A new study indicates that those suffering from neck pain have the best outcome when they seek care sooner rather than later. In the study, researchers evaluated a number of variables to determine which ones might predict the outcome of their chiropractic treatments. When evaluating reported neck pain levels, neck disability and perceived recovery after treatment, researchers found the only variable that was consistent in predicting the treatment outcome was the duration of neck pain during the person’s first visit. Those who received chiropractic care sooner consistently tended to have better treatment outcomes. It should be understood that chiropractic care is also appropriate and effective for subacute and chronic neck pain, however, those neck pain sufferers seeking care sooner typically experience a better treatment outcome. Therefore, as common sense also dictates, we recommend you don’t simply wait for your neck pain to go away. Instead, take a proactive and proven course of action – seek immediate chiropractic evaluation for your neck pain in order to achieve the best outcome possible.
According to researchers at the University of Georgia, a low-intensity workout can boost energy levels by 20 percent as well as decrease fatigue by 65 percent. Their results come from a small study of 36 individuals who were split into 3 groups – Those who exercised moderately for 20 minutes 3 times a week for 6 weeks, those who exercised leisurely at low intensity for 20 minutes 3 times a week for 6 weeks, and those who did not exercise at all. The 2 groups who exercised had a 20 percent increase in energy. But, the low intensity group reported less fatigue than the moderate intensity group. Thus, for those looking to increase energy levels, consider exercising lightly to moderately. For those looking to also significantly minimize their fatigue, they should consider participating in a lower intensity exercise program.
Source: University of Georgia. February 28, 2008.
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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.