Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

October 24, 2014

Just Say’n

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Even if that’s a slight exaggeration, it still makes the point.

October 22, 2014

What Is the #1 Disability for Active Military Personnel?

You guessed it, back pain. What a shame. I have mentioned before the rise of back pain disability in this country and the world (It is the #1 cause of disability!!).

Here is an article focused mostly on the drugs, shots and surgery offered back pain sufferers in the military, and how that amounts to the “poster child of inefficient spine care.”

“The DoD readily admits that 20 percent of disabled vets and 30 percent of hospitalizations stem from low back pain, which has become the largest disabling condition among active forces. According to research done in 2000 by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, “Unintentional and Musculoskeletal Injuries Greatest Threat to Military Personnel,” “in all three branches of the service, injuries and musculoskeletal conditions resulted in more soldiers missing time from work than any other health condition.”13

A Johns Hopkins study 10 years later found that the top reasons for medical evacuation from Iraq and Afghanistan are musculoskeletal disorders, not combat injuries. In the study, “Back Pain Permanently Sidelines Soldiers at War: Few Rejoin Units in Iraq or Afghanistan Regardless of Treatment,” researchers examined the records of more than 34,000 military personnel evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan between January 2004 and December 2007. They found that 24 percent had musculoskeletal disorders, compared to only 14 percent who had suffered combat injuries.”

It’s gotten so bad that the terms “Disability Industrial Complex” are used to describe, essentially, the economics of profiting from this suffering.

From the standpoint of back pain injury in the Military, it’s no different that any other workplace injury. When it comes to that, the numbers are revealing as well.

And I have mentioned some options as an alternative.

When offered, people often say that prevention costs too much. It costs individuals, companies and our entire country NOT to invest in prevention, I would say. And prevention is possible, predictable and measurable.

October 20, 2014

Greek Medicinals

Well maybe not the “Ultimate” but really good stuff. And it grows like a weed where we live:-)

October 19, 2014

Room With A View

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — doctordilday @ 6:15 am

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October 17, 2014

Straight Talk and Simple Choices

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If you care what is in your food, read this article by the Juice Lady.

October 16, 2014

Class War? And More…

Filed under: Be careful who you listen to! — Tags: , , — doctordilday @ 7:46 am

I often think that we are like the adult circus elephants tethered to a small stake with an even smaller chain. Here, especially page 5, is how that works…

October 15, 2014

“Services of Doctors of Chiropractic result in improved health, satisfaction, safety and reduced per capita costs.”

That’s a quote from Oregon Governor, Dr. John Kitzhaber, M.D., in his Proclamation naming October “Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month”.

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“Bought” the documentary

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It’s out, here is the trailer info.

You can get the movie here.

If you saw “Doctored” then you’ll want to see “Bought”.

October 14, 2014

Sam Reading “Sam The Centipede Goes To The Chiropractor”

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The Soil Connection…

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/10/04/symphony-soil.aspx

Makes me think of Permaculture. But then maybe it isn’t “permanent”.

October 13, 2014

How Much Protein Do You Need To Build Muscle?

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Here the assumption is that you are training to increase lean body mass (build muscle); and that you are doing that properly, but… all else being equal, the Juice Lady has some information on protein sources and their relative contribution to a daily protein consumption goal.

She just started with a personal trainer (all the rage these days you know:-). Here are her thoughts.

As usual there are many issues that go into a decision about where, when, why and how to get your protein. We often recommend JuicePlus+ Complete because it’s plant-based (no dairy thank you, so no whey isolates, no “Isotean”, etc.), packed with all kinds of synergistic goodies (meaning it will digest and assimilate well), and provides 13 grams of protein per serving. (It’s also gluten free, vegetarian, and Kosher.)

And while many people are now using JuicePLus+ Complete in a detox, rejuvenation, and weight loss strategy (TRANSFORM 30), it will just as easily add weight (muscle) when you add the shakes to your diet without skipping the meals. These shakes can be added before and/or after the workouts or as part of regular meals.

There is a long list of negative consequences to the typical dairy-based and meat-based approaches to increasing your protein intake. Skip all of that and get something that will do the job and make you healthier as a consequence. Here we could talk about all the workout recovery issues, the energy demands on the body, and others but that’s a subject for another Post.

Order here (click on the “Buy” tab) or call (425) 348-5207 for more information.

October 10, 2014

What Do 89% of Primary Care Physicians Think Is The Most Important Short-Term Trigger For Low Back Pain?

Not Important Until It's Important!

Not Important Until It’s Important!

Well, according to a recent Study referenced in this article, it’s biomechanical risk factors such as posture. “And more than half think biomechanics is a long-term trigger for sudden episodes of acute LBP.”

Reassuring for someone who works directly with posture and helps to improve the biomechanics of motion in the spine all day every day. “Evidence-based”. That’s what is supposed to drive health care choices. Nice to know that the research is there.

“Posture is where function and structure meet, a perspective increasingly supported by research.” I couldn’t agree more. (And what do 89% of Primary Care Physicians recommend as the treatment for back pain? Well, that’s for a different Post…)

Here is more that you might find interesting:

“… patterns of unconscious coordination commonly recruit many of the same deep core muscle patterns for breathing as for postural balance and stabilization. ‘Nerves that fire together wire together,’ and muscle, nerve, and postural patterns become facilitated when used and weaken when neglected.”

“It can take multiple training sessions for professionals who focus on breathing (e.g., yoga teachers, respiratory therapists, meditation instructors, certified posture exercise professionals and others) to help people find and engage long-neglected patterns so they can take a full diaphragmatic breath”

This is why a series of chiropractic adjustments might be required to get desired results and one or two just doesn’t always do it. It’s also why, even if you know and can describe how to bend and lift properly (intellectually) if your habit is to do it poorly, you will continue to do it poorly when no one is looking. The answer to that is a daily practice where you are able to focus on your technique – a Yoga, Tai chi, Qi Gong or some such class of personal practice. Without that you won’t really change your habits. This a critical part of helping corporations reduce back pain injury risk: once you get past several other steps. This whole issue can’t be addressed if that foundation isn’t laid properly.

It’s also the main reason every new patient is evaluated in terms of how they move and use their back – to whatever extent possible depending on how bad they are hurting, it may have to wait a while. Then when the pain is relieved patients have the opportunity to learn how to bend and lift (use their back), or get up off the ground (use their knees) properly – so that they can then prevent relapses and build normal reflex patterns and normal control. Strength and flexibility develop naturally just by proper use.

The Point Of Offering All Of This To Corporations

When someone does use their back, knees and shoulders properly they drastically reduce the odds that they will become a back pain injury statistic. Simple prevention avoids the “natural history of back pain” by proactively addressing the risk factors and increasing awareness among workers. And unlike the Back Schools of the past that didn’t work (looking back the reason is obvious, but it wasn’t at the time:-), this approach simply asks people to perform movements and motions that are required for their jobs anyway, then strives to help them with their technique. The language of proper body mechanics spreads throughout the workplace and everyone begins to recognize correct and incorrect movement. In the same way that shouting “safety first” back and forth conveys serious meaning, the key concepts of proper body mechanics could become everyday workplace jargon. That would be a very good thing for all concerned. But I am starting to rant… Don’t get me started on the State of Washington and their approach to back pain prevention and the relative value of attention to biomechanics.

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