February 2020 Health Newsletter

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Hi everyone,

Winter hasn't been TOO difficult to date. We are progressing nicely with some mild temperatures and much less snow than last year. Let's keep our fingers crossed that it doesn't turn harsh. 

I recently posted an article on the Andrews Chiropractic Facebook page that was titled "What is a Chiropractor?" It was a very accurate and favorable (for once) article that really explains who we are, what we do, the extent of our education, and our success and effectiveness. I was disturbed by the fact that only 10% of Americans sought out chiropractic care in 2017. That means 9 of 10 people in this country have yet to experience the benefits of chiropractic and a drugless approach to health. So, I have a favor to ask of you. Please share your experiences with your friends, family, teammates, and co-workers. Most people don't understand what we do and are reluctant to try something new. It doesn't matter what I tell people. They need to hear from real patients that are healthier, more informed, and enjoying a better quality of life without pain and side effects of harmful medications. I need your help in spreading the message. Help us to help others. 

February is the month we celebrate those we love. It's a time to do something special for someone special. But what do you do for you? Are you special enough? We think you are. Take some time to pamper yourself, whatever that may be. Be sure to pay special attention to doing things for yourself that improve the quality of your health. Take time to read a book, get to bed a little earlier, drink plenty of pure water, turn off your electronics, and remember to breathe when the stress begins to ramp up. Most importantly, get adjusted. It's the ultimate stress reliever. Without correct spinal alignment, no attempts at improving your health will be as successful. 

Every week patients tell me they are frustrated that they can't do things as easily or as long as they used to. The elephant in the room is that none of us is getting any younger. Just imagine how many miles you've walked, how many pounds you've lifted, how many years you've spent on your feet, or how many joints you've moved. If we were machines, we'd have been in the junk yard decades ago. Why is it we don't question the need to replace the car, the lawn mower, or the washer/dryer, but we expect our joints, muscles, ligaments, organs, nerves, and discs to last forever and never need any maintenance? What can help these parts last longer? Regular chiropractic adjustments - even when you don't have pain. That's right, even when you don't have pain. It's not any different than getting your teeth cleaned, your oil changed, your hair cut, or your prescription renewed. It's smart, inexpensive, and doesn't take a lot of time. Do you want to get more out of your body? Call us for an appointment and make it a monthly committment. Ignoring your wear and tear and pushing through the pain are two of the best ways to end up in the junk yard. 

As always, please call us to get evaluated or adjusted if you are injured. Time is of the essence in restoring normal joint alignment and promoting soft tissue healing after an injury, whether it involves a sport, a fall, or a car accident. I mentioned last month that muscles and ligaments repair in six weeks. Whether they heal with healthy new fibers or scar tissue depends on getting chiropractic care or ignoring the injury. Not sure if you need to schedule? Call us and we can help you determine if you need an appointment. We are here to help. 

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Susan, Dr. Tollefson, and I wish you a Happy Valentine's Day.

Dr. Tracy

 

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Current Articles

» Orthotic Footwear
» Chiropractors on Capitol Hill Push for Improved Coverage for Medicare Beneficiaries
» Electric Bikes and Scooters Associated with Severe Injuries
» Most Sustained Weight Loss Lowers Women’s Breast Cancer Risk

Orthotic Footwear

Author: Tracy Andrews
Source: Foot Levelers


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Chiropractors on Capitol Hill Push for Improved Coverage for Medicare Beneficiaries

