Health-E-News. February 2009
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February is valentine's month and gets everyone thinking about healthy hearts. Did you know that Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to decrease blood pressure more effectively than 2 of the best selling blood pressure medications? Check out this article - click here
Chiropractic and Other Complementary and Alternative Care for Children Rapidly Increasing
On December 1, 2008 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a clinical report on the use of what they call "complementary and alternative medicine" (CAM) in children. This report was published in the December issue of the AAP journal, Pediatrics. Dr. Kathi J. Kemper, MD, and her colleagues from the Task Force on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Provisional Section on Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine, clarifies CAM by noting, "The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines...CAM as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional Western medicine."
In the abstract of the published report, the AAP noted, "The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the increasing use of complementary and alternative medicine in children and, as a result, the need to provide information and support for pediatricians." In response to the increased usage, the AAP formed the, "Task Force on Complementary and Alternative Medicine to address issues related to the use of complementary and alternative medicine in children and to develop resources to educate physicians, patients, and families."
Although a good portion of the chiropractic profession would not use the term CAM to describe chiropractic, the AAP study did note that chiropractic was probably the most well used CAM by children. The report stated, "Chiropractic care is one of the most common professionally provided CAM practices. It focuses on the relationship between body structure (primarily that of the spine) and bodily function and how that relationship affects health. With more than 50,000 chiropractors licensed in the United States, the number of children visiting chiropractors is substantial and increasing. Recent studies have confirmed that up to 14% of all chiropractic visits were for pediatric patients and that chiropractors were the most common CAM providers visited by children and adolescents."
The author's conclusion suggests that there may be an increase in cooperation and referrals from pediatricians to chiropractors. They concluded, "Pediatricians and other clinicians who care for children have the responsibility to advise and counsel patients and families about relevant, safe, effective, and age-appropriate health services and therapies regardless of whether they are considered mainstream or CAM."
The increased usage of chiropractic and other forms of non-medical care is not much of a surprise to the chiropractic profession. "This new study shows what we in chiropractic have been seeing in our offices. People are turning toward more natural forms of healthcare such as chiropractic," stated Dr. John Maltby, President of the International Chiropractors Association. Dr. Maltby continued, "This study especially points out the increased usage of chiropractic in the care of children. And as the study points out this care is not only for the chronically ill, but also is playing a growing role in wellness care for children."
Did you watch the Super Bowl? Did they talk about any of those elite athletes receiving Chiropractic adjustments?
Pretty much every major football team has their own team Chiropractor!
So treat yourself like an elite athlete!
Tips for Staying Motivated
1. A Goal That Moves You
The definition of motivation is a state of being characterized by energy and direction. The first step to remaining motivated is finding your reason or goal. A goal fuels motivation and keeps it alive. Write the goal down on a piece of paper with some thoughts about why that goal is important to you. Rewrite and make the goal more specific over time. Write down examples of people or experiences that exemplify the goal. Finally, identify a mental vision of the accomplished goal and what it would look like.
2. Bringing out Your Best
Try not to judge your self motivation. Vanity, revenge, greed, arrogance and extreme competitiveness are all some of the unsavory motivations behind great achievements. Many times, the journey to achieving the goal is character building in and of itself and literally brings out the best in an individual. Getting started is the hardest part. What you learn about yourself and how you interact with the world as you accomplish your goal is as important as the goal itself.
3. Measuring the Milestones
Any marathon runner knows you can't train in a week. Staying motivated will be easier if you break your time up into smaller accomplishments. If you're trying to lose 30 pounds, for example, it is less overwhelming if you concentrate on what you're trying to accomplish one week at a time. Have a reward ready or small celebration that is unique to mark the accomplishment that week.
4. Skinny Jeans Gimmicks
Dieting motivation drives a variety of money-making industries. Diet pills, hypnosis, acupuncture, diet support groups and crazy diets persuade us to try something new. In reality, we're only distracting ourselves from our goal by grabbing onto a crutch. There's nothing wrong with using some safe assistance to help us reach a weight loss goal, but it will ultimately fail if our basic diet and training program isn't appropriate. Good nutrition and exercise is the only real way to lose weight. Anything beyond that should be complementary. Go back to your goal and write down an eating and training plan that is sensible to meet first, before you seek out any outrageous ideas.
