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» Back Pain Healthcare Costs Enormous
» Headaches and Chiropractic
» Gain The Weight, Gain The Spinal Pain
» The Quality of Your Posture Is Linked to Fall Risk
» Obesity Grows Around The World
» Research Says Fitness Trackers May Not Be Accurate

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 whatís 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.


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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 ó 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


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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 oneís overall health. If youíve 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.


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The Quality of Your Posture Is Linked to Fall Risk

Whether your golden years are now or decades off, good posture is correlated to reduced fall risk. And the other good part? Your favorite chiropractor is a great resource for both achieving and maintaining good posture.†

The Link Between Posture and Fall Risk

Hereís the not-so-good part: not only does poor posture lead to back pain, it leads to an increased fall risk. Youíre twice as likely to fall if you have back pain, according to studies. And if youíre in pain, youíre less likely to move, which leads to weaker muscles for both movement and posture, which then lead to an even greater risk of falling. It can become quite the vicious cycle.† Back pain is not only linked to an increased risk of falling, itís often tied to poor posture. And if you have poor posture, your body is poorly balanced and you may also have hindered range of motion. For example, if you trip or slip, your poor, imbalanced posture makes it harder to get your feet back under you in time.

Falling Statistics

Falling statistics go beyond the number elderly of folks who take a tumble in any given year. Thereís associated injuries (broken hips and head injuries top the list), medical costs (falls incur over $50 billion annually), deaths and more.† The other problem is that all these numbers get worse year over year. The CDC projects that the fall death rate in the U.S. alone will rise to 7 deaths every hour by 2030. Part of that is due to our baby boomer generation entering the 65+ age group, and part of it is due to a life of sitting at computers and/or on couches. Statistics also show that youíre more likely to fall if you experience foot pain as well. Improper posture places uneven wear and tear on your feet, often leading to pain.

How Your Chiropractor Can Help With Posture

Chiropractors are trained to evaluate posture and aid in promoting correct posture. They can help in four powerful ways.

Quality Testing - Fixing posture is more than remembering to sit or stand straight. And to properly fix posture, it takes getting to know your unique case. Poor posture can stem from improper curvature in the neck or back, scoliosis, how you hold your head, injury, poor ergonomics and more. Chiropractors have various posture assessments and tests to correctly identify the root cause(s) of poor posture and the best approach to treating you and only you.

Ergonomics Evaluation - One of the best ways to avoid poor posture is to develop a lifestyle that promotes good posture. Your chiropractor can evaluate your workspace and home lifestyle, and give you guidance on how to adjust your lifestyle in a way that proper posture will come more easily.

Chiropractic Adjustments - Chronically poor posture reshapes your neck and spine, and changes how your muscles hold all those bones together. Chiropractic adjustments can coax your spine back into alignment, making it easier for your body to achieve and maintain correct posture.††

Muscle Work - Building off of adjustments, your muscles need rehabilitative work, too. For example, if youíre hunched forward, then muscles on your backside are going to be longer than they should be while muscles in front are shorter. Your chiropractor can guide you through carefully calculated stretches and rehabilitative work to balance your body out and hold correct posture.†

Good posture can protect you and potentially save your life. You donít have to live in fear of falling. You can work with your chiropractor to improve your posture, thus significantly reducing both pain levels and your risk of falling.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html


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Obesity Grows Around The World

In early 2016, the global population totaled more than 640 million obese people. These new totals now show that more than half the world is overweight. This increase in obesity means that one in seven women and one in 10 men are obese, with a body mass index of more than 30 (overweight is 25). During the last 40 years, the average male BMI has risen from 21.7 to 24.2 while females saw a rise from 22.1 to 24.4. That totals to an average of 3.3 pounds gained per decade. The study looked at almost 20 million adults worldwide. It's an epidemic that has seen worldwide attention as countries address food labeling practices, food pricing, taxes on unhealthy foods, and government nutrition recommendations. At the same time, many of the world's poorest are underweight, suffering from a lack of food. Obesity can have both health and economic effects. As healthcare costs rise, problems due to an unhealthy weight can affect the economic stability of millions of households. But it doesn't have to be this way. Leading a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and a smart diet can allow you to live a longer and better life.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters, online March 31, 2016.


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Research Says Fitness Trackers May Not Be Accurate

Fitness trackers are exploding in popularity, tracking everything from heart rate to steps taken. But a new study from the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo shows that this technology isn't always accurate at tracking energy expenditure. Researchers tested 12 fitness trackers against current methods of detecting energy expenditure. The results suggest that these trackers can both under and overestimate energy expenditure, sometimes by hundreds of calories. Some devices underestimated calories burned by almost 600 calories while others overestimated by around 200. Researchers say it is possible the trackers are inaccurate due to people taking them off during the day. For people who use fitness trackers to make health decisions based on fitness level, both over and underestimates can be harmful. Those trying to lose weight could be actually burning too few calories. Those watching their activity levels due to heart problems may be too active. Thereís not much research on trackers yet, and devices could vary from brand to brand. Either way, people using fitness trackers to make health decisions should be cautious about relying too much on device data.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, online March 21, 2016.


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