Research

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) adds to a growing body of recent research supporting the use of spinal manipulative therapy, a treatment used by chiropractors, as a first line treatment for acute low back pain.

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Pain

Myth: Pain is the problem.

Fact: Actually, pain is merely a sign. It is a way your body communicates with you. It means a limit has been reached or a change is needed. Pain is not the problem, it is the alarm response. We want to find out the cause of the pain and correct it, getting rid of the pain and the problem.

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Pain Management

Doctors of Chiropractic Provide Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management

"Chiropractic services are an important first line of defense against pain and, in some cases, can lessen a patient’s reliance on addictive painkillers or prevent their use altogether," said ACA President David Herd, DC. "It makes sense to exhaust conservative forms of treatment such as chiropractic before moving on to riskier, potentially addictive pain medications."

Statistics show that as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. In addition, every day more than 1,000 people are treated in the emergency room for misusing prescription opioids.

Using treatments such as spinal manipulation, chiropractic physicians take a drug-free approach to treating back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. High-quality research has found spinal manipulation to be effective for acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain.

In the wake of the opioid epidemic, many respected health care organizations now recommend non-drug treatments. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in its 2016 guidelines for prescribing opioids, notes that nonpharmacologic therapies are preferred for treating chronic pain. In addition, the National Pain Strategy, an initiative by several federal agencies, recognizes chiropractic’s value as a method for pain management.

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Did You Know…

Did You Know…

  • There are at least six universal facial expressions. They are: happiness, sadness, disgust, fear, anger and surprise.
  • The brain operates on about the same amount of power needed to light a 10-watt light bulb
  • Every 36 hours the lining of a humans stomach is replaced.
  • The approximate length of a human esophagus is 25 centimeters.
  • A person that blushes easily is known as a erythrophobe.

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Fall Injuries

Avoiding Injuries While Doing Yard Work This Fall

Before you reach for your rake or your leaf blower this fall, consider possible consequences: upper or lower back strain, neck strain and pain in the shoulders. Just as playing football or golf can injure your body, the twisting, turning, bending and reaching of mowing, raking and using yard equipment can also cause injury if your body is unprepared. Like an athlete, if you leap into something without warming up or knowing how to do it properly, the chances of injury increase. To prevent strain and pain follow these tips:

• Wear supportive shoes. Good foot and arch support can prevent some back strain.

• Stand as straight as possible, and keep your head up as you rake or mow/mulch.

• When raking, use a "scissors" stance: right foot forward and left foot back for a few minutes,

then reverse, putting your left foot forward and right foot back.

• Bend at the knees, not the waist, as you pick up yard equipment or piles of leaves or grass.

Make the piles small to decrease the possibility of back strain.

• To avoid blisters, try wearing gloves. If you have asthma or

allergies, wear a mask.

• Regardless of what piece of equipment you use, make sure it has a strap and that you use it.

Place the strap over your head on the shoulder opposite the side of your body from

the device. This will help normalize your center of gravity.

• Be sure to switch the side on which you operate the equipment as often as possible, and to

balance the muscles being used, alternate your stance and motion frequently.

• If your mulching mower has a pull cord, don’t twist at the waist or yank the cord.

Instead, bend at the knees and pull in one smooth motion.

• Drink lots of water before and after your work and take frequent breaks.

While it is critical to use and operate yard equipment safely, it is equally important to prepare your body for the work you are about to do. To help avoid injury, be sure to include a warm-up/cool-down period that involves stretching. Breathe in and out slowly throughout each stretching exercise until the muscle is stretched to its furthest point. At that point, hold your breath in; when you relax, breathe out. Stretch gently and smoothly. Do not bounce or jerk your body in any way and stretch as far as you can comfortably.

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New Study On Sitting

Yes, Your Desk Job Is Killing You, New Study Confirms

Go on, take a break: Your life could depend on it. New research has found that sitting for too long can play a direct role in an early death. Don’t worry too much, though. Experts suggest that getting up to move around every half-hour or so may be enough to help counteract this risk.

Research published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine appears to confirm what has long been suspected: Your desk job is slowly killing you. The research found a link between sitting for too many hours during the day and risk of early death, suggesting that doing one may lead to the other.

"I think the simple message is sit less, move more, and move frequently," study co-author Keith Diaz says.

Unfortunately, between commuting and office work, it’s difficult for many to avoid sitting for extended periods of time. The study suggests that "interrupting sedentary time" would help reduce this risk and that even very short breaks can make a difference.

"We found that the longer your movement break the better (that is, the lower your risk of death), and the more intense your movement break the better," says Diaz. "Our minimum definition of a movement break was one minute."

For the study, researchers followed 7,985 adults over four years, noting everything from age, to how long the individuals spent seated, to how often they got up for breaks and how vigorously they spent that time. The results showed that individuals who sat for longer periods of time without any breaks were more likely to die early from all causes of death. Diaz hypothesizes that frequent movement may help to manage blood sugar levels and prevent the formation of blood clots in the legs.

The finding is likely not shocking to most, as exercise has been hailed as the solution to nearly all health problems.

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Did You Know

Did You Know…

· The skeleton of an average 160 lb. body weighs only 29 pounds.

· The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

· A 4 month old fetus will startle and turn away if a bright light is

flashed on its mother’s belly.

· Your fastest growing nail is the middle nail; the slowest is the

thumbnail.

· The word “salmonella,” referring to bacteria from contaminated

food, has nothing to do with fish. It was named after U.S.

pathologist Daniel E. Salmon.

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