Consumer Reports rates Chiropractors number 1!
About 80 percent of U.S. adults have at some point been
bothered by back pain. The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center
recently surveyed more than 14,000 subscribers who had lower-back pain
in the past year but had never had back surgery. More than half said
pain severely limited their daily routine for a week or longer, and 88
percent said it recurred through the year. Many said the pain
interfered with sleep, sex, and efforts to maintain a healthy weight.
Hands-on therapies were among the top-rated. Fifty-eight
percent of those who tried chiropractic manipulation said it helped a
lot, and 59 percent were “completely” or “very” satisfied with their
chiropractor. Massage and physical therapy were close runners-up.
Who helped the most?
The percent of people highly (completely or very) satisfied with their back-pain treatments and advice varied by practitioner
Physician, primary care
Consumer Reports May 2009
Vitamin D deficiency
For some time now I have been telling patients about the developing research on Vitamin D and the impact it has on bone health as well as joint and muscle pain. Well, what’s emerging is just how common vitamin D deficiency is in the population. A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that three out of every four Americans don’t get adequate amounts of vitamin D!
I have been ordering serum vitamin D levels for patients as well as using Thorne Research vitamin D supplements. If you want to order the test on your own or learn more, then check out this website: http://www.grassrootshealth.org
Next time you’re in for a tune-up, let me know if you have any questions about your levels or what type of D to take.
ChiroVoice needs YOU!
National health care reform is quickly gaining momentum and, as a chiropractic patient, your voice needs to be heard. I am asking everyone I know to join a national chiropractic advocacy group called ChiroVoice .
Through the chiropractic advocacy network, patients and chiropractic
supporters can stay informed about important health care issues and
help ensure that:
- Congress does not restrict your ability to access essential chiropractic services.
- Congress does not limit – but instead expands – coverage for services provided by Doctors of Chiropractic within Medicare.
- Insurance and managed care companies do not deny patients’ access to the essential chiropractic services they need.
I need your help and urge you to join ChiroVoice . Click on ChiroVoice and learn more about how to protect your ability to choose chiropractic and please sign up.
Thanks in advance!
Exercises for People over 50
Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of
room at each side. With a 5lb potato sack in each hand, extend your arms
straight out from your sides and hold them there along as you can. Try to reach
a full minute, and then relax. Each day you’ll find that you can hold this
position for just a bit longer.
After a couple of weeks, move up to 10lb potato sacks. Then try 50lb
potato sacks and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100lb potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more
than a full minute. (I’m at this level.)
After you feel confident at that
level, put a potato in each of the sacks.
Have a great day and feel free to forward this newsletter.