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July 2016 Health Newsletter


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» The Cost of Your Lower Back Pain
» Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Children?
» Chiropractic Care and Falls
» Headaches
» Prenatal Chiropractic Care
» Infant Care and Chiropractics
» Blood Pressure

The Cost of Your Lower Back Pain

Chronic lower back pain is incredibly common. In fact, up to 50% of individuals may be affected by low back pain at some point, which has spurred the Global Burden of Disease Study to investigate worldwide impairment from this pain. A common type is known as "uncomplicated low back pain," which does not radiate to other areas of the body, and is not associated with damage to the spine or other structures. This pain can be debilitating and expensive, with the global costs estimated at $20 billion annually. New research suggests there may be therapies to lessen both the costs and discomfort of low back pain. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics published a study that revealed chiropractic treatments significantly lowered costs for patients with low back pain. The researchers found that patients treated by a both a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) and an MD spent hundreds of dollars less than back patients treated exclusively by an MD, or even an MD and a physical therapist. These findings show the potential for chiropractic treatment to improve uncomplicated lower back pain in a way that is cost-effective and sustainable.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2016 May;39(4):252-62.
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Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Children?

Children are different than adults. Their growing bodies have different needs, and children require a different medical approach than their adult counterparts. Pediatric medicine, therefore, specializes in treatment tailored specifically to the needs of children, whether those needs are dental, orthopedic, or emotional. Chiropractic care is no exception, and can be an incredibly beneficial component of a growing child's care. This month, the American Chiropractic Academy (ACA) published a statement that "pediatric chiropractic care, when administered properly, is effective, safe and gentle." This statement came on the heels of a report last month from the Chiropractors' Association of Australia (CAA) about the demonstrated safety of childhood chiropractic care in Australia. Both the ACA and the CAA illustrated the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for children in scientific literature. Large studies from the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics show that serious adverse events in pediatric chiropractic care are extremely rare. Furthermore, chiropractic treatment has been investigated as an effective approach for colic in infants, as well as for suboptimal breastfeeding. A cross-sectional survey of 956 chiropractors in Europe revealed that pediatric chiropractors also treat gastrointestinal, immune-related, and neurologic conditions. There is overwhelming evidence that with proper application, chiropractic care for children can be a safe and effective treatment for many conditions. Most chiropractors have pediatric patients, and extensive specialized training in pediatric chiropractic care ensures the best possible outcomes. Children rely on a robust healthcare team for their best overall health, and chiropractors are a valuable member of that ensemble. Strict regulation, rigorous training, and precise guidelines ensure that children are receiving the best, safest chiropractic care to support their optimal well-being.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ACAToday.org. June 1, 2016.
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Chiropractic Care and Falls

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three individuals over 65 years old falls each year. Further, 2.5 million of these falls lead to emergency room visits annually. These incidents can have devastating results, from hip fractures, to head injuries, or even death. The CDC reports that the number of deaths from unintentional falls have risen by approximately 25 percent from 2004-2013, and medical expenditures for falls cost upwards of $34 billion annually. An important step in preventing falls is to identify why people fall. There are many reasons individuals can sustain a fall, from strength, to reflexes, to sight, and more. One growing area of research is the effect that chiropractic treatment may have on minimizing risk factors for falls, particularly in the elderly. A study released recently by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics assessed this potential through a program that attempted to improve sensorimotor function, proprioception (the sense of the ankle joint's position), and other outcomes in elderly participants after 12 weeks of chiropractic therapy. Those receiving chiropractic care were compared to participants who received no intervention. After 12 weeks, participants who received chiropractic care saw significant improvements over those who did not. The group who received treatment had improved stepping reaction time, proprioception, and health-related quality of life. While the researchers acknowledged that these improvements do not prove that these individuals are at lower risk for falling, the study does strongly suggest that chiropractic care can minimize potential risk factors for sustaining a fall in the elderly population. The authors concluded with a call for further research on the promising topic of minimizing fall risk through chiropractic care.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2016 May;39(4):267-78.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Headaches



This month we are focusing on how chiropractic care can help you with your headaches and migraines!


