January 2022 Health Newsletter

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The new year is here and the old one is gone. What a weird past two years? The insecurity of a virus that has been made central attention by the media and the stress of work and family environments impacts us physically. It has had an effect on most of us in one way or another. The Omicron variant is the latest assault on relationships at home, work, school. Distress over a couple of years builds conscious and unconscious tension and anxiety that manifests itself in headaches, gut issues, upper body tight soreness, and lower back and pelvis stiff ache and many other issues, from sitting on a couch or at the kitchen table for eight hours for those working from home. Postural stress and even low-level emotional stress over time can take a toll. This tension of joint dysfunction can be significantly relieved with periodic adjustment's. These adjustments have long and short-term effects that improve your nervous system response to interference from the joint dysfunction and subluxations that occur from these stressors. Call us today to help your new year to be more healthy. if these issues get bad enough that you start to limit activities with your knees, hips, or back pain, come and see us. You know we can make a big difference in how you feel, think, and move.

More and more seniors are moving from Medicare to Medicare Advantage plans. The government is encouraging seniors to move from Medicare to the popular Blue Cross, Humana, United HealthCare, etc., products which replace government Medicare with a private insurance product which offers more things like dental and optometric care and even health club membership, for the same cost or less than Medicare costs. Due to the network policies and fees paid for services to the patients in Medicare Advantage plans, we are not in any of them. Not being a Medicare Advantage plan provider can cause our patients concern due to the additional costs to come in for treatment in our office. Taking a closer look at all the variables which impact your care, you will note that the difference in what your insurance considers a specialist co-pay for chiropractic treatment and our adjustment fee is typically the same, or a $5-$10 difference. Also, you have your chiropractor with 35 years of clinical experience treating you, and we do not keep you coming back as his results are typically very good in a short time versus situations where chiropractors provide three months of care for everyone regardless of your complaints. You hear stories like that from your friends and coworkers. We are a great value in chiropractic care.

As a strong Second Amendment proponent, I would like to address health and safety concerns regarding guns and safety. If you have a gun, and many of us do, it is important to have it stored safely, and know how to use it. There is an organization in the area called the Valley Gun Group, which is an online-based group of like-minded people who try to be responsible gun owners. The Valley Gun Group offers shooting advice and events at Caswell's shooting range and others in the valley, with gun safety classes, gun cleaning classes, and gun range discounts. If you have a gun, you have a responsibility to know how to use it, clean it, safely store it, and keep yourself and others safe.  There is no cost to join the group and you can find it through Meetup, online for the events scheduled this month and in the future.

Remember to refer your family and friends to us for treatment for auto, work, and sports related injuries. Those types of injuries respond well to Chiropractic care as "soft tissue" strain and sprain injuries which all impact joint function and stability. Our type of treatment is ideal for those injuries that would significantly limit you from bending, sleeping, turning or reaching, and other daily activities. We are here to help.

We are working hard to keep everyone safe and Coronavirus free in our office.  We try to be available at your scheduled time and limit the opportunity to have you near any other patients as you move through the office.  Thank you for telling others about us.  Don't forget to tell anyone interested in coming to us for care that they can learn about us from our www.tempechiro.net website which shows the office and the instruments we use.

We hope you enjoy the research articles.

Current Articles

» The Quality of Your Posture Is Linked to Fall Risk
» Obesity Grows Around The World
» Research Says Fitness Trackers May Not Be Accurate

The Quality of Your Posture Is Linked to Fall Risk

Whether your golden years are now or decades off, good posture is correlated to reduced fall risk. And the other good part? Your favorite chiropractor is a great resource for both achieving and maintaining good posture. 

The Link Between Posture and Fall Risk

Here’s the not-so-good part: not only does poor posture lead to back pain, it leads to an increased fall risk. You’re twice as likely to fall if you have back pain, according to studies. And if you’re in pain, you’re less likely to move, which leads to weaker muscles for both movement and posture, which then lead to an even greater risk of falling. It can become quite the vicious cycle.  Back pain is not only linked to an increased risk of falling, it’s often tied to poor posture. And if you have poor posture, your body is poorly balanced and you may also have hindered range of motion. For example, if you trip or slip, your poor, imbalanced posture makes it harder to get your feet back under you in time.

