HEADACHES CAN BE A PAIN IN THE NECK!

  • By 7016572338
  • 16 May, 2017
What most people don't realize is that mechanical dysfunction of the vertebrae of the neck will cause increased muscle tension as well as irritate the delicate nerves that control blood flow into the head. Improving the movement or alignment of the bones in the neck can relieve the pressure and irritation that results in headaches. How do we get misalignments or dysfunction in the joints of the neck? This can be due to trauma such as falls or car accidents. Repetitive stress such as hours of work on a computer, poor posture or stress can also take a toll over time. In many patients it is a combination of activities that took place often years before which has led to chronic and recurring headaches. The examination evaluates these issues as well as attempts to rule out other more serious causes, which can occur but are more rare. Nerve function by checking reflexes, sensation and muscle strength as well as correlating information like positions that decrease arm or leg pain will be included as any position that reduces pain in the arm or leg must be incorporated into an exercise. X-rays may include bending "stress" views so that ligaments (that hold bones together) can be evaluated for "laxity" (torn and unstable). When this is found, we avoid adjustments to these vertebrae. We also evaluate the jaw or TMJ for involvement.

As you can see, if is very important do a thorough evaluation so headache patients can be properly managed. Treatment approaches include: 1. Adjustments; 2. Soft tissue therapy (trigger point stimulation, myofascial release); 3. Posture correction exercises and other exercises; 4. Education about job modifications; 5. Co-management with other health care providers, if medication or injection therapy is needed.

5 MOST COMMON HEADACHES

TENSION HEADACHES

The most common and least severe, tension headaches are also the most common type of headache among adults.  While they can be uncomfortable, tension headaches typically do not impact your strength, balance, or vision, and should not prevent you from any of your normal daily activities.

 Roughly 80% of the population in the US suffers from tension headaches at some point in their lives; with women being nearly twice as likely to suffer from them. While there is no sole cause, a number of factors are believed to have an impact on these common headaches. Hunger, anxiety, stress, lack of sleep, and posture have all been linked to tension headaches. Those who suffer more regularly may want to consider these factors in their own lives’ and try focusing to make improvements wherever necessary.

 To treat recurring tension headaches non-medically, consider making changes to your sleep habits, diet, or mood. Be honest with yourself and consider the following: Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating enough meals and getting proper nutrition? How is your mood on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis? Try making changes wherever necessary and see if the issue persists. If these headaches persist, consider consulting your local chiropractor. Headaches and chiropractic go hand in hand, as the issue could potentially be related to spinal misalignment or increased muscle tension.



CLUSTER HEADACHES

Shorter in duration than tension headaches and typically more chronic, cluster headaches can be extremely painful and occur daily for weeks or months at a time. A common identifier of cluster headaches is one-sided pain; either on the left or right side of your head along with watering eyes or nasal congestion on that side of the face. Being seasonal in their nature, those who suffer from cluster headaches tend to battle them at similar times each year. This seasonal nature also leads to cluster headaches being incorrectly associate with allergies. While the cause is still largely up for debate, it is known that a nerve in the face is involved with the occurrence of cluster headaches (your trigeminal nerve, to be exact). In terms of severity cluster headaches are comparable to migraines, however they don’t last nearly as long.

 As far as nerve pain is concerned, chiropractic care is a fantastic option for treatment. Pain stemming from the trigeminal nerve can sometimes be related to misalignment in the cervical region of the spine; where the nerve connects. By properly aligning that region of the spine through a chiropractic adjustment, future cluster headaches can successfully be prevented in many instances if indeed misalignment was the cause of the nerve pain.



SINUS HEADACHES

Generally, these types of headaches come as a result of inflamed sinuses and are often joined by a fever, runny nose, or sometimes swelling in the face. Provided that the inflammation is a result of illness, sinus headaches aren’t generally chronic and subside when inflammation of the sinuses has been alleviated.

 

Nasal decongestants are often helpful in these instances if the problem is simply nasal congestion. To treat infections, it might make more sense to consider taking antihistamines or antibiotics. Non-medical treatments include considerable amounts of fluid, using a dehumidifier, or inhaling saltwater nasal spray.

