Melatonin, 3 mg, is Effective for Migraine Prevention

The Experts Speak Migraine and Melatonin Mario F. P. Peres, M.D., Ph.D. Al. Joquim Eugenio de Lima 881 cj 708, 01403-001 Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil E-mail: Mario F.P. Peres, Ph.D., M.D. “Melatonin, 3 mg, is Effective for Migraine Prevention,” Neurology, August 2004(2 of 2);63:757. #42194 (11/2004) Kirk Hamilton:          Could you please share with us your educational…

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Eating Your Vegetables Protects the Gallbladder

Women who eat a lot of vegetables to fulfill the protein requirement of their diet are less likely at risk of having their gallbladder removed. This type of surgery is usually required for removal of gallstones and other similar problems. It has been already discovered that protein derived from vegetables could prevent gallstones from forming…

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Central Neuronal Plasticity, Low Back Pain and Spinal Manipulative Therapy

JMPT June 2004 Volume 27, Issue 5, Pages 314–326 Robert W Boal, PhD Abstract Objective Recent experimental evidence demonstrating neuronal/synaptic plasticity and, in particular, long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD) in spinal neurons is reviewed. The implications of these studies for possible mechanistic explanations of low back pain and its remediation by spinal manipulative…

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Safety of Spinal Manipulation in the Treatment of Lumbar Disk Herniations: A Systematic Review and Risk Assessment

Drew Oliphant, DC Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics Volume 27, Issue 3 , Pages 197-210, March 2004 Journal Reference Abstract Objective To provide a qualitative systematic review of the risk of spinal manipulation in the treatment of lumbar disk herniations (LDH) and to estimate the risk of spinal manipulation causing a severe adverse reaction…

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Relationship Between Head Posture and Temporomandibular Dysfunction Syndrome

D. Evcik and O. Aksoy Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain (ISSN: 1058-2452) Volume: 12 Issue: 2 Page Range: 19 – 24 DOI: 10.1300/J094v12n02_03 Objective: To investigate the relationship between temporomandibular joint dysfunction and head posture. Methods: Thirty patients with temporomandibular joint pain and thirty healthy adults were included the study. After physical examination, patients were subjected by…

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Cervical lordosis angle measured on lateral cephalograms; findings in skeletal class II female subjects with and without TMD

A cross sectional study. D’Attilio M, Epifania E, Ciuffolo F, Salini V, Filippi MR, Dolci M, Festa F, Tecco S. Department of Orthodontics, University of Chieti, Italy. The literature reports evidence of various types of correlations between cervical alterations and cervical pain, and the existence of cervical pain in subjects with temporomandibular joint internal derangement…

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Chiropractic and Dentistry in the 21st Century (Full Text Article)

Blum CL. The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice Jan 2004; 22(1): 1-3. Full Story PubMed Reference Full Text PDF Journal Reference As interdisciplinary healthcare matures, understanding that patient care should ultimately be our focus, hopefully differences can be put aside in light of our common goal. Within the cranial manipulative field mutual research cooperation between chiropractors, osteopaths,…

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Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral aloe vera gel for active ulcerative colitis

L. LANGMEAD Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2004; 19: 739–747 SUMMARY Background: The herbal preparation, aloe vera, has been claimed to have anti-inflammatory effects and, despite a lack of evidence of its therapeutic efficacy, is widely used by patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Conclusion: Oral aloe vera taken for 4 weeks produced a clinical response more often than placebo; it also…

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Correlation of clinical examination characteristics with three sources of chronic low back pain

Sharon Young, PT Young S, et al. The Spine Journal. November 2003; Vol. 3, Iss. 6, pp. 460-465. Background context Research has demonstrated some progress in using a clinical examination to predict discogenic or sacroiliac (SI) joint sources of pain. No clear predictors of symptomatic lumbar zygapophysial joints have yet been demonstrated. Purpose To identify significant…

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Exercise: A New Migraine Headache Therapy

By Maureen Williams, ND Moderate aerobic exercise reduces the frequency, intensity, and duration of migraine headaches in people who have migraines without aura, according to a study published in Cephalalgia (2003;23:972–6). People with migraines suffer episodes of severe headache, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. Visual disturbances or unusual head sensations, known as an aura,…

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Pain relief produced by joint manipulation appears to involve descending inhibitory mechanisms that utilize serotonin and noradrenaline

Here is a study where they demonstrate, in the mouse model, where it was demonstrated that the pain relief produced by joint manipulation appears to involve descending inhibitory mechanisms that utilize serotonin and noradrenaline. Joint manipulation reduces hyperalgesia by activation of monoamine receptors but not opioid or GABA receptors in the spinal cord D.A. Skyba…

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IS POSTURE TO BLAME FOR TMD?

