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October is National Chiropractic Health Month

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"During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2017 this October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is sharing back injury prevention and strengthening tips as well as information on the value of a conservative approach to back pain treatment with the theme “Back to Basics.” 

"Back pain remains one of the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide. It is one of the most common reasons that patients visit their doctors, and one of the most common conditions for which doctors prescribe pain medications. It is estimated that up to 80% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. In addition, with the overuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers in the United States still a major public health issue, it’s essential for health care consumers to understand that spinal manipulation and other conservative treatments can treat common musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain effectively and safely. 

NCHM 2017 focuses on back health “basics” -- the importance of overall health and injury prevention as key strategies in maintaining spinal health throughout a lifetime -- and highlights the growing body of research supporting a conservative approach to back pain treatment. "

  • Exercise, ergonomic workspaces and proper lifting are a few things that can help you avoid

    serious injury.

  • Sleeping on your back puts excessive pressure on your spine. Choose a side position instead.

  • When texting, bring your arms up in front of your eyes so that you don’t need to look down at

    the screen.

  • When reaching for something above shoulder level, use a stool rather than straining your

    neck/pain to reach.

  • When sitting, keep your knees higher than your hips with your head up/back straight. Don’t

    slouch.

  • If an item is too heavy, push it instead of pulling it. Use your legs, not your back when doing so.

  • When sitting at a computer, make sure your feet are firmly flat with your knees lower than your

    hips.

  • Never pinch your phone between your ear & shoulder. Use a headset to reduce shoulder strain.

  • Did you know that back pain is one of the leading reasons why people are prescribed opioids?

    Chiropractic spinal manipulation is widely recognized as one of the safest, non-drug therapies

    available for the treatment of back pain.

  • A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) adds to a

    growing body of recent research supporting the use of spinal manipulative therapy, a treatment

    used by chiropractors, as a first line treatment for acute low back pain.

  • Did you know injured workers with similar injuries are 28 times less likely to have spinal surgery if the first point of contact is a chiropractor, rather than a surgeon?

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World Spine - October 16, 2017

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  • 50% of workers will experience back pain at least once per year, often due to lack of movementor incorrect posture.

  • Back pain is the most common reason for a visit to the doctor’s office next to the common cold.

  • 50% to 85% of those who experience neck pain report symptoms again within 1-5 years.

  • Back pain is the most common reason for a visit to the doctor’s office next to the common cold.

  • You can help to prevent neck and back pain by having good posture and keeping active. Make sure you Straighten Up and Move Today!

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