Rebound Headaches

Rebound headaches are often a result of overusing painkillers. Despite being commonly linked with overuse of Motrin, Tylenol, and/or Advil, prescription drugs have also been known to cause such headaches if overused.

 Likely a form of withdrawal, these types of headaches can most easily be avoided by carefully monitoring the use of painkillers.



MIGRAINES 

Frequently confused with tension headaches, migraines are actually quite different from any of the types listed above. Mainly differing in terms of pain intensity and symptoms such as vomiting or temporary vision loss, migraines can be not just painful, but practically debilitating. Other symptoms include pain being one-sided (but not in all instances), pain in temples, or extreme sensitivity to light.

 In terms of causal nature, migraines and tension headaches are actually quite similar. Stress, sleep habits, diet, and muscular tension in the neck have all been known to impact ones’ likelihood of migraines. To prevent future onset, consider making positive alterations in these areas and if improvements in your health aren’t made, consider consulting a doctor. Other preventative measures include chiropractic adjustments to relieve muscle tension in the neck or acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen. Be aware, however, that overuse of over-the-counter drugs can lead to other health problems or even the onset of rebound headaches (discussed above). 

Words of Wisdom: Duke University Releases Headache Evidence Report

The Foundation for Chiropractic Education is proud to announce the evidence reports have now been updated on both cervicogenic and tension-type headaches. Among the many options for care available, chiropractic was shown to have superior results.

Compared to amitriptyline use, chiropractic had favorable results for patients with tension-type headaches.

Compared to various soft tissue procedures, chiropractic care produced sustained improvement in headache frequency and severity for patients with cervicogenic (from the neck) headache.

Compared to other physical treatment methods (physiotherapy, acupuncture, and electrical stimulation) the evidence supporting chiropractic appears to be more robust.

I've always said that there are many causes of headaches, but aspirin deficiency is not one.

So, if you know of anyone who suffers from headaches, help them to get off the drugs (which can cause many side effects) and get into see us at Chiropractic Associates in Paris, Texas. They will thank you for it.

What can I do to help prevent headaches?

  • Maintain good posture to help reduce misalignments in the bones of the neck.

  • Seek to avoid situations of pressure and tension that can bring on a headache. If you can't avoid pressure, try to learn to cope with it more effectively.

  • Find time to take periods of rest to relax, close your eyes, breathe some fresh air and even take a brisk walk.

  • Avoid getting overtired to the point of exhaustion.

  • Exercise regularly to stimulate the circulation of blood to the head and to maintain neuromusculoskeletal flexibility.

  • Avoid too little or too much sleep, which can be contributing factors to headaches.

  • Don't sleep on your stomach. Either sleep on your side with you head supported so that it is level with your spine, or on your back with a small pillow or rolled up towel supporting your neck rather than your head. A cervical pillow is best.

  • Don't overindulge in food or drink, and don't smoke.

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By 7016572338 21 Sep, 2017

Fall means football, flu season, and that last stretch of pleasant weather before winter kicks in. Days are getting shorter, temperatures are getting cooler, and as the holidays approach, it’s a tempting time to slip out of exercise routines and pack on the pounds.

This guide provides helpful tips to promote health and wellness throughout the season.


Weather Change and Your Body

A change in weather can also mean a shift in the way your body’s muscles and bones feel—and sound! The Arthritis Foundation reports that a drop in temperature or barometric pressure can definitely correspond to an increase in arthritis pain and pressure inside joints.

Watch the Weather Report

Thunderstorms that come with fall weather also bring about pollutants such as pollen, smoke and mold, which can aggravate allergy suffers. Additionally, the foundation found that 50 to 80 percent of people who suffer from migraines get them more when weather changes. Patricia Prince, M.D. performed a two-year study of migraine sufferers in 2004. She asked them to document their migraine patterns over that time and then she compared them to National Weather Service records. She found, according to the foundation, that about half of the study participants got migraines that coincided with weather changes.

Acupuncture can provide relief and ease allergies. Acupuncture may be used to compliment your current allergy fighting routine or can be used alone. It can even help strengthen the body and prevent reactions to allergens in the first place. Unlike antihistamines and decongestants, acupuncture is free of side effects, such as drowsiness and immune system suppression. 


