Occupational Health

What’s Occupational Health and Safety All About, and How Can a Chiropractor Help?

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) estimates that workplace-related injuries cost businesses nearly $170 billion each year. With money like this at stake, it’s easy to see that keeping your workers healthy should be a priority. And chiropractors can play a major role in helping companies to manage risk and improve productivity.

An estimated 60 to 70 percent of all workplace-related injuries involve the musculoskeletal system. And of every worker’s compensation dollar spent, 90 cents is used for the treatment of this type of injury. Those professions with the highest rates of musculoskeletal injury are trucking and vehicle operations, manufacturing, nursing and healthcare, and work involving repetitive motion or prolonged periods of sitting.

Gerard Clum, D.C., is a spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress “Doctors of chiropractic provide a conservative, patient-centered approach that is well-documented for its clinical and economic value. When included as members of occupational health teams, doctors of chiropractic can facilitate and drive reduced costs and better clinical outcomes, as well as improvements in safety, general health and communication.”

Chiropractors are able to provide structural care, ergonomic improvements and advice on lifestyle and nutrition. This can contribute to creating lower workers’ compensation premiums, a reduced rate of absenteeism, and greater productivity, worker morale and employee retention.

Chiropractors are excellent at providing preventive care, which can help save businesses considerable amounts of money. But in addition to the financial benefit, employers benefit further by making their employees feel valued, which increases worker satisfaction. Daniel R. Nobbe, from Fiberteq LLC in Danville, IL, said “There are many benefits from developing a safety culture at your company – none of which is more valuable than employee loyalty. When employees know you care about their personal well-being and you prove that to them in their workplace, it increases morale, engagement, awareness, motivation and productivity.”

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Did You Know …

· Blood travels more than 60,000 miles each day through the body.

· Oatmeal is a common ingredient in many topical skin applications.

· The average brain weighs about 3 lbs., but more than 2 lbs. of that is water.

· When you blink an eye, you move over 200 muscles.

· Green tea contains catechins, flavonoids which kill germs and help reduce the sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.

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Newsletter

Did You Know…

· Every pound of excess fat requires 200 miles of additional blood capillaries, putting extra strain on the heart.

· Babies are born with 300 bones which fuse together to become 206 bones in adults.

· Your muscles are 75 percent water and make up almost half of your body weight.

· Your small intestine is almost 25 feet long.

· By the time you are 70 years old, you will have digested about 40 tons of food.

· Each year about half of all U.S. adults have an episode of back pain.

· You would have to eat 10 whole potatoes to get the sodium contained in just 10 potato chips.

Improve Your Posture

When standing, think of a wire attached to the top of your head. Some people tend to slouch and have an excessive curve in the lower back. The imaginary “wire” will help to prevent this. When standing for long periods, frequently shift weight from one foot to the other, always keep moving and changing positions. This will minimize the tension and compression on the spine. When sitting, especially at a work station for long hours, bring your chair close enough so that you are not bending forward. Utilize a chair that has good low back support and is adjustable to fit your build. If your feet do not touch the floor use a foot rest so the knees are slightly higher than the hips. Get up and stretch, move around every half hour or so if possible. While driving, strive also to have your knees slightly higher than hips. Adjust the seat to easily reach the pedals. If possible periodically on long drives tilt the seat at slightly different angles. Stop every couple of hours to stretch and walk around. Sleep on a supportive mattress, preferably not on your stomach. Choose shoes that are a good fit and offer proper support for daily wear. High heels are only for short periods of time and not for walking any distance.

Text Neck

Text neck is the term used to describe the injuries and pain sustained from looking down at wireless devices for too long. The symptoms associated with text neck are, chronic headaches, upper back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain and increased curvature of the spine. We all would look down to read but now with the widespread use of smart phones and tablets people are spending an average of two to four hours a day with their heads tilted forward. An adult’s head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds, tilting the head forward just 15 degrees can increase the force on the cervical spine to 27 pounds. At 60 degrees, the common texting posture seen on sidewalks, metros, and office hallways everywhere, the stress on the spine can hit 60 pounds, thanks to the forces of gravity. While it is nearly impossible to avoid technology, people should make an effort to look at their phones with a “neutral spine”, sending their eyes downward and not their heads. Take frequent breaks throughout the day.

Back Pack Safety

More than 40 million students carry backpacks in America today. Many of these same students carry their backpacks overloaded or fit improperly resulting in a variety of injuries including neck pain, muscle spasms, tingling hands, headaches and lower back pain. This very pain may result in the increasing possibility of damage on posture and development of the spine. When choosing a new backpack, it is recommended you select ergonomically designed features that enhance safety and comfort. Backpacks should be lightweight, have wide straps to distribute the weight, and always wear using both straps and try to only carry what is absolutely necessary.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Vivian Greene

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Fairport, NY 14450
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Sciatica

Effective Solutions For Sciatica Pain

Sciatica is leg pain caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back. Although the pangs begin in nerve roots located on either side of the lower spine, they then course through the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of each leg from the buttock down to the foot. The leg agony, called radiculopathy, "is often worse than the back pain," says William A. Abdu, MD, medical director of the Spine Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Usually felt in one leg, the sensation "can be intolerable," says Birgit Ruppert, a physical therapist at the Spine Center. "Some people liken it to the nerve pain you experience if you have a toothache."

The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disk: When a disk develops a tear or crack and bulges into the spinal canal, it can pinch the sciatic nerve.

