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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ear Infections in Children

FROM: Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics 1997 (Oct); 2 (2): 167–183Joan M. Fallon, D.C., F.I.C.C.P. Objective: To conduct a pilot study of chiropractic adjustive care on children otitis media using tympanography as an objectifying measure, and to propose possible mechanisms whereby subluxation is implicated in the pathophysiology of otitis media. Design: Case Series Setting: Subjects presented in a private clinical practice in New Rochelle, New York. The subjects were referred by various sources including pediatricians, other MSs, chiropractors and parents. Participants: 332 children who presented consecutively with previously diagnosed otitis media, aged 27 days to 5 years Main outcome measures: A survey of the parent/guardian was used to determine historical data with respect to previous otitis media bouts, age of onset of initial otitis media, feeding history, history of antimicrobial therapy, referral patterns, and birth history. Otoscopic and tympanographic data was collected as well as data concerning the number of adjustments administered to produce resolution of the otitis media. Data with respect to recurrence rates over six months was also collected. Results: The average number of adjustments administered by types of otitis media were as follows: acute otitis media (n=127) 4.0+/- 1.03, chronic/serous otitis media (n=104) 5.0 +/- 1.53, for the mixed type of bilateral otitis media (n=10) 5.3 +/- 1.35 and where no otitis was initially detected on otoscopic and tympanographic exam (but with history of multiple bouts) (n=74) 5.88 +/- 1.87. The number of days it took to normalize the otoscopic examination was for acute 6.67 +/- 1.9 chronic/serous 8.57 +/- 1.96 and mixed 8.3 +/- 1.00. The number of days it took to normalize the tympanographic examination: acute 8.35 +/- 2.88, chronic/serous 10.18 +/- 3.39, and mixed 10.9 +/- 2.02. The overall recurrence rate over a six month period from initial presentation in the office was for acute 11.02%, chronic/serous 16.34%, for mixed 30% and for none present 17.56%. Conclusion: To our knowledge this is the first time that tympanography has been used as an objectifying tool with respect to the efficacy of the chiropractic adjustment in the treatment of children with otitis media. As tympanography has been used extensively in the medical assessment of children with otitis media, it also serves as a bridge from which the chiropractic field and the medical field can begin to communicate with respect to otitis media. The results indicate that there is a strong correlation between the chiropractic adjustment and the resolution of otitis media for the children in this study. This pilot study can now serve as a starting point from which the chiropractic profession can begin to examine its role in the treatment of children with otitis media. Large scale clinical trials need to be undertaken in the field using tympanography as an objectifying measure. In addition, the role of the occipital adjustment needs to be examined. This study begins the process of examining the role of the vertebral cranial subluxation complex in the pathogenesis of otitis media, and the efficacy of the chiropractic adjustment in its resolution.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Try walking

If you don’t exercise – or hate the gym – just go for a walk. Aerobic or cardiovascular exercise lowers risk of stroke and heart disease, helps lower weight, and keeps bones strong. If you're just starting, try a 10-minute walk and slowly build from there. webMD.com

Monday, October 5, 2009

Case Study reveals visual evidence of the positive hydrating effect that DRX9000™ Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression treatment has on the inter-vertebr

Tampa, FL, FEBRUARY 20, 2008: The DRX9000 aims to relieve pain by enlarging intra-discal spaces, reducing herniation, and decreasing intra-discal pressure during treatment. A case report underwritten with a grant from Axiom Worldwide is now featured in issue 2 of US Musculoskeletal Review 2007. The case study titled, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings after Treatment with a Non-surgical Spinal Decompression System (DRX9000™)-Case Report reveals the pre- and post-MRI findings of a 33-year old male with a six year history of low back pain. Prior to treatment with the DRX9000 an MRI of the lumbar spine revealed moderate degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine with loss of disc signal at most levels, as well as disc bulges at L3/L4, L4/L5, and L5/S1. The patient also reported an overall pain level of 6 on a 0-10 scale. The patient underwent DRX9000 treatment over a six-week period. At his final DRX9000 treatment, the patient reported a pain level of 0. Follow-up MRI showed an increase in intra-discal signal on T2-weighted sagittal images at L2/L3, L3/L4, L4/L5, and L5/S1, reflecting an improvement in disc morphology. The authors conclude, “Our case report demonstrates the positive hydrating effect that the DRX9000 treatment has on the inter-vertebral disc.”

Axiom Worldwide manufactures and distributes its flagship products, the DRX9000 True Non-surgical Spinal Decompression System™, DRX9000C™, and DRX9500™ in medical markets around the globe. Axiom also manufactures a digital electroceutical device, the EPS8000™, for use in relieving pain and for use in muscular rehabilitation. Axiom prides itself on providing safe, non-surgical alternatives that patients should consider prior to undergoing surgery. For additional information or to receive a copy of the Case Report featured in Issue 2 of US Musculoskeletal Review 2007