Prioritize Physical Activity

Take advantage of the sunlight and try exercising outside as much as possible. You’ll get a boost of disease-fighting vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin,” which is harder to come by naturally as winter approaches and the days grow ever shorter. Research shows that it’s easier to focus on activities while you’re outdoors, so you may be more likely to keep up with a fitness program if it’s taking place outside.

With after-school activities, holidays, and busy weekends, finding time to work out can be a challenge, especially if you have younger children. Try breaking up your workout into a few mini sessions throughout the day. Try taking a walk at lunch. A few minutes of stretching in the morning before leaving for work can make it easier to fit fitness in around the day’s activities.

Recruiting a friend as a workout buddy can keep you accountable to each other. A gym partner can motivate you to show up for your workout instead of putting it off. 


Prevent Sickness

It is possible to keep yourself healthier during the winter months.  Here are some tips to help you keep as healthy as possible:

  • Wash your hands and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze
  • Get plenty of sleep to avoid a weakened immune system
  • Eat healthful, fresh foods with vitamins and minerals to support immune health, including plenty of vitamin C
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid emotionally or physically stressful situations
  • Get plenty of rest
  • If you do get sick, stay home from work or school to avoid worsening symptoms or infecting others
  • Try not to share objects that can carry germs, like drinks and kitchen utensils
  • Immediately discard used tissues after coughing or sneezing to avoid spreading germs

It goes without saying, if you are running a high fever for an extended period of time, are becoming dehydrated or are feeling the ‘effects’ of a serious flu episode, seek medical attention immediately.

Maintain Good Nutrition

With such a variety in season, eating well as the leaves turn doesn’t have to be a chore. These seasonal fruits and veggies tend to be hearty, filling foods that can satisfy your hunger during colder weather.

While a fridge and pantry stocked with seasonal produce is a great start, fall also brings an array of eating habits to watch out for.

From tailgating at football games to the Thanksgiving table, the temptation to overeat is everywhere. You don’t have to cut out all the bad stuff entirely, but watch your portions and try eating more of the healthier foods at the spread. Try to eat half a plate of fruits and veggies and leave the other half for everything else.

Avoid empty, liquid calories like soda and alcohol as much as possible and limit your holiday treats to gatherings. Halloween candy and sugary food gifts are common this time of year. Don’t keep seasonal cookies and candies around the house, where you’re more likely to munch on them.


By 7016572338 22 Aug, 2017

Athletes can experience many different benefits from receiving chiropractic care.  Not only can adjustments help when treating injuries from high-impact sports such as wrestling, football, and hockey, but they offer other benefits as well.  It’s been shown that high-impact sports can place the same amount of strain on the body as an auto collision.  Athletes getting routine adjustments may notice improved athletic performance, improved range of motion (especially in endurance athletes), better flexibility, increased blood flow, and may suffer from fewer injuries.  Because spinal adjustments will reduce the irritation of the nerve roots between the vertebrae, the healing time from minor injuries can be shortened, improving performance.

Both high-impact and low-impact athletes can benefit from routine spinal adjustments.  For high-impact athletes, it increases performance and flexibility and lowers the risk for injury; for low-impact athletes (golfers, tennis players, and bowlers), routine adj

By 7016572338 17 Aug, 2017

THE SHOULDER AND ROTATOR CUFF

The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the human body. We are able to reach over our head, behind our back, and across the front of our body. This extreme motion in the shoulder can lead to shoulder injuries rather easily. The shoulder joint is very shallow and is held together mostly by ligaments. The muscles surrounding the shoulder are what actually give it most of its stability and strength. The rotator cuff is a group of small muscles that hold the humerus, the bone in the upper arm, against the shoulder joint. Several muscles in the upper chest and upper back stabilize the shoulder even further by ensuring smooth and even motion of the shoulder.

By 7016572338 08 Aug, 2017

Fall and Winter is coming and so is cold and flu season! Colds can be irritating and flu can be dangerous, so at Chiropractic Associates, we do our best to help our patients avoid illnesses and stay healthy. Using a variety of natural methods, we can help our patients build up their immune system and improve their ability to fight off sickness!

