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Amherst Back Pain and Pregnancy Care

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While many women automatically assume that carrying a child and severe pain in the lower back go hand in hand, they are often surprised when they learn that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, chiropractic adjustments can often help alleviate persistant back pain for pregnant women by as much as 85%.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Pregnancy

In our busy Amherst chiropractic office, it isn't uncommon for pregnant women to reach out to Dr. Gleason-Giancola for help relieving their back pain.

A research study published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies involved 115 women who were pregnant (most of which were in their third trimester) and reported pain in their low back, pelvic area, or both. Data was gathered prior to the study, as well as one week, one month, three months, and one year after treatment commenced. At each follow-up, the participants were asked to rate their level of pain based on a 7-point scale to determine whether it was better, worse, or stayed the same. The results?

52% reported that their pain was better after one week of chiropractic treatment. After one month, that amount jumped up to 70 percent, climbing even more to 85 percent showing improvement at the three month mark. Positive effects were still reported at six months post-treatment, which was generally after delivery, and continued to the final data collection one year after treatment commenced.

There are also many additional benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy. Not only does it effectively ease back pain, but it does it in a completely natural and non-invasive way. This means that you don't have to worry about taking any medications or undergoing any type of treatment that could potentially harm your unborn child.

Dr. Gleason-Giancola Can Help People Find Relief From Back Pain During Pregnancy

Furthermore, it makes your time spent carrying your child more pleasant. When you're not distracted with aches and pains, you can enjoy the experience even more as you prepare your home and your life for all of the fun and exciting changes that lie ahead.

We're here in Amherst to help you have a healthy, pain-free pregnancy. Give us a call today at (716) 868-1199 to make an appointment.

Peterson CK, Muhlemann D, & Humphreys BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2014;22(15):doi:10.1186/2045-709X-22-15.


How Safe is Chiropractic?

Amherst Chiropractic for familiesWe see a large number of patients in our Amherst clinic, and Dr. Gleason-Giancola has helped many people manage a wide array of health challenges. However, one issue that seems to stop some folks from pursuing care is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Luckily, according to three separate studies (out of many on the topic), the answer to this concern is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"

Australian Study: Chiropractic is Safe

The first study(1) was published in Spine and included 183 women and men. Each person was suffering from some kind of back pain, and half of the people received real chiropractic adjustments whereas the other half received two fake chiropractic treatment sessions. Information was obtained after each real or fake adjustment to discover whether or not any unpleasant reactions were caused by the actual chiropractic adjustments.

The authors found that nobody reported any significant negative side effects at all after getting one or two sessions of chiropractic care. Some participants did report that they got a headache (9% of patients) or muscle stiffness (about 1 out of 3) post-treatment, but the results were not serious.

Nationwide Survey Finds that Chiropractic Adjustments are Safe

The second research study(2), also published in the influential publication, Spine, was done in an effort to establish the safety of chiropractic. The test group was much larger -- 20,000 patients. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.

Once again, the investigators found no serious negative side effects. The authors calculated the risk of total side effects to be about six out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the previous study, some people did report non-serious, milder, unwanted effects such as dizziness (less than 2%) or a headache (4%), and this prompted the researchers to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."

Chiropractic Care Is Safe for Children

This third research paper(3) is different from the previous two reports, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this article, the authors analyzed data reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic adjustments.

Out of 5,438 chiropractic visits made for the kids, chiropractors answering the survey reported only three cases where there were adverse effects. When parents were questioned, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Additionally, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."

Based on studies like these, chiropractic care has been found to be safe and effective for everyone. To learn what chiropractic care can do for you, call our Amherst office and make an appointment today at (716) 868-1199.


  1. Walker BF, Hebert JJ, Stomski NJ, Clarke BR, Bowden RS, Losco B, French SD. Outcomes of usual chiropractic. The OUCH randomized controlled trial of adverse events. Spine 2013;38(20):1723-9.
  2. Thiel HW1, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock JC. Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey. Spine 2007;32(21):2375-8.
  3. Alcantara J, Ohm J, Kunz D. The safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic: a survey of chiropractors and parents in a practice-based research network. Explore NY 2009;5(5): 290-5.

