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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Why should I care about Post-Concussion Syndrome?

Historically the prevailing wisdom has been that concussion injuries from blows to the head were self limited conditions. This meant that with a little rest, the concussion would heal itself in a few weeks.  Concussion symptoms, if they persisted were called post-concussion syndrome. This condition, it was felt, would rarely last more than six months. Boy were we wrong with our thinking of concussion and its long term effects. Research in the past decade has lead us to redefine concussion as traumatic brain injury. Brain trauma can occur from automobile accidents, sports injuries, even playground falls, and can produce serious life long problems for patients. Some of the persistent symptoms of traumatic brain injury include recurrent headaches, dizziness and unsteadiness, brain fog, fatigue and even cognitive impairment. What research has shown is that the initial head trauma affects one part of the brain, but also can trigger brain inflammation that spreads throughout the brain.  If this spreading inflammation is not stopped or if additional concussions occur while the brain is in a state of inflammation it can actually lead to a specific type of premature dementia, called traumatic encephalopathy. So you can see brain injury is complex and requires comprehensive treatment.  There are a number of natural substances that have been shown to quell brain inflammation, specific exercises can often help to restore impaired brain function secondary to brain trauma, massage of the neck often reduces headache and balance training can be very effective in reducing light headiness and dizziness.        

~ George W. Kukurin DC DACAN

Friday, July 12, 2013

Neuromodulation: What is it? How can it help you?

The nervous system includes your brain, spinal-cord as well as the wire-like peripheral nerve fibres. To get normal physiological performance, information about the status of just about every body part is transmitted through the peripheral nerve fibres through the spinal-cord to the brain for assessment and processing. Once analysed the brain transmits impulses back down within the spinal-cord out through the peripheral nerve fibres and makes corrections to various cells within the body. This allows the human body to adjust to evolving requirements and make essential modifications to guarantee optimum performance and wellness. Any kind of disruption over the length of this particular loop from the periphery to the brain and back again, may result in ill-health, discomfort as well as additional signs and symptoms. You can consider your brain, spinal-cord along with nerve fibres as being a extremely elaborate transmission network. How complex? Well think about this; if you could possibly position every one of the neural fibers spanning our bodies end-to-end, you would physically get miles of neural fibers. These lengths of fibers all behave as cabling transporting and managing details originating from and travelling to differing parts of the human body. It really is this amazing cordination info moving around by means of the neural cells which enable individuals to perform incredible feats performing ballet and playing martial arts.

On the other hand, due to its complex nature, injury, disease or injury to the nerves leads to acute impairment quite possibly effecting basic daily activities. The communicating sophistication in the central nerovosu system at the same time can make neural linked ailments quite challenging to successfully handle. Generally there are  only a few medicines that may deliver respite from nerve-type problems and even a lot fewer which can genuinely fix damage within ailing neural cells. Moreover, nearly all medicines utilized to handle nerves conditions also include distressing side-effects. Taken together, these details of treatment of nerve-related ailments result in most people upset and discontented.

On the other hand, scientific studies from the area of neuroscience is beginning to provide hope to affected individuals with different kinds of nervous system conditions. Although it holds true that few, if any, drug treatments may fix the nerves, scientists have found that very selected kinds of physical exercise directed specifically at the "weak link" within the neural communications system may and do mend and treat depleted nerve fibre functionality.

Let me tell you about probably the most encouraging breakthrough discoveries with regards to remodeling of the nerves. It is a advancement which researchers refer to as neuro-plasticity. Now neuroplasticity is a peculiar term without a doubt, but neuroplasticity simply means that the nerves, compared with copper wires and cables seen in an electrical communications system, is moldable and changeable. This means that the compromised areas with the nerves may very well be molded and reshaped and reworked while having prospects for restoration.

The fact is within quite possibly the most perplexing nervous systems problems like traumatic brain damage, cerebrovascular accident as well as spinal-cord damage, can with focused and ideal stimulation be remodeled and reworked and to a certain degree mended!

The discovery of this attribute, neuroplasticity, inside the nerve fibres has provided more optimism for more individuals troubled with neurological ailments than almost every other breakthrough in the field of neuroscience.

During the last few years neuroscientists have examined methods to utilize plasticity associated with the nerves to formulate more beneficial solutions for various neurological disorders.
Probably the most heartening breakthroughs have come in the field of persistent pain therapy. Lately a completely original arena of therapy designed for nerve associated pain has blossomed.
It is termed Neuromodulation.

