Chiropractic: A Safe and Effective Treatment for Back Pain

A vast majority of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and most will suffer from low-back pain specifically.  Chiropractors are experts at treating back pain, and The Brost Clinic has been successfully treating Minnesotans with back pain since 1986.

Chiropractors treat back pain by finding the source of the pain, and treating it with chiropractic adjustments, or Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy, and other adjunctive therapies.  By gently adjusting the spine to relieve pressure on pinched nerves, a chiropractor can safely relieve your back pain.

More and more Americans are turning to chiropractic adjustments as treatment for back pain.  Studies show the increase in chiropractic treatment in the US, and the effectiveness of chiropractic spinal manipulation as treatment for lower back pain.

A 2015 Gallup study showed that more than half of Americans had visited a chiropractor in their lifetime, and most agree that chiropractic is an effective treatment for back and neck pain.

A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed improvements to pain and function in patients with acute low back pain treated with spinal manipulative therapy, which is the main type treatment offered by chiropractors.

Another study shows a “significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving function” to those who add chiropractic manipulative therapy to their standard medical care.

As you can see, the truth is out, and millions of Americans are turning to chiropractors to treat their back pain without the use of dangerous and addictive drugs.  If you’re ready to live pain and drug free, we’re here to help!

7 Steps to a Great 2021

We are all happy to put 2020 behind us and look forward to a much better 2021! Some things are outside of our control, but there is much we can do to ensure health and happiness in the new year. Last year taught us that healthy people, with well functioning immune systems, were able to bounce off the Covid-19 virus and not get sick or had fairly mild symptoms. Many of the underlying problems, that worsened the outcome and lead to serve illness, hospitalization or worse, are lifestyle related. Obviously we can’t change our age, since being older is one risk factors, but we can greatly affect our general health and strengthen our health and immune systems with some daily lifestyle changes. They are all simple, but require daily attention!

  1. Eat right! Healthy, preferably organic foods nourish us, supports healthy body composition and ensures optimal function of all our body systems. Weight loss is usually the most common new years resolution. This year, setting a healthy weight goal and reaching it, is more important than ever. Being overweight is one of the major risk factors for disease and immune compromise, if attacked by Covid-19 or any future virus.
  2. Take vitamins and supplements that are known to increase health and boost immune function! Vitamin D3, Vitamin C and Zinc are important. A good multivitamin, Omega 3 fish oils and calcium are basics that everyone need in todays world.
  3. Exercise daily! Even a half hour walk or why not enjoy the Minnesota snow and ice and go skiing, snowshoeing, or skating! These are great ways to both get exercise and fresh air!
  4. Sleep 7-8 hours a night! Sleep is important for our bodies to rest and rejuvenate. Melatonin, that is naturally produced in our bodies during sleep, is an important factor in immune function. Melatonin is also the precursor to Serotonin. If you tend to suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) during the darker time of the year, sleep is even more important to help manufacture the building block to the “Happiness hormone”!
  5. Water intake! A simple role of thumb is 8 glasses a day. Even slight dehydration makes your organs function less efficiently, makes you less focus and increases depression.
  6. Regular elimination! If you follow the above outlined lifestyle this will take care of itself! Constipation or other bowel issue are almost always the result of an unhealthy lifestyle.
  7. Get regular chiropractic care to eliminate any painful or restricted joint problems promote healthy body mobility and a body free from nerve interference. A well adjusted body is a healthy, happy body!
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Safe Chronic Pain Solution

An estimated 25 million Americans live with chronic pain. Many of the chronic pain issues are back pain, neck pain, and osteo-arthritis of the hip, knee and hand.  New research from Yale school of Medicine recommended non pharma-cological options to be considered as front-line treatment ahead of any medication for musculoskeletal pain.  Chiropractic and acupuncture are recommended treatment for many of these conditions.

New clinical guidelines are developing as a result of the severe opioid crisis in this country.  Preventing opioid addiction and overdose continues to be a significant public health priority.

Medscape Medical news reports on research out of Yale Medical School, reviewing six selected studies of a total of 62,000 patients revealing that “patients who visited a chiropractor for a musculoskeletal pain condition were 49% less likely to receive an opioid prescription than their counter parts, who went to other health care providers”.

This is an eye-opening study, since the opioid problem virtually can be cut in half if patients first saw a chiropractor for back and neck pain, as well as other musculoskeletal problems!