Amherst Neck Pain and Headache Care

Amherst neck pain and headache treatmentHeadache and neck pain are common problems that affect millions of men and women around the world. If you are suffering from this type of condition, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic is the best way to not only treat these common problems, but also help prevent future episodes.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in Amherst have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Dr. Gleason-Giancola. Our success is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-invasive, non-drug solutions are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

The report looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was recommended before resorting to drugs or more invasive procedures.

Previous studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

We Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're struggling with neck pain or headaches, Dr. Gleason-Giancola and our staff are here to help you recover. Give our Amherst office a call today at (716) 868-1199 for an appointment today.


Varatharajan S, Ferguson B, Chrobak K, et al. Are non-invasive interventions effective for the management of headaches associated with neck pain? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. European Spine Journal 2016; February 6:1-29.


Five Foods to Fight the Flu

It's no doubt about it that the "flu season" has hit. Instead of running out and getting flu vaccines (which can actually cause more harm than good, but that’s another topic) try these five different foods that help fight off the flu:

1. Garlic - along with being an antioxidant, garlic contains a substance which can help prevent and shorten the duration of infections when used daily in cooking or taken as a supplement. Raw garlic is preferred over powdered.

2. Green Tea – is high in bacteria-fighting antioxidants and immune-boosting chemicals. Make sure you brew your own, as bottled teas are commonly filled with unwanted sugars and artificial flavors and won’t have the same effect.

3. Ginger – is great for fighting off viruses due to a natural compound called gingerol. Avoid pairing it with sugar (like ginger ale), sugar depletes the immune system and is flu’s favorite snack!

4. Sweet Potatoes – contain beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A in the body and can aid in the treatment of respiratory infections and neutralize toxins.

5. Red Bell Peppers – have twice as much Vitamin C as oranges, a nutrient that has been shown to not only prevent, but also decrease the duration of sickness and reduce the severity of the symptoms.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ashley Gleason or to discuss how to support your immune system, please call her office at (716) 868-1199, or e-mail her at


Protect Your Back When Weeding This Spring

Weeding and other gardening chores can quickly tire even the strongest backs. One of the most common mistakes that gardeners make while weeding is not moving from the hip joint, which then makes the back work too hard. One of the most popular positions for extended weeding sessions is to sit on a bucket. If you have any knee, hip, or back pain, sitting will help you to avoid putting pressure onto those areas. You can also try weeding on your hands and knees. When weeding on all fours, the goal is to keep your whole spine long. Due to the shifting around while you weed, keeping a long spine requires watching and feeling how your shoulders are bearing responsibility for reaching, grasping and supporting your body weight. If you become attentive to unnecessary tension, you can relax out of it. Keeping a long spine will help you avoid back strain and conserve your energy for when physical exertion is necessary to get the job done.  Make sure to also take breaks every  15-20 minutes to stand up and stretch out your spine!

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ashley Gleason or  to discuss how to protect your back while weeding, please call her office at (716) 868-1199, or e-mail her at


Seven ways to help with Stress

There’s no doubt about it, the stressors we face day to day seem to be getting worse, especially with the way our economy has been. Here are some helpful pointers on how to deal with our everyday stressors.

1. Breathe – as simple as this sounds simple controlled, focused breathing is one of the easiest ways to produce immediate stress relief. Take a deep breath and count to ten and feel your body loosen up and relax.

2. Sleep – consistently getting a good night sleep can lower blood pressure and elevated levels of stress. As stated in the previous blog, sleep will also promote healing by releasing human growth hormone.

3. Laugh – Laughter reduces stress hormones and increases blood and oxygen flow throughout the body.

4. Express – talk to someone you trust, or write in a journal to help reduce stress hormone levels.

5. Music – listening to music will alter brain waves, which will have calming effect on both the mind and body.

6. Exercise – relieves physical stress, clears your mind, releases endorphins that improve your mood and improves concentration.

