2015 – February Newsletter

Posted on: February 1st, 2015

Reef Chiropractic Care            

Dr. Brian C. Baker



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February 2015



Enjoying the snow?  I hope so, because it appears more is on the way.  We were lucky the “Historic” Snowmageddon missed us.  I monitored the impending doom from the safe confines of a warm island retreat, but I was with you spiritually. Fortunately I made it home in time to enjoy the actual snow storm on Monday.


Shoveling snow does present some opportunities for chiropractors.  However, believe me when I tell you that I’d rather not see you in pain.  Lift carefully. Take your time.  Use your legs.  Better yet, hire the neighbor’s kid.  They need the character building experience, and the money (you’d think), and you need to stay warm indoors while monitoring their progress!


Due for a tune up?  Yes?  Use this moment to call, or go to our website and request an appointment. 


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Soldier Speaks Out for Veterans Suffering Pain, Injuries 

web1_PATRIOT-PROJECT_013015DB_007.jpgThe standing ovation for retired Army Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris was so long and loud that he pulled his ears off — the artificial ones doctors had made for him during his long road to recovery from a bomb blast in Iraq.

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Your Next Pillow?

Finding the right pillow that provides neck support and remains comfortable throughout the night is a challenge.  For years I have been prescribing the Tempurpedic NeckPillow .  However it’s not for everyone.  They are very firm and are expensive.


I’ve added another called the Chiroflow Pillow and it has been receiving positive feedback.  It is a water based pillow that can be adjusted to varying firmness and support.  




Here’s a video that explains more about it.



Chiropractic Effectiveness

A study that compared the effectiveness of chiropractic and hospital outpatient management for low back pain found that improvement was about 29% more in those treated by chiropractors than in those treated by the hospitals. The beneficial effect of chiropractic on pain was particularly clear.  Among both those initially referred from chiropractors and from hospitals, more rated chiropractic helpful at three years than hospital management.
The study concluded that at three years the results confirm the findings of an earlier report that when chiropractic or hospital therapists treat patients with low back pain as they would in day to day practice those treated by chiropractic derive more benefit and long term satisfaction than those treated by hospitals.                                              
                                                   British Medical Journal



Natural Anti-inflammatory Agents for Pain Relief

The use of both over-the-counter and prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is typical with musculoskeletal pain. But persistent long-term use safety concerns must be considered when using these medications for chronic and degenerative pain conditions.


This article is a literature review of the biochemical pathways of inflammatory pain, the potentially serious side effects of non-steroidal drugs and commonly used and clinically studied natural alternative anti-inflammatory supplements. Although non-steroidal medications can be effective, herbs and dietary supplements may offer a safer, and often an effective, alternative treatment for pain relief, especially for long-term use.



70 Percent Of Americans On Prescription Drugs
Researchers find that nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half receive at least two prescriptions.
Mayo Clinic researchers report that antibiotics, antidepressants and painkiller opioids are the most common prescriptions given to Americans. Twenty percent of U.S. patients were also found to be on five or more prescription medications.
The study is uncovering valuable information to the researchers about U.S. prescription practices.
“Often when people talk about health conditions they’re talking about chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes,” Dr. St. Sauver stated in a Mayo Clinic press release. “However, the second most common prescription was for antidepressants — that suggests mental health is a huge issue and is something we should focus on. And the third most common drugs were opioids, which is a bit concerning considering their addicting nature.”
Nearly one in four women ages 50-64 were found to be on an antidepressant, with 13 percent of the overall population also on antidepressants. Seventeen percent of people in the study were being prescribed antibiotics, and 13 percent were on painkilling opioids.
As a whole, women and older adults received the most prescription drugs. Antidepressants and opioids were most common among young and middle-aged adults.
The percentage of people who took at least one prescription drug in the past month increased from 44 percent in 1999-2000 to 48 percent in 2007-08, the Mayo Clinic reports. Expenditures on prescription drugs reached $250 billion in 2009, and accounted for 12 percent of total personal health care expenditures.
According to the CDC, the percent of persons using at least one prescription drug in the past month increased nearly 50 percent between 2007 and 2010.
And the researchers said prescription drug spending will only increase in the future.

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Duct Tape Treatment of the Common Wart

Here’s an interesting study undertaken to determine if application of duct tape is as effective as cryotherapy in the treatment of common warts.

A total of 61 patients (age range, 3-22 years) were enrolled in the study from October 31, 2000, to July 25, 2001; 51 patients completed the study and were available for analysis.
Patients received either cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen applied to each wart for 10 seconds every 2-3 weeks) for a maximum of 6 treatments or duct tape occlusion (applied directly to the wart) for a maximum of 2 months. Patients had their warts measured at baseline and with return visits.
Of the 51 patients completing the study, 26 (51%) were treated with duct tape, and 25 (49%) were treated with cryotherapy. Twenty-two patients (85%) in the duct tape arm vs 15 patients (60%) enrolled in the cryotherapy arm had complete resolution of their warts. The majority of warts that responded to either therapy did so within the first month of treatment.
Conclusion: Duct tape occlusion therapy was significantly more effective than cryotherapy for treatment of the common wart.


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