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September 2014 Health Newsletter

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» Live To Be 100
» Questionable Medical Advice
» Spinal Manipulative Therapy - A Winner For Defeating Neck Pain!
» Chiropractic Adjustments And Your Safety

» Neck Pain In The Office

Live To Be 100

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The factors that dictate the length of your life have little to do with your genetics, but rather, how well you live. Of course, making it to the ripe old age of 100 is much more likely if your parents did it, simple because they might have shared with you some of the traits that got them there.

Move around. This goes without saying. Study after study has documented the benefits of exercise to improve your mood, mental acuity, balance, muscle mass, bones, circulation, and on and on. A commitment to lifetime exercise can be your personal fountain of youth.

Consume whole foods. Look for colorful fruits and vegetables and dark whole grain breads and cereals with their host of nutrients. Strong evidence suggests that people who have high blood levels of selenium, beta-carotene, vitamin C and E age much better and have a slower rate of cognitive decline.

Always stay active, even after retirement. Work in your garden, pursue a hobby, get involved in your community. A mix of activities will help you stay busy and connected.

Get at least six hours of sleep each night. Our bodies need sleep for recovery, to regulate and heal cells. Good quality REM sleep is a top priority for centenarians.

Floss every day. This keeps your arteries healthy by reducing bacteria that can enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation that increases your risk of heart disease.

Eat high fiber cereal for breakfast. Getting a serving of whole grains in the morning helps elderly folks maintain stable blood sugar levels throughout the day, thus reducing the incidence of diabetes.

Chill out. Centenarians tend to be emotionally resilient, possessing a deep understanding of how to cope with their troubles and not harbor patterns of tension. You can find ways to manage your stress by practicing yoga, tai chi, meditation, or deep breathing.

Make your social life a priority. Regular contact with friends and loved ones is key to avoiding depression, which can lead to premature death. Connect with someone daily, be it a family member or people you work/volunteer with. Join a book club, a walking group, or meet friends for tea.

So, if you want to live a long and healthy life, don't put off tomorrow what you can do today. Make a conscious choice to include healthy habits into your daily routine. Make regular checkups part of your lifestyle. And if in doubt, talk to your medical provider and/or a local health coach to help get you started on the right tract. Our providers at Advanced Healthcare our knowledgeable and look forward to assisting you with your healthcare needs. Our staff includes medical providers, chiropractors, physical therapists, and an acupuncturist who is also a trained yoga instructor and health coach.

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac., LMT
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac., LMT
Copyright: Advanced Healthcare & Spine Institute 2014

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Questionable Medical Advice

Back Surgery: Doctors are using more MRI's and detecting more back issues, but the fact of the matter is that many of the issues are very common and treating them with surgery usually doesn't ease the pain. Back strengthening exercises, practices such as yoga and tai chi, heat and ice applications, and other over the counter approaches to back pain are usually the best route unless your condition is extremely severe. Modalities such as chiropractic,  decompression traction, acupuncture, and massage therapy also offer tremendous relief. So while surgery may be the answer in severe cases, consider your options before going under the knife.

High Blood Pressure Advice: If your doctor is urging you to take medication get an accurate assessment of your risk level, and look into lifestyle changes such as diet, stress relief exercises, and physical activity, before resorting to medication. If your risk level is severe, discuss both lifestyle changes, how they can work with the medication being recommended, and how they can eventually reduce or eliminate the need for medication.

Remember, our office staff consists of medical providers, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapist, and an acupuncturist. We are happy to discuss your health care needs and find the approach that most benefits you and your lifestyle.

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac., LMT
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac., LMT
Copyright: Leona Harter 2014

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Spinal Manipulative Therapy - A Winner For Defeating Neck Pain!

A new study funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services has shown spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), the primary therapy administered by doctors of chiropractic, to be superior in the treatment of neck pain in the elderly population. A total of 241 individuals aged 65 years and older with a primary complaint of mechanical neck pain present for 12 weeks or longer participated in the study. Participants receiving 12 weeks of SMT coupled with home exercises (HE) experienced statistically better pain relief than those participants who utilized HE alone. If you’re suffering from neck pain or any spinal pain, even if you’re over the age of 65, call your local chiropractor today for a no obligation consultation to see what chiropractic care might be able to offer you!

Source: The Spine Journal. Vol 14, Issue 9, Pages 1879–1889, September 1, 2014.
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Chiropractic Adjustments And Your Safety

Chiropractic adjustments, also known as spinal manipulative therapy or spinal manipulation, are a natural, non-invasive and extremely safe form of therapy provided by licensed doctors of chiropractic. Each doctor of chiropractic goes through rigorous and extensive hands on training including the passing of national and state board examinations to ensure their expertise and competency in evaluating, diagnosing and treating spinal ailments and other health related conditions is at a high level. From time to time, stories in the media attempt to circumvent truth and what research has shown by suggesting that chiropractic adjustments may not be completely safe. We find claims challenging chiropractic’s safety record unprofessional and unfounded based on what medical research has already proven. For example, one of the largest and most credible studies related to chiropractic safety and related neck injuries, Cassidy et al., found that a patient is as likely to have seen a primary care medical doctor as a doctor of chiropractic prior to experiencing a cervical arterial injury. The truth is chiropractic care is extremely safe and medical research backs this. If you or someone you know is in need of chiropractic services, rest assured in knowing chiropractic care and chiropractic adjustments are not only effective, they’re one of the safest health-related procedures offered by any healthcare discipline.

Source: Eur Spine J. Apr 2008; 17(Suppl 1): 176–183.
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Neck Pain In The Office

Results from a newly published study indicate neck pain and disability in the workplace has an exceedingly high occurrence rate. In this year long study consisting of over 500 healthy office workers, 23 percent reported neck pain with disability. Factors that increased the likelihood of experiencing neck pain and disability included a previous history of neck pain, chair adjustability and perceived muscular tension. While it’s obviously impossible to eliminate a past history of neck problems, ensuring that you receive the proper care for new neck problems and ensuring you have a high quality work chair with appropriate adjustments for proper posture and comfort are important. Chiropractors are experts highly skilled and trained in proper function and conditioning of the spine and it’s components - this includes the neck, back and lower back. If you’re having issues with your neck or back, or just wish to have a spinal check-up, call your local doctor of chiropractic today!

Source: JMPT. Vol 37, Issue 7, Pages 468–475, September 2014.
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