Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

May 10, 2017

Consumer Reports: Real Relief from Back Pain

WSDOTworker150x150   (How many safety features can you find on this WSDOT site photo – arguably the largest organization in the State dedicated to safety? Yet, he doesn’t bend over correctly at all.)

I keep forgetting to mention that the current issue of Consumer Reports features a cover story on back pain. It is a very good review of what most of mainstream medicine recommends, and therefore what most people are doing – the lack of effectiveness, cost, and risks associated with that approach. And it covers alternative methods of addressing back pain, the proven effectiveness (which is why it is the cover story), cost savings, and safety. All of that is old news if you have been reading this Blog long (and if you search any of the key words in this Post you will find many posts – there are over a thousand here – on that subject).

Two things are interesting to me about the article: what is right in plain sight, but missed entirely due to mindset; and how, still, the recommendations regarding how to bend and lift are erroneous – harmful even.

First, the mindset thing. Modern medicine is about treating symptoms: some will argue that but just look at what is said and what is the object of all the focus – back pain (a symptom) in this case, but it is everywhere all of the time if you look. And while they fairly accurately talk about the causes, they fail to conclude that substantially addressing these causes would be a means of preventing the symptom. Instead they point out, for example, that abnormal findings on X-rays is common among people who do not suffer with back pain. (That should be a clue, why isn’t it?)

Secondly, but related, is this whole business of correct bending and lifting technique – how could they get it so thoroughly wrong so consistently. How could they not connect the dots – remember the ‘they’ is the authoritative bodies of professional experts spewing opinions, guidelines, and recommendations (shifting gazillions of dollars within the economy)… but let’s not go down the cynical path.

I share all of this because we have a copy in the reception room – with the best parts highlighted (be me:-). Read it, but ignore the part about how to bend and lift, and talk with me about that.

DrD

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July 20, 2013

Safe is Relative

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September 6, 2012

OSHA Report On Illness And Injury Prevention

In the four decades since OSHA was signed into law workplace deaths and injuries have declined by more than 60 percent – great news for both employers and employees. According to “Injury and Illness Prevention Programs,” (January 2012 OSHA white paper) there is still work to be done though. More than 4.1 million workers sustain a “serious job-related injury or illness” each year and approximately 12 fatalities occur every day, according to the report.

U.S. businesses pay more than $1 billion per week ($60 billion/year) in worker compensation fees. Imagine what this is doing to the competitiveness of these companies’.

OSHA estimates that taking a more proactive approach could reduce workplace injuries by up to 35% for companies that do not currently have a safety and health program and 12.4% for those that do. Annual savings for American business would be in the $9-23 billion range.

And that’s just in workers compensation costs. Estimates put the total cost of workplace injury and illness at 4 to 10 times the direct costs when you consider loss of productivity as well as hiring and retraining replacements, etc.

Workplace wellness programs can be comprehensive, detailed and elaborate, or they can be simple and straightforward. Just as an individual can choose to fight the disease or to promote health, companies can focus on creating a healthier work environment and offering employees healthy choices. Here are two examples supported by research in terms of effectiveness and cost savings. Corporate Wellness Through Tai Chi (Mayo Clinic Research) is one. Bending & Lifting Workshops is another. Call our office for details: (425) 348-5207.

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