Health-E-News March 2016
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Don't Let Back Pain Stop You
Back pain is an extremely common problem with a wide variety of causes. Although more common in aging adults as they become less mobile, back pain can strike at any age under the right (or wrong) circumstances. In 2010 it was estimated that about 600,000 Americans opt for surgery each year in an attempt to alleviate their back pain. Unfortunately, the success rate is not as great as most probably believe. Let's look at some causes and treatment options for this widespread problem. Why Does Your Back Hurt?
There can always be disease-related causes for back pain, but in most cases the causes are simple and common: bad posture, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, and lifting or bending wrong. Bad posture is very common in the US, due to sitting down all day at work, driving frequently, and constantly staring down at those clever little devices we call smart phones and tablets. The spongy discs in our spines are fed by movement, literally. When we move, fluid flows through them and nourishes them. When we sit still at work or in the car, they get malnourished. And every inch that your head sticks out from a true center of gravity over your body adds 10 pounds of stress to your neck. So leaning your neck out 3 inches while staring at your phone is adding 30 pounds of stress on your neck and spine. Ouch!
In addition to the fluid moving through your spine, regular nutrition for your body also plays a part. A healthy diet nourishes the bones, discs, muscles, and other structures in your back and spine. And wherever nutrition is a factor, exercise is sure to follow as another. When you don't get regular movement and exercise, your muscles atrophy and your bones become weaker. Then in your weakened condition you decide to play some weekend basketball with the guys, and one wrong movement lets you know that you just messed up. Regular exercise prevents these types of strains and sprains from happening as easily.
Chiropractic care can relieve back pain without surgery or prescription drugs, yet the standard option among many seems to be to run straight to the surgeon. Is surgery more effective? Not necessarily. A 2010 study in the journal Spine followed 1450 patients with disc degeneration, disc herniation, and radiculopathy. Half had surgery and half didn't. After two years, only 26% of those who had surgery had returned to work, compared with 67% of those who didn't. More troubling, those who had surgery showed a 41% increase in in the use of painkillers, specifically opiates.
Thousands of studies have shown Chiropractic care helps those with back pain, sciatica, tension headaches, blood pressure and more; all without drugs or surgery. If you are suffering with back pain, Chiropractic should be your first choice for treatment.
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Dr. Travis Stork, MD, shares how Chiropractic helped him
Meet Dr. Travis’ Back Pain “Dream Team” After suffering from chronic back pain for months, ER physician Dr. Travis Stork underwent an MRI with orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Hooman Melamed and learned that he had two herniated discs. In order to avoid surgery, he tried alternative treatment with licensed chiropractor Dr. Chett Mallett, licensed acupuncturist Aaron Niemi, and restorative trainer Jonathan Leary. Find out if he’ll need additional treatment.
Chiropractic helps 11 year old child with asthma
If you or your children suffer from asthma, Chiropractic can help.
Asthma is one of the most common long-term diseases in children and can cause breathlessness, wheezing and chest tightness, along with coughing at night or early in the mornings. Asthma attacks are usually triggered by an environmental irritant such as secondhand smoke, dust mites, molds, cockroaches and pests, pets, outdoor air pollution, and more. When these triggers are inhaled, they can cause irritation of the nerves that control the lungs, causing the small airways to tighten up, restricting air flow, resulting in asthma.
An eleven-year-old girl was brought to see a Chiropractor for the first time as she had a variety of health-related issues including: asthma, chronic allergies, sinus problems, dry skin, and leg cramps. During the Chiropractic examination, it was noted that the child had poor posture.
Within the first month and a half of Chiropractic care, which accumulated to 27 visits, the girl discontinued all of her medications, no longer had allergic symptoms, and could breathe normally. Improvements in her skin and posture were also seen.
Fedorchuk, C., & Opitz, K. (2014). Improvement in Quality of Life and Improved Cervical Curve in an 11-year-old Child with Asthma Following Chiropractic Intervention: A Case Study. Journal Of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health -Chiropractic4, 4(2)
If you have tried traditional medical care for asthma without success, know that there are numerous studies that demonstrate how Chiropractic can help those who suffer with asthma.
Study links many cancer cases to bad habits
A new study says almost half of cancer cases in Alberta are linked to behaviours that people can change such as smoking, eating too much junk food and not getting enough exercise.
The study released by Alberta Health Services suggests about 6,700 cancer cases could be avoided each year if people took better care of themselves. Other bad habits that can be a factor in the disease include being overweight and drinking too much alcohol.
The study acknowledges that no diet or lifestyle change can promise absolute protection from cancer, but people can reduce their risk. The research says some of the most common cancers such as breast, lung and colorectal could be reduced by at least half.
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says it makes sense for people to take steps to live healthier lives. "It is important to look at some of the factors that are within our control in helping protect our health," she said Thursday in a release.
"Prevention is one of the best tools we have when it comes to reducing the risk of cancer."
While the report above was from Alberta, the results can apply to anyone. By receiving Chiropractic care, improving your diet and adding exercise you can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer.