October 2021 Health Newsletter

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Hi everyone,

October is "National Chiropractic Health Month". Perhaps prophetic, more likely a coincidence, National Chiropractic Health Month follows September's "Drug-free Pain Management Awareness Month". Why would we need a "Drug-free Pain Management Awareness Month"? Unfortunately, rather than recognizing the benefits of non-pharmacologic approaches to pain, the medical community chose to manage pain with ibuprofen and muscle relaxants as well as prescription drugs such as opioids. In fact, in 2017, roughly 68% of the 70,000 drug overdose deaths in the US involved opioids. Every day, more that 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids. Opioid deaths were 5 times higher in 2017 than in 1999, now totalling 130 opioid-related deaths per day. This epidemic became so serious that many health care organizations recognized a need for change and began to recommend chiropractic care as an effective approach to pain management. The American College of Physicians amended their treatment guidelines in 2017 to recommend spinal manipulation as a viable option for pain managment prior to using drug therapies, including ibuprofen, muscle relaxants, and opioids. Other agencies recommending spinal manipulation as a frontline approach to pain management are the Dept. of Defense/Veterans Administration, the CDC, and the Joint Commission, the organization that accredits more than 20,000 health care systems in the US. 

So, how can we at Andrews Chiropractic help you? Dr. Tollefson and I have over 65 years experience in providing pain relief, rehabilitative/physical therapy, wellness care, and education to equip you with the tools necessary to manage your health. Dr. Tollefson, a chiropractor as well, has extensive education and training in rehabilitation techniques that we incorporate into your chiropractic visit. Our non-surgical spinal decompression treatment has helped many patients reduce or eliminate their pain and avoid addictive medications or surgery. I have advanced training to help you with lifestyle changes that improve your overall health, reducing the need for many elective medications. We offer a delicious selection of coffees, teas, and hot chocolate infused with the reishi mushroom (ganoderma lucidum). Ganoderma has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine for a wide variety of ailments. It has well over a thousand research articles published on Pubmed.gov, the NIH website for medical research. If coffee and tea aren't your cup, we have the same ganoderma available in supplement form. Don't forget our wonderful line of prescription, custom orthotics for all your footwear. Andrews Chiropractic provides a multi-faceted healthcare experience to meet many of your health care needs.  Call us for your next appointment.

October brings vibrant colors and crisp temperatures. It also brings a lot of yard work, fall clean-up, and back pain. When raking, be sure to keep your rake close to your body, use short strokes, and avoid reaching out too far. Bend your knees and keep your back straight, pull your belly button in towards your back, and take frequent breaks when bending and bagging your leaves. Don't forget, the repetitive impact to your spine and discs that occurs when on your riding mower can lead to long-term pain if it isn't managed and corrected right away. Enjoy the beauty, protect your body, and call us for an appointment when you are done, even if you don't feel significant pain. Proactive care reduces the possibility of chronic pain and the need for addictive medications and invasive surgeries. 

Are you feeling good but want to get adjusted to stay that way? We offer affordable maintenance/wellness chiropractic care packages. Call us at 763-427-0820 for details. 

As always, please pass this newsletter on to your friends, family, and co-workers who may find the information beneficial. 

Have a safe, happy Halloween!


Dr. Tracy


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Author: Tracy Andrews
Source: Foot Levelers

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‘Keep Moving’ During National Chiropractic Health Month

The American Chiropractic Association and doctors of chiropractic nationwide are promoting the benefits of movement during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2021 this October. This year's theme, "Keep Moving!" highlights how moving more can enhance our physical and mental health.  Many people have learned the hard way over the past year that lack of movement and physical activity can lead not only to weight gain but also achy joints, back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. In a 2020 survey, ACA members cited stress as another factor contributing to an increase of musculoskeletal problems since the beginning of the pandemic. Making an effort to move more throughout the day can improve physical health and stamina as well as mental health by reducing stress and anxiety—helping us all to keep moving through challenging times.  During NCHM 2021, chiropractors will provide information on the benefits of movement, recommended physical activity levels, and share advice on how people can incorporate more movement into their daily lives.  "With their expertise in musculoskeletal health, doctors of chiropractic have helped many people to keep moving over the past year, including those with physically demanding front-line jobs," said ACA President Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD. "Chiropractors are a resource for anyone who seeks a natural approach to pain relief, health promotion and physical fitness."  This October, learn more about chiropractic and find tips on how to “Keep Moving!” on ACA’s consumer website, www.HandsDownBetter.org. You can also follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #KeepMoving!

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.org

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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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Yoga May Improve Common Heart Ailment

The University of Kansas Medical Center recently reported that regular yoga classes appeared to decrease occurrences of a common heart condition known as atrial fibrillation in patients, as well as decreasing stress and improving their overall well-being. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition in which the heart's upper chambers quiver chaotically instead of contracting normally. The attacks are painful and often prevent the patients from enjoying regular activities. People with AF are often prescribed drugs such as beta blockers to help control their heart rate and rhythm, but the medicines don't alleviate symptoms for all patients. The American Heart Association estimates that about 2.7 million people in the U.S. have the heart condition. The new study included 49 people who'd had atrial fibrillation for an average of five years. Researchers began by tracking study volunteers' heart symptoms, blood pressure and heart rate, as well as their anxiety, depression and general quality of life. The participants then went to group yoga classes at least twice a week for three months, again reporting on their symptoms and quality of life. All of the patients were on stable medications throughout the study period. The patients reported a 50 percent drop of AF occurrences, which was also confirmed by heart monitors. Anxiety scores declined from an average of 34, on a scale of 20 to 80, to 25 after three months of yoga. Reported depression and general mental health improved as well. The researchers pointed out that the classes may make their arrhythmia "more tolerable" and reduce visits to the emergency room when symptoms flare up. However, the classes were not suggested as an alternative to regular medical care.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2012.11.060

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