SPINAL ADJUSTMENT AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Spinal adjustment is the primary method of treatment that chiropractors use to help patients get healthy and stay healthy. Spinal adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is done by realigning the vertebrae to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. This technique works in a variety of ways to boost the effectiveness of the immune system. Spinal adjustment helps the body regulate hormones like cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone the body produces in response to stress. Cortisol can inhibit the immune system, which is part of why stress can cause illness. By controlling production of this hormone, spinal adjustment can help the body stay healthy.

Spinal adjustment also helps the immune system by eliminating subluxations. A subluxation is a condition caused by compression of the spinal column in the vertebrae. Subluxations can cause signals from the brain to misfire, resulting in physical dysfunction, leading to a variety of illnesses and diseases. By correcting subluxations, chiropractors can improve the body’s ability to heal itself and fight off illnesses.

SPINAL ADJUSTMENT TO SPEED RECOVERY

Even when illness strikes, spinal adjustment can help speed up the recovery process. Some patients hesitate to come to the chiropractic clinic when they’re not feeling well. We encourage patients suffering from a cold or flu to come in if they’re feeling up to it, because we can help expedite their recovery.

OTHER METHODS TO IMPROVE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Spinal adjustment isn’t the only method that chiropractors use to boost the immune system. At Choice Chiropractic, we use a variety of natural techniques to keep our patients healthy.

  • Nutrition counseling: Diet plays a big role in the body’s ability to fight off viruses. Foods like citrus fruits, probiotics, herbs, spices and garlic can all help patients get the vitamins and supplements they need to stay healthy.
  • Lifestyle advice: People make choices every day that can either help or inhibit their immune system. Sleeping well, using effective stress management techniques and exercising regularly can all help patients stay healthy. Proper wellness starts with good lifestyle choices. At Choice Chiropractic, we help our patients make the lifestyle choices that will help them avoid illness and stay healthy.
  • Postural screening and correction: Poor posture can lead to subluxations that then inhibit the immune system. We help our patients avoid this problem with our postural screening and posture correction techniques.


By 7016572338 03 Aug, 2017

Why Chiropractic Care Should Be in Your Back-To-School Preparations

It’s almost that time of year again, school is starting up again throughout Texas!The summer is winding down, athletics are winding up, and school will be back in session any day. While this obviously brings some excitement, it can also bring a bit of anxiety. But the more prepared you are, the easier the process of going back to school feels for everyone. In the midst of all of the preparations such as buying supplies, picking out new clothes, and tending to busy schedules, it can be easy to forget about one of the most important aspects of preparing for school: Your health. To get a jumpstart on a healthy school year, take a look at these reasons to make chiropractic care a part of your routine.

Because Books are Heavy

It’s a rite of passage for kids: A fresh, colorful new backpack to start off the school year. While there’s no doubt that using a backpack makes carrying books easier, there’s some debate about whether a heavy backpack is harmful to a child’s health, potentially causing chronic back pain or back injuries.When kids go back to school, they come home with backpacks full of heavy books and supplies.  A heavy bag might cause or exacerbate misalignments of the spine. These misalignments can cause pain and discomfort that won’t go away until the misalignments are corrected. This is where chiropractors may be able to step in and make a big difference.


Children who habitually carry heavy or unbalanced backpacks may develop the following conditions:

  • Circulation problems/nerve damage. Some backpacks have flimsy, narrow straps that aren't well-padded. These can dig into the shoulders, cutting off circulation to the arms and hands. Children may notice a numbness, tingling, or weakness.

  • Compressed vertebrae and inflamed cartilage. You've probably seen a child with a heavy backpack get pulled backwards by the weight. Some children try to re-balance themselves by arching their backs or leaning forward at the hips. Either of these motions can compress the vertebrae of the spine, leading to inflammation of the cartilage discs between the bones. This causes soreness in the middle of the back or lower back.

  • Muscle contractions. Excessive strain on the back can lead to involuntary flexing and releasing of the muscles, similar to a spasm.

  • Neck, upper back, or shoulder strains. A heavy weight pulling on the shoulders  can strain (cause tiny tears in) the muscles of the shoulder, neck, and upper back. Strains of the upper back between the shoulder blades are very common, since many children will hump their backs under the weight of the pack.

