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Migraines Helped by Chiropractic

Mid-Wilshire, LA natural migraine treatment by Dr. Joseph HakimiWith the Migraine Research Foundation reporting that migraine headaches affect 38 million adults and children in the United States (more than diabetes and asthma put together), it's not surprising that Dr. Joseph Hakimi treats a lot of headache sufferers in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office. Although some people choose to relieve migraine pain with drugs, chiropractic care is a fantastic, all-natural approach that usually produces positive results.

Research Shows Chiropractic Care Helps With Migraines

For example, one report published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics involved 127 patients ranging in age from 10 to 70-years-old who suffered with regular (at least monthly) migraines. Each subject received up to 16 chiropractic sessions. The subjects noted that their headache frequency, duration, and disability two months before the treatments began, during the duration of the sessions (which was two months), and two months post-treatment.

What the authors discovered is that chiropractic adjustments reduced the frequency, duration, and disability of the migraine pain when compared with the control subjects who didn't receive chiropractic. Even better, this allowed them to take less medication for the pain, offering them an all-natural answer for a chronic problem.

Another paper found that a combination of chiropractic and neck massage reduced migraine pain almost 68%.

If you have migraine headaches and are looking for relief, call Dr. Joseph Hakimi today and request an appointment in our Mid-Wilshire, LA chiropractic office. We'll do what we can to help you become pain-free!

Information

Migraine Fact Sheet. Migraine Research Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html on November 2, 2015
Noudeh Y et al. (2012). Reduction of current migraine headache pain following neck massage and spinal manipulation. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork;5(1):5-13
Tuchin P et al. (2000, February). A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;23(2):91-5

 

Mid-Wilshire, LA Chiropractic Beats Massage for Cervicogenic Headaches

We see a large number of folks with headaches in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office, and Dr. Joseph Hakimi has been able to support many of them. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that half of all adults have difficulties with some kind of headache problems, so this certainly isn’t surprising. One of the most prevalent types of headaches that our patients are afflicted with is cervicogenic headache which, fortunately, chiropractic can generally help.

Cervicogenic Headaches Explained

A cervicogenic headache is one that stems from issues in the cervical spine. It can be attributable to a condition with either the spine itself (primarily, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it can be attributable to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine creates constriction or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can bring about headache pain.

How can you know if the headache you are suffering from is a cervicogenic headache? Apart from receiving a diagnosis from a healthcare specialist, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is occasionally accompanied by pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

How Chiropractic Helps

Considering cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever problem is generating them is remedied, it is vital to get treatment instead of just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that can provide a considerable amount of pain relief.

In one study printed in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists followed 80 people who had frequent cervicogenic headaches. Half of them were given chiropractic care and the other fifty percent engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was found that chiropractic provided the optimum outcomes.

Specifically, this study uncovered that chiropractic adjustments provided patients more significant pain relief and decreased the frequency of headaches that occurred. What's more, it also minimized the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Joseph Hakimi can do for you and your headaches, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!

References

  • Haas M, Schneider M, Vavrek D. Illustrating risk difference and number needed to treat from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18(9).
  • World Health Organization. (2012, October). Headache disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/
 

Chiropractic Care Helps Relieve Herniated Disc Pain

Mid-Wilshire, LA chiropractic disc herniation treatmentUnfortunately, quite a few of our Mid-Wilshire, LA patients are familiar with the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. Fortunately, Dr. Joseph Hakimi has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of scientific studies have verified that chiropractic can help people recover from this kind of condition.

Research on Chiropractic for Disc Herniations

In one study, specialists from Switzerland recruited 148 patients who were suffering with pain in their low back and legs due to a herniated disc (which was confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI). Each individual then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the location of his or her disc problem.

Data was obtained after the preliminary treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to establish what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic offers when it comes to treating this particular problem. Among the information collected was the person's self-reported changes in both back and leg pain.

Investigators found that, overall, the study participants reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the study participants stated that their pain "improved" within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.

Even those people who were defined as "chronic" still claimed an improvement in pain at a rate of 89 percent one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive effect that was found in the following case study.

Case Study Results

In this report, a 26-year-old man had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the low back, left leg, and left groin area, along with left foot drop and muscle weakness. He had suffered with these symptoms for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his herniated disc was confirmed via MRI.

