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February 2016 Health Newsletter


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» Back Pain Healthcare Costs Enormous
» Headaches and Chiropractic
» Gain The Weight, Gain The Spinal Pain
» Legislation Would Include Chiropractic Physicians in U.S. Public Health Service
» How Relaxation Exercises Can Decrease Your Doctor Visits
» Memory Matters: How Early Memory Issues Are Linked To Dementia in Women

Back Pain Healthcare Costs Enormous
Back pain and spinal problems are increasingly burdening the healthcare system within the U.S. as well as many other countries throughout the world. The latest numbers come in close to $86 billion - the annual cost of treating spinal problems in the United States alone. This number equates to a 65 percent increase in the cost of treating back and spine related disorders in just the past decade. Worse yet, new research indicates people's back and spine related problems are no better off. So what’s the deal? Experts state increased spending on prescription drugs, more advanced diagnostic testing and increases in the number and cost of spinal surgeries are partly to blame. While this is unfortunate, it's clear that the current overall methodology of treatment is not successful since significantly increasing costs shouldn't result in a poorer outcome for back and spinal disorder sufferers. Chiropractic care is safe, non-invasive and highly effective in the management of many spinal disorders including some of the most common causes of back pain. Chiropractic care has also been shown to be a very cost-effective treatment for certain back and spinal problems. In fact, chiropractic doctors receive so much back and spine related training that most chiropractic students purchase models of the human spine to study extensively during their chiropractic training.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of the American Medical Association. 2008;299(6):656-664.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2008


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Headaches and Chiropractic
The title above is from a release by the American Chiropractic Association on August 2, 2013, that appeared in several news outlets including the American News. The release, and several associated news articles discuss how chiropractic helps people who suffer from headaches. The ACA release begins by noting, "If you have a headache, you're not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea." Another article about chiropractic and headaches in the Merritt Herald from Canada on July 24, 2013, starts by stating, "Did you know that one of the most common forms of headache is actually caused by problems in the neck?" The ACA release reported on research of how chiropractic helps headaches by noting, "A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, N.C., found that spinal manipulation (adjustments) resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication." Using chiropractic care for headaches is not a common medical procedure. This fact was illustrated in the Merritt Herald article, "Unfortunately, the medical understanding of headaches often does not take into account the chiropractic model, which remains foreign to many within the medical profession." The Merritt Herald article also reported that this information is not new, noting that, "In 1995, a team of MDs at Syracuse University established neck problems as the cause of many headaches with scientific, anatomical proof." The researchers were headed up by Dr. Rothbart, a medical doctor. In an interview after the research, Dr. Rothbart stated, "Some brilliant people have put their hearts, souls and minds to this (headache) problem and haven't come up with anything. All we've been able to do is treat people with an array of medicines, one after the other, and hope the side effects won't be too bad. We couldn't believe it at first. We've been able to put together a scientific explanation for how neck structure causes headaches — not all headaches, but a significant number of them. It's true that chiropractors have been saying this for years. Unfortunately, many (medical) doctors tend to have a jaundiced view of chiropractors, but they were right about headaches."

Author: Dr.Rothbart
Source: American Chiropractic Association
Copyright: Dr. Rothbart 2013


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Gain The Weight, Gain The Spinal Pain

A recent Norway study indicates that in both men and women obesity is strongly associated with chronic low back pain. The increased weight of being obese wreaks havoc on the spinal tissues that are placed under constant and increased stress due to the additional weight. Fortunately, most obesity is treatable and with loss of the additional weight, many experience significant improvements in their back pain complaints, not to mention the improvement or reversal of many other related health conditions. Fortunately, chiropractic care can still help before the additional weight comes off, or, if the additional weight cannot be lost. Chiropractors not only provide relief for many experiencing back pain due to obesity, but some additionally offer treatment programs directed at weight loss and strategies to improve one’s overall health. If you’ve got extra pounds to lose and are suffering from back problems, you deserve an opportunity to try chiropractic care!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Spine. Volume 35. Issue 7.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2010


