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August 2011 Health Newsletter


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» Scoliosis in Children
» Home Births on the Rise in US
» Subluxations Drive Me Nuts!
» Chiropractic Management of Postsurgical Lumbar Spine Pain
» Packed Lunches Pose A Health Risk
» Soda Makers Use Tobacco Tactics
» Is Staying Connected a Pain in the Neck? Get TechnoHealthy!

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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Chiropractic Management of Postsurgical Lumbar Spine Pain

A percentage of individuals who undergo spinal surgery can experience mild to debilitating postsurgical spinal pain. This is one of several potential side effects of undergoing the knife. Researchers recently set out to evaluate the success of chiropractic care in managing postsurgical spinal pain in patients. In a retrospective study, researchers reviewed 32 cases of chiropractic care delivered to patients suffering from postsurgical lumbar spine pain. To be included, patients must have been treated with chiropractic care for a minimum of 2 weeks and undergone pre and post-treatment pain measurement evaluations to determine the overall change in their pain levels. Findings indicated the mean pain score was lowered from 6.4 to 2.3 out of 10 after their course of chiropractic care. According to the researchers, the reduction in pain was most remarkable in patients who underwent a surgery that combined lumbar discectomy, fusion, and/or laminectomy, with an average pain reduction of 5.7 of 10. Importantly, no adverse events were reported for any of these postsurgical patients who received chiropractic care. If you've had spinal surgery and are now suffering from postsurgical pain or are considering surgery, why not call your local doctor of chiropractic today. Your skilled evaluation will be safe, informative and there's no obligation.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. July 2011; Vol. 34, Issue 6.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Packed Lunches Pose A Health Risk

If you're a parent of a child or teen, you or your spouse are likely the ones responsible packing your kid's lunches and placing them in a lunchbox or paper bag. New research from Texas indicates in a testing of more than 700 preschoolers' lunch packs, less than 2 percent of those temperature critical foods (meats, dairy and vegetables) were within a safe temperature zone. This, despite the fact that 45 percent of the packed lunches included an ice pack. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends perishable foods be kept cool and that any perishable foods that have reached 40 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for 2 or more hours not be consumed. After all, the latest stats from the CDC indicate that one in six Americans get food poisoning each year. Experts recommend including several ice packs with packed lunches and having perishables placed into a fridge once kids arrive at school to reduce the risk of food poisoning.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Pediatrics, online August 8, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Soda Makers Use Tobacco Tactics

Obesity rates have been on the rise with current numbers indicating roughly 2 out of 3 adults and 1 out of 3 children are either overweight or obese. It's hugely concerning as obesity is directly responsible for many detrimental health conditions and in turn has devastating effects on healthcare costs. One of the known culprits for the increase in obesity rates is the increased consumption of sugary drinks such as soda. It's estimated that the average American consumes 56 gallons of sodas each year. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), American adults are consuming 22 teaspoons of sugar daily. For teens, the number shoots up to 34 teaspoons daily. Much of this sugar comes from soft drinks and candy. The AHA suggests adults should be eating no more than 6-9 teaspoons of added sugar daily. Clearly, there's a large discrepancy. New U.S. dietary guidelines now recommend drinking water instead of sugary drinks like soda. A number of public awareness campaigns have been launched by local governments and health departments in order to educate the people about the negative effects of sugary drinks and fatty foods. So what do the large soda makers such as Coca Cola and Pepsi think about these efforts to educate the population and battle obesity? Similar to the past tactics of big tobacco, they're not going to sit idly by and watch our hired officials attempt to keep us healthy. They have increased their lobbying costs from $8 million in 2007 and 2008 to $60 million in 2009 and 2010. They've also targeted and attempted to cripple local governments by either issuing legal document requests or initiating lawsuits. In early July, the American Beverage Association (ABA) sued New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for their efforts in reducing local obesity rates. According to experts, these tactics come directly from the tobacco industry's playbook. So next time you crack that cool refreshing soda, aside from remembering the negative health effects such as an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, just remember you're also likely supporting a company that feel it's appropriate to pursue our local health agencies for doing the job we hired them to do - to keep us all healthy.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. July 20, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Is Staying Connected a Pain in the Neck? Get TechnoHealthy!

American Chiropractic Association Launches 2011 Public Health Awareness Campaign The world is getting smaller thanks to modern technology; but unfortunately, aches and pains are growing as a result. This fall, doctors of chiropractic (DCs) will educate the public on how they can stay connected without pain during National Chiropractic Health Month in October. This year’s theme—"Get TechnoHealthy!"—focuses on ways people can remain healthy while toting the gadgets they love or working long hours in front of a computer. The excessive use of mobile devices and incorrect posture while using smart phones and other gadgets or while sitting in front of a computer can lead to neck, back, wrist and even thumb pain, in addition to other musculoskeletal issues. The problem is becoming so widespread that earlier this year a spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that musculoskeletal injuries remain one of the biggest workplace health and safety problems in American industry. "People will be delighted to learn that they can enjoy technology without experiencing pain," says Dr. Rick McMichael, president of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). "Our bodies are made to move—not to maintain the same stooped-over posture for long periods of time or to repeat the same motions endlessly. The good news is that there are stretches and exercises that can help prevent pain and injury. There are also natural approaches to treating aches and pain, such as chiropractic care, that don’t involve drugs or surgery."

Experts in treating musculoskeletal conditions, DCs can offer patients a number of strategies to lessen the toll of technology on their bodies. Among them:

  • When using devices such as smart phones and BlackBerries that have small keyboards, avoid typing for more than three minutes without a break.
  • Keep messages short and simple; abbreviate.
  • Practice using other fingers for typing, especially when thumbs hurt.
  • Don’t slouch when texting.
  • Keep wrists upright, straight and close to the body when holding a device.
  • Don’t bend your neck excessively when texting; tuck your chin in instead and look down.
  • Turn your devices off on the weekends (or at least Sunday)!
  • Get outside, exercise and enjoy nature, too! Balance is key to staying healthy.

For more tips on proper use of technology and good health, visit www.TechnoHealthy.com.

Sponsored by ACA, National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance 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.

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, legislation, insurance reforms, and public awareness activities that contribute to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit www.acatoday.org.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: American Chiropractic Association, online July 05, 2011.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2011


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