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Better Health, Try Chiropractic!!

As a follow-up to the last health tip, I wanted to share other reasons why people visit chiropractors as reported in the National Health Interview Survey. Many say they do not like taking medications. Others say that they sleep better and it gives them a sense of control over their own health. It helps them feel better emotionally and helps to relax or reduce stress levels. Some say that chiropractic care improves their energy, immune function and/or memory or concentration. Athletes say that it improves their athletic or sports performance. If you haven’t been to your chiropractor in a while, you may be missing out on some important benefits!!

Benefits of Chiropractic, from the patients mouth!

Did you know that a recent survey found why US adults love visiting their Chiropractors and what they value the most from it? First, a majority of those people surveyed said the main reason for seeing their Chiropractor was for general wellness and disease prevention. The benefits from their care was improved overall health and making them feel better. They deemed the overall value of Chiropractic care as very important in maintaining their overall health and well being. Also a vast majority of those surveyed found that Chiropractic helped a great deal with helping a specific health problem. When asked why not see just a medical doctor, the majority felt that combined with medical treatment, Chiropractic would help better. Many felt that Chiropractic treats the cause and not just the symptoms. Seems there are a multitude of reasons for seeing your favorite doctor of Chiropractic…don’t hesitate!

Is Chiropractic three times better?

Be careful where you start as it could cost you on many levels. The biggest problem with the Chiropractic profession over the years has been the lack of solid research showing the efficacy of what we do. Fortunately, that ended several years ago with more and more studies now supporting what we Chiropractors have known all along. A recent study compared the cost, efficacy and satisfaction of Chiropractic care verses MD care as first-contact providers for a number of musculoskeletal conditions. Those patients who chose a DC as their initial care provider, verses those who chose an MD initially, had better outcomes based on pain scales, less expenses by over $360 over a four month period, and were more satisfied with their care. That my friends is the proverbial trifecta!! The most important aspect of this study was that it was the first time that there was a comparative study on outcomes between two different providers or modalities. In fact, the authors went on to say that that choosing an MD over a DC to start care for some musculoskeletal conditions, “might actually be a mistake.” Three great reasons to see your DC….!!

No Surgery Please!

You have heard me tout this same information before, but this is important. Eighty percent of all adults will experience some type of back pain in their lives. Very recent studies show that for chronic back pain, surgery doesn’t work any better than conservative care. An 11 year follow-up study of spinal fusion patients showed that their self-rated outcomes, were no better than those patients that went with conservative care, for their back pain. This conservative care includes chiropractic. This is not the first study to support conservative care for lower back pain. Please pass this along to family and friends! Just remember, you can never undo a back surgery.

Keep the Disc Healthy..!!

I read an article discussing back pain, and as most chiropractic patients know, adjustments can help reduce back pain, improve spinal function and reduce the need for surgery and the nasty meds such as opioids. Not to mention that patients rank their satisfaction with chiropractic care at the top of the list of provider care. A recent study proves that not only does chiropractic adjustments help with back pain but it may also help maintain or even increase the height of the spinal disc. As we age, or if the disc is injured , it often loses its height, usually through degenerative changes. Since the discs are the shock absorbers of our spine, it is imperative to do whatever one can, to maintain the overall health of their spine. Chiropractic can help with a variety of health issues and this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.!!

Forget Fusion…!

Read this interesting information about the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation relative to spinal fusion surgery for lower back pain. A rule change, beginning 2018, says no spinal fusion surgery without at least 60 days of conservative care, prior. This conservative care can include chiropractic. Also, it states that opioids should be avoided whenever possible and the avoidance of “provider catastrophizing the explanation of the MRI findings.” Why? Because spinal fusion outcomes are significantly worse than non-fusion surgery. A study found 77% of the workers did not return to work for 2 years after fusion. Most back problems will respond to chiropractic and conservative care. Studies now support chiropractic care as being the first responders for conservative care. Pass the word!!

Squat, it works!!

The most healthy individual will most likely at some point in their life, experience back pain. Why? Because we are two legged creatures and most of the forces of our upper body is carried by the bottom two discs in our lumbar spine. Also, as we get older we tend to bend more with our backs when we pick stuff up. We either get lazy or weaker in the legs as we age, generally both. I watch my grandson, one day, almost every week and we play a lot of stuff. I observe him when he picks items up off the floor or ground, and he squats every time when he picks things up. Even at the playground, I notice other children do the same thing. Rarely do they bend at the waist. Take a tip from the little ones and reacquaint yourself with picking up and lifting things properly, and hopefully avoid those nasty back problems. But if you injure yourself, get to your chiropractor immediately, they will help!!

Hurricane mentality!!

Hi everyone, just wanted to forgo the usual health stuff to give thanks to all the first responders and wonderful people who are helping this great country through some nasty, natural catastrophes. It is heart warming to see the compassion, generosity, and heroism that comes from times like this. It is disasters such as these, that bring out the best in the good men and women of this wonderful United States, regardless of political affiliation. We are Americans, we will provide and survive and best of all we will cry, sigh, hold our heads high, roll up our sleeves, pull together and rebuild and replenish once again. May this help bring this nation closer together!!

 

Summer ends, yard work begins!!

Well, I trust everyone had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend and hope there wasn’t much labor involved. I know I tried to avoid anything laborious. The weather was wonderful and I did spend time outside in the yard doing semi-laborious things. Did you know fall is the time of year when there are a rash of back injuries due to yard work? In fact, this time of year tends to be second only to spring, for gardening or yard, clean-up-type, back injuries. Bending and lifting are the two main culprits that increase the risk of back issues. Tight hamstrings play a big roll in back problems with the guys however women are also susceptible. When bending forward, you must always try to hinge at the hips and avoid any significant time with the lower back rounded forward, especially with bending only partially. Forward bending distorts the fibers of the disc and can cause pain even if only performed for a short time. Enjoy your yard and the outdoors, be careful, and if you injure your back, call your chiropractor…they will help!!

Forward head carry is bad…!!

Well I hope everyone still has their eye sight after the last eclipse passed through. It is already a week later and people are still talking about it. I thought it was very cool. Speaking of sight, our eyes contribute to neck motion, in that, if you catch something out of the corner of your eye, you will generally turn your head to look toward that object. Computers and cell phones are two technologies that contribute to neck issues, especially relative to posture. Most computer neck problems are head positioning issues by which the head is generally held forward of the neck and shoulder regions. It is what my profession calls a forward head carry. This is a terrible position for the neck to be in considering it is holding up an 8-10 pound head. This places extreme stress on the tissues of the neck to support a heavy head in less than optimal position. This injures the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints of the neck as well as putting significant stress on the discs of the spine. Next time we will discuss a remedy for forward head carry!!