More than 700 chiropractors and chiropractic students from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. today to urge Congress to support H.R. 3654, legislation that would give Medicare beneficiaries improved coverage of non-drug services for pain relief, potentially helping some to avoid using prescription opioid pain medications.  Boosting support for H.R. 3654, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act, was a focus this year at the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) annual meeting and advocacy event, ACA Engage.  The bipartisan bill would enable beneficiaries to more easily access the chiropractic profession's broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management.  During a kick-off event, ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC, told attendees, "You are intimately familiar with the issues facing your patients.  No one is better to deliver that message [to Capitol Hill]." Dr. Jones was followed by John Rosa, DC, a nationally recognized expert on the opioid crisis who serves as a consultant to the White House and federal agencies.  Dr. Rosa discussed the positive response to chiropractic he has received in healthcare policy circles where solutions to the opioid crisis are discussed.  "We are part of this solution," he noted.  Dr. Rosa said that chiropractors can offer the added advantage of prevention and health promotion services, such as advice on diet, exercise and injury prevention, which can potentially help patients prevent pain before it starts.  "Lifestyle and pain management.  We are that missing piece, and we have been for a long time," he said. Speaker Bonnie S. Hillsberg, DC, MHA, MEd, of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Division of Tribal Affairs, explained that opioids are a major problem in the Native American/Alaskan Native community as well, and that chiropractic services can be an important tool in alleviating their reliance on pain medications.  "Non-drug approaches have become an important strategy in stemming the national problem of opioid overuse and abuse," she said.  Rounding out the morning's line up was Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), established as part of the Affordable Care Act to fund research to help patients, caregivers, and healthcare practitioners make evidence-based, patient-centered healthcare decisions.  Dr. Goertz said that she is encouraged not only by ongoing research into chiropractic's effectiveness but also emerging trends in health care that emphasize providers working collaboratively to help patients.  Additionally, ACA Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy John Falardeau presented the ACA's Congressional Health Care Leadership Award to Jessica Burnell, a health care policy advisor in the office of Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), lead sponsor of H.R. 3654.  ACA Engage is the premier national conference for doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic assistants and chiropractic students.  ACA Engage (formerly called NCLC) has a long history of bringing together industry leaders from all over the country to meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill.  The program has expanded to also include a robust variety of education offerings (with CE credits available), speeches from respected thought leaders and panel discussions that delve into important topics.  The new name reflects the association’s efforts to position the chiropractic profession for success by engaging a new generation of doctors with these exciting education, career and leadership development opportunities.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.com. January 30, 2020


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Electric Bikes and Scooters Associated with Severe Injuries

Electric bikes (commonly referred to as "E-bikes") and powered scooters are growing in popularity and as a result, their associated injuries are on the rise.  Unfortunately, the pattern of injuries resulting from the use of these powered wheeled devices is more severe than their non-electric and non-powered counterparts.  According to 2000 to 2017 data from the US National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, the injury data showed: 

  • E-bike injuries were more likely include internal injuries and require hospital admission
  • E-bike injuries were more than 3 times more likely to involve a collision with a pedestrian than either pedal bicycles or powered scooters
  • E-bike injuries have been increasing dramatically, especially among older persons
  • Powered scooter injuries were nearly 3 times more likely to result in concussion 

Be smart and be aware.  If you decide to use an electric/powered scooter or bike, be cautious and wear the appropriate safety equipment, including a properly fitted helmet as well as knee, elbow and if applicable, wrist guards.  Eye protection and appropriate clothing should additionally be considered. 

Did you know doctors of chiropractic are specifically trained in the diagnosis and care of soft tissue injuries?  If you have sustained an injury from an E-bike, scooter or any other wheeled equipment, call us today!  We can quickly diagnosis and care for you and your injury, getting you back to healthy and happy, safely and quickly!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Injury Prevention, online November 11, 2019.


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Most Sustained Weight Loss Lowers Women’s Breast Cancer Risk

Women 50 years and older who lose a modest amount of weight and keep it off can reduce their risk for acquiring breast cancer, according to researchers.  Researchers set out to identify if weight loss in women 50+ would reduce their risk of breast cancer.  Weight loss was defined as 4 pounds or more lost and maintained over a 10-year period. Data from more than 180,000 women was evaluated.  Compared with women with stable weight during study period, women with sustained weight loss had a lower risk of breast cancer.  Researchers concludes, "These results suggest that sustained weight loss, even modest amounts, is associated with lower breast cancer risk for women aged ≥50 years. Breast cancer prevention may be a strong weight loss motivator for the two-thirds of American women who are overweight or obese."

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, online December 17, 2019.


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