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July 2011 Health Newsletter


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» Scoliosis in Children
» Home Births on the Rise in US
» Subluxations Drive Me Nuts!
» More Positive Results For Chiropractic Headache Relief
» Moderate To Intense Exercise Protects The Brain
» We're Not Only Eating More, But More Often
» Senate Bill to Expand Veterans’ Access to Chiropractic Care Introduced

Scoliosis in Children

 Scoliosis Helped with Chiropractic - A Case Study

In the May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health is a case study documenting the improvement through chiropractic of a 14-year-old girl with idiopathic scoliosis. Scoliosis is described as a lateral curvature of the spine with vertebral rotation. According to the study author, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis affects between 2 to 9 percent of the population.

Hailey sitting treesIdiopathic scoliosis means curvature of the spine from an unknown origin. The results of this can include such problems as back pain, postural problems, self-image issues, and in more severe cases, even breathing difficulties.

In this case, a 14-year-old girl was brought to the chiropractor for evaluation of her adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. It was also reported that her chief complaint was mild mid-back and hip pain made worse by running cross-country at school and sitting in a chair for prolonged periods of time. She also reported that she did not have the same level of stamina as other girls on her cross-country team.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included postural x-rays. The curvature was measured on the x-ray to be 24 degrees on the primary curve and 17 degrees for the secondary curvature. Chiropractic care was initiated at a frequency of twice a week for 2 months then decreasing to weekly for a while before eventually being seen on a monthly basis. During this time the patient was given chiropractic adjustments along with rehabilitative exercises.

After 17 months of care, her scoliosis had improved from angles of 24°/17° down to angles of only 15°/6°. Her breathing improved as did her chest expansion ability. The range of motion for her torso also improved. All the indicators continued to improve on follow-ups over a 4 year period.

In his discussion, the author summed of this case by stating, "Chiropractic rehabilitation, when correctly applied to patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, can have a significant, longstanding effect on the structure of the spine and related symptoms."

Author: May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric
Source: May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric
Copyright: May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric 2011


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Home Births on the Rise in US

 Home Births on the Rise in US

Several news articles covered a recent study released by the US Centers for Disease Control on May 20, 2011, which showed that home births have increased 20 percent from 2004 to 2008. The study notes that this increase occurred after a steady decline in home births between the years 1990 and 2004.

According to the study, in 2008, there were 28,357 home births in the United States. The study reported that the largest increase was in white women who were predominantly college educated and between 30 and 40 years of age. In a May 20, 2011, CNN article on the subject, study lead author, Marian F. MacDorman of the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that home births were at their highest level since 1990.

annabee sleeping beautyThe CNN article quoted her as saying, "Women may prefer a home over a hospital birth for a variety of reasons including a desire for a low intervention birth in a familiar environment surrounded by family and friends," MacDorman said. "Cultural or religious concerns, lack of transportation in rural areas and cost factors may also play a role as total costs for home births are about 1/3 those for a hospital birth."

Although there was a 20 percent increase in home births, the rates still remain relatively low with only 0.56 percent of births being at home in 2004, and increased to only 0.67 percent by 2008. In a May 20, 2011, Health News article lead study author, Marian MacDorman speculated about why there was such a wide difference in home births between white women and other ethicalities by saying, "I think there's more of a natural birth subculture going on with white women - an interest in a low-intervention birth in a familiar setting".

In a WebMD article on the same day, MacDorman explained that some of the increase may be due to a fear of medical intervention. She explained, "For example, a lot of concern about the rising C-section rate, rising medical interventions, induction of labor, episiotomy, and so forth. I think there's a certain group of women who maybe feel nervous about going to the hospital and maybe having a C-section they didn't want or something like that."

In the same WebMD article, Aaron Caughey, MD, PhD, chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the center for women's health at Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland chimed in and agreed. "There is currently a cesarean epidemic in the United States." Caughey noted that in 1996, 21 percent of births were C-sections, but by 2009, the number was 32 percent, representing a 50 percent increase, "making cesarean delivery the most common surgery that a woman under the age of 50 will have."

Author: US Centers for Disease Control on May 20, 2011
Source: US Centers for Disease Control on May 20, 2011
Copyright: US Centers for Disease Control on May 20, 2011 2011


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Subluxations Drive Me Nuts!

 ddpalmer ovalheadYou may ask, what exactly is a subluxation? SUBLUXATIONS are  misalignments of any joint in your body. Physical and emotional stress are two of the leading causes of subluxations. When you have a subluxation you WILL be aware of one or more of these issues:

  • Loss of Strength
  • Reduced Athletic Ability
  • Poor Balance
  • You can't rotate your head or bend over as far as usual
  • Neck Pain, Back Pain, Joint Pain
  • Headaches

This is what you WON'T be aware of:

  • Reduced Brain Function
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Increased Production of Stress Hormones
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Greater Suseptability to Injury

What drives me crazy about SUBLUXATIONS is that they are often so subtle that you probably have no idea that you are walking around with a few of them right now as you are reading this.

Regular chiropractic spinal adjustments greatly improve the communication between your brain and all of your parts, by reducing interference in your body caused by subluxations.

