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Spinal Decompression Therapy Effectiveness

Decompression therapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive, effective treatment for chronic and acute low-back pain sufferers.

Genuine decompression therapy has relieved some common problems that are related to the vertebral disc including: sciatica, disc herniation and disc bulges, degenerative discs, failed low back surgery, posterior facet syndrome and spinal stenosis /arthritis.

Decompression therapy holds great potential in treating a large population of people who might not otherwise be able to regain health and the ability to enjoy pain-free living, without restrictions and risks associated with back surgery.

There is now hope for the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic and severe low back pain with decompression.

Why Decompression Works

Decompression relieves pressure that builds up on the discs and nerves.

The task of relieving pain is a result of the application of negative pressure to reverse high intra-disc pressure.

The pain is relieved by moving areas of herniated disc back into place by the creation of negative pressure to draw disc material back into the disc space and relieve pressure.

Decompression allows for strengthening of the outer ligament bands that hold the disc material in place and which become weak and stretched during the bulging effect.

Protocol

We have developed a comprehensive decompression treatment protocol based on extensive clinical studies utilizing decompression therapy and in-house physiotherapy; ultrasound, diathermy, massage, and electric muscle stimulation, etc.

Initially, approximately 20 sessions lasting 20 minutes are often recommended to achieve maximum results.

With a symbiotic blend of proven technology and expert clinical reasoning, our program has often achieved high success – without painful surgery.

If you have a low back pain or a question about low back pain. Call 909-648-3551 and discuss it with Dr.Mike.  Or, email to drmike@advancedinjurycenter.com

Chiropractic: Hitting It Big With College Athletes

Football_guys2It’s estimated that more than one-third of the American public uses the services of doctors of chiropractic and other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) providers each year. Among those who take full advantage of CAM’s benefits are professional athletes; in fact, many pro sports teams now have chiropractors and other CAM providers as part of their medical or training staff. A new study shows that chiropractic and other types of CAM are extremely popular among athletes on the college level as well.

In this study, researchers gave a survey to more than 300 college athletes attending a Division I school in Hawaii. The survey asked the athletes about their use of different types of CAM in the previous year, along with their use of traditional medical care. Fifty-six percent of the athletes reported using some type of CAM within the past 12 months, with more women using CAM than men. Chiropractic was the second most popular form of CAM, just behind massage; 29 percent of the athletes said they had used chiropractic at least once in the past year.

While considerable evidence suggests chiropractic can improve the performance of elite athletes, there’s just as much evidence which shows chiropractic care is effective for a variety of everyday problems, too. Back pain, neck pain and migraine headaches are just a few of the many conditions that can be treated with an adjustment by a well-trained doctor of chiropractic.

If you suffer from any of these conditions, make an appointment with your chiropractor today. You’ll be thankful you did. To learn more about chiropractic’s many benefits, schedule an appointment for consultation with Dr. Mike Trudeau at 909-648-3551. Dr. Mike is a Chiropractor and Personal Trainer specializing in performance peaking. He presently performs Athletic Physicals for the surrounding schools and colleges and also treats many of the surrounding school athletes for sports injuries utilizing chiropractic adjustments, massage and physiotherapy.

Nichols AW, Harrigan R. Complementary and alternative medicine usage by intercollegiate athletes. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine May 2006;16(3):232-7.

Better Vision with Yellow Veggies

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Corn and squash may soon have a boost in sales because of a recent study in the Archives of Ophthalmology. Researchers discovered that carotenoids (the components which give these vegetables their yellow appearance) may reduce the risk of age-related vision loss.

In a study performed at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, 1,787 women between the ages of 50 and 79 were recruited four to seven years after they initially participated in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study. Using the original study as a baseline, researchers evaluated the participants for the prevalence of vision loss. The risk of developing vision loss declined substantially in women who included a stable intake of carotenoids, specifically “lutein” and “zeaxanthin,” in their diets.

Although the researchers feel it is necessary to conduct further studies on the subject, they also note that their findings constitute a good reason to add more vegetables to your diet.

