Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP Participates in a Review of Cutting-Edge Chiropractic Research

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Chiropractic has grown to become the second largest healthcare profession, however many people question its validity. Twenty-two health care professionals along with Dr. J G Moellendorf recently gathered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to discuss the most current research regarding Chiropractic.

The most interesting studies considered 4 recent research projects demonstrating increased brain function as a side benefit of Chiropractic care for chronic back and neck pain.

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor, Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP joined with twenty-two other healthcare professionals in Milwaukee to review research into the validity of Chiropractic methods and exercise. Their purpose is to use cutting-edge research in order to improve patient outcomes, while reducing reliance on drugs and surgery and their side-effects.

The most interesting studies considered 4 recent research projects demonstrating increased brain function as a side benefit of Chiropractic care for chronic back and neck pain.

B M Wand and associates found that chronic spinal pain altered brain structure and function by reducing gray matter in the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex, right anterior thalamus, brainstem, somatosensory cortex, and posterior parietal cortex. This leads to significant impairments to memory, language skills, mental flexibility, and cognitive function; along with decreased ability in making proper decisions. They published their findings in Manual Therapy 2011; 16(1) pages 15-20. By properly addressing the spinal dysfunction early on, many of these symptoms can be avoided.

The research group of D A Semonowicz and T H Wideman revealed that the effective treatment of chronic low back pain in humans reverses abnormal brain anatomy and function. Successful treatment of back pain resulted in increased gray matter thickness in the brain in the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the primary motor cortex, and the right anterior insula. These changes resulted in a reduction of pain and physical disability. The ability to do attention-demanding cognitive tasks (deep thinking and problem solving) was also normalized. This study showed that the effective treating of chronic pain can restore normal brain function in humans. This was published in The Journal of Neuroscience 2011; 31(20) pages 7540-7550.

Using SPECT technology, Dr. M A Bakhtadze’s team demonstrated decreased blood flow throughout the brain in patients with chronic neck and upper back pain. Blood flow was decreased 20-35% in patients with moderate pain, while those with severe pain had a 30-45% decrease. They propose that spinal joint dysfunction may result in hyperactivity in the regional sympathetic nervous system. JMPT 2012; 35(2) pages 76-85 published their findings. Correcting the spinal joint dysfunction can normalize the nervous system activity, resulting in normal blood flow in the brain.

The September/October 2012 issue of Scientific American commented on a study published by lead researcher A. Vania Apkarian in the April 25 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. Chronic pain is associated with fuzzy thinking, faulty memory, anxiety, and depression. This suggests that chronic pain is a whole-brain disorder, especially affecting the hippocampal region. The hippocampus is critical for learning, memory, and emotional processing. This becomes impaired when new nerves do not continue to form because of the chronic pain. These symptoms are often seen after whiplash injuries, demonstrating that effective treatment focused on correcting the source of the pain could avoid these additional symptoms.

Many people think of Chiropractors as “back doctors”, whereas they are actually neurological specialists with an orthopedic focus on improving nervous system function to improve health. The nervous system controls, regulates, and coordinates all of the functions in the body. Research has shown that Chiropractors are the leaders in relieving neck and back pain, headaches, sciatica and whiplash. Because of their focus on the nervous system, Chiropractors also achieve excellent results in conditions far removed from back and neck pain such as carpal tunnel, herniated discs, allergies, digestive problems, asthma, colic, fibromyalgia, ear infections, and many other health problems.

Additional information about Chiropractic, Naturopathy, and other forms of natural health care has been provided by Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. at http://www.all-about-wellness.com.

About: Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP

Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP attended the University of Wisconsin—Superior where he majored in Physics and Mathematics, with a minor in art photography. While attending the University of Minnesota—Minneapolis, he assisted in research on ribosomal proteins. Completing his Chiropractic studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, he graduated Cum Laude (with high honors) in 1983. He started Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1983. In 1996, Dr. Moellendorf was awarded his Doctorate in Naturopathy from Trinity School of Natural Health. In 2001, he received Chiropractic’s most prestigious award, the honorary Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers degree, for his thesis “The Workings of Innate Intelligence in Obsessive/Compulsive and Addictive Behaviors.” This paper was chosen for publishing in the book Philosophic Contemplations vol. 2 in 2002. In June of 2012, Dr. Moellendorf authored his first book titled Healthcare’s Best Kept Secret which can be ordered on Amazon. Dr. Moellendorf can be contacted by phone (920) 493-2126, fax (920) 743-1145, email jgmoellendorf@itol.com, his website at http://www.all-about-wellness.com, or send a carrier pigeon to 44.84722N and 87.36416W.

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