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» How Relaxation Exercises Can Decrease Your Doctor Visits
» Back Pain Increases As Children and Adolescents Age
» Study Reveals Majority of U.S. Adults Inclined to Visit a Chiropractor
» Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast

How Relaxation Exercises Can Decrease Your Doctor Visits

Meditation and Yoga are known to drastically reduce stress, but they could also be the trick to staying healthier longer. In fact, a recent study asked various health providers to refer over 4,400 people to a "Relaxation Response Resiliency Program" to receive special Relax Response Training. This type of therapy calls for patients to perform intense relaxation exercises, like deep meditation and yoga positions, to loosen the grips of their anxiety and stress.  In a stunning result, around 42% of the study participants who tried Relax Response Training greatly decreased their doctor visits the following year. This also includes a 44% drop in mandatory lab work and another 21% drop in other health-related appointments. The study also looked at roughly 13,000 people who had never received Relax Response Training and saw no decrease in their annual doctor visits.  Decades of medical research shows a clear link between relaxation exercise, like yoga and meditation, and better overall health, but how does it keep the doctor away? Relax Response Training forces patients to slow down, take a breath, and focus intensely on their relaxation. This creates a positive physiological response that naturally reduces inflammation, improves muscle ability, and decreases stress to improve heart health.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: PLOS ONE, online October 13, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Back Pain Increases As Children and Adolescents Age

With all the studies evaluating the prevalence and cause of back pain, few have focused on back pain in our children and adolescents and none have been conducted on a larger scale.  Fortunately, this changed when doctors at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York City surveyed 3,669 children and adolescents across the United States.  Their goal was to establish the prevalence of back pain in 10-18 year olds as well as identify any demographic or physical activity factors.  Their findings revealed that overall, 29% of the boys experienced back pain in the previous year.  Perhaps more surprisingly, this number rose to 38% in the girls.  Additionally, the occurrence of back pain increased steadily with the age of the children/adolescents.  Almost 80% of those studied stated they participated in a sport or physical activity.  As the level of competition increased and became more intense (travel teams vs. recreational athletes), so too did the occurrence of back pain.  Additionally, there was a strong correlation between the incidence of back pain and the style of backpack used.  Those using a two strap backpack were less likely to experience back pain as compared with those using rolling backpacks with two straps and the waistband fastened, or, those using backpacks with a single strap.  The data collected from this study shed light on the serious risk our youth face when it comes to back injuries.  Chiropractors undergo years of extensive study and training to identify and treat back pain, in both adults and children.  In fact, of those youth surveyed above who experienced back pain within the last year, approximately 34% sought chiropractic care.  If your child or adolescent is or has experienced back pain, we encourage you to schedule a no-commitment consultation with a licensed doctor of chiropractic today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. March 12, 2019
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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Study Reveals Majority of U.S. Adults Inclined to Visit a Chiropractor

Millions of U.S. adults would choose chiropractic care first to treat neck or back pain, according to a recent nationwide survey. The Gallup-Palmer report revealed 57% of all U.S. adults believe in the effectiveness of treatment and are likely to visit a chiropractor. Over 50% of adults have visited a chiropractic doctor in the past, and over 25% would choose a chiropractor over any other type of doctor if they experienced back or neck pain. The nationally representative survey, commissioned by the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa, also found that more adults are seeking chiropractic treatment than previously estimated. The survey found that 33.6 million Americans visited a chiropractor in 2014, up from the 2012 estimate of 20.6 million Americans. Chiropractic care takes a trained, conservative approach to the treatment of neuromusculoskeltal concerns, limiting the need for prescription painkillers or surgery. However, about four in ten U.S. adults reported concerns about cost, and nearly half did not know whether their insurance plan covered chiropractic services. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), numerous recent studies refute these misconceptions. The ACA reports that chiropractic care is at least partially covered by most insurance plans and is considered a cost-effective form of treatment for back and neck pain.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Acatoday.org, online September 08, 2015
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast

Skipping breakfast can lead to a reduced athletic performance later in the day according to U.K. researchers.  In a group of 10 males, researchers compared performance later in the day when eating breakfast as well as when skipping breakfast.  In this particular group of individuals, when breakfast was skipped, even though more calories tended to be consumed during lunch (an average of approximately 200 additional calories), their later day performance was still reduced.  More studies will need to be performed but if you're an athlete with an athletic performance later it the day, making a decision to skip breakfast may reduce your overall performance, even if more calories are consumed later in the day.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, online May 12, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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