June 2019 Health Newsletter

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Hi everyone,

Wow, it seems like I just wrote this intro and another month has flown by. It is a very busy, stressful time for many with the end of the school year, graduations, weddings, and summer vacations. 

Many of you know I have been working with a health coaching company for the past two years in addition to providing chiropractic care at my clinic. I have recently decided it was time to return to my chiropractic practice on a full time basis. I learned a great deal of information at my other job to help you learn to make lifestyle changes to improve your health and quality of life. It is such a wonderful complement to chiropractic care and I am excited and feel like a new graduate, ready to help as many people as I can. 

We are available to provide you with your chiropractic needs M-W-F from 8-6 and Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 8 pm. I am trying to learn social media and have discovered that, according to Google, I was closed on Friday afternoons. Strange, since I was in my clinic during that time.undecided. At any rate, I am learning and trying to enter the 21st century. 

Many patients seem to be confused about what their health insurance will cover and often avoid coming in for treatment believing that they don't have coverage. Health insurance pays for treatment related to any kind of condition or injury that occurs other than at work or involving a motor vehicle, requires a short duration of regular care, and provides the patient with pain relief. Once that episode is over, the ongoing care is considered to be maintenance and this care is not covered by your health insurance. For example, we have seen many patients in the past several months who have either injured themselves or aggravated an old injury dealing with the weather-related tasks of snow shoveling/blowing/raking and now with gardening, planting, spring clean up, and mowing. These injuries are covered by your health insurance. Many of our patients choose to follow up with care after their pain has subsided to maintain their pain-free status and to reap the myriad other benefits of a properly aligned spine. This is considered wellness or maintenance care and is not covered by insurance. It very well may be even more important than injury care since it provides and maintains stability to your spine and surrounding tissues, assisting them in working at their peak and often limiting injury in the first place.

I realize this is very confusing. Please don't avoid treatment if you aren't sure. Just give us a call and we can let you know if your need for care is covered or considered maintenance. 

So, I have a favor to ask of you. Please take a few minutes to review us on Google, at www.andrewschiromn.com, and on our Andrews Chiropractic Facebook page. Yes, this is that silly social media thing, again. 

Do you know anyone interested in renting executive office suite space? We have two beautiful suites available immediately. Call us at 763.427.0820 for details.

I hope you are enjoying our monthly newsletters. We welcome your feedback. Please forward them to your friends, family, and co-workers so they may learn the benefits of chiropractic care and the alternative choices you have learned by living a chiropractic lifestyle. 

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Susan and I wish you a Happy Father's Day and a safe and happy Independence day! 

Dr. Tracy


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Current Articles

» Orthotic Footwear
» ACA Joins Voices Coalition to Increase Access to Non-opioid Pain Treatments
» Fit At 50 Means Less Chronic Disease
» Active Kids Think Better

Orthotic Footwear

Author: Tracy Andrews
Source: Foot Levelers
Copyright: Foot Levelers 2016

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ACA Joins Voices Coalition to Increase Access to Non-opioid Pain Treatments

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has joined forces with Voices for Non-Opioid Choices ("Voices"), a nonpartisan coalition of more than 20 organizations committed to preventing opioid addiction before it starts by increasing patient access to non-opioid therapies and approaches for managing acute pain.  Chiropractors' use of spinal manipulation as a non-drug approach to back pain treatment is especially relevant in combating the U.S. opioid epidemic.  Low back pain is one of the most common conditions for which prescription opioid pain medications are prescribed even though research shows the drugs have limited effectiveness in relieving back pain and carry higher risks.  The Voices coalition seeks to increase access to multiple non-opioid and non-drug approaches so that patients can manage their pain more safely and effectively--particularly pain after surgery.  According to Voices, pain after surgery is a common path to opioid abuse, misuse and addiction, with about 3 million Americans becoming "persistent" opioid users each year following a surgical procedure.  The Voices coalition includes both patient and provider organizations such as the American Nurses Association, the Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives, the American Medical Women’s Association and the National Safety Council.  "We are excited to join Voices and its efforts to increase access to non-opioid approaches to pain treatment.  Chiropractic services and other non-drug approaches are an important first line of defense against pain," said ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC.  "Beyond the risks of addiction and overdose, prescription opioid medications that numb pain may convince a patient that a musculoskeletal condition such as back pain is less severe than it is or that it has healed. This misunderstanding can lead to overexertion and a delay in the healing process or even permanent injury."

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional chiropractic organization in the United States.  ACA attracts the most principled and accomplished chiropractors, who understand that it takes more to be called an ACA chiropractor.  We are leading our profession in the most constructive and far-reaching ways -- by working hand in hand with other health care professionals, by lobbying for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies, by supporting meaningful research and by using that research to inform our treatment practices.  We also provide professional and educational opportunities for all our members and are committed to being a positive and unifying force for the practice of modern chiropractic.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Acatoday.com; May 20, 2019.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019

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Fit At 50 Means Less Chronic Disease

In a finding that should come as a surprise to no one, a new U.S. study concluded that physically fit 50 year olds suffered less from chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and colon cancer, as they aged. The study of over 18,600 men and women, linked treadmill tests, done at the age of 50 and meant to establish cardiovascular health, to an additional 26 years of Medicare claims. Men in the lowest fifth of fitness scores in the initial evaluation experienced a rate of chronic disease of 28 percent per year. In contrast, the the rate of the top fifth was 16 percent per year. In women, the rates were 20 percent and 11 percent. Currently, national guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise per week. While the findings do not prove that exercise cuts the risk of chronic disease, it does appear that it makes a difference as we age. However, researchers added that the study did not take into account genetic and environmental factors which may affect the chronic disease rates.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, online August 27, 2012.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012

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Active Kids Think Better

According to researchers, children who participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity not only benefit physically, they also improve their cognitive performance and brain function. Results from a new study involving 221 children aged 7 to 9 show regular participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity increases their ability to block out distractions, increase focus and improve their multi-tasking skills. U.S. and European exercise guidelines for children and teens currently call for a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day. If you're a parent with a child or teen, encourage and assist them in becoming and staying physically active. Enroll them in after school programs that involve physical activity. Get them into a sports league. Join the YMCA. Take them to the park. Play in the back yard. Be safe but definitely be active!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Pediatrics, online September 29, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014

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