  • Irritability and general discomfort
  • Headache
  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Cramps
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Head or neck heat sensations
  • Decreased performance (Casa et al. 2000).



Post-exercise rehydration restores any fluid loss accumulated during a game or practice. Ideally completed within two hours, rehydration should contain water to restore hydration, carbohydrates to replenish glycogen stores and electrolytes to speed rehydration (Casa et al. 2000).

Many athletic trainers or team physicians measure hydration with urine color against a color scale. But, an easier (and less invasive) method of hydration measurement is monitoring body weight; athletes should see less than 2% body weight reduction post-activity. Sound complicated? Don’t worry. Mike Harrison ATC, LAT, Sports Medicine Coordinator and Head Athletic Trainer at Allen High School, has gotten his athletes to buy into this method: and it works.

“I think it all starts with educating our athletes,” said Harrison. “I meet with them at the beginning of the year and I use a race car analogy or a truck analogy; my offensive linemen are big-rig trucks and my skill guys are race cars. Both of them burn fuel, and I use the gas tank analogy with them. They may come in here on a full tank, but come the next day you might have only replaced ¾ of a tank. If they finish that day up and have only replaced half a tank then you haven’t been hydrating correctly. So we weigh out athletes in and out everyday in the hot months, and for every pound that they lose they have to make that up with 20-24 ounces of fluid. It’s really all about the education.”

He’s right. For your hydration plans to really succeed, you need complete buy-in from the coaching staff and the athletes themselves. Educate your athletes on the effects of dehydration, how to monitor their hydration levels, and encourage coaches to help regulate these strategies to cover all of your bases (no pun intended this time). Which leads us to the last strategy…

Heat Illness Prevention Strategy #3: Education

You can’t prevent what you don’t understand or aren’t anticipating. As healthcare professionals, it’s essential that athletic trainers take control of their athletic environments and properly inform coaches, athletes, administrators, parents on the signs and dangers of heat illness.

“Down in Florida we do get some heat cramping scenarios, and we do a pretty good job; it’s a team effort,” said Paul Silvestri MS, LAT, ATC, Head Football Athletic Trainer at the University of Florida. “Our nutritional staff does a phenomenal job of staying on top of the guys to get them ready to be out there on the field. Our coaching staff does a good job as well of planning their practices, especially in training camp while we’re not out there in the heat of the day. It’s a collaborative effort.”

Need help getting started? Here are some potential topics that you can cover:

  • Preventing heat illness
  • Recognizing heat illness
  • Treating heat illness
  • Best drinks for hydration
  • Sleep regulations
  • Proper diet
  • How to rest the body effectively

To find data to support these topics, expert advice on heat illness and return to play recommendations, read through theNATA’s Position Statement on Exertional Heat Illnesses. Together, we can all play a huge role in reducing or eliminating these conditions and keep the athletes where they belong; on the field.

Casa, Douglas J., et al. 2015. National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Exertional Heat Illnesses. Journal of Athletic Training 50.9: 986-1000.
Casa, Douglas J., et al. 2000. National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Fluid Replacement for Athletes.Journal of Athletic Training. 2000;35(2):212-224.

Your body knows when it needs chiropractic

January 20, 2017
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Every athlete can tell when something is not right. Your body gives you signals that you need to see your chiropractor: Pain, discomfort, restricted movement and poor performance.

Your body knows when it needs chiropractic

A well adjusted body runs better

January 13, 2017
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Overuse injuries are common among runners and one of the top 10 injuries seen in distance runners. Chiropractic is key to top performance. 

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A well adjusted body runs better

Chiropractic protects runners

January 10, 2017
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Athletes who are prone to shin splints and stress fractures can depend on chiropractic prevention.

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Chiropractic protects runners

Chiropractic makes winter more fun

January 6, 2017
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Chiropractic makes winter more fun.
By improving balance and range of motion, chiropractic can prevent falls and reduce pain when accidents occur.

