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Back surgery is quite common in the US with hundreds of thousands of operations each year. Sometimes these are laminectomies and diskectomies, and other times the spine is fused together so certain joints no longer move, a critical spinal function. The conservative medical approach/thinking is rest, medications, exercise, and physical therapy. If these fail, then …
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Chiropractic: Spinal Manipulation Reduces Oxidative Stress in Cells! 

Twenty-three chronic neck or back pain patients received spinal manipulation twice a week for five weeks. Pre- and post-treatment blood tests showed an increase in the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx). SOD and GPx have been observed to decrease oxidative stress in cells. Oxidative stress is associated with reduced telomere length, a biomarker of biological aging. 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, December 2014
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Some great statistics on back pain:

http://www.acatoday.org/level2_css.cfm?T1ID=13&T2ID=68
Although chiropractors care for more than just back pain, many patients visit chiropractors looking for relief from this pervasive condition. In fact, 31 million Americans experience low-b
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Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common reasons patients seek out Chiropractic care, and they appreciate being told what is causing their back pain. This is why doctors gather a careful and complete history from new patients and perform a physical examination. Once the “pain generator” is …
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More Exercise During Pregnancy May Mean Less Labor. 
Pregnant women who engaged in 55 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity three times a week experienced a notable reduction in the length of time they spent in the first stage of labor compared with women who did not engage in exercise during pregnancy. However, the researchers noted that there was no difference in the length of either the second or third stage of labor between the two groups. 
American Journal of Health Promotion, January 2015
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Last year's Top 10 Chiropractic Studies of 2013 was overwhelmingly popular, so we've compiled a list of this year's best studies in scientific literature that demonstrate the benefits of chiropractic. Here are the top 14 of 2014 for you to share with your patients!   1. Chiropractic Adjustments Boost Antioxidant Levels This fascinating study found that people with back or neck pain had a significant increase in blood serum antioxidant levels afte...
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Thoracic Spine Pain a Problem for Office Workers?

Low back and neck pain have long been identified as work-related health issues but little has been done with regards to studying the prevalence of mid-back or thoracic spine pain. French researchers gathered data from 3,710 workers from a variety of sectors and found that thoracic (mid-back) pain affects 10-14% of white-collar and professional workers, with women slightly more at risk than men. 
Occupational Medicine, October 2014
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Chiropractic Management of Neck Pain (Part 2)
Last month, we covered the first two of four primary goals when it comes to the chiropractic management of neck pain (#1 - Pain Management and #2 - Structural realignment). This month, we will conclude this discussion with #3 - Functional Restoration and #4 - Prevention.

3) FUNCTIONAL RESTORATION: Restoring function basically allows the patient to return to their pre-injury activities of daily living, which is the ultimate goal when managing all conditions! In order for this to happen, it is necessary to have the first two goals accomplished, and the primary “tool” that we use to accomplish this goal is exercise training. There are several options to determine which exercise is most needed. A physical performance test can be done, which consists of a series of exercise-like maneuvers that we measure with an instrument that measures degrees (for range of motion), count repetitions (when testing for strength), or count time – usually in seconds (when testing for endurance, balance, and aerobic capacity). We then can compare you to the “norms” that have been published to see if you need help in a particular area. This also establishes a “baseline” or starting point to compare a month later after you’ve performed the proper exercises designed to improve that “failed test.” The three primary goals of exercises include stretching, strengthening, and restoring coordination.

STRETCH: A very effective exercise is performed by bending the head to the right, reaching over with the right hand, and gently pulling on the head until a good stretch is felt on the left side of the neck. Reaching down with the opposite (left) arm (as if there’s a dollar bill on the ground and you just can’t quite reach it) enhances the stretch. While stretching, tuck in your chin, drop your head forwards and backwards, and turn your head a little from side to side to feel for different tight muscle fibers. Continue this stretch for 10-20 seconds or long enough to feel that you’ve accomplished a good stretch. Then, repeat this on the opposite side. This can be done sitting or standing, and most importantly, do this multiple times a day, especially when you feel tight – like at work, for example. There are other stretches but this actually combines four different exercises into one, so it’s often enough!

