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American Chiropractic Association Lauds Opioid Legislation

A recent passage of bills by Congress has taken the first step towards fighting back against the opioid epidemic in the US. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has publicly applauded Congress for these major steps. However, more needs to be done according to the ACA. One such step is the expansion of conservative treatments for pain management via the nation’s health care system.

Congress passed a whopping 18 bills regarding opioids. Several of those could lead to new roles for doctors of chiropractic in fighting back against prescription opioids. One of which is HR 4981, the Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion and Modernization Act, amends the Controlled Substances Act to aid patients in gaining access to more comprehensive treatment options that reduce the likelihood of relapse.

According to ACA President David Herd, DC, “It’s clear that the federal government has recognized the toll opioid overuse and addiction has taken on this country and is taking positive steps to address this epidemic.” He goes on to say, “Efforts must now be directed toward educating health care providers and the public about conservative forms of pain management.”

Concern for the increased reliance on prescription medications for pain has become a major concern of chiropractic physicians. During the annual meeting of ACA’s House of Delegates in Washington, D.C., delegates adopted a policy statement that supports the investigation of nonpharmacological interventions for pain treatment, among other therapy options. The ACA’s new policy statement is a part of the chiropractic profession’s effort to inform the public about non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical pain management options.

A more conservative approach to pain management reduces the need for high-risk options and is a safer approach to addictive medications and surgery. Interestingly, more than 33.6 million Americans sought out chiropractic care in 2014, compared with a reported number of 20.6 million in 2012, according to a Gallup report. With the assistance of the House and Senate, these new provisions will hopefully implement greater access to alternative health care.

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American Chiropractic Association Lauds Opioid Legislation

A recent passage of bills by Congress has taken the first step towards fighting back against the opioid epidemic in the US. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has publicly applauded Congress for these major steps. However, more needs to be done according to the ACA. One such step is the expansion of conservative treatments for pain management via the nation’s health care system.

Congress passed a whopping 18 bills regarding opioids. Several of those could lead to new roles for doctors of chiropractic in fighting back against prescription opioids. One of which is HR 4981, the Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion and Modernization Act, amends the Controlled Substances Act to aid patients in gaining access to more comprehensive treatment options that reduce the likelihood of relapse.

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FAQ about Chiropractic Care for Kids and Infants

Chiropractic care for kids is designed to help children physically thrive as they mature. As kids grow, their bones model the response that physical stress puts on their bodies. Known as “Wolf’s Law”, this growth requires proper joint motion to distribute forces exerted upon them by the outside world. For greater bone development, chiropractic care is a must.

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HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE CAN BENEFIT SENIOR CITIZENS

As the body begins to age, it is essential that we stay both active and healthy. Despite the fact that bones and muscles begin to weaken with age, there is no reason we should stop doing what we love. However, many senior citizens experience severe and chronic pain as their bodies begin to deteriorate. Fortunately, chiropractic care can provide plenty of benefits for the elderly. Increased mobility and a decreased risk of accidents or injuries from falling is a direct result from this type of therapy.

Unfortunately, some seniors get serious receiving spinal manipulation because of the condition of their bodies. It is important to realize, however, that chiropractic doctors are highly trained to handle aging bodies with the utmost care and effectiveness. Prior to administering any treatment, a chiropractic doctor will thoroughly exam their client and find any vertebrae that may be misaligned. These subluxations can cause some serious problems, including immune system problems and nerve blockage.

For individuals who are suffering with decreased mobility, chiropractic care is proven to restore any issues quickly and easily. While results will indeed vary based on the individuals’ needs, seniors who can’t or who are having difficulty bending over in their garden or while playing with grandchildren, may enjoy complete restoration from this therapy.

Small improvements with flexibility and mobility can enhance your life and give you back the freedom to enjoy it on your own terms. People who suffer from severe mobility issues may very well regain their strength with a mix of physical therapy and proper chiropractic care.

 

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What is Chiropractic?