Chiropractic makes winter more fun

Chiropractic care relieves winter aches and pains.

December 25, 2016
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Chiropractic care relieves winter aches and pains.

Have a well-adjusted holiday!

December 24, 2016
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Have a well-adjusted holiday. May it be full of joy and great health.

Have a well-adjusted holiday!

Achieve optimal health with Chiropractic care

December 21, 2016
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Chiropractic care is helping millions achieve optimal health without the use of drugs or surgery. 

Chiropractic care helps millions achieve optimal health and continue doing the things they love. #ThinkChiropractic


chiropracticFor 10 years in the NFL, former Giants punter Steve Weatherford never missed a game due to injury.

He thanks chiropractic and taking good care of himself for that, according to a news release from the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors.

“I was receiving chiropractic care since I was 14, which was the only reason I made it into the NFL,” he said to more than 500 chiropractic physicians at the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors Fall Summit in New Brunswick.

The skinniest player on the freshman team at 14, he developed back pain as a teenager from overdoing it in the weight room. But with the help of a chiropractor, he was able to grow from 108 pounds to 225 pounds by the time he graduated. He said that he has relied on chiropractors for weekly maintenance and injury prevention ever since.

Weatherford played college football for the University of Illinois and retired from the NFL with a Super Bowl ring from his stint with New York Giants. He also punted for the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets in his long career.

“There’s a reason every NFL team has an on-staff chiropractor available 24/7,” he said.

In fact, the Professional Football Chiropractic Society formed 15 years ago. Today, all 32 teams have chiropractors as part of the comprehensive medical team that tends to players. According to the society, “The average pro football chiropractor renders 30 to 50 treatments per week during the season. With the in-season (game-playing) duration lasting 16 weeks (not including quarterback camp, mini-camp, and pre- and post-season), 34 chiropractors conservatively give 16,320 to 27,200 adjustments to America’s superstars in just 120 days.”

Dr. Jason Levy of Short Hills is the team chiropractor for the New York Jets as well as the New York Red Bulls. Before a typical Jets game, he will treat 20 to 30 players for a variety of issues. But many, he said, come to him because “they want to feel balanced. Chiropractors are like mechanics. Chiropractic can certainly help the body feel better.”

Preventive care is a big part of the pre-game lineup each week, he said in the news release. In addition to attending every game, he also visits the Jets training facility about twice a week. He and the other NFL chiropractors are is part of comprehensive medical teams which include orthopedic surgeons, internal medicine specialists, athletic trainers and physical therapists.

Football players, unlike most other athletes, face physical contact every play of the game, often absorbing applied forces measuring hundreds of pounds per second. The majority of serious football injuries are caused by compression of the spine in the neck. By teaching football players about how their spine works and which positions to avoid during play, especially when tackling, chiropractors can help them avoid many injuries.

This is especially important for young football players, said Dr. Robert Haley of Lyndhurst.

Haley, who is chiropractor to the top-ranked St. Joseph Regional High School football team in Montvale, said in the news release that “every high school with an athletic program should be associated with a chiropractor, at least as a consultant.”

The chiropractor should also be versed in other areas of treatment like soft tissue work, kinesiology taping and stretching, Haley said. “We need to position chiropractic in a way that young football players and their parents understand it can reduce (not eliminate) injuries and help performance.”

Weatherford agrees.

“Athletes are like a high performance car. If the tires aren’t balanced, they aren’t going to be able to perform at the highest level,” he said.



Got pain? Try chiropractic first

November 15, 2016
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Chiropractic Care Improves Posture

November 15, 2016
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Chiropractic care helps back-related leg pain

October 13, 2016
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Chiropractic Care Helps Back-Related Leg Pain


chiropracticBack-related leg pain is often disabling and costly. In people with back-related leg pain, spinal
manipulation therapy (SMT) plus home exercise and advice (HEA) provided more short-term
improvement in pain and ability than HEA alone, according to a study.
The trial consisted of 192 adults with subacute or chronic back-related leg pain who were randomized into two groups. Over the course of twelve weeks, one group received SMT along
with HEA and the other group received only HEA. During this time, patients worked with chiropractors, exercise therapists, and a personal trainer to receive efficient instruction and treatment to relieve back-related leg pain.
Chiropractic care including the use of spinal manipulation therapy in conjunction with home exercise and advice offers a safe and conservative approach to effectively reduce hindering and costly back-related leg pain.

Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) play an important role in the treatment and management of health conditions in the older adult. An estimated five million patients treated by DCs are 65 and older.



Backpack Safety

September 6, 2016
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Your chiropractor can help determine the backpack size that is safe for your child.


Chiropractic Provides Better Sleep

September 6, 2016
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August 21, 2016
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Olympic Athletes Depend On Chiropractic

August 8, 2016
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Olympic athletes depend on chiropractic, shouldn’t you?


Swimmers Suffering From Severe Shoulder Aches

August 3, 2016
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Lower Cost at On-site Chiropractic Clinics

July 26, 2016
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Companies that offer chiropractic care at their on-site health clinics lower their costs, have greater productivity and increased employee satisfaction.


Chiropractic For Athletes

July 21, 2016
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“The care provided by a doctor of chiropractic can help athletes reduce the risk of injuries, accelerate recovery time and improve health through improvements in range of motion, flexibility, balance, muscle strength and other key factors. Chiropractic care provides athletes with the competitive edge to fuel peak performance and succeed during their time at the Olympics.”

– Dr. Botelho #ThinkChiropractic


Texting = Heavy Weight Pain

June 1, 2016
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heavy weight pain


Text-Neck Epidemic

May 29, 2016
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Combat Text Neck and improve your posture through chiropractic care. Chiropractors are trained to align the spine and restore the curve in your neck, keeping your body healthier and pain-free. #ThinkChiropractic

text-neck epidemic

BEAM Good Posture

May 18, 2016
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BEAM good posture: A body that is in equilibrium will attain its alignment and continue proper mobility. #ThinkChiropractic

Good posture is the position which is attained when the joints are biomechanically sound and able to move in the direction they are designed to and the spine is aligned. Maintaining good posture involves learning how to train your body to move and function where the least strain is placed on bones, joints and soft tissues. Additionally, a body that is in equilibrium will attain its alignment and continue proper mobility. Read More


Did you know? Chiropractic care is a safe, effective first option for pain management: back, neck, acute or chronic neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, and headaches – among other conditions. #ThinkChiropractic




It’s no surprise that your chiropractor might suspect you have back pain just by watching you move. But identify the way you sleep, or what you do for a living? Yes, it’s possible—and no, your chiropractor isn’t psychic. It’s just that your posture can reveal a lot more about your overall health and lifestyle than you might realize…


  • You’re addicted to your phone.

One of the most common things chiropractors notice in their patients is a rounding of the spine along the neck and down toward the shoulder blades. “There’s a new diagnosis for this—it’s called ‘text neck,'” says Adam Nachmias, DC, a chiropractor in New York City. Technically it’s called “loss of cervical lordis,” which describes the flattening out—or even reversing—of the upper spine’s natural c-shaped curve that happens when you’re hunched over looking at your phone or working on your computer, explains Karen Erickson, DC, FAAC, a chiropractor in New York City. “We used to see this kind of condition in people who’d been in car wrecks. Now we see it in 8-year-olds.” (That’s just one weird thing that happens when you text.)

The average head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds, and, according to a study published in the journal Surgical Technology International, it creates increasing pressure on the spine the further you tip it forward. Tilt it 15 degrees and it puts 27 pounds of pressure on your spine, researchers found; 30 degrees, 40 pounds of pressure; 60 degrees, 60 pounds of pressure. Perhaps not surprisingly, all of this hunching can lead to migraines, arthritis, and neck pain.

Habitual changes like training yourself to hold your phone at eye level while looking at it and working at a stand-up desk can help, says Erickson.