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For more information on nutrition, visit:
www.chiroweb.com/find/archives/nutrition/index.html.
To find out more on other health problems associated with aging, visit:
www.chiroweb.com/find/tellmeabout/aging.html.

Moeller S, Parekh N, Tinker L, et al.
Associations between intermediate age-related macular degeneration and lutein and zeaxanthin in the carotenoids in age-related eye disease study (CAREDS).
Archives of Opthamology, 2006;124(8):1082-1214.

About Standard Process: Whole Food Supplements

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**In our office we use Standard Process products. A company that strives and is the leader in producing natural whole food supplements.

Through years of extensive study in the field of nutrition, Dr. Royal Lee believed that the best natural sources of vitamins and minerals are found in whole foods.

His research led to the development of concentrated food supplements uniquely processed to preserve the maximum nutrients of the whole food. Today, this whole food philosophy is reflected in all of the product formulas produced by Standard Process .

Dr. Lee’s theories have been proven by the successful use of Standard Process products by health-care professionals for over 70 years. Dr. Lee’s relatives, the Du Bois family, are the third generation to own and operate Standard Process and continued division of Dr. Lee by providing the best in whole food supplements now and into the future.

NATURALLY GROWN.
The quality of nutritional supplements hinges on the quality of the raw materials they are made from. That’s why Standard Process grows many of the raw materials used in our products on company owned, organically certified farmland in Palmer, Wisconsin. On the rich Midwestern topsoil of Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine, grown crops are laden with nutrition.

Standard Process begins by testing the mineral and nutrition levels of the soil. Then, planting only organic seeds and nurturing them through the growing season. This creates a natural balance of the nutrients and minerals in every plant harvested for our unique products. The whole food goodness in our supplements truly starts with the sun, water, and fertile soil.

CAPTURING NATURES BOUNTY.
After harvesting, Standard Process uses exclusive, patented separation and extraction processes and unique low temperature, vacuum drying methods to insure that the nutrients remain intact with all the goodness that nature has provided. These techniques retain the nutrients in their whole forms, complete with the essential components-known as natural synergists-that allow your body to naturally unlock their health-promoting properties.

Unlike mass-produced products containing high concentrations of only a few nutrients, Standard Process products provide quality nutrients in natural forms readily absorbed by your body. The term “potency” is not synonymous with the term “quantity”. It is the quality of these nutrients, rather than the quantity, that determines potency.

QUALITY GOODNESS IN EACH PRODUCT.
Standard Process monitors the quality of their supplements from the moment the seed is planted to the time the finished product is packaged. This ensures that only the highest quality supplements are produced.

Standard Process’ on-site laboratory houses degreed microbiologist and chemists who continually check for purity in potency.

Bacteriological testing is performed on our raw materials, product batches, and finished products. Normally, a product is tested 6-8 times throughout the manufacturing process. At Standard Process, they take great pride in our quality control measures.

“FROM OUR HANDS TO YOURS”
“We’ve packaged whole food goodness, but we can’t package the wisdom of health-care professionals.” Professional’s knowledge and experience allows them to recommend Standard Process products and regimens that meet each patient’s unique health needs. That’s why Standard Process products are only offered through qualified health-care professionals.

THE QUALITY YOU DESERVE.
1000 acres of farmland, exclusive manufacturing process, intense quality control, and whole food goodness: Standard Process offers you deemed essential nutrients of life drawn from whole foods.

Call or Stop by for a consult with Dr. Mike Trudeau to learn more about Standard Process: Whole Food Supplements, Purification Product Kits, and Snacks.
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Advanced Injury Center
Dr. Mike Trudeau
4695 Hallmark Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
909-648-3551

Sports Injuries

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MANY sports related injuries involve the spine.

Sports injuries among youngsters are often ignored as “growing pains.” Regular chiropractic checkups can help avoid problems seen later in adults.