For those who have never had chiropractic care performed on their body, the prospect can be frightening. However, chiropractic medicine is safe, highly vetted, and one of the best ways to reduce spinal and musculoskeletal problems.

Any disorder the affects the nervous system or musculoskeletal system can be transformed via chiropractic care. Some of the more common ways that this care aids individuals are through relieving back pain, neck pain, and joint pain along with headache relief. There are many more uses for this system of medical care.

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Neck Pain? Study reveals Chiropractic Care better than drugs

Moderate to severe neck pain is the typical cause for complaint that chiropractic care doctors hear. Most people visit their local medical doctor for pain medication to begin with, but they often fail to find real relief from their problem. This is the case when pain stems from stiffness in the neck.

A new study from The Annals of Internal Medicine revealed that in one-on-one comparisons of chiropractic care and pain medication, chiropractic techniques provided far-reaching and longer lasting relief. They also noted that chiropractic care had no negative side effects, unlike pain medications such as NSAID’s.

The study features around 272 adult subjects who had neck pain with no apparent cause. Researchers divided them into groups and followed them over the course of 3 months. One group was assigned a chiropractor. They visited the chiropractic doctor an average of 15 times. The other group was assigned to consume over-the-counter pain relievers including aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and even narcotics under the care of a doctor. After the 3 months were up, the individuals in the chiropractic group reported higher levels of change than those seeing a doctor.

The result is that 57 percent of those seeing a chiropractor reported a 75 percent reduction in their pain. The other group reported just a 33 percent reduction.

“Even a year later, there were significant differences between the spinal manipulation and medication groups.” Said Dr. Gert Bronfort, one of the co-authors of the study. They revealed that 12 months after the study patients in the chiropractic group were continuing to experience at least a 75 reduction in pain and those in the medicated group experienced a 38 percent reduction.

The conclusion is plain as day. Chiropractic care provides a much more comprehensive plan for relieving significant neck pain.

Vital Health Chiropractic of Moon Township, PA, is committed to helping you improve your health in the safest ways possible! Call 412-424-0019 or contact us today in Moon Township, PA, to schedule your appointment.
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5 Benefits of Walking for Chiropractic Patients

When you walk, over 200 muscles step up to allow you to move seamlessly. These muscles engage your spine and back as well. Consider the following five benefits of walking to supplement your chiropractic care.

  1. Prevents Back Pain

As a low impact exercise, walking is gentle on the back and burns around 265 calories for every 30 minutes. To avoid injury, it’s a good idea to avoid walking on concrete or uneven terrain. Exercise like walking also releases pain-relieving endorphins in the brain. This improves flexibility and mobility as well.

  1. Improves Circulation

Walking improves circulation throughout the body, this includes your spine. Circulation brings nourishment to the spine and muscles and washes away harmful toxins. Walking helps lower blood pressure and increases your stamina. The more you walk, the more you are able to walk.

  1. Enhances Mobility

When combined with a light stretching regime, walking can increase flexibility and contributes to good spinal health and improved posture. All of this enhances mobility and helps prevent unnecessary injuries that are often the result of strenuous cardio regimes.

  1. Hydrates Spinal Discs

Throughout daily life, the compression of your spinal discs squeezes out water that fills the discs and cushions your vertebrae. The circulation that comes from walking moves water into the area, thereby supporting the spine. The discs themselves also absorb water, which enables them to do their job as shock absorbers.

  1. Helps with Weight Loss and Weight Management

Extra weight on the body places unnecessary strain on the spine. Lower abdomen weight causes lower back pain. Walking helps reduce pressure placed on the body by excess water weight by removing it. It also reduces your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.

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About Chiropractic Health

In just 120 years, chiropractic care has become one of the largest healthcare sectors that relieves pain and chronic illnesses without drugs or surgery. Here are 7 other things you might not know about chiropractic care.

