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Meet our chiropractor, Dr. Trent Burrup

August 8, 2019, 2:20 pm

New to the Institute? Meet our chiropractor, Dr. Trent Burrup, by clicking the video below!

 

Chiropractic and Exercise: Research says it is Better than Drugs

January 21, 2019, 4:16 pm

Chiropractors and Exercise Are Better than Drugs, says Research…whiplash, woman in pain holding neck

If you visit a conventional physician for pain, there’s a very good chance you’ll leave with a prescription for a medication, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs like Ibuprofen), acetaminophen (Tylenol) and even opioids (OxyContin, Vicodin, etc.).  These are the go-to treatment for pain in the modern medical world.

However, there are better options than drugs for neck pain, not only in terms of pain relief, but also in helping to treat the underlying cause of the pain so that healing can truly occur. Wellness doctors such as chiropractors and osteopathic physicians (DOs) have helped millions of patients achieve pain relief without drugs.

Study Shows Exercises and Chiropractic Care Beat Drugs for Neck Pain

According to a study published in 2012 in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, medication is not the best option for treating neck pain.

After following 272 neck-pain patients for 12 weeks, those who used a chiropractor or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication.

Specifically:

  • 32 percent who received chiropractic care became pain free
  • 30 percent of those who exercised became pain free
  • 13 percent of those treated with medication became pain free

Researchers concluded:

“For participants with acute and subacute neck pain, SMT [spinal manipulation therapy] (in other words, a chiropractic adjustment) was more effective than medication in both the short and long term. However, a few instructional sessions of HEA [home exercise with advice] resulted in similar outcomes at most time points.”

In the case of neck pain, and many other kinds of pain, the underlying cause is often related to body mechanics (posture) or misalignments in your spine.  Addressing your posture, exercising, and chiropractic care is very effective at relieving the pain and addressing the underlying cause. If you have chronic pain of any kind, please understand that there are many safe and effective alternatives to prescription and over-the-counter painkillers.  These may require some patience as exercising, good posture habits, and chiropractic adjustments take time to help the body heal from a chronic problem that took months or even years to develop.

To see the full article containing information on this study and more about chiropractic care and specific exercises, please click HERE.

For more information on how chiropractic and wellness care can help you, please see our home page HERE.

Stomach Acid Drugs Increase Risk of Bacterial Infections, FDA Warns

January 19, 2019, 5:50 pm

Stomach Acid Drugs Increase Risk of Bacterial Infections, FDA Warns
by Live Science Staff | February 08, 2012 11:52am ET

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers today that certain stomach acid drugs may increase the risk of a serious intestinal bacteria infection.

The drugs, including Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Zegerid and others, fall into a category called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They are prescribed to treat acid reflux, stomach ulcers and
other conditions, and work by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach.

The bacterial illness is called Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea (CDAD), and its main symptom is diarrhea that does not improve , according to an FDA statement. The bacteria are
commonly referred to as “C. diff.”

Stomach acid is a very important defense mechanism against pathogens. It kills them,” said Dr. Edith R. Lederman, who authored a study published in October linking C. diff infections to stomach acid drugs, in an interview with MyHealthNewsDaily at the time.

Patients taking PPIs who develop diarrhea that does not improve may have CDAD, according to the FDA. The agency is working with manufacturers to include information in the drug labels about the increased risk with use of PPIs. PPIs are the third highest selling class of drugs in the U.S., according to 2010 findings from Consumer Reports.

Lederman’s study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, showed nearly half of 485 patients hospitalized at a medical center over a four-year period who had C. difficile infections had previously been prescribed an acid suppressing drug, most of which were either proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Prilosec and Prevacid, or histamine2 antagonists, such as Tagamet and Zantac.

The FDA is also reviewing the risk of CDAD in users of histamine H2 receptor blockers.

