The ACA Offers “12 Days of Health and Wellness” for Healthy, Happy Season

blue-1326154_1920The upcoming holiday season is full of reasons for good cheer, but the added demands of the season can also stress the capacities of our bodies. Research shows that stress and unhealthy behaviors contribute to some of our country’s biggest health problems such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. This stress can also build up inside the body and manifest as back pain, neck pain or headaches…making matters even worse. Doctors of chiropractic are experts in spinal adjustment and other manual therapies that can relieve the aches and pains caused by holiday stress. They also provide nutrition counseling, exercise recommendations, ergonomic tips and other advice to promote good health year-round. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in an effort to promote health and wellness this holiday season, offers “12 Days of Health and Wellness,” a campaign designed to give consumers tips on ways to manage the holidays more healthfully.  Each day focuses on a different topic such as choosing nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, and stretching after tree-trimming or gift wrapping to help ease back pain. “The holidays are synonymous with frenzied activities, parties, shopping and stress, so it is imperative that people take steps to address these issues in healthier ways,” said ACA President Rick McMichael, DC. “It’s the perfect time to use ACA’s tips to take control of your health and to discover chiropractic’s natural approach to wellness. A doctor of chiropractic can customize a wellness program that’s right for you.”

Look for fact sheets, audio public service announcements and additional links to helpful information at http://www.acatoday.org/12days.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: American Chiropractic Association. November 20, 2009.
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Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation Improves Golf Swing Performance

golf-787826_1920If you’ve ever golfed, you’ll likely know the importance of a full golf swing. What if something as safe, natural and beneficial as a chiropractic care could improve that golf swing? Well, it appears findings from a new study show just that. For a growing number of athletes, chiropractic care has been the tool they’ve used to increase their overall performance in their particular sport, including golfers. In this most recent study, 43 golfers were assigned to one of two groups – either a program of stretching or a program of stretching combined with chiropractic spinal manipulation.  Average age, handicap and initial swing were comparable between the two groups and various golf maneuvers were evaluated pre and post treatment once per week for 4 weeks. No improvement of full-swing performance was observed with the stretch only group. However, researchers did find improvement in the stretching plus chiropractic spinal manipulation group. While the number of golfers evaluated was limited, the findings are exciting and indicate like so many athletes are claiming that chiropractic care allows them to achieve optimal performance in additional to optimal health.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Vol 8, Issue 4; December 2009.
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Headaches/Neck Pain In Children

girl-504315_1920If your child is suffering from headaches and/or neck pain, chiropractic is a very viable, safe and natural treatment method. According to new research, joint dysfunction in the lower cervical spine (fixations and abnormal movement in the vertebrae making up the lower neck region) was significantly associated with neck pain and/or headaches in preadolescents. Chiropractors spend years learning spinal evaluation and have a number of highly skilled techniques to identify and care for spinal abnormalities including vertebral fixations and movement abnormalities. In fact, the majority of chiropractic treatments utilize chiropractic adjustments that are forces applied to the spinal vertebrae that aim to restore normal motion and correct fixations. Another interesting finding from this study – there was a wide variation in the child’s self-report of trauma history and neck pain and/or headache prevalence and their parent’s reporting. Thus, many parents don’t seem to be fully knowledgeable in their children’s aches and pain. If you suspect your child might be suffering from neck pain, headaches, or any other spinal pain or condition, be sure to question them thoroughly. If you find your child may be suffering, please call your local chiropractor today and see if safe, effective chiropractic care can help your child to be pain-free and healthy!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Volume 32, Issue 8; October 2009.
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