Low Back Pain Among Operation Room Staff

Low Back Pain Prevalent Among Operation Room Staff

A study in the Annals of Occupation and Environmental Medicine (Jan 2016) reports that nearly 3 out of 4 (74.2%) of operating room (OR) staff suffer from lower back pain to some degree. Per the researchers, activities linked to increased low back pain risk include: lifting objects above the waist, rotating the torso while bearing weight, transferring patients onto a bed or chair, and repositioning a patient in bed. The authors suggest hospitals should introduce education programs to teach staff how to more safely perform their job functions in an effort to reduce their risk for developing low back pain.

DOCTOR SNYDER’S COMMENTS:  In addition to educating, chiropractic spinal adjustments have been proven effective to reduce or eliminate low back pain by addressing the spinal biomechanical imbalances.  Chiropractic is a druggless, safe method of restoring balance to the spine and nervous system.

For more information, email DrSnyder@snyderfamilychiro.com

Vertigo and Dizziness

I am finding that more and more patients are coming in with vertigo and dizziness.  Did you know almost half the cases of vertigo have no known medical cause, which means many vertigo patients often go searching for answers outside of prescription medications.  Some vertigo patients have even found resolution to their vertigo after correcting an imbalance to their head and neck alignment through upper cervical chiropractic care.

So what causes vertigo?

When a trauma occurs to the body, such as a car accident, blow to the head, or fall, it often affects the first neck bone or C1, because of the unique role and shape this bone has: it is a coupling mechanism between the head and the neck.

The body will quickly adapt to an uncontrolled force into the head and neck by locking this joint down to protect the highly sensitive anatomy inside the top of the spine: the lower part of the brain stem and the beginning of the spinal cord. Unfortunately this temporary trauma moves the atlas bone (C1) into a position that disrupts and even chokes the nerve signals from the brain.  If the congestion at the bottom of the brain and the top of the neck affects the nerves that communicate with the inner ear, then vertigo-like symptoms can be the result.

By reducing the amount of pressure on the brain stem the nervous system is able to function more efficiently.  The nervous system controls postural tone, spatial orientation, and coordination between movements in the body-and when these systems are not working correctly vertigo can result.  The chiropractor allows the body the chance to naturally reduce vertigo symptoms by correcting the cause-the confused communication between the brain and the body.

Snowmageddon and your Aching Back

snow shovelingThe weekend of January 23 2016 was a real doozie for the Phoenixville region.  Many were referring to this storm as a Snowmageddon.  We got walloped with more snow than most of us know what to do with or, for that matter, where to put it.  If you live in the region and don’t have health complications that prevented you from doing your part to shovel out, then you spent some time, or maybe most of the day digging out. After all the clean up, you may be screaming, “Oh my aching back!”.

You may feel the need to do something about the pain.  You may find your mood to have been compromised and perhaps those around you may be avoiding you because of your growling and barking from your foul mood.  It is common that if you are in pain, your mood may suffer.  There are some options to consider in managing the pain so you can return to your smiling personality.

  1.  You might resort to popping a pill such as an over the counter pain reliever.
  2. You might resort to a warm bath.
  3. You may want a massage.

While all of these may be effective in managing the muscle soreness, pain relieving meds often have adverse effects on one’s health.  According to WebMD, NSAIDS can cause Gastrointestinal bleeding whereas prescribed meds like Celebrex, Vioxx and Bextra, which are Cox-2 inhibitors have more serious side effects resulting in heart attacks in some.  Other side effects are high blood pressure and kidney damage.

A warm bath as well as massage may be a good way to reduce muscle pain.  However if your pain is persisting or reoccurring your pain may have a deeper connection – your spine and nervous system.


If you are suffering from persistent muscle spasms, sharp  and/or shooting, burning, or dull/achy pain, you just might have a spine issue relating to what is referred to as faulty spinal bio-mechanics or vertebral subluxation.  This problem is best addressed by a doctor of chiropractic.  The methods of training have been proven time and again for the management of the underlying cause of spinal related health issues.  Chiropractic care has a high patient satisfaction rating.

A study in the May 2009 issue of Consumer Reports shows that hands-on therapies were tops among treatments for relief of back pain. The study, which surveyed more than 14,000 consumers, was conducted by the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.  According to the report, the survey respondents tried a variety of different treatments and rated the treatments on how helpful and satisfied they were with the results. The report concluded that hands-on therapies were the top-rated.  The report states that, “eighty-eight percent of those who tried chiropractic manipulation said it helped a lot, and 59 percent were ‘completely’ or ‘very’ satisfied with their chiropractor.”

At Snyder Family Chiropractic, it is my goal to help you find the proper resources for your health needs.  If I can help you, I’ll let you know.  If I believe your health issue to be out of the scope of chiropractic practice, I will let you know that too and help you find the proper referral.

Of course if you are in need of a chiropractor and not in my region I’ll be happy to help and refer you to a qualified chiropractor near you.