Neuromodulation is the technology of taking command over damaged or lost function inside the nerves by electric as well as other types of activation. It is a fact that the fundamental principles of electrical activation of the nerves have been around for a quite a while. The thing that makes Neuromodulation equally innovative and appealing is the fact that researchers have found approaches to apply electric activation which can switch off over-active nerve fibres, wake up sluggish nerves and most significantly (with time) to remodel the nerves for the purpose of neural restoration and rehab.

Neuromodulation, on the basis of the recently identified qualities of neuroplasticity, when coupled with electric activation and physical exercise oftentimes can certainly make durable restorative adjustments inside the central nerovosu system. The investigation and implementation of Neuromodulation is definitely an growing area within the neurosciences.

A typical example of applied Neuromodulation is the heart pacemaker. Everyone knows somebody who has a pacemaker. Well the heart pacemaker is actually a primitive example of Neuromodulation. It utilizes an electrical signal to restore the missing function of the systems inside the heart which is critical for governing the tempo and beat of heart contraction.

Different versions of this fundamental principle are in varying phases of development for possible treatment of long-term pain, seizures, migraine headaches, major depression, and many other ailments. The list of disorders which appear to be candidates to be treated with modulation of the nerves by means of artificial activation keeps growing quickly. Frequently methods of Neuromodulation are proving to be effective with even the trickiest conditions. Even after other therapy including surgical treatment has been unsuccessful.

So maybe you are questioning, "Is there a down side?"

The answer to that particular query is a good news-bad news-good news scenario.
The good news, really great news, is that methods of Neuromodulation are providing legitimate optimism for individuals troubled with different kinds of difficult-to-treat nerve ailments. The bad news is the fact that most current procedures of Neuromodulation (similar to a heart pacemaker) need to have an operation and implantation of the electric stimulator inside the body. Because of this they are invasive and have each of the hazards related to medical procedures. Additionally, it implies that any kind of malfunction of the equipment will involve further surgery to fix or upgrade malfunctioning equipment.

Nevertheless, the next wave of good news about Neuromodulation is recently available investigations that indicates non-invasive (non-surgical) exterior Neuromodulation might be feasible and successful.
At this time non-surgical Neuromodulation of the human brain could be achievable utilizing transcranial activation. This is possible utilizing a specialized form of gentle electric current applied by way of electrodes positioned on the head. The strategy is referred to as transcranial direct current activation or tDC for short. Existing research seems to indicate that this specific tDC therapy may strengthen brain performance within all those sections of the brain which have diminished function or may, dependant upon the set up, be used to calm down elements of the brain that are overactive.
There exists growing basic research coming from around the world which would suggest this straight-forward non-invasive procedure for Neuromodulation can be beneficial for the treatment of various types of nerve fibres malfunction. A variation of this technique is currently being utilized on the spinal cord for treatment of lingering pain syndromes. This method of Neuromodulation is termed Transcutaneous Vertebral Direct Current stimulation or ts-DC for short.

Research seems to indicate that ts-DC may turn-off those areas of the spinal-cord which are in control of transporting pain impulses through the human body to the brain. With no need for surgical procedures or other invasive processes. This is a very fantastic advancement for individuals in persistent discomfort.

The utilization of electric activation to regulate the nerves for the purpose of reestablishing damaged or lost functionality inside the body is starting to become prevalent. The information resulting from surgical treatments of Neuromodulation is pushing the creation of approaches to use the nervous system to fix and re-establish diminished functionality with no need for surgical procedures.
The field of Neuromodulation will, as our understanding of the nerves increases, provide more beneficial and less intrusive strategies to reestablish and repair malfunction inside the nervous system. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Spinal Stenosis & Chiropractic: Stenosis is a problem for many Goodyear Residents

Spinal Stenosis is a common back condition in the Goodyear Arizona population. Goodyear chiropractor George w Kukurin shares research in the diagnosis of spinal stenosis and offers to help Goodyear residents help with spinal stenosis.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Goodyear Chiropractors share information on chiropractic

Whats new in chiropractic in Goodyear Arizona?

I have posted the latest research on chiropractic from the National Library of Medicine. You can keep up-to-date on advances offered by Goodyear Chiropractic Clinics right here. Check back often!

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