The elderly , and people with certain medical problems, generally have the greatest chance of developing C. diff infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The  infection can spread in hospitals because C. diff spores can live outside the human body for a very long time, and may be found on items such as bed linens, bed rails, bathroom fixtures and medical equipment.

There are antibiotics that can be used to treat C. diff, according to the CDC, but in some severe cases, surgery to remove the infected part of the intestines may be needed.

In Lederman’s study, 23 patients died from their C. diff infections; 19 of them had taken prescription acid suppressants during the 90 days before their hospital stay.

Hand washing, alcoholbased sanitizers, and taking only antibiotics that are prescribed by a doctor can lower a person’s risk of getting or spreading C. diff, according to the CDC.

Pass it on: People taking drugs that suppress stomach acid production may be at an increased risk for intestinal bacteria infections.

This story was provided by MyHealthNewsDaily, a sister site to LiveScience. Follow MyHealthNewsDaily on Twitter @MyHealth_MHND. Find us on Facebook.

Meet our Chiropractor, Dr. Trent Burrup

January 17, 2019, 9:16 pm

New to the Institute? Meet our chiropractor, Dr. Trent Burrup, by clicking the video below!

 

CHIROPRACTIC CARE and RIBS

October 26, 2018, 3:07 pm

Chiropractic Care For Misaligned Ribs

Chiropractic, rib cage imageChiropractors can adjust misaligned ribs.  This can be a common problem, and there are many reasons a person may experience a rib “out of place”.

The ribs are attached to the thoracic spine, and their primary function is to protect internal organs, primarily the heart and lungs. Ribs constantly move while you breathe, allowing your chest to contract and expand.  Since your ribs are in constant motion, it doesn’t take much for a misalignment to occur. Usually a person will notice a pinching sensation in the front or back of the chest area if a rib is out of alignment.

Some common reasons for misaligned ribs include: Poor posture, Pregnancy, Yard work, Working out, Heavy Lifting, Extreme Coughing and Sneezing, and anything else that puts pressure on the rib cage.

Chiropractors are trained to know how to address misaligned ribs and put them back into place. Regular Chiropractic adjustments can also help prevent the misalignment of ribs. If you are constantly in pain from rib misalignment, there may be an underlying problem that needs to be addressed, warranting chiropractic care.

For more information on how chiropractic adjustments can help your misaligned ribs and other health problems, please see our home page at SuperDocDC.com.

The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic, acupuncture, and other wellness therapies to patients in West Jordan, and the Salt Lake City Metro Area.  Our chiropractor, Dr. Trent Burrup focuses on wellness through chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture treatments and numerous other holistic therapies. Come experience the difference at The Institute!

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Acupuncture Without Needles…Really?

May 30, 2018, 9:26 pm

Yes! Acupuncture CAN be done without needles.

Have you ever been nervous about acupuncture? Learn about NEEDLE-LESS ACUPUNCTURE and what alternatives can be used instead of needles for acupuncture.

But first…here is the truth about needles: The needles used in acupuncture are very small compared to needles used for getting shots or drawing blood.  Six to ten acupuncture needles will fit inside a standard hypodermic needle used for drawing blood.  They are very thin and, depending on the style of acupuncture used, can be inserted a couple of millimeters or a full inch into the acupoint.  Many people do not feel the acupuncture needles when they are inserted. Those that do feel any discomfort equate it with that of a small pinch during the acupuncture treatment.

However, Needles Do Not Have to be Used in Acupuncture. Some of the other forms of stimulation to acupuncture points include laser light, electrical impulses, firm rubbing or pressure, tapping the point, or taping an object to the point such as a small metal ball.

See the video below to see Needless Acupuncture demonstrated by Dr. Trent Burrup.

 

 

For more information on how needle-less acupuncture can help you, please see our acupuncture page HERE.

Chiropractic for Kids?

