Headaches Affect Nearly Half Of All Adults

headache-1557872_1920The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that headaches have enormous costs to society and are hugely widespread throughout the world. According to the report, 47 percent of all adults have some sort of headache disorder. In the European Union (EU) alone, it’s estimated that 190 million days are lost from work annually, solely due to migraine headaches. One in six women and one in twelve men are affected by migraines making it the most expensive brain disorder in the United States and EU with an estimated total annual cost of $229 billion. Doctors of chiropractic are highly trained to diagnose and treat a number of headache related disorders. In fact, many causes of headaches are soft-tissue based and can be successfully managed with safe, natural chiropractic procedures. If you experience headaches, no matter how severe or subtle, don’t continue to suffer. Call your licensed doctor of chiropractic today for a professional, thorough consultation and/or examination.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. May 3, 2011.

How To Increase Athletic Performance

tennis-player-1246768_1280Athletes would agree the ability to know the precise position of their extremities and joints in space are essential to optimal performance. Playing tennis, hitting a baseball and swinging a golf club are just a few examples of where this is critical. New research indicates chiropractic adjustments can significantly improve joint position sense in those with a history of neck pain who currently are asymptomatic. In the recent study, asymptomatic subjects with a previous history of neck pain significantly improved their elbow joint position sense immediately following a chiropractic adjustment to the neck. While only the position sense of the elbow was evaluated in this particular study, it’s not a stretch to assume other parts of the upper extremity and potentially lower extremity could also be positively affected. This could be very significant for those wishing to achieve optimal athletic performance in a number of sports.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Volume 34, Issue 2, Pages 88-97 (February 2011)

What’s With The “Pop”?

treatment-1327811_1920If you’ve been to a chiropractor in the past, you may have noticed that your chiropractic procedure was associated with a popping sound. This sound is actually quite normal and is created by the negative pressure within the joint resulting in the release of nitrogen gas. In fact, this is what occurs when cracking your knuckles. With certain chiropractic procedures delivered by licensed doctors of chiropractic, this noise is completely normal. However, there are many times when the popping sound isn’t heard. New research performed to evaluate neck pain and the presence of an audible “pop” heard immediately following the chiropractic procedure indicates the lack of an audible “pop” does not necessarily contribute to the reduction of pain or overall effect on the nervous system. In other words, that audible “pop” is not required to get great results!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Vol. 34, Issue 1. January 2011.

Chiropractic Is Cost Effective For Sure

calculator-428294_1920A recent study adds to the growing list of studies indicating chiropractic care is extremely cost effective. In this most recent study, researchers set out to determine whether there were differences in the cost of low back pain care when a patient was able to choose a course of treatment with either a medical doctor or a doctor of chiropractic, given that his/her insurance provided equal access to both provider types. To obtain this data, researchers analyzed insurance claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield between October 1, 2004 and September 30, 2006 where the insurer had open access to medical doctors and chiropractic doctors through self-referral without any limit to the number of visits or differences in co-pays of these 2 provider types. According to their findings, those individuals who chose chiropractic care for their low back pain treatment had lower overall episode costs as compared to those who initiated care with a medical doctor. According to the study, “Paid costs for episodes of care initiated with a chiropractic doctor were almost 40% less than episodes initiated with a medical doctor. Even after risk adjusting each patient’s costs, we found that episodes of care initiated with a chiropractic doctor were 20% less expensive than episodes initiated with a medical doctor.”

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT Volume 33, Issue 9, Pages 640-643.

Eat Your Vegetables!

vegetable-plate-1179402_1920Of course, most all of us know that eating our vegetables is a healthy thing to do. New research continues to accumulate supporting the premise that we don’t take this advice lightly. In a recent study on mice, a diet plentiful on broccoli, carrots, green beans, corn and peas resulted in significantly less artery narrowing than their little counterparts who weren’t provided a diet containing vegetables. There was also a reduction in cholesterol levels. Even though the study was conducted on mice, researchers were excited that this new study clearly showed a diet rich in vegetables had significant cardiovascular benefits of which can very likely be extended to humans, especially in preventing the formation and progression of atherosclerosis, a condition marked by plaquing/thickening of the artery walls that frequently leads to heart attack and stroke.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Nutrition, July/August 2006.
Copyright: ChiroPlanet.com 2006

Study: Starting with Chiropractic Saves 40% on Low Back Pain Care

piggy-bank-1056615_1920A new study finds that low back pain care initiated with a doctor of chiropractic (DC) saves 40 percent on health care costs when compared with care initiated through a medical doctor (MD), the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) announced today. The study, featuring data from 85,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield beneficiaries, concludes that insurance companies that restrict access to chiropractic care for low back pain treatment may inadvertently pay more for care than they would if they removed such restrictions. Low back pain is a significant public health problem. Up to 85 percent of Americans have back pain at some point in their lives. In addition to its negative effects on employee productivity, back pain treatment accounts for about $50 billion annually in health care costs—making it one of the top 10 most costly conditions treated in the United States. The study, “Cost of Care for Common Back Pain Conditions Initiated With Chiropractic Doctor vs. Medical Doctor/Doctor of Osteopathy as First Physician: Experience of One Tennessee-Based General Health Insurer,” which is available online and will also be published in the December 2010 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, looked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee’s intermediate and large group fully insured population over a two-year span. The insured study population had open access to MDs and DCs through self-referral, and there were no limits applied to the number of MD/DC visits allowed and no differences in co-pays. Results show that paid costs for episodes of care initiated by a DC were almost 40 percent less than care initiated through an MD. After risk-adjusting each patient’s costs, researchers still found significant savings in the chiropractic group. They estimated that allowing DC-initiated episodes of care would have led to an annual cost savings of $2.3 million for BCBS of Tennessee. “As doctors of chiropractic, we know firsthand that our care often helps patients avoid or reduce more costly interventions such as drugs and surgery. This study supports what we see in our practices every day,” said ACA President Rick McMichael, DC. “It also demonstrates the value of chiropractic care at a critical time, when our nation is attempting to reform its health care system and contain runaway costs.”

