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November 2016 Health Newsletter


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» Back Pain Healthcare Costs Enormous
» Headaches and Chiropractic
» Gain The Weight, Gain The Spinal Pain
» Young Adults' Hard Work May Lead to Mid-Life Back Pain
» Chronological vs. Subjective Age: If You Think You Are Old, You Will Be
» Sugar and Cardiovascular Disease: New Concerns for Children’s Health

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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Young Adults' Hard Work May Lead to Mid-Life Back Pain

Back pain is a global problem. Most adults will experience back pain during their lifetime, and according to the World Health Organization, low back pain is one of the top 10 worldwide contributors to disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) with a prevalence of up to 70 percent of all adults in industrialized countries. There are myriad causes for low back pain, and the origins are usually multifactorial. But a new study from Finland suggests that strenuous labor while young may result in low back pain later during mid-life. The study also highlighted radiating low back pain in particular as a common outcome of heavy physical labor early in life. As new research improves our understanding of the origins of back pain, we can better manage and eliminate this painful and costly condition. Back pain (particularly low back pain) is one of the most commonly treated ailments by doctors of chiropractic, who not only treat back pain but also help their patients prevent future occurrences. With new research on the effects of strenuous labor early in life on mid-life back pain, this even further emphasizes chiropractic care's focus on patient education through teaching proper techniques and form for lifting and moving through strenuous work. Chiropractic treatments provide a holistic approach to resolving pain from the source, combining non-invasive treatments such as spinal manipulation with a host of other regimens including nutrition, exercise, massage, and more. While many patients simply mask their pain with medications, this type of treatment does not treat the source of their symptoms, and can lead to serious consequences from long-term medication use. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, is a safe and effective method of both resolving and preventing low back pain throughout all stages of life.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Occup Environ Med doi:10.1136/oemed-2016-103727
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Chronological vs. Subjective Age: If You Think You Are Old, You Will Be

"You're only as old as you think you are" has been a popular saying for many years. People who honestly feel this way really do act, and oftentimes look, younger than their age. Conversely, some people seem to age quickly and decline mentally and physically simply because they think they're old once they've reached a certain age. Is there scientific backing for the old saying: "You’re only as old as you think you are?" Research done in 2014 at the University of Montpellier in France studied the correlation between chronological age, subjective age, and changes in memory. What the researchers found is eye-opening. A person's subjective age is the age they feel they are mentally and physically. Someone in good physical and mental shape may be 60, 70 or 80 years of age, but feel like they aren't a day over 50. On the other hand, someone dealing with illness or chronic pain may feel like they’re 80 when they're only 60. Researchers have found that saying, thinking, or feeling older than one actually is can cause depression and memory problems. People who feel younger had a slower memory decline and quicker recall capabilities. A person's subjective age has a lot to do with how they feel physically and mentally. Implementing the following four practices will help one feel younger than ever:
1. Daily exercise
2. Eating nutrient dense foods
3. Regular mental exercises, like puzzles, reading or learning a language
4. Being surrounded by happy, positive people.
Chiropractic treatments are vital in pain reduction and management. In addition to a healthy diet and active lifestyle, getting regular chiropractic treatments are a great way to stay healthy and young.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci (2016) 71 (4): 675-683.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Sugar and Cardiovascular Disease: New Concerns for Children’s Health

Cardiovascular disease used to be something only older folks had to deal with. Unfortunately, this and other "adult diseases" are now becoming commonplace among the younger generations. Why are children now at risk? Is there anything parents can do to protect their children? The American Heart Association has released a scientific statement via their journal called Circulation. In this statement, the AHA states that poor lifestyle and nutritional choices are contributing to a child's risk of disease. The #1 risk factor for disease was high levels of added sugars to the diet. In their research, the ADA found that a high level of sugar was a contributing factor in the following diseases: 
1. Cardiovascular disease
2. Diabetes
3. Obesity
4. Hypertension
5. Obesity-related cancer
6. Dental decay
7. Fatty liver disease.
Children shouldn't be dealing with these types of diseases, and yet they are. The ADA stated that it was a high level of added sugars that increased the risk of disease. Therefore, the #1 key to reducing the chance of serious diseases, like cardiovascular disease, is to reduce sugar intake.  Families should focus on eating less processed foods that are laden with added sugars, salt and chemicals. Instead, their diet should be comprised of delicious, nutrient-dense, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. With a few simple dietary changes, as well as increased physical activity, parents can significantly reduce the risk of disease for the whole family. Chiropractors can help families reduce a child's risk of disease. With nutritional education and recommendations given by a quality chiropractor as permitted in most states, families have a higher chance of living the healthiest life possible.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Circulation, online Aug 22, 2016
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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