The two most important things I am concerned with are your health and my reputation.  Give me a call at (610) 935-5900 or request an appointment online.  We’ll start with a FREE 10-minute phone consult before you step foot in the office.

Upper Cervial Spine and Neurodegenerative Diseases

The Role of the Craniocervical Junction in Craniospinal Hydrodynamics and Neurodegenerative Diseases

Neurology Research International
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 794829

The craniocervical junction (CCJ) is a potential choke point for craniospinal hydrodynamics and may play a causative or contributory role in the pathogenesis and progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, MS, and ALS, as well as many other neurological conditions including hydrocephalus, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, migraines, seizures, silent-strokes, affective disorders, schizophrenia, and psychosis. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the critical role of the CCJ in craniospinal hydrodynamics and to stimulate further research that may lead to new approaches for the prevention and treatment of the above neurodegenerative and neurological conditions.  http://www.hindawi.com/journals/nri/2015/794829/

The upper cervical spine is a focal point in chiropractic and is a foundational point of a number of chiropractic school curriculum.  Specialized specific adjusting of the Occipital, Atlas (C1) and Axis (C2) has shown a reduction in the symptoms of people with the neurodegenerative diseases noted above through case study analysis.

If you’re looking for a sign, this is it! Go with what your gut is telling you and take the necessary action now for yourself or a loved one.

Get your spine checked for vertebral subluxation.

For questions, please use the comments section below.

Low Back Pain Treatment

Study Shows The Chiropractic Adjustment More Effective for Back Pain than Medical Care and Drugs


Which is More effective for Low Back Pain? Meds or Chiropractic?

This is exact the question in our research topic of the week.

A Practice-Based Study of Patients with Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain Attending Primary Care and Chiropractic Physicians: Two-Week to 48-Month Follow-Up

Low back pain treatment

Chiropractic Lumbar Adjustment

This study based used a practice-based, observational model to look at the effectiveness of intervention in a selected group of patients with both acute and chronic lower back pain (LBP).  It compared the efficacy of chiropractic intervention with standard medical care in both types of Low Back Pain.  To read more, click here —>  Chiro vs Meds to treat LBP

Health Pyramid

Below is an explanation showing the Health Pyramid to explain the various levels of care people might attain in their journey toward reaching their health goals.

Watch the video for a brief explanation which I believe you’ll appreciate once you’ve watched it.

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Low Back Surgery

Tiger Woods nowhere near a return to golf due to failed low back surgery

Click to read the article on Tiger Woods Low Back Surgery (PDF) —>   Tiger_Woods_Failed_Low_Back_Surgery

Click to read on the ESPN Website

It’s rather shocking that most back surgeries are still legal in this country. The failure rate and risk to patient is RIDICULOUSLY HIGH. 50% of all low back surgeries fail after their first year. After year 2, it jumps to above 70%! So much for “evidence based” medicine. A study in the prestigious Spine Journal (SPINE (Phila Pa 1976) 2011 (Feb 15); 36 (4): 320–331) reviewed records from 1,450 patients in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation database who had diagnoses of disc degeneration, disc herniation or radiculopathy, a nerve condition that causes tingling and weakness of the limbs. Half of the patients had surgery to fuse two or more vertebrae in hopes of curing low back pain. The other half had no low back surgery, even though they had comparable diagnoses. After two years, only 26% of those who had surgery had actually returned to work. That’s compared to 67 percent of patients who didn’t have the surgery, even though they had the same exact diagnosis. That translates to a whopping 74% failure rate! It also suggests that you have a 257% better chance of returning to work IF YOU AVOID BACK SURGERY in the first place! In another troubling finding, the researchers determined that there was a 41% increase in the use of painkillers, particularly opiates, in those who had the surgery. By the way, deaths from addictive painkillers are at an all time high.

Chiropractic has an amazing success rate in helping people with low back issues to correct those issues prior to the need for surgery!  Consider contacting a local doctor of chiropractic for help.

PMS and Chiropractic

Can Chiropractic Care Alleviate Your PMS Symptoms?

Like clockwork every month, a majority of women experience bloating, breast tenderness, become a little moody, and have headaches and muscle aches a few days before they start their menstrual periods. These are normal premenstrual symptoms. But what if the physical aches and emotional angst you experience in the 1-2 weeks before your period are a total disruption to your life? If that’s the case, what you are experiencing is called Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

You may have tried any number of over-the-counter or prescription medications to ease your PMS discomfort only to find that you just barely get through that “time of the month.” Did you know chiropractic care can be an effective, drug-free way to help alleviate PMS symptoms?

Quick Facts about Premenstrual SyndromePMS and Chiropractic

For about 90% of menstruating women, PMS is just a monthly nag. But about 10-20% of women report their symptoms interfere with their usual routines at work, home, and school.