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Legislation Would Include Chiropractic Physicians in U.S. Public Health Service

A new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would improve the quality of America’s health care infrastructure by further integrating doctors of chiropractic (DCs) through the nation’s official delivery and research networks.  H.R. 3851, introduced by Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas), calls for the appointment of chiropractic physicians as officers in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps.  “A top priority of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has always been to increase access to and utilization of chiropractic services available through the federal government,” said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC. “The services of chiropractic physicians will be a tremendous value to the Public Health Service’s Commissioned Corps, and enacting this legislation will be another important milestone in the mission to fully integrate chiropractic care into the nation’s health care delivery system.”  H.R. 3851 would include DCs in the USPHS Regular Corps and the Ready Reserve Corps, and would require the president, in consultation with the Surgeon General and the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, to appoint no fewer than six DCs to the Commissioned Corps. Although the Commissioned Corps includes representatives from many diverse health care professions, no DCs have ever been appointed to serve.  “Chiropractic physicians already serve our nation’s active-duty military and veterans with distinction,” said Dr. Hamm. “H.R. 3851 will allow DCs to join forces with other health care providers in the fight against disease, poor health conditions and other threats during both non-emergency and emergency periods for our country. We extend our appreciation to Rep. Green for his effort to introduce this long-overdue legislation.”  USPHS is an elite team of more than 6,000 full-time, well trained, highly qualified public health professionals dedicated to delivering the nation’s public health promotion and disease prevention programs and advancing public health science. As one of America's seven uniformed services, the Commissioned Corps fills essential public health leadership and service roles within the nation's federal government agencies and programs. Officers in the Corps provide health care services in a variety of locations and venues, including care to members of the U.S. Coast Guard and at community health centers.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.com, online November 11, 2015.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2015


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How Relaxation Exercises Can Decrease Your Doctor Visits

Meditation and Yoga are known to drastically reduce stress, but they could also be the trick to staying healthier longer. In fact, a recent study asked various health providers to refer over 4,400 people to a "Relaxation Response Resiliency Program" to receive special Relax Response Training. This type of therapy calls for patients to perform intense relaxation exercises, like deep meditation and yoga positions, to loosen the grips of their anxiety and stress.  In a stunning result, around 42% of the study participants who tried Relax Response Training greatly decreased their doctor visits the following year. This also includes a 44% drop in mandatory lab work and another 21% drop in other health-related appointments. The study also looked at roughly 13,000 people who had never received Relax Response Training and saw no decrease in their annual doctor visits.  Decades of medical research shows a clear link between relaxation exercise, like yoga and meditation, and better overall health, but how does it keep the doctor away? Relax Response Training forces patients to slow down, take a breath, and focus intensely on their relaxation. This creates a positive physiological response that naturally reduces inflammation, improves muscle ability, and decreases stress to improve heart health.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: PLOS ONE, online October 13, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Memory Matters: How Early Memory Issues Are Linked To Dementia in Women

Women diagnosed with Dementia experience a range of symptoms that affect their memory, and thus, affect their ability to handle everyday routines. One San Francisco study set out to find ways the medical community could spot potential risk factors early on in women. Dementia has a host of both physical and mental symptoms, but the researchers at the VA Medical Center focused on one particularly important symptom, acute memory loss.  Over an 18-year period, researchers asked more than 1,000 female participants over the age of 65 if they were having problems remembering things, more so than friends and family. At the beginning of the study, almost 90 participants reported having issues with memory loss. At the end of the study, researchers found that half of the participants who documented memory loss at the start of the study were already diagnosed with either Dementia or cute cognitive issues. While researchers do acknowledge that some memory issues are a result of the normal aging process, there are still things people can do to keep their cognitive health strong, like exercising, eating right, regular sleep, and staying mentally stimulated through activities.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Neurology, online October 28, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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