After receiving chiropractic, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." In addition, the patient was still enjoying relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.

Studies like these show how helpful chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and relieving the symptoms they produce. So, if you are suffering from back pain caused by a herniated disc and wish to find some relief, chiropractic might be an effective solution.

Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Mid-Wilshire, LA office a call today at (213) 984-4575 for a consultation or appointment.

References

  • Leemann S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, Anklin B, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3):155-163.
  • Polkinghorn BS, Colloca CJ. Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation using activator methods chiropractic technique. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1998;21(3):187-196.
 

Mid-Wilshire, LA Back Pain Treatment

Mid-Wilshire, LA back pain treatment by Dr. Joseph HakimiMost of us suffer from lower back pain at some point in our lives. Experts estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Dr. Joseph Hakimi and our talented staff see many back pain cases in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office, and we've found that chiropractic care is a highly effective way to not only help you recover from back pain, it's also an excellent way to prevent future episodes.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent article from the University of Utah confirms what our Mid-Wilshire, LA patients have experienced: your Mid-Wilshire, LA chiropractor is the best first option for an episode of back pain.

In this study, 747 participants were treated for low back pain. Each patient was assessed based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, or a physiotherapist.

What the authors discovered is that the individuals who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgical procedures.

Other studies have found the same results. A 2012 study reported that chiropractic patients had the best functional recovery and pain relief for chronic back pain.

Chiropractic works by restoring the natural, pain-free function of your spine. Dr. Joseph Hakimi and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

Dr. Joseph Hakimi Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Back Pain

If you live near our Mid-Wilshire, LA office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (213) 984-4575 for an appointment.

Reference

Fritz JM, Kim J, Dorius J. Importance of the type of provider seen to begin health care for a new episode of low back pain: associations with future utilization and costs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015(Sep 29).

Cecchi F, et al. Predictors of functional outcome in patients with chronic low back pain undergoing back school, individual physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48:371-8.

 

Chiropractic Can Alleviate Need for Back Surgery

Mid-Wilshire, LA Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryThe latest figures show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries each year in the US. Although in some cases it's necessary to have back surgery, the fact is that if you can prevent this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Dr. Joseph Hakimi is here to make sure that patients in Mid-Wilshire, LA have a healthy, non-surgical option for back problems. We've helped many patients recover from back pain without the need for surgery.

There are many reasons to avoid unnecessary medical procedures: Surgeries often result in a longer recovery time and additional complications, neither of which is a desirable scenario. Luckily, as one medical study has found, chiropractic care may actually keep you off the surgeon's table altogether.

Research Shows Chiropractic Treatment Helps Avoid Back Surgery

In this study, 1,885 workers with back injuries were examined over a three year period. When the workers first sought treatment with a surgeon, over 42 percent ended up having surgery for their pain. For patients who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings indicate that chiropractic care can help you heal from back pain without surgery.

If you live in the Mid-Wilshire, LA area, Dr. Joseph Hakimi can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (213) 984-4575 for more information or an appointment.

Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.

 

Low Back Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

We help a good number of people with back pain in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office, and Dr. Joseph Hakimi finds that quite a few cases of back pain start in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation shows that roughly 25% of all back pain originates in the SI joint, and now new research confirms what we have noticed in our office: chiropractic is an effective way to treat this pain.

Research Proves Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study released in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 32 women with sacroiliac joint dysfunction were split into two groups and asked to participate in one of two treatment methods. The first group was given a chiropractic adjustment only at the sacroiliac joint, and the other group got an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Researchers noticed significantly more improvements in both pain and movement immediately after treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days later for the individuals who had been given high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This asserts that chiropractic therapy administered in these two areas offers both prompt and long term results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even with only a single treatment session.

So, if you are having trouble with sacroiliac joint pain, or cope with back and leg pain and want to see whether your sacroiliac joint is the source, a visit to our Mid-Wilshire, LA office could be the first—and best—step towards feeling better. Give our office a call today at (213) 984-4575.

Kamali F, Shokri E. The effect of two manipulative therapy techniques and their outcome in patients with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2012;16(1):29-35.

 

AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Surgery

Although some people are still hesitant about chiropractic, even the American Medical Association (AMA) recommends that adjustments should be tried prior to surgical treatment--the one option that should be a last resort.