PMS affects a woman’s physical health and emotional well-being. Physical symptoms of PMS can include: fatigue, insomnia, changes in sex drive, acne, cramps, bloating, weight gain, headaches, breast tenderness, swelling in the hands and feet, nausea and dizziness. Emotional symptoms make many women feel like they’re on a roller coaster that doesn’t stop running. They can experience bouts of irritability, sadness, frustration, anxiety, confusion, forgetfulness, and food cravings. If a group of PMS symptoms are severe enough and persist in a pattern, the condition is labeled as PMDD, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.

PMS can be made worse by a number of factors, including stress, lack of exercise, a poor diet, and misalignments in the spine known as subluxations –and that’s where chiropractic care can help.

Chiropractic Care for PMS

Your nervous system makes sure every system of your body is working efficiently to maintain your well-being. Women with PMS symptoms experience more muscle tenderness in the low back, muscle weakness, and changes in spinal alignment. When your spine is not in alignment, the nerves that exit the lower back can become irritated, which can impair communication with your reproductive and hormonal systems. Alleviating any pressure or irritation to these nerves, through alignment of the spine, can be a great relief for a woman experiencing PMS symptoms during her monthly cycle.

While chiropractic care isn’t a cure for PMS, a few studies have indicated that many women experiencing PMS also have spinal distortions. These women experienced improvement in their physical and emotional symptoms while under chiropractic care. For example, patients, and the chiropractic doctors caring for them, reported a decline in PMS symptoms including back pain, bloating, cramping, and fatigue. The research suggests that chiropractic treatment can help decrease some of the symptoms of PMS without the potential side effects of medications.

Can Chiropractic Care Improve Your PMS Symptoms?

If you are experiencing pre-menstrual symptoms that interfere with your routines at home, work, or school, or negatively affect important relationships, contact Dr. Jeff Snyder for a complete chiropractic assessment.


Women’s Health: PMS Fact Sheet http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/premenstrual-syndrome.html

PMS or PMDD: What’s the Difference? Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/premenstrual-syndrome/expert-answers/pmdd/faq-20058315

Ransom S, Moldenhauer J. Premenstrual syndrome: systematic diagnosis and individualized therapy. Physician and Sportsmedicine, April 1998;26(4), pp35-43.

Walsh MJ, Polus BI. The frequency of positive common clinical examination findings in a sample of premenstrual syndrome sufferers. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, May 1999:22(4), pp216-220.*

Walsh MJ, Polus BI. A randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial on the efficacy of chiropractic therapy on premenstrual syndrome. Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics, Nov/Dec 1999:22(9), pp582-85.**

* The authors of this study indicated the potential for researcher bias exists because of lack opatients, and the chiropractic doctors caring for them, reported a decline in PMS symptoms including back pain, bloating, cramping, and fatiguef blind-study protocol. *

** The authors of this study suggested further investigation because the group receiving the placebo first, although improving compared with baseline scores, showed no further improvement after receiving actual treatment. Also, a large number of patients dropped out of the trial due to the length of the study (nine months).**

Additional Resources:

PubMed List clinical trials of PMS and Chiro.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=premenstrual+syndrome+and+chiropractic&cmd=DetailsSearch

PMS, PMDD, Female Athlete Triad Chiro Resource http://www.chiro.org/LINKS/ABSTRACTS/Female_Menstrual_Cycle.shtml


Elevated desks help take a stand for healthy living

As quoted from the Pottstown Mercury Newspaper on October 25, 2015, Elevated desks help take a stand for healthy living:

Dr. Jeff Snyder, president of Snyder Family Chiropractic in Upper Providence, said sitting for long periods of time puts a lot of stress on the spine. People that are inactive during their work day, like truck drivers for example, tend to have lower back issues, he said. Snyder said the majority of his patients with desk jobs come in complaining of neck or back pain.

Extensive sitting can also cause something called forward head posture, which is when the head leans forward past the shoulders more than it should. The position has adverse effects on the curve of the neck and spine, Snyder said.

“There’s no question that we are not designed for sitting eight hours a day,” he said adding that people should be up and moving to stay healthy. “There are no doubt benefits to using a standing desk.”

Migraines from Mexico

My own experience on this 120th year of chiropractic I recall an amazing patient when I was in outpatient clinic in chiropractic school in 1997. 


She was having terrible migraines for years.  I learned this through her daughter who interpreted for her as she was from Mexico and was visiting the daughter in Atlanta.  We met while I was doing a spinal health screening at a local store.

I learned her migraines were from being hit on the head with a frying pan by her husband while in Mexico.  Yikes!  Upon examination I found the fundamental underlying problem to all or nearly all her problems.  It was at the top of her spine.  Her first #cervical vertebra was putting pressure on a delicate spinal nerve.  Upon my adjusting her she experienced almost immediate resolution of the pounding migraine headaches.

She started repeating a word in Spanish so I asked her daughter what she was saying.  She said she was calling me her messiah!  Wow!  At that time I knew the POWER the living body has to heal when interference to the expression of health is restored.

I was clear to tell this grateful woman that it was not me that healed her, but her own body.

I’m truly grateful for this profession and what it allows me to do in helping people find the health they lost.