  • You’re a writer.

Or an accountant. Or a truck driver. Basically, you spend most of your day sitting. “The human body is not constructed for long periods of sitting. It’s designed to move and redistribute weight periodically,” says Robert Hayden, DC, PHD, FICC, a chiropractor in Georgia. When you sit for long periods, your psoas muscles, the ones that connect the torso and leg, get tight, and your hamstrings shorten. And that can show up as a tilted-forward-at-the-hips posture. Doing lunges as well as yoga poses, like sphinx, updog, and bridge, will help elongate these muscles, says Erickson, which in turn will help straighten out your posture. (Try these 6 stretches if you sit all day.) And get moving. “Going to the gym for an hour doesn’t negate the health consequences of sitting all day,” she says. So make it a habit to get up and go for a stroll several times a day and resist the impulse to jump in the car to run errands that you could easily walk to.


  • You have stomach issues.

That hunched-forward position can also have implications for digestion: When your upper back is curved, it can compress your organs, leading to reflux or GERD. (Hack your gut bacteria for easier-than-ever weight loss.) “Once we work to release the muscles near the diaphragm and under the rib cage, my patients tell me that their reflux is much better,” says Erickson. “Your body is designed to use those big trunk muscles. When in use, they actually move blood through your organs and help them get the motility they’re supposed to have.”


  • You sleep on your stomach.

“While you’re asleep, the full weight of your head pulls on the flaccid muscles and ligaments that hold the cervical spine together,” explains Hayden. “That amount of weight on the delicate structures of the neck will eventually cause joint damage.” This presents itself as a head that tilts downward, as well as pain, numbness, or tingling sensations in the upper extremities.

The fix: a DIY body pillow. Nachmias suggests placing one regular pillow between your knees to keep them and your shoulders the same distance apart, which will ensure that your lumbar spine stays in a natural position, and hugging another regular pillow, which will keep you from rolling onto your stomach.


  • You’re out of breath.

Yet another side effect of that hunched posture? It can compress your organs, says Erickson, and cause your lungs to take in up to 30% less oxygen. Depending on your overall fitness level, she explains, this might make you feel tired or out of breath on a day-to-day basis.


  • Your lug your laptop around all day.

When you carry something heavy, you tend to hike up the shoulder that’s supporting the load. The habit can lead to misaligned shoulders, which will be visibly obvious, as well as changes to the curvature of your spine, says Nachmias. “Alternating the side of the bag will help keep one side from carrying all the weight and prevent a drooping shoulder or curving of the spine,” says Hayden.

  • You’re feeling down.

“When I look at someone walk, if they avoid eye contact and their shoulders are rounded and stooped, it tells me something about their self-image. It tells me how they feel about themselves,” says Hayden. “Your emotions can control your musculoketal structure.” (Instantly boost your self-image with these 5 tips.)

Being in the habit of looking down as you walk will also mess with your balance. “Walk like royalty,” says Erickson, who suggests keeping your head upright and gazing 50 yards in front of you. “It actually helps train your nervous system to use innate neurological balance, rather than relying on your eyes to balance.”

Source: Prevention

6 Things Chiropractors Help With | Prevention

March 30, 2016
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Most people assume that chiropractors are good only for neck and back pain. And while they do treat a lot of that, there’s plenty else they can do. Chiropractic medicine focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and how they affect the rest of the body. “Many people don’t know that most chiropractors have postgraduate training and board certification in areas such as pediatrics, clinical nutrition, neurology, orthopedics, physical rehabilitation, sports/athletic injury, and acupuncture,” says Gregory D. Fox, a chiropractor and president of Maine Chiropractic Association and director and founder of Heritage Integrative Healthcare, based in Maine.

