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Chiropractic Care Recommended for Low Back Pain

ID_10032795.jpg Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.  In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.

After an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research—a federal government research organization—recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in

1 Bigos S, Bowyer O, Braen G, et al. Acute Low Back Problems in Adults. Clinical Practice Guideline No.14. AHCPR Publication No. 95-0642. Rockville, MD: Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, December, 1994.


Posted:  June 20, 2012

Healthy Back Tips

The National Institutes of Health reports that 8 out of every 10 people will experience back pain at some point during their lifetime.  While this statistic is rather shocking, there are things you can do to minimize your risk of injury and lower back pain.
Tips to Prevent Back Pain

Maintain proper posture.
• Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities, such as    gardening.
• Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
• Sleep on a firm mattress to minimize any curve in your spine.
• Lift with your knees and legs, keeping the object close to your body and do NOT twist when lifting. Quit smoking.  smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
• Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
• Work with your chiropractor to ensure that your computer workstation is ergonomically correct.

Posted: May 11, 2012

Soda:The Not So Sweet Side of the Story

With obesity and diabetes rates on the rise, soda is getting a second look from health professionals.   Once considered an occasional treat, soda is now being consumed at an all time high in the United States.  The empty calories and chemical cocktail of ingredients are contributing to conditions as diverse as osteoporosis, kidney woman_drinking_soda.jpg stones, type 2 diabetes, and weight gain.

The ingredients of cola - high fructose corn syrup, caffeine, phosphoric acid, preservatives and artificial coloring - are a shocking cocktail.  Couple that with 9 teaspoons of sugar and an average of 140 calories for the typical 12 ounce soda and the ill health effects of soda add up pretty quickly.

Too much sugar

The average American now consumes 22 to 28 teaspoons of added sugars a day, the Center for Science in the Public Interest reports.   Research has shown that adults and children who regularly drink beverages high in sugar tend to have higher calorie intake overall and experience weight gain.  As weight increases, so does the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Diet sodas aren't a free pass

The Mayo Clinic reports, that although diet sodas are low in calories, nutrition surveys have shown that those who drink them don't always eat healthier or lose weight. Some data suggest that the artificial sweeteners in diet drinks may increase sugar cravings and encourage poor food choices.

Risk of kidney disease

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have recently been l soda2_1.jpg ooking into the link between soda consumption and kidney disease.  In a study published in the journal Epidemiology, the team found that drinking two or more colas a day - whether regular or diet - was linked to a twofold risk of chronic kidney disease.  Interestingly, drinking two or more non-cola carbonated drinks a day did not increase the risk.

If you have a history of kidney stones, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases recommends that you limit your caffeine intake to one or two servings per day. This includes cola as well as coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages.

Weaker bones?

It is well known that lower calcium levels can increase the risk of osteoporosis, a condition in which bones are weak and prone to fracture. The Mayo Clinic reports it is possible that the phosphoric acid and caffeine found in soft drinks may promote the loss of calcium in bones.  Caffeine can interfere with calcium absorption. In a Tufts study, both caffeinated and non-caffeinated colas were associated with lower bone density. But the caffeinated drinks appeared to do more damage.  Women who drink dark colas daily may have lower bone density than those who drink clear soda, according to findings of a study of women who were part of the Framingham Offspring Cohort.

Posted: May 4, 2012


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