Chiropractic Care

Sixty percent of people with sciatica who didn’t get relief from other therapies and then tried spinal manipulation experienced the same degree of pain relief as patients who eventually had surgery, found a 2010 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. The 120 people in the study saw a chiropractor about 3 times a week for 4 weeks and then continued weekly visits, tapering off treatment as they felt better. In people who responded to chiropractic care, benefits lasted up to a year. "Spinal manipulation may create a response in the nervous system that relieves pain and restores normal mobility to the injured area," says study researcher Gordon McMorland, DC, of National Spine Care in Calgary, Alberta. "It also reduces inflammation, creating an environment that promotes the body’s natural healing mechanisms."

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For Better Learning

For Better Learning

A high protein breakfast contributes measurably to learning, a Buffalo New York State University study indicates. Children who started the day with high protein foods gained seven months in reading achievement in a four-month period. Children who had mainly sugary foods for breakfast gained only 5.25 months in reading achievement in the same time period.

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Fairport, NY 14450
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Healthy Spine Healthy Life

Guidelines To A Healthy Spine, A Healthy Life

Experts have debated forever as to which habits are best for the spine, and often the arguments go in circles. I’m going to break it down to four simple rules to great spinal health, which will make life a lot easier; when you feel great, and your body works great, you perform better at home, at work, and socially. Basically, it’s the recipe for a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Get Regular Chiropractic Adjustments

Regular chiropractic adjustments are the foundation to the health of the spine. You are able to move because your spine allows it. When your spine doesn’t move properly, you can’t move properly. The spine protects the functioning of the nervous system. When the spine doesn’t move properly, the nervous system doesn’t function properly and you’re not as healthy as you can be. Such regular care can increase optimal performance of the nervous system and the immune system while providing optimal range of motion for better physical function.

Hydrate

Most people don’t drink enough water. The human body is made up of 60 percent water. We need to hydrate appropriately for proper function. The spinal discs (the sac of fluid between each vertebrae) are comprised of mostly water. When you don’t hydrate sufficiently and the joints don’t move properly, the discs shrink in size; think of these discs as grapes (healthy) or raisins (unhealthy). Your spinal movement and overall health is significantly dependent upon the health of these discs

Strengthen

In order to strengthen the spine, the most important group of muscles that must be strengthened is the core. The core refers to the internal abdominal muscles, the deepest spinal muscles, and the muscle at the floor of the pelvis. The core muscles are those that provide the greatest amount of stability for the spine. Even one minor injury to the low back can cause these muscles to be weakened significantly. The core is often very weak because of improper muscle firing due to prolonged sitting and lack of movement.

Stretch

Spend time lengthening your spine and the associated muscles. Stretch often. The practice of stretching doesn’t need to be a long, arduous process. You can build in two-minute stretching sessions while sitting at your computer, or you can stand and stretch in a doorway while talking with a co-worker or taking a phone call. Stretch first thing in the morning; when you get out of bed, do a full reach to the sky and fold over to the ground. If you watch your dog when it gets up in the morning, what does it do? It stretches, let’s remember to do it.

Health can get really complicated, but it doesn’t need to be. Keep these four simple rules as part of your regular routine and you and your health will benefit. If you’re looking for improved function, better performance and a healthier, more active lifestyle, create a happier and healthier spine.

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Fairport, NY 14450
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Research

New Study Shows Majority of Patients Get More Relief from Low Back Pain

with Spinal Manipulation Therapy

San Jose, Calif. – Feb.21, 2018 – A new study published in The SPINE Journal (2018) concludes spinal manipulation is most likely to reduce chronic low back pain and improve function when compared to other approaches. The research examines the safety and effectiveness of various manipulation and mobilization therapies for treatment of chronic low back pain. According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care, results show that both manipulation and mobilization are likely to reduce pain and improve function for patients with chronic low back pain, but that spinal manipulation – most often performed by a doctor of chiropractic – produces a larger effect than mobilization.

Key Findings:

  • Nearly six out of ten patients (57 percent) experienced a reduction in chronic low back pain and a reduction in disability (78 percent) utilizing manipulation or mobilization as compared to other therapies.
  • A majority (79 percent) reported that manipulation significantly reduced pain and disability, compared to other approaches such as physical therapy.
  • Both manipulation and mobilization therapies are considered beneficial and safe.

“Chiropractic care is proven to yield improved clinical outcomes, reduced costs and high levels of patient satisfaction,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP. “Given the increased interest in providing Americans with drug-free/non-pharmacologic pain management options, this study better positions doctors of chiropractic as front-line providers for spinal health and well-being, specifically as it relates to the management of chronic low back pain prior to the utilization of prescription opioids.” Nearly 94 percent of all spinal manipulations in the U.S. are performed by a doctor of chiropractic.

The prevalence of lower back pain in the U.S. may be as high as 84 percent. In approximately 23 percent of people suffering from lower back pain, the pain becomes chronic and disables nearly half of this population. Pain management approaches vary greatly. This study explored the evidence for treating chronic low back pain by spinal manipulation therapy (thrust applied to joints) – a common modality performed by doctors of chiropractic – and mobilization (a type of passive movement of a spinal section) and combined therapies.

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Did You Know …

Did You Know …

· Low back pain affects approximately 80% of adults at some time during their lives.

· Back symptoms are among the 10 leading reasons for a person to visit an emergency care facility.

· Back pain will become chronic in 5 to 10 percent of those who suffer.

· Back symptoms are the most common cause of disability for persons under the age of 45.

· People who smoke, are obese, depressed, anxious, or have high stress jobs, have a higher incidence of low back pain.

· The back is more vulnerable to injury during the first hour after waking and any time after prolonged periods of sitting or sleeping.

· Most back injuries are not the result of a single activity or exposure to heavy lifting but instead are related to repetitive motion.

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Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Pain Medication

115 Americans die every day from an opioid-related overdose. There are safer pain management approaches available. #ThinkChiropractic

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