Getting your spine adjusted is like a cross between a front-end alignment for your car and an update for your laptop.

 Your spine is worth it... it's the only one you've got. If your spine was on your face would you take better care of it!!! Tell a friend you learned a new word, it could save their life!

Author: Kathy
Source: Chiropractic Research
Copyright: Spinal Correction Center 2011


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More Positive Results For Chiropractic Headache Relief

One of the most common types of patients seen by a chiropractor are those who suffer from headaches. While tens of thousands of chiropractors know the huge positive impact chiropractic care has on providing headache relief, researchers recently reviewed all controlled clinical trials published through August 2009 to identify studies conducted on chiropractic care and headaches, and their outcomes. Their findings included the recommendation of spinal manipulation (the most common form of treatment utilized by chiropractors) for the management of episodic or chronic migraine headaches. Additionally, another common type of headache, the cervicogenic headache, also benefited significantly from spinal manipulation therapy. If you're suffering from headaches, consider the safe and effective care offered by chiropractic. Research has shown it effective for many headache types and unlike drugs and surgery, it's completely natural and non-invasive.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Vol 34, Issue 5, Pages 274-289 (June 2011)
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Moderate To Intense Exercise Protects The Brain

New research indicates moderate to intense exercise in the elderly may be effective at reducing dementia and strokes. In comparing MRIs of the brain in those who exercised more intensely, researchers identified considerably less brain damage caused by blocked arteries as compared with those who exercised far less intensely. Interestingly, there was no difference in the brains of those who exercised with light intensity as compared with those who did not exercise at all. Although this study did not directly evaluate exercise intensity to the rates of dementia and stroke, the findings of increased brain blood flow and less brain damage strongly suggests moderate to intense exercise should significantly lower the incidence of dementia and stroke suffered by the elderly. According to the American Heart Association, 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise is recommended each week.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Online issue of Neurology®, June 8, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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We're Not Only Eating More, But More Often

A new study indicates Americans are continuing to eat more calories as well as eat more frequently throughout the day. According to the findings, the number of meals and snacks consumed daily rose from 3.8 in 1977 to 4.8 in 2006. Additionally, as compared with 1977, American adults were consuming 570 more calories daily by 2006. The study also revealed that Americans are now consuming 220 more calories each day directly from sugary soft drinks. The increased availability of easy to obtain foods that tend to be less healthy (fast food chains), the lack of regular consistent sit-down meals (increasing frequent grazing), increased consumption of sugary drinks and other lifestyle changes are largely to blame.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. June 30, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Senate Bill to Expand Veterans’ Access to Chiropractic Care Introduced

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) commend Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) for introducing legislation in the U.S. Senate designed to fully integrate chiropractic care as a covered service within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system.



The bill, S.1147, specifically requires the VA to have a doctor of chiropractic on staff at all of its major medical facilities by 2014. The legislation was introduced on June 6, and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.



ACA believes that integrating the services provided by doctors of chiropractic into the VA health care system would be cost-effective and speed the recovery of many veterans returning from current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. A February 2010 report from the Veterans Health Administration indicates that about half of all veterans returning from the Middle East and Southwest Asia who have sought VA health care were treated for symptoms associated with musculoskeletal ailments – the top complaint of those tracked for the report.
 


"ACA and ACC applaud the work of Sen. Blumenthal as he continues to advance causes that positively impact our nation’s veterans," said ACA President Rick McMichael, DC. “America’s heroes are suffering from chronic, disabling pain, and yet many remain unable to access the beneficial care provided by doctors of chiropractic. I hope that Congress will act in our veterans’ best interest and pass this important legislation.”



"We are extremely grateful to Sen. Blumenthal for his sponsorship of this critically important legislation that will allow doctors of chiropractic to expand their vital services to our nation's veterans within the VA health care system," said ACC President Richard Brassard, DC. "A long list of studies, including a recent study from Johns Hopkins University, have reinforced that musculoskeletal injuries are the primary threat to our active-duty military. This legislation will help ensure that we have enough doctors of chiropractic in place within the VA health care network to serve these soldiers and provide them with the care that they have earned and deserve when they finally come home as veterans."



Sen. Blumenthal is a recognized champion for veterans throughout the country. He served with the United States Marine Corps Reserves and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.

A companion bill, H.R. 329, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in February by Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.). Through previous congressional action, chiropractic care is now available at more than 40 VA facilities across the country; however, in the more than 100 major facilities without a doctor of chiropractic on staff, the chiropractic care benefit Congress authorized for America’s veterans remains virtually non-existent. Detroit, Denver and Chicago are examples of major metropolitan areas without a doctor of chiropractic available at the local VA medical facility. According to John Falardeau, ACA’s vice president of Government Relations, without a congressional directive, further expansion to VA facilities will be on a case-by-case basis and will experience significant delays.



To view the full text of S.1147, click here, then contact your Senators and urge them to cosponsor the bill. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact gr@acatoday.org.



The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, Va., is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and ethics, and supports research that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit www.acatoday.org.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: Acatoday.com, June 9, 2011.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2011


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