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: American Chiropractic Association. November 16, 2010.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2010

Chiropractic Care First, Surgery Second for Sciatica

figure-1707104_1920A new study comparing chiropractic spinal manipulation versus microdiskectomy in patients with sciatica (pain running down the leg) as a result of lower back disk herniation was published recently indicating the effectiveness of chiropractic care. Patients included in this study had already failed to respond positively to at least 3 months of non-operative management including treatment with analgesics, lifestyle modification, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and/or acupuncture. Patients were randomly assigned to either the chiropractic spinal manipulation group (the most common specialized procedure used by doctors of chiropractic) or the microdiskectomy group where patients received microdiskectomy surgery. The results indicated that 60 percent of patients with sciatica (NOTE: they had already failed other medical management) benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention. Thus, it makes sense for those suffering from lower back (lumbar) disk herniation even with sciatica to strongly consider chiropractic care even if other forms of care have been unsuccessful – at least prior to going under the knife, so to speak.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT Volume 33, Issue 8, Pages 576-584 (October 2010).
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Is Pain Your Obstacle to Fitness? Chiropractic Can Help

yoga-263673_1920Are aches and pains getting in the way of your weight loss goals? Your local doctor of chiropractic can help. This fall, doctors of chiropractic across the country will highlight how they can help patients focus on getting past the roadblocks to fitness and better health during National Chiropractic Health Month. The theme for the 2010 observance is “Why Weight? Get Healthy!”

More than 60 percent of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese, according to CDC statistics, and obesity is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and some types of cancer. However, many people are unaware that even modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of a person’s total body weight, could improve blood pressure as well as blood cholesterol and blood sugars levels. That’s only 10 to 20 pounds for a person who weighs 200 pounds.

Yet losing weight can be a struggle, and many people wonder where to begin. The answer for some may be in the office of a doctor of chiropractic (DC). “Diet pills and extreme diets do not offer long-term solutions,” says Dr. Rick McMichael, president of the American Chiropractic Association. “Doctors of chiropractic, on the other hand, offer natural approaches such as exercise, diet and hands-on care to help keep you active and able to achieve your weight-loss goals in the short term, and also help you maintain your fitness level and thereby avoid some chronic conditions down the line.”

Consultation with a DC is particularly important when you consider that the effects of obesity on the musculoskeletal system—osteoarthritis, back pain, neck pain and joint pain—often cause overweight people to avoid physical activity and exercise when they need it most.

If you’re carrying more weight than the load-bearing structures of your body—spine, legs, etc.—can handle, there’s going to be pain, loss of movement and degeneration in the joints. Particularly if you’re carrying most of your weight in your abdomen, the low back and the spine will need to work harder to hold you upright. This adds extra stress and tension on your muscles, which in turn creates stiffness.

Sponsored by ACA, National Chiropractic Health Month is held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: American Chiropractic Association. October 2010.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2010

Arthritis Affects More Than 20 Percent

knee-1406964_1920What limits mobility, causes pain, affects more than 20 percent of the population and costs the U.S. $128 billion annually? Arthritis does, according to a newly released U.S. government report. Data from the government survey from 2007 through 2009 found close to 50 million people had been diagnosed with arthritis by their doctor. At an almost 30 percent rate of arthritis were the obese and those who exercised less, smoked more and had lower levels of education. By definition, arthritis is injury and inflammation of the joints. This causes pain, swelling, stiffness and limited motion. Doctors of chiropractic are experts at treating the many joints of the body in order to restore motion and nutrition to the joints, thereby reducing inflammation, stiffness and pain. One of the most common forms of treatment utilized by the chiropractor is the adjustment or manipulation of the joints. If you are suffering from pain, stiffness or swelling of one or more joints, schedule a consultation or examination from your local chiropractor today to see of chiropractic can help.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. October 7, 2010.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2010

Chiropractic Care For Insomnia?

bed-1836316_1920A recent literature review found some interesting evidence suggesting that chiropractic care may have certain benefits for those suffering from insomnia. In the review, researchers evaluated some 15 studies that met their criteria. Their findings suggested that many of the therapies utilized by certain chiropractors including cranial manipulation, physio and manual therapies as well as mind-body therapies may have benefits for insomnia sufferers. However, no studies have been directly conducted to specifically evaluate and support these findings but based on these previous studies, it may be worth additional investigation.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Vol 9, Issue 3. September 2010.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2010