Chiropracitc is not just a health care modality that treats low back
pain and neck pain.
Did you know that the first chiropractic manipulation was delivered
to Harvey Lillard who was suffering from hearing loss? The developer
of chiropractic in North America, Daniel David Palmer
observed that the T4 spinal vertebra was misaligned. He delivered
his correction and within one week, Mr. Lillard's hearing had
Did you know that medical societies now encourage interaction with
doctors of chiropractic?
"There are no ethical or collective restraints to full
professional cooperation between doctors of chiropractic and medical
physicians . . . including referrals, group practice, participation
in all health care delivery systems, treatment and services in and
through hospitals, participation in student exchange programs
between chiropractic and medical colleges, and cooperation in
research and continuing education programs."
-American College of Surgeons (1987)
Did you know that chiropractors are better judges of whether a
patient needs surgery than an orthopedic surgeon?
- Dr. S. Allen
here for last month's Health Tip and Health Issue Review.
The pains of weight
Because your weight can have an effect on your joint pain (due to
almost any cause including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis,
knee instability etc.), this body mass index calculator can help you
where you are in terms of appropriate weight for your height.
Recommended (body mass index) BMIs are in the range of 20 to 26.
The "overweight" range is 26 to 27.3 for women, 26 to
27.8 for men, though some authorities peg the upper limit of
overweight at a BMI of 30.
This BMI calculator is provided for your reference. You can consult
your chiropractor, primary care physician, rheumatologist and/or
orthopaedist regarding how your weight may affect your hip, knee or
ankle joint pain. More importantly, appropriate measures for
improvement will be recommended.
Patients with COPD
may be at risk for increased vertebral fractures.
At the 23rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and
Mineral Research in Arizona researchers from McMaster University in
Hamilton, Canada have conducted a case-control study of 149 randomly
identified chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), patients
and 145 age- and sex-matched control patients who did not have a
diagnosis of COPD or asthma. All patients had chest X-rays and were
admitted to a hospital in the last 12 months.
The work revealed 17.4% of the COPD patients compared to 8.9% of
control subjects had bone loss or vertebral fracture. Dr.
Papaioannou, author of the study, and his associates suggested that
the high use of corticosteroid therapy in the COPD cases may play an
important role in the higher prevalence of vertebral fractures. "Indeed
our findings support such a relationship," he said. The
percentage of patients exposed to either oral or inhaled
corticosteroids at the time of admission was 73.2% in cases and 4.1%
The negative effects of long term corticosteroid usage on bone
density have been long known. If you are a patient on long term
corticosteroid therapy for either COPD or pain management, you
should consult your primary care provider about appropriate measures
to prevent or minimize bone loss. Talk to our doctor of chiropractic
today to find out how you can accomplish this.
What is wellness care and why is it important?
"Wellness is more than a concept. It is a way of life, an
integrated, enjoyable approach to living that emphasizes the
importance of achieving harmony in all parts of the personmind,
body, and spirit. It is a lifestyle that creates the greatest
potential for personal wellbeing. More than an absence of illness,
it is a balance among all the aspects of the person.
These words from the 1986 Toronto Wellness Conference ring true to
today's fast paced world. Rather than focusing efforts on combating
everyday micro-organisms that weaken the immune system,
chiropractors work with the immune system to strengthen it. Research
has shown that interventions directed at strengthening core muscles,
improving and maintaining proper joint function and nutritional /
psychosocial balances keeps patients out of pain longer than any
long term course of pain killers because it addresses the problems
with structure rather than mask pain symptoms with pharmaceuticals
that have known side effects.
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