5. Lighting the Fire Again
Every January, workout clubs and gyms get a lot of new members from weight-loss motivation. By the end of spring, most of those new members don't show up any more. Plan for your motivation to wane and have an action plan ready. If you miss a week of exercise, get back into it immediately. If you have a cheat day, then let it pass and start back into eating healthfully. If you have an injury, cross train to work around it and resume your training schedule for your marathon as soon as you are healthy. This doesn't mean you plan to fail, just that you acknowledge you aren't going to be perfect.
Chiropractic Benefits Those With Failed Back Surgery
A new case study "demonstrates improved function and quality of life in a failed back surgery case."
According to the report, "the patient was a 58 year old male who entered the clinic with a primary complaint of low back pain and left lateral leg pain. He suffered an acute injury to the low back upon performing job duties and elected to have surgery on the lumbar spine. Afterwards, the condition has worsened."
Results revealed that "the patient was adjusted using specific osseous motion palpation/Gonstead manual adjustments. Improvements were noted in several areas. VAS improved from 2 to 8, although the Borg pain scale remained relatively constant. SF-36 testing showed a decrease in Physical PCS in the initial stages of treatment and a rise in the latter stages and there was an increase in the Mental MCS. Posture showed significant improvement as did ROM for lumbar flexion in the initial phases of care."
JVSR - January 10, 2009;1-5.
Chiropractic Benefits Those With Fibromyalgia
"Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is one of the most commonly diagnosed nonarticular soft tissue conditions in all fields of musculoskeletal medicine, including chiropractic," explain the authors of a comprehensive literature review "for the most commonly used treatment procedures in chiropractic for FMS."
The review, which included 38 studies, found "resulted in the following recommendations regarding nonpharmaceutical treatments of FMS. Strong evidence supports aerobic exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy. Moderate evidence supports massage, muscle strength training, acupuncture, and spa therapy (balneotherapy). Limited evidence supports spinal manipulation, movement/body awareness, vitamins, herbs, and dietary modification."
The study concludes that "several nonpharmacologic treatments and manual-type therapies have acceptable evidentiary support in the treatment of FMS."
JMPT - January 2009;32:25-40.
Chiropractic Benefits Those With Knee Pain
Chiropractic care significantly reduce knee pain, according to a new report, which followed 43 people with chronic, non-progressive history of osteoarthritic knee pain, aged between 47 and 70 years.
The randomized, controlled trial separated the participants into two groups. "The intervention consisted of the Macquarie Injury Management Group Knee Protocol whilst the control involved a non-forceful manual contact to the knee followed by interferential therapy set at zero. Participants received three treatments per week for two consecutive weeks with a follow up immediately after the final treatment."
Results revealed that "prior to the intervention, there was no significant differences in age or present knee pain intensity. Following treatment, the intervention group reported a significant decrease in the present pain severity (mean 1.9) when compared to the control group (mean 3.1). Response to treatment questions indicated that compared to the control group, the intervention group felt the intervention had helped them (intervention mean 7.0; control mean 3.4), felt it decreased their knee symptoms such as crepitus (intervention mean 6.0; control mean 3.4) and improved their knee mobility (intervention mean 6.4; control mean 3.4) and their ability to perform general activities (intervention mean 6.5; control mean 3.8). Importantly the MIMG Knee Protocol intervention group reported no adverse reactions during treatment."
JCCA - December 2008;52:229-42.
Chiropractic Benefits Those With GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
A case study in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association suggests that chiropractic care may alleviate gastroesophageal reflux disease.
According to the article, "the mother of a 3-month old girl presented her daughter for chiropractic care with a medical diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Her complaints included frequently interrupted sleep, excessive intestinal gas, frequent vomiting, excessive crying, difficulty breastfeeding, plagiocephaly and torticollis. Previous medical care consisted of Prilosec prescription medication."
"Notable improvement in the patient's symptoms was observed within four visits and total resolution of symptoms within three months of care. This case study suggests that patients with complaints associated with both musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal origin may benefit from chiropractic care."
JCCA - December 2008;52:248-55.