130 people die everyday in the USA as a result of opioid overdoses.  The most common reasons why they started on these medications is back pain. This does not take into account the millions who were prescribed Oxycodone, Vicodin or other opioids and then get stuck in the spiderweb of a life long addiction.  It is a tragedy created by big pharma, who now continues to profit from coming up with medications to substitute for the medication that created the addiction and rehab programs that are costly and not very effective.

“The Opioid manufacturers and other drug makers are being sued across the country.  To counter this they have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken the measures aimed at stemming the tide of opioid prescriptions” according to the Associated Press.

It is an outright war where patients, with conditions that can most often be resolved with chiropractic care, acupuncture and other natural means, are the losers.  So, if you or anyone you know, suffer from back or neck pain or other muscle or joint pain, consult with a good chiropractor first.  If other treatments are warranted, they will let you know!

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Sports Injuries and Chiropractic

There is a broad spectrum of injuries that can occur during sports and athletic events.  Most of these injuries fall into the category of sprains and strains, but we have had a lot of media attention on head injuries and concussions, especially in contact sports, the past few years.

Injuries can range from a mild muscle strain, or ligament sprain to more severe injuries, where muscle, tendons and ligament tears, even fractures can be part of the picture.

Mild injuries often heal by themselves with rest, ice therapy and elevation.  Moderate to severe injuries warrant professional evaluation and care recommendations.

Chiropractic care in combination with appropriate physiotherapies such as ultrasound or infrared laser therapy can often dramatically speed up injury healing.  By freeing up nerve flow to the injured area, the brain, which is the master “computer” that controls and coordinates all the body’s functions, is better able to direct and control the repair process.  Chiropractors are experts in diagnosing musculoskeletal injuries and conditions and promote healing without drugs and surgeries. Slight misalignments of joints often occur with sports injuries both in the spine and extremity joints.  Chiropractic is the treatment of choice to correct that.

Naturally, there are times when surgical repairs are necessary or when there are fractures that require orthopedic intervention and referrals to appropriate medical experts are made.

Pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs are seldom found to be necessary and often interfere with the natural healing process or result in more damage being done, because the pain signals are masked.

Acupuncture is an excellent alternative to dangerous and potentially addictive pain medications.  Ice therapy has in studies been shown to be as effective as morphine for musculoskeletal pain.  And, it has no side effects and is free!

There are excellent natural herbal anti-inflammatory preparations and proteolytic enzymes that are as effective as over the counter pharmaceuticals.  This can help the body more effectively go through the healing process.

The Brost Clinic is a proud sponsor of both the Orono and Wayzata high school athletic teams.  We have helped local athletes optimize performance, prevent and speed up healing of injuries for over 30 years.

If you have any questions regarding athletic injuries, feel free to contact us for a complimentary consultation.

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Chiropractic – A healthy choice

Chiropractic is the second largest healing art in the United States and is also a growing profession in the rest of the world.  Chiropractors go through the same rigorous education as a medical doctor but with an emphasis on natural healing instead of pharmaceuticals.  Chiropractors are licensed primary health care physicians in all 50 states and have the same level of responsibilities as a primary medical physician (M.D.) or osteopath (D.O.)

Chiropractic was founded in Davenport Iowa by Dr. D.D. Palmer in 1895.  Over the past 100 some years it has developed and changed, like medicine, but the main premise of chiropractic remains the same: If we have a fully functioning nervous system, the body is able to coordinate all its functions, self-correct and adapt to the environment.

The nervous system: the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves is the master control and coordination system that regulates all other systems in the body: your digestive system, respiratory system circulation system, immune system etc.

If your brain, which is an amazing “computer”, can properly detect and coordinate all body functions, the body will be healthy and all is well.

So why do chiropractors focus on the spine?  Your spinal cord in the “Super highway” of constant communication between the brain and the peripheral nerves, that has exits between all your 24 vertebrae and branches out to every cell of your body.

If there are misalignments of the vertebrae (Chiropractors call these subluxations) pressure or irritation can occur to the nerves, where they exit the spine.  This can, of course, at times cause pain, but it can also block the nerve flow information to and from the brain, kind of like a kink in a water hose, the water can’t get through or is limited to a trickle.

Just as a water hose with a kink can’t do a good job watering a lawn, and the grass will dry out, a “kinked” nerve will not be able to feed information from the brain to the organs or tissues it supplies.  Consequently, that part of the body will function less well and disease can develop.

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