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Smartphones Helpful in Pain Management  

Smartphone Use in Pain Management 

Laura Allen, B.A., NCLMBT, V.P. of Sales & Marketing at CryoDerm 

According to, a company that tracks data on cell phone usage, there are over 5 billion cell phones in use, with that number expected to top 9 billion by 2020. Smartphones are used for everything from talking and texting to getting directions, social media, tracking calorie intake...seems there's an app for every purpose. Now that even includes apps for helping manage pain. While these apps are a relatively recent development, busy people on the go are taking advantage of them in increasing numbers. The Google Playstore has more than two dozen free pain management apps on offer, ranging from specific apps for back pain, neck pain, knee pain, and migraines, to less specific apps with diet and exercise tips for managing general chronic pain. Some include pain coaching, support groups and updates on pain research, while others are used as diaries to track pain episodes and severity, medication, doctor appointments, exercise and other treatment. Some have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times, and are rated by consumers who have downloaded them on the Playstore. The February 2019 Journal of Healthcare Engineering includes a preliminary study on using smartphones to self-manage chronic low back pain. 
Chiropractors, massage therapists, and other healthcare providers should investigate the available apps, and may recommend them to patients and clients as another facet of the treatment toolbox.  



Author:Laura Allen, B.A., NCLMBT, V.P. of Sales & Marketing at CryoDerm
Source:J Healthc Eng. 2019; 2019: 4632946.
Copyright:Laura Allen 2019

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Pain In The Text Neck  

Spending too much time texting?  Hooked on social media?  Have you shifted from watching movies on a TV to watching them on your shiny new tablet?  With these new habits and activities come new stresses on the body.  "Text Neck" is the not so old term used to refer to pain and irritation to the neck and upper back as one looks down at their electronic device over extended periods of time.  This poor posture with the head in the down position causes irritation and damage to the cervical spine (neck) and upper thoracic spine (upper back).  Muscles and ligaments of the neck and upper back as well as the joints of the spine are all vulnerable, resulting in pain and stiffness.  Even the nerves exiting the spine in the neck and upper back areas can become irritated, resulting in local or radiating pain into the arms.  So what to do you ask?  The first step is raising all devices so they're at eye level and avoid looking down for extended periods of time where your chin is approaching your chest.  Also, limit your time on electronic devices and ensure that while in use, you take frequent breaks every 20-30 minutes.  If you’re at the point where you are noticing pain and stiffness during or after use, there is help.  Your local doctor of chiropractic is a spinal expert and can accurately evaluate and care for a wide variety of spinal and soft tissue conditions, including text neck.  Chiropractors utilize a number of safe and natural treatments focused on restoring motion and balance back to the spine and supporting soft tissues, eliminating the associated pain.  If you believe you might be suffering from text neck or another spinal/soft tissue disorder, call your local chiropractor today for a non-obligation evaluation today!, May 2019. LLC 2019

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Walking Away Back Pain  

European researchers have supporting evidence that moderate physical activity is beneficial for many people with acute low back pain. In a recent study, researchers found back pain sufferers had a reduction in their level of back pain after 10-15 minutes of treadmill walking at a self-selected speed. A word or caution: Those suffering from back pain should always seek the advise of their licensed chiropractor or other health care professional prior to initiating any physical activity when pain is present. Only a licensed health care provider can determine if physical activity is safe and/or appropriate for your particular condition.
Source:European Spine Journal 2003; Vol. 12, No. 2. 2003

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What’s With The “Pop”?  

If you've been to a chiropractor in the past, you may have noticed that your chiropractic procedure was associated with a popping sound. This sound is actually quite normal and is created by the negative pressure within the joint resulting in the release of nitrogen gas. In fact, this is what occurs when cracking your knuckles. With certain chiropractic procedures delivered by licensed doctors of chiropractic, this noise is completely normal. However, there are many times when the popping sound isn't heard. New research performed to evaluate neck pain and the presence of an audible "pop" heard immediately following the chiropractic procedure indicates the lack of an audible "pop" does not necessarily contribute to the reduction of pain or overall effect on the nervous system. In other words, that audible "pop" is not required to get great results!
Source:JMPT. Vol. 34, Issue 1. January 2011. LLC 2011

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