April 23, 2018, 10:14 pm

How old do kids have to be to see a chiropractor?  Are babies to young to see a chiropractor?  Dr. Trent Burrup answers these questions in our video below…

For more information on chiropractic, acupuncture, or other wellness therapies, please see our home page at SuperDocDC.com.

10 Ways to Prevent Neck Pain

February 21, 2018, 4:41 pm

We found a great article on Neck Pain Prevention from www.healthcentral.com. In addition to regular chiropractic visits, these are things you can do every day to prevent neck pain.whiplash, woman in pain holding neck

Life can be a real pain in the neck. Don’t let it happen to you! Here are 10 ways to prevent neck pain from slowing your life down.

1.      Beware of Bifocal and Trifocal Glasses: If you are reading this through the bottom section of your glasses, then you are likely positioning your head and neck in an awkward position to do so. The best way to avoiding pinching your neck in order to utilize all portions of your prescription lenses is to have dedicated mono-focal prescription lenses that you can use for reading.

2.      Adjust your Computer Screen to You: If your computer monitor is too high, you will be looking up for hours. If your computer monitor is too low, you will be looking down for hours. These sustained postures are likely to cause a pain in your neck. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has some great tips to help you adjust your monitor and prevent neck pain.

 3.      Monitor Your Chin: Maintaining a neutral, stress-free posture when reading or using a computer can be simple if you monitor the position of your chin. If your chin is more than a five finger breadths away from your chest, that means that you’re arching your neck. If your chin is less than three finger breadths away from your chest, then that means that you’re flexing your neck. Check with your doctor or physical therapist to find the best position for your chin and neck.

4.      Keep Your Shoulders Back and Your Chest Forward: The shoulders provide the base of support for your neck. Shoulders that drift to far forward, as the chest caves in, causes the head and neck to careening forward as if you were a turtle. Without a good foundation of support starting with your upper torso and shoulders, the neck tends to crumble.

5.      Maintain Good Shoulder Strength: The shoulders are a foundation of support, and because of this they need to be strong. Good muscle tone especially between the shoulder blades, where the rhomboid muscles reside, is critical for preventing neck pain.

6.      Use Arm Rests Whenever Possible: No matter how strong your shoulder and neck muscles are, you need to give them a rest sometimes. Armrests are an important way to keep the weight of your arms from constantly pulling on the neck muscles. Fatigue in these muscles eventually causes neck pain.

7.      Use a Good Supportive Pillow: While you are sleeping, you need to maintain good sleep posture. A pillow that is too thin can cause your head to reach for the pillow. A pillow that is too thick can force your neck to bend a certain direction all night. If you wake up with neck pain, try a different pillow.

8.      Adjust the Vehicle Headrest to a Proper HeightThe Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) recommends that the vehicle headrest be positioned at the center of your head. In the event of a sudden stop, the headrest can then help to prevent the neck from whipping back and forth.

9.      DO NOT SMOKE: Smoking is the fastest way to ruin your spine! According to a study reported in Spine 2004, spinal discs can degenerate very rapidly in smokers. A smoker’s spine does not heal quickly after an injury or surgery if at all. In fact, if you quit smoking now, you will probably have less pain later.

10.   Watch Your Weight: You may not realize that your body weight affects your neck, but it sure does. Your arms get heavier and your breasts get heavier as you gain weight. Furthermore, your shoulder blades spread apart as you gain weight also. All of these changes in an obese body increase your likelihood of developing neck pain.

Exercise Tip: One of the most important exercises for preventing neck pain is rowing.

(Article Published On: April 02, 2012)
For more information on how chiropractic can help you or your loved ones, please see our home page at www.SuperDocDC.com.
The Institute of Chiropractic & Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic and other wellness care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Holiday, Millcreek, West Valley City, and South Salt Lake.  We also provide chiropractic service to patients that come from the Utah County area and as far north as Logan, and even some from out of state…come experience the difference at The Institute of Chiropractic!

