Archive for June, 2011

Chiropractor In San Diego Reviews Groundbreaking Study Noting Anti-Depressants May Be No Better Than Placebo

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

As a chiropractor in San Diego, I see many patients suffering from everything from back pain to stress and more. Researching some of the latest studies helps me help my patients in many ways. And since pain being a common cause for depression, I find this article fitting.


Napoleon Hill, author of the self-help bible “Think and Grow Rich”, is quoted as saying: “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” He also said we become our dominant thoughts. Research is showing he may be 100% accurate with those statements… especially the latter. Here is why: Starting in 1998, studies began to raise questions about the “scientific proof” behind the widespread use of antidepressants versus placebos.


University of Connecticut researchers, Irving Kirsch and Guy Sapirstein, found antidepressants seemed to get results, but so did placebos. In 38 studies conducted with over 3,000 depressed patients, placebos improved symptoms 75 percent as much as legitimate medications.


“We wondered, what’s going on?” said Kirsch in a 2010 interview with Newsweek. The medical community, skeptical of his analysis, asked him to instigate a more comprehensive study with the results of all clinical trials conducted by antidepressant manufacturers, including those unpublished – 47 studies in total.


Over half of the studies showed no significant difference in the depression-alleviating effects of a medicated versus non-medicated pill. With this more thorough analysis, which now included strategically unpublished studies from pharmaceutical companies, placebos were shown to improve symptoms 82 percent as much as the real pill.


According to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International: “However, if experts and antidepressant manufacturers are aware of this, the general public certainly isn’t … Millions of people every year feel better, simply because they believe they’ll feel better.”


Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment Options For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment

Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment

Do you feel numbness and tingling in your hand? This could be one of the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located on the palm side of your wrist. This tunnel protects a main nerve to your hand and nine tendons that bend your fingers. Pressure placed on the nerve produces the numbness, pain, and eventually hand weakness that characterize carpal tunnel syndrome.
Some of the most common symptoms seen with CTS are: tingling or numbness in your hand, pain radiating up your arm or down into your fingers, weakness in your hands, and a tendency to drop objects. If you have been experiencing the symptoms of carpal tunnel and you do repetitive tasks with your hands, occupations such as computer operators, typists, packers, or assembly line workers, you should seek medical attention as early as possible so that the condition can be corrected quickly.
Your chiropractor has several techniques that can treat the many causes of numbness and tingling in your hands.  Such treatment could include physiotherapy, flexibility exercises and adjustments. Physiotherapy treatment is usually based towards restoring strength and flexibility and improving blood flow. Adjustments are helpful if the misalignment of bones are causing nerve pressure.
Some of the recommended things you can do to reduce the numbness in your hands include: take a 15 second break every 5 minutes when you are doing repetitive task, take medication to help relieve the swelling, and use the Powerball Gyroscope, a rehabilitation device that takes your wrist through the actual ranges of its motion while simultaneously adding resistance. Massaging and stretching the forearm flexor muscles will also help reduce the painful joints.
Symptoms of numbness in your fingers can be early signal of developing the CTS. If you continue to experience pain, numbness and tingling to the hand, despite wearing a wrist brace at night, stretching the forearm muscles and modified your computer station, perhaps it is time to consult with a chiropractor who specializes in soft tissue treatment such as Active Release Technique. It is a good idea to find a more natural, non-invasive treatment option to heal your carpal tunnel syndrome before considering surgery. For relief of your carpal tunnel syndrome in San Diego, CA visit, so that you can get back to living a pain-free, vibrant, healthy lifestyle right away.

New Concepts Emerge In Chiropractic And Massage Therapy

Monday, June 13th, 2011

A new concept may change chiropractic care and massage forever. The many benefits of chiropractic and massage are well known, but the cost of treatment has deterred many from getting the great results. The Back Stop in San Diego offers a new approach to chiropractic care in San Diego. It allows almost everyone to get regular chiropractic treatment by well known licensed chiropractors at affordable prices. And it’s conveniently located at Happy Hands Foot Reflexology and Massage which offers a great combination of massage and chiropractic at a fraction of the cost of elsewhere. Chiropractic care and massage offer a great alternative approach to healthcare and the treatment of back and neck pain.
The Back Stop is the ideal chiropractic place for healthy individuals seeking regular chiropractic care by licensed chiropractors to feel great. As one back pain sufferer says “I love this new concept. I love going to the chiropractor but I hate taking x-rays and long exams. I just want to get adjusted and with this concept I can do just that. I can’t wait.” When visiting The Back Stop in Hillcrest for chiropractic services, the chiropractors perform a history and an examination focused on the problem areas. Their website is If there are no contraindications to chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulation is necessary, then at that time patients may choose to receive their first chiropractic adjustment. If a more detailed exam or any necessary x-rays are required, then they will be referred to another chiropractic office such as New Century Spine Centers in San Diego.
Many enjoy the many benefits of massage such as reduced stress, relaxation, relief from headaches, reduced back and neck pain. The different types of massage that they offer are Chinese foot reflexology, Swedish full body massage, Thai massage, Vietnamese head massage and four hands massage. They offer the best of both Eastern Massage and Western massage in a relaxing fun atmosphere. Massage should be an integral part of everyone’s lifestyle, but both time and cost often hinder the experience for many. At Happy Head foot reflexology and massage, people can get an affordable 1 hour foot reflexology massage with no appointment necessary starting at $29. This is not an introductory offer. This is a great massage at a great price. This allows clients to come in on a regular basis to enjoy the benefits of massage whenever they want. There are no long term contracts to sign, and they can come as much or as little as they like. This is a massage experience like no other. The Back Stop is located at Happy Hands foot reflexology and massage in the hillcrest area of San Diego. This allows The Back Stop to refer patients to receive a great massage at an affordable price. The Happy Head offers a great massage without the spa price. Happy Head Foot Reflexology and Massage gives everyone a unique massage experience time and time again.  Their website is They do not believe in locking clients into long-term memberships. They do not believe in charging clients every single month whether they receive a massage or not. They do not believe in making clients sign a contract in order to receive lower rates. They believe in a great price, every time, all the time. There are no hassles and no gimmicks. They believe that clients will enjoy their experience so much that they will come back again and again because they want to, not because they have to. Massage in San Diego and across the United States may change forever with this new massage concept. Many massage and chiropractic clinics have many restrictions that cause the prices to increase. At Happy Hands Foot Reflexology and Massage in Hillcrest, they believe in giving their clients the freedom to choose their service.
The Back Stop provides everyone with fast, affordable access to chiropractic adjustments with no unnecessary x-rays, no membership fees, and no gimmicks. Affordable chiropractic care means that they don’t have to live with pain. Regular chiropractic care, along with good nutrition, stress management, massage therapy, and sufficient exercise can help individuals become and remain healthy.
Chiropractic and massage are not just a luxury anymore that just a few elite can afford. The Back Stop and The Happy Head Massage are making it more accessible than ever. At The Back Stop chiropractic office in San Diego, they believe that chiropractic care should be made available and affordable to everyone. A regular chiropractic adjustment at The Back Stop is only $29. When any massage service is purchased at the Happy Head Massage, the price of the chiropractic adjustment is reduced even lower to only $19. There are no other charges for exams and no hidden fees. They do not accept insurance in an effort to keep their prices affordable for everyone.
Chiropractic and massage are great for individuals suffering from back pain, neck pain, numbness, injuries, sciatica, and muscle spasms. And best of all, especially in this tough economy, with this new concept it more affordable for everyone.