Here at Big Mountain Chiropractic, we like to get our patients out of pain and prevent any future conditions.
Headaches are very common, and Dr. Smith specializes in treating them.

Those pesky headaches tend to start right at the top of the neck. The neck is called the cervical. The cervical consists of seven bones. The top two bones of the cervical are called the atlas and axis. When you have a subluxation within those two bones, the irritation will cause a headache or migraine.

When you get an adjustment, the pain of the headache will subside. Generally, it takes only a couple adjustments to relieve the pain of the headache, and multiple adjustments to prevent headaches in the future.


Keep us in mind if those headaches and migraines are a common occurrence. Popping pills can add to those headaches, and chiropractics is a much safer and proven alternative.



Author: Malissa Broughton CA
Source: http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=2186
Copyright: Big Mountain Chiropractic 2014


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Prenatal Chiropractic Care


Prenatal Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe and gentle. Chiropractors are trained to adjust women who are pregnant; they use techniques that avoid discomfort for the mother and her growing baby. These techniques include special tools for adjusting, positions, and pillows.

Pregnancy creates a lot of changes in the female body, essentially affecting the curve of the spine, pelvic rotation, and other postural adaptations. A chiropractor is able to restore proper alignment and establish pelvic balance. If the pelvis is misaligned, then labor can be difficult and uncomfortable. Adjustments from a chiropractor increase an expecting mother’s chances of having a non-invasive, drug-free delivery.

The benefits of chiropractic care include: maintaining a healthier pregnancy, controlling morning sickness, minimizing time of labor and delivery, relieving neck and back pain, and prevent a potential cesarean.


Author: Malissa Broughton CA
Source: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/chiropracticcare.html
Copyright: Big Mountain Chiropractic 2014


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Infant Care and Chiropractics

Safe and Gentle Adjustments

Imagine how stressful the birthing process can be not only on the spine of the mother, but on the spine of a tiny infant. All of that pressure and stress is exhorted on the baby just to complete their journey into this world. Stress and nerve irritation can even be caused by awkward positioning of the baby while in the uterus. When the spine endures such a traumatic event, it is only natural for there to be symptoms. For an infant, these symptoms may include: colic, ear infections, trouble sleeping, digestion issues, trouble with breast feeding, colds, and general illnesses.

Chiropractic adjustments are very effective in reducing stress on the spine and relieving nerve irritation. Chiropractors use light pressure with each touch, which results in a very safe and gentle adjustment for the infant. Many chiropractors specialize in adjusting infants and know how to use the softest touch without even waking a sleeping baby. Mothers are quite satisfied with the results of a happy, healthy baby.

A chiropractors job is to help asses the spine and alleviate any irritations that can interfere with the communication from the brain to the body. The adjustments help prevent any future problems in your infant that may occur as they are growing. Just like a check up with the doctor or the dentist, regular adjustments at your friendly chiropractors office are very important and effective.

Author: Malissa Broughton, CA
Source: http://welladjustedbabies.com/why-parents-take-children-to-chiropractors/
Copyright: Big Mountain Chiropractic 2014


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Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure

The cost of high blood pressure:

Only about half (47%) of people with
high blood pressure have their condition under control.
High blood pressure costs the nation $47.5
billion each year.
This total includes the cost of health care services,
medications to treat high blood pressure, and missed days of work.

Blood Pressure Levels vary by Age and Gender:

Women are about as likely as men to develop high blood
pressure during their lifetimes. However, for people younger than 45 years old, the
condition affects more men than women. For people 65 years old or older, high blood pressure
affects more women than men.







Author: Malissa Broughton
Source: www.heart.org, www.cdc.org
Copyright: Big Mountain Chiropractic 2014


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