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is more likely triggered by head posture than by abnormal morphology of the craniofacial planes, according to a new report. As part of the analysis, 14 subjects with TMD were compared with 14 age- and sex- matched controls without jaw problems. Findings demonstrated that “angles between any craniofacial planes did not significantly…

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TMD Patients Report Relief With Chiropractic

A new study reveals that patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) benefit from holistic therapies, especially “hands on” approaches such as chiropractic. The analysis pooled data on 192 patients with TMD. A total of 62.5% of subjects reported using a holistic therapy for relief of jaw problems. Along with massage and acupuncture, chiropractic was among…

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Anti-inflammatory actions of acupuncture

Mediators of Inflammation Volume 12 (2003), Issue 2, Pages 59-69 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0962935031000114943 Freek J. Zijlstra Abstract Acupuncture has a beneficial effect when treating many diseases and painful conditions, and therefore is thought to be useful as a complementary therapy or to replace generally accepted pharmacological intervention. The attributive effect of acupuncture has been investigated in inflammatory…

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Efficacy of cervical endplay assessment as an indicator for spinal manipulation

Haas M,et al. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2003 Jun 1;28(11):1091-6; discussion 1096. Full Text Comment in Aust J Physiother. 2004;50(1):57. Abstract STUDY DESIGN: Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of manual endplay assessment on neck pain and stiffness outcomes in neck pain patients receiving spinal manipulation. SUMMARY OF THE BACKGROUND DATA: There have…

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Somatovisceral response following osteopathic HVLAT: a pilot study on the effect of unilateral lumbosacral high-velocity low-amplitude thrust technique on the cutaneous blood flow in the lower limb

J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2003 May;26(4):220-5. Somatovisceral response following osteopathic HVLAT: a pilot study on the effect of unilateral lumbosacral high-velocity low-amplitude thrust technique on the cutaneous blood flow in the lower limb. Karason AB1, Drysdale IP. Abstract INTRODUCTION: Spinal manipulative treatment is widely used among manual therapists, although knowledge regarding the absolute physiological effects…

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Cost effectiveness of physiotherapy, manual therapy, and general practitioner care for neck pain

Cost effectiveness of physiotherapy, manual therapy, and general practitioner care for neck pain: economic evaluation alongside a randomised controlled trial. AuthorsKorthals-de Bos IB, et al. BMJ. 2003 Apr 26;326(7395):911. Comment in BMJ. 2003 Aug 16;327(7411):395. BMJ. 2003 Apr 26;326(7395):914. Abstract OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost effectiveness of physiotherapy, manual therapy, and care by a general…

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The effect of walking faster on people with acute low back pain

Nicholas F. Taylor European Spine Journal April 2003, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 166-172 Abstract. Little is known about self-selected speed and fast walking in people with acute low back pain. This study aimed to investigate (1) the strategies that people with acute low back pain use to change from self-selected speed to fast walking…

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Role of the sinu-vertebral nerve in low back pain and anatomical basis of therapeutic implications

Raoul S,et al. Surg Radiol Anat. 2003 Feb;24(6):366-71. Epub 2003 Feb 5. Abstract Low back pain is frequent and results in major disability for patients. This anatomical study was done to understand mechanisms involved in that pain. Two kinds of innervation are present in the lumbar spine: one depends on the somatic nervous system and…

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Comparative analysis of lumbar spine degeneration documented by x-rays versus large specimen cryomicrotome sections

Weisskopf M Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 2003 Jan-Feb;141(1):86-91. Abstract AIM OF THE STUDY: The extent of degenerative changes in the lumbar spine as seen on conventional radiographs is interpreted on the basis of visualized osseus structures and indirect signs such as diminution of disc height. In order to analyze the accuracy of these interpretations we compared…

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