STRENGTHENING: Place your hand against the side of your head and push your head into your hand using about 10-20% maximum effort (not much pressure!). First, allow your head “to win” by moving your head further until a tight stretch is felt. Second, let your hand “win” by moving the head to the opposite direction while maintaining pressure against your hand. Allow the head to bend ALL THE WAY to the end-range and repeat three times in each direction.

COORDINATION: Motor control, balance, and coordination are further enhanced by balancing on one foot with eyes open AND closed. Stand near a wall to avoid falling!

4. PREVENTION: Keep exercising and eat right! Consider joining a health club, working out with a friend, riding a bike, walking, and/or swimming. You choose!

We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs. If you, a friend, or family member requires care for neck pain, we would be honored to render our services.
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1207 Ridge Rd Raleigh, NC 27607, United States
1207 Ridge RoadUSNorth CarolinaRaleigh27607
(919) 809-7839carolinachirocare.com
Chiropractor, DoctorToday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Looking for a Raleigh Chiropractor? Dr. Jeffrey S. Gerdes at Carolina ChiroCare and Rehab provides gentle, safe and effective care for conditions such as back pain,  neck pain, headaches, sciatica, auto accidents.
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"Dr. Gerdes completely changed my husbands mind about chiropractors!"
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"The massage therapist (who is NOT a doctor) was VERY RUDE!"
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Adam Moore
a week ago
I was experiencing some lower back pain and contacted Carolina ChiroCare to see if they could take a look at it and help give me some relief. I play water polo and got kicked in the back which threw things out of whack. Dr. Gerdes was very nice and helpful explaining what the issue was and how it can happen. He adjusted me and gave me a muscle stim which did provide some immediate relief. After one day I already felt a noticeable difference. I went back two days later for a follow up and got another adjustment and I have no more pain at all! I will certainly go back to see Dr Gerdes and his team as they were very helpful and informative to my issues as well as being conveniently located near my house. I highly recommend this practice.
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Jason Ford
2 months ago
I Loved My experience I feel 1000 times younger!
Julia Park
2 years ago
I bought a Groupon deal. I had to wait 40 minutes for my turn. The massage therapist (who is NOT a doctor) was VERY RUDE!
A Google User
2 years ago
Dr Gerdes is amazing!! I was having Alot of knee, shoulder and back issues from working out and playing sports. He helped me resolve all these issues and actually came to my gym one day and showed me how to lift and stretch without getting hurt. He tries to heal u in the least amount of visits. Very friend and jolly chap always trying to help! He also has very good relations with other doctors like triangle orthopedic. Highly recommend!!
Leah Price
a month ago
I started seeing Dr. Gerdes about 3 years ago when I re-injured my lower back. Dr. Gerdes has great 'bed side' manor and went above and beyond to help heal me. He has worked with me to strengthen my lower back and core to prevent further issues. My husband continuously complained of migraines, neck stiffness, and shoulder pain; so one day I bought him a message and consultation with Dr. Gerdes. Dr. Gerdes completely changed my husbands mind about chiropractors! Not only did he refer him to a specialist for his shoulder pain, but his headaches stopped almost immediately. I no longer hear him complain about headaches and neck pain; his new statement is, "Man, I need to see Dr. Jeff." The office staff is pleasant and accommodating.
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Brittney Walker
3 years ago
I've had the pleasure of being treated by Dr. Gerdes after my car accident in Feb 2011. I had never been to a chiropractor and after just a few treatments I noticed extreme improvement! The staff is exceptionally friendly and very helpful. I recommend Dr. Gerdes and his services to anyone. Not only does my back and neck feel 100% better but they are fast and efficient as well.
A Google User
2 years ago
I have had 2 low back surgeries in the last 2 years and recently had a recurrence. Dr. Gerdes helped me in 1 sessioand I had been laid up for 5 days prior to my appointment! He also did not push me to setup a long term pay plan, instead allowed me to decide on another appt.which was not needed!
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4 years ago
I occasionally re-injure my lower back after strenuous exercse. I just had my first visit with Dr. Jeffrey Gerdes and he was able to relieve my pain instantly. His background in Exercise Science and as a Personl Trainer made his knowledge of exercises for me to do to take care of my back very helpful. I will definitely make Dr. Gerdes my first contact next time. Pete M.