  • Posture issues. Poor posture can result from carrying a poorly-designed, ill-fitting, overloaded bag. Weeks or months of struggling under a heavy weight can lead to problems like rounded shoulders, especially in girls.

  • Wearing a backpack on one shoulder, which some children find more stylish, can also contribute to upper back pain by creating an imbalance in posture as the child leans to the other side to compensate.

  • In worst-case scenarios, heavy packs may contribute to or worsen scoliosis   (curvature of the spine, more common in girls).


   BACKPACK SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN

Here are 10 tips for parents and children to help avoid back pain:

  • Buy the smallest pack necessary. If the pack is too large, your child may be tempted to fill it to capacity.

  • Watch the weight. A backpack, when fully packed, should weigh no more than 10–15% of the child's body weight. For example, if your child is 60 pounds, her backpack weight should not exceed nine pounds. A six-pound pack would be even safer. Starting with a lightweight pack made from canvas or nylon is a good start.

  • Padded straps and back are a must. Wide, well-cushioned shoulder straps will keep straps from digging into the shoulders. A padded back provides additional comfort and protects the back from being poked by book corners and other objects.

  • Look for waist belts. Backpacks with waist belts can help to distribute the weight over the hips, taking some of the pressure off the shoulders and upper/mid back. (The same principle is used in backpacking to help adults comfortably carry gear up to 40+ pounds.)

  • Compartments are key. Packs with compartments can help to immobilize objects and distribute weight evenly across the pack. Put heavier items in the center of the pack.  
  • Tighten up the straps. Keeping the pack close to the back and centered relieves pressure on the shoulders and lower back. Tighten straps until the pack is worn close. If the bottom of the bag is hanging over the buttocks, the adjustable straps need to be tightened until the bag is brought up.

  • Use the locker or cubby. If your child has been assigned a place to keep his things during the day, encourage him to use it instead of carrying every book all day.

  • Don't carry everything every day. Look for ways to pack wisely and limit unnecessary items. For example, does your child need to bring every notebook to class every day? Only carry home the books needed to do that night's homework.
  • Lift the bag safely. Always bend at the knees to pick up a heavy pack, and use both hands.

  • Wear the pack over both shoulders. "One-shouldering" a backpack is unw


Because Germs Will Be Rampant

Because the spine is a part of the central nervous system, its health greatly affects every system in the body, including the immune system. The healthier the spine, the healthier the CNS, and the healthier the immune system. When kids go back to school, they’ll be exposed to all sorts of new germs and illnesses. By getting regular chiropractic care, you may help keep the immune system boosted, and germs far away.

Because It Starts the Year Off Right

Starting off the school year on the right foot may make or break the entire year. Beginning the year with chiropractic care may help you begin with better health, a more comfortable body, and a bit more flexibility, both physically and mentally. Because this sort of care can make you feel generally better and improve overall health, it’s a great way to get your school year started and your health on the right path.

If you would like to try chiropractic care, visit with chiropractors at  Chiropractic Associates.  At Chiropractic Associates  we have affordable pricing  that makes getting care easier than ever. Before your kids go back to school, get them on a path to wellness that can last all year long. Check out Chiropractic Associates as soon as today for quality care and a great addition to your back-to-school preparations.

By 7016572338 27 Jul, 2017

DID YOU KNOW that structural shifts in the spine can happen from the birth process?

A typical birth can place 60-90 lbs of force onto an infant’s head and neck. While most children  are okay, these shifts have been associated with colic, constipation, sleep issues and trouble feeding. Early check ups can help prevent structural shifts from becoming a chronic problem.

For newborns and infants, the path to good health begins with a natural drug-free approach. Well, chiropractic care provides just that. Like adults, newborns and infants can benefit in a variety of ways from spinal alignment through chiropractic adjustments. Let’s not forget they were curled up in a tiny ball for nine months being sloshed around while Mom went about her life -- so you’d be a little out of alignment, too! Here are a few things to look for.


By 7016572338 25 Jul, 2017

Nothing starts your day off better than getting a good night's SLEEP !   And sleeping with the right  pillow can help.