Spinal injuries can reduce range of motion, reduce strength, slow reflexes, shorten endurance, and decrease performance. Chiropractic care for these types of injuries has become increasingly popular. Professional sports teams, Olympic trainers, and competitive athletes are employing chiropractic doctors, because they demand results.

Chiropractic care helps restore function to spinal joints that are “locked up,” exceeded, and not moving properly. Besides helping to relieve pain, chiropractic care can also help reduce inflammation. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments depend upon proper joint movement for peak performance. Injuries to these tissues can reduce range of motion, affect delicate nerves, decrease blood supply, and can take you out of the game. Normalizing spinal function helps beat the healing of the soft tissues and reduce the deconditioning effect of being on the sidelines.

An aerobic exercise program or a plan of brisk walking can improve muscle tone and help you avoid strains, sprains, and other activity-restricting health problems. Help prevent sports injuries by proper stretching, warm up/warm down exercises, and by staying in shape.
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Whether you golf, play tennis, bicycle, or bowl, the best treatment for sports injuries is prevention!

Ask Dr. Mike for a day care plan based on your age, condition, and health objectives. Find out if chiropractic care can restore your health, improve your performance, and increase your competitive edge.
Call 909-648-3551 or send an email to Dr. Mike at: drmike@advancedinjurycenter.com

Professional athletes, “weekend warriors,” joggers, and those who want to stay in shape are discovering the benefits of chiropractic care. Why is that?

Scoliosis

scoliosis 1SCOLIOSIS IS MORE OFTEN SEEN IN GIRLS!

It is thought that scoliosis is the result of a hereditary problem or an adaptation to some type of trauma, such as the birth process, or an injury, such as falling off a bicycle. It usually starts with problems in the lower back.

Because spinal bones continue to grow well into the early 20s, if left uncorrected, scoliosis often worsens.

Regular chiropractic examinations can reveal small problems before they become serious.

Unfortunately, the most common treatment approach has been to wait and see how bad it gets, resorting to unsightly braces, or eventually surgery, if it progresses too far.

The chiropractic approach is to use specific spinal adjustments, often combined with corrective exercises. If detected early enough, chiropractic doctors have had excellent success with scoliosis cases.

Early detection in chiropractic correction is important for optimal results. Do you know someone who could benefit from the chiropractic examination?

The symptoms associated with scoliosis are often dismissed as “growing pains,” which often delays appropriate care.

WHAT IS SCOLIOSIS?

Scoliosis is a sideways curving of the spine that often gets started in childhood, when the bones of the spine are still growing. In many cases, the exact cause of scoliosis is unknown.

Scoliosis is detected by uneven shoulder heights, a loss of structural balance, or a change in posture.
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Article is from Back Talk Systems, Inc. 2006

Whiplash

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Collisions that occurred during sporting events, slips, falls or automobile crashes can all have a damaging effect on your neck and back. These types of collision-related injuries are often called a “whiplash.”

The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can contribute to headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulders, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and low back problems. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear until weeks or even months later.

The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to use specific chiropractic adjustments to help normalize spinal function. After a thorough case history and examination, the doctor will recommend a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.

OCCUPANTS OFTEN SUFFER MORE THAN THE CAR

Whiplash is most commonly received from riding in a car that is struck from behind or that collides with another object. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the head and spine can be stretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear, or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion.

Chiropractors are experts in the care of bones, nerves, muscles and connective tissues that make up about 60% of your body. All the joints in your body are part of this musculo-skeletal system and optimal function is necessary for overall good health. Ask Dr. Mike for more information about a care program that may include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations, nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.

Chiropractic: Alternative Medicine

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Skeptics: The Simple Truth about Today’s Chiropractic

Chiropractic is different.

This difference, because it avoids drugs and surgery, has delighted millions for over a century. And like anything different it has produced misunderstandings and a few skeptics.

Here’s the simple truth about today’s chiropractic…

While chiropractic is different, it certainly isn’t something that you have to “believe in” for it to work.

