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October 2010 Health Newsletter


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» Perceived Benefit of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Back Pain:
» Arthritis Affects More Than 20 Percent
» Too Few Eat Enough Whole Grains
» Three Meals Better For Weight Loss
» Is Pain Your Obstacle to Fitness? Chiropractic Can Help

Perceived Benefit of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Back Pain:

 

Back Pain Sufferers Benefit from Chiropractic Care


 

A study published in the June 2010 issue of The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, showed that people who used what the study called "Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)" received a "great deal" of benefit. Chiropractic was included in what this medical study defined as CAM care. 

The study received attention in a number of news stories including an article in the July 4, 2010 Medical News Today, and in a June 30, 2010 Business Wire release by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. The study surveyed people who had suffered from back pain and had used at least one CAM therapy in the last 12 months. Of these participants the results showed that over 60% found remarkable relief using the top six CAM treatments. Those treatments were chiropractic care, massage, yoga/tai chi/qi Cong, acupuncture, herbal therapies, and relaxation techniques - with chiropractic care being the most popular choice. 

The Medical News Today story reported that back pain is the second leading reason people walk into a doctor's office in the U.S. The survey looked at a total of 17 CAM therapies choices. Of those, Chiropractic care was the most popular approach at 74 percent, with massage a distant second at 22 percent. 

Dr. Gerard Clum, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress spokesperson and president of Life Chiropractic College West noted, "What we are seeing with these studies is compelling evidence that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for back pain sufferers more and more, that light is chiropractic care and other CAM approaches." 

One of the interesting findings of the study was that an overwhelming number of the people in the survey did not go to a CAM practitioner because of a referral from a medical doctor. In fact only 24 percent of respondents with back pain who received CAM stated that care came at the suggestion of their conventional medical practitioner. 

In their study conclusion, the authors of the study stated, "CAM is used by 40% to 60% of the population yearly, and back pain is the most common medical condition for which people use CAM. Using a nationally representative survey, our analyses documented that the majority of respondents who used CAM for back pain perceived great benefit and identified specific factors associated with perceived benefit." 

In the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress release on the study Dr. Clum summed up the study by stating, "Back pain sufferers should be made aware of all treatment options, especially alternatives that have been scientifically proven to provide relief. While chiropractic care has in the past been considered alternative there is now a case to be made for making it the first choice for patients and in the process making interventions like injections and surgery the alternative approach."



 

 

Author: Anup K. Kanodia, MD, MPH, Anna T. R. Legedza, ScD, Roger B. Davis, ScD, David M.
Source: The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Copyright: 2010 American Board of Family Medicine 2010


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Arthritis Affects More Than 20 Percent

What 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


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Too Few Eat Enough Whole Grains
We're eating far too few whole grain foods according to a recent report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. In fact, data from the report indicates that less than 5 percent of those surveyed ate the recommended 3 servings of whole grain foods daily. Whole grains are those foods made from the entire kernel of grain including the outer grain covering that is typically removed during processing as in the production of white flour.  Those eating higher quantities of whole grain foods have been shown to have lower incidences of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity as well as certain types of cancer. So when choosing breads, pastas and cereals, opt for those made from whole grain instead of those made from processed flours.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association. October 2010.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2010


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Three Meals Better For Weight Loss

Despite the common belief that eating more frequent smaller meals throughout the day is better for weight loss, a new study reveals three larger meals per day appears to be more effective. In the study, researchers found those who consumed three low-calorie, high-protein meals daily felt more satisfied and less hungry compared to those consuming six meals daily. Also, those consuming higher protein diets (25 percent of total calories from protein) felt fuller throughout the day compared with those consuming lesser amounts of protein (14 percent of total calories from protein). Researchers stated that smaller more frequent meals didn’t seem to be as effective for appetite control. Having ones appetite under control is critical for anyone attempting to restrict calories and experience effective, healthy long-term weight loss.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Obesity. September 16, 2010.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2010


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Is Pain Your Obstacle to Fitness? Chiropractic Can Help

Are 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


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