Posts by Dr. Mark Holland

Low Back Pain and the SI Joint

We see a large number of patients with back pain in our North County St. Louis, MO office, and Dr. Mark Holland has noticed that quite a few cases of back pain originate in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Research has demonstrated that around twenty-five percent of all back pain begins in the SI joint, and now new research corroborates what we see in our clinic: chiropractic is an effective approach to treating this problem.

Research Supports Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 32 women with sacroiliac joint syndrome were separated into two groups and asked to engage in one of two treatment therapies. one group went through a chiropractic adjustment only at the sacroiliac joint, and the other group had an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Specialists noticed significantly more improvements in both pain and movement immediately following treatment, two days later, and 30 days after for the individuals who underwent high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This suggests that chiropractic therapy administered in these two areas offers both short term and long term benefits for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers even with just one treatment round.

Therefore, if you are having trouble with sacroiliac joint pain, or have back and leg pain and are ready to see whether your sacroiliac joint is the source, a consultation at our North County St. Louis, MO office could be the first and best step towards feeling better. Give our office a call today at (314) 867-8888.

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.

 

North County St. Louis, MO Neck Pain and Auto Injury

We treat many car accident cases in our North County St. Louis, MO office, and a common symptom our patients report is neck pain. If you suffer from neck pain after a car accident, don't worry. Dr. Mark Holland sees this type of problem very often in our North County St. Louis, MO office. Neck pain is a common symptom after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Mark Holland sees often in our North County St. Louis, MO office. What causes neck pain after an auto collision? How can chiropractic help? Why is neck pain such a common problem after an auto injury? How can your chiropractor help you heal? Let's see why neck pain is frequently experienced after a car crash and see how your chiropractor can help you get better. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after a car crash and see how chiropractic care can help. The key to recovering from neck pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help. Your chiropractor can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat neck pain. Let's look at how neck pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Mark Holland can help you.

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common problem experienced after an auto injury. Even in a car crash, your head is rapidly thrown back and forth, so it's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom from this type of injury. The neck is subjected to very high forces during an auto collision, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity wreck, your head is exposed to very rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your spinal column are held together with strong bands of tissue called ligaments, and these ligaments provide stability for your neck. These ligaments can be sprained during a collision, just as the ligaments in your ankle can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.

When you experience a sprained ligament, the injured tissues become inflamed and painful, and that's what happens after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps reduce scar tissue.

Dr. Mark Holland Can Help People Find Comfort From Neck Pain & Help You Recover Faster

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Mark Holland is conveniently located in North County St. Louis, MO to help you heal, whether you've been in a car crash or not. If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with neck pain, Dr. Mark Holland is here to help. Dr. Mark Holland has been helping patients in North County St. Louis, MO since 2000, so we know what you're suffering from. We're here to help you, too. Let us help you recover from neck pain. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Next, we'll do a careful assessment to determine the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Dr. Mark Holland will determine what's causing your pain and then will work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (314) 867-8888 to make an appointment.

 

How to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

Although some people are still uncertain 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. Mark Holland has seen many back pain patients in our North County St. Louis, MO office who have been hurting for years and who are worried that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Mark Holland has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky back surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Risky Surgery

Recently, in one study carried out on about 2,000 Washington State workers who suffered from a back injury while at work, 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 care, proving that this non-invasive approach is extremely effective at keeping you off the operating table.

Dr. Mark Holland 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. Mark Holland has helped many patients in North County St. Louis, MO recover. Give our office a call today at (314) 867-8888 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.

 

Headache and Car Accidents

Headache is a common condition after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Mark Holland sees often in our North County St. Louis, MO office. Let's look at why headache is frequently experienced after an auto injury and see how your chiropractor can help you get better.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by an auto injury, though, usually starts as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be torn, which results in swelling and discomfort. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another common cause of headache after a collision that we see in our North County St. Louis, MO office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get therapy for this type of problem to avoid the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those brought about by car crashes. Your chiropractic doctor will help reduce the inflammation and tension in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

Dr. Mark Holland is here in North County St. Louis, MO to help you recover from headache. We've been helping patients since 2000 and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Mark Holland will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (314) 867-8888 to make an appointment.