7.  Chiropractic and Massage – a sure-fire way to relax your muscles, improve your immune system, increase your blood flow and improve your overall mood!

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ashley Gleason or  to discuss how to reduce stress in your life, please call her office at (716) 868-1199, or e-mail her at


Take a deep breath and relax, literally!

Did you know that the way you breathe affects your health? We take about 28, 000 breaths a day and each breath gives you an opportunity to calm and relax yourself. Most people take shallow breaths, which only reach the upper lungs that end up triggering your stress receptors. Whole lung breathing reaches the lower lobes and activates the calming receptors that reside there. When done correctly and regularly practiced, deep breathing can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, improve mood, increased immune system and gives you a general relaxed state of mind.

To do the whole lung breathing technique, breathe deeply through your nose only and inhale, filling up the lower lobes of the lungs, followed by the middle lobes and then the upper lobes. Then, squeeze out all the air, as best you can, as you exhale through your nose. Think of trying to fill up your belly around your navel when you inhale, instead of filling up your chest. This will ensure deep breathing into the lower lobes, where the best oxygen exchange takes place. Like all things, this will take practice. Try doing the whole lung breathing technique at least 10 minutes a day for life-enhancing benefits!

Having your spine in proper alignment will allow you to take deeper and more effective breaths. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ashley Gleason to discuss problems with breathing, getting your spine checked or for more information on how to breathe properly, please call her office at (716) 868-1199, or e-mail her at


Don't be Dopey, Sneezy, Sleepy or Grumpy this allergy season, be your own Doc and be Happy!

Although the wonderful weather we have experienced was great, I am sure most of you that are reading this are now experiencing some early seasonal allergies. Instead of running to the drug store and popping some allergy pills, try these home remedies first:

  1. Get adjusted! Getting adjusted will help to strengthen your immune system to help fight off those allergies. Getting adjusted will also allow the body to work at its 100% potential.

  2. Buy locally sourced honey. When added to your diet on a regular basis, local honey can help build up your immunity to the natural pollens and other irritants found in your area.

  3. Use Stinging Nettle and Antronex. These herbs are good sources of natural antihistamines for those who need some relief but do not want the side effects of drugs. You can purchase these at many herb, natural health or supplement stores.

  4. Use Vitamin C and Echinacea. These both can relieve allergy symptoms by giving your immune system a boost. Again, try a natural health store in your area to purchase these.

  5. Eat spicy foods. This will help to loosen and thin mucus, which could provide allergy relief. Try using wasabi, jalapenos or horseradish.

  6. Try nasal irrigation. Using a neti pot will help to flush out allergens and excess mucus. You can find neti pots at your local drug store or health store.



To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ashley Gleason to discuss problems with allergies and sinus problems please call her office at (716) 868-1199, or e-mail her at


Why is quality sleep important to my health?

On average about 40-60% of the general population are having trouble sleeping. This is mainly due to stress, body aches and pains, uncomfortable beds and pillows along with many other issues that arise throughout the day. Getting adequate sleep is not only essential to maintain a healthy body, it is also extremely important. Quality sleep allows the body to rebuild and heal itself. During the night, human growth hormones trigger proteins throughout the body to build new cells and repair any damage. It is only released during sleep which is why getting the proper amount of sleep is so important. A few tips in helping to get to sleep without sleeping pills are:  have a comfortable place to sleep with a correct mattress and pillow, limit caffeine intake before bed, eat an early dinner, and go to bed at the same time which will get your body in a routine. Some foods that will help you get a good night’s sleep are: bananas, dates, figs, nut butters, tuna, turkey, and wholegrain crackers. Some herbs that help relieve insomnia are: basil, chamomile, dill, kava and marjoram.

If you are still continuing to experience insomnia or are having troubles falling asleep due to pain and discomfort, visit your Doctor of Chiropractic. Chiropractors are trained to treat spinal problems that can interfere with a good night’s sleep. They can also help to offer exercise and nutritional advice that can help to improve the quality of your sleep.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ashley Gleason to discuss problems with sleeping please call her office at (716) 868-1199, or e-mail her at