Instead, chiropractic results are produced by adhering to scientifically confirmed facts:

The nervous system controls every cell of your body. Nerve impulses flow from the brain, down the spinal cord, and to every organ and tissue. Impulses sent back to the brain confirm that the body is working as it should.

The moving bones of the spine can interfere with this exchange by irritating adjacent nerves. Ill health can result from distorted or compromised nervous system control of the body. Chiropractic care helps restore the integrity of the nervous system by reducing interferences caused by the spine.

How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

Since many spinal problems get started from traumatic births, accidents, or other long-standing problems, permanent correction can be difficult. Years of muscle damage, scar tissue, and ligamental instability can set the stage for a relapse. Some patients find a program of supportive care (like regularly brushing your teeth) to be helpful.

After enjoying initial relief, many patients choose to continue with periodic checkups.

“IF YOU START, do you have to go for the rest of your life?”

Decide for yourself whether you want Initial Intensive Care for temporary relief, Rehabilitative Care to stabilize and strengthen the spine, or Wellness Care for non-symptomatic elective care.

“Aren’t chiropractic results just a ‘Placebo Effect’?”

This is a convenient claim made by critics who have chosen to overlook convincing proof to the contrary.

The placebo effect depends on the power of suggestion. Yet chiropractic results have been enjoyed by newborns, infants, pets that have been hit by cars, and others for whom the power of suggestion isn’t possible!

Plus, there are alterations to a patient’s spine from chiropractic care. Many see dramatic changes when they compare X-ray views taken before and after a period of care. Other tests show improved range of motion and flexibility.

There’s no question that the power of suggestion can be an important ally in the healing process. However, it can’t begin to explain the millions of patients who have been held with chiropractic care.

“I’ve heard chiropractic wears out your joints.”

Chiropractic care can help prevent joints from wearing out!

Bones don’t “rub” on each other. Instead, each joint is enclosed in a “capsule” of fluid that should offer a lifetime of friction-free movement. When there is a loss of proper motion or position of spinal bones, this movement can be restricted. Spinal joints, above or below, attempt to make up the difference by moving too much.

Obviously, areas of too much movement are left to stabilize during that healing process. Instead, chiropractic spinal adjustments are directed only to those areas that are “stuck” and not moving enough.

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“Is chiropractic care safe?”

Critics mislead by suggesting that adjustments to the neck can subject patience to unnatural stress or compromise blood supply to the brain. But if the spine were that fragile, people would fear bending over to tie their shoes laces or looking up to enjoy an evening sunset!

Thousands will die this year from anesthesia or needless back surgeries. Thousands more will perish from common aspirin or destroy their kidneys from so-called “safe” pain medicines. Adverse reactions to prescription medication are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
Meanwhile, the rare complications from chiropractic care can be counted on one hand.

Chiropractic is Different

Chiropractic doesn’t add anything. And chiropractic doesn’t take anything away. It honors the wisdom of your body and your inborn potential to be healthy. It is the difference that has helped millions and produced high levels of patient satisfaction.

Ask questions. Discover the simple truth about today’s contemporary chiropractic care. And then make the natural choice.

“For Skeptics: The Simple Truth about Today’s Chiropractic”
Back Talk Systems, Inc. Copyright 1999

Lower Back Pain: Avoid Now…and Later

Your current regimen of chiropractic care may be working out kinks in your lower back that have been around a lot longer than you remember. A recent study of 10,000 Danish residents shows a link between adolescent and adult lower back pain (LBP).

Researchers studied twins born between 1972 and 1982 by sending out questionnaires in 1994 and again in 2002. The questionnaires assessed various general health issues, including lower back pain, asthma and headache. The outcomes showed that between 14 percent and 25 percent of the participants surveyed in 1994 still suffered from some form of lower back pain in 2002.

Fortunately, something can be done before lower back pain becomes a lifelong problem. Call 909-648-3551 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Mike Trudeau to discuss preventative treatment.

Hestbaek L, Leboeuf-Yde C, Kyvik K.
Is comorbidity in adolescence a predictor for adult lower back pain?
A prospective study of a young population. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2006; 7(29)