That said, while chiropractors can help with a variety of symptoms and problems, there are many things best left to the MDs. “Medical doctors are better at treating acute emergencies, infections, chronic diseases, fractures, injuries that require surgeries, tumors, and broken bones,” says Gabrielle Francis, a naturopathic doctor, chiropractor, and acupuncturist in New York City. Although chiropractors learn about the whole body, they are mainly specialists in musculoskeletal injuries. “Anything outside of this realm is better left for medical doctors,” notes Sunil Pullukat, a chiropractor at Chicago Sport and Wellness.

Here are a few reasons you might want to see a chiropractor.

Lower-back pain

This is, of course, the cornerstone of what many chiropractors do. “Chiropractors are able to do a manipulation to the sacroiliac joint—which links the pelvis to the lowest part of the spine—to relieve back pain,” says Pullukat. Some chiropractors are certified in the Active Release Technique, which removes scar tissue from muscles and relieves pain. “A combination of ART and spinal manipulation is a great option for relieving lower-back pain,” says Pullukat. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) notes that while the cause of lower-back pain is often unknown, some people do benefit from chiropractic therapy.

Pregnancy pain

Aches and pains go hand-in-hand with pregnancy, and often, improper pelvic alignment is to blame for lower-back pain and sciatica—the top reasons pregnant women see a chiropractor (see more treatments for sciatic nerve pain here). “The options expecting mothers have to alleviate pain are extremely limited. Many treatments, such as pain medications or surgery, have the potential to affect the fetus, so pregnant women often turn to chiropractic care,” says Jeffrey Langmaid, a chiropractor at Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, FL. Specifically, “the Webster Technique addresses the sacrum and sacroiliac joint, which assists with balancing the pelvis.” While there hasn’t been a lot of research done on pregnancy and chiropractic care, one study showed that chiropractic care can decrease the incidence of back labor (intense back pain during labor, often due to the baby’s position), while another study showed that 75% of women who received chiropractic care during pregnancy reported relief from pain.

Digestive issues
The nerves in the thoracic (chest and abdominal) region of the spine are linked with digestion. One study published in the journal International Surgery looked at a group of 27 people who had chronic abdominal pain and found that 66% of them showed evidence of a thoracic disc herniation—a problem in the area between the spinal bones. And two-thirds of those patients who did have a herniated disc had been previously diagnosed with IBS.

Herniated discs aren’t the only spinal issues that can cause stomach problems. “If the thoracic vertebrae are out of alignment, these nerves begin sending erratic impulses to the stomach and intestines, which may lead to digestive problems such as heartburn, bloating, and gas,” says Erik Schutt, a chiropractor and physiotherapist in Tempe, AZ. “Keeping the thoracic spine free from nerve interference promotes digestive healing and optimal function.”


Neck pain

Spinal manipulations can ease aches and pains that are felt in the neck. One study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that this method was more effective at easing neck pain than medications—though trial participants found equal relief doing home exercise.

Chiropractors can also do movement assessments to see if the neck pain is truly coming from the neck or if it’s actually stemming from the shoulders, says Pullukat. Correcting the root cause of the problem will then relieve symptoms. One study from Korea Nazarene University found that patients receiving chiropractic treatment for neck pain showed significant improvements in flexibility and range of motion.

One thing to know: Some studies have found an association between neck manipulations and stroke risk in older adults…but other research says there’s no connection. Because of the conflicting evidence, it’s a difficult situation to evaluate, but if you have any stroke risk factors be sure that your chiropractor knows about them.




When neck and upper back pain are to blame for headaches, chiropractors can help. They’re able to use “manipulation with massage to loosen up muscles, thereby relieving the headache,” says Pullukat. While more research needs to be done, some individual case studies have shown that chiropractic care can eliminate headaches in chronic sufferers.

Blood pressure
We’re not suggesting you ditch your meds or give up your healthy lifestyle habits for lowering blood pressure, but some research suggests that having a conversation with your doctor about trying out chiropractic may be worthwhile. A University of Chicago study that looked at 50 people with high blood pressure and misaligned vertebra in their neck found that after one chiropractic session, their blood pressure dropped significantly—and the drop was equal to taking two blood pressure meds at once.