With low back pain affecting 8 in 10 adults, Finnish researchers recently set out to examine existing research and determine if smoking really was associated with an increase in low back pain. The researchers reviewed more than 80 studies from around the world conducted between 1966 and 2009. While they were unable to clearly say that smoking leads to low back pain, they did find that smokers are at a 31 percent increased risk for low back pain as compared with nonsmokers. The strongest association with smoking was with those suffering from chronic and disabling low back pain. Additionally, researchers found that adolescent smokers were more vulnerable to the effects of smoking than were adults. If you’re a smoker, both we and your back urge you to quit now!
New research suggests chiropractic care may provide benefits to a number of those suffering from dizziness and balance related problems in addition to neck pain. Dizziness and balance problems can often originate in the cervical (neck) region. Through specific, safe and skillfully applied chiropractic adjustments, treating the cervical region may clear up reported dizziness and balance problems. In the study, researchers found “clinically meaningful change” in subjects who initially reported suffering from dizziness, neck pain and balance problems, and, who subsequently received 8 weeks of chiropractic care. Researchers concluded, “Most patients demonstrated improved balance, and some showed reduced dizziness and neck pain.” If you are suffering from neck/back pain, and/or dizziness and balance problems, consider trying safe, natural and effective chiropractic care today!