 

North County St. Louis, MO Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

North County St. Louis, MO headache care by Dr. Mark HollandWe know how difficult chronic headache pain can be. Dr. Mark Holland and our staff have worked with many patients in our North County St. Louis, MO chiropractic practice, and we've had great success in helping folks reduce their headache pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research paper verifies what we see in our practice. In this paper, the authors started with 110 people 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 study 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 study 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. Mark Holland a call today at our North County St. Louis, MO office at (314) 867-8888. We're here to help get you relief.

Research

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 More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our North County St. Louis, MO practice, Dr. Mark Holland has helped many people heal from back pain. If you suffer from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to decrease the discomfort. You should know that research shows that chiropractic is often a better choice than drugs when it comes to alleviating this common type of pain.

In a 2013 study published in the medical journal Spine experts included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for at least two days. Each individual was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 individuals, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received fake chiropractic adjustments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 subjects served as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real care whatsoever.

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

Chiropractic: Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without undesirable side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health issues. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's designed to correct the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Call and make an appointment in our North County St. Louis, MO office with Dr. Mark Holland today at (314) 867-8888. We'll help improve your back pain 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.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Auto Injury

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common symptom after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Mark Holland sees often in our North County St. Louis, MO office. Why is thoracic outlet syndrome such a common problem after an auto collision? How can chiropractic care help you get better?

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These nerves and blood vessels don't have a lot of room, so they pass under and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a collision, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If damaged, the muscles become swollen and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which limits movement and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

North County St. Louis, MO Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Mark Holland will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

You don't have to suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Mark Holland is conveniently located in North County St. Louis, MO to help you recover, whether you've been in a car crash or not. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (314) 867-8888 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

North County St. Louis, MO Headache Treatment by Dr. Mark HollandMany people suffer from headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy lives. Postural problems and stress are common causes of tension headaches, and ones that Dr. Mark Holland and the team here in our North County St. Louis, MO chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Shows Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms our findings: A 2016 study from Spain managed a group of 76 men and women with chronic tension headaches. The participants were divided into four treatment groups: 19 patients were treated with suboccipital inhibition (the therapist 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 found that the spinal adjustments were effective at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were coupled with the suboccipital inhibition.

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

We're Here to Help Patients Find Comfort From Tension Headaches

If you live in North County St. Louis, MO and suffer from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Mark Holland today at (314) 867-8888 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.

 

Chiropractic: The Natural Approach to Back Pain

North County St. Louis, MO chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the concept of allowing your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote wellness. For Dr. Mark Holland, this means working hard to reestablish your body's healthy performance to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We find that most of our North County St. Louis, MO patients are relieved to find a natural approach for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of drugs. Prescriptions are oftentimes supplied to people who have back pain. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the benefits when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most well-known narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Statistics provided by the AAN cite the fact that roughly 50% of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still on them five years later. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and recovery, especially if an narcotic addiction occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which involves natural healing and the advantages are evident. While a medication might be useful at briefly suppressing the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a real solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your damaged back; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Mark Holland will first examine you to get to the root of your back pain and then work with you to address the spinal interference -- without any risky drugs.

If you're ready to get out of pain, naturally, give our North County St. Louis, MO office a call at (314) 867-8888 to make an appointment with Dr. Mark Holland.

References

  • Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
  • What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids
 

Back Pain and Car Crashes

If you have back pain after a car crash, don't despair. Dr. Mark Holland sees this type of condition very often in our North County St. Louis, MO office. Let's look at the root cause of back pain after a car accident and see how chiropractic can help.

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your back, the car seat can put inconsistent pressure on your back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential motion can sprain or strain the tissues that hold your spine together. This kind of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're experiencing back pain, Dr. Mark Holland is here to help. Dr. Mark Holland will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (314) 867-8888 to make an appointment.