"Pillows can not only impact the quality of our sleep, but also how healthfully we rest and recharge," says sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, a clinical psychologist  and author of Beauty Sleep : Look Younger, Lose Weight , and Feel Great Through Better Sleep .

But the wrong pillow may worsen headaches , neck pain , shoulder  and arm numbness, discomfort, sneezing , and wheezing , notes orthopaedic surgeon Andrew Hecht, MD.

"A bad pillow won't be the cause of any of these problems, but using the incorrect pillow can certainly exacerbate many of the underlying problems linked to these symptoms , and it certainly can keep you from getting a good night's rest," says Hecht, the co-chief of spine surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York.

And if your pillow is past its prime, it may contain skin  cells, mold, mildew, fungus, and dust mites , which make up more than half of an older pillow's weight, Breus notes.

Is it time to buy a new pillow? Experts say the general rule is to buy a pillow every 12 to 18 months. After two years, it's definitely got to go.

By 7016572338 13 Jul, 2017

The use of computers in virtually every home, school and workplace environment has given rise to a host of related injuries affecting an unprecedented number of people worldwide

Without even realizing it, people often sit for hours a day hunched over a desk or in front of a computer, with their heads held forward for extended periods of time. Over time, this unnatural position places significant stress on the head, neck, shoulders and back, causing a condition known as Sitting-Down Syndrome. This condition has prompted an exponential increase in the number of people suffering from a variety of ailments that include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Lower-back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Wrist pain

When seated for extended periods of time, muscles contract and eventually become tighter and shorter, placing undue stress on other muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. In an unconscious effort to relieve the pain caused by this condition, your body compensates in a way that weakens your muscles even further. In turn, this repetitive condition leads to even more pain and suffering unless this cycle is interrupted and corrected.

Here are some simple thing to help you through your day!





By 7016572338 27 Jun, 2017

Sitting on your wallet, in the car or at your desk, obviously also will give you temporarily a crooked spine, because it raises one side of the pelvis. Only slightly you may say, but believe you me, it's significant.




´╗┐When sitting on your wallet...
That curvature is only temporary, obviously; only whilst sitting on your back pocket wallet but you can see how a scoliosis, whether for a few moments or permanent, reaches up into the cervical spine. It can and does play havoc with your spine causing headaches and a variety of spinal complaints that continue long after you get out of the car.

In a lateral shift your pelvis or hips will be misaligned causing a high hip on one side and low hip on the other side. This might give you the appearance of one leg being shorter than the other or give you chronic low back pain with or without pain in your gluteus and down your leg. One of the ways we measure and evaluate for lateral shifts is by checking to see if you carry your weight evenly on both legs. Often times people initially have weight balance discrepancies in the 10-15 lbs range and not be able to feel it. If you can imagine the extra wear and tear that happens if your car is out of alignment, you can imagine the extra wear and tear on your body that a lateral shift can cause over time.
When you sit on your wallet or phone you are essentially inducing a lateral shift in your spine. Over time, the repetitive stress of basically sitting on a wedge will induce a more permeant shift in your spine that will stay even after you are no longer on the wedge/ wallet. This happens as the muscles of your lower body being to tighten and adapt to this new structure.

We recommend keeping your wallet in your front pocket and taking it out of your pockets when you are driving or at work. Life has enough stress to throw at us without us consciously contributing to our shift. 



By 7016572338 22 Jun, 2017
In order for movement to occur, the muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments must all work together in response to signals from the brain. If there is any disease or condition that interrupts the nerves' signals or if there is any injury to any of these structures, movement can be hindered. To help keep the body healthy and active it is important to understand what tendons, ligaments and muscles are, the role they play in movement and how to prevent injury.Muscles, tendons and ligaments can all suffer injuries as the result of a direct blow or or from overuse. Ligaments can be overstretched; this is called a strain. A strain can involve just partial tears to the ligament or a compete tear. Muscle and tendon injuries are called sprains and occur when they are overworked or stretched too far. A strain can be either a partial or full tear. These injuries are common in high-intensity sports and require treatment to avoid chronic problems. Tendons, ligaments and muscles can all be stretched and strengthened to help avoid injuries.
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