  1. It isn’t just for sore backs and stiff necks. Chiropractic care is proven to help those who suffer from constipation, headaches, depression, immunodeficiency, numbness, tingling, fertility problems, colic, and even cancer. While it is not a treatment, chiropractic care helps improve energy flow that contributes to relief.
  2. That Chiropractors aren’t “real” doctors. Chiropractors go through rigorous training and education and are fully licensed in every state they practice by the federal government.
  3. They are unique. They don’t prescribe drugs or surgery, but they do detect the location of spinal misalignments and provide corrections using a variety of techniques.
  4. You don’t need to have your spine twisted and popped. Traditional chiropractic care offers techniques that don’t include twisting and popping, which many find uncomfortable. It can be personalized to your needs.
  5. Chiropractic care is safe. Chiropractors provide safe spinal adjustments, as is reflected for the low malpractice insurance. They have the most training in spinal adjusting as any other professional.
  6. Chiropractic care is affordable. Multiple sources show that the chiropractic care is both affordable and effective for a variety of diagnosis’s. What your care will cost depends on whether they are acute or chronic or will require specialized testing.
  7. Chiropractic care is perfect for birth. It is also perfect any other time in your life. It can even be done while pregnant, as it is tailored to your body.
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Chiropractic Care for Back Pain

For people seeking relief from pain, many alternatives are available. One of the most common treatments is chiropractic care. Around 22 million Americans visit chiropractors every year. Of these, 7.7 million seek pain relief from accidents, muscle strains, and sports injuries. Back, neck, leg and headache pain are also sought by chiropractors.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractors manipulate the spine through alternative methodologies to relieve pain. The theory behind chiropractic care is that the manipulation of the spine will enable the body to heal itself without invasive surgery or medication. Restoring mobility to stressed joints and tissues is the end goal of chiropractic care.

Pain relief for muscles, bones, connective tissues, cartilage, ligaments and tendons, is easily found through a series of chiropractic sessions. Chiropractic professionals are identified by the initial “DC”, which identify their education and certification. They are required to go through an undergraduate degree plus four years of chiropractic college.

How is Chiropractic Used for Back Pain?

Before treatment, a chiropractor will conduct a physical examination and go through your medical history. Lab tests may also be administered to determine the right treatment option. Your treatment plan would include manual adjustments where the doctor will manipulate joints using a controlled force that improves range of motion. Some chiropractors also infuse nutritional counseling and exercise to provide a more holistic approach to back pain relief.

Benefits and Risks of Chiropractic Care

Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care is considered to be a safe, effective treatment for low back pain. This is primarily used to treat acute pain caused by injuries. It typically lasts no more than six weeks and gets better on its own, but chiropractic care can speed that process up.

Other problems such as neck pain and headaches along with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia respond well to moderate pressure and deep tissue massage.

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Migraine & Headache Relief Through Chiropractic Care

While headaches are considered ‘normal’ by so many, they are by far one of the most painful issues the everyday person faces. Studies show that 80% of the population is faced with headaches at some time during their life while millions of them experience headaches frequently. The vast majority of these headaches are related to minor tension while others are related to migraines that can cause pain for hours or even days on end.

When you’re faced with headaches the only thing you want is relief. Most people look for relief from over-the-counter medications that dull the pain. despite the fact that these painkillers do provide relief, they leave people vulnerable to interactions and side effects. In reality, the only real relief they offer is short-lived and over time they can cause intolerance leading to more severe headaches down the line. Treating the root causes of headaches is the only real way to eliminate the problem at its source.

Chiropractic care is a natural alternative to medication based headache relief. It is also effective in around 85% of all cases of headaches. Problems with the vertebrae in the neck, particularly those at the base of the skull, can put strain on the muscles, nerves and blood vessels. This strain causes tension headaches and migraines.

Chiropractic adjustments can quickly and easily restore vertebrae to the correct position, while alleviating the strain on muscles and blood vessels. Reducing the frequency of headaches and migraines along with their intensity, is the most commonly reported side effect of adjustments.

Reducing the negative side effects of muscle strain along with getting to the root cause of the pain is the key to restoring normal function for those who suffer from chronic headaches.

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