1934 NE Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97232
The Health Newsletter – Issue # 14 – Spring 2003
Blue Heron Chiropractic & Healing Arts Center is directed by Dr. Dana Sibilla & features the following services:
Chiropractic Physician: Dana Sibilla, DC (280-9759) Full-body health care with orthopedic & rehab focus.
Licensed Massage Therapists, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Individual, Couple and Family Therapy: Please contact the Center for referrals to specific practitioners.
WHAT’S NEW AT BLUE HERON?
Dr. Sibilla has become board eligible for Diplomate Certification in Chiropractic Orthopedics. This qualified him for membership in the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists. As a chiropractic orthopedist, he is certified in Functional Capacity Evaluation and continues his membership in the American Chiropractic College of Rehabilitative Medicine, the ACA Council on Chiropractic Physiotherapy and board certification by the American Board of Disabilities Analysts. We have expanded our physiotherapy equipment to include a second Ultrasound and Electrical-Stim “PT” cart (less waiting for patients).Our newsletters are now online at blueheronchiro.com. We have three Certified Chiropractic Assistants who are licensed massage therapists working with Doctor Sibilla.
UP TO 4 VISITS OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE AT NO COST? HOW? REFERRAL CREDIT PROGRAM!
Blue Heron Chiropractic is offering a visit credit for each person you refer in to this clinic. Dr. Sibilla would be honored to treat your friends, relatives and co-workers; they can mention your name when they come in. You should then receive a notification card in the mail. The card must be used within 60 days. We have patients who basically never have to pay for their care, as a result of their word-of-mouth! Thank you for your referrals!
SI JOINT ASYMMETRY DURING PREGNANCY ASSOCIATED WITH POSTARTUM PAIN
Women who have asymmetric sacroiliac (SI) joints (rotated hip, pelvis or sacrum) during pregnancy are more likely to continue suffering from pelvic pain following the birth, compared with mothers who have symmetrical SI laxity, researchers report. SI joint asymmetry during pregnancy predicted moderate to severe postpartum pelvic pain in 77% of subjects who experienced moderate to severe pain during pregnancy. Chiropractic is a treatment-of-choice.
Spine – December 15, 2002; 27:2820-4. http://www.spinejournal.com/
OVER THE COUNTER PAINKILLER LEADING CAUSE OF LIVER FAILURE
What’s the leading cause of liver failure? Medications containing acetaminophen, such as Tylenol®. These findings were just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. A three-year study looked at 308 patients with acute liver failure from 17 different liver care centers. The analysis found acetaminophen accounted for 39% of cases. In total, 73% were women. The majority of overdoses were not intentional. “Eighty-three percent of our patients who developed acute liver failure had exceeded the daily maximum recommended dose” notes author Dr. William M. Lee. Annals of Internal Medicine – December 17, 2002;947-54. http://www.annals.org/
WHAT DOES CHIRORACTIC DO FOR INJURY? FOR HEALTHY PATIENTS? WHY GO TO A CHIRO?
The chiropractor is licensed as a doctor, which means that our scope of practice permits us to perform differential diagnosis. Chiropractic manipulative therapy is effective for reduction of subluxation, improving range-of-motion in restricted or deranged joints, restoring function, decreasing muscle spasm, and improving tone and body balance.The thrust manipulation is a unique form of very directed intervention. Research suggests that use of reflex nerve signals in chiropractic can facilitate states of health or help achieve a balanced physiology. Chiropractors are highly trained and exposed to cutting-edge health information and are usually willing to talk about specific health issues other docs might avoid.Even “healthy patients” can have improved function, and preventive care keeps smaller issues in the healthy patient from becoming bigger problems if ignored. And remember, there is a lot more I can do than just “adjust” bones –including soft-tissue muscle work and even rehab and nerve injury recovery procedures.
SMOKING ASSOCIATED WITH REFLUX HEARTBURN PROBLEMS
A new study led by Kulwinder Dua, MD, reveals that cigarette smoking impairs the closure reflex which closes off the vocal cords when fluid enters the throat. These findings are published in the December 2002 issue of the journal Gut.According to Dr. Dua, “Smoking cigarettes affects this reflex adversely. Our findings identify yet another deleterious effect of cigarette smoking that can weaken the airway’s protective mechanisms. These results may have implications in the cause of reflux-related respiratory complications in smokers.” “It may be that smoking damages the nerve endings that trigger these reflexes and could be due to nicotine or some other components contained in cigarette smoke,” speculates Dr. Dua. Gut – December 2002; 51:771-5. http://www.gutjnl.com/
PARENTS UNAWARE OF KIDS’ BACKPACK WEIGHT
Despite the impact it may have on their children’s health, most parents are unaware of how much weight their kids are towing in their backpack. These findings appear in the January issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
Investigators looked at the backpacks of 188 grammar school students. The average youngsters toted backpacks weighing approximately 14% of their body weight, in keeping with the 10% to 20% maximums recommended by many child health advocates. However, many students in the study schlepped packs weighing considerable more. These heavy packs were linked with musculoskeletal problems. According to the report, “Most parents (96%) had never checked their child’s backpack weight; 34% had never checked the backpack contents.” Many packs contained items not necessary for school, which accounted for unneeded weight. The study’s authors suggest that parents examine their children’s packs, and eliminate unnecessary baggage.
Archives of Disease
in Childhood – January 2003;88:18-9. http://adc.bmjjournals.com/
STUDY COMPARES EFFECTS OF REAR AND FRONTAL IMPACT CAR ACCIDENTS ON THE SPINE
Rear impact motor vehicle accidents may subject the spine to more destructive forces than front impact crashes, say investigators at the Spine Research Institute of San Diego in San Diego, California. Volunteers were subjected to both frontal and rear low-speed impacts. Speed and other parameters were held constant. “Analysis of data revealed that the rear impact crashes resulted in 2.8 times greater head acceleration than frontal crashes,” write the study’s authors. Rear impact crashes resulted in complex, multiple shock waves compared to the uni-directional, less complex front crashes. Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine – 2002;46:79-91. http://www.carcrash.org/
IMPORTANT REPEAT FEATURES: Go to our WEB SITE for previous newsletters with:
ÞHEAT OR ICE? CHOOSE BASED ON THE PHASE OF HEALING. Within the first 48 hours of a new injury, due to an activity: ICE! When in doubt – remember you can ASK! See more at the web site.
ÞTHE BLOOD-TYPE DIET – EAT RIGHT. KNOW YOUR BLOOD TYPE, SPECIFIC FOODS ARE BEST. WE CAN TEST YOU AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS.The cost for this complete service is $40.
ÞIT’S COLD AND FLU SEASON – TREAT THE CAUSE OF THE SYMPTOMS. Sudafed or Nyquil do nothing for the microbe that is causing the cold, flu or cough. Consider Olive Leaf Extract (Oleorupein) for both anti-viral and anti-bacterial action The clinic has a medicinary of natural medicines, homeopathics, botanicals and vitamins.
The highest form of compliment is the referral of your friends and family. Thank You!