Dr. Joseph Hakimi has seen many back pain patients in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office who have been in pain for years and who are afraid that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Joseph Hakimi has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky back surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Risky Surgery

Recently, in a study conducted on almost 2,000 Washington State employees who suffered from a back injury while on the job, more than 42% who saw a surgeon first following their injury found themselves having back surgery within three years. That compares to just 1.5% of the people who first sought treatment with chiropractic, showing that this non-invasive approach is extremely effective at keeping you out of the operating room.

Dr. Joseph Hakimi Can Help Clients Find Relief From Back Pain Without Surgery

There are alternatives to risky medical procedures. Chiropractic is a proven effective and safe way to improve the function of your spine, which is the root cause of back pain. Dr. Joseph Hakimi has helped many patients in Mid-Wilshire, LA recover. Give our office a call today at (213) 984-4575 for an appointment.

Reference

Goodman DM, Burke AE, Livingston. Low Back Pain. The Journal of the American Medical Association 2013;309(16);1738.

Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.

 

Mid-Wilshire, LA Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Mid-Wilshire, LA headache care by Dr. Joseph HakimiWe know how difficult chronic headache pain can be. Dr. Joseph Hakimi and our staff have worked with many men and women in our Mid-Wilshire, LA chiropractic office, and we've had great success in helping folks eliminate their headache pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research paper verifies what we see in our practice. In this report, the authors started with 110 individuals who were suffering with headache pain that originated in the cervical spine. 58 of these patients were given a series of neck adjustments; 52 were given some stretches and exercises. The treatment period for both groups was four weeks.

The report found that the individuals who received cervical and thoracic spinal adjustments "experienced significantly greater reductions in headache intensity, disability, headache frequency, headache duration, and medication intake as compared to the group that received mobilization and exercise."

The investigation also found that these outcomes were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat chronic headache pain, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. Joseph Hakimi a call today at our Mid-Wilshire, LA office at (213) 984-4575. We're here to help get you out of pain.

Citation

Dunning JR, Butts R, Mourad F, Young I, et al. Upper cervical and upper thoracic manipulation versus mobilization and exercise in patients with cervicogenic headache: a multi-center randomized clinical trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016;17(1):64.

 

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

In our Mid-Wilshire, LA practice, Dr. Joseph Hakimi has helped countless patients heal from back pain. If you suffer from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to decrease the discomfort. You should recognize that studies have shown that chiropractic is usually a better approach than drugs when it comes to alleviating this common type of problem.

In a 2013 report published in the medical journal Spine experts included 101 people who had suffered back pain for at least 48 hours. Each individual was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.

Both of the groups that received some form of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control subjects who had no real therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the subjects who received chiropractic had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Natural Healing with Chiropractic Care

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps enhance healing without unwanted side effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's purpose designed to resolve the source of the problem, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office with Dr. Joseph Hakimi today at (213) 984-4575. We'll help improve your back problems in a healthy way!

References

von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blind randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine 2013;38(7):540-548.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Mid-Wilshire, LA Headache Treatment by Dr. Joseph HakimiMany people experience headache pain, and tension headaches are a frequent problem in our busy lives. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headache, and ones that Dr. Joseph Hakimi and the team here in our Mid-Wilshire, LA chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Supports Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature verifies our results: A 2016 study from Spain managed a group of 76 patients with chronic tension headaches. The participants were divided into four treatment groups: 19 patients were treated with suboccipital inhibition (the doctor presses on the tight tissues at the top of the spine); 19 with chiropractic adjustments; 19 with both adjustments and suboccipital inhibition; and 19 received no treatment.

The authors discovered that the spinal adjustments were beneficial at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when spinal adjustments were mixed with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get stressed out, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, resulting in pain. Chiropractic works by eliminating these stresses and restoring the normal nerve function to the area.

We're Here to Help Clients Find Help From Tension Headaches

If you live in Mid-Wilshire, LA and are dealing with any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Joseph Hakimi today at (213) 984-4575 for an appointment or more information.

Citation

Espi-Lopez GV, Rodriguez-Blanco C, Oliva-Pascual-Vaca A, et al. Do manual therapy techniques have a positive effect on quality of life in people with tension-type headache? A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine 2016; February 29.