July 2019 Health Newsletter

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Hi everyone,

I hope you safely enjoyed the 4th of July this year. It certainly was warm! I can't believe how quickly our summer is progressing. Let's not think about it.

I have added a page on my website that provides information for you to use. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Go to our website at www.andrewschiromn.com, click on the news/events tab and then click on the "Dr. Tracy's News to Use" link on the left side of the page. I hope you find the information valuable. 

I'm seeing more and more of my chiropractic colleagues offering discounted services at ridiculously low rates. I understand that those prices are tempting but I can assure you it is impossible to perform a new patient consultation, examination, take x-rays, adjust all the appropriate levels of the spine, and give a report of findings for $19 to $29. These clinics are offering gimmicks to get patients in but you have to know what's behind door number 1 before you choose it. There will always be a catch to these appointments, likely wanting to sign you up for hundreds to thousands of dollars of treatment in advance. These clinics bank on the idea that you are too busy to schedule appointments with them so their profit margin goes way up. There is nothing wrong with this as long as you are made aware of it ahead of time and you are agreeable to their terms, including getting a refund should you request it. I would also caution you that if you are leaving a chiropractor after less than five minutes, you probably could be doing better. Has the chiropractor asked you questions about your symptoms, your past history, or examined you? If not, please don't think you are getting a deal. You wouldn't have your dentist just start drilling your teeth without examining and taking x-rays, would you? Perhaps undergo a surgery without a consultation, examination, MRI, etc.? I doubt it. The chiropractic adjustment is one of the most powerful tools available to promote the health of an individual. It should always be rendered with expertise, proper diagnosis, and above all, the utmost respect for the value it provides as well as the safety of the patient. Sometimes you get exactly what you pay for. You may spend a little more time and money in my office but I promise you my focus is on your health and not my pocketbook. Thirty one years of experience and respect for your privacy and safety, or a bargain-basement one or two level adjustment? The choice is yours. 

Do you skip breakfast? Too busy, can't get out of bed, not hungry? We've all been there at some time or another. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It provides your body and brain with the energy and fuel it needs to begin to face the challenges of your day. Skipping breakfast or eating a quick, high sugar or high calorie bowl of cereal, breakfast bar, or fast food option will give you a quick burst of energy and cause a crash mid-morning. Focus on protein and healthy fats for breakfast and see how much better you perform. I guarantee you will have better focus/concentration, energy, and require much less coffee or energy drinks to get you through the day. And don't forget lunch either! The saying goes, "eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper". Give it a try. You will feel much better and likely lose a few pounds. 

Did you know that chiropractic can truly enhance your athletic performance? Whether hitting a golf ball, kicking a soccer ball, swinging a bat, throwing a ball, or any other activity you choose, chiropractic enhances your performance. It has been shown to improve hand-eye coordination and reaction time, provide a faster recovery from concussions, decrease the healing time associated with other injuries, reduce the need for medications and their side effects, increase muscle function, and decrease joint pain and stiffness. Call us for an appointment to get you back to peak performance.

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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Have a wonderful summer and stay safe. 

Dr. Tracy


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Current Articles

» Orthotic Footwear
» Bill Introduced to Modernize Medicare Coverage of Chiropractic Services
» Chiropractic Care - Not Just For Back Problems
» Stay Cool For Better Exercise Performance and Safety

Orthotic Footwear

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

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Bill Introduced to Modernize Medicare Coverage of Chiropractic Services

A bill that would update Medicare by increasing its coverage of services provided by doctors of chiropractic within the full extent of their licensure was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The legislation, H.R. 3654, known as the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019, would align Medicare’s coverage of chiropractic services with that of other federal health care providers as well as many private health plans.  The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Reps. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), would enable beneficiaries to more easily access the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management, which includes Medicare-covered services such as manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, evaluation and management services, diagnostic imaging  and utilization of other non-drug approaches that have become an important strategy in national efforts to stem the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse.  "The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is encouraged that this bill would finally give Medicare beneficiaries access to the same safe and effective chiropractic services that members of our military, veterans, and federal employees now enjoy," said ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC.  "We applaud Rep. Higgins and Rep. Reed, who recognize the necessity of modernizing Medicare's chiropractic coverage to meet the needs of today's beneficiaries," added Keith Overland, DC, chairman of the ACA Legislative Advisory Board.  Since 1972, Medicare beneficiaries have been covered for only one chiropractic service—manual manipulation of the spine—forcing them to access additional medically necessary care from other types of providers or to pay out of pocket for the services from their chiropractor.  Chiropractors are the only physician-level providers in the Medicare program whose services are restricted in this manner.  The federal Medicare program currently serves more than 55 million individuals; various projections forecast the number of people age 65 or older increasing by about one-third over the next decade.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Acatoday.com July 9, 2019.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019

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Chiropractic Care - Not Just For Back Problems

Chiropractors have always maintained that chiropractic care is not just for the treatment of back and neck pain, but is in fact effective for other conditions issues as well. A new case study, published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine backs these claims by examining the treatment of arm and hand pain. A 41-year-old female patient was experiencing alarming pain, numbness and weakness in her right arm and hand. Her symptoms had begun three weeks prior to treatment, when she woke up in the morning and assumed she had “slept wrong.” Medical assessments confirmed her pain, numbness and decreased grip strength. Treatment began immediately and included specific chiropractic manipulative therapy as well as myofascial therapy and elastic therapeutic taping. The patient was also assigned an active home care regimen which included postural exercises and workstation ergonomics education. The results—The patient showed immediate improvement of her numbness and weakness after just the first treatment. The case study’s authors noted that over a series of eleven treatments, her symptoms were completely resolved and she was able to return to work without pain. If you’re experiencing any sort of body pain, numbness or loss of strength, contact your local chiropractor today. Consultations are affordable, safe and chances are very good that chiropractic care may be able to help!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Volume 12, Issue 2; June 2013.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013

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Stay Cool For Better Exercise Performance and Safety

As the temperature rises so too does the risk for exercise related heat stroke and performance drop. The human body doesn't perform optimally when it becomes too hot. New research shows that using cooling techniques such as ice vests or cold water bathing/applications before and/or during workouts increases performance. Your body requires significant energy and blood flow to keep your body from overheating. Any external assistance with the cooling process provides the body with additional energy and blood flow to exercising muscles. Various cooling methods were studied including the use of cooling vests and cold packs, consumption of cold water or ice slurries, immersion in a cold water bath or a combination. Researchers also studied the effects on performance comparing pre-exercise applications vs. during exercise applications. Researchers found while pre-exercise and during exercise applications of cold increased performance, a combination of the two worked best. One of the most effective applications was wearing an ice chest during exercise along with a combination of pre-exercise techniques. Doing so improved athletic performance by close to 7 percent. In addition to the increased performance, cooling techniques reduce potential for heat stroke - a very common side effect of exercise, especially in the summer heat.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, online April 19, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014

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