Falling Statistics

Falling statistics go beyond the number elderly of folks who take a tumble in any given year. There’s associated injuries (broken hips and head injuries top the list), medical costs (falls incur over $50 billion annually), deaths and more.  The other problem is that all these numbers get worse year over year. The CDC projects that the fall death rate in the U.S. alone will rise to 7 deaths every hour by 2030. Part of that is due to our baby boomer generation entering the 65+ age group, and part of it is due to a life of sitting at computers and/or on couches. Statistics also show that you’re more likely to fall if you experience foot pain as well. Improper posture places uneven wear and tear on your feet, often leading to pain.

How Your Chiropractor Can Help With Posture

Chiropractors are trained to evaluate posture and aid in promoting correct posture. They can help in four powerful ways.

Quality Testing - Fixing posture is more than remembering to sit or stand straight. And to properly fix posture, it takes getting to know your unique case. Poor posture can stem from improper curvature in the neck or back, scoliosis, how you hold your head, injury, poor ergonomics and more. Chiropractors have various posture assessments and tests to correctly identify the root cause(s) of poor posture and the best approach to treating you and only you.

Ergonomics Evaluation - One of the best ways to avoid poor posture is to develop a lifestyle that promotes good posture. Your chiropractor can evaluate your workspace and home lifestyle, and give you guidance on how to adjust your lifestyle in a way that proper posture will come more easily.

Chiropractic Adjustments - Chronically poor posture reshapes your neck and spine, and changes how your muscles hold all those bones together. Chiropractic adjustments can coax your spine back into alignment, making it easier for your body to achieve and maintain correct posture.  

Muscle Work - Building off of adjustments, your muscles need rehabilitative work, too. For example, if you’re hunched forward, then muscles on your backside are going to be longer than they should be while muscles in front are shorter. Your chiropractor can guide you through carefully calculated stretches and rehabilitative work to balance your body out and hold correct posture. 

Good posture can protect you and potentially save your life. You don’t have to live in fear of falling. You can work with your chiropractor to improve your posture, thus significantly reducing both pain levels and your risk of falling.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html

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Obesity Grows Around The World

In early 2016, the global population totaled more than 640 million obese people. These new totals now show that more than half the world is overweight. This increase in obesity means that one in seven women and one in 10 men are obese, with a body mass index of more than 30 (overweight is 25). During the last 40 years, the average male BMI has risen from 21.7 to 24.2 while females saw a rise from 22.1 to 24.4. That totals to an average of 3.3 pounds gained per decade. The study looked at almost 20 million adults worldwide. It's an epidemic that has seen worldwide attention as countries address food labeling practices, food pricing, taxes on unhealthy foods, and government nutrition recommendations. At the same time, many of the world's poorest are underweight, suffering from a lack of food. Obesity can have both health and economic effects. As healthcare costs rise, problems due to an unhealthy weight can affect the economic stability of millions of households. But it doesn't have to be this way. Leading a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and a smart diet can allow you to live a longer and better life.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters, online March 31, 2016.

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Research Says Fitness Trackers May Not Be Accurate

Fitness trackers are exploding in popularity, tracking everything from heart rate to steps taken. But a new study from the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo shows that this technology isn't always accurate at tracking energy expenditure. Researchers tested 12 fitness trackers against current methods of detecting energy expenditure. The results suggest that these trackers can both under and overestimate energy expenditure, sometimes by hundreds of calories. Some devices underestimated calories burned by almost 600 calories while others overestimated by around 200. Researchers say it is possible the trackers are inaccurate due to people taking them off during the day. For people who use fitness trackers to make health decisions based on fitness level, both over and underestimates can be harmful. Those trying to lose weight could be actually burning too few calories. Those watching their activity levels due to heart problems may be too active. There’s not much research on trackers yet, and devices could vary from brand to brand. Either way, people using fitness trackers to make health decisions should be cautious about relying too much on device data.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, online March 21, 2016.

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