3 Ways Chiropractic Can Help Runners

February 10, 2018, 4:15 pm

3 Ways Chiropractic Can Help Runners

Chiropractor Trent Burrup runs St. George Marathon in 2014

Dr. Trent Burrup, Chiropractor, runs St. George Marathon in 2014

Running is a favorite form of exercise for many people.  Simply put, it is popular because it can be done almost anywhere, burns up lots of calories, and uses no special equipment.  Running is also great for your health! It helps decrease stress, control weight, increase stamina and energy, and is great for your heart.

The downside of the benefits is that running causes its share of injuries to the body.

Tendonitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, and knee strains are a few of the many injuries brought on or exacerbated by a regular running routine.

So what do you do? It’s important to take precautions to not get injured in the first place. Running in high quality shoes, stretching, and knowing your body’s limits are 3 ways to help reduce injuries.

Another great choice is getting regular chiropractic care. Runners can reap many positive benefits from visiting a chiropractor. Three big benefits chiropractic care offers to runners and other athletes are the following:

Increased Range of Motion: Loose and relaxed joints allow for greater flexibility and movement.  This will in turn benefit a runner’s gait and running time. Chiropractic care helps loosen joints and increase range of motion, which in turn helps a runner move more freely and better avoid running injuries.

Decreased Healing Time for Injuries: By using chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors can promote healing in the body as a whole, as well as treating specific injuries.  Specific treatments can include extremity adjustments and laser therapy to decrease pain and accelerate healing.  This allows runners to get back to running quicker and minimize time lost in improving times or preparing for races.

More Resistance to Becoming Injured: One common way runners get hurt is by one part of the body compensating for another. Chiropractic treatment helps to keep the spine and extremities in alignment, allowing all parts of the body to function properly, and reduces the negative impact of the jarring motion of running.

Running is a popular exercise routine for many, and has many positive benefits in a person’s health and well-being. By taking proper steps to minimize the chance of injury, runners can enjoy the benefits of running and minimize the risks.

Chiropractic care can be an effective part of making certain your body is in prime running condition and resistant to injury. If a person does get an injury, chiropractic care can help increase healing time and decrease time needed to recover.

Ready! Set! Run!

For more information on Chiropractic and how it can help you, please see our home page at SuperDocDC.com.

Chiropractic & Eating Better: 2 Incredible Healthy Changes for a New Year!

January 26, 2018, 2:54 pm

New Year’s Resolution: Eat Better…you really can! This is the time of year that almost everyone starts eating a little better.  Sadly however, it usually doesn’t last very long. What can you do to Nutrition and Chiropractic, Vegetables from Garden imagemake it permanent?  Find healthy food that you like (it IS possible) and slowly replace the junk…make it a lifestyle change, a little at a time.  That is the only way to have changes that last for your health, your weight, and how you feel every day.

Another great change for the New Year: go see your Chiropractor!  Chiropractic care is about realigning the bones of the body to allow nerves to function properly, which affects basically everything in your body.  It is essential to have proper nerve function and blood flow so your body can repair, heal, and grow stronger. Chiropractic care can help you get out of pain, restore range of motion and normal function, and increase your energy and feeling of health.

Proper nutrition, in addition to regular adjustments by your chiropractor can help prevent disease, balance the body so it can heal itself and overcome physical and emotional stress and illnesses, and most importantly…you will feel better!

At The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy, in addition to chiropractic and wellness therapies, Dr. Burrup educates and counsels our patients on how to make healthy lifestyle and diet choices, leading to more energy, fewer health problems, weight loss (or gain when needed), and overall better health.  Good Nutrition and Chiropractic Care really do make a Healthy Lifestyle!

Dr. Trent Burrup is a chiropractor who provides chiropractic, acupuncture, and other wellness therapies in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Holiday, Millcreek, West Valley City, and South Salt Lake.  We also provide chiropractic services to patients that come from the Utah County area and as far north as Logan, and even some from out of